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Global arms trade highest since Cold War: study

Stockholm - Worldwide arms trade has risen to its highest level since the Cold War in the last five years, driven by a demand from the Middle East and Asia, a study said Monday.

Thousands protest in US, Europe over Trump travel ban

New York - From London and Paris to New York and Washington, thousands of people took to the streets to protest US President Donald Trump's travel ban amid a fierce legal battle over the order.

Rise in populism risks worsening corruption: watchdog

Berlin - The rise of populist politicians around the world risks undermining the fight against corruption, an anti-graft watchdog said Wednesday, warning that it feared a backslide in the US under new President Donald Trump.

'Dump Trump': Tens of thousands join global march

London - Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of London, Paris and other cities worldwide on Saturday in solidarity with women-led marches in the United States opposed to President Donald Trump.

The world's cities: vital, but fragile

Davos - They may be richer and more numerous than ever, but the world's urban dwellers can be forgiven a sense of dread as threats pile up from climate change, terrorism and anarchic growth.

The global chain that produces your fish

Paris - That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year's festivities has a story to tell.The salmon may have been raised in Scotland -- but it probably began life as roe in Norway.Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked....

Rights report warns Trump-style populism threatens democracy

Washington - In an annual report that typically focuses on abuses in less-developed countries, Human Rights Watch on Thursday issued a sharply worded warning that the rise of populist politicians in the United States and Europe threatened modern rights movements an...

Pope comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged peace in the Middle East at his Christmas address Sunday, in which he offered comfort to terrorism victims after a year of brutal jihadist attacks.

High-security Christmas as crowds await pope's message

Vatican City - Tens of thousands of worshippers were set to gather at the Vatican on Sunday to hear Pope Francis address the world's Christians, as Europe marked Christmas under ramped-up security after the Berlin attack.The leader of 1.

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe on Christmas Eve

Bethlehem - Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack.At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world's 1....

57 journalists killed worldwide in 2016: rights group

Paris - At least 57 journalists have been killed around the world in 2016 while doing their job, Reporters Without Borders said on Monday.

Federal Reserve propels markets higher

Hong Kong - Europe's stock markets advanced Thursday and the dollar soared after the US Federal Reserve hiked interest rates as expected -- and signalled three more rises next year.

Turkey leads rise in journalist detentions: study

Paris - The number of journalists detained worldwide rose in 2016, an increase related to Turkey where more than 100 journalists and media contributors are in jail, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said Tuesday.

Asian markets slip as investors take step back

Hong Kong - Asian stocks turned negative Friday and oil prices retreated along with the dollar as investors took a step back from a recent rally, while caution set in ahead of a crunch referendum in Italy at the weekend.

Asian markets rally, energy firms soar on OPEC deal

Hong Kong - Energy shares led a rally across Asian markets Thursday after OPEC hammered out a last-minute deal to cut oil output for the first time in eight years, which sent crude prices soaring almost 10 percent.

World reacts to death of Cuba's Fidel Castro

Paris - The death of Cuba's Fidel Castro prompted reaction across the spectrum Saturday with some world leaders describing him as a friend and ally, while rights groups recalled his repression of basic freedoms.

Trump tough talk on torture, drones has Human Rights Watch on guard

Paris - Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said he was keeping a close eye on "warning signs" from US President-elect Donald Trump after the Republican's tough talk during his campaign about torture and drone strikes.

Terrorism deaths fall in 2015: annual global index

London - Terrorism deaths fell last year thanks to a weakening of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Boko Haram in Nigeria, but both groups expanded their geographic reach, a new index revealed Wednesday.

OPEC pumping oil at record levels ahead of crunch meeting: IEA

Paris - Output by OPEC oil producers has reached record levels, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, raising fears a global oil glut will continue to weigh on markets unless the cartel agrees on a cut.

'Unpredictable' Trump foreign policy leaves world guessing

Washington - Build a wall, make nice with Moscow, tear up free trade deals and force Washington's allies to pay more for their own security. OK, and then what?

Populist surge on several continents

Paris - Donald Trump's election as US president is the latest example of surging political populism fuelled by supporters' fears that globalisation is leaving them behind.Here are examples from three continents: - Making America Great Again?

What Trump's foreign critics said before he won

Paris - US president-elect Donald Trump was often scorned as he campaigned for office, and many of those who spoke harshly of him will now have to accommodate the unpredictable Republican tycoon.

'Catastrophe', 'tragedy': world media target 'dangerous' Trump

Paris - Catastrophe, tragedy, humiliation. The world's press reacted with shock at the astonishing election victory of Donald Trump, describing the US president-elect as "dangerous" and unpredictable.

World leaders take stock of shock Trump win

Paris - Politicians worldwide took stock Wednesday of Donald Trump's shock US election victory, with the president-elect winning praise from far-right figures and a cautious welcome from key US allies.

Shock and awe at Trump's rise to power

Paris - Donald Trump's extraordinary US election victory sent shockwaves across the world on Wednesday, as opponents braced for a "dangerous" leader in the White House while fellow populists hailed a ballot-box revolution by ordinary people.

Oil down as Trump leads in knife-edge US vote

Singapore - Oil prices were down in Asia on Wednesday as Republican candidate Donald Trump appeared poised to beat Democratic rival and market favourite Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House.

Wine production to fall worldwide in 2016

Paris - Global wine production this year is expected to be among the lowest for 20 years, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine said Thursday.

World's longest-reigning monarchs

Paris - Following the death of Thai king Bhumibol Adulyadej, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has become the world longest-reigning monarch at 64 years.King Bhumibol, who died on Thursday, reigned for 70 years after assuming the throne at the age of 18.

10 countries host half world's refugees: Amnesty

London - Ten countries accounting for 2.5 percent of world GDP are hosting more than half the world's refugees, Amnesty International said Tuesday as it slammed what it called the selfishness of wealthy nations.

Obama declares new marine reserve at Oceans summit

Washington - US President Barack Obama was to announce the creation of a new marine reserve on Thursday as Washington hosted a major world summit on protecting the planet's oceans.
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