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Caracas, 2 Feb 2019/--/Opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to his countrymen to take to the streets at the weekend for "the biggest march in the history of Venezuela" in a bid to rachet up pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to call early elections. Major European countries have set...

Manila, 6 Jan 2019/--/The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities said Sunday, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause. The storm hit central and eastern Philippine islands on December 29 and caused massive...

BELGRADE (SERBIA), 6 Jan 2019/--/Thousands of people have braved snow and freezing temperatures in Serbia's capital to turn up for the fifth week of street protests against populist President Aleksandar Vucic. The demonstrators marched through downtown Belgrade blowing whistles and booing and...

Mexico City, 6 Jan 2019/--/President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely. Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20 per cent from...

ADAK (US), 6 Jan 2019/--/Officials say a large earthquake has struck in a remote area of the Aleutian Islands near Alaska, but a tsunami is not expected. The US Tsunami Warning System says the 6.0-magnitude quake struck just before 10 am Saturday about 90 miles (145 kilometers) southwest of the...

Moscow, 6 Jan 2019/--/Russia's deputy foreign minister brushed back suggestions Saturday that an American being held in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be exchanged for a Russian citizen. The brother of Paul Whelan, however, tells The Associated Press that he can't help but question whether...

Paris, 6 Jan 2019/--/"Yellow vest" protesters returned in force to the streets of France this weekend, clashing with police in several cities and smashing their way into a government ministry in Paris with the help of a forklift truck. The interior ministry put the number of protesters who took to...

Kunduz, 6 Jan 2019/--/At least 30 people were killed when a gold mine collapsed in northeastern Afghanistan on Sunday, officials said, in the latest tragedy to strike the war-torn country. Another seven were injured in the incident in Kohistan district of Badakhshan province, district governor...

Islamabad, 6 Jan 2019/--/Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan here Sunday as the cash-strapped country seeks economic assistance to bolster its foreign exchange reserves and the government's fiscal policies. Pakistan, reeling...

London, 5 Jan 2019/--/The UK government has updated its travel advisory to India, warning British citizens to remain vigilant and avoid large public gatherings, following violent protests in Kerala over the issue of women entering the Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala. The Foreign and Commonwealth...

United Nations, 5 Jan 2019/--/The UN refugee agency has expressed regret over India's decision to repatriate a group of Rohingya to Myanmar, saying it has sought clarification from India on the circumstances under which the asylum seekers were sent back, voicing concern over the unconducive...

Washington, 5 Jan 2019/--/President Donald Trump warned on Friday that he could keep the US government partly closed for "months or even years" and declare a national emergency if the Congress refused to provide USD 5.6 billion funding for a wall along the Mexico border. After his meeting with top...

Islamabad, 5 Jan 2019/--/Pakistan has initiated a process of seeking the extradition of its former envoy to the US Hussain Haqqani through the foreign office on embezzlement charges after it failed to get it through Interpol, a media report said on Saturday. The Supreme Court had issued warrants...

Washington, 5 Jan 2019/--/Police in California today said three people were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a bowling alley near Los Angeles. Sergeant Ronald Harris of the Torrance Police Department confirmed to AFP that officers responded at 11:54 pm on Friday to reports of gunfire...

Washington, 2 Jan 2019/--/Mitt Romney, the Republican party's presidential nominee in 2012, has slammed US President Donald Trump, saying his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that he has not risen to the mantle of the office. Romney, 71, who was...

Tokyo, 2 Jan 2019/--/Japan's Emperor Akihito delivered his final New Year's address Wednesday before his abdication later this year, telling tens of thousands of well-wishers he was praying for peace. The Imperial Palace said more then 72,000 people flocked to the royal residence on Wednesday...

Beirut, 2 Jan 2019/--/Clashes between jihadists and rebels in northern Syria have killed at least 19 people, a war monitor said Tuesday. The fighting, pitting Al-Qaeda-linked coalition Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) against an alliance of rebel groups, flared in western Aleppo province, the Syrian...

Moscow, 2 Jan 2019/--/Rescuers hunted for survivors Wednesday in the rubble of a Russian apartment building hit by a New Year's Eve gas explosion, but found only bodies as the number of confirmed dead rose to 18. Nearly two dozen people were still missing following the explosion, which destroyed...

Kathmandu, 29 Dec 2018/--/Nepal-India relations saw an upward trend in 2018 as high-level bilateral visits gradually helped remove the mistrust, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying New Delhi was ready to be the 'Sherpa' in the land-locked Himalayan nation's quest to scale the mountain of...

Manila, 29 Dec 2018/--/A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippine island of Mindanao on Saturday triggering a brief tsunami warning. The quake struck southeast of Davao City at a depth of 59 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said, a week after a volcano-triggered tsunami killed more...

Riyadh, 29 Dec 2018/--/Saudi Arabia's new foreign minister struck a note of defiance Friday in the face of international outrage over critic Jamal Khashoggi's murder, rejecting the kingdom was in crisis and his predecessor had been demoted. Ibrahim al-Assaf, a former veteran finance minister who...

Paris, 29 Dec 2018/--/The leaders of France and Germany on Friday reiterated their call for a "solid, full and permanent ceasefire" in Ukraine's conflict-torn east ahead of a planned cessation of hostilities. Their remarks came a day after representatives from Ukraine, Russia and the Organization...

Moscow, 27 Dec 2018/--/The Russian military on Wednesday criticized an alleged Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, saying it has endangered civilian flights. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that six Israeli F-16 jets launched a "provocative" raid at the...

Washington, 27 Dec 2018/--/US President Donald Trump is the "worst perpetrator" of false information on the internet, according to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Opinion. David Kaye said everybody was struggling on how to deal with disinformation and part of the problem is...

Beijing, 27 Dec 2018/--/Ex-China spymaster Ma Jian was jailed for life over corruption, a court in northeastern China announced Thursday. "Ma Jian's behaviour constituted the crime of accepting bribes, forcing others to trade and insider trading," the Dalian Intermediate People's Court in Liaoning...