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  • Thirty years after Rushdie fatwa, blasphemy still a potent weapon

    Thirty years after Rushdie fatwa, blasphemy still a potent weapon

    Thirty years after Iran called for the killing of Salman Rushdie, the British novelist remains a figure of hate for extremists across the Muslim world, and though the level of outrage has dropped, the issue of blasphemy is as incendiary as...

  • New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall

    New shutdown threat as US budget talks stall

    US budget talks have hit another impasse over immigration, a key Republican negotiator said Sunday, raising the prospect of a second government shutdown if no agreement is reached by this week's deadline. "I think the talks are stalled right now,"...

  • Hungary's Orban urges voters to defend 'Christian' nations against immigration

    Hungary's Orban urges voters to defend 'Christian' nations against immigration

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban launched his European elections campaign Sunday calling for voters to defend "Christian" nations against immigration, which he said led to the "virus of terrorism". He also announced a seven-point package of...

  • Sea-Eye ship renamed 'Alan Kurdi'

    Sea-Eye ship renamed 'Alan Kurdi'

    Migrant rescue NGO Sea-Eye will in the coming days return to its mission searching for people in danger of drowning across the central Mediterranean – but it will do so with a ship sporting a new name. The NGO vessel has been rebaptised the Alan...

  • 'Yellow vest' protests are prompting investors to ask questions - French economy minister

    'Yellow vest' protests are prompting investors to ask questions - French economy minister

    France's image remains "intact" but investors have begun to ask questions as anti-government protests reach their 13th week, French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire said Sunday. "France's image remains intact, but I will be frank: there are also...

  • Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

    Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

    Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new "secularism law", which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols. More than 55 percent of voters in the Swiss canton backed...

  • Louvre Abu Dhabi introduces Rembrandt, Vermeer

    Louvre Abu Dhabi introduces Rembrandt, Vermeer

    The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to carry the famed name outside of France, announced Sunday it will roll out works by Dutch masters Rembrandt and Vermeer this month. Works by the two artists are part of the gallery's first exhibition this...

  • Mother and child die in French fire following bakery blast

    Mother and child die in French fire following bakery blast

    A woman and a child were killed in a fire in the eastern city of Lyon believed to have been sparked by a gas blast in a bakery, authorities said. The fire comes days after 10 people were killed in a blaze at a Paris apartment building and a month...

  • Long-haul New Zealand-China flight forced back mid-flight

    Long-haul New Zealand-China flight forced back mid-flight

    A passenger plane flying from Auckland to Shanghai was forced to turn back after some five hours in the air because it did not have permission to land, officials said Sunday. Passengers said the captain informed them mid-flight the Air New Zealand...

  • Yemeni conjoined twins die in blockaded Sanaa: rebels

    Yemeni conjoined twins die in blockaded Sanaa: rebels

    Newborn Yemeni conjoined twins whose plight sparked a plea for urgent medical treatment overseas died in Sanaa Saturday, rebels in the blockaded capital said. Abdelkhaleq and Abdelrahim were born outside Sanaa around two weeks ago and shared a...

  • Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro-Guaido conflict

    Humanitarian aid used as weapon in Maduro-Guaido conflict

    Desperately needed aid being stockpiled at Venezuela's door is at the heart of a political duel between the two men fighting to lead the oil-rich nation: Juan Guaido and Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, recognised as Venezuela's interim president by around...

  • Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after car crash

    Prince Philip, 97, gives up licence after car crash

    Queen Elizabeth II's 97-year-old husband Prince Philip on Saturday surrendered his driving licence after causing a car crash that outraged the media and raised a debate about old age and driving. Buckingham Palace said he took the decision on his...

  • Libya strongman force hits near oil field in 'warning' strike

    Libya strongman force hits near oil field in 'warning' strike

    A force led by Libyan military strongman Khalifa Haftar said Saturday it had carried out a "warning" air strike near an oil field in the country's south. Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army targeted the Al-Fil oil field 750 kilometres...

  • Thai princess bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

    Thai princess bid for PM scuttled as party obeys royal command

    Thai Princess Ubolratana's unprecedented attempt to become the country's next prime minister was abruptly nixed Saturday after her party agreed to comply with a command from the king opposing the plan. The party's announcement effectively blocking...

  • Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

    Demonstrator loses hand at Paris 'yellow vest' march

    A "yellow vest" demonstrator lost his hand Saturday during clashes outside the main parliament building in Paris, witnesses told AFP, during a 13th weekend of anti-government protests across France. Despite a drop in numbers from the massive...

  • Italian unions lead mass demonstration for economic growth

    Italian unions lead mass demonstration for economic growth

    Hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated in Rome on Saturday led by unions demanding pro-growth policies from the populist government, the biggest such protest in four years. No violent incidents were reported at the gathering. Unions had...

  • Nude protest, black flags greet India's Modi in Assam

    Nude protest, black flags greet India's Modi in Assam

    A second day of protests on Saturday tainted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to northeast India where proposals to change a nationality law have sparked outrage. Protesters waved black flags and burned effigies of the Hindu nationalist prime...

  • Brexit uncertainty leads to mass exodus of companies to Netherlands

    Brexit uncertainty leads to mass exodus of companies to Netherlands

    More than 40 companies last year moved, or said they would move, their operations from Britain to the Netherlands in response to Brexit uncertainties, Dutch authorities reported on Saturday. The combined moves of 42 companies will translate into...

  • Dozens of aggressive polar bears storm homes in Arctic archipelago

    Dozens of aggressive polar bears storm homes in Arctic archipelago

    A Russian Arctic archipelago on Saturday declared an emergency situation over an "invasion" of dozens of aggressive polar bears that have entered homes and public buildings. Russia's northeastern Novaya Zemlya archipelago, which has a population...

  • Family tries to revive search for Sala plane pilot

    Family tries to revive search for Sala plane pilot

    The family of the pilot of the small plane that crashed over the Channel while flying Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala to Britain has launched a fundraising campaign to find his remains. British rescuers on Thursday formally identified the one...