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Samsung chief staves off arrest, but prosecutor keeps chasing

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:10:51 GMT

A South Korean court on Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant against the head of Samsung Group, the country's largest conglomerate, amid a graft scandal that has led to the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.

Turkish parliament approves more constitutional reform articles

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 06:15:56 GMT

Turkey's parliament approved the first seven articles in a second round of voting overnight on a constitutional bill that will extend President Tayyip Erdogan's powers, keeping the reform on course for a spring referendum.

Earth breaks heat record in 2016 for third year in a row

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 05:27:15 GMT

Last year, the Earth sweltered under the hottest temperatures in modern times for the third year in a row, US scientists said Wednesday, raising new concerns about the quickening pace of climate change.

Migrants race to reach US before Trump takes over

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:59:11 GMT

Migrants trying to sneak into the United States from the parched Mexican desert have to contend with border guards' drones overhead, poisonous snakes underfoot and human trafficking gangs at their backs.

OSCE report cites concerns about US electoral system - German media

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:10:20 GMT

International observers documented a range of concerns during November's U.S. elections, including cyber security risks, disenfranchisement of current and former prisoners, and an opaque campaign finance system, a German newspaper group reported.

Business euphoria over Trump gives way to caution, uncertainty

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:15:21 GMT

Early optimism among business lobbyists and executives that Donald Trump's election heralded better days has slowly given way to uncertainty as the president-elect fires off mixed and sometimes confusing messages on healthcare, taxes and trade.

Muslim nations to heap pressure on Myanmar over Rohingya

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 22:33:30 GMT

The world's main pan-Islamic body is expected to pile pressure on Myanmar over a bloody crackdown on Rohingya Muslims when it meets for a special session in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Trump UN pick echoes his criticism but breaks from him on issues

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:50:18 GMT

Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador echoed his condemnation of the world body and pledged to push for reforms at her confirmation hearing on Wednesday, but broke from the president-elect on some other policy issues, including Russia and NATO.

German AfD rightist triggers fury with Holocaust memorial comments

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:15:32 GMT

A senior member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) said on Wednesday that media had misrepresented comments he made about Berlin's Holocaust memorial and the need to rewrite history books to focus more on German victims.

Ukrainian president calls for global response to Russian threat

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:10:22 GMT

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called for a worldwide effort to counter the threat of Russian cyber warfare and urged the United States to "be great again" by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security.

Slapping ex-PM Valls gets French teenager 3-month suspended sentence

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:25:25 GMT

A teenager who slapped former French prime minister Manuel Valls during an election campaign trip to Brittany was handed a three-month suspended sentence and was ordered to carry out 105 hours of community service, a prosecutor said on Wednesday.

Obama says reducing leaker Chelsea Manning's prison term serves justice

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:45:19 GMT

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that former military intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning had served a tough prison term and his decision to commute her 35-year sentence to about seven years served would not signal leniency toward leakers of U.S. government secrets.

Obama warns Trump against threatening core US values

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:58:08 GMT

During his final press conference and public appearance before Trump's inauguration on Friday, the 55-year-old said he was stepping back but would return to the political breach in extremis.

Trump backs off moving news briefings from White House

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:11:18 GMT

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump scrapped a proposal to move news briefings out of the White House, but said he wants his team to choose who gets into the press room.

Bush senior in intensive care, wife Barbara also hospitalised

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:50:41 GMT

Bush, 92, was initially hospitalised on Saturday for shortness of breath, but was moved to intensive care "to address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia," Bush's office said in a statement.

China's Xi says to build new relations with United States

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:35:07 GMT

China will build a new model of relations with the United States as part of its creation of a "circle of friends" around the world, President Xi Jinping said in a speech at the United Nations in Geneva on Wednesday.

Obama holds farewell press conference

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:47:30 GMT

US President Barack Obama will give his final presidential press conference on Wednesday, a traditionally mild-mannered ritual given fresh political weight by the rocky handover to Donald Trump.

First China-UK freight train arrives in London

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 02:20:12 GMT

The train departed Yiwu West Station in China on 1 Jan 2017 and travelled 12,450 kilometres to Barking in the east of the British capital.

Ireland reports 'mad cow' case, says no risk to health

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:25:01 GMT

Ireland said on Wednesday that a dead cow had been confirmed as having bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known as mad cow disease, but said it had not entered the food chain and there was no risk to human health or beef's trade status.

Xi calls for world without nuclear weapons, equality for all nations

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:28:09 GMT

Chinese President Xi Jinping called for a world without nuclear weapons at the UN on Wednesday and urged a multilateral system based on equality among nations large and small.

Assange says would go to US only if rights guaranteed

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:29:28 GMT

WikiLeaks said on Wednesday its founder Julian Assange could travel to the US to face investigation after one of the whistleblowing site's main sources was given clemency - but only if his rights were "guaranteed".

Italy quake nightmare returns in deep mid-winter

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:20:40 GMT

Earthquakes brought an icy chill of terror to snowbound central Italy on Wednesday as four powerful shocks reverberated through an area still recovering from deadly tremors last year.

Guterres vows UN reform and diplomatic 'surge'

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:50:23 GMT

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday he is determined to reform the world body and to see a diplomatic "surge" to overcome obstacles in peace talks.

Israel deploys 'Star Wars' missile killer system

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:45:36 GMT

Israel's upgraded ballistic missile shield became operational on Wednesday, in a "Star Wars"- like extension of its capabilities to outer space where incoming missiles can be safely destroyed.

Trump to take handful of executive actions on Day One - transition

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:35:57 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump may take four or five executive actions on Friday, the day he is sworn into office, spokesman Sean Spicer said.

EU needs Turkish-style migration deal with Libya - Maltese PM

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:30:42 GMT

The European Union needs to reach a deal with Libya to curb the flow of migrants trying to sail on smugglers' boats to Italy, Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said on Wednesday.

France's ruling Socialists to stay in race for presidency despite poor ratings

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:25:43 GMT

France's ruling Socialist Party (PS) will stay in the running for the presidency no matter what despite poor opinion poll ratings, its top official said on Wednesday, while acknowledging a divided Left has little chance of winning.

Hands off EU, Trump; we don't back Ohio secession: Juncker

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:20:42 GMT

Donald Trump should lay off talking about the break-up of the European Union, the bloc's chief executive said on Wednesday, pointing out that Europeans do not push for Ohio to secede from the United States.

Ukrainian MPs demand probe into former pilot Savchenko, allege treason

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:05:47 GMT

Ukrainian lawmakers called on Wednesday for an investigation into what they say are anti-Ukrainian actions by Nadiya Savchenko, a helicopter navigator who returned to Ukraine to a hero's welcome last year after being held in a Russian jail.

Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:30:37 GMT

Ghost churches on the western bank of the Jordan River, near where Jesus is believed to have been baptised, could be reopened to pilgrims as part of a project to remove booby-traps and land mines.