United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 11:01:05 -0500
The United States and Iran each freed a prisoner on Saturday in a rare swap, an act of cooperation between two longtime foes whose ties have worsened since President Donald Trump took office.
Gas explosion kills at least seven in apartment block in Slovakia
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:49:13 -0500
The death toll from a gas explosion which shook an apartment block in the eastern Slovak town of Presov rose to least seven people, the local fire department said on Saturday, adding that shoddy reconstruction had complicated rescue efforts.
Air strikes kill at least 20 in Syria's Idlib: Observatory, activists
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:46:14 -0500
Air strikes by Syrian government and Russian forces killed at least 20 people in rebel-held northwestern Syria on Saturday, activists and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
U.S. hopes U.S. citizen's release means more progress possible with Iran
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:41:36 -0500
The United States is hopeful that the release of U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang by Iran will lead to the freeing of other Americans held there and is a sign Tehran is willing to come to the table to talk about other issues, a senior U.S. administration official said on Saturday.
Rocket hits Iraqi cleric's home following deadly Baghdad attack
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 10:01:08 -0500
A rocket fired from a drone targeted the home of populist Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday, lawmakers from his Saeroon party said, following one of the capital's bloodiest nights in recent weeks.
More French protests see roads blocked, trains disrupted and scuffles in Paris
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 09:55:52 -0500
Truckers blocked roads in about 10 regions around France on Saturday to protest against a planned reduction in tax breaks on diesel for road transport, while train and metro services remained heavily disrupted by a strike against pension reform.
Factbox: Reactions to Iran-U.S. prisoner swap
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:58:35 -0500
The United States and Iran swapped prisoners - a Chinese-American detained for three years on spying charges and an imprisoned Iranian - on Saturday in a rare act of cooperation between two longtime foes.
Indian rape victim dies in hospital after being set ablaze
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:29:22 -0500
A 23-year-old rape victim set on fire by a gang of men, which included her alleged rapists, has died in a New Delhi hospital, prompting protests from opposition leaders who blamed the ruling party for failing to check incidents of violence against women.
UK minister says concerned about election interference after leak of documents linked to Russia
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 08:24:41 -0500
The leak of classified UK-U.S. trade documents online, tied to a previous Russian disinformation campaign, has all the hallmarks of an attempt to interfere in Britain's upcoming election, a British minister said on Saturday.
Hong Kong police chief promises flexibility ahead of rally
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:59:47 -0500
Hong Kong's new police commissioner said on Saturday his force would take a flexible approach to pro-democracy demonstrations as the city gears up for a rally on Sunday that is expected to draw a huge crowd.
Lebanon appeals to more states for help with imports
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:56:35 -0500
Lebanon appealed to more friendly states on Saturday to help it import essential goods as it wrestles with an acute economic crisis and hard currency shortages, the office of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said.
Pope meets with Maltese PM hit by scandal over reporter's murder
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:41:04 -0500
Pope Francis on Saturday gave a private audience to outgoing Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, ignoring an appeal to cancel the meeting with a premier engulfed in crisis over a probe into a murdered journalist.
Slovak ex-PM Fico left party congress to seek medical treatment: reports
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:20:13 -0500
Former Slovak prime minister Robert Fico left the annual congress of the main ruling Smer party, which he still leads, on Saturday to seek medical treatment, Slovak media reported.
Germany's SPD slip in polls after choosing new leftist leaders
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 07:01:54 -0500
Support for Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) has fallen after members last week chose as leaders a leftist duo who are skeptical about remaining in government with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a poll showed on Saturday.
China's top diplomat tells Pompeo U.S. should stop interfering in China's internal affairs
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 06:40:19 -0500
China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call on Saturday that the United States should stop interfering in China's internal affairs, according to a report by state TV.
Johnson, Corbyn wage Brexit battle in final debate before UK election
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 06:26:48 -0500
Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed over Brexit on Friday in the last televised debate before next week's election that will determine the path for Britain's departure from the European Union.
Hong Kong AmCham president denied entry to Macau
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 06:21:07 -0500
The president of the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Hong Kong said on Saturday she was denied entry to the neighboring Chinese-ruled city of Macau after being detained for around two hours by immigration officials.
Kenya police officers among 10 killed in bus attack
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 04:38:30 -0500
Kenyan police officers were among those killed when gunmen suspected to be from Islamist militant group al Shabaab attacked a bus on Friday near the border with Somalia, President Uhuru Kenyatta's office said on Saturday.
Qaboos of Oman to undergo medical checks in Belgium
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 03:32:04 -0500
Oman's Sultan Qaboos will travel to Belgium on Saturday for unspecified medical checks, his court said.
Giant fire near Sydney may burn for weeks as people struggle to breathe
Sat, 07 Dec 2019 02:09:05 -0500
A giant bushfire on the edge of Sydney, which has blanketed the city in smoke causing a spike in respiratory illnesses and the cancellation of outdoor sports, will take weeks to control but will not be extinguished without heavy rains, firefighters said.