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Pentagon steps up efforts to counter China's rising power

Washington - Maritime operations, missile tests, landing exercises: the Pentagon has been sharply stepping up its efforts to counter China's growing military power, seen increasingly as a threat.

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Tunis - Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a crowded field.

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Tunis - Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a crowded field.

Tunisia heads to polls for keenly fought presidential contest

Tunis - Rarely has the outcome of an election been so uncertain in Tunisia, the cradle and partial success story of the Arab Spring, as some seven million voters head to the polls Sunday to choose from a crowded field.

Bolsonaro's scorched earth diplomacy could cost Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Offending French, German, Norwegian and UN leaders along the way, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro has embarked on a diplomatic scorched earth policy that is fueling concern over potential long-term damage to Brazil's global relations.

Italian journalist evokes Salvini suicide

Rome - An Italian public radio journalist evoked the chances of far-right leader Matteo Salvini committing suicide, local media reported Saturday, prompting Salvini opponents to come to his defence.

French first lady is 'truly ugly,' says Brazilian minister

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian government minister said French first lady Brigitte Macron was "truly ugly" Thursday, only days after the country's president appeared to endorse an attack on her appearance.

Trump continues to defend incorrect map of Hurricane Dorian path

Washington - Trouble is raining down on US President Donald Trump, who appears to have given Americans incorrect information on Hurricane Dorian's trajectory.

US president denies involvement in Pence stay at Trump hotel

Washington - US President Donald Trump denied Wednesday that he suggested his deputy Mike Pence stay at a Trump property in Ireland, as administration figures appeared to offer contradictory accounts of the vice-president's choice of accommodation.

Pence stays at Trump hotel in Ireland, raising eyebrows

Washington - US Vice President Mike Pence, currently visiting Ireland, has chosen to stay at a golf resort owned by Donald Trump, renewing controversy over spending taxpayer money on the president's family businesses.

Honduras recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Tegucigalpa - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez will travel to Israel on Friday to inaugurate a "diplomatic office" in Jerusalem, recognizing the holy city as Israel's capital.

Amazon fires create image nightmare for Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - Scorched forests, government inaction and presidential insults -- fires in the Amazon rainforest are having a disastrous effect on Brazil's international image, analysts warn.

Poland feeling its WWII wounds seeks German reparations 80 years on

Warsaw - Eighty years after the first Nazi bombs fell on Poland, echoes of the blasts can be heard in the bickering between Warsaw and Berlin over the possibility of billions of euros in war reparations.

Sidney Rittenberg, former American advisor to Mao, dies at age 98

Washington - Sidney Rittenberg, a former American advisor to Mao Tse-tung who spent long spells in prison as he fell in and out of favor with China's communist leaders, has died in the state of Arizona, the New York Times reported. He was 98.

Paris marks 75 years since Liberation with Freedom Parade

Paris - Flag-waving Parisians in period costume thronged the streets Sunday as armoured vehicles rumbled through the city in a re-enactment of the liberation of the capital from Nazi Germany 75 years ago.

Greenland row is Trump positioning for Arctic battle: expert

Copenhagen - The diplomatic row that has erupted between Washington and Copenhagen over Greenland is just one part of a broader strategic battle being waged over control of the Arctic, according to one expert.

Bolsonaro takes on Norway for whaling, but bungles it

Oslo - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday responded to Norway's decision to halt its forest protection subsidies, taking to Twitter to criticise the Scandinavian country for its whaling practice and post spectacular -- albeit misleading -- images.

Reluctant Salvini allows minors to leave Italy migrant ship

Rome - Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini on Saturday reluctantly let 27 migrant children rescued at sea disembark from a charity vessel anchored in limbo off Lampedusa island for days.

Italy prosecutors probe Salvini over migrant ship limbo

Rome - Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged kidnapping and abuse of office after far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini prevented a charity ship carrying rescued migrants from docking.

'Explosive' situation on migrant rescue boat in limbo off Italy

Rome - The captain of a Spanish charity ship carrying 134 rescued migrants warned Friday of an "explosive" situation on board the vessel anchored within swimming distance of Italy's Lampedusa island but forbidden to approach.

Italy's defence minister blocks decree against migrant ship Open Arms

Rome - Italy's defence minister on Thursday blocked a new decree by far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini to ban the rescue ship Open Arms with 147 migrants on board from Italian territorial waters, in a move seen as part of the political crisis in Rome....

Migrant rescue ship heads for Italy after judge overrules Salvini

Rome - Spanish humanitarian ship Open Arms headed for the Italian island of Lampedusa on Wednesday with 147 rescued migrants on board after a judge in Rome suspended far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's decree banning them from Italy's territorial wat...

New Guatemalan leader demands respect from Trump

Guatemala City - Guatemala's president-elect Alejandro Giammattei said in an interview with AFP he would not seek confrontation with President Donald Trump over Central America's migration crisis but would demand respect from his US counterpart.

Italy to decide on government future after Salvini pullout

Rome - Italian senators are on Monday to take an initial decision on the future of Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government after far-right leader Matteo Salvini plunged the country into turmoil by pulling out of the teetering coalition.

Salvini rallies supporters, demands election date

Apo - Italy's hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini embarked on a southern tour to rally support on Saturday, demanding an election date be set after he pulled out of the coalition government, plunging the country into a political crisis.

France mourns mayor killed 'for a pile of stones'

Signes - Residents of the southern French town of Signes paid an emotional farewell Friday to their longtime mayor, who was killed trying to prevent construction workers dumping rubble on the side of a road.

Tunisian PM to stand for president: party

Tunis - Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed will stand in the country's upcoming presidential election, his party announced Wednesday, days after the death of incumbent Beji Caid Essebsi.

Moroccan King pardons thousands, including 'Hirak' protesters

Rabat - Morocco's King Mohammed VI has marked 20 years on the throne by pardoning thousands of prisoners, including some from the "Hirak" protest movement that rocked the country in 2016.

Puerto Rico: new twist in leadership crisis

Washington - A political crisis over leadership in the US Caribbean territory of Puerto Rico took another turn Sunday when the designated successor to embattled governor Ricardo Rossello said she didn't want the job.

The Trump border wall's slow march towards reality

Washington - The Supreme Court has given President Donald Trump the go-ahead to divert Pentagon funds to build a border wall with Mexico, a big boost for the US leader's pet project that has faced controversy since its inception.
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