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Trump offers concessions on immigrants in return for wall funds

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Saturday offered to temporarily shield a million immigrants from deportation if Congress authorizes funding for his Mexican border wall -- an idea Democrats rejected, making the US government shutdown likely to continue.

Butterflies, the unlikely victims of Trump's border wall

Mission - In Mission, Texas, the construction of part of a long-promised wall on the border with Mexico to stem the tide of undocumented migrants is already in progress.Among the many who will be affected? Butterflies.

After months abroad, Gabon's Bongo returns home

Libreville - Gabon's President Ali Bongo was back in Libreville on Tuesday after months abroad recovering from a stroke, ending an absence that saw an attempted coup by renegade soldiers.

Spanish feminists rally against far-right 'sexist' party

Seville - Spain's powerful feminist movement rallied across the country on Tuesday against far-right party Vox for seeking to scrap tough laws against gender violence which it argues "criminalises" men.

After months abroad, Gabon's Bongo swears in new government

Libreville - Gabon's Ali Bongo was back in Libreville on Tuesday after months abroad recovering from a stroke, ending an absence that has spurred political turbulence.

Sculpture alluding to Saudi Arabia pulled from World Trade Center

New York - A display of sculptures is being pulled from the World Trade Center after critics objected to the presence of one that represents Saudi Arabia at the site of the 9/11 attacks.

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.

Thousands demand transfers for ETA prisoners in Basque protest

Bilbao - Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the Basque Country on Saturday demanding that prisoners linked to the former armed separatist group ETA be transferred to jails closer to the northern Spanish region.

Bored and stressed, US workers hit by shutdown head back to school

Washington - Hundreds of US federal workers on unpaid leave since the start of the shutdown found themselves back in college Tuesday where they signed up for a diverse range of classes ranging from "Starting a Podcast" to "Dealing with Change.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

France's 'yellow vest' protesters return to streets

Paris - France's "yellow vest" protesters were back on the streets again Saturday as a government spokesman denounced those still protesting as hard-liners who wanted only to bring down the government.

Brazil's new far-right leader puts crime in his sights

Bras - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

France's Le Monde apologises for 'Hitlerian' Macron cover

Paris - French newspaper Le Monde on Monday apologised for a controversial cover on its weekly magazine, which features President Emmanuel Macron in a red-and-black photomontage seen by some readers as reminiscent of Nazi propaganda.

Serbian protesters maintain pressure on president in Belgrade

Belgrade - Serbian protesters piled more pressure on President Aleksandar Vucic Saturday as thousands turned out for a fourth week of anti-government demonstrations in Belgrade.Around 25,000 people joined the rally, according to an AFP reporter.

US government shutdown veteran analyzes current crisis

Washington - Patrick Griffin worked in the White House for Democratic president Bill Clinton and participated in negotiations with Republican lawmakers during the 1995 government shutdown -- the longest in recent US history.

Brazil's new government under Bolsonaro

Bras - Brazil's new government under far-right President Jair Bolsonaro includes a star anti-corruption judge as justice minister and a free-market economy minister with broad powers, and sees a third of the slots going to ex-military men.

Brazil's new far-right leader sees guns as answer to crime

Rio De Janeiro - Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's new president from next Tuesday, persuaded voters in Latin America's biggest country to elevate him to leader on extreme-right vows to restore security that eclipsed his record of racism, misogyny and homophobia.

Federal judge deals setback to Trump's asylum restrictions

Washington - A US federal judge dealt a new setback to President Donald Trump's anti-immigration efforts Wednesday, declaring unlawful a decision to block domestic and gang violence victims from seeking asylum.

Thousands protest 'slave law' in Budapest

Budapest - Protesters threw smoke grenades at police who responded with tear gas in Budapest on Sunday as thousands of people rallied against a new "slave law" passed by the government of conservative Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Obstacles litter privatization path in Brazil under Bolsonaro

Rio De Janeiro - An ambitious privatization plan by the incoming government of Brazil's president-elect Jair Bolsonaro faces some challenges, not least from a cadre of ex-military men in the cabinet and reticent lawmakers.

UN authorizes Syria aid deliveries for another year

New York - The UN Security Council on Thursday approved a one-year extension of humanitarian aid deliveries across war-scarred Syria.The move came despite reluctance from Russia, which called to amend the period to six months.

Nobel laureate Murad urges Iraq to probe fate of abducted Yazidis

Baghdad - Nobel laureate and former jihadist captive Nadia Murad called on Iraq Wednesday to create a special team to investigate the fate of other members of her Yazidi minority kidnapped by the Islamic State group.

Michael Cohen, Trump's loyal fixer turned tell-all accuser

New York - He was the personal lawyer to Donald Trump and the epitome of loyalty -- a man who said he would "take a bullet" for his boss.

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.

Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post

Washington - A beleaguered President Donald Trump insisted Monday that hush payments made to women before the 2016 election were legal, as he struggled to fill the key position of chief of staff -- made toxic by two years of White House turmoil.

Embattled Trump struggles to fill key White House post

Washington - A beleaguered President Donald Trump on Monday insisted hush payments made to women before the 2016 election were legal, as he struggled to fill the key position of chief of staff -- made toxic by two years of White House turmoil.

Trump retweets theory that Paris rioters 'want Trump'

Washington - Why have French rioters been battling police in Paris? Because they want to be led by Trump, according to a theory retweeted by the president himself Tuesday.

Merkel says German 'Mittelstand' mustn't fall behind in AI race

Nuremberg - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday warned that Germany's vaunted "Mittelstand" must not fall behind in the digital era, as the economic powerhouse races to catch up to foreign rivals in new technologies like artificial intelligence.

Madrid orders removal of electric scooters

Madrid - Madrid's city hall said Tuesday it had refused to grant a licence to three electric scooter-share companies and gave them 72 hours to remove their scooters from the streets of the Spanish capital.

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.
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