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Oil and gas drilling in the Adriatic has looked inevitable, but is the tide turning, as Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic announces his intention to hold a referendum on the issue?

Snowden docs: New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for NSA

New Zealand has been spying on its small, friendly Pacific neighbors and Indonesia and is sharing the intelligence with international allies including the US National Security Agency, according to new revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Kerry briefs wary Gulf ministers after Iran nuclear talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry briefed wary Gulf ministers Thursday about his latest nuclear talks with Iran, as Washington and its regional allies seek to stabilise a troubled Middle East.

Rescuers find 32 dead miners in east Ukraine mine

Rescuers found 32 bodies of miners in the Zasyadko mine in eastern Ukraine a day after a blast ripped through the shaft, a rebel official said on Thursday.

Hillary Clinton calls for her emails to be made public

Hillary Clinton, facing criticism over her exclusive use of a private email account while US secretary of state, has called for her emails to be made public after Republicans subpoenaed the documents."I want the public to see my email.

Delhi rape victim's father urges viewing of documentary

The father of a woman who died after a savage gang-rape in Delhi said Thursday he thought everyone should watch a documentary about the attack broadcast by the BBC but banned in India.

Indonesia rejects prisoner swap to save death row Australians

Indonesia on Thursday rejected the offer of a prisoner swap proposed by Canberra in an 11th-hour bid to save two Australian drug smugglers facing execution, saying it is determined to put to death those "who have poisoned our nation".

Republicans subpoena Clinton emails

Republicans issued subpoenas demanding Hillary Clinton's emails from her time as secretary of state, the latest glancing blow to a leading 2016 contender likely to enter the presidential ring.

Libya asks UN to approve arms contracts

Libya urged the UN Security Council to approve a request for military purchases as it struggles to combat Islamic State extremists and protect its oil fields.

EU, Cuba in 'frank' talks to normalize relations

The European Union and Cuba held a third round of "frank" talks aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement.

Policeman cleared in US town that 'targeted blacks'

The US Justice Department said it will not prosecute the white policeman who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, but in a damning report found the local force systematically targeted African Americans.

British lawmakers back anti-slavery law

British lawmakers gave their backing to a new anti-slavery law that forces businesses to be more transparent about their supply chains, the first piece of legislation of its kind in Europe.

U.S. ambassador attacked in Seoul

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert, was slashed on his face and arm by a blade-wielding assailant shouting anti-war slogans in an attack in Seoul Thursday, police and television reports said.

Australia floats prisoner swap to save Indonesia pair

Australia on Thursday proposed a prisoner swap with Indonesia in an 11th-hour bid to save two drug smugglers facing execution, while voicing "deep concern" about Jakarta's international reputation if they are killed.

Rights groups slam 'repressive' Azerbaijan ahead of European games

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on Wednesday condemned the persecution of dissidents in Azerbaijan as the country prepares to host the first European Games, urging the release of imprisoned journalists and activists.

France gets rap on knuckles over smacking children

A top rights body said Wednesday that France was in violation of a European treaty because it did not fully ban the smacking of children, reigniting debate over the divisive issue.

In crisis-hit Venezuela, even opponents miss Chavez

Since Hugo Chavez died two years ago, Venezuela's economy has tanked and the government has lurched toward more repressive tactics, triggering nostalgia among the late leftist firebrand's supporters and even his opponents.

Police in town in New Hampshire awarding good behavior

In the town of Farmington, New Hampshire, the police have been handing out different types of tickets, as a way to award good behavior.

FARC demands Colombia government release classified files

Colombia's FARC rebels called on the government Wednesday to release classified military and intelligence files about the half-century old civil war, saying full disclosure is key to any future reconciliation between the two sides.

New Uruguay govt in 'no rush' to sell pot at pharmacies

The government of newly sworn-in Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez is in no hurry to implement his predecessor's controversial world-first law allowing marijuana sales at pharmacies, an official said Wednesday.

EU, Cuba resume talks to normalize relations

The European Union and Cuba resumed negotiations Wednesday in a third round of talks aimed at normalizing relations, as Havana and Washington work through their own historic rapprochement.

Huge surge in migrants entered EU in 2014: Frontex

Nearly triple the number of migrants entered the European Union in 2014 compared to the previous year, mainly due to refugees fleeing war in Syria, the bloc's border agency said Wednesday.

Encounter with aliens and UFOs deemed historical fact

One Massachusetts family's close encounters with aliens and UFOs in the 1960s are now being documented as historical fact.

At least 10 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Sicily

A boat capsized off Sicily when the migrants aboard rushed to meet rescuers, killing at least 10 people, the Italian coastguard said Wednesday.

Recovering Ireland appeals for diaspora to come home

Ireland's government this week launched a new programme called "Global Irish" designed to attract thousands of emigrants who left during the financial crisis to return.

Venezuela opposition leader fears vote will be scrapped

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles says he fears President Nicolas Maduro's crisis-hit government, fearing a humiliating loss, will cancel key legislative elections later this year.

Wreck of the biggest battleship ever built discovered

An American team has announced it has found the wreck of the WWII Japanese super-battleship, Musashi, sunk by US warplanes in 1944 in the Sibuyan Sea in the Philippines.

At least 34 dead as Syria rebels attack regime intel HQ

Syrian rebels launched a fierce attack on an intelligence headquarters in Aleppo, leaving at least 34 dead, days after the opposition rejected a UN ceasefire plan for the city.

State asks 10 years for German cannibalism website 'murder'

German prosecutors on Wednesday sought 10 and a half years' jail for a former police officer accused of killing a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists.

French warrants for 3 suspects in 1982 Jewish restaurant attack

France has issued international arrest warrants for three men suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a Jewish restaurant in Paris in 1982, a judicial source told AFP on Wednesday.

Armenia-Azerbaijan bloodletting threatens Karabakh ceasefire

Locals sigh with relief as their Armenian village of Movses, close to the border with Azerbaijan, disappears in the lilac mist rolling down from the Kardash mountain, where Azeri snipers have fortified positions."The mist is our salvation.

Argentina appeal revives cover-up case against president

Argentine prosecutors on Wednesday appealed a judge's decision to dismiss their case against President Cristina Kirchner for allegedly protecting Iranian officials accused of orchestrating a deadly 1994 bombing.

Timeline of Boston Marathon bombing events

A timeline of events leading to the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who went on trial Wednesday for the Boston Marathon bombing.

Despite U.S. rift, experts see poll boost for Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's blistering attack on a U.S. push for a nuclear accord with Iran soured ties with Washington but could boost his prospects in elections this month, experts say.

Mexico nabs Zetas drug cartel leader 'Z-42'

Mexican federal forces captured Zetas drug cartel leader Omar Trevino in an upper-class suburb of the northern industrial city of Monterrey on Wednesday, dealing a new blow to the feared gang.

'It was him' Boston bombings trial hears

Lawyers for the student on trial for the Boston marathon bombings bluntly admitted Wednesday that he was responsible for the attacks, but insisted he had been led astray by his brother.

French police report 'dozen' drone sightings over Paris

Paris police on Wednesday said the public had reported around a dozen drone sightings over sensitive areas of the French capital -- the latest in a baffling series of overflights.

France's Monte-Cristo castle in need of repair

Nearly one million euros is needed to restore the Monte-Cristo castle that was once home to famed novelist Alexandre Dumas, author of classics including "The Three Musketeers".

Concern grows for civilians as noose tightens around Tikrit

Concern mounted over the fate of civilians in Tikrit where Iraqi forces were trying to trap Islamic State group jihadists on the third day of a huge offensive to retake the city.

'The elderly are not aliens': Pope

Pope Francis urged his followers at his weekly prayer on Wednesday to show affection and respect for the elderly, saying they must not be treated as "aliens".

Putin says Nemtsov assassination a 'disgrace'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday described the killing of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov as a tragedy that had brought disgrace on Russia, and warned against a rise in "extremist crime".