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Italy's energetic Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.

Venezuela's torn PSUV holds first congress post-Chavez

The United Socialist Party of Venezuela appears anything but, as it heads into its first congress since the death of founder Hugo Chavez torn by power struggles and economic woes.

Air Algerie crash wipes out entire families

All passengers and crew on board an Air Algerie jetliner that crashed in Mali died in the tragedy, which completely wiped out several families, France announced.

Jihadists kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush

Jihadists from the Islamic State killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.

Israel and Hamas declare 12-hour Gaza truce

The Israeli military and the militant Palestinian Hamas were set on Saturday to start a 12-hour ceasefire at 8:00 am (0500 GMT), but a longer-term truce remained elusive.

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

President Barack Obama met with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.

Gaza and Israel agree to 12-hour cease-fire

After hours of denials all day, Gaza and Israel have agreed to a 12-hour cease-fire. No one knows if it will work if it starts as schedule Saturday morning.

Veteran Catalan leader reveals family kept money abroad

A former premier of Spain's Catalonia region and one of its biggest political powerbrokers said Friday his family kept undeclared money abroad for over 30 years and apologised for the "mistake".

Obama, Central American leaders meet on child migrants

President Barack Obama met Friday with three Central American leaders to try to get control of an humanitarian crisis triggered by a tide of child migrants crossing the southern US border.

Breathe deeply, it is safe to go on a plane, travellers told

After three major air disasters in one week, with planes coming down in Ukraine, Taiwan and then Mali without a single survivor, passengers can be forgiven for feeling a little pang of panic boarding their flights.

Op-Ed: Islamic State order in Mosul for FGM probably a hoax

Reports about the "bad guy" should always be looked upon with some suspicion. The "good guys" will always try to demonize the "bad guys" because they need support and taxpayer money to fight against them.

Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

French police have banned a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent.

Op-Ed: Israeli Deputy Speaker calls for ethnic cleansing of Gaza

While the world recoils in horror at the sight of Israeli troops slaughtering innocent Palestinians by the hundreds, one high-ranking Israeli parliamentarian says his country should go further and implement its own final solution in Gaza.

Things just got dicey for noisy domino players in Seville, Spain

It seems players of dominoes and dice games on café and bar terraces in the southern Spanish city of Seville have been making just too much noise. Now authorities are cracking down, banning the games from outdoor areas.

Ukraine rebels go to the museum -- for WWII tanks and cannons

Visiting a museum may be the last thing on the minds of hardened insurgents in east Ukraine, but a group of them turned up at one in Donetsk -- only to make off with a World War II tank and two howitzers.

Veteran says he was forgotten in Florida VA clinic for hours

A United States Marine veteran says he was forgotten and locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veterans Administration for hours.

Erdogan suffers delay on new Turkey high speed train

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated the first high-speed train link between Ankara and Istanbul in his latest ambitious grand engineering project, but arrived late after a technical problem on the maiden trip.

Securing MH17 site a 'dangerous tightrope act': Experts

Sending Western forces to secure the MH17 crash site in rebel-held Ukraine and protect investigators will be a perilous balancing act involving unpredictable separatists and Russian pride, experts said Friday.

Israeli military reservists refuse to serve in Gaza

While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to continue the war in Gaza for "as long as is required," a small but growing number of Israeli military reservists are refusing to participate in what one likened to the "gang rape" of Palestine.

Pro-Gaza rally held in Berlin under close police watch

About 1,000 pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Berlin Friday, closely watched by police for any banned anti-Semitic slogans and separated from pro-Israel rallies.

Erdogan to be 'active' Turkish president: Deputy PM

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be an "active" head of state if he wins presidential elections in August and will play a particularly strong role in foreign policy, one of his government's most senior ministers said.

Confusion after Ukraine's PM quits

Ukraine's political circus made an unwelcome return to centre stage as bickering lawmakers struggled Friday to avert a crisis of their own making after Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned in a huff.

Central American kids risk everything on road to US

Marco saw his hopes and dreams crumble before his eyes, barely scraping a living in his western Guatemalan town as it fell victim to drugs and gangs.

Jihadists kill at least 50 Syria troops in ambush: monitor

Jihadists from the Islamic State group killed at least 50 Syrian soldiers in an ambush on Friday, summarily executing most of them after their capture, a monitoring group said.

Nigeria confirms Liberian man died of Ebola in Lagos

Nigeria said Friday that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian national who died in quarantine in Lagos, confirmation that the worst-ever outbreak of the virus has reached Africa's most populous country.

Russia accuses US of 'smear campaign' over Ukraine

Russia on Friday called the latest US accusations of Moscow's involvement in the Ukrainian conflict a baseless "smear campaign" and said Washington bears responsibility for the bloodshed.

Indonesia's Prabowo files challenge to election result

The ex-general who lost Indonesia's presidential election to Jakarta governor Joko Widodo mounted a legal challenge to the result Friday, alleging widespread electoral fraud and irregularities in vote counting.

West Africa Ebola death toll reaches 660: WHO

The death toll in West Africa's Ebola outbreak has risen to 660, with the number of cases surpassing 1,000, the World Health Organization said Friday.

Three dead, dozens wounded in Thai car bomb

A car bomb exploded on Friday outside a hotel in insurgency-wracked southern Thailand, killing three people and wounding more than 30 others, police said.

Zimbabwe police quiz minister over detained editor

Police in Zimbabwe have taken the unusual step of summoning the country's information minister for questioning in the case of a state newspaper editor charged with subversion.

Forensic exam of Korea ferry owner's body inconclusive

South Korean forensic experts said Friday they were unable to determine a cause of death after examining the body of a fugitive tycoon at the heart of the inquiry into April's ferry disaster.

Capsized Malaysian ferry leaves three dead, eight missing

Malaysian officials have confirmed that three people are dead and nearly a dozen are still missing after a ferry carrying Indonesian migrant workers sank off the southern coast of Malaysia.

Asylum-seekers held on high seas to be taken to Australia

A group of 157 asylum-seekers in custody on the high seas for weeks will be taken to Australia and held until consular officials confirm their nationalities, authorities said Friday.

Minnesota man ejected from flight for tweeting about bad service

Duff Watson won't be flying Southwest Airlines again in the future, after he and his family were asked to leave the plane because he tweeted about the bad service he received at the gate.

Dutch, Australians ready MH17 troops amid Ukraine deadly fighting

Dutch and Australian authorities put their troops on standby for deployment to secure the rebel-held crash site of Malaysian flight MH17 in east Ukraine, where fighting between the army and separatists Friday claimed over a dozen more lives.

Male circumcision lowers HIV risk for women, forum told

A campaign to promote male circumcision to prevent AIDS infection also indirectly benefits women by reducing their risk of contracting the HIV virus, according to a study presented at the world AIDS forum Friday.

Sudanese Christian woman spared death sentence meets Pope

A Sudanese Christian woman whose death sentence for renouncing Islam sparked a global outcry that eventually led to an acquittal, met Pope Francis after arriving in Italy en route to the United States.

Australian journalist jailed in Egypt to appeal

Jailed Australian journalist Peter Greste will lodge an appeal against the conviction and seven-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court, his family said Friday.

Gunmen kill 15 civilians travelling in central Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban gunmen stopped two vehicles in central Afghanistan and shot dead 15 passengers at the side of the road, officials said Friday, in the latest attack to highlight the growing civilian toll from violence.

Putin allegedly fires artillery on Ukraine as bodies retrieved

Instead of backing off because of the world’s condemnation of Russia for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner, Moscow began an artillery barrage into Ukraine territory Thursday.

Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relatives blast chairman

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers Friday, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.
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