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US, Europe blast Russia over Ukraine at G20 summit

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:50
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Saturday that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine was “appalling” and a threat to the world, while European nations threatened further sanctions against Moscow if it did not end the flow of weapons and troops.

Indonesia rocked by powerful earthquake

Sat, 11/15/2014 - 00:36
A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off the Moluccas in Indonesia on Saturday, the national disaster mitigation agency said, causing residents near the quake to flee their homes after a tsunami warning was issued.

Ukraine and Russia take centre stage as leaders gather for G20

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 21:34
A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit in Australia starting on Saturday, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine.

Paris skyscraper project in peril ahead of key vote

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:34
The French capital must not become “a museum city”, Paris’s Socialist Mayor Anne Hidalgo said ahead of a vote Monday on whether to approve the construction of a vast new skyscraper, a project that her conservative opponents want to block.

Future of comet lander uncertain as battery runs low

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 13:36
European Space Agency scientists faced an anxious wait on Friday to see if a probe landed on a comet has enough power left to send results of a drill down into its surface back to Earth 500 million km (300 million miles) away.

Algeria’s President Bouteflika 'hospitalised' in France

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:34
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who suffered a stroke last year, has been hospitalised in the Alpine city of Grenoble, French police and government sources said on Friday.

Boko Haram militants ‘seize’ kidnapped schoolgirls town

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 09:56
Boko Haram has seized the town of Chibok in Borno state, northeast Nigeria, from where 276 schoolgirls were kidnapped more than six months ago, a local pastor and a senator told AFP on Friday.

Equatorial Guinea to host Africa Cup of Nations

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 06:13
Equatorial Guinea has been chosen to host the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, replacing Morocco, which was disqualified earlier this week after it called for a postponement of the tournament over fears of the spread of Ebola.

Somaliland: A would-be nation state

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:52
In the eyes of the international community, Somaliland is an autonomous region in Somalia, on the Horn of Africa. But most of its 3.5 million inhabitants do not consider the territory – which has a president, a flag and even a currency – part of Somalia.

Cameron details plan to seize passports of British jihadists

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 05:12
Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday outlined plans to seize passports from British jihadists and stop them returning from fighting overseas, while proposing landing bans on airlines that fail to comply with London's no-fly lists.

Obama meets Suu Kyi, calls for greater reforms in Burma

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 02:16
US President Barack Obama warned Friday that Burma’s reforms were by "no means complete or irreversible" after talks with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi in the Burmese economic capital Rangoon.

Burkina army agrees transition deal with civil groups

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:48
Burkina Faso's army on Thursday reached an agreement with opposition parties, civil groups and religious leaders for a transition to civilian rule, almost two weeks after the ouster of president Blaise Compaoré.

IS leader calls for 'volcanoes of jihad' in audio message

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 16:28
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called for attacks against the rulers of Saudi Arabia in a speech purported to be in his name on Thursday, saying his self-declared caliphate was expanding there and in four other Arab countries.

Mayor of Nice, ‘France’s first Russian city’, slams Moscow-bashing

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 13:24
The sun-soaked city of Nice is known around the world for its famous seaside walkway, the “Promenade des Anglais”. But over the past century, it has been more of a promenade for Russian tycoons and émigrés.

France urges Israel to repeal settlement plan 'immediately'

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:05
France called on Israel to “immediately” reverse a decision to approve the building of 200 new settlements in East Jerusalem, a move it said directly threatened a two-state peace solution.

Live: Artist searches for needle in haystack at Paris museum

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 11:03
An Italian artist has installed a unique installation at Paris’s famous “Palais de Tokyo” museum - a haystack in which he is labouring to find a hidden needle.

Frenchman sentenced to seven years for joining jihad in Syria

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 07:43
Flavien Moreau, the first French citizen to go on trial for joining up with jihadists in Syria, was sentenced to seven years in prison on Thursday by a Paris court.

Philae sends first picture after historic comet landing

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 05:10
European spacecraft Philae sent its first photograph Thursday, hours after a historic but flawed comet landing.

Burma ‘backsliding’ under Obama's spotlight

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 02:55
US President Barack Obama is set to meet Burmese President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during his second diplomatic visit to Burma. But the military’s stalled reforms and rights abuses have dampened spirits this time.

Scientists await data after Philae’s historic, but imperfect comet landing

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 00:46
European scientists were hoping for a stream of data Thursday after a robot lab made the first-ever landing on a comet – a key step in a marathon mission to probe the mysteries of space – although Philae failed to anchor to its target.