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  • Pipe dream or shrewd bet? Lesser-known Democrats in White House fight

    Pipe dream or shrewd bet? Lesser-known Democrats in White House fight

    With a record-breaking 18 Democrats already running to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020, the lower-tier candidates hang on, spending millions of dollars and countless hours on a fight almost certain to end in their defeat. But their White...

  • Europe suffering from Italian mafia 'cancer', experts warn

    Europe suffering from Italian mafia 'cancer', experts warn

    International anti-mafia stings may have increased in recent months, but Italian organised crime groups constitute a social and economic "cancer" that the world seems to underestimate, experts say. The most high-profile recent operation saw 90...

  • Brexit delay wins May more time, but how much more?

    Brexit delay wins May more time, but how much more?

    In delaying Brexit again, British Prime Minister Theresa May has put off her own promised departure date - but the move risks reviving efforts by her furious colleagues to unseat her. May said last month she would step down once her EU divorce...

  • Watch: Brexit date extended to October 31

    Watch: Brexit date extended to October 31

    European leaders agreed with Britain on Thursday to delay Brexit by up to six months, saving the continent from what could have been a chaotic no-deal departure at the end of the week. The deal struck during late night talks in Brussels means that...

  • Angela Merkel's mother has died: government

    Angela Merkel's mother has died: government

    German chancellor Angela Merkel's mother, Herlind Kasner, has died, a government spokesman said Wednesday. "Herlind Kasner, the mother of the chancellor, has died," the spokesman said, without providing further details. The former Latin and...

  • Facebook ordered to pay €30,000 in France over 'abusive' usage terms

    Facebook ordered to pay €30,000 in France over 'abusive' usage terms

    A French court has ordered Facebook to pay €30,000 ver "abusive" terms-of-use agreements that people had to accept in order to access their social media accounts, the consumer group which filed the lawsuit said Wednesday. The ruling came as...

  • EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

    EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

    Updated European leaders were poised to delay Brexit on Wednesday, but questions remained over just how much longer to give Prime Minister Theresa May to deliver an orderly divorce - and what conditions to attach. French President Emmanuel Macron...

  • Frenchman who pretended to be a terror attack victim ends up jailed

    Frenchman who pretended to be a terror attack victim ends up jailed

    A Frenchman who received compensation over a 1995 terror attack in Paris has been sent to jail after pretending he was at the scene of the November 2015 assault on the city by Islamic State gunmen. Serge Dieujuste, 44, attempted to claim...

  • Watch: Iran orders more than 60,000 to evacuate flood-hit oil city

    Watch: Iran orders more than 60,000 to evacuate flood-hit oil city

    Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to evacuate immediately on Wednesday as floodwaters entered the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, state television reported. The province's...

  • EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

    EU leaders debate how long to delay Brexit

    Europe mounted an emergency summit Wednesday to decide how long a Brexit delay to grant British Prime Minister Theresa May - and under what conditions. Without a postponement, Britain is due to crash out of the European Union at midnight on Friday...

  • Watch: India's Modi eyes win in world's biggest election

    Watch: India's Modi eyes win in world's biggest election

    India starts a mega-election on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his formidable campaign machine taking on not one but two Gandhis in the world's biggest vote. Tea-seller's son Modi, boosted by February's bust-up with Pakistan,...

  • The real deal: astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

    The real deal: astronomers deliver first photo of black hole

    Astronomers on Wednesday unveiled the first photo of a black hole, one of the star-devouring monsters scattered throughout the Universe and obscured by impenetrable shields of gravity. The image of a dark core encircled by a flame-orange halo of...

  • Battle for Tripoli escalates as UN prepares to meet

    Battle for Tripoli escalates as UN prepares to meet

    The battle for Libya's capital intensified as the UN Security Council prepared to meet Wednesday to discuss the crisis gripping the North African country, where armed rivals are locked in a deadly power struggle. The closed-door talks in New York...

  • Clues emerge in 'missing' ocean plastics conundrum

    Clues emerge in 'missing' ocean plastics conundrum

    It's a puzzle that has perplexed scientists for years: humanity dumps millions of tonnes of plastics into the world's oceans annually, yet only a tiny fraction remains visible on the surface. Now an international team of researchers believe they...

  • Australian state allows optional listing of gender on birth certificates

    Australian state allows optional listing of gender on birth certificates

    Tasmania became the first Australian state to make registering gender on birth certificates optional Wednesday, with transgender advocates welcoming the reform as a vital step towards a more inclusive future. The new laws remove the need for...

  • Venezuela 'ready for aid', says Maduro after Red Cross meeting

    Venezuela 'ready for aid', says Maduro after Red Cross meeting

    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday the country was ready to receive international aid following a meeting in Caracas with the global Red Cross chief. "We confirm our readiness to establish cooperation mechanisms for international...

  • Global executions at lowest level in a decade: Amnesty

    Global executions at lowest level in a decade: Amnesty

    Executions fell worldwide by nearly a third last year to their lowest levels in at least a decade, but several countries recorded a rise, Amnesty International said Wednesday. Use of the death penalty dropped in Iran - by an eye-popping 50 per...

  • Dalai Lama 'doing much better' after being hospitalised

    Dalai Lama 'doing much better' after being hospitalised

    Updated at 9.50am The Dalai Lama has been admitted to hospital in New Delhi for treatment but is "doing much better" and should be released soon, his close aide told AFP on Wednesday. "His Holiness is doing much better, but he is still undergoing...

  • Scientists set to reveal first true image of black hole

    Scientists set to reveal first true image of black hole

    The world is finally about to see a black hole - not an artist's impression or a computer-generated likeness, but the real thing. At six press conferences across the globe scheduled for 1300 GMT on Wednesday, scientists will unveil the first...

  • Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election

    Netanyahu projected to win Israeli election

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was projected to win a fifth term in office on Wednesday after nearly complete results from Israel's general election put him in position to form a rightwing coalition, media reports said. The victory, despite...