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Venezuela expels US diplomats for 'sabotage'

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said he is expelling the top US diplomat and two others, accusing them of meeting with opposition leaders and encouraging "acts of sabotage" against his country.<p>It was the latest of several public disputes between the socialist leader and the United States …

US government partial shutdown begins

The US government has partially shut down for the first time in 17 years, after Congress failed to agree measures to continue funding basic services.<p>Federal agencies ordered the closure to begin at midnight on Tuesday (04:00 GMT), meaning 800,000 "non-essential" workers have been forced to stay at …

Bangladesh MP sentenced to death

Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal has sentenced a senior opposition leader and MP to death for war crimes in the country's bloody struggle for independence.<p>Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), on Tuesday was found guilty of torture, rape and genocide …

US trial over Gulf oil spill resumes

A US federal trial over the 2010 Gulf oil spill has resumed, with a focus on BP's response to the disaster, with billions of dollars at stake as the two sides argue over how much oil was leaked into the Gulf of Mexico.<p>The government and BP have different estimates of the extent of the leak, and …

Syrian FM defends government at UN

Syria's foreign minister has accused regional and Western powers of providing chemical weapons to the armed opposition, alleging that those weapons were used in an August attack that killed hundreds.<p>Addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday, Walid al-Muallem further alleged that while the Syrian …

Australian PM skirts refugee issue in Jakarta

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott has skirted the key issue of asylum seekers during a state visit to Indonesia, choosing instead to focus on improving economic ties between the two neighbours.<p>Following talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday, Abbott played down …

Hearings called over Nairobi mall attack

Kenya's parliament is due to hold a hearing into last week's siege of a Nairobi shopping centre, as the International Red Cross says 39 people remain unaccounted for since the attack.<p>The announcement of the hearing came as a leaked intelligence report obtained by Al Jazeera showed that security …

Senate rejects budget bill as shutdown looms

The US Senate rejected a new budget measure passed just hours earlier by the House that would also unravel President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, pushing the US government dangerously close to a shutdown.<p>The bill would have continued to fund the government after the current fiscal …

General Assembly of the United Nations

Morning Session<p>1.<p>Secretary-General of the United Nations<p>H.E. Mr. António Guterres <br>Secretary-General <br>View multimedia coverage<p>2.<p>President of the …

Police fire on funeral in Sudan amid unrest

Several people have been injured in Sudan's capital Khartoum after police opened fire on a funeral that turned into an anti-government protest.<p>The demonstrators called President Omar al-Bashir a "killer" on Saturday - the sixth day of protests spurred by fuel-price increase in the African country …

Rouhani returns to mixed reception in Tehran

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has returned to Tehran to a mixed reception, with one protester throwing an egg at his vehicle while dozens of others chanted slogans in support of him, after having a <b>historic conversation</b> with Barack Obama, his US counterpart.<p>About 60 demonstrators chanted "Death …

Mahinda Rajapaksa: 'This is all propaganda' | Politics

Four years after the brutal civil war between Tamil Tigers and government forces in Sri Lanka hopes for a better future with mutual respect and consideration are looking increasing dashed, according to a human rights report released by the United Nations.<p>The people elected me. If they dont like me …

Floods sweep across Southeast Asia

A heavy monsoon season has flooded 27 provinces in Thailand, killing nine and forcing evacuations in at least nine districts.<p>Authorities said floodwater would not reach the central industrial areas or Bangkok, as it did in 2011 when it caused big disruption to supply chains, but urged residents to …

Deadly clashes erupt in eastern Lebanon

At least three people have been killed in clashes in the Lebanese town of Baalbek after armed men opened fire on a checkpoint manned by the Lebanese Shia Muslim group Hezbollah, security sources say.<p>At least one Hezbollah member was killed and two others wounded when the assailants, believed to be …

Italy government plunges into new crisis

Five ministers from Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right political party have resigned, effectively bringing down the government of Enrico Letta, the current prime minister.<p>Talks will now start to find a new parliamentary majority to back a new cabinet and avoid going back to elections just seven …

Colombia rejects US hostage mediation offer

Colombia's president has rejected the involvement of US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson in mediating the release of a former US Marine kidnapped by FARC rebels.<p>President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday he would not allow the FARC rebels a "media spectacle" by using Jackson as a negotiator …

Nigeria group releases 'French hostage' video

A French hostage kidnapped by an armed groups in Nigeria has asked for French and Nigerian government help in securing his release in a video released by his captors, according to the SITE web monitoring service.<p>If the video, published by the Washington-based group on Saturday, is confirmed as …

Polls close in Guinea parliamentary elections

Polling stations have begun to close across Guinea with no violence reported in the West African nation's first parliamentary election in more than a decade, according to AFP news agency.<p>Voters had a choice of more than 1,700 candidates vying for 114 seats in a National Assembly, which will replace …

Tunisia coalition government agrees to resign

Tunisia's Islamist-led coalition government has agreed to resign in an attempt to resolve a political crisis sparked by the assassination of a leading opposition figure.<p>The Ennahda Party agreed on Saturday to resign after negotiations that could start next week with secular opponents to form a …

Egypt says transition to end by next spring

Egypt's foreign minister has said the transitional phase of government in Egypt should end "by next spring", replacing leaders appointed after the army deposed the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi in July.<p>The Egyptian army toppled Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, on July 3 after …

Israel PM heads to US to discuss Iran

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu has left for New York in an attempt to challenge perceptions that Iran under its new president poses less of a nuclear threat.<p>"I intend to tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk and charm offensive of Iran," Netanyahu told Israeli public radio as saying as …

Russia calls arms-dealer conviction political

Moscow has slammed as a "political stitch-up" a decision by a US appeals court to uphold the conviction of notorious Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout.<p>The United States' legal machine once again rubber-stamped an obvious political stitch-up job despite the obvious weakness of the body of …

Greek neo-Nazi party politicians arrested

Five Greek politicians of neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn, including founder Nikos Michaloliakos, will face charges of belonging to a criminal organisation, a court source has said.<p>The five, who were arrested on Saturday along with 13 other Golden Dawn members and two police officers in a massive police …

Blast kills dozens in Pakistan's Peshawar

A car bomb ripped through a crowded street in Peshawar's oldest bazaar, killing 40 people in the third blast to hit the troubled Pakistani city in a week, officials said.<p>No one immediately claimed responsibility for Sunday’s attack.<p>The explosion appeared to have been caused by a bomb planted in a …

Suicide bombers attack Mali's Timbuktu

Four suicide bombers have blown themselves up at an army barracks in northern Mali, killing two civilians in an upsurge in violence against the military since the failure of peace talks with rebel groups.<p>The bombers let off explosives on Saturday in a car in front of an army camp in the desert city …

Sudan politicians slam austerity measures

Islamist groups and members of Sudan's ruling party have called on President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to cancel deeply unpopular austerity measures amid deadly unrest.<p>The call on Saturday came after police fired teargas to break up thousands of people in the capital during a sixth day of protests …

India calls Pakistan 'epicentre of terrorism'

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told the United Nations that neighboring Pakistan is the "epicentre of terrorism in our region," setting the stage for a tense meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif.<p>It is equally important that the terrorist machinery that draws its sustenance …

US House defies Obama on funding bill

The US House of Representatives has brought the federal government closer to a shutdown as it voted to delay President Barack Obama’s landmark health care law for a year as part of an emergency spending bill.<p>There is now less than 48 hours to avert a shutdown, which will begin on Tuesday if no …