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Kofi Annan: the UN's 'rock star' secretary-general

2018-08-18 16:56

Kofi Annan, who died Saturday at the age of 80, led the United Nations through the divisive years of the Iraq war and the trauma of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Q&A: The hajj pilgrimage and its significance in Islam

2018-08-18 16:25

Around 1.6 million Muslims from around the world are beginning the five-day hajj pilgrimage. Here's a look at the pilgrimage and what it means for Muslims.

Saudi Arabia tests Japan-inspired 'nap pods' for hajj

2018-08-18 14:03

Mansour al-Amer swipes a card to reveal a narrow sleep pod, reminiscent of Japan's famed capsule hotels. But this pod is in Saudi Arabia, where the Muslim hajj pilgrimage takes place.

UN chief says predecessor Annan was 'guiding force for good'

2018-08-18 13:08

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has voiced deep sorrow at the news his predecessor Kofi Annan had passed away, calling him "a guiding force for good".

Manafort judge says he fears for jurors' safety

2018-08-18 11:25

The judge in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial says he has received threats and he fears for the "peace and safety" of the jurors deciding the fate of the former Trump campaign chairperson.

 
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Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

2018-08-18 14:03

Pakistan's new government led by prime minister Imran Khan faces myriad challenges. The cricketing icon turned politician will have to make hard choices, and quickly.

The Elders ‘devastated’ by Kofi Annan’s death

2018-08-18 12:55

Human rights group The Elders have expressed their shock and deep sadness at the death of Kofi Annan, who previously served as the organisation’s chair.

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has died

2018-08-18 11:46

Kofi Annan, one of the world's most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

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Imran Khan sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister

2018-08-18 09:07

Imran Khan has been as sworn in as Pakistan's new prime minister after his party's victory in last month's election tainted by the alleged intervention by the military.

Pilgrims descend on Mecca for 'smart hajj'

2018-08-18 07:05

Two million Muslims gather in Saudi Arabia this week for the hajj as the annual pilgrimage becomes increasingly hi-tech with apps to help the faithful navigate Islam's holiest sites.

Imran Khan to be sworn in as Pakistan's prime minister

2018-08-17 17:15

Imran Khan will officially take oath on August 18, forming a cabinet and assuming control of the Pakistani government.

Mom discovered ‘dead’ baby was still alive at funeral

2018-08-17 15:51

The mother of a seven-month-old baby declared dead at a hospital in Villanueva, Honduras, has realised her little girl was still alive during the infant’s funeral.

Search for survivors as anger mounts over Italy bridge collapse

2018-08-17 15:04

Rescue workers in Genoa toiled for a third night in the wreckage of a collapsed bridge, continuing the desperate search for people still missing after the accident, which left at least 38 people dead.

Celebrity plastic surgeon 'Dr. Bumbum' charged with murder

2018-08-17 10:12

Brazilian prosecutors have filed a murder charge against celebrity plastic surgeon Denis Cesar Barros Furtado over the death of a patient after the doctor gave her injections to enlarge her buttocks.

Report: Massive fire tornado killed California firefighter

2018-08-17 07:40

Officials say a firefighter who died helping people evacuate a Northern California blaze was killed by a fire tornado that at one point reached a temperature of 2700 degrees Fahrenheit.

Elon Musk opens up about a difficult year – and the sleeping pills keeping him going

2018-08-17 09:15

Elon Musk has opened up about what he says has been an "excruciating" year at the helm of his electric-car company – and his use of sleeping pills to get by.

PICS: Brussels highlights sun-splashed summer with flower carpet

2018-08-17 09:30

Brussels is highlighting its sun-splashed summer with a Mexican-themed carpet of over half a million flowers on its historic Grand-Place

Would you take care of 55 cats to get paid to live on this Greek island?

2018-08-16 21:00

Cat-lovers around the world rejoice. Here's your chance at a dream job, getting paid to tend to 55 cats on a Greek island. Here's how to get the gig.

Gunmen attack intelligence training centre in Kabul

2018-08-17 05:17

Gunmen attacked an intelligence training centre in Kabul, officials say, as families buried loved ones killed by a suicide bomber a day earlier in the war-weary Afghan capital.

Bin Laden raid commander to Trump: Revoke my security clearance too

2018-08-16 22:24

William McRaven, commander of the US Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, condemned President Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA chief John Brennan and asked that his be withdrawn as well.

WATCH: India warns of 'extremely grave' crisis as flood toll rises

2018-08-16 20:21

Hundreds of troops led a desperate operation to rescue families trapped by mounting floods in India's Kerala state Thursday as the death toll reached 106 with nearly 150,000 left homeless.

Flood toll rises to 77 in India's Kerala state

2018-08-16 18:19

The death toll from floods in India's tourist hotspot of Kerala increased to 77, as torrential rainfall threatened new areas, officials say.

India's three-time prime minister Vajpayee dead at 93

2018-08-16 17:02

Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee has died, current leader Narendra Modi said Thursday of the ailing 93-year-old who had been hospitalised.

Pope on side of victims of US 'predator' priests

2018-08-18 08:24

Pope Francis is on the side of victims of more than 300 "predator" priests in the United States who are accused of abusing over 1 000 children across seven decades, the Vatican says.

Brazil must let Lula run in October vote: UN panel

2018-08-17 21:31

The UN Human Rights Committee has ruled that Brazil's imprisoned leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot be disqualified from upcoming presidential elections because his legal appeals are ongoing.

Police officer uses Taser on woman, 87

2018-08-17 16:58

A US police chief has defended the use of a Taser on an 87-year-old grandmother cutting dandelions near her home in the southern state of Georgia.

WATCH: More than 1 000 Google workers protest censored China search

2018-08-17 13:03

Some Google employees are upset with the company's secretive plan to build a search engine that would comply with Chinese censorship, and a letter sent to management calls on executives to conduct a review of ethics and transparency at the company.

WATCH: Turkey will emerge 'stronger' from lira crisis - minister

2018-08-17 13:30

A restaurant in Istanbul joins President Erdogan's call for a 'national battle' against 'economic enemies' by offering free fish.

Mother out shopping hit by huge concrete chunk of Genoa bridge

2018-08-17 08:04

An Italian mother has told how she was out shopping when an enormous piece of concrete from the collapsing Genoa bridge hit the store she was in, trapping her and leaving her daughter entombed beneath the rubble.

New Malaysian government repeals law banning 'fake news'

2018-08-17 06:12

Malaysia's new government has repealed a widely criticised law prohibiting "fake news", in a move hailed as a landmark moment for human rights by a group of Southeast Asian lawmakers.

WATCH: Plane skids off rainy Manila runway, rips off engine, wheel

2018-08-17 08:30

A plane from China has skidded off a runway at Manila's airport while landing in a downpour and its 157 passengers and eight crew members have been evacuated safely by emergency slides.

WATCH: China, US will restart talks to solve trade war

2018-08-17 08:12

China says it will hold a fresh round of trade talks with the United States in Washington later this month, offering a glimmer of hope for progress in resolving a conflict that has set world markets on edge.

Omarosa releases Lara Trump recording

2018-08-16 21:46

Former "Apprentice" and White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman has released an audio recording which appears to show President Donald Trump's daughter-in-law trying to buy her silence.

'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

2018-08-16 19:38

Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's fraud trial told jurors that he lied to keep himself flush with cash and then to maintain his luxurious lifestyle when his income dropped off.

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