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  • Global unemployment down, but too many working poor: UN

    Global unemployment down, but too many working poor: UN

    The global unemployment rate inched down last year, the UN said Wednesday, warning though that jobs often failed to guarantee decent living, with some 700 million workers wallowing in poverty.  Unemployment around the world fell last year to 5 per...

  • Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

    Rescue of 200 dogs destined for slaughterhouse begins in South Korea

    A rescue operation to save hundreds of dogs in South Korea from the slaughterhouse began Wednesday, as pressure mounts on the country to end its custom of killing canines for meat. About one million dogs are eaten a year in South Korea, often as a...

  • Five killed in plane crash in Kenya: police

    Five killed in plane crash in Kenya: police

    Five people have died after a small plane carrying them from Kenya's Maasai Mara nature reserve crashed in the west of the country, police said Wednesday. "There were five occupants in the plane and they did not survive," said Edward Mwamburi,...

  • No flights to or from Belgium due to strike on Wednesday

    No flights to or from Belgium due to strike on Wednesday

    Updated at 11.30am Belgian airspace was to be closed to all flights below 8,000 metres on Wednesday as a national strike threatened to bring the European country to a standstill.  With "no certainty" on how many controllers would be following the...

  • Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

    Australia announces reopening of offshore detention centre

    A controversial offshore migrant detention centre on Christmas Island is to reopen, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Wednesday, as he doubled down on hardline policies after a historic legislative defeat. Morrison approved the...

  • 'I'm sorry'- Thai princess apologises after ill-fated run for PM

    'I'm sorry'- Thai princess apologises after ill-fated run for PM

    A Thai princess has apologised after her short-lived candidacy for prime minister earned a royal rebuke from her brother - the king - and sent jitters across the politically febrile country just weeks before elections. Thailand has been mired in...

  • French police nab cash van driver who fled with €3m

    French police nab cash van driver who fled with €3m

    The driver of a cash delivery van who disappeared near Paris with his vehicle and an estimated 3.4 million euros has been arrested, police sources said Tuesday. The 28-year-old driver and a large part of the money were tracked down to a flat in...

  • Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty by NY jury

    Mexican drug lord 'El Chapo' found guilty by NY jury

    Mexican mobster Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty on Tuesday by a New York jury of crimes spanning a quarter of a century as head of one of the world's most powerful drugs gangs. The 61-year-old former head of the Sinaloa cartel -- famed...

  • Hold your nerve and give me time on Brexit, May tells MPs

    Hold your nerve and give me time on Brexit, May tells MPs

    Prime Minister Theresa May asked MPs on Tuesday to give her more time to try and revive her Brexit deal with the EU in what the opposition said was a ploy to "run down the clock". May updated parliament following meetings in Belfast, Brussels, and...

  • What next for Brexit?

    What next for Brexit?

    With Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday asking MPs to give her more time for talks with Brussels to renegotiate her Brexit deal, it remains unclear how Britain will leave the European Union. EU officials have ruled out re-opening the withdrawal...

  • Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

    Embattled Aussie PM suffers historic defeat over refugees

    Australia's conservative minority government suffered a damaging political defeat Tuesday, becoming the first administration in nearly a century to lose a vote on major legislation and sparking calls for a snap election. Despite a bruising and...

  • Rare tram collision in Paris suburb injures 12

    Rare tram collision in Paris suburb injures 12

    French rail authorities said Tuesday they were investigating the cause of a rare tram collision in a Paris suburb which injured 12 people, one of them seriously. The collision took place late Monday in the Issy-les-Moulineaux suburb southwest of...

  • Brexit: could the EU really be convinced to budge on the backstop?

    Brexit: could the EU really be convinced to budge on the backstop?

    A popular view in the UK is that the EU is implacable and immovable on the question of the Brexit backstop. But a more careful reading of statements from senior EU officials and from figures in the member states suggests that there is some room...

  • Berlin woos US in Europe gas battle

    Berlin woos US in Europe gas battle

    Germany will put on a show of unity with the United States Tuesday in talks on importing natural gas, as Berlin battles accusations an under-construction pipeline deepens European energy dependence on Russia. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier will...

  • US lawmakers announce tentative deal on wall, shutdown

    US lawmakers announce tentative deal on wall, shutdown

    US lawmakers announced late Monday an agreement in principle to avoid another government shutdown, with nearly $1.4 billion in money for construction of a wall on the border with Mexico, as President Donald Trump pushed his politically explosive...

  • Israel warns Iran this could be its last revolution anniversary if attacked

    Israel warns Iran this could be its last revolution anniversary if attacked

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Iran on Monday that this year could be the last time it celebrates the anniversary of its Islamic revolution if it attacks Israel. "I do not ignore the threats of the Iranian regime but neither am I...

  • Armoured van driver disappears in France with one million euros

    Armoured van driver disappears in France with one million euros

    The driver of an armoured cash delivery van disappeared outside Paris early on Monday along with an estimated one million euros, police sources told AFP. The 28-year-old man had stopped in front of a Western Union office at around 6am in...

  • No-deal Brexit 'could cost 600,000 jobs worldwide': study

    No-deal Brexit 'could cost 600,000 jobs worldwide': study

    A British departure from the European Union without a deal could put 600,000 jobs around the world at risk, with Germany the hardest hit, a study published Monday found. Researchers at the IWH institute in Halle, eastern Germany, examined what...

  • Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

    Thai princess disqualified from list of candidates for PM

    Thai Princess Ubolratana was on Monday formally disqualified for running for prime minister, ending her brief and ill-fated political union with a party allied to the powerful Shinawatra clan, just days after a stern royal command rebuking her...

  • At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India

    At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India

    At least 99 people have died and scores have been hospitalised in northern India after drinking toxic alcohol, triggering a crackdown against bootleggers, officials said Monday.  News of the deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand...