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Asia: Putin shuns Paris visit after France offers talks only on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has canceled a visit to Paris next week after President Francois Hollande said he would see him only for talks on Syria - the latest episode in deteriorating relations between Moscow and the West.
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The crackdown on fake degree holders comes after another purge launched in March last year discovered more than 19,700 "ghost workers" on the East African nation's public sector payroll.
The United Nations issued an ultimatum Friday - if donors fail to pour more money into Africa and Yemen then aid workers might have to choose which of the starving millions live or die.
Defeated first-round French presidential candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan called on his voters on Friday to support the far-right Marine Le Pen in the May 7 runoff.
The U.S. National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect the digital communications of Americans that mentioned a foreign intelligence target without a warrant, t
The U.S. National Security Agency has halted a form of surveillance that allowed it to collect digital communications of U.S. residents that mentioned a foreign intelligence target without a warrant,
Donald Trump said Friday he's "happy" with his achievements on the eve of his 100 days as president of the United States, despite an admission the job's harder than he expected.
Federica Mogherini has said that the EU has left the door ajar for Turkey membership
Germany's Interior Ministry said Friday it will "leave no stone unturned" in trying to determine how a German army officer managed to register as a Syrian asylum-seeker without being detected.
A NATO member since 2009, Albania is a candidate for EU membership and hopes to open negotiations by the end of the year.
The United States was a supporter of ethnic Albanians in neighboring during the 1998-1999 war where Kosovo sought to become independent from Serbia.
Cuba's state news agency Prensa Latina officially restarted journalism operations in the U.S. capital of Washington on Friday, unfreezing 50 years of inactivity and marking another step in the rapproc
Opponents of Venezuela's leftist government marched towards jails on Friday demanding the release of opposition leaders they say are being unjustly held as political prisoners in the country's deadly
Palestinians from across the West Bank demonstrate in support of jailed hunger strikers
The U.S. military is investigating whether two U.S. soldiers who died Wednesday in Afghanistan might have been killed by friendly fire.
The Pentagon says the two Army Rangers killed during a raid on an ISIS compound in Afghanistan may have died as a result of friendly fire.
Aleksandar Vucic meets Turkish ambassador ahead of assuming office on May 31
Pope Francis began his two-day trip here on Friday to show solidarity with Muslims condemning radical Islamic terrorism.              
Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A prominent Florida eye doctor has been convicted on all counts in his Medicare fraud trial, raising the possibility he could be pressured to testify in the bribery trial
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - About 673 icebergs have drifted into shipping lanes off eastern Newfoundland so far this year. That's almost as many as were counted during the whole ice season ......
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s governor has rejected a request for a DNA test in the case of a death row inmate who’s scheduled to get a lethal injection next month after evading seven
Russia Friday warned at the United Nations that military options to address the threat from North Korea's nuclear and ballistic programs were "completely unacceptable" and would have "catastrophic con
SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Catholic School Boards Association says it will appeal a judge's decision to ban funding non-Catholic students in Catholic schools. The ruling released last week said the
VANCOUVER - A British Columbia man who killed three people while driving drunk along a winding mountain highway has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Samuel Alec ...
TORONTO - A former Salvation Army executive diverted truckloads of donations received by the charity to the black market as part of scheme to make money, a Toronto court has ...
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Judges are sealing warrants that let police obtain blood and urine samples from “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules and to enter his home after a fatal Iowa crash. Two
PARIS/CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen's bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when the man named interim head of her National Front party stood
German airlines will no longer require two people to be in the cockpit at all times, an industry group said Friday, abandoning a rule introduced after a deadly crash in 2015.
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania's Socialist party used its majority in parliament to force through the election of a new president of the Balkan country on Friday, leaving its politics polarized as the opp
The warning came from across the Atlantic last month. Richard Burr, the head of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, was presiding over a briefing on the investigation into alleged Russian interferen
MONTREAT, N.C. (AP) — A private North Carolina Christian college is insisting that its faculty and staff sign a document that opposes same-sex marriage and abortion. One faculty member says she and e
Francis is on a short visit to Egypt, where he has urged religious leaders to help end violence.
Pope Francis on Friday won over the Egyptian audience with his first few words, spoken in Arabic: “Peace be with you.” “There is no justification for violence,” he said to applause during a peace
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An ex-convict facing federal charges in the fatal shooting of a Tennessee police officer has changed his plea to guilty. Tremaine Wilbourn had pleaded not guilty to charges file

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