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  • Trump says top 2020 rivals are 'SleepyCreepy' Biden, 'Crazy Bernie' Sanders

    Trump says top 2020 rivals are 'SleepyCreepy' Biden, 'Crazy Bernie' Sanders

    US President Donald Trump branded his chief Democratic rival "SleepyCreepy" Joe Biden on Friday, framing the 2020 nominations race as a battle between the former vice president and "Crazy Bernie" Sanders. The Republican president took to his...

  • Norwegian woman dies of rabies after rescuing Filipino puppy

    Norwegian woman dies of rabies after rescuing Filipino puppy

    A 24 year-old Norwegian woman died this week of rabies, after she was bitten by a puppy she rescued while on vacation in the Philippines, her family announced. In February, while on holiday with friends, Birgitte Kallestad found a "helpless" puppy...

  • 70 feared drowned as migrant vessel capsizes off Tunisia

    70 feared drowned as migrant vessel capsizes off Tunisia

    Some 70 migrants are feared drowned in the waters between Malta and Tunisia while around a dozen survivors have reportedly been rescued by fishermen.   A migrant vessel sank 40 nautical miles off the coast of Sfax, south of Tunis, the state-run...

  • Italy takes in migrants despite 'closed ports' policy

    Italy takes in migrants despite 'closed ports' policy

    Migrants rescued at sea by the Italian navy and a charity ship disembarked in Italy on Friday, despite far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's "closed ports" policy. Thirty-six people plucked from a floundering boat off Libya by a navy patrol...

  • Saudi cargo ship won't dock at French port for arms: source

    Saudi cargo ship won't dock at French port for arms: source

    A Saudi cargo ship that had been expected to pick up a hugely controversial shipment of French arms from France's Le Havre will not dock there, a port source said Friday.  French Defence Minister Florence Parly had on Wednesday said French weapons...

  • Pakistan turns to science, infuriating moonsighting mullahs

    Pakistan turns to science, infuriating moonsighting mullahs

    Imran Khan's government has drawn the ire of conservative mullahs with calls for a science-based lunar calendar to calculate the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Pakistan, which faces an annual controversy over the date. The beginning...

  • Ireland declares climate emergency

    Ireland declares climate emergency

    Ireland's parliament has become the second after Britain's to declare a climate emergency, a decision hailed by Swedish teenage environmental campaigner Greta Thunberg as "great news". An amendment to a parliamentary report declaring a "climate...

  • Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

    Europe rejects Iran 'ultimatum' but stands by nuke deal

    European powers Thursday denounced Tehran's threat to resume nuclear work, drawing a sharp response from the Iranian foreign minister who accused them of caving in to US bullying. The three European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal urged...

  • US hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

    US hits China with higher tariffs, raising stakes in trade talks

    The United States pulled the trigger Friday on a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese products and Beijing immediately vowed to hit back, turning up the heat before a second day of trade negotiations. President Donald Trump got a briefing from his...

  • Chelsea Manning freed from jail in US contempt case

    Chelsea Manning freed from jail in US contempt case

    Former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was freed from a US jail on Thursday after two months in custody - but faces a possible return to the lockup as soon as next week, a support group said. Manning was jailed in early March for...

  • Break up Facebook, says company's co-founder

    Break up Facebook, says company's co-founder

    One of the co-founders of Facebook called on Thursday for the social media behemoth to be broken up, warning that the company's head, Mark Zuckerberg, had become far too powerful. "It's time to break up Facebook," said Chris Hughes, who along with...

  • Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

    Top jobs on the line in Europe's 'Game of Thrones'

    EU leaders embarked the delicate task of filling key European posts Thursday, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists. The leaders came to discuss the future of Europe in the...

  • Italian ships rescue 66 migrants, Salvini says they cannot go to Italy

    Italian ships rescue 66 migrants, Salvini says they cannot go to Italy

    Sixty-six migrants were rescued in international waters off Libya on Thursday during two separate operations carried out by the Italian navy and a charity ship, raising the likelihood of a new stand-off over which port will take them in. The first...

  • Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

    Beckham handed driving ban for using phone at the wheel

    Former England footballer David Beckham was on Thursday disqualified from driving for six months after using his phone while behind the wheel. The 44-year-old had previously admitted the offence after being spotted by a member of the public as he...

  • EU unveils 10-point blueprint for post-Brexit future

    EU unveils 10-point blueprint for post-Brexit future

    European leaders revealed a broad-brush statement of principles to guide them into the post-Brexit future on Thursday, promising a "new Union at 27 ready to embrace its future as one." Britain, the missing 28th EU member, has yet to complete its...

  • Putin hails military might on WWII Victory Day

    Putin hails military might on WWII Victory Day

    President Vladimir Putin vowed to ensure Russia's military strength as the country on Thursday marked World War II Victory Day, an event that has become increasingly important over his two-decade rule. The president's speech to thousands of...

  • Watch: Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

    Watch: Pope changes Church law to make reporting sex abuse obligatory

    Updated at 2.15pm Silence or covering up facts about abuse was not right - Pope Francis wanted everyone to speak up whenever there was a problem, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Thursday. He was addressing a briefing at the Vatican about a new...

  • 'Bollocks to Brexit': Lib Dems unveil new slogan

    'Bollocks to Brexit': Lib Dems unveil new slogan

    Britain's Liberal Democrats on Thursday unveiled "Bollocks to Brexit" as their stark new campaign slogan in the European Parliament election campaign. The centrist party, which performed well in council elections last week, is seeking to beef up...

  • North Korea fires again as US envoy visits

    North Korea fires again as US envoy visits

    North Korea welcomed a US envoy's visit to Seoul by firing at least one projectile for the second time in a week Thursday, the South's military said, as Pyongyang seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. The launch...

  • Former Greek finance minister running election campaign... in Berlin

    Former Greek finance minister running election campaign... in Berlin

    At the height of the Greek debt crisis, he crossed swords with German nemesis Wolfgang Schaeuble, who demanded drastic austerity in return for financial aid. Four years later, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis is running in...