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Police fired tear gas at hundreds of people Saturday as they marched through Togo's capital to protest the shutdown of two private media channels.

Op-Ed: One thousand U.S. troops sent to north-eastern Poland

One thousand U.S. troops along with their vehicles are to be sent to north-eastern Poland in late March according to the US Army's Europe headquarter in Wiesbaden Germany.

Timbuktu bars smashed by Muslim protesters in Mali

Dozens of young Muslims opposed to alcoholic beverages smashed bars and liquor stalls in the northern Malian city of Timbuktu on Saturday, saying they were "places of depravity", local sources said.

Op-Ed: Trump claims US is behind and needs larger nuclear arsenal

US president Donald Trump has said that he wants to make sure that the US nuclear arsenal is at the "top of the pack". He claims that the US has actually fallen behind in its nuclear weapons capacity.

Sistine chapel photographed in unprecedented detail

The famous frescoes of the Sistine Chapel, whose ceiling was painted by Michelangelo, can now be examined in minute detail thanks to an unprecedented photographic venture, the Vatican Museums have said.

PM vows defence of Dutch values on campaign trail

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte took his bid for a third term to voters Saturday, mingling with shoppers in a small market town ahead of closely-watched March elections.

Kim killing suspect was paid $90 to take part in 'TV prank'

An Indonesian woman being held over the assassination of Kim Jong-Nam said Saturday she had been paid just RM400 ($90) for taking part in what she thought was a TV prank show, a senior diplomat reportedly told media.

Outcry as White House bars top US media from briefing

Major US media outlets condemned as "unacceptable" and an "insult to democratic ideals" a decision by President Donald Trump's White House to bar several organizations, including CNN and The New York Times, from a daily press briefing.

Iraqi forces push deeper into west Mosul

Iraqi forces backed by jets and helicopters battled jihadists inside west Mosul on Saturday but still faced a tough and potentially protracted battle to retake the Islamic State group's bastion.

Syria talks challenged as suicide blasts kill dozens

UN efforts to launch a new round of Syria peace talks sputtered Saturday as suicide attacks killed dozens of people, with the death toll from two days of violence nearing 100.

Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king

The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life "Game of Thrones" could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project launched Saturday.

Iran requests 950 tonnes of uranium from Kazakhstan

Iran's nuclear chief said Saturday that the country had asked to buy 950 tonnes of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years to help develop its civil reactor programme.

Dozens dead in suicide attack in Syria's Homs

A suicide assault on two security service bases in Syria's third city of Homs killed dozens of people, including a top intelligence chief, on Saturday, overshadowing peace talks in Geneva.

Duterte fans, foes in mass Manila rallies

Thousands of supporters and foes of President Rodrigo Duterte joined large rallies in Manila on Saturday, highlighting how his brutal drug war has polarised the Philippines.

Son of boxer Muhammad Ali detained at Florida airport

A son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was held for questioning for two hours at a Florida airport upon returning from Jamaica because of his Arabic-sounding name, US media reported.Muhammad Ali Jr.

Top US commander for Mideast in secret Syria trip: alliance

The top US military commander for the Middle East made a secret trip to northern Syria to meet a US-backed alliance fighting the Islamic State group, the alliance's spokesman said.

Mugabe talks of own death at 93rd birthday party

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 93rd birthday with a lavish party on Saturday, addressing his own mortality in a speech, but showing no signs of stepping down.

Five things to watch at this year's Oscars bash

It's no secret that "La La Land" is the big favorite to earn major Oscars glory on Sunday. But there are other stories sure to unfold on Hollywood's biggest night.Here are five things to watch for:- Clean sweep for 'La La Land'?

US seeks extradition of ex-Guatemalan vice president

The United States embassy said it will seek the extradition of Guatemala's former vice president Roxana Baldetti and ex-interior minister Mauricio Lopez on drug trafficking charges.

Op-Ed: "1956" book tells of radical change in the air, not 'Happy Days' Special

When people here in the United States think of the 1950s they usually think of the music, the styles and the post-WWII prosperity that accompanied the 'Baby Boomer generation'

Bus collision kills 13 in Argentina

Thirteen people were killed and 34 injured when two buses collided head-on in eastern Argentina on Friday, the emergency services said.

Poland to test for explosives in ex-leader's 2010 jet crash

Poland said Friday it would have a British laboratory search for traces of explosives on samples from a 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed 96 people, including then-Polish president Lech Kaczynski.

German lawmakers urge Turkey to free Die Welt journalist

Dozens of German lawmakers on Friday called on Turkey to release a journalist for the Die Welt newspaper who is being held on terrorism-related charges.

Three challenges for Cuba's Raul Castro in his last year

Raul Castro says he will step aside as Cuba's president a year from now.Here are three challenges facing the island as it prepares for the handover:- Economy -Castro took over in 2006 from his brother Fidel, who died last November.

Russia to veto Syria sanctions over chemical weapons

Russia vowed Friday to use its veto to block a proposed UN resolution drafted by the United States, France and Britain that would impose sanctions on Syria for the use of chemical weapons.

Czech FM will press Sudan to free jailed missionary

Czech Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek will travel to Sudan on Sunday to try to free a Czech Christian aid worker sentenced to 24 years in prison on charges including spying and inciting hatred.

Ex-CIA agent convicted in rendition case arrested in Portugal

A former Central Intelligence Agency agent wanted in Italy after being convicted of illegally kidnapping an Egyptian cleric who was sent to Egypt under the Bush-era extraordinary rendition program has been arrested in Portugal.

OAS chief presses for Venezuela elections

The head of the Organization of American States renewed a call Friday for elections in Venezuela, saying it is the only way for the beleaguered South American country to emerge from years of "dictatorship.

Op-Ed: Rival Libyan militias engage in fierce clashes in Tripoli

The clashes are said to be between the Deterrent Forces led by Eghnaiwa Al-Kiki and the forces of the Al-Burki battalion. The Libyan Red Crescent(LRC) said that its efforts to communicate with both sides failed.

North Korea steps up sanctions-busting: UN report

North Korea is flouting tougher new UN sanctions with more ingenuous tactics, circumventing trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies, notably in Malaysia and China, a report by UN sanctions experts says.

Trump badmouths Sweden, Germany, Paris

US President Donald Trump intensified his verbal attacks on Sweden, France and Germany Friday, painting swaths of Europe as a jihadist-infested hellscape.

Swedish PM seeks to cut inflow of foreign workers

Sweden's prime minister said Friday he wants to curb labour migration to the Scandinavian country to provide more jobs for its own unemployed, including refugees accepted in recent years.

Rio sets aside recession, violence fears for carnival

The economy is crumbling and street protests are turning violent, but Rio de Janeiro put all worries aside for the opening of carnival Friday.

Belgium to offer terror attack victims special help

Belgium's government approved special help for terror victims Friday, as the country prepares to mark the first anniversary of deadly Islamic State-claimed attacks in Brussels which killed 32 people.

German secret service spied on global media: report

Germany's foreign intelligence service BND long spied on journalists of the BBC, The New York Times, Reuters and other media, news weekly Der Spiegel reported Friday.

Italy hospital staff held over mass absenteeism scam

Nearly 100 staff at a hospital in southern Italy have been questioned in connection with a widespread absenteeism scandal, including a doctor who skived off to play tennis, police said Friday.

Aid donors pledge $672 mn to prevent Lake Chad famine

Donor countries on Friday pledged $672 million in emergency aid for people threatened by famine after eight years of Boko Haram violence in the Lake Chad region, but the sum is just a fraction of what the UN says is needed.

Syria peace talks struggle as bomb kills dozens

The UN struggled on Friday to get a new round of Syrian peace talks off the ground, but with few signs of progress as dozens more civilian deaths underlined the scale of the challenge.

France's Macron takes on critics over 'vague' programme

France's centrist presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron gave the first clear outlines of his economic programme Friday, promising cuts to public spending and an assault on unemployment.

S.African police fire rubber bullets at anti-immigrant march

South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up violent clashes between local protesters and migrants in Pretoria on Friday at an anti-immigration march.

136 Turks with diplomatic status sought asylum in Germany: ministry

More than 130 Turkish diplomats, soldiers and their family members have sought refuge in Germany since last July's failed coup, according to German government data in documents seen by AFP on Friday.
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