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Left-wing militant Battisti: four murders and a life sentence

Rome - Former left-wing militant Cesare Battisti, who was extradited to Italy on Monday, is to serve out the rest of his life sentence after being convicted in 1981 of two murders and involvement in two others.

Macron ex-bodyguard admits using diplomatic passports after dismissal

Paris - The disgraced former bodyguard of French President Emmanuel Macron admitted Sunday he had used his diplomatic passports "for personal convenience" after being fired in August, a day after investigators opened a probe into his failure to return the docu...

Macron takes champagne and foie gras to French soldiers in Chad

Ndjame - French President Emmanuel Macron paid a pre-Christmas visit to French soldiers in Chad on Saturday, bringing enough champagne, foie gras and chocolate for 1,300 troops along with him.

Yemeni rebels say UN resolution 'important step'

Dubai - Yemeni rebels have welcomed a UN Security Council resolution authorising the deployment of ceasefire monitors to the flashpoint port city of Hodeida, calling it an "important step".

UN Council votes to send observers to Yemen

New York - The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously approved a resolution that authorizes the deployment of observers to war-torn Yemen to oversee a fragile truce in the strategic Red Sea port of Hodeida.

Russian influence on show in C. African beauty contest

Bangui - Clad in sleek red gowns and wreathed in smiles, the models lined up in Bangui stadium for the capital's first Miss Central African Republic beauty pageant for three years -- all thanks to Russia.

UN seeks $4 bn for Yemen

New York - The United Nations said Monday it was seeking $4 billion to provide humanitarian aid to some 20 million Yemenis next year -- or about 70 percent of the war-stricken country's population.

French govt bristles as foreign leaders seize on 'yellow vest' crisis

Paris - The "yellow vest" protests that have made headlines around the world are garnering France some unwanted attention, particularly from foreign leaders not exactly known for their defence of liberal democracy.

Another Canadian diplomat diagnosed with Cuba brain injury

Ottawa - Another Canadian diplomat in Havana has been diagnosed with a mysterious brain trauma that in 2016 started afflicting Canadian and US officials in the Cuban capital, a senior official said Thursday.

China's Xi to send special envoy to Mexican presidential inauguration

Bejing - Chinese president Xi Jinping will send a special envoy to attend Mexico's presidential inauguration, following the Chinese leader's talks with Donald Trump at the G20 summit.

Spanish PM promises to keep investing in Cuba on historic visit

Havana - Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez promised on Friday to continue investing in Cuba on the second day of his historic visit to the island nation, the first by a Spanish leader in 32 years.

Brazil's diplomacy at risk of rupture with Araujo appointment

Bras - Brazilian diplomacy is set to perform an abrupt 180-degree turn under new Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, chosen by far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro for his views favoring the US while turning away from China as part of a fierce opposition to ...

US sanctions Iran for shipping oil to Syria

Washington - The US slapped fresh sanctions on Iran Tuesday, accusing it of creating a complex web of Russian cut-out companies and Syrian intermediaries to ship oil to Damascus, which in turn bankrolled Hezbollah and Hamas.

Trump dilemma: Preserve Saudi alliance or declare prince a murderer

Washington - The Saudi assassination of a US-based journalist has put President Donald Trump in an intractable bind.Does he preserve a close US ally and accept whatever Riyadh says about the murder?

Russia turns up uninvited to major NATO wargames

Norway - The whirring of a low-flying Soviet Union-era war plane signalled Russia's uninvited arrival to NATO's biggest military exercise since the end of the Cold War.

Israel farmers fear for future as Jordan claims back lands

- Every morning with the first rays of sunlight, Eitan Guedj leaves his house in Israel, passes through two checkpoints and heads for his pepper plantation in Ghumar, a leased Jordanian territory the neighbouring kingdom now wants back.

Moscow wants UN resolution to preserve nuclear arms treaty

New York - The US pushed back Thursday against a Russian draft resolution to the UN General Assembly that proposed to preserve the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) that the US plans to pull out of, according to diplomatic sources.

Jamal Khashoggi's killing was 'extrajudicial execution': UN expert

New York - Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" committed by the Saudi state, a UN expert said Thursday, calling for an international investigation.

UN human rights chief slams 'regrettable' Burundi threats

New York - The UN's human rights chief on Thursday demanded respect from Burundi after its ambassador threatened to prosecute the authors of a recent report detailing continuing violations in the country.

'Ongoing genocide' underway against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims: UN

New York - A genocide is still underway against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, a UN fact-finding team said Wednesday as it presented a report at the Security Council calling for the matter to be referred to the International Criminal Court.

Trump takes US inconsistency on human rights to new heights

Washington - The United States has never been especially consistent in raising human rights, but President Donald Trump's administration, with its kid-glove treatment of Saudi Arabia, has sent a message clearer than ever before -- allies need not worry about critic...

France says Russian global hacking claims 'worrying'

Paris - France expressed solidarity with other Western powers Thursday night after they accused Russia of orchestrating a string of global cyber-attacks, denouncing them as "serious and worrying". "The reported facts are serious and worrying.

Chinese bishops to attend first Vatican synod

Vatican City - Two Chinese Catholic bishops are to take part for the first time from Wednesday in a synod, or advisory body meeting, with peers at the Vatican, the Holy See said.

193 speeches? UN General Assembly president says format just right

New York - The UN General Assembly may be one of the most unwieldy events on the diplomatic calendar, with non-stop speeches by 193 leaders and hundreds more side events, all in a few blocks along New York's East River.

Pope says youth 'outraged' by clergy sex scandals

Tallinn - Pope Francis on Tuesday admitted the clerical sex abuse scandals have put off some young people who believe the Catholic Church has not expressed enough condemnation.

Carbon taxes necessary in climate fight: World Bank chief

Montr - Fighting global warming will necessarily require taxing carbon emissions, or setting a price on carbon pollution, the World Bank's chief executive said Wednesday at a G7 environment meeting in Canada.

Merkel, Macron look to fire up stuttering Franco-German motor

Marseille - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought to put aside their domestic woes on Friday and advance their European agenda at a meeting in Marseille.

UN kicks off talks on high seas treaty

New York - UN member states on Tuesday kicked off two years of negotiations toward a treaty that would finally regulate the high seas, which contain vast troves of valuable plant and animal DNA.

French navy 'ready to intervene' in scallop row with UK fishermen

Paris - France said Tuesday its navy is standing by to avert new clashes between French and British fishing boats after tensions flared last week over access to scallop-rich waters off the Normandy coast.

France's Macron proposes EU collective defence plan

Apo - French President Emmanuel Macron suggested that Europe adopts a form of collective defence on Thursday as he strengthens calls for EU integration in the face of concerns over the United States' security commitments.
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