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Uzbek journalist freed after 18 years in jail

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Uzbekistan has released a prominent opposition journalist after 18 years behind bars, one of the longest prison stretches suffered by a reporter worldwide, a rights group says.

Iraqi suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee

55 minutes ago

A suicide bomber who attacked a military base in Iraq was a former Guantanamo Bay detainee freed in 2004 after Britain lobbied for his release.

1000s flee, freeway shut in flooding near San Francisco

2017-02-22 17:08

Rising floodwaters have sent at least 14 000 residents fleeing inundated homes in San Jose, California, and forced the shutdown of a major freeway.

Suspects in North Korean killing coated hands with poison

2017-02-22 15:08

The women suspected of poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family had been trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police say.

Taiwan train bomber jailed for 30 years

2017-02-22 14:01

A Taiwanese man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for detonating a pipe bomb on a busy Taipei train that injured more than two dozen people last year.

 
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Stolen 'Work will set you free' gate returned to Dachau

2017-02-22 17:08

An iron gate with the infamous slogan "Arbeit macht frei", stolen from the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau in Germany two years ago, has been returned to the site.

Cyprus peace talks called off

2017-02-22 16:04

A planned meeting between rival Cypriot leaders has been called off as a war of words over a nationalist commemoration in Greek Cypriot schools threatens reunification talks.

New Zealand unveils national memorial for quake victims

2017-02-22 14:58

The New Zealand city of Christchurch has unveiled a national memorial to commemorate the 185 people who died in an earthquake six years ago

Australia failing human rights, indigenous people - Amnesty International

2017-02-22 12:47

Aboriginal children are 24 times more likely to be detained than non-indigenous Australian children, Amnesty International has said in a report accusing Canberra of complacency amid a raft of rights abuses.

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Convicted ex-Hong Kong leader jailed 20 months for misconduct

2017-02-22 10:50

Former Hong Kong leader Donald Tsang was sentenced to 20 months in prison after a high-profile corruption trial found him guilty of misconduct during his time at the helm of the city.

US starts plan for crackdown on illegal immigrants

2017-02-22 06:05

The US Department of Homeland Security has issued tough new orders to begin a sweeping crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Portugal to extradite ex-CIA agent to Italian jail

2017-02-21 22:30

A Portuguese court has instructed police to extradite a former CIA agent to Italy, where she has to serve a sentence over involvement in a US interrogation programme.

Cardinal at centre of sex abuse scandal dies

2017-02-21 22:30

Catholic Cardinal Desmond Connell, whose tenure as Dublin archbishop was overshadowed by revelations of paedophilia in the priesthood, has died.

Michelin Guide misguided as local café gets star in error

2017-02-21 21:03

The Michelin Guide has accidentally awarded one of its coveted stars to a lowly local café that shares its name with a gastronomic restaurant.

Trump critic McCain meets Saudi king

2017-02-21 21:03

Influential American Senator John McCain, a critic of President Donald Trump, has held talks with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Rome supports taxi drivers striking against Uber

2017-02-21 20:12

A strike by taxi drivers that has crippled transport in Rome, Milan and Turin is heating up with cabbies protesting against legislation they say will favour Uber.

Riot in Stockholm suburb after drug suspect is arrested

2017-02-21 19:14

Swedish police are investigating a riot that broke out in a predominantly immigrant suburb in Stockholm after officers arrested a suspect on drug charges.

UN alarmed by upsurge in Syria fighting

2017-02-21 18:45

The United Nations has expressed alarm over escalating fighting in the Damascus area as the world body prepared to launch a new round of peace talks.

No proof North Korea's Kim Jong Nam was poisoned

2017-02-21 17:52

Determining whether poison killed the half brother of North Korea's leader in a busy airport is proving difficult for Malaysian officials, who say postmortem results so far are inconclusive.

Israeli court gives soldier 18 months

2017-02-21 17:01

An Israeli military court has sentenced a soldier to 18 months for shooting dead a Palestinian who lay wounded on the ground.

India arrests heads of adoption centre over trafficking

2017-02-21 16:11

Indian police say they have arrested the heads of an adoption centre suspected of selling at least 17 children to foreign couples.

Iran's leader calls Israel a 'dirty chapter of history'

2017-02-21 16:10

Iran's supreme leader has used the podium of a pro-Palestinian gathering in Tehran to lash out at Israel, calling the Jewish state a "fake" nation in a "dirty chapter" of history.

North Korea, Malaysia row as Kim killing footage emerges

2017-02-21 10:48

North Korea locked horns with Malaysia over the investigation into the killing of leader Kim Jong-Un's brother, as footage emerged of the moment he was fatally attacked in a Kuala Lumpur airport.

Swedish think tank: Arms trade is flourishing

2017-02-21 08:48

A Swedish think tank says the global arms trade has steadily increased in volume the past five years, propelled by an almost doubling of arms imports in the Middle East.

Muslims raise over R700 000 to fix vandalised Jewish cemetery

2017-02-22 09:55

A crowdfunding project launched by Muslim activists has raised more than $55 000 (over R700 000) in one day to repair a vandalised Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.

Mexican migrant kills self after third deportation from US

2017-02-22 08:02

With just a plastic bag of belongings in his hand, a Mexican man who was deported from the United States promptly killed himself, jumping off a bridge in view of the US border.

North Korea diplomat wanted over Kim killing

2017-02-22 07:00

Malaysian investigators are seeking to question a North Korean diplomat over the killing of Kim Jong-Un's brother at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

Top US officials to go to Mexico for talks

2017-02-22 05:37

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will meet Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto this week.

Trump denounces 'horrible' anti-Semitic threats

2017-02-21 22:30

After avoiding the subject for several days, President Donald Trump has decried a spate of anti-Semitic threats against Jewish community centres across America.

New Jersey officer sues over discrimination

2017-02-21 21:52

A New Jersey police officer has sued her department, saying she has endured years of racial and gender discrimination in the US.

Runaway cow leads police on wild chase in NYC

2017-02-21 21:03

A cow that apparently escaped from a slaughterhouse has led police on a wild chase through New York City streets.

Court considers constitutionality of Ohio execution process

2017-02-21 21:03

A federal appeals court is hearing arguments over the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection process as the state hopes to start carrying out executions once again.

Prosecutors seek 8-year terms for tourists in Bali death

2017-02-21 21:03

Indonesian prosecutors are seeking eight-year prison sentences for a British man and an Australian woman accused of killing a police officer on Bali beach.

Dozens of headstones toppled at US Jewish cemetery

2017-02-21 20:12

Authorities in Missouri have launched an investigation after dozens of headstones were tipped over at a Jewish cemetery near St. Louis.

Britain's Brexit bill to be 'very hefty': Juncker

2017-02-21 19:14

Britain will have to pay a "very hefty" bill to leave the European Union and negotiating a new relationship with the bloc will take years, says EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Le Pen sparks Lebanon controversy by refusing to don veil

2017-02-21 18:52

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has sparked controversy during her brief visit to Lebanon when she refused to wear a veil to meet the country's top Sunni Muslim cleric.

Out-of-service train accident near Philly; 4 hurt

2017-02-21 17:52

US officials are investigating an accident involving two out-of-service commuter trains in suburban Philadelphia that injured 4 railroad workers.

3 held in French anti-terrorism raids

2017-02-21 17:01

French officials say three men have been arrested in widely spread anti-terrorism raids and a bomb squad has been deployed at the home of one of the men.

Police shoot to stop gas truck speeding against traffic in Spain

2017-02-21 16:02

Police in Barcelona, Spain, say they have fired gunshots to stop a man who stole a butane gas truck and drove it at high speed against traffic on a city highway, ramming several cars along the way.

Red Crescent: 74 bodies of migrants wash ashore

2017-02-21 16:19

Libya's Red Crescent says 74 bodies of migrants have washed ashore in the western city of Zawiya, but reports say more bodies could surface.

1.4 million children in 4 countries face famine death - UNICEF

2017-02-21 14:15

Almost 1.4 million children suffering from severe malnutrition could die this year from famine in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, the UN children's agency has said.

Russia's ambassador to United Nations dies

2017-02-21 12:16

Diplomats around the world are remembering Russia's ambassador to the United Nations as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country's interests

At least 11 US Jewish centres get bomb threats

2017-02-21 09:45

Nearly a dozen Jewish community centres across the US received bomb threats that led to evacuations, in the latest wave of such attacks since Donald Trump became president a month ago.

Germany returns Menzel drawing sold under Nazi persecution

2017-02-21 08:48

Germany's culture minister has handed over an Adolph von Menzel drawing found in the massive trove of a reclusive collector to its rightful owner's descendants.

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