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Facebook and Instagram remove Bolsonaro video questioning virus quarantine

Bras - Facebook and Instagram removed videos of Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro on Monday, saying they spread misinformation about the coronavirus, a day after Twitter did the same.

Algeria's Bouteflika languishes at home a year after his fall

Alger - A year after the unexpected downfall of Algeria's longtime president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the ailing octogenarian remains holed up in his plush and medically adapted home, with his detractors still demanding justice.

Texas, Ohio suspend abortions citing coronavirus fight

Washington - Texas and Ohio have ordered doctors to suspend carrying out abortions and all other non-urgent surgery as part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency 'triage' takes on grim urgency as virus strains hospitals

Paris - Emergency medics routinely make critical treatment calculations based on their patients' chances of survival.

Will coronavirus slow the world's conflicts — or intensify them?

New York - Syria, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, the Sahel... with the great powers focused intently on the COVID-19 virus, will armed conflicts across the world decrease in severity or intensify?

'Worse than 9/11': Coronavirus threatens global airline industry

New York - Fears of massive bankruptcies and calls for emergency bailouts swept global airlines Tuesday as a top US official warned the coronavirus crisis threatens the industry even more than the September 11 attacks, which saw US airspace shut down entirely.

Biden, Sanders attack Trump on virus -- and spar on record

Washington - White House hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders launched a joint attack on Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic as they faced off in a high-stakes debate Sunday, accusing the president of undermining his own scientists with misinformat...

Biden, Sanders face off in debate overshadowed by virus

Washington - Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders meet on Sunday for the first one-on-one debate of the Democratic presidential primary campaign, now overshadowed by the spread of the new coronavirus.

US Supreme Court hears case that could set future of abortion

Washington - The US Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in a major abortion case for the first time since President Donald Trump appointed two new conservative justices -- with the future of the procedure potentially at stake.

Emboldened by 'heroes' and hate music, white extremists on the rise

Paris - They may lack centralised organisation or even a common goal, but white supremacists encouraged by the exploits of extremist "heroes" canonised on social media pose an ever-growing security threat, analysts say.

Bolsonaro pushes political incorrectness to the limit

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro regularly offends opponents with political incorrectness and far-right diatribes, but he is taking heavier fire than usual for suggesting a respected journalist tried to get dirt on him with offers of sex.

Trump ally to be sentenced amid firestorm over presidential meddling

Washington - Donald Trump's longtime aide Roger Stone will be sentenced Thursday in a case that has caused a stir in Washington following meddling by the US president and his attorney general.

In the US, leftist local prosecutors make inroads

Arlington - On the national level, President Donald Trump is appointing judges by the dozens to positions on US federal courts, ensuring a conservative tilt for a generation.

French officials allow rally by exiled Catalan MEP Puigdemont

Perpignan - French authorities said Tuesday that they would not halt a mass rally planned by former Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont in Perpignan, just a few kilometres from the Spanish region's capital of Barcelona.

State of the nation: Trump misplaces Kansas City Chiefs

New York - US President Donald Trump drew scorn and laughter on social media Sunday after placing the Kansas City Chiefs in the wrong state following their Super Bowl victory.

UN marks 75th anniversary year in world of distrust, shifting power

New York - As the United Nations enters its 75th year, the world is still rife with mistrust: the United States remains the dominant superpower but is on the wane, while Asian power is growing in the face of an increasingly fractured Europe, with an explosive Mid...

Medal for former ECB chief Draghi divides Germans

Frankfurt Am Main - Months after the end of his term as president of the European Central Bank, Italian economist Mario Draghi will receive Germany's highest honour Friday, drawing attacks from critics of his easy-money policy.

US awaits Iraq's okay to deploy Patriots to protect troops

Washington - The United States is awaiting a green light from the Iraqi government to deploy Patriot missile defense systems to protect US troops from Iranian missile attacks, Pentagon chief Mark Esper said Thursday.

French govt, unions kick off talks on tackling pension deficit

Paris - Union leaders met French officials Thursday to figure out how to find billions of euros needed to plug pension deficits, the latest phase in a hotly contested overhaul of the system that sparked the country's longest transport strike in decades.

Maths whizz splits with Macron over Paris mayor bid

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron's party is set to throw out a star mathematician, officials said Monday, in a bitter fight over Paris's coming mayoral election.

Trump attends anti-abortion rally as Democrats wrap impeachment case

Washington - US President Donald Trump, seeking to shore up evangelical support ahead of the November election, addressed the country's biggest annual anti-abortion rally on Friday as the Senate sat in judgment nearby at his impeachment trial.

Libya's neighbours reject foreign interference in crisis-hit country

Alger - Libya's neighbours on Thursday denounced foreign interference in the conflict-hit North African country, at talks in Algiers to seek a political solution to a crisis they say threatens regional stability.

Trump sought to cheat to win re-election, Democrats charge at trial

Washington - Democrats Wednesday accused President Donald Trump at his historic Senate impeachment trial of seeking to "cheat" to ensure re-election in November, as they began laying out their detailed case for removing him from office.

Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

Washington - President Donald Trump's historic impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday in the Senate, with Democrats calling for his removal from office and Republicans determined to acquit him -- and quickly, if possible.

Gun rights advocates rally peacefully in Virginia

Richmond - Several thousand gun rights supporters rallied peacefully Monday near the Virginia state Capitol under heavy security to protest new proposed gun control legislation.

Hundreds wounded in weekend of Lebanon clashes

Beirut - Lebanese anti-riot police dispersed stone-throwing protesters with tear gas in Lebanon's capital on Sunday, as heavy rain capped a weekend of rare violence that wounded hundreds.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'cowardly' European governments

Tehran - Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday accused the governments of Britain, France and Germany of being "American lackeys" in the face of US pressure over the nuclear accord.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Dozens of Amazon indigenous leaders have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelands open to mining concerns.

Amazon tribes meet to counter Bolsonaro environmental threats

Lucas - Several dozen indigenous leaders and representatives of Amazon communities have gathered in the heart of the threatened rainforest to form an alliance against Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro's environmental policy and his threats to throw their homelan...

3-D chess with ex-presidents back in war-torn C.Africa ahead of polls

Bangui - The unexpected return of two former presidents to the Central African Republic, the main figures in a civil war that still bloodies the country despite an 11-month-old peace accord, has set the stage for high-stakes political chess ahead of elections i...
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