• China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions
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    China's envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions

    Ambassador Lu Shaye, speaking at a news conference, did not give details. Canada is currently studying the security implications of 5G networks, but unlike some allies has not announced Huawei equipment will be excluded. "If the Canadian government does ban Huawei from participating in the 5G

  • Reuters

    U.S. believes Islamic State likely responsible for Manbij blast: sources

    The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies were investigating who carried out the attack in Manbij, Syria. Officials studying the incident are not dismissing Islamic State's claim of responsibility for the blast, which killed two U.S. troops and two

  • Reuters

    Belarusian model who claimed Trump secrets detained in Moscow: Ifax

    A model from Belarus who claimed to have evidence of Russian interference in U.S. President Donald Trump's election was detained in an airport in Moscow on Thursday after being deported from Thailand, Interfax cited the police as saying. Anastasia Vashukevich, 27, and three others were detained

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Macron’s turn at G7 helm: Can he offer Trump anything to keep him in?

    With France taking its turn this year as head of the Group of Seven most-advanced industrialized countries, President Emmanuel Macron is identifying climate change and cooperative efforts to soften the economic downsides of globalization as his priorities. In other words, how does a group of the world

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Emergency alert: Declaration could end shutdown – and create new challenges

    President Trump says he is not rushing to declare a national emergency as a means to build his border wall. “I’m not looking to call a national emergency. This is so simple you shouldn’t have to do it,” he told reporters this week.

  • Christian Science Monitor

    For Europe, a push against the violence of hate

    Poland just gave a tender lesson to the rest of Europe on how to deal with hate speech – and its consequences. On Jan. 14, the mayor of the Polish city of Gdansk, Pawel Adamowicz, was assassinated at an annual charity event aimed at bringing Poles together. The killer’s motives, according to most commentators

  • Christian Science Monitor

    Postwar Syria? Arab world moving to bring Damascus back into the fold.

    After nearly eight years of trying to topple the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Gulf states and their Arab allies are rapidly embracing Damascus anew. The bitter enemies in the civil war-turned-proxy war that has killed more than 500,000 people and displaced millions are reopening embassies

  • Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan
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    Thousands protest against al-Bashir's rule across Sudan

    CAIRO (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets Thursday in cities across Sudan, including the capital, where activists said two people were killed in clashes between police and protesters attempting to reach the presidential palace to demand longtime ruler Omar al-Bashir step down.

  • Barcelona reaches Copa quarters but could be disqualified
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    Barcelona reaches Copa quarters but could be disqualified

    MADRID (AP) — Barcelona earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Thursday, but its continued participation in the tournament is still under threat.

  • Reuters

    Yemen's warring parties hopeful on prisoner swap as Hodeidah stalls

    The United Nations is pushing for the swap and a peace deal in the main port city of Hodeidah to pave the way for a second round of talks to end the nearly four-year war that has killed tens of thousands of people. While there is progress on the prisoners, the United Nations has struggled to implement

  • African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results
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    African Union urges Congo to suspend final election results

    KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — The African Union continental body issued a surprise last-minute demand late Thursday for Congo's government to suspend the announcement of final results of the disputed presidential election, citing "serious doubts."

  • Prince Philip, queen's husband, uninjured after car accident
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    Prince Philip, queen's husband, uninjured after car accident

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II's husband, Prince Philip, was involved in a car crash Thursday while driving in rural England but was not injured.

  • African Union cites 'serious doubts', urges delay to final Congo election result
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    African Union cites 'serious doubts', urges delay to final Congo election result

    The final tally is scheduled to be released by the election commission once the constitutional court has ruled on challenges to the provisional results on Friday, but the union called for this to be postponed following a meeting in Addis Ababa. "The Heads of State and Government attending the meeting

  • Associated Press

    Top Asian News 10:29 p.m. GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — High-level talks aimed at finalizing a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are planned for this week in Washington, U.S. officials said Thursday. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to meet former North Korean spy chief Kim Yong Chol

  • Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies
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    Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies

    TORONTO (AP) — China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting international support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons.

  • At Bolsonaro son's request, Brazil top court suspends probe of his ex-driver
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    At Bolsonaro son's request, Brazil top court suspends probe of his ex-driver

    According to a copy of the ruling by Supreme Court Justice Luiz Fux seen by Reuters, Flavio Bolsonaro's lawyers argued that, as a senator-elect, he now enjoys certain legal protections, including that any case involving him should only be decided by the top court. The case has clouded the first

  • UN health agency opens probe into "misconduct" allegations
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    UN health agency opens probe into "misconduct" allegations

    The UN World Health Organization has opened an investigation into "allegations of misconduct" inside the organisation, based on an anonymous email circulated internally, the agency said on Thursday. The WHO said it was aware of a news story published on Thursday about the allegations. It

  • Associated Press

    Canada examining case of Saudi who fled Canada after charge

    TORONTO (AP) — Canada's foreign minister says her government is looking into the case of a Saudi Arabian man charged with sexually assault who has gone missing.

  • Law firm linked to Manafort pays $4.6 mn over Ukraine lobbying
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    Law firm linked to Manafort pays $4.6 mn over Ukraine lobbying

    A prominent US law firm agreed Thursday to pay $4.6 million to settle charges it lobbied illegally for Ukraine, in a case linked to Paul Manafort, the former chairman of President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign. The US Justice Department said that Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP had failed

  • EU slams 'disproportionate' use of force in Zimbabwe
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    EU slams 'disproportionate' use of force in Zimbabwe

    The EU on Thursday decried the disproportionate use of force by Zimbabwe authorities during protests in which doctors say 68 people suffered gunshot wounds. "The escalation of violence in Zimbabwe over recent days has been aggravated by the disproportionate use of force by security personnel,"

  • 10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital
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    10 dead in car bombing at police academy in Colombia capital

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A car bomb exploded at a heavily guarded police academy in Colombia's capital on Thursday, killing 10 people and injuring dozens in an attack that recalled the bloodiest chapters of the country's drug-fueled guerrilla conflict.

  • Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack
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    Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack

    Authorities said the car broke through checkpoints into the grounds of the General Santander School and exploded, shattering windows of apartments nearby. It was the deadliest attack in Bogota since the government struck a 2016 peace deal with the Marxist FARC rebel group. President Ivan Duque called

  • Reuters

    Death toll in militia clashes in Libya’s capital rises to 10

    Fighting broke out this week between rival armed groups in the south of the capital, breaching a shaky ceasefire brokered by the United Nations in September which had ended four weeks of violence. Two residents told Reuters by phone that heavy gunfire had not ceased for 72 hours in Tripoli's southern

  • Norway's PM Solberg forms majority center-right government
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    Norway's PM Solberg forms majority center-right government

    The agreement fulfils a long-standing goal of Conservative Solberg, in power since 2013, who hopes that a majority will provide stability and help ease her path to re-election in 2021. Norway is getting its first non-socialist majority government since 1985," Solberg said. Norway has often been

  • Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit
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    Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit

    PARIS (AP) — One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan.