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  • May heads back to Brussels with 50 days remaining for Brexit

    May heads back to Brussels with 50 days remaining for Brexit

    Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May heads back to meet EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she seeks a way to avoid a no deal Brexit in 50 days time. Expectations for the visit were already modest when, on Wednesday, EU kingpins Donald Tusk and...

  • 'Fake' still life in US museum confirmed as real Van Gogh

    'Fake' still life in US museum confirmed as real Van Gogh

    Art experts have confirmed that a small still-life at a US museum once dismissed as a fake is in fact by Vincent van Gogh, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam said Wednesday. The painting, "Still Life with Fruit and Chestnuts", was donated by a...

  • Dutch probe mass seabird death mystery

    Dutch probe mass seabird death mystery

    Dutch scientists said Wednesday they are baffled after 20,000 dead or dying guillemots washed up on North Sea beaches in a phenomenon not seen for decades. The fish-eating seabirds have been washing up between the northern Wadden Islands and...

  • UK MPs outraged by Tusk's 'special place in Hell' slur

    UK MPs outraged by Tusk's 'special place in Hell' slur

    British politicians reacted angrily on Wednesday to European Union leader Donald Tusk after he wondered "what special place in Hell" awaited those who advocated Brexit without a clear plan, calling him a "devilish Euro maniac". "Donald Tusk once...

  • Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

    Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

    The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed Wednesday in an analysis that it said was a "clear sign of continuing long-term climate change." The UN's World Meterological Organisation said in...

  • More than 16,000 migrants repatriated 'voluntarily' from Libya in 2018: IOM

    More than 16,000 migrants repatriated 'voluntarily' from Libya in 2018: IOM

    More than 16,000 migrants returned home from conflict-wracked Libya in 2018 under a "voluntary return" programme run by the International Organisation for Migration, the agency said Wednesday. "16,753 irregular migrants were able to return to...

  • Plea for conjoined twins to leave Yemen for treatment

    Plea for conjoined twins to leave Yemen for treatment

    A Yemeni hospital issued a plea Wednesday for newly born conjoined twins to be allowed to leave the blockaded country for treatment and an operation to be separated. The boys who were born near the Yemeni capital Sanaa around 10 days ago have...

  • Tanks a million: Italy police pounce on hacked petrol pumps

    Tanks a million: Italy police pounce on hacked petrol pumps

    Italian police have seized two petrol stations in the city of Naples where the pumps had been tampered with to fool customers about the quantity of petrol they were getting.  At one petrol station in the southern city, which is known for rampant...

  • 'Special place in Hell' for Brexiteers: EU's Tusk

    'Special place in Hell' for Brexiteers: EU's Tusk

    European Union council president Donald Tusk on Wednesday condemned those he said had called for Brexit with no idea how to carry it out, saying he hopes Prime Minister Theresa May now has a "realistic" plan. "I've been wondering what that special...

  • Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

    Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal fresh blow to Catholic church

    Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves" -- and may still be doing so -- marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church. "It is the first time that the pope, but also the church as an...

  • Ariane rocket puts telecoms satellites into orbit for India

    Ariane rocket puts telecoms satellites into orbit for India

    Two communications satellites -- for India and a consortium from Saudi Arabia, Greece and Cyprus -- were successfully put into orbit by the European aerospace firm ArianeGroup, the company announced. Competition by commercial operators in the...

  • Democrat women in white show of solidarity at Trump address

    Democrat women in white show of solidarity at Trump address

    The women in white -- several dozen Democratic lawmakers -- sat en bloc in unmistakable defiance of President Donald Trump while he delivered his State of the Union address last night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Trump's arch rival in Washington...

  • A new arms race? Trump vows to outspend Russia without new missile pact

    A new arms race? Trump vows to outspend Russia without new missile pact

    President Donald Trump vowed last night that the United States would outspend Russia on missiles without a fresh international accord after he ditched a landmark Cold War treaty. Trump's warning during his annual State of the Union address...

  • Tourist and 2 Egyptian girls die in Luxor building collapse

    Tourist and 2 Egyptian girls die in Luxor building collapse

    A German woman and two Egyptian children were killed Tuesday when a building collapsed in a residential neighbourhood of Egypt's southern city of Luxor, a senior security official told AFP. "So far there is a German tourist who died along with two...

  • Trump's controversial pick to lead World Bank could spark revolt

    Trump's controversial pick to lead World Bank could spark revolt

    President Donald Trump's controversial choice to lead the World Bank could spark a revolt against US dominance of the institution and spur other members to unite behind an alternate candidate. The White House has confirmed to fellow Group of Seven...

  • Fake bomb threats prompt mass evacuations in Moscow area

    Fake bomb threats prompt mass evacuations in Moscow area

    Thousands of school children, office workers and shoppers were evacuated from around 200 buildings in and around Moscow on Tuesday, reports said, in the latest wave of fake bomb threats to hit Russia. Last week, 55 buildings were evacuated in...

  • Tomb of Karl Marx vandalised in London

    Tomb of Karl Marx vandalised in London

    Vandals have smashed and defaced the London tomb of Karl Marx in what the cemetery said appeared to be a deliberate attack against the philosopher’s ideology. A marble plaque with the names of Marx and his family - the monument's oldest and most...

  • Mindfulness added to British curriculum to help youths with mental health

    Mindfulness added to British curriculum to help youths with mental health

    Mindfulness is being added to the curriculum in 370 schools in the UK, in an effort to improve the mental health of students. The UK government said that mental health experts would be engaged to help youths learn “relaxation techniques, breathing...

  • Theresa May to meet Juncker to discuss Brexit on Thursday

    Theresa May to meet Juncker to discuss Brexit on Thursday

    EU president Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday as Brussels and London seek ways to save the Brexit deal. Plans for Britain to leave the bloc on March 29 under a withdrawal agreement signed last year...

  • Merkel says 'still time' to find Brexit solution

    Merkel says 'still time' to find Brexit solution

    There is still time to find a solution to Britain's exit from the EU, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Tuesday, voicing optimism on a political deal over the tricky "backstop" that has stymied progress. Speaking to Japanese and German business...