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Rhino poaching toll in South Africa falls 10 percent in 2016

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:25:33 GMT

The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa fell 10 percent in 2016 to 1,054, the second straight year of decline according to government data released on Monday, but conservationists said the levels remain alarming.

Russia, Tajikistan agree to bolster guarding of Tajik-Afhgan border

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:33 GMT

Russia and Tajikistan agreed to bolster guarding of the former Soviet republic's border with Afghanistan to prevent a spillover of the conflict there, Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

Israel aircraft attack Hamas targets after rocket fired from Gaza

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:36 GMT

Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes in Gaza on Monday, wounding two people, health officials and witnesses said, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory struck southern Israel.

Game of Thrones actor, UK's tallest man, dies at 36

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:20:28 GMT

"Game of Thrones" actor Neil Fingleton, who was named Britain's tallest man, has died of suspected heart failure at 36. 

Last letters - From Mosul schoolboys to Islamic State 'martyrs'

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:50:31 GMT

"My dear family, please forgive me," reads the handwritten letter discarded in the dusty halls of an Islamic State training compound in eastern Mosul.

In Ukraine, separatists issue ultimatum to end rail blockade

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:30:23 GMT

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said on Monday they would take control of Ukraine-run businesses in rebel-held areas if the Ukrainian government does not end a rail blockade that has halted coal supplies.

South Korea says North Korean ministries organised assassination in Malaysia

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 11:50:28 GMT

South Korean intelligence believes suspects wanted for the murder of the half-brother of North Korea's leader included several officials who worked for the reclusive state's foreign and security ministries, according to lawmakers in Seoul.

Turkey's Erdogan 'not welcome' to campaign in Austria

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:58:39 GMT

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is "not welcome" to hold campaign events in Austria ahead of April's referendum on strengthening his powers, the foreign minister in Vienna said Monday.

Iran praises Oscar-winning director for anti-Trump stance

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:35:14 GMT

The Iranian government praised the makers of Oscar-winning movie "The Salesman" on Monday for boycotting the Hollywood awards ceremony in protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's travel ban on Iranians and people from six other countries.

Syrian opposition says to meet Russian officials at Geneva talks

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:30:31 GMT

A senior opposition negotiator at Syria peace talks in Geneva said on Monday his delegation would meet Russian foreign ministry officials later in the day to discuss promises that Moscow had not kept.

Philippines condemns 'barbaric beheading' of German hostage

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:39:20 GMT

The Philippines on Monday condemned the "barbaric beheading" of a German captive by Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf militants, who posted a video of the killing after a deadline for a US$600,000 (483,247.42 pounds) ransom passed.

South African police say not investigating deputy finance minister Jonas

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:20:35 GMT

South Africa's Hawks elite police unit said on Monday it is not investigating Deputy Minister Mcebisi Jonas, but only making enquiries at this stage over claims that he was part of a probe into allegations of corruption at state-owned South African Airways (SAA).

Poland sees 100,000-200,000 Poles coming home after Brexit

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:00:14 GMT

Between 100,000 and 200,000 Poles living in Britain may return home as a result of Britain leaving the European Union, a Polish government ministry said on Monday.

Turkey's Erdogan to visit Russia on March 9-10 - Interfax

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:50:13 GMT

Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Russia in March to meet his Russian countrerpart Vladimir Putin aiming to further improve ties between the two countries, the Interfax news agency said on Monday citing diplomatic sources.

Azerbaijan says five soldiers killed in clashes with Armenian separatists

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:40:15 GMT

Five Azeri soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenia-backed separatists along the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's defence ministry said on Monday, with each side accusing the other of an attempted incursion.

Bulgaria's centre-right keeps narrow lead over Socialists - poll

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 09:10:38 GMT

Bulgaria's centre-right GERB party retains a slim lead over its main political rival, the Socialists, a month before an early parliamentary election, a survey by independent pollster Alpha Research showed on Monday.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebels clash with army in north

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 12:05:34 GMT

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near a city in northern Syria that the rebels recently captured from Islamic State, sources on both sides said, the second such confrontation in the region this month.

Ukraine central bank denies reports of governor's resignation

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:50:26 GMT

The Ukrainian central bank said on Monday that reports Governor Valeriia Gontareva had resigned were incorrect.

Belgian police announce strike over use of tasers

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:25:32 GMT

Belgian police said on Monday they would go on strike because part of the force will be given tasers for a trial period without proper guidance for their use.

Hollywood takes on Trump at Oscars with message of inclusion

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:10:41 GMT

With Trump famous for his angry Twitter attacks on critics, Hollywood's stars made jibes about incurring his wrath but mostly adopted a celebratory mood.

Putin says Syria talks in Astana helped revive Geneva

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:45:52 GMT

Talks on consolidating the Syrian ceasefire held in Kazakhstan this year helped jumpstart the United Nations-led peace negotiations in Geneva, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

Russia says in talks over Iranian oil purchases

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:50:35 GMT

Russia has been in talks of buying oil from Iran, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Monday, confirming earlier reports.

Indonesian police kill bomber, investigate for link to IS sympathisers

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:15:38 GMT

Indonesian police killed a militant on Monday after he detonated a small bomb in the city of Bandung and authorities said they were investigating whether he had links to a radical network sympathetic to Islamic State.

Libya's PM to visit Russia soon - Interfax

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:30:43 GMT

Fayez Seraj, the Libyan Prime Minister of the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli is scheduled to arrive in Moscow within days, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Monday, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Russia hopes Syrian opposition to form unified delegation for Geneva talks - RIA

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 06:35:25 GMT

Russia hopes the Syrian opposition will form a joint delegation for the Geneva peace talks, RIA Novosti news agency reported on Monday, citing Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

Man who intervened in Kansas shooting 'more than happy' to risk life

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:53:30 GMT

A Kansas man wounded when he intervened in a bar room shooting that killed an Indian engineer and injured another said on Sunday he was glad he risked his life in an incident U.S. authorities are investigating as a possible hate crime.

Trump budget plan boosts Pentagon, trims State Dept, EPA - officials

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 07:30:36 GMT

The White House will send federal departments a budget proposal on Monday containing the defence spending increase President Donald Trump promised, financed partly by cuts to the U.S. State Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other non-defence programs, two officials familiar with the proposal said.

At least three dead, 19 missing as floods hit central Chile

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 02:55:27 GMT

At least three people are dead and 19 others missing after heavy rains struck Chile over the weekend during the country's usually dry summer months, causing mudslides and water outages in the South American nation, officials said on Sunday.

South Korean prosecutors are denied Park scandal probe extension

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:10:31 GMT

South Korean special prosecutors investigating impeached President Park Geun-hye were denied permission to extend their probe and question her in person on Monday amid a graft scandal that threatens to topple her from office.

Orange is the new splat: Fruit battle in Italian town

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 23:40:40 GMT

The juicy battle in Ivrea is part of the town's yearly carnival, which recreates a centuries-old revolt by commoners against the monarchy.