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  • 200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

    200,000 protest in Barcelona against Catalan separatists' trial

    Around 200,000 people marched through Barcelona on Saturday against the high-profile trial of Catalan separatist leaders that started this week, which they dismissed as a farce. "Self-determination is not a crime," read a banner at the front of...

  • Erdogan offers seminary exchange for Greek mosque minarets

    Erdogan offers seminary exchange for Greek mosque minarets

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday suggested the mosque in Athens should open with minarets if the Greek premier wants to reopen a seminary in Istanbul. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was in Turkey this month and visited the...

  • Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

    Dying days of caliphate in Syria as IS fighters trapped

    Jihadist fighters defending the last dreg of the Islamic State group's "caliphate" Saturday were holed up in half a square kilometre in a village of eastern Syria. US President Donald Trump said the fall of the IS proto-state would be announced...

  • Hungary summons Swedish ambassador over '1930s' comparison

    Hungary summons Swedish ambassador over '1930s' comparison

    Hungary summoned Sweden's ambassador to the foreign ministry after a Swedish minister said that Budapest's new family policies "reeked of the 1930s", Hungarian media reported on Saturday. Reacting to a new 7-point "family protection action plan"...

  • Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

    Tunisian workers kidnapped in Libya

    Updated Militiamen have kidnapped a group of Tunisian workers near the Libyan capital Tripoli, demanding Tunis release a comrade, the foreign ministry and a rights activist said. "The foreign ministry is following the case of the Tunisian citizens...

  • Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

    Vatican defrocks former US cardinal for sex abuse of minor

    Updated 5.15pm with US bishops' reaction Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Roman Catholic church over accusations American Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said...

  • Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

    Sacked US man kills five co-workers, wounds five police

    A US man being fired from his job shot dead five co-workers at a factory on the outskirts of Chicago and wounded five police officers before being gunned down himself, in the country's latest mass shooting. The gunfire took place at 1.24pm at the...

  • Franco great-grandson leads fight over Spanish dictator's remains

    Franco great-grandson leads fight over Spanish dictator's remains

    The great-grandson of Francisco Franco is leading opposition to Spain's bid to remove the dictator's remains from an opulent mausoleum where they have lain for more than four decades, calling it an attack on over half the country. The heirs of...

  • Researchers keeps wraps on automatic text generator to prevent misuse

    Researchers keeps wraps on automatic text generator to prevent misuse

    Researchers this week announced they had developed an automatic text generator using artificial intelligence which is very good - so good, it is keeping details private for now. That software developed by OpenAI could be used to generate news...

  • Dozens feared dead in Zimbabwe gold mine flood

    Dozens feared dead in Zimbabwe gold mine flood

    At least 60 illegal gold miners were feared dead in Zimbabwe on Friday after water flooded two disused shafts in a mining town southwest of Harare, a government minister said. Between 60-70 "artisanal" miners were in the two shafts when they were...

  • Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

    Trump says will sign 'emergency' to build border wall

    Updated 5.30pm President Donald Trump, repeating his claim that "walls work," announced Friday that he will declare a national emergency in order to build a barrier on the US-Mexico border without funding from Congress. "I'm going to be signing a...

  • India vows 'heavy price' after deadly Kashmir attack

    India vows 'heavy price' after deadly Kashmir attack

    India and Pakistan's troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on Friday as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind one of the deadliest attacks in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir. At least 41...

  • EU parliament cancels Catalan independence leader's event

    EU parliament cancels Catalan independence leader's event

    The European Parliament on Friday cancelled an event that was to be attended by Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, citing "security threats". "There is a high risk that the proposed event could pose a threat to the maintenance of public...

  • Watch: Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

    Watch: Thousands of UK kids skip school for climate protests

    Thousands of schoolchildren went on "strike" across Britain on Friday in a protest against climate change, with hundreds rallying in London's Parliament Square. Children of all ages chanted "save our planet", cheered as flares were lit and...

  • China bans non-climbers from Mount Everest base camp

    China bans non-climbers from Mount Everest base camp

    China has banned tourists from accessing its Mount Everest base camp in Tibet amid an ongoing campaign to clean up trash in the mountainous region, said state media Friday. The ban applies to "ordinary tourists", not those with climbing permits,...

  • Hong Kong's 'Long Hair' lawmaker fails to overturn legislature ban

    Hong Kong's 'Long Hair' lawmaker fails to overturn legislature ban

    A veteran former Hong Kong lawmaker known for his long hair, Che Guevara t-shirts and colourful protest stunts failed on Friday to overturn a ban on him standing for the city's legislature. Leung Kwok-hung - known by the nickname "Long Hair" - was...

  • Vatican envoy to France under investigation for sexual assault

    Vatican envoy to France under investigation for sexual assault

    The Vatican's envoy to France is being investigated for sexual assault after he was accused of molesting a official at the Paris mayor's office during a ceremony last month, a judicial source told AFP. The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, has...

  • UK says Brexit defeat in parliament 'a hiccup'

    UK says Brexit defeat in parliament 'a hiccup'

    The British government on Friday dismissed as a "hiccup" its latest parliamentary defeat over Brexit, saying it would keep trying to renegotiate its EU divorce deal just six weeks before exit day. But senior minister Andrea Leadsom, the leader of...

  • Ukrainian official arrested over deadly acid attack

    Ukrainian official arrested over deadly acid attack

    A Ukrainian court on Friday placed a high-ranking regional official in custody after he was charged with organising a deadly acid attack on an activist. Vladyslav Manger will be held until at least March 3, with bail of 2.5 million hryvnia...

  • Recalled French ambassador set to return to Rome

    Recalled French ambassador set to return to Rome

    The French ambassador to Italy, who was recalled last week during a spat between the two countries, is to return to Rome on Friday, France's European affairs minister said. "He will return today to Rome," Nathalie Loiseau told RTL radio on...