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DR Congo PM appointed under 'political agreement' with Kabila

Lubumbashi - DR Congo President Felix Tshisekedi on Monday named a government veteran, Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba, as the next prime minister, a move that came nearly four months after his inauguration.

With overseas impasses, Trump hits rough patch

Washington - From the crises with Iran and Venezuela to the drawn-out negotiations with China and North Korea, President Donald Trump's foreign policy is hitting a rough patch.

Manning again will not testify on WikiLeaks, risking return to jail

Washington - Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning said Sunday she again plans to refuse to testify before a grand jury about her leak of classified documents to WikiLeaks -- even if it means returning to jail.

Russia's increasing influence in Cuba stirs ghost of Cold War

Havana - Russia is stirring the ghosts of Cuba's Cold War past as it looks to re-establish its influence in the Communist-run island nation, although this time analysts say Moscow has no intention of bankrolling Havana.

Guaido makes new appeal to Venezuela army ahead of Mayday protests

Caracas - Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido used his latest mass rally on Saturday to reiterate an appeal to the army to end its support for Nicolas Maduro's regime, and announced massive Mayday protests to oust the embattled president.

Disabled Syrian woman makes UN plea for the 'invisible'

New York - A young Syrian with cerebral palsy, who trekked with a wheelchair from her homeland all the way to Germany as a refugee, on Wednesday urged the UN Security Council to focus more on Syria's "invisible" disabled people.

Cuba newsprint shortage sounds alarm for economy

Havana - The newsprint shortages which forced Cuba's Communist daily to run a trimmed-down edition on Friday would pass off as a simple supply glitch in most other countries, but in Havana they carry chilling memories of the not-so-distant past.

Italy's Salvini vows to turn away German migrant rescue ship

Paris - Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Thursday that he had told Germany to deal with a ship run by a German charity carrying dozens of migrants picked up in the Mediterranean, while denouncing the work of NGOs in the region.

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

Rabat - Pope Francis has called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others.

Accepting Golan annexation, Trump risks new precedents

Washington - US President Donald Trump is again breaking diplomatic norms in backing Israel's capture of the Golan Heights, with experts warning that he risks justifying expansionism by other countries.

US ups pressure on Europe over 5G infrastructure from China's Huawei

Washington - The US upped pressure on Europe Wednesday to avoid turning to Huawei for 5G telecom infrastructure, with a top commander saying NATO forces would cease communicating with their German colleagues if Berlin teams up with the Chinese firm.

Washington no longer refers to Golan as 'Israel-occupied'

Washington - The US no longer refers to the Golan Heights as an "Israeli-occupied" territory in its latest annual human rights report, published Wednesday, though the State Department insists the wording change doesn't mean a policy change.

Macron on trip to woo E.Africa amid China's African expansion

Gonder - President Emmanuel Macron visited former French colony Djibouti on Tuesday with promises of a "respectful" partnership in the face of growing African indebtedness to China, which is fast expanding its foothold on the continent.

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier sets off for Asia

Toulon - French aircraft carrier the Charles de Gaulle set sail on Tuesday from the Mediterranean port of Toulon following two years of refurbishments and upgrades for a deployment that will see it travel to the Indian Ocean and Singapore.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militias quit

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after five militia groups either pulled out or rejected the make-up of the new government.

C.Africa peace deal under strain as militia quits

Bangui - Less than a month after it was signed, the Central African Republic's peace agreement was under strain on Monday after a militia group abandoned the deal and a second said it was quitting a new government designed to be the keystone of the accord.

Trump insists relations with Kim are 'very good'

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Friday insisted that his relations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were "very good" even though their Hanoi summit spectacularly failed to produce a nuclear deal.

Trump's 'great chemistry' with Kim Jong Un put to test at summit

Washington - Convinced he has forged a budding friendship with Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump frequently boasts that he has made history with the North Korean leader.

Submarine deal shows France-Australia ties in 'new phase'

Paris - A giant submarine deal between France and Australia is the latest sign of deepening relations between the two countries, which are being driven together by mutual concern about China and Britain's changing role in the world, analysts say.

Kim must make 'meaningful' gesture to see sanctions ease: Trump

Washington - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un must make a "meaningful" gesture if he wants to see sanctions lifted, US President Donald Trump said Wednesday ahead of a second summit between the two men. "The sanctions are on in full.

As time runs out, Washington ready to help with jihadist repatriation

Washington - The United States is ready to help countries repatriate Islamic State jihadists detained in Syria but time is of the essence and Washington insists that ultimately it is up to their home governments to come up with solutions.

Italy's Conte discusses IS 'insurgency' with Iraqi leaders

Baghdad - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte visited Baghdad on Wednesday, meeting his Iraqi counterpart Adel Abdel Mahdi and President Barham Saleh for talks on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Cuba keeping a watchful eye over events in ally Venezuela

Havana - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is hanging onto power in the crisis-wracked country in large part thanks to backing from the military, which according to the United States is receiving support and advice from Cuba.

Guaido boosted by Europe backing in Venezuela standoff

Madrid - International clamor for snap elections in Venezuela intensified Monday as European powers recognized opposition chief Juan Guaido as interim leader, after Nicolas Maduro rejected an ultimatum to call new polls.

Dropping weapons treaty would let US update its nuclear arsenal

Washington - The US scrapping of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia could launch a new arms race, but will also allow the United States to update its nuclear arsenal, a publicly stated goal for the past year.

Venezuela opposition cling to social media lifeline

Caracas - Deprived almost entirely of coverage on mainstream media, Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido has been deftly using the social networks to woo support, but even that avenue is increasingly being cut off.

Venezuela's opposition to up pressure on Maduro with new rally

Caracas - Venezuela's US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido prepared Friday to crank up the pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro with a massive weekend protest to push for early elections as Washington warned the socialist leader had run out of time ...

Pope Francis: reaching out to Muslims

Vatican City - Pope Francis has made dialogue with Islam a cornerstone of his papacy, which began in 2013, and visited several countries with large Muslim populations.
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