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British banker Rurik Jutting pleaded "not guilty" to two charges of murder Monday as he stood trial for the killings of two Indonesian women who were found in his upscale Hong Kong apartment.

Migrants risk it all in deadly gamble for better life in US

The two teens had trekked in the Sonoran Desert's searing heat for four days and were lost and almost out of water when border patrol agents in Arizona spotted them.

Britsh PM seeks to unite first ministers over Brexit plans

British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Monday meet the first ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in London, where she will face calls for each region to vote on the government's Brexit plans.

Lithuanians vote for change handing farmers' party surprise win

Lithuanians fed up with low wages and a labour exodus voted for major changes in Sunday's general election, handing victory to a farmers' party that previously held just one seat in parliament.

Venezuelan assembly declares 'coup' by Maduro govt

Venezuela's opposition-majority legislature declared that President Nicolas Maduro's government had committed a coup d'etat by blocking a referendum on removing him from power, vowing mass protests and international pressure.

Scuffles disrupt Hungary 1956 revolt anniversary

Scuffles between supporters and opponents of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban disrupted a state commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising in Budapest Sunday.

Rescue crew's tough call: sail away to keep other migrants safe

Pal Erik Teigen had to make a tough call Saturday: sail a rescue ship away from desperate migrants in waters off the Libyan coast in order to safeguard the lives of others.

Clock ticking as Spain races to avoid third elections

Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely averting a third election for Spaniards tired of going to the polls.

Belgium to keep record as Spain nears government

As the political crisis in Spain dragged on, there had been speculation it might overtake Belgium's record for the longest spell without a government.

Moscow confirms ministry website attack after US hacker claim

Russia's foreign ministry on Sunday said an old version of its website had been attacked after a US hacker claimed he broke in and posted a mocking message.

Venezuelan National Assembly vows to put Maduro on trial

In yet another sign that the leftist government of Nicholas Maduro is not wanted anymore, the opposition-led National Assembly on Sunday vowed to bring Maduro to trial for "violating democracy," just days after the government blocked a recall referendum.

Faded royals hold rare Serbian wedding

At the wedding of his grandfather, King Aleksandar I of Yugoslavia, nearly a century ago, more than 100,000 people thronged Belgrade's streets in heavy rain to celebrate.

Shoddy leaders contribute to rising Afghan military deaths: US general

Basic leadership failures in many Afghan police and military units are helping drive casualty rates to ever-higher levels, the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan warned Sunday.

Swiss billionaire fined $4 mn over undeclared artwork: reports

Swiss customs authorities have slapped a billionaire with a $4 million fine for failing to properly declare some 200 artworks imported into Switzerland, according to media reports confirmed by officials Sunday.

D-Day for Calais 'Jungle' camp clearance

French authorities will on Monday begin moving thousands of people out of the notorious Calais Jungle before demolishing the camp that has served as a launchpad for attempts to sneak into Britain.

Chile's embattled Bachelet put to test in local polls

Chile's opposition is leading with a razor-thin margin in local elections that could deal a disappointment to embattled President Michelle Bachelet by returning conservatives to power.

Clinton jumps to double-digit lead over Trump: poll

Hillary Clinton has soared to a 12-point lead over Donald Trump in the race for the White House, according to a new poll released Sunday, with the real estate magnate's support tanking among key voter groups.

Pentagon chief urges 'isolation operation' for IS-held Raqa

US defence chief Ashton Carter said Sunday that an operation to isolate the Islamic State group in Syria's Raqa should begin in conjunction with the assault on the jihadists' Iraqi bastion Mosul.

'Jungle' children arrive in UK before migrant camp demolition

The first group of children from the French "Jungle" migrant camp with no connection to Britain have arrived in the country, the Home Office said Sunday, ahead of the camp's planned demolition.

Two suspected 'terrorists' killed in Russian city: reports

Russian security forces shot dead two suspected "terrorists" during a security operation in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian news agencies reported on Sunday, citing law enforcement sources.

Spain heads for minority government as Socialists lift veto

Spain's Socialists voted Sunday to allow the conservatives to take power, likely ending a protracted political deadlock and avoiding a third election for poll weary Spaniards.

EU, Canada to decide Monday on trade pact signing summit

The European Union and Canada will decide on Monday whether to gather for a summit later this week to sign the imperilled CETA trade pact, a European source told AFP.

Shabaab 'takes Somali town' after Ethiopia troop pullout

Fighters from the Al-Qaeda-linked Shabaab group said Sunday they had retaken control of a town in central Somalia after hundreds of Ethiopian troops serving with the African Union's AMISOM force withdrew.

Iraq forces press Mosul assault, hunt Kirkuk attackers

Iraqi forces battled Sunday through booby-traps, sniper fire and suicide car bombs to tighten the noose around Mosul, while also hunting Islamic State group jihadists behind attacks elsewhere in the country.

Pentagon chief in Kurdistan to review Mosul offensive

US Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter arrived in Iraq's autonomous region of Kurdistan on Sunday to review the ongoing military offensive to retake the jihadist bastion of Mosul.

Qatar World Cup stadium worker dies

Qatar's World Cup organisers have announced that a worker employed in the construction of one of the stadiums for the 2022 tournament has died in a "work-related" incident.

Syria's Kurds restore ancient names to Arabised towns

On a dusty road in northeast Syria, a woman and her four children stand beside a freshly erected green sign for Joldara, the Kurdish name of her village known for decades as Shajra.

Bollywood film set to screen after Pakistani actor ban

A top Bollywood movie mired in controversy for featuring a Pakistani actor will open as scheduled in India after an industry body agreed to ban actors from across the border in future.

Yemen raids intensify as UN call to extend truce ignored

The pro-government Arab coalition Sunday stepped up air strikes on Iran-backed rebels in Yemen and clashes raged on the ground as warring parties ignored a UN call to renew a fragile ceasefire.

Highlands murder tale tipped for Booker Prize win

A tale of murder and class warfare in the Scottish Highlands by a little-known novelist is one of the favourites to win this year's Booker Prize for literature on Tuesday.

Over 35,000 suspects arrested in Turkey coup probe: minister

Turkey has arrested more than 35,000 people over alleged links to the group run by the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is blamed for the failed July coup, local media reported Sunday.

More than 100 inmates escape Haiti prison, one guard dead: official

At least 100 inmates, some of them armed, escaped a Haitian prison near the capital Port-au-Prince during a mutiny, killing at least one guard, a source close to the investigation said Sunday.

Bosphorus ship spotters set sights on Russian warships

Minutes after fishermen tip him off that a ship is about to pass through Istanbul's Bosphorus, Yoruk Isik drops what he's doing and rushes to his favourite vantage point, camera in hand.

Afghan opium cultivation skyrockets as eradication collapses

Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year because of bumper harvests, collapsing eradication efforts due to growing insecurity and declining international aid to combat drugs, the UN said Sunday.

One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts

One person was killed and at least two injured by twin near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday, the local fire department said.

After summer bonanza, Spain worries about tourism future

After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say.

Art-loving US couple gives Paris multi-million dollar collection

A Texan couple who discovered their love for art during a trip to Paris in the 1970s are to donate the multi-million dollar collection they have amassed since to the French capital.

Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels on Saturday started talks on how to retool a peace deal, rejected in a referendum last month, that would end Latin America's longest civil war.

Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious.Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here.

Lithuania opposition eyes power in tight run-off election

Lithuania's left-wing government was fighting for survival Sunday in a run-off election clouded by an exodus of workers that has fuelled a demographic crisis in the Baltic eurozone state.

Adult film actress accuses Trump of unwanted sexual advances

An adult film actress became the latest woman to accuse Donald Trump of unwanted sexual advances, claiming the Republican presidential candidate offered her $10,000 to come to his hotel room alone.