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Conservative Republican tries to derail reappointment of Fed's Yellen

A member of the U.S. House of Representatives' Freedom Caucus is mounting a campaign to kill any chance of a second term for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the latest sign conservative Republicans want a fresh face at the helm of the…

CIA chief says US-Canadian hostages held for five years in Pakistan

The head of the CIA said on Thursday that a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighbouring Pakistan for five years before being freed last week.

Iraqi Kurds say open to talks after Baghdad military operation

The Iraqi Kurdish regional government said Thursday it was open to talks with Baghdad after central government forces seized a swathe of disputed territory from Kurdish fighters.

Protests on the wane against Macron's labour reforms

Thousands of French trade unionists took to the streets on Thursday to denounce President Emmanuel Macron, but low turnouts suggested the resistance is running out of steam.

Macron lawmaker wants 'rich list' study amid wealth tax unease

France's budget rapporteur on Thursday asked the government to spell out how much the rich stood to gain if a wealth tax was scrapped, as unease over President Emmanuel Macron's plan within his own party bubbles up.


Uproar as Turkey detains top civil society figure

Turkish police have detained businessman and leading civil society activist Osman Kavala, reports and his lawyer said on Thursday, raising fresh alarm over freedom of expression under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Saudi minister visits north Syria for Raqqa talks

BEIRUT: A Saudi official has visited northern Syria with a U.S. envoy to discuss reconstruction of Raqqa, which Kurdish and Arab militias backed by a U.S.-led coalition, captured from Islamic State on Tuesday, an adviser to the militias…

Albanian prosecutors seek arrest of ex-minister on corruption, drug charges

TIRANA: Albanian prosecutors asked parliament on Thursday to remove the immunity of former interior minister Saimir Tahiri to allow them to investigate him on corruption and drug trafficking charges, the prosecution said.

Dutch will miss 2020 green energy, climate targets - report

The Netherlands will miss 2020 targets for renewable energy production and greenhouse gas emissions despite new investments in wind power, according to a government review published on Thursday.

Harry Potter showcased with bones and cauldrons in London

The British Library has conjured to life the magical world of Harry Potter in a new exhibition featuring the oldest objects in its collection alongside never-seen items from J.K. Rowling's personal archive.

Maltese journalist probably killed by remotely detonated bomb, government says

Police believe a bomb that killed a prominent journalist in Malta was attached beneath her car and triggered remotely, a government spokeswoman said on Thursday, giving first details of the investigation.

US drone strike kills militant whose group killed 250 in Pakistan

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan: The leader of a Pakistani militant group whose suicide bombings killed more than 250 people died on Thursday of injuries from a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militants said.


Malta journalists take common stand after brutal murder

Malta's journalists rallied Thursday to insist they would not be intimidated by the brutal assassination that silenced the island nation's foremost investigative writer.

Hamas leader says 'no one' can force it to disarm or recognise Israel

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip said Thursday (Oct 19) "no one" can force it to disarm or recognise Israel, after Washington demanded it meet those conditions as part of a unity government.

Juncker puts on charm over scallops for eurosceptic eastern EU states

BRUSSELS: Leaders of four eurosceptic governments in the east of the European Union sat down for a nearly three-hour dinner with the head of the bloc's executive in an effort to narrow their differences on issues from migration to labour…

Germany's FDP, Greens try to find common ground at first talks

BERLIN: A first meeting between Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens about joining a coalition led by conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on finding out common points of agreement, FDP General Secretary…

Fragment of Florence basilica falls and kills tourist - official

FLORENCE, Italy: A stone fragment, probably a piece of marble from the top of a column, fell on a tourist visiting Florence's Basilica of the Holy Cross, killing him, officials said on Thursday.

Berlusconi joins criticism of Bank of Italy as Visco decision looms

The Bank of Italy and its governor, Ignazio Visco, came under increased scrutiny on Thursday when former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi joined a chorus of politicians criticising its operations.

Italy arrests 7 in migrant-smuggling ring

ROME: Italian police said Thursday (Oct 19) that they had arrested seven people while breaking up a ring of smugglers who were ferrying migrants from Greece and Albania to Italy.

War criminal or role model? It's a thin line in Serbia

In 2009, Serbian general Vladimir Lazarevic was convicted by a U.N. court of war crimes over the forced deportation of more than 700,000 ethnic Albanians during the 1989-99 Kosovo war.

Puerto Rico mostly in the dark one month after hurricane

It's been a month since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico and Samuel de Jesus still can't drive out of his isolated, blacked-out town.

Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May

British Prime Minister Theresa May, seeking to unblock stalled talks on Brexit, promised on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after it leaves the bloc.


Washington 'trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe' - Putin

A new set of U.S. sanctions imposed on Moscow by U.S. Congress was designed to oust Russia from European energy markets and force Europe to buy more expensive U.S. liquefied natural gas, Russian President Vladimir Putin told an…


Turkish police detain leading activist at airport - EU official

ISTANBUL: Turkish police have detained prominent activist and businessman Osman Kavala at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Turkish media and a senior European parliamentarian said on Thursday.

Ukraine passes long-delayed health reforms praised by West

Ukrainian lawmakers voted through a long-delayed overhaul of the health system on Thursday that the state's Western backers say will raise standards and tackle a culture of bribe-taking in surgeries and hospitals.

Macedonian nationals arrested in Greece over wiretap scandal: police source

ATHENS: Two Macedonian nationals wanted by Interpol have been arrested in Greece over their alleged involvement in a wiretap scandal that brought down Macedonia's government, a police official said on Thursday.

Bangladesh lets stranded Rohingya into camps after screening

Thousands of Rohingya Muslims stranded near Bangladesh's border this week after fleeing violence in Myanmar have finally been permitted to enter refugee camps after "strict screening", officials said Thursday.

Bulgaria deputy PM wants new laws to stifle radical Islam

SOFIA: Bulgaria should tighten rules on foreign financing for religious communities and restrict visits by foreign clerics to help counter the potential spread of radical Islam, deputy prime minister Krasimir Karakachanov said on Thursday.

Head of Germany's FDP offers Macron 'bittersweet' euro zone deal

A leading candidate to be Germany's next finance minister signalled his willingness on Thursday to seek a compromise with Emmanuel Macron over the French President's plans for deeper euro zone integration.

Iranian general, Assad discuss joint military strategy - report

Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.