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Taliban release two Western hostages in Afghanistan

2019-11-19 22:00

The Taliban has handed two Western hostages over to US forces in southern Afghanistan, three years after they were abducted, in a swap for three high-ranking insurgent prisoners that could boost peace talks.

UN says Trump war crimes pardons send 'disturbing signal'

2019-11-19 22:00

The UN has harshly criticised President Donald Trump's decision to pardon three US service members accused of war crimes as a "disturbing signal" to military forces worldwide.

Women killed by their partners: confronting the horror

2019-11-19 22:00

One woman is killed in France every three days by their partner or ex-partner, while marital violence affects 220 000 Frenchwomen every year.

Pregnant woman killed by dogs while walking in French woods

2019-11-19 19:31

A pregnant woman was killed by dogs while walking her own dog in a forest in northern France during a hunt with hounds, investigators said Tuesday.

Zelensky says Ukraine getting 'tired' of Trump scandal

2019-11-19 18:08

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says that his country is "tired" of questions related to the Trump scandal, amid a critical week of public impeachment hearings in Washington.

Swedish prosecutor drops Assange rape probe

2019-11-19 16:57

Swedish prosecutors said Tuesday they have dropped their investigation into WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over a 2010 rape allegation, even though they found the plaintiff's claim "credible".

 
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PURRFECT CRIME:  Pet detective Sun Jinrong holding a phone with the picture of a missing cat in a residential compound in Beijing. (NOEL CELIS / AFP)

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China says only it can rule on Hong Kong constitution

2019-11-19 20:51

China has insisted it alone holds the authority to rule on constitutional matters in Hong Kong, as it condemns a decision by the city's high court to overturn a ban on face masks worn by pro-democracy protesters.

Malaysian men caned for gay sex under Islamic law

2019-11-19 18:08

Four Malaysian men have been caned for having gay sex in violation of Islamic laws, with activists Tuesday condemning "vicious punishments" they said highlighted a crackdown on the LGBT community.

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Ukraine ex-leader named witness in power abuse probe

2019-11-18 22:00

Ukraine's former leader Petro Poroshenko has been designated a witness in a criminal investigation related to the nomination of judges, the state investigation bureau says.

White House condemns Iran for 'lethal force' against protesters

2019-11-18 21:16

The White House has condemned protest-hit Iran for using "lethal force" against demonstrators during unrest that left two dead - a civilian and a policeman - and saw authorities arrest dozens and restrict internet access.

Bolivia leader says elections will be called soon

2019-11-18 19:48

Bolivia's interim president said Sunday she will call new elections soon, as the country struggles with violent unrest a week after the resignation of Evo Morales.

Trump says North Korea went too far in calling Biden 'rabid dog'

2019-11-18 14:51

US President Donald Trump issued a rare - if tepid - defence of Joe Biden, saying Pyongyang's depiction of him as "a rabid dog" who should be "beaten to death" went a bit too far.

Trump aide curbed access to Ukraine call, fearing fallout

2019-11-18 12:01

A top US official restricted access to the summary of Donald Trump's Ukraine call that triggered an impeachment probe, fearing it would damage the president, released testimony has showed.

WATCH | 'Several' killed in California backyard shooting

2019-11-18 09:12

Several people have been shot dead while watching a football game at a central California home, police have announced. WATCH NOW.

Two planes in 'minor' collision at Frankfurt airport

2019-11-17 15:01

An Air Namibia plane collided with a Korean Air jet after landing at Frankfurt airport on Saturday evening, officials said, adding that no one was injured.

In setback for Trump, Louisiana re-elects Democratic governor

2019-11-17 13:18

The Democratic governor of the US state of Louisiana John Bel Edwards has been re-elected for a second term in office following a hotly contested race.

Hong Kong activists vow to 'squeeze economy' as city smoulders

2019-11-17 10:09

Hong Kong police clashed Sunday with pro-democracy activists who vowed to "squeeze the economy" as the increasingly divided city reels from one of the worst weeks of violence in the months-long crisis.

The purrfect crime: Chinese pet detective seeks lost animals

2019-11-16 11:24

Private sleuth Sun Jinrong brings heat detectors, tiny surveillance cameras, and a blow dart loaded with a tranquiliser to his search for one desperate client's missing loved one: A cat named Duoduo.

British man jailed for sending MP death threat

2019-11-15 22:01

A man who posted a death threat to a British lawmaker has been jailed for a year, the public prosecutor announced, as it published a safety guide for general election candidates.

Trump attacks US diplomat as she testifies in impeachment probe

2019-11-15 19:11

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted an attack against the former US ambassador to Ukraine while she was in the middle of testifying in his impeachment probe, saying everything she touched went "bad."

One dead, 11 missing in South Korean fishing boat blaze

2019-11-19 09:28

One fisherman has been killed and 11 others reported missing after their boat caught fire off South Korea's southern coast, authorities say.

Girl dies, truck driver missing after French bridge collapse

2019-11-18 22:00

A 15-year-old girl died and a truck driver was missing after a suspension bridge over a river in southwest France collapsed on Monday, reigniting a debate over infrastructure safety in the wake of last year's disaster in Genoa.

Indian police baton charge students over fee protests

2019-11-18 21:16

Indian police have fought street battles in New Delhi with thousands of students who stepped up protests over fee increases at one of the country's top universities.

Trump says will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment probe

2019-11-18 19:48

President Donald Trump says he is "strongly" considering accepting a challenge from opposition Democrats to testify in his own impeachment investigation.

UPDATE | Four killed in California backyard shooting, say police

2019-11-18 14:08

Four people have been shot dead and six others wounded while watching a football game in the backyard of a central California home, police have said.

Folau claims bushfires 'God's judgement' for gay marriage

2019-11-18 08:02

Sacked Wallabies rugby star Israel Folau Monday sparked outrage by suggesting destructive bushfires and drought ravaging Australia were "God's judgement" for the legalisation of same-sex marriage and abortion.

WATCH | 'Terminator' Rajapaksa storms to victory in Sri Lanka

2019-11-17 14:35

Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stormed to victory Sunday in Sri Lanka's presidential elections, seven months after Islamist extremist attacks killed 269 people.

I wasn't some one-night stand, says US businesswoman 'heartbroken' by Britain's Boris Johnson

2019-11-17 11:12

A US businesswoman at the centre of an alleged affair with Boris Johnson has said she had been left "heartbroken" and "humiliated" by the British prime minister.

Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

2019-11-16 12:01

An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a "particularly cunning" crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye.

Teenage gunman in California school shooting dies

2019-11-16 09:55

The teenager who shot dead two classmates at his California high school before turning the gun on himself has died in a hospital, the sheriff's department said.

Trump ally Roger Stone guilty of lying to Congress

2019-11-15 22:01

A US jury has convicted President Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone, finding the longtime Republican operative and self-proclaimed "dirty trickster" guilty on seven criminal counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering.

Anger, guilt stir Hong Kong's white collar rebels

2019-11-15 20:08

Driven by anger at the authorities' response to massive protests - and guilt that the burden of defending democracy has fallen on the city's youth - a white collar rebellion is rippling out across Hong Kong.

Boris goes head-to-head with Buckethead and Binface in UK vote

2019-11-15 18:16

When Britain goes to the polls on December 12, all eyes will be on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to see if he can secure a parliamentary majority to help push through his Brexit deal.

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