No peace deal in Syria without US: Opposition

2017-03-28 22:52

A political deal to end the Syrian conflict is not possible without a strong US role, the opposition's chief negotiator says.

Hong Kong ends Brazil meat ban: Brasilia

2017-03-28 22:07

Major beef market Hong Kong has ended a blanket ban imposed on Brazilian meat imports in a scandal over tainted products.

Fewer priest accusers to testify at ex-official's retrial

2017-03-28 22:08

A judge will allow 'prior bad act' testimony from perhaps only one other church-abuse victim when a church official is retried on child endangerment charges.

Arkansas inmates ask judge to halt 4 double executions

2017-03-28 21:05

The eight Arkansas death row inmates facing lethal injection are asking a federal judge to block the state's unprecedented plan to conduct four days of double executions.

Fight between Florida governor, prosecutor back in court

2017-03-28 20:25

The fight over whether Florida's governor can take away a case from a prosecutor because she no longer will seek the death penalty is returning to a courtroom.

White House eyeing $18bn list of social programme cuts

2017-03-28 17:43

The White House is following up its longshot roster of budget cuts with a wish list of $18bn in reductions in infrastructure and community development grants.


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Scottish lawmakers back independence on eve of Brexit

2017-03-28 21:05

Scotland's parliament has voted to back First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's call for a second independence referendum.

Nunes refuses to step away from Russia probe

2017-03-28 19:39

House intelligence chair Devin Nunes has rebuffed calls to step aside from the Russia investigation as demands grow for him to recuse himself.

Cambodia bans export of breast milk by US company

2017-03-28 20:25

Cambodia has permanently banned the export of human breast milk by a company headed by a former Mormon missionary that pioneered the business.

'Carlos the Jackal' sentenced to life for 1974 attack

2017-03-28 17:44

The man known as "Carlos the Jackal" has been convicted in a French court of a deadly 1974 attack on a Paris shopping arcade and sentenced to life in prison for the third time.

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US leads boycott of nuclear weapons ban talks

2017-03-28 14:19

More than 100 countries launched the first UN talks aimed at achieving a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons, as Washington led an international boycott of a process it deems unrealistic.

Putin to meet Iran's Rouhani in Moscow

2017-03-28 13:21

Russian President Vladimir Putin was to host Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani for talks that will be closely watched for signs of their next moves in Syria.

Lawsuit: South Carolina officers shot unarmed man 19 times

2017-03-28 12:39

The family of an unarmed man shot to death by police officers in South Carolina has sued, saying the man was shot 19 times.

Man sentenced in purchase of bullets used in killing rampage

2017-03-28 10:43

A Pennsylvania man accused of buying the bullets another man used to kill three people at random has been sentenced to 12 to 40 years in prison.

Worst humanitarian crisis hits as Trump slashes foreign aid

2017-03-28 13:06

The world's largest humanitarian crisis in 70 years has been declared in three African countries on the brink of famine, just as President Donald Trump's proposed budget threatens to pull the US from its historic role as the world's top emergency donor.

South Korea holds memorial for 9 missing ferry victims

2017-03-28 09:22

South Korea has held a memorial ceremony for the nine passengers still missing from the 2014 ferry disaster that killed 304 passengers near the ship's wreckage that was raised last week.

'Monster' cyclone Debbie batters northeast Australia

2017-03-28 06:42

A "monster" cyclone has made landfall in northeast Australia, cutting power and uprooting trees as coastal towns went into lockdown in the face of lashing rain and howling winds.

Top Trump aide Kushner to face Russia investigation panel

2017-03-28 06:21

Donald Trump's son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner will appear before a Senate panel investigating Russian interference in the US election, the White House says.

London attacker not linked to ISIS or al-Qaeda

2017-03-27 22:02

A senior British counter-terrorism officer says police have found "no evidence" Westminster attacker Khalid Masood was associated with the Islamic State group or al-Qaeda.

Paris mayor orders cleanliness blitz

2017-03-27 22:02

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has unveiled a grand plan to clean up the French capital, putting teeth into the campaign by stepping up enforcement operations.

Bitter GOP finger-pointing clouds path for Trump agenda

2017-03-27 20:02

President Donald Trump is hoping to drive his priorities forward following the crumbling of the Republican health care bill, but GOP finger-pointing is rampant, underscoring how tough it will be to produce the unity the party will need.

Austrian national guilty of terror-related crimes

2017-03-27 21:35

An Austrian court has found a man guilty of terrorism-linked charges for spreading videos of radical Islamic preachers and beheadings prepared by ISIS.

China's synthetic drugs problem expanding: government

2017-03-27 20:06

China's drug problem is severe and growing, the government says, with particularly sharp rises in the abuse and production of synthetic drugs.

Woman starved, Singapore couple get light sentences

2017-03-27 18:32

A Singaporean couple who starved their Philippine domestic worker until she weighed just 29kg have been jailed in a case described as "shocking" by prosecutors who are appealing for stiffer sentences.

US-backed fighters to pause military action near Syria dam

2017-03-27 18:32

US-backed forces in northern Syria say they will pause military operations near a major dam held by ISIS in order to allow engineers to fix any problems after conflicting reports about its stability.

Trump taps son-in-law to head bureaucracy overhaul: report

2017-03-27 17:24

US President Donald Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner to lead a new White House office, that aims to apply ideas from the business world to help streamline the government, the Washington Post reports.

EU urges Russia to release protesters 'without delay'

2017-03-27 13:58

The European Union urged Russia "to release without delay" what it said in a statement were peaceful demonstrators detained a day earlier during nationwide protests against corruption.

More Iranians seeking to run in municipal elections

2017-03-27 13:01

Iran's state TV says a significantly higher number of Iranians are seeking to run in the municipal elections next month.

London attacker's wife 'saddened and shocked'

2017-03-28 14:19

The wife of the man who killed four people outside Britain's Parliament last week condemned the attack, saying she is "saddened and shocked".

Lawmakers back measures to protect Israel by punishing Iran

2017-03-28 13:21

Senior US lawmakers are backing bipartisan legislation that would slap Iran with new sanctions while maintaining rigorous enforcement of the landmark nuclear deal.

Rights group: Coalition isn't protecting Mosul civilians

2017-03-28 12:39

Amnesty International says a recent spike in civilian casualties in the Iraqi city of Mosul suggests the US-led coalition is not taking adequate precautions to prevent deaths among non-combatants as its forces battle the Islamic State militant group.

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body still in the country

2017-03-28 11:44

Malaysia's health minister says the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in the country, dismissing reports that the remains of Kim Jong Nam were about to be flown out of the country as part of diplomatic negotiations.

All jewels recovered from Cartier heist in Monaco

2017-03-28 10:08

Jewels stolen in an armed robbery at a Cartier store in Monaco have been completely recovered, investigators say, adding that the haul was probably worth millions of euros.

Nightclub to close for good after shooting

2017-03-28 10:08

The operator of a Cincinnati nightclub where one person was killed and 16 others were injured in a shooting, says the venue is set to close its doors for good.

Racist sword killer says he'd mulled attack for years

2017-03-28 08:15

A white man accused of fatally stabbing a 66-year-old stranger on a Manhattan street because he was black, says he'd intended it as "a practice run" in a mission to deter interracial relationships.

More than 10 000 attacks on Yemeni women in 2016: UN

2017-03-28 06:21

The conflict in Yemen has made women and girls more vulnerable to gender-based violence, with more than 10 000 cases reported last year, the UN Population Fund says.

Washington rocked by rumours of missing black girls

2017-03-27 22:30

When the police department in Washington decided to use social media to spread the word about teens gone missing in the city, they never imagined the move would spark a wild rumour, fanned by racial tensions.

Rights group battles Georgia over toddler's Allah surname

2017-03-27 22:02

A civil rights group is suing Georgia over the state's refusal to allow a couple to officially give its 22-month-old child the surname Allah.

Father of slain Hamas militant says Israel warned his son

2017-03-27 22:02

The father of a slain Hamas militant says Israeli officers raided his West Bank house three times in 2014 and 2015 to press his son to stop planning deadly attacks from Gaza.

Four-legged fugitives take free rein on a California highway

2017-03-27 20:54

The mustang in the rear view mirror turned out not to be an iconic Ford, but a real horse running on a Northern California highway - followed by a mule.

Kremlin critic Navalny gets 15 days for protest

2017-03-27 20:01

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days behind bars and fined after staging the biggest anti-corruption protests in years, an act branded a "provocation" by the Kremlin.

Kremlin livid as generation born under Putin flocks to protests

2017-03-27 20:02

At the age of 16, Darya Moroz is too young to vote in Russia, but she sneaked out to join the opposition protest in Moscow - without telling her parents.

'Kill Erdogan' banner probed in Switzerland, Turkey

2017-03-27 18:33

Swiss and Turkish authorities have opened separate probes into protesters in Bern who called for the assassination of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Suspects sought in 'crazy, chaotic' US club shooting

2017-03-27 17:24

Cincinnati police are searching for suspects in a nightclub shooting that left one man dead and 15 other people injured and sent club patrons diving to the ground to dodge bullets in what they described as a chaotic and terrifying scene.

Myanmar army chief hits out at Rakhine 'interference'

2017-03-27 14:46

Myanmar's army chief defended a military crackdown in Rakhine State after the UN pledged to probe claims security forces carried out a campaign of killing and torture against Rohingya Muslims there.

'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.7bn

2017-03-27 13:01

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.7bn in lost business over a dozen years, according to an analysis.

Britain tries to resolve Belfast crisis ahead of Brexit

2017-03-27 11:45

Britain is aiming for an 11th hour solution to political deadlock in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hoping to avoid further turmoil before London kick-starts Brexit proceedings.


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