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German SPD closing on Merkel's conservatives, AfD at lowest since Nov 2015 - poll

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:40:42 GMT

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) narrowed the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a weekly poll showed on Wednesday, less than six months before a federal election in Europe's biggest economy.

Two inmates killed in Mexican prison riot, 13 injured

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:05:23 GMT

Two inmates were killed and 13 injured during a prison riot in northern Mexico, the government of the state of Nuevo Leon said on Tuesday, the second fatal security breach within a week in the country's troubled prison system.

Native tribe fear Trump's Mexico wall will divide them

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:42:04 GMT

On the baked sands of northern Mexico, barefoot tribeswomen chant and dance in clouds of incense, calling on the eagle to save them from US President Donald Trump's border wall.

Halkbank says Turkey working on issue of deputy general manager's US detention

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:40:14 GMT

Turkish state lender Halkbank said on Wednesday its deputy general manager Mehmet Hakan Atilla had been detained in the United States and said the bank and Turkish state were working on the issue and would share information when they have it.

Strong quake of 6.9 magnitude hits Russia's far east - USGS

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:30:23 GMT

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck near Komandorskiye Ostrava in Russia's far east on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Wild Thai tiger cub footage sparks hope for endangered species

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:33:34 GMT

Conservationists on Tuesday hailed the discovery of a new breeding population of tigers in Thailand as a "miraculous" victory for a sub-species nearly wiped out by poaching.

Brexit: What we know

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:29:48 GMT

As British Prime Minister Theresa May begins the historic process of leaving the European Union on Wednesday (Mar 29), here is an outline of what we know:

At US contest, may the smelliest sneaker win

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:34:59 GMT

Seven young contestants from around the United States put their best and smelliest shoe forward at the 42nd National Rotten Sneaker Contest in New York City on Tuesday.

Former Mexican ruling party governor wanted over embezzlement

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:55:14 GMT

A Mexican judge has issued an arrest warrant for a former state governor from President Enrique Pena Nieto's ruling party on suspicion of embezzlement, the government of the northern border state of Chihuahua said on Tuesday.

Army assesses damage after storm 'absolutely smashes' north Australia

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 06:10:15 GMT

Australia's army and emergency workers headed to areas of tropical Queensland state hardest hit by Cyclone Debbie on Wednesday, finding roads blocked by fallen trees, sugarcane fields flattened and widespread damage in coastal towns.

Boeing airliner catches fire in Peru, no serious injuries reported

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:39:00 GMT

A Boeing jet operated by Peruvian Airlines caught fire on Tuesday (Mar 28) while landing at an airport near the Andean town of Jauja in central Peru after it swerved on the runway, but there were no serious injuries, a government minister said.

Regional governments urge solutions to Venezuela's crisis

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:41:20 GMT

Regional governments on Tuesday called on the Organization of American States to come up with a plan "in the shortest possible time" to address Venezuela's political and humanitarian crisis.

Nicaragua restores diplomatic ties to Israel after 2010 break

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:35:45 GMT

Nicaragua and Israel have decided to reestablish diplomatic relations, effective immediately, after they were suspended in 2010, the Central American nation said on Tuesday.

Trump's funding request for US border wall hits snag among some Republicans

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:45:33 GMT

President Donald Trump's call for US$1.5 billion (1.21 billion pounds) this year to help build a wall along the border with Mexico could be in jeopardy as fellow Republicans in Congress weigh delaying a decision on the request.

Exclusive - Afghans plan to double special forces from 17,000 as threats grow: sources

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:41:13 GMT

Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces from 17,000 troops, officials said, part of a long-term strategy to bolster units stretched and exhausted by persistent attacks from Taliban insurgents and other Islamist militants.

Obama's defence chief doesn't see big changes in Iraq campaign

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:00:28 GMT

Ash Carter, who until January was U.S. defence secretary, said on Tuesday he did not see major changes in the campaign against Islamic State since President Donald Trump took office, amid accusations the U.S. military may be relaxing rules protecting civilians.

France dispatches ministers to French Guiana after social unrest

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:55:18 GMT

Two French ministers will travel to French Guiana on Wednesday to seek a solution to protests sweeping the French territory in South America.

British PM signs letter for Brexit with calls for UK unity

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:29:28 GMT

The British government will on Wednesday deliver the letter to European Union President Donald Tusk, formally notifying him of Britain's intention to leave the bloc after 44 years of membership.

French candidate Fillon's wife charged in fake job scandal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:32:10 GMT

Penelope Fillon, wife of France's conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon, was charged Tuesday with complicity in the abuse of public funds in a scandal that has engulfed her husband's campaign, a judicial source said.

US sees probable role in Mosul blast, probe under way

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:16:09 GMT

The senior U.S. commander in Iraq acknowledged on Tuesday that the U.S.-led coalition probably had a role in an explosion in Mosul believed to have killed scores of civilians but said Islamic State could also be to blame.

Egyptian president to meet Trump at White House on April 3

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:55:25 GMT

U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the White House on April 3, the White House said on Tuesday.

Germany opens new probe into suspected Turkish spying

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:35:16 GMT

Germany launched a second investigation on Tuesday into suspected spying by Turkey and its interior minister said Berlin would not tolerate foreign espionage on its soil.

Trump signs order to roll back Obama's climate measures

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:58:23 GMT

President Donald Trump declared the end of a "war on coal" on Tuesday, as he moved to curb rules that underpin American emissions targets and a major global climate accord.

Trump signs order dismantling Obama-era climate policies

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 22:10:36 GMT

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an order to undo Obama-era climate change regulations, keeping a campaign promise to support the coal industry and calling into question U.S. support for an international deal to fight global warming.

Electronics ban on flights not a long-term solution: IATA

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:08:22 GMT

Last week, Washington banned electronic devices bigger than mobile phones on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey.

Tillerson to press NATO on defence spending - official

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:45:56 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will press this week for NATO allies to demonstrate a "clear path" to increase defence spending, a State Department official said on Tuesday.

Scottish lawmakers back independence on eve of Brexit

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:50:38 GMT

The vote by lawmakers in Edinburgh was 69 in favour and 59 against despite Prime Minister Theresa May's last-minute appeals.

Turkish bank exec charged in US case on Iran sanctions evasion

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:40:45 GMT

U.S. authorities have arrested an executive of a Turkish state-owned bank who is accused of conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran.

WHO warns of measles outbreak across Europe

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:25:54 GMT

The World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday of large measles outbreaks in countries where immunisation has dropped, after more than 500 cases of the highly contagious disease were reported across Europe in January.

Italian police disrupt protest to prevent olive grove removal

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:15:57 GMT

Italian police broke up a protest by environmentalists trying prevent the removal of a grove of olive trees dating back centuries standing in the way of a US$40 billion pipeline to bring Asian gas to Europe.