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Putin orders US diplomatic staff to leave Russia 31 July 2017 MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that 755 staff must leave US diplomatic missions, in retaliation for new US sanctions against Moscow. The decision to expel staff was made on Friday, but Mr Putin has now confirmed the number who must go by 1 September. It brings staff...
French president, army boss clash 19 July 2017 PARIS - The head of the French armed forces has quit after a clash with President Emmanuel Macron over budget cuts. Gen Pierre de Villiers said in a statement he could no longer "guarantee the durability of the army model" that he considered necessary to ensure France's protection. France's...
Trump sued for blocking people on Twitter 12 July 2017 NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has been party to an eye-watering 4,000 lawsuits over the last 30 years, US media say. And now the mogul turned commander-in-chief has attracted one more, after seven people sued him for blocking them on Twitter. Mr Trump is an avid user of the social media...
Trump, Putin meet face to face for first time 7 July 2017 HAMBURG - US President Donald Trump is to meet his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for the first time at a G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. They have both said they want to repair ties damaged by the crises in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Russia's alleged meddling in the US election. C...
Trump warns N Korea of 'severe' consequences 6 July 2017 NEW YORK - US President Donald Trump has warned North Korea that he is considering a "pretty severe" response following the country's long-range missile test. "They are behaving in a very, very dangerous manner and something will have to be done about it," he said. But he moderated his comm...
France's Macron to cut MPs by a third 3 July 2017 PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country's government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a "radicall...
N Korea calls for execution of ex-South Korea president 29 June 2017 SEOUL - North Korea said it has issued a standing order for the execution of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for what it said was a plot to assassinate its leader, and it demanded that the South hand the pair over. The North's official Korean Central News Agency (...
Queen Elizabeth to receive £6m pay increase 27 June 2017 LONDON - The Queen is to receive an 8% increase in income from public funds, after the Crown Estate's profits rose by £24m. The Sovereign Grant, which pays for the salaries of her household, official travel and upkeep of palaces, is to increase by more than £6m in 2018/19. It comes as accou...
Trump accuses Obama of inaction 25 June 2017 NEW YORK - President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of inaction over alleged Russian interference in the US election in 2016. Mr Trump said Mr Obama had learned well before the 8 November poll about the accusations and "did nothing". His comments followed an article i...
I don't want a 'poor person' in my Cabinet: Trump 23 June 2017 NEW YORK - Donald Trump has said he doesn't want "a poor person" running the economy of the United States and has defended his decision to appoint wealthy individuals to his cabinet. Speaking to his supporters in Iowa on Wednesday, Trump said: "Somebody said why did you appoint a rich person t...
China dog meat festival begins despite outrage 21 June 2017 YULIN - A controversial dog meat festival has begun in the Chinese city of Yulin, despite earlier reports it had been cancelled or toned down this year. The Lychee and Dog Meat festival takes place annually in Guangxi province. Earlier this year, US campaigners claimed that vendors had been...
Top Macron ally quits 21 June 2017 PARIS - France's Justice Minister, François Bayrou, has handed in his resignation hours before President Emmanuel Macron reshuffles his government. Mr Bayrou's centrist party MoDem has now lost all three posts in Mr Macron's cabinet within 24 hours. President Macron came to power with a pro...
Attacker shot outside Paris's Notre-Dame 6 June 2017 PARIS - A man has been shot by police outside the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris after he tried to attack an officer using a hammer, police say. The suspect has been wounded in the chest, French media report. Officials say this is a "terrorist incident". Some 900 people are still inside t...
London attack death toll rises 4 June 2017 LONDON - The death toll has risen to seven, with 48 others injured, after the London terror attack in which three suspects were shot dead by police. A white van hit pedestrians on London Bridge at about 22:00 BST on Saturday, then three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market. ...
Mark Zuckerberg gets Harvard degree after dropping out 26 May 2017 NEW YORK - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has returned to Harvard University under rainy skies to give a graduation speech and receive an honorary degree. The world's fifth-richest person, worth $62.3bn (£48.1bn), famously dropped out of Harvard after launching the global social-networking w...
Manchester bombing: Libya arrests suspect's brother, father 25 May 2017 TRIPOLI - Libya has arrested a brother and the father of the man suspected of carrying out the bombing in the British city of Manchester, a relative and security sources said on Wednesday. The family source, asking not to be identified, said intelligence services had arrested Hashem Abedi, who...
Police: Suicide bomber responsible for Ariana Grande concert blast 23 May 2017 MANCHESTER - An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England, killing at least 22 people and injuring dozens in what police said on Tuesday they suspected was a terrorist attack. Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins sa...
Embattled Trump says he is treated 'unfairly' 18 May 2017 NEW YORK - An embattled Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that no US leader had been treated "more unfairly", as top Republican lawmakers demanded the facts on the swirling scandals convulsing his presidency. The White House has been thrown into turmoil by a succession of stunning allegatio...
Macron to name PM on first day as French president 15 May 2017 PARIS - Emmanuel Macron is beginning his first day as French president, with picking a prime minster top of his to do list. The appointment is crucial for Mr Macron, who needs to do well in next month's parliamentary elections to push through his planned economic reforms. Later he will trav...
French president-elect Macron to fight 'division' 8 May 2017 PARIS - Emmanuel Macron has vowed to fight "the forces of division that undermine France" after easily winning the run-off election for the French presidency. The centrist candidate, 39, defeated the far right's Marine Le Pen, winning 66.1% of the vote to her 33.9%. Acknowledging his victor...
Trump to mark 100th day in office 28 April 2017 NEW YORK - United States (US) President Donald Trump will mark his 100th day in office on Saturday as one of the most unpopular Commanders-in-Chief in modern American History. With an approval rating hovering around 40%, a majority of Americans disapprove of his leadership since assuming offic...
Russian hackers target Macron's campaign 26 April 2017 PARIS - French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron's political campaign was targeted by a group of Russian hackers last month, according to a report by a cybersecurity research group on Tuesday. The Pawn Storm group, which has been linked to several high-profile attacks in the West, used "p...
Man arrested for smuggling semen 21 April 2017 BANGKOK - Thai police have arrested a man attempting to smuggle six vials of human semen into Laos. Authorities found a nitrogen tank containing the vials in the man's bag when he was crossing the border at the northern Thai town of Nong Khai. Police said the man confessed that the semen wa...
US drops biggest bomb in Afghanistan 14 April 2017 WASHINGTON - The US military dropped America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb on ISIS targets in Afghanistan Thursday, the first time this type of weapon has been used in battle, according to US officials. A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," ...
US strikes Syria 7 April 2017 ALLEPO - The US has carried out a missile strike against a Syrian air base in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held town. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles were fired from two US Navy ships in the Mediterranean. Six people were killed, the Syrian army said. It...