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Trump's cozy ties with Saudis cast pall over attack response

Washington - After an attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure, a specter hangs over any US response -- the cozy relationship between President Donald Trump and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which has drawn intense controversy.

Can Saudi Arabia's loss be US oil producers' gain? Not so fast...

New York - Even though weekend attacks on Saudi oil facilities cut that country's output in half, American petroleum producers appear neither ready nor willing to fill the void and capture new market share for themselves.

Cubans fear return to 90s austerity amid cuts

Havana - Havana awoke Thursday to long lines at gas stations and public transportation stops after President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned fellow Cubans to expect fuel shortages and blackouts that he blamed on US sanctions.

Iran says it could release UK-flagged tanker within days

Tehran - Iran on Sunday hinted that it could release "within days" a UK-flagged oil tanker it had seized in July in sensitive Gulf waters amid rising hostilities with Britain's ally the United States.

Worsening fuel shortage in impoverished Haiti

Port-au-prince - Haiti's long-suffering population has faced an extra burden for more than a week: closed service stations and lines of motorists hoping to buy even a few drops of petrol during a fuel shortage that's getting worse.

Macron spearheads pressure on Bolsonaro over Amazon fires

Paris - France's Emmanuel Macron led a growing wave of international pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest Friday, telling him Paris would block efforts to seal a major trade deal.

Macron seeks lead EU role in Iran crisis

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is seeking to lead European diplomatic efforts to find a face-saving solution to the latest crisis between Tehran and Washington, with the EU looking to buy time and soothe tensions, diplomats and experts say.

Iraq warns of 'danger of war' as Iranian FM visits

Baghdad - Iraqi leaders have warned of the risks of war during a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, whose country is locked in a tense standoff with the United States.

Niger tanker truck blast toll rises to 76

Niamey - The death toll from a May 6 tanker truck explosion near the international airport in Niger's capital has risen to 76, state television reported late Sunday.

Venezuela's pro-regime 'colectivos' vow to back Maduro whatever it costs

Caracas - Jorge Parrado collects water for his Caracas district. But he is also ready to fight completely in support of President Nicolas Maduro as a member of a "colectivo," cells that uphold and enforce the regime's socialist ideals.

Climate campaigners take France to court

Paris - Four environmental NGOs on Thursday sued the French government for failing to uphold its commitments on fighting climate change, the latest in a series of high-profile cases that aim to force governments around the world into action.

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.

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.

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 ...

Venezuela's Guaido, protesters urge military to reject Maduro

Caracas - Thousands of opposition protesters, led by Venezuela's self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido, on Wednesday called on the armed forces to abandon President Nicolas Maduro and allow humanitarian aid into the crisis-wracked country.

Venezuela bars self-declared president Guaido from leaving country

Caracas - Venezuela's Supreme Tribunal of Justice barred self-declared president Juan Guaido from leaving the country and froze his bank accounts Tuesday, as leader Nicolas Maduro seeks to neutralize the American-backed opposition chief.

Morocco closes 2,000 mine shafts after string of deaths

Rabat - Moroccan authorities closed 2,000 illegal mineshafts last year in Jerada, an impoverished former coal town that has been the site of a string of deadly mining accidents.

In space, the US sees a rival in China

Washington - During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union's rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China's space programs that have most worried US strategists.

French women reclaim 'yellow vest' protests with peaceful demo

Paris - Hundreds of women on Sunday marched in Paris to reclaim France's "yellow vest" movement from violent activists, a day after protesters smashed their way into a government ministry.

France boosts pay for police in wake of 'yellow vest' protests

Paris - The French government will give police officers a long-sought raise after a strike called in the wake of the "yellow vest" anti-government protests, which have strained security forces already on high alert after years of jihadist terror attacks.

As France's 'yellow vest' movement abates, what now?

Paris - Anti-government protests which have rocked France over the past month eased notably over the weekend, after the government offered a range of concessions to ease the anger over declining living standards for people already struggling to make ends meet....

US, Saudi, Russia 'insulted' key global warming report: Al Gore

Oslo - Former US vice president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore on Tuesday slammed the world's top oil producers -- his own country, Saudi Arabia and Russia -- for "insulting" a key and alarming report on climate change.

'Yellow vests' pledge to fight on despite Macron concessions

Paris - Many "yellow vest" anti-government protesters in France on Tuesday vowed to press on with their demonstrations, a day after wringing out fresh concessions from President Emmanuel Macron that are set to cost the state an estimated 11 billion euros ($12....

'Yellow vests' denounce Macron speech as 'charade'

Le Boulou - Groups of "yellow vest" protesters across France responded scathingly to the "crumbs" offered by President Emmanuel Macron in a speech intended to defuse their revolt, but others acknowledged his efforts.

French govt to review tax on high-earners

Paris - The French government will consider bringing back a tax on high earners which President Emmanuel Macron abolished early in his presidency, a key demand of "yellow vest" protesters who have been blocking roads and fuel depots for weeks, officials said W...

Paris riot suspects appear in court

Paris - The first of dozens of people charged over rioting at the weekend in Paris appeared in court on Monday in fast-tracked proceedings.Fifty-seven suspects face a range of public order charges over the violence.

Trump rejects Paris accord, but his diplomats are still negotiating

Washington - Next week in Poland, a discreet delegation of American diplomats will settle in for two weeks of international climate negotiations along with their European, Chinese and other counterparts they've mixed with for years.

Macron to address nation after violent Paris protests

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron is to address his nation on Tuesday following persistent and sometimes violent protests over fuel taxes that are morphing into a movement against his business- and environment-friendly policies.

Clashes on Champs-Elysees as French protesters rage against taxes

Paris - Anti-government protesters clashed with French police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Saturday, leaving the area cloaked in tear gas and smoke from fires on a fresh day of demonstrations against President Emmanuel Macron.

French police clear fuel protesters as movement wanes

Paris - French police cleared demonstrators blocking roads and fuel depots Tuesday in a crackdown on the so-called "yellow vest" protests against President Emmanuel Macron that have left two people dead.
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