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Severe storms kill at least seven in southern US

Tornadoes and flooding kill at least seven as dangerous weather hammered the southern United States.<p>At least seven people have been killed by tornadoes or floods as a severe storm slammed the southern United States over the weekend.<p>Tornadoes hit several small towns in eastern Texas, killing four …

Donald Trump called Rodrigo Duterte to affirm alliance

US official says President Trump's invitation to Rodrigo Duterte to the White House is mostly about North Korea.<p>A top aide on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's invitation to his Philippine counterpart to visit Washington, saying the need to rally Asian allies over North Korea overshadowed …

Donald Trump

Tunisia forces kill fighters planning Ramadan attack

Two men in an ISIL and al-Qaeda-linked group killed during a security sweep in Sidi Bouzid.<p>A senior commander in an armed group blew himself up and another was shot dead during a raid by Tunisian security forces on Sunday.<p>The men - suspected of having links with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant …

Saudi Arabia arrests 46 over 2016 Medina mosque attack

Attacks took place in July during final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, killing four security officers.<p>Saudi Arabia has arrested 46 people suspected of belonging to a cell responsible for an attack in Medina outside of one of Islam's holiest sites last year.<p>"Investigations revealed they …

Extremism

Dozens of Yazidi 'slaves' rescued by Iraqi troops

The group of 36 Yazidi survivors was saved by Iraqi forces fighting to retake Mosul from ISIL.<p>A group of 36 Yazidi survivors has been rescued in Iraq after three years of "slavery" under ISIL's rule in northern Iraq, the United Nations said on Sunday.<p>The group of men, women, and children from the …

North Korea warns of 'catastrophic consequences'

USS Carl Vinson strike group carries out exercises with South Korean navy as North's media warns 'stop running wild'.<p>South Korea and the United States wrapped up their annual large-scale military drills on Sunday but continued a separate joint naval exercise that has triggered the threat of nuclear …

North Korea

Iran: Khamanei rebuffs Rouhani over detente with West

Supreme leader denounces Rouhani's comments suggesting risk of war with the West has disappeared since he took office.<p>Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has criticised President Hassan Rouhani for saying his policy of detente with the West had faded the threat of Iran becoming involved in a …

Iran

Famed Swiss climber falls to death near Mount Everest

Ueli Steck fell 1,000 metres off a ridge during preparations to climb Mount Everest.<p>A famed Swiss climber has died in Nepal's Everest region after falling 1,000 metres off a ridge during preparations to scale the world's highest mountain.<p>Ueli Steck, 40, died on Sunday after falling to the foot of …

Adventure Travel

Turkey threatens more strikes on US-allied Syrian Kurds

Erdogan says more action possible against YPG fighters in Syria, insisting US support for Kurdish group must end.<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said Ankara was "seriously saddened" by footage showing US military vehicles operating close to the border with Syrian Kurdish fighters, …

Turkey

Libya seizes oil tankers after shootout at sea

Ukrainian and Congolese-flagged vessels caught loading Libyan oil detained after a fierce, hours-long gun battle.<p>Libya's coastguard has seized two foreign-flagged tankers and detained their crews for allegedly smuggling oil after an hours-long gun battle off the west coast.<p>The coastguard spotted …

Kurdish-Arab force makes gains against ISIL in Tabqa

Fighting rages on, with US-backed SDF controlling ahout 40 percent of strategic town near ISIL's stronghold of Raqqa.<p>The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) near the armed group's stronghold in Raqqa in …

Syria

US drone strike kills five suspected al-Qaeda fighters

Missiles hit a car reportedly carrying five AQAP fighters and weapons to Marib province, local media reports say.<p>A US drone strike has killed five suspected members of al-Qaeda in central Yemen, according to local news media and a government security official.<p>Yemen Ajel, a local news website, …

Terrorism
Pope Francis

Afghanistan workers hit by job losses

Afghanistan is facing a jobs crisis as the withdrawal of international troops and cuts in foreign aid hurt the economy. Workers in all sectors are suffering as a result.<p>Afghanistan is facing a jobs crisis as the withdrawal of international troops and cuts in foreign aid hurt the economy.<p>Workers in …

Foreign Aid

Donald Trump praises his first 100 days in office

President skips White House Correspondents' Dinner to address supporters in Harrisburg and criticise 'Washington media'.<p>US President Donald Trump has described his first 100 days in office as an "incredible journey" during a speech at a rally in the state of Pennsylvania.<p>He used the same speech on …

Donald Trump

Air strikes 'kill White Helmets rescuers' in Hama

Rescue group says volunteers' centre targeted in Hama as Assad blames fighters for destroying country's infrastructure.<p>Air strikes have killed at least eight first responders from the Syria Civil Defence in Hama province, according to the group also known as The White Helmets.<p>Saturday's air strikes …

Syria

South Koreans wary of North Korea threat

North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes have caused fear across South Korea. But for many, the threat of attack from the north is a simple fact of everyday life.<p>North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes have caused fear across South Korea.<p>But for many, the threat of attack from the north is …

International Relations

Iran-Iraq war documentary premieres in Canada

A documentary about two former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Iran-Iraq war and then became friends after moving to Canada has premiered in Toronto.<p>A documentary about two former soldiers who fought on opposite sides in the Iran-Iraq war and then became friends after moving to Canada …

Documentaries

Making history in South Africa

Two black riders join elite team working with performance horses connected to tradition dating back to 15th-century Europe.<p><b>Kyalami, South Africa -</b> Twenty-two-year-olds Shepherd Zira and Cyril Thabede had never heard of the South African Lipizzaners, an elite breed of horses trained to perform.<p>But …

Africa

UK students on hunger strike in support of Palestinians

Students at the University of Manchester demand it drop disciplinary action against activists for protest in March.<p>A group of students in the UK have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.<p>Activists at the University of Manchester said the strike, which …

Hunger Strike

What change has Trump brought to Washington?

After 100 days in office, Donald Trump is the least popular US president in modern history.<p>Donald Trump became the 45th president of the United States with fewer votes than his opponent.<p>And his approval ratings after 100 days are lower than any previous president. Critics say it's been a chaotic …

Russian police arrest dozens of anti-Putin protesters

More than 100 arrested in St Petersburg at demonstration against Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in 2018.<p>More than 100 activists were arrested in St Petersburg on Saturday as hundreds of Russians turned out to protest President Vladimir Putin's expected candidacy in elections next …

Russia

Massive landslide kills 24 in Kyrgystan's Osh

Disaster struck in isolated village, killing 24 people including nine children, after they'd been warned to evacuate.<p>Heavy rain triggered landslides in Kyrgystan's Osh region, burying part of a village and killing at least 24 people, including nine children.<p>The landslide swept over the village of …

Kyrgyzstan

Pakistan army 'rejects' PM's actions on security leak

PM Sharif fired an adviser and ordered 'action' against a senior bureaucrat after controversial news story leak.<p><b>Karachi, Pakistan -</b> Pakistan's military has rejected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to fire a top foreign policy adviser over his alleged connections to an article published last …

Pakistan

Advocacy group demands Egypt free Al Jazeera journalist

US rights group asks UN to pressure Egypt to free Mahmoud Hussein as Egyptian authorities extend his detention.<p>A US-based advocacy group has filed a petition with the United Nations demanding the immediate release of Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein as Egyptian authorities extended his …

Egypt

Pope urges unity against fanaticism at Cairo mass

Pope Francis celebrated an open air mass that gave Egypt's embattled Christians an occasion to be joyful.<p>Pope Francis has warned against religious fanaticism and appealed for dialogue to battle violence during an open-air mass for Egypt's Catholic community.<p>The Pope's mass of peace on Saturday was …

Pope Francis

EU approves 'divorce' guidelines for Brexit process

Leaders meet and approve eight pages of negotiating guidelines hammered out by diplomats over the past month.<p>EU leaders have endorsed a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit in Brussels, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity.<p>Leaders met on Saturday for the first time since …

Brexit

Erdogan: Turkey and US can wipe out ISIL in Raqqa

Turkish President Erdogan also suggests launching cross-border operations against Kurdish rebels in northern Syria.<p>Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday if Ankara and Washington were to join forces they could turn the Syrian city of Raqqa into a "graveyard" for Islamic State of …

Turkey

Philippines leader says N Korea 'wants to end world'

Rodrigo Duterte says North Korean leader Kim wants to 'finish everything' and 'drag us all down' in a nuclear war.<p>Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday urged the United States to show restraint after North Korea's latest missile test and to avoid playing into the hands of leader Kim …

North Korea

Turkey blocks Wikipedia for 'not removing content'

Wikipedia rejected removing content describing Turkey's cooperation with 'terror groups', officials say.<p>Turkey has blocked Wikipedia - the online encyclopedia - for articles and comments that suggested the country was in cooperation with "terror groups".<p>Turkish officials had been in contact with …

Turkey