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Investigators brave snow in hunt for clues over Russian plane crash 12 February 2018, 11:21 AM

 Investigators scoured the scene Monday after a passenger plane crashed near Moscow minutes after take-off, killing all 71 people on board, in one of Russia's worst-ever plane crashes.

Russian plane carrying 71 people crashes near Moscow 11 February 2018, 3:45 PM

A Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed outside Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital's Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.

Church
Police shoot man during sword attack on Indonesian church 11 February 2018, 8:28 AM

Indonesian police have shot a sword-wielding man who attacked church congregation during Sunday Mass, injuring four people including a priest.

Russian Election Commission completes presidential vote candidate registration 10 February 2018, 5:32 PM

Russian Central Election Commission says it has registered all eight candidates for the March 18 presidential election. Among the contenders are current Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian Communist party nominee Pavel Grudinin, the head of the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia Vladimir Zhirinovsky, the leader of Yabloko party Grigory Yavlinksy, the leader of Communists of […]

President Donald Trump
Trump blocks release of Democratic memo on Russia probe 10 February 2018, 9:20 AM

President Donald Trump is refusing to declassify a high-profile memo written by Democratic lawmakers about the Russia probe.

One dead, 149 wounded in mosque attack in Libya’s Benghazi 9 February 2018, 8:18 PM

Twin bomb blasts struck a mosque in Benghazi in eastern Libya on Friday, killing at least one person and wounding 149 in the latest attack to target worshippers in the city.

U.S. Congress votes to end brief government shutdown 9 February 2018, 2:59 PM

The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate early on Friday morning in approving a bill to end an overnight federal shutdown, sparing Republicans further embarrassment and averting serious interruption of the government's business.

North, South Korea heads of state meet, shake hands 9 February 2018, 11:48 AM

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam met and shook hands Friday ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

United States President Donald Trump
Concerns raised after Trump’s military parade request 9 February 2018, 6:10 AM

The United States Defence Department has confirmed it is exploring options for a military parade at the request of President Donald Trump prompting four Democratic Senators to demand answers on the estimated cost from the Pentagon.

North Korea is a ‘world-class military power’: Kim Jong Un 8 February 2018, 2:10 PM

North Korea staged a military parade in Pyongyang Thursday to mark the 70th anniversary of its armed forces, putting its intercontinental ballistic missiles on show just a day before the Winter Olympics open in the South.

Venezuela presidential vote set for April 22 8 February 2018, 8:27 AM

Venezuela's electoral council has set April 22 as the date for a controversial presidential election, which the opposition accuses President Nicolas Maduro of using to engineer a second term for himself.

California will block crude oil from Trump offshore drilling plan 8 February 2018, 7:31 AM

California will block the transportation through its state of petroleum from new offshore oil rigs a move meant to hobble the Trump administration’s effort to vastly expand drilling in US federal waters.

U.S. President Donald Trump
US Senate rushes to conclude budget deal 7 February 2018, 8:21 PM

Leaders in the United States Senate are rushing to conclude a two-year budget deal ahead of a government shutdown at midnight Thursday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
US envoy Tillerson pushes counternarcotics effort in Americas 7 February 2018, 7:49 PM

Washington's top diplomat wrapped up a trip through Latin America on Tuesday buoyed by support for the US approach to Venezuela but with a warning against backsliding in the drug war.

Rescuers scour toppled buildings after Taiwan quake 7 February 2018, 6:39 AM

Rescue workers in the Taiwanese city of Hualien scrambled to search for survivors in buildings left tilting precariously on their foundations Wednesday, after an overnight earthquake killed two and injured more than 200.

U.S. President Donald Trump
Lawyers say Trump must refuse Russia interview 6 February 2018, 8:23 AM

US President Donald Trump's lawyers have urged him to refuse to sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the probe into his campaign's ties with Russia, The New York Times reported Monday.

Maldivian police stand guard on a main street during a protest.
Maldives’ top judge arrested as state of emergency declared 6 February 2018, 5:54 AM

The Maldives' top judge was arrested Tuesday as security forces stormed the Supreme Court at dawn, in a deepening confrontation with President Abdulla Yameen who has declared a state of emergency in the troubled honeymoon islands.

Maldives declares state of emergency as crisis deepens 5 February 2018, 6:43 PM

Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Monday declared a 15-day state of emergency, his aide Azima Shukoor announced, deepening the political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation.

Paris attacks suspect refuses to answer questions at Belgian trial 5 February 2018, 12:00 PM

The only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, refused to answer questions on Monday as he went on trial in Brussels over a bloody shootout with police that led to his capture.

Trump feels vindicated after Republican memo’s release 4 February 2018, 8:31 AM

US President Donald Trump claimed vindication Saturday in the probe into Russian interference with the 2016 White House election, following the release of a controversial memo implying partisanship at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Trump Tweet: “This memo totally vindicates “Trump” 3 February 2018, 8:15 PM

In his first response to the release of the formerly classified Republican memo, United States President Donald Trump took on to Twitter on Saturday where he claimed that the memo released "totally vindicates" him.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media during his meeting with North Korean defectors in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
Trump hopes ‘something good’ comes from Olympics despite North Korean warning 3 February 2018, 7:53 AM

United States President Donald Trump expressed hope on Friday that “something good” could come from North Korea’s participation in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, even after Pyongyang warned it would not “sit idle” if Washington and Seoul resumed military exercises after the Games.

Trump declassifies memo alleging FBI abuse of power 2 February 2018, 8:02 PM

US President Donald Trump on Friday ignored warnings from his own FBI director and ordered the release of a Republican memo alleging bias in the investigation of his presidential campaign.

Putin marks 75 years since Battle of Stalingrad victory 2 February 2018, 6:18 PM

Russia on Friday marked 75 years since the Soviet Union's victory in the major World War II Battle of Stalingrad.

Five dead after two army helicopters collide in France 2 February 2018, 3:24 PM

Five people were killed Friday after two army training helicopters crashed into each other near a lake in southern France, police said.

Fidel Castro’s eldest son commits suicide: Cuban state-run media 2 February 2018, 6:24 AM

 The eldest son of the late Cuban president Fidel Castro committed suicide on Thursday, state media reported. He was 68 years old.

Trump to host Australian PM Turnbull this month 2 February 2018, 6:02 AM

US President Donald Trump is set to host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on February 23 to “celebrate 100 years of mateship” according to a statement issued Thursday. The pair held an infamously bad-tempered telephone call early on in Trump’s presidency, when the US leader reportedly exploded and hung up after […]

Hong Kong’s student protest leaders nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 1 February 2018, 6:04 PM

A dozen members of the United States Congress have nominated Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, and its most prominent student leader, Joshua Wong, for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, a move that is certain to provoke anger from Beijing.

Brexit haunts May as she seeks China trade post-EU 1 February 2018, 5:53 AM

Hounded by Brexit rows at home, Prime Minister Theresa May was due to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday to forge deeper trade ties after Britain leaves the EU. May began her trip with plans to announce nine billion pounds ($12.7 billion) in business deals, an agreement to end a ban on British beef […]

UN appeal may be ‘lifeline’ for Palestinian refugees after US cuts 31 January 2018, 6:58 PM

An urgent plea for hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinian refugees from Syria could provide a "lifeline" after "catastrophic" US funding cuts, UN officials in Beirut said Wednesday.