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Sudan protests rumble on as Bashir remains defiant access_timeJanuary 17

KHARTOUM –One month after protests erupted across Sudan against rising bread prices, anti-government demonstrations have turned into daily rallies against a defiant President Omar al-Bashir who has rejected calls to resign.  Protest org...

Greek PM wins confidence vote after Macedonia name row access_timeJanuary 17

ATHENS–Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday survived a confidence vote after a row over a landmark name deal with Macedonia sunk his four-year coalition.  A total of 151 lawmakers supported Tsipras' government out of 299...

UK PM May survives confidence vote after Brexit humiliation access_timeJanuary 17

LONDON– British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday narrowly survived a no-confidence vote sparked by the crushing defeat of her Brexit deal just weeks before the UK leaves the European Union.  A stunning 24-hour span saw May on Tue...

US peace envoy in Pakistan seeking end to 17-year Afghan war access_timeJanuary 17

ISLAMABAD– Washington's peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Pakistan on the last leg of his regional tour aimed at finding a negotiated end to Afghanistan's 17-year war, which will allow American troops to go home, ending Washington&#...

British PM faces confidence vote after Brexit humiliation access_timeJanuary 16

LONDON– Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday face a confidence vote after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her deal to leave the European Union, leaving Britain with no plan as it hurtles towards Brexit on March 29.  May suffered the...

15 killed in ongoing Islamist attack on Kenya hotel complex access_timeJanuary 16

NAIROBI– Fifteen people have died in an Islamist attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day.  Security ...

5.9 quake hits S. Philippines, no damage expected access_timeJanuary 16

DAVAO CITY, the Philippines– A moderate magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit the southern Philippines early on Wednesday morning, but no damage was expected, state seismologists said.  The tectonic quake jolted around 4:03 a.m. local time at a ...

Syria Kurds reject 'security zone' under Turkish control access_timeJanuary 16

QAMISHLI, Syria–Syria's Kurds on Wednesday rejected a US proposal for a "security zone" under Turkish control along the Syrian side of the two countries' border.  Senior political leader Aldar Khalil said the Kurds wou...

Henan lifts over one million out of poverty in 2018 access_timeJanuary 16

ZHENGZHOU–Central China's Henan Province lifted more than 1.2 million people out of poverty last year, with its poverty headcount ratio dropping from 2.57 percent in 2017 to 1.21 percent, local authorities said Tuesday.  A total of ...

Iran satellite in US row fails to reach orbit access_timeJanuary 15

TEHRAN– Iran launched a satellite criticised by the United States as a breach of a UN resolution on Tuesday but it failed to reach orbit, the telecommunications minister said.  Iran's arch foe Israel swiftly condemned the launch, wh...

Boko Haram attacks military base in Nigeria access_timeJanuary 15

KANO, Nigeria– Boko Haram fighters attacked a military base in remote northeast Nigeria, setting fire to shelters for those made homeless by the conflict, military and humanitarian sources told AFP Tuesday.  The attack in Rann, some 175...

Drone attack kills 8 militants including Taliban key commander in N. Afghanistan access_timeJanuary 14

PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan– Eight militants including a key Taliban commander, Qari Assadullah, were confirmed dead as an unmanned plane struck a Taliban hideout in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of northern Afghan Baghlan province on Monday, said Abd...

A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital access_timeJanuary 14

TEHRAN– A military cargo plane crashed near the Iranian capital Tehran with at least 10 people onboard, local media reported on Monday.  The Fars news agency, considered close to the military, said there were 16 people onboard and that ...

Top Yemen brass injured in rebel drone strike dies: medics access_timeJanuary 13

DUBAI–A high-ranking Yemeni intelligence official injured in a Huthi rebel drone attack on the country's largest air base died of his wounds on Sunday, medical sources said.  Intelligence Brigadier General Saleh Tamah was wounded on...

Trump offers to meet Kim in Vietnam in mid-Feb. for 2nd summit: report access_timeJanuary 13

TOKYO– U.S. President Donald Trump has proposed holding the second summit talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in mid-February and suggested Vietnam as the venue, a foreign report said Sunday.  The report comes amid mounting expec...

Trump says no emergency declaration to end US govt shutdown access_timeJanuary 13

WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump said he was holding off on declaring a state of emergency to end the partial US government shutdown that dragged into a 23rd day Sunday, as he insisted on $5.7 billion to build a Mexico border wall that congress...

Obama protege Julian Castro joins 2020 presidential race access_timeJanuary 13

SAN ANTONIO– Julian Castro, the telegenic former mayor of San Antonio, Texas and Obama-era cabinet member, launched his bid to become the nation's first Hispanic president Saturday, emphasizing a message of hope and diversity at a time when A...

Death toll in China mining accident rises to 21 access_timeJanuary 13

BEIJING– The death toll in a coal mine roof collapse in northern China has risen to 21 after rescuers found two more miners dead on Sunday, state media reported.  A total of 87 people were working underground in the Shaanxi province min...

Austria: 3 German skiers killed in avalanche, 4th missing access_timeJanuary 13

BERLIN–Police say three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and a fourth is missing.  The bodies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were recovered Saturday evening near Lech, a few hours after the wife of one of...

Seven arrested after 37 killed in central Mali: government access_timeJanuary 3

BAMAKO– Seven people were arrested in central Mali Wednesday, the day after 37 civilians were killed when armed men attacked a village in the region in the latest clash between warring communities, the government said.  Following the Ne...