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  • Australia's left in blunt warning to Asian boat migrants

    Australia's left in blunt warning to Asian boat migrants

    Australia's centre-left Labour party has warned would-be migrants considering the boat journey from Indonesia they will be forcibly returned if it wins May's election, embracing hardline policies of the current government. As right and left fight...

  • Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

    Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

    Updated at 10.50am with election called Spain's prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession...

  • Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat

    Facebook taps user data to defend workers from threat

    Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said Thursday in response to media reports of the security tactic. CNBC reported that it interviewed more than a dozen...

  • Trump to declare 'national emergency' to fund Mexico border wall

    Trump to declare 'national emergency' to fund Mexico border wall

    The White House confirmed Thursday that President Donald Trump will declare a national emergency in an attempt to bypass Congress and get more funding for his Mexico border wall project. Trump will also sign off on a congressional bill that would...

  • Four decades after the Iranian revolution: tensions as high as ever

    Four decades after the Iranian revolution: tensions as high as ever

    The 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic revolution in February 1979 was greeted by an extraordinary tweet from US president Donald Trump. In both English and Arabic, it referred to “40 years of failure” and said the Iranian people deserved a “much...

  • Watch: MPs recite poems as Theresa May suffers another defeat in Brexit saga

    Watch: MPs recite poems as Theresa May suffers another defeat in Brexit saga

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday suffered another defeat in parliament over her Brexit strategy, just 43 days before Britain leaves the EU. The House of Commons rejected a government motion intended to express MPs' support for May as...

  • French cash van driver hid half $3.2 mln haul before arrest

    French cash van driver hid half $3.2 mln haul before arrest

    The driver of a French cash delivery van, who made off with about three million euros ($3.2 million), managed to hide half his haul before being arrested, according to police. Adrien Derbez, 27, disappeared at the wheel of his armoured car Monday...

  • Russia, Turkey, Iran hold talks on Syria cooperation

    Russia, Turkey, Iran hold talks on Syria cooperation

    The leaders of Russia, Turkey and Iran met for talks Thursday on how to work more closely together in Syria as Washington prepares to withdraw its troops from the war-torn country. President Vladimir Putin hosted Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip...

  • Britain's Prince Philip faces no charges over car crash

    Britain's Prince Philip faces no charges over car crash

    Britain's Prince Philip, 97, will not face any charges over a car crash which left a woman with a broken wrist, state prosecutors announced Thursday. Queen Elizabeth II's husband pulled out onto a main road last month, hitting another car and...

  • UK's May faces another damaging defeat in Brexit saga

    UK's May faces another damaging defeat in Brexit saga

    Prime Minister Theresa May risks another humiliating Brexit defeat at the hands of her own eurosceptic MPs on Thursday, with just weeks to go until Britain officially leaves the EU. Parliament will hold a symbolic vote calling for May to...

  • Austria probes Amazon over alleged unfair trade practices

    Austria probes Amazon over alleged unfair trade practices

    Austria's competition authorities said Thursday they were launching a probe into whether US online retail giant Amazon was abusing its dominant position to favour its own products against those of Austrian retailers selling on its market...

  • UK teen runaway who joined IS 'wants to come home'

    UK teen runaway who joined IS 'wants to come home'

    A British teenager who fled to join the Islamic State group in Syria is living in a refugee camp and wants to return home, The Times reported on Thursday. Shamima Begum, now 19, expressed no regrets about fleeing her London life four years ago but...

  • Netanyahu says Warsaw talks with Arab states 'a turning point'

    Netanyahu says Warsaw talks with Arab states 'a turning point'

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed Thursday as historic a Warsaw meeting where he is joining Arab states, saying they stood united against Iran and voicing hope that cooperation extends to other areas. The opening dinner Wednesday...

  • Airbus pulls plug on costly A380 superjumbo

    Airbus pulls plug on costly A380 superjumbo

    European aerospace giant Airbus said Thursday it would end production of the A380 superjumbo, the double-decker jet which earned plaudits from passengers but failed to win over enough airlines to justify its massive costs. The firm said it would...

  • Cyprus tightens passport-for-investment scheme after EU report

    Cyprus tightens passport-for-investment scheme after EU report

    Cyprus on Wednesday tightened its lucrative citizenship-for-investment scheme to make it more "trustworthy" after the European Commission said it could help organised crime gangs infiltrate the bloc. The cabinet approved a series of tighter checks...

  • US charges former Air Force intel officer with spying for Iran

    US charges former Air Force intel officer with spying for Iran

    The US Justice Department has charged a former air force intelligence officer with spying for Iran, saying she exposed a US agent and helped the Revolutionary Guard develop cyber targets in the US military. US officials said Monica Witt, who...

  • Iran bid to recover funds frozen in US can proceed: world court

    Iran bid to recover funds frozen in US can proceed: world court

    The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled Wednesday that Iran can proceed with a bid to recover billions of dollars in frozen assets which the United States says must go to victims of attacks blamed on Tehran. Judges of the UN's top court...

  • Germany sees 'frightening' rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes

    Germany sees 'frightening' rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes

    Anti-Semitic offences rose almost 10 per cent in Germany last year, and violent attacks were up more than 60 per cent, crime statistics showed Wednesday, sparking alarm in the Jewish community. Police recorded 1,646 offences motivated by hatred...

  • Early vote risk as Spain lawmakers reject budget

    Early vote risk as Spain lawmakers reject budget

    Right-wing and Catalan separatist lawmakers on Wednesday rejected Spain's draft 2019 budget, a move that could force Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez into calling early elections. Sanchez, who came to power in June thanks in part to parliamentary...

  • London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

    London denies plotting last-minute Brexit vote

    The British government denied Wednesday it was secretly plotting to force MPs into a last-minute choice on Brexit between a rejigged deal or a lengthy delay. ITV television reported that it had overheard Prime Minister Theresa May's chief Brexit...