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The late Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, who rose to power while working for the CIA, ruled ruthlessly 1983-1989 and was ousted by a US military invasion.

N. Korea says ballistic missile test successful: media

North Korea confirmed its test-firing of a precision-guided ballistic missile was "successful", the state-run news agency KCNA reported Tuesday, a day after the projectile landed in waters provocatively close to Japan.

Venezuela opposition figures wounded as anti-govt demos intensify

Two leading Venezuelan opposition figures were wounded in anti-government protests Monday, as demonstrators vowed to intensify pressure on President Nicolas Maduro and against his plans to hold a constitutional assembly.

Sri Lanka appeals for help as floods cripple water supply

Sri Lanka appealed for volunteers Tuesday to help with a massive recovery operation in the wake of devastating flooding that left 183 dead and tens of thousands without clean drinking water.

Noriega, former CIA agent who got on wrong side of the US

The late Manuel Antonio Noriega's public persona was extinguished nearly three decades ago, when the United States toppled him in an invasion that spoke volumes about Cold War tensions at the time.

Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega dead at 83

Panama's former dictator Manuel Antonio Noriega, who died in Panama City late Monday, was physically diminished after decades of imprisonment for crimes committed during his 1983-1989 rule.

Philippines urges Islamist militants to surrender

Philippine authorities on Tuesday urged Islamist militants occupying parts of a southern city to surrender for the sake of trapped civilians, as attack helicopters pounded the gunmen's strongholds with rockets.

Indonesian Islamist leader named suspect in porn case

A Indonesian Islamist leader who helped organise mass protests against Jakarta's Christian governor has been named a suspect in a pornography case, police said Tuesday, as authorities seek to rein in hardliners.

N. Korea says ballistic missile test successful: state media

North Korea on Tuesday boasted its test of a precision-guided missile was "successful", saying it had zeroed in within a few metres of a target provocatively close to Japan the day before.

Trump switches from Android to iPhone that has one app: Twitter

President Donald Trump made good use of Twitter in 2016, when he was running as a candidate for president of the United States. Up until two months ago, the president was using an Android phone to Tweet.

Fear, confusion as Philippine Muslim city burns

Four hungry chickens clawed at rubbish in a deserted street that smelt of corpses as military helicopters skimmed the rooftops firing rockets while the Philippines' most beautiful Muslim city burned.

Generation homeless: trying to help Egypt's street kids

Barefoot and wearing shabby clothes, the two-year-old wanders through the dirty streets of Cairo alongside her mother, who has also spent all her life without a home of her own.

Australia to strip convicted paedophiles of passports

Convicted paedophiles will have their passports cancelled to prevent them travelling overseas to offend again under tough new laws which Australia Tuesday hailed as a "world first".

In Swedish asylum limbo, young Afghans turn to heroin

Beer cans, newspapers drenched in vomit and aluminium foil litters the ground inside a parking garage where young Afghan asylum seekers smoke heroin as they shelter from the cold in central Sweden."When we smoke...

FARC disarmament deadline pushed back 20 days

Colombia's FARC guerrillas will disarm in 20 days, rather than this week as originally planned, with guerrillas returning to civil life in 60 days, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

Suicide bomber kills eight at Baghdad ice cream shop: officials

A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle at a popular Baghdad ice cream shop, killing at least eight people, security officials said on Tuesday.

Putin a bigger threat than Islamic State: McCain

Russian President Vladimir Putin is a bigger threat to world security than the so-called Islamic State group, according to veteran US Senator John McCain who also admits Donald Trump makes him "nervous".

New Ecuador leader says 'hacker' Assange can stay at embassy

Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno criticized Julian Assange as a "hacker" but stressed his country would continue providing asylum to the WikiLeaks founder fleeing international arrest.

Clashes as Venezuela opposition turns up heat on govt

Thousands of Venezuelans demonstrated Monday after the opposition vowed to intensify pressure on President Nicolas Maduro as they seek to stop him from strengthening his grip on power.

Dramatic video shows migrants rescued from burning boat

More than 30 migrants were rescued at the weekend off the coast of Spain after their rubber speed boat caught fire, forcing them into the water in a dramatic moment caught on camera and broadcast Monday.

Eight held in Dominican Rep. in Odebrecht graft probe

Police arrested eight people including a government minister in the Dominican Republic on Monday in a corruption probe into disgraced Brazilian firm Odebrecht, prosecutors said.

White House braces for more scrutiny, Trump defends Kushner

A rattled White House braced Monday for a fresh wave of scrutiny in the ever-widening investigation into Russian election meddling, as President Donald Trump rallied behind his embattled son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner.

Greece says 'confident' of 'good solution' in June on debt

Greece's finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Monday said he was "confident" that an upcoming eurozone meeting would reach a "good solution" on debt relief, whilst calling on creditors to end their "procrastination"."We're looking for a good solution....

Saudi activist 'deported' from Qatar: watchdog

Qatar has deported a Saudi human rights activist who was on his way to Norway where he hoped to seek asylum, a watchdog said on Monday.

DR Congo authorises trial of experimental Ebola vaccine

The Democratic Republic of Congo has approved using an experimental Ebola vaccine to combat an outbreak of the virus in the northeast, the government said Monday.

Trump has 'weakened' the West, hurt EU interests: German Foreign Minister

Germany on Monday unleashed a volley of criticism against US President Donald Trump, slamming his "short-sighted" policies that have "weakened the West" and hurt European interests.

Trudeau seeks papal apology over Canada school abuse

Pope Francis on Monday met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was expected to seek an apology over the abuse of indigenous Canadians at church-run boarding schools.

UN warns 200,000 at grave risk in last stages of Mosul battle

Up to 200,000 civilians caught between fanatical jihadists and advancing Iraqi forces are in grave danger in the final stages of the battle for Mosul, a senior UN official said Monday.

Finland's president to stand for re-election

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto, a fiercely pro-European conservative, announced Monday his plans to stand for re-election in January 2018, where he is seen as a favourite.

Greece, Germany agree to slow refugee family reunification: report

Greece and Germany have agreed to slow the reunification of refugee families divided between the two nations during their scramble to safety, according to a leaked letter published Monday.

Tunisia security forces kill IS fugitive

Tunisian security forces have killed a leader of the Islamic State group who was plotting attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, authorities said on Monday.

Spain's Rajoy gets majority support for 2017 budget

Spain's prime minister, at the head of a minority government, puts his 2017 budget to a parliamentary vote this week safe in the knowledge that he finally has the support of a majority of lawmakers.

Russian oligarch offers to 'help' US meddling probes

Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska on Monday said he was ready to cooperate with US congressional probes into election meddling by Moscow without immunity, insisting he has evidence against claims of Kremlin interference.

Nigeria's Buhari absent on second anniversary as president

Nigeria's ailing president was glaringly absent on Monday as his deputy marked their two years in power, with no word on the head of state's health three weeks after he went on indefinite medical leave.

Morocco arrests leader of northern protest movement

Authorities in Morocco on Monday arrested the fugitive leader of a protest movement that has shaken the country's northern Rif region for months.

Iraq presses Mosul assault, UN warns of danger to civilians

Iraqi forces pressed forward Monday with an offensive against jihadist-held areas of Mosul as the United Nations warned of grave danger to civilians in the final stages of the battle.

Morocco protest leader arrested: officials

Authorities in Morocco have arrested the fugitive leader of a protest movement that has shaken the country's northern Rif region for six months, officials said on Monday.

Third night of protests in northern Morocco

Protesters have rallied for a third night running in Morocco's city of Al-Hoceima, in a northern region of the country where there has been growing social unrest.

Police make fresh arrest over Manchester bombing

British police said they had arrested a new suspect on Monday over the Manchester bombings, bringing to 14 the number of people they have in custody over the attack.

Greek ex-PM Mitsotakis, early austerity champion, dies aged 98

Former Greek Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis, an early proponent of austerity cuts that Greece eventually had to adopt during the economic crisis, died Monday aged 98, his family said.

Fears for 2,000 people trapped in Philippine city battle

Army helicopters fired rockets at Islamist militants in a southern Philippine city Monday, as fears grew for up to 2,000 people unable to escape a week of relentless fighting that has left women and children dead.