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Buoyed by its Greek ally Syriza's victory, Spanish protest party Podemos kicks off election year with a mass rally Saturday, vowing to defeat a political elite it brands corrupt.

Bush grandpa's ties to Nazis clearer on 70th Auschwitz memorial

As the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz comes and goes, the long-controversial links between American industrialists and the rise of the Nazi regime has become clearer, thanks to recently uncovered documents.

Jihadists increasingly wary of Internet, experts say

After having used the Internet profusely for propaganda and recruitment, jihadist organisations have realised that investigators are gleaning crucial information online and are increasingly concealing their web presence, experts say.

35 arrests in Vienna as far-right ball demos held

Police in Vienna arrested more than 30 people as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians.

Spurred by pope, Spanish Catholic Church confronts sexual abuse

Spain's Catholic Church, which has long been accused of silencing cases of priests sexually abusing children, is starting to take a hard line against offenders, spurred by Pope Francis.

Aircraft set for minute-by-minute tracking

All commercial flights worldwide could soon send out an automated signal every minute in times of distress to help rescuers find downed aircraft more easily.

New book lifts lid on court of Britain's Prince Charles

A new biography of Britain's Prince Charles reveals how his inner circle is riven with backstabbing and infighting, according to extracts published by The Times newspaper Saturday.

3 Chad soldiers, 123 Boko Haram militants killed in Cameroon

Three soldiers and 123 Boko Haram militants were killed when the Islamist group attacked a Chadian army contingent in northern Cameroon, the Chadian military said.

Obama to appear in public with Dalai Lama

US President Barack Obama will appear in public at an event attended by the Dalai Lama next week in Washington, the White House said, in a move sure to anger Beijing.

In Ukraine's rebel capital daily life is fraught with deadly danger

Civilians queuing for aid handouts in Ukraine's rebel stronghold of Donetsk on Friday became the five latest casualties of a conflict which makes daily life a gamble, for those who haven't already fled.

French judge to probe AirAsia crash

France has opened a formal criminal investigation into the crash of an AirAsia plane in the Java Sea last month while a French co-pilot was at the controls, a judicial source said FridayA judge will investigate possible "manslaughter" in connection wit...

Daughter of L'Oreal tycoon takes the stand in 'exploitation' trial

Liliane Bettencourt's daughter, who triggered a probe into the alleged exploitation of the elderly L'Oreal heiress, told a French court Friday that her mother's closest confidant was a "con man" bent on destroying her family.

Italy presidential battle heads into third day

Italy's presidential election will go into a fourth and likely decisive round on Saturday more after two more inconclusive votes on Friday.

Polish transsexual lawmaker announces bid for president

Polish transsexual lawmaker Anna Grodzka said Friday she would run for president in May elections, breaking new ground in the staunchly Catholic country.

Venezuela authorizes use of deadly force at demos

Venezuelan soldiers can open fire on demonstrators if they feel their lives are at risk, under a new regulation published one year after anti-government riots left 43 people dead.

Belgium charges four after nationwide anti-terror raids

Four people arrested in Belgium on Friday in raids aimed at smashing jihadist recruitment groups have been charged with "participating in the activities of a terrorist group", the federal prosecutor's office said.

China's gender imbalance back in the headlines

In November 2013, China relaxed its one-child policy. Since that time, there has remained a disparity in the ratio of male to female births in China, rising to as high as 117:100 in 2014.

Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president dies

Zhelyu Zhelev, Bulgaria's first democratically-elected president and a humble hero in the toppling of communism, died on Friday aged 79, his family told AFP.

Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy

The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

Hezbollah head says not seeking new war but warns Israel

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday his Shiite militant group is not seeking confrontation with Israel but does not fear a new war or taking the conflict beyond Lebanon's borders.

Third time no charm: Romney won't run for president

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Friday he will not run for the White House again in 2016, ending weeks of intense speculation that he would mount a third campaign.

Eurogroup chief warns Greece against 'ignoring' bailout deals

The head of the Eurogroup warned on Friday that Greece could not ignore its international obligations, after a first meeting with the new anti-austerity government which wants to renegotiate its multi-billion-euro bailout.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe named new African Union chairman

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe took over the post of African Union chairman on Friday, replacing Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Turkey's Erdogan says he's no sultan — but more like British Queen

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan brushed off criticism that he's trying to amass sultan-like powers, saying he really just wants to be more like Britain's Queen Elizabeth II.

Two US citizens under fire in new anti-West attack in Saudi

Gunmen fired at two US citizens Friday on a road in oil-rich Eastern Province, leaving one wounded, in the fourth anti-Western attack in Saudi Arabia in as many months, police said."At 2:00 pm today... a car carrying two American nationals...

UN court upholds life for two convicted in Srebrenica massacre

The UN's Yugoslav war crimes court on Friday upheld life convictions of two Bosnian Serbs for their role in the Srebrenica massacre of almost 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995.

Saudi blogger Badawi, a fighter for free speech

Saudi Arabian blogger Raef Badawi, who could face another round of flogging on Friday for "insulting Islam", is a fighter for free speech whose health is worsening, his wife says.

Bomb attack at Pakistani mosque kills over 60

A powerful bomb tore through a busy Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan on Friday, killing more than 60 people in the country's deadliest sectarian attack in nearly two years.

Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine

Twelve people, including seven civilians, were killed in the past 24 hours in clashes between government forces and pro-Russian rebels in east Ukraine, officials said Friday.

Rap mogul 'Suge' Knight reportedly involved in deadly hit-and-run

Los Angeles police say rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight is a "person of interest" in a hit-and-run that left one man dead and another person in the hospital.

Top Iraq Kurd officer among six killed in IS attack

The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five other fighters on Friday in a major attack in Iraq's Kirkuk province, an officer and a doctor said.

Burundi rivals hold talks to ease pre-vote tensions

Burundi's ruling party has said it is "ready for compromise" with the opposition to ensure peaceful elections, as warnings mount of the risk of violence in the upcoming key polls.

Britain pays tribute to Churchill as legacy lives on

Fifty years after Winston Churchill's death, Britain on Friday paid tribute to its wartime prime minister, who remains a touchstone of political life and a reminder of a faded age of global influence.

African leaders gather for conflict, Ebola talks

African leaders meet Friday for their annual summit with conflict topping the agenda, especially Nigeria's Boko Haram insurgents, as well as efforts to stem Ebola.

New Greek government steps up battle with creditors

Greece's new government dramatically escalated its battle with the country's international creditors, saying it would no longer meet with EU and IMF auditors and rejecting fresh loans offered for February.Athens had been promised another 7.

Ukraine rebels vow to push offensive if talks fail

Pro-Russian separatists vowed on Friday to push their latest offensive in eastern Ukraine further if truce talks with Kiev's pro-Western leaders fail as the bitter conflict killed another 19 civilians.

New Saudi king announces major government shake-up

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman further cemented his hold on power, with a sweeping shakeup that saw two sons of the late King Abdullah fired, and the heads of intelligence and other key agencies replaced alongside a cabinet shuffle.

Obama backs spending increase, hits Republicans

A combative US President Barack Obama unveiled plans to increase government spending, in defiance of his Republican opponents controlling Congress.

'Peace between us,' Raul Castro says of U.S. ties

Cuban President Raul Castro gave an endorsement to peace between the United States and his communist country, with the two nations in talks to restore ties after decades of animosity.

African Union calls for 7,500-strong force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the "horrendous" rise of Nigeria's Boko Haram Islamist militants, AU Commission Chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said.
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