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European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker promised Wednesday to seek a "balanced" deal for Britain's exit from the EU, after Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled her Brexit plan.

Philippines' Duterte taunts bishops to take drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday taunted the country's Catholic priests and bishops to take highly addictive crystal methamphetamine, as he accused them of "hypocrisy" for criticising his deadly drug war.

Top Iraq commander announces 'liberation' of east Mosul

Iraqi forces have fully retaken east Mosul from the Islamic State group, a top commander said on Wednesday, three months after a huge offensive against the jihadist bastion was launched.

Biden warns against Russia threat to liberal order

Russia is the main threat to the Western-led world order, US Vice President Joe Biden told Davos elites on Wednesday, in his final speech before leaving office."The greatest threat ...

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered S. Korean businessman

Philippine police kidnapped and murdered a South Korean businessman, then led his wife to believe he was alive for months to extort money from her, authorities said Wednesday.

Davos darling Xi not practising what he preaches: analysts

Xi Jinping's hymn to globalisation at Davos may have won acclaim from the meeting's well-heeled elite, but Chinese experts say it was distinctly out of tune with an administration that is increasingly closed and hostile to the outside world.

Reeling Italy hit by quake triple-punch

Three earthquakes hit central Italy Wednesday in a stinging triple-punch that brought fresh terror to an area still reeling from deadly quakes last year and struggling to cope with heavy snowfall.

Ex-US president George H.W. Bush hospitalized: reports

Former US president George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized yet again in Houston, local media reported Wednesday.

Merkel to face German voters on September 24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government on Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election, as she seeks a fourth term facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx.

'I don't like tweeting': Trump

Donald Trump, whose early-morning rants and policy pronouncements on Twitter have left the world hanging on his every typed word, said he doesn't like using the social media platform in comments to air Wednesday.

Iran 'hostile' to US involvement in Syria talks

Iranian officials said Wednesday they were strongly opposed to the United States joining Syrian peace talks in Kazakhstan next week, local media reported.

Russia says Snowden can stay two more years

Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by two years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Demolitions spark deadly violence in Arab Israeli village

Demolitions in an Arab Israeli village activists say has been targeted by racist policies sparked violence on Wednesday, with a policeman killed and the man accused of attacking him shot dead.

Trump shakes postwar order, in blow to Europe

Europe must pull together or risk being sidelined as Donald Trump signals the end of a postwar transatlantic partnership credited with keeping the peace for the past 70 years, analysts and officials say.

Philippine Church speaks out on drug killings

People going to mass at one of the most famous churches in the Philippine capital over Christmas were met by a disturbing sight: poster-size pictures of Filipinos dying in pools of blood.

Journalist shot dead in Honduras

A journalist has been shot dead in northern Honduras, hospital officials said, becoming the 69th member of the media killed in the violence-plagued Central American country since 2003.

Trump 'needs to learn how to cry' from Obama

Donald Trump has one big lesson to learn from outgoing US President Barack Obama -- he needs to learn to be cool about crying.

Serbia and Kosovo declare war of words

A propagandist train, a rising wall and the ghosts of the late 1990s conflict: Serbia and Kosovo are engaged in a disturbing war of symbols and words, unprecedented in recent years.

Italy toasts its real-life Sherlock Holmes

With his Sherlock Holmes-style penchant for using multiple disguises to help crack his cases, Giuseppe Dosi was no ordinary policeman.And nearly 36 years after his death, Italians are still discovering the secrets of the "artist detective".

At Syria retirement home, elderly left behind by war

Alone in her room at an overcrowded retirement home in Damascus, Naz Ashiti thumbs through photographs of her daughters overseas, her eyes lingering on features she has not seen in years.

Estonians join paramilitary forces to face Russia fears

A machine guns rattles as pale and exhausted teams of Estonian weekend warriors struggle to climb a final obstacle: the wall of Narva Castle facing their country's powerful neighbour Russia.

Samsung heir awaits court ruling on arrest

A South Korean judge began deliberating Wednesday whether to formally arrest the heir to the Samsung empire over his alleged role in a corruption scandal engulfing President Park Geun-Hye.

Trump supporters flock to Washington for inaugural

Republican Linda Cools journeyed from Chicago to Washington to be a part of history: the upcoming inauguration of her favorite candidate Donald Trump to be the United States' 45th president."I'm very excited.

Gunman, 2 workers killed in attack on Cancun prosecutor's office

A gunman and two workers were killed during an attack on the state prosecutor's office in Cancun, authorities in the Mexican tourist city said.The armed attack took place at the prosecutor's office for the state of Quintano Roo on Tuesday.

France weighs UN sanctions regime for Mali

France is considering a UN Security Council draft resolution that would set up a sanctions regime for Mali to target opponents of a peace deal signed 19 months ago, the ambassador said Tuesday.

'Affable' Berlusconi ally takes EU parliament top job

An affable and canny Italian politician, Antonio Tajani on Tuesday snagged the European Parliament's top job in a comeback of sorts for his mentor Silvio Berlusconi.

Op-Ed: Russia and eastern Libya commander sign naval base agreement

According to an article in Al Jazeera, Italian State TV RAI reported commander of the Libyan National Army(LNA) Khalifa Haftar signed an agreement that would allow Russia to build two naval bases near Tobruk, and Benghazi.

Timeline of The Gambia's electoral crisis

Here is a timeline of developments since the December election in which President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia lost to opponent Adama Barrow:- Jammeh concedes defeat -- December 1, 2016: Gambians go to the polls to choose their new president from three c...

UN takes aim at calls for Israeli annexation of West Bank

Calls for Israel to annex parts or all of the Palestinian West Bank risk destroying prospects for peace, the UN envoy for the Middle East warned Tuesday.

Syrians elect first civilian council to run Idlib city

Syrians in northwestern Idlib cast their ballots on Tuesday for members of the first civilian council to run their city, two years after it was overrun by rebels and jihadists.

Delays, dispute hamper plans for UN regional force for South Sudan

Plans to deploy a UN regional force in South Sudan are bogged down in delays over visas, the allocation of land for bases and a dispute over protecting Juba airport, according to a confidential report obtained by AFP on Tuesday.

Catalan, Basque leaders snub Spanish regional talks

Spain's regional tensions took centre stage Tuesday as Catalan and Basque leaders boycotted a major gathering attended by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, in a first.

Lances drawn in condoms row: Pope's duel with Knights intensifies

Pope Francis's duel with the Knights of Malta intensified Tuesday as he backed an investigation into the ancient order, which has questioned the legitimacy and make-up of the panel carrying out the probe.

Ivory Coast soldier killed as mutiny protests return

A mutinous soldier was killed in Ivory Coast's administrative capital Tuesday, as fresh trouble erupted in several cities after troops took to the streets, firing shots in the air and terrifying residents.

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Gambia's Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency Tuesday just two days before he was due to step down, as British and Dutch travel agencies scrambled to evacuate thousands of tourists.

Norway says Breivik a VIP inmate with 'cosy' conditions

Norway on Tuesday insisted mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik enjoyed "cosy" conditions in prison, including cells with a view, an Xbox and a comfy armchair, as it appealed a lower court conviction for "inhumane" treatment.

Air strike on displaced camp in Nigeria 'kills 52'

At least 52 aid workers and civilians were killed on Tuesday when an air force jet accidentally bombed a camp in northeast Nigeria instead of Boko Haram militants, medical charity MSF said.

Topless Madrid protester grabs crotch of Trump... waxwork

A topless protester managed to get so close to Donald Trump on Tuesday that she grabbed his crotch... or rather that of his effigy, the latest addition to Madrid's Wax Museum.

Brazil scrambles to secure jails after deadly riots

Brazilian authorities scrambled to secure the country's overcrowded jails on Tuesday, while inmates took over one prison after a series of mass-killings by imprisoned gang members.

Brexit: What we know

Britain is set to become the first European Union member to leave the bloc following a referendum last year in which a majority voted for Brexit.

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail

Turkish prosecutors Tuesday demanded up to 142 years in prison for the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party, in a case that has intensified concerns over freedom of expression.
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