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Germany frees two held for alleged 'act of violence' plot: Police

Berlin - German police said Friday they had released two men detained on suspicion of planning a "serious act of violence" following raids in Berlin targeting Islamists.

Op-Ed: China: losing in the South China Sea, winning in Africa?

With world still reeling after the bloody Paris attacks of November 13th, it’s no surprise that the flurry of international talk shops that convened in their wake went barely noticed in Western media.

Sirens ring out as air strikes hit IS Syria stronghold

Birut - In the Islamic State group's Syrian stronghold of Raqa, sirens ring out whenever a warplane approaches as jihadists flee their posts and vehicles to hide, activists say.

Elderly women's mahjong games shut down by police

Altamonte Springs - Someone snitched on four elderly women who were wagering money during daily mahjong games at their retirement community in Florida.

Erdogan wants to meet Putin 'face to face' at climate summit

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he wanted to meet Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the climate summit in Paris after the downing of a Russian warplane.

Desperate Cubans mass at Nicaragua's closed border

La Cruz - Cuban migrants aiming for a new life in the US but stranded in Costa Rica by a Nicaragua border firmly closed to them expressed mounting anger and desperation on Thursday.

Palestinian rams car into Israeli soldiers, shot dead: army

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed a car into Israeli soldiers in the occupied West Bank on Friday, injuring five of them before being shot dead, the army said.

Six children die as migrant boats sink off Turkey: Report

Ankara - At least six children drowned on Friday in two separate incidents when their boats sank off Turkey while trying to make the risky crossing to Greece, state media reported.

Polish prosecutors uphold decision not to extradite Polanski

Varsovia - Polish prosecutors said Friday they would not appeal a court decision to extradite Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski to the United States to face sentencing for statutory rape.

Queen Elizabeth kicks off Commonwealth summit with climate focus

Valletta - Queen Elizabeth II opened the 2015 Commonwealth summit on Friday with a colourful ceremony attended by world leaders gathered for pressing talks on climate change.

Top 10 winter driving tips

It's important to drive safely throughout the year. However, the winter season generally brings the greatest risks. We present the ten most useful tips.

Britain's Labour in disarray over Syria air strikes vote

London - Top figures in Britain's main opposition Labour Party heaped criticism on their leader Jeremy Corbyn on Friday after he ruled out voting for the Royal Air Force to join air strikes in Syria.

Parched, famished Niger hard hit by climate change

Niamey - When yet another drought wiped out his flock five years ago, Toro, a Fulani shepherd in Niger, decided to migrate to the capital Niamey, where he found work selling cell phones instead.

Latest wearable tech, a vital signs measuring tattoo

Austin - Wearable technology continues to advance at a rapid rate. The latest product to be prototyped uses electroconductive tattoo ink to connect sensors pressed against the skin to monitor vital signs.

Catch the dust, real gold as light as air

Zurich - A new type of gold has been created and it is as light as air. The new material takes the form of a foam and it is one thousand times lighter than mined gold, making the material the lightest form of the metal ever produced.

Turkey 'temporarily' suspends Syria air strikes after Russia spat

Ankara - NATO member Turkey has "temporarily" suspended air strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria after the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border sparked a major row with Moscow, local media reported on Friday.

Microbiologists from Europe discuss keeping medicines safe

Nottingham - This week the U.K.'s biggest conference dedicated to pharmaceutical microbiology took place in Nottingham. The key themes were risk assessment, coping with aging facilities, and addressing contamination issues.

Arms for Paris attacks 'bought from Germany'

Berlin - Four assault rifles used in the deadly Paris attacks were allegedly purchased from a trafficker in Germany, newspaper Bild reported Friday, as prosecutors said they were still probing a possible link.

France's Fabius sees Syrian regime participating in anti-IS fight

Paris - French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian regime troops taking part in the fight to crush the Islamic State jihadists that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

Palestinian hits Israeli soldiers with car in West Bank, shot dead

Jerusalem - A Palestinian rammed his car into Israeli soldiers at a bus station in the occupied West Bank Friday before being shot dead, police said. "A Palestinian car hit two Israelis standing by a bus station (near Kfar Adumim).
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