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Mexico waited anxiously on Thursday for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake entered a third day.Authorities put the death toll from Tuesday's 7.

Rohingya crisis sparks fear among Bangladeshi Buddhists

As thousands of Rohingya flee ethnic violence in Myanmar, Bangladesh's small Buddhist community fears the crisis could spark a violent backlash from their Muslim neighbours.

UN Security Council warns against holding Iraqi Kurd vote

The UN Security Council on Thursday warned that a referendum on independence by Iraq's Kurdistan region was potentially destabilizing, adding its weight to international opposition to the vote.

Kim vows to make Trump 'pay dearly' for threatening N Korea: KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un Friday mocked Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" -- and warned he will make the US president "pay dearly" for threatening the destruction of his country at the United Nations.

Clinging to hope as clock ticks, quake-hit Mexicans wait and pray

A frail, elderly woman wipes away tears as she takes in the harrowing sight: a bulletin board with the names of people still trapped in the rubble of one of the many buildings leveled in Mexico's killer earthquake.

Mugabe at UN stands up to 'Giant Gold Goliath' Trump

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe did not mince words at the United Nations Thursday about Donald Trump, mocking the US president as the "Giant Gold Goliath.

All eyes on May as she prepares to spell out key Brexit demands

European leaders braced on Friday for a speech by British Prime Minister Theresa May that is expected to spell out key positions on Brexit after wrangling and tension in her own government.

Sad, false alarm in Mexico: reports of girl trapped in quake rubble denied

A young girl supposedly trapped in the rubble of a Mexico City school toppled by a powerful quake this week never existed, officials said Thursday, denying accounts that had gripped all of Mexico and spurred international media attention.

Nikki Haley denies designs on secretary of state job

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tried to scotch speculation Thursday that she is gunning to become secretary of state, saying she is not interested in the role.

US police fatally shoot deaf man despite neighbors' warnings

Police in Oklahoma came under intense scrutiny Thursday for fatally shooting a deaf man who failed to respond to their commands, even as neighbors were alerting officers of the man's disability.

Private jet crashes Istanbul's main airport, four wounded: official

A private jet crashed on landing and burst into flames Thursday while making an emergency landing at Istanbul's main international airport, leaving four injured, officials said.

Prada designer says her work more important than sales

Miuccia Prada delivered an unflinching defence Thursday of her creative leadership of the flagging luxury giant that bears her name, saying her work is more important than sales.

Trudeau tells UN Canada has failed its indigenous people

Declaring that Canada is "no land of wonders," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the United Nations on Thursday that his country was working to address failures in the treatment of its indigenous people.

Scottish leader raises concern over Catalonia crisis

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon expressed concern Thursday about the Spanish government's crackdown in Catalonia, as demonstrators gathered in Glasgow in support of self-determination.

EU silence on Catalan crisis masks concerns

As Catalonia's independence referendum crisis deepens, EU officials are staying doggedly tight-lipped even as diplomats privately voice serious concern at a situation some regard as a challenge to fundamental European values.

Russia at UN slams 'military hysteria' over N. Korea

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday took an indirect swipe at the United States, telling the United Nations that "military hysteria" over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests would lead to "disaster.

Hurricane Maria left over 15 dead in Dominica: prime minister

Hurricane Maria left more than 15 people dead in hard-hit Dominica, the small Caribbean island's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit announced on Thursday.

NATO chief backs UN peacekeepers across east Ukraine

NATO's chief on Thursday backed sending UN peacekeepers to Ukraine but said the force should operate throughout the zone of violence which Western powers say is backed by Russia.

Yemen president promises UN to open to aid

Yemen's president on Thursday promised the United Nations to open the entire war-torn country to aid as millions of people are at risk of famine and cholera.

EU agrees on new sanctions against N.Korea: sources

The EU agreed Thursday on new sanctions against North Korea, diplomatic sources told AFP, as the international community steps up efforts to punish the pariah state for its nuclear weapons programme.

Key dates in Catalonia's push for independence

Thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona on Thursday for a second day after police detained key members of the team organising the October 1 Catalan independence referendum which Madrid deems illegal.

Slovakia plans to meet NATO defence budget target by 2024

Slovakia plans to increase its military budget to the NATO target of two percent of gross domestic product by 2024, according to an official document released Thursday.The NATO and EU member state of 5.4 million people currently allocates 1.

Trump says US to target firms doing business with N. Korea

US President Donald Trump on Thursday paved the way for sanctions against foreign companies doing business with North Korea, a dramatic ratcheting up of pressure on the regime.

Saudis call on Myanmar to allow Rohingyas to return

A top Saudi relief official called Thursday for Myanmar to take back Rohingya refugees and let them live in peace.Dr.

Brussels attack suspect may have brain tumour: lawyer

A Frenchman who allegedly shot dead four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels was denied medical care in prison for a suspected brain tumour and is unfit for trial, his lawyers said Thursday.

US boosts aid for war famines by $575 million

The United States said Thursday it will spend another $575 million dollars to help the millions facing starvation and violence amid wars and unrest in Yemen, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Somalia.

Catalonia's most pro-independence town determined to vote

The translator of "Harry Potter" and a Congolese priest are but some of the 2,200 residents in the Catalan town of L'Esquirol, the region's most enthusiastically separatist town.

Hope fading for survivors as Mexico search enters third day

Mexico waited anxiously on Thursday for signs of life in the rubble of collapsed buildings as a desperate search for survivors of a devastating earthquake entered a third day.Authorities put the death toll following Tuesday's 7.

Threats with razor blades mailed to Merkel, other MPs

Anonymous threatening letters in Arabic containing white powder and razor blades have been sent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel's home and other politicians before Sunday's election, police said.

US-backed force clearing last IS fighters from Raqa: monitor

Syrian fighters backed by US special forces were on Thursday clearing the last remaining Islamic State group jihadists from their Syrian bastion Raqa, a monitor said.

UN sets up probe of IS atrocities in Iraq

The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to set up an investigation team to collect evidence on the massacres of Iraq's Yazidi minority and other atrocities committed by the Islamic State group in Iraq.

Moon at UN: S. Korea not seeking collapse of N. Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-In said Thursday he did not seek North Korea's collapse, using an address to the United Nations to urge a scaling down of sky-high tensions.

Muslims 'attached' to Europe despite discrimination: study

A large majority of Muslims in Europe feel closely connected to the country they live in and trust public institutions despite facing "widespread discrimination", a study suggested Thursday.

US watchdog highlights slapdash training to Afghan police

US efforts to train Afghanistan's security forces are being hampered by slapdash instruction, shoddy oversight and failures in governance, a watchdog warned Thursday as America sends thousands more troops to the war-torn nation.

Bangladesh treats thousands for bullet, machete, landmine wounds

Bangladesh said Thursday it had treated more than 2,350 Rohingya refugees for serious injuries sustained during ethnic violence in Myanmar, including bullet and machete wounds and trauma from landmines.

Africa poaching now a war, task force warns

The fight against poaching must be treated as a war, Africa's leading anti-poaching coalition said Thursday, as it called for the illicit wildlife trade to be monitored like global conflicts.

British PM gathers ministers ahead of Brexit speech

British ministers put on a show of unity Thursday as they met on the eve of Prime Minister Theresa May's major speech on Brexit, which has been overshadowed by cabinet divisions.

New protests as France set to enshrine labour reforms

Unions staged new protests Thursday against an overhaul of France's labour laws, hoping to build pressure on President Emmanuel Macron days before his flagship reforms are expected to enter into force.

Togo readies for fresh protests amid charges of repression

Opposition parties in Togo readied for a second day of demonstrations on Thursday over the rule of President Faure Gnassingbe, the scion of Africa's oldest political dynasty, amid accusations of harsh repression by the security forces.

Turkey jails 14 lawyers representing imprisoned hunger strikers

A Turkish court on Thursday jailed on terror charges 14 lawyers representing two detained teachers who have been on hunger strike for six months after being sacked in a mass crackdown.

Catalan govt says referendum plans have been dealt a blow

The Catalan government acknowledged Thursday that its plans to hold an independence referendum on October 1 had been dealt a blow by a crackdown by Spanish authorities against the vote which Madrid deems illegal.
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