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  • Russia says Idlib deal on despite setback

    The Kremlin yesterday said a deal to create a buffer zone in Syria's Idlib was going ahead, despite jihadists missing a deadline to leave

  • UK PM rallies ministers on eve of crucial Brexit summit

    British Prime Minister Theresa May gathered her divided cabinet yesterday to seek their support for her approach to Brexit, the day before she addresses EU leaders at a crucial Brussels summit.

  • 'Perfect storm' of hunger awaits

    A potent combination of hunger, climate change and man-made conflicts are creating a "perfect storm", the head of the UN's food arm yesterday warned in a call to action on World Food Day.

  • Hungary homeless ban to be enforced

    Rough sleeping in Hungary was banned yesterday after a homelessness law adopted by Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government and called "cruel"

  • EU adopts new chem weapons sanctions

    The EU set up a new sanctions mechanism targeting those who use and develop chemical weapons yesterday, as part of a crackdown in the wake of

  • Brexit talks at impasse

    Frustrated European ministers yesterday insisted there was still time to reach a Brexit deal despite the latest failed round of divorce talks, but the EU warned it was stepping up preparations for failure.

  • 'Zombie' storm smashes into Portugal, Spain

    Storms packing nearly 180 kilometres-per-hour winds hit Portugal early yesterday leaving hundreds of thousands of people without

  • Slain Salvadoran, Pope Paul VI made saints

    Slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, Catholic giants who sparked controversy during their lifetimes, joined the church's highest rank yesterday with an elevation to sainthood.

  • Merkel's allies face threat of debacle

    Voters in the southern German state of Bavaria went to the polls yesterday in an election where Chancellor Angela Merkel's arch-conservative CSU allies were bracing for heavy losses.

  • UK PM May faces double trouble

    British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a fight on two fronts this week, battling to convince her own ministers and then Brussels as the Brexit talks come to a crunch.

  • Pope defrocks two ex-bishops of Chile

    Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean former bishops for allegedly sexually abusing minors, the Vatican said yesterday after a meeting between the pontiff and Chile's president.

  • Ministers in revolt over May's Brexit concessions: reports

    Prime Minister Theresa May's office yesterday insisted it would not "trap" Britain in an endless customs union with the EU after Brexit, amid reports some ministers could quit if this is the price of a divorce deal.

  • Germany open to selling arms to Saudis

    Germany's government has left the door open to exporting arms to Saudi Arabia and its allies in the Yemen conflict

  • Slash meat consumption to save climate: study

    The world must drastically reduce its meat consumption in order to avoid devastating climate change, scientists said Wednesday in the most thorough study so far on how what we eat affects the environment.

  • Tobacco giants cry foul after hard-line UN treaty

    Big tobacco companies yesterday moved to counter the hard line taken by a global tobacco control treaty, including its decision that new "vaping" products should face the same restrictions as cigarettes.

  • Tony Blair sees 50-50 chance

    Former British leader Tony Blair said there was a 50-50 chance of another Brexit referendum as Prime Minister Theresa May will be unlikely to secure a parliamentary majority for any divorce deal.

  • Climate-linked disasters cost soars: UN

    The economic cost of climate-related disasters hit $2.25 trillion over the last two decades, an increase of more than 250 percent compared to the previous 20 years, the UN said yesterday.

  • Pope blames devil

    The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says.

  • UK PM seeks support as others draw battle lines

    Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to wavering British voters yesterday ahead of a defining few months in which she hopes to secure a Brexit deal and face down opponents who say her EU exit plan is too hard, too soft, or just plain wrong.

  • UK, Australia blame Russia

    Britain and Australia yesterday blamed Russia's military intelligence service for some of the biggest cyber attacks of recent years -- including one on the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 US presidential campaign.

  • 'Dutch expelled four Russians over chemical weapons watchdog'

    Dutch intelligence thwarted a Russian plot targeting global chemical weapons watchdog the OPCW in April and expelled four Russian agents, the defence minister said today.

  • French interior minister quits

    French President Emmanuel Macron was left scrambling to fill another key cabinet post yesterday after Interior Minister Gerard Collomb resigned, the third minister to step down in two months.

  • America's global image worsens under Trump

    The image of the United States has deteriorated further among its traditional allies after a year in which President Donald Trump ratcheted up his verbal attacks on countries like Canada and Germany, a leading survey showed.

  • Nearly 700 migrants rescued off Spain

    A total of 675 migrants, including children and babies, were rescued off the Spanish coast over the weekend, a government spokesman

  • Macedonia votes to change name

    More than 90 percent of the Macedonia's 1.8 million voters voted to change the country's name to North Macedonia but only a third of

  • Frenchman in Nobel scandal jailed for two years for rape

    A Swedish court yesterday sentenced a Frenchman at the heart of a Nobel scandal to two years in jail for rape in a scandal that emerged during the #MeToo campaign.

  • 'Don't bully us'

    Britain cannot be bullied, Brexit minister Dominic Raab said yesterday, sharpening the government's criticism of the European Union for taunting Prime Minister Theresa May and souring difficult Brexit talks.

  • Merkel warns Trump against destroying UN

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday warned US President Donald Trump against "destroying" the United Nations.

  • British ministers' phone numbers leaked

    Phone numbers and other personal details of senior ministers from Britain's Conservative party were made public by an app security flaw

  • What's in a name?

    Macedonians went to the polls yesterday to vote on whether to re-name their country North Macedonia in a bid to settle a long-