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Iraq court sentences Belgian militant to death for IS membership

BAGHDAD: An Iraqi court on Tuesday (May 22) sentenced a Belgian militant, who threatened Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership of the Islamic State militant group.

Merkel seeks united front with China amid Trump trade fears

Chancellor Angela Merkel visits China on Thursday, seeking to close ranks with the world's biggest exporting nation as US President Donald Trump shakes up explosive issues from trade to Iran's nuclear deal.

Trump-Kim summit in play as Moon visits White House

Donald Trump holds a high-stakes meeting with South Korea's president at the White House Tuesday, talks that could decide whether the US president's much-vaunted summit with the North's leader Kim Jong Un goes ahead.

Violent crime hits France as Macron presents urban poverty plan

PARIS: Shocking images of masked gunmen opening fire in Marseille and a brutal daylight murder underlined the problem of urban violence in France Tuesday (May 22) as President Emmanuel Macron announces a strategy to tackle the issue.

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Arrests as protest greets fourth year of Thai junta rule

BANGKOK: Thai police detained leaders of an anti-junta protest on Tuesday (May 22) who had tried to mark the fourth anniversary of a coup by marching to Government House, one of the largest acts of dissent since the army grabbed power.

German prosecutors prepare extradition application for former Catalan leader

BERLIN: German prosecutors said on Tuesday that they were preparing an application to allow the extradition former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain.


Australia investigators defend MH370 out-of-control scenario

Australian investigators Tuesday defended their findings that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was out of control when it plunged into the ocean, despite renewed theories that a rogue pilot ditched the plane.


Lava creeps onto geothermal plant site on Hawaii's Big Island

Deadly white clouds of acid and fine shards of glass boiled into the sky over Hawaii on Monday as lava from the Kilauea volcano flowed into the ocean, creating a new hazard from a more than two-week eruption.


Hawaii volcano eruption driving away millions in tourism dollars

HONOLULU: Cruise ships have cancelled stops on Hawaii's Big Island. Hotel rooms will sit vacant this summer despite price cuts.


Commemorative coin struck for Trump-Kim summit

WASHINGTON: A commemorative coin featuring US President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un has been struck by the White House Communications Agency ahead of their planned summit next month.

Palestinian president Abbas suffering from pneumonia, condition improving

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is suffering from pneumonia but his condition is improving, officials said late on Monday (May 21).

Trump willing to walk away from North Korea summit, says Pence

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is willing to walk away from an unprecedented summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scheduled for next month, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Monday (May 21), after North Korea called into…


Trump urges China to clamp down on North Korea border

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday (May 21) urged China to maintain tight control of its border with North Korea until he signs a denuclearisation deal with Kim Jong UN.

Poignant testimony as inquiry into London tower fire opens

LONDON: Fighting back tears, relatives of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire paid emotional tribute in words, photos and recordings to their loved ones on Monday (May 21) as an inquiry opened into Britain's deadliest blaze.


US to impose 'strongest sanctions in history' on Iran

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined an aggressive series of moves designed to counter Tehran, which he called the world's top sponsor of terror.

Italian president hesitates as novice put forward as premier

Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and the far-right League party will meet with President Sergio Mattarella on Monday, when they are expected to seek his backing for their prime minister candidate.


Turkey orders life sentences for 104 suspects over coup bid

ANKARA: A Turkish court on Monday (May 21) handed life sentences to 104 suspects over their involvement in the July 2016 attempted coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported.


First woman CIA director sworn in

WASHINGTON: Veteran CIA officer Gina Haspel was sworn in as the agency's first female director on Monday (May 21), hailing the "heroines" who had gone before her and expressing hope she and her team would be "role models."


Hawaii faces new threat of fumes from volcano's lava

PAHOA, Hawaii: Hawaii faced a new hazard on Sunday as lava flows from Kilauea's volcanic eruption could produce clouds of acid fumes, steam and glass-like particles as they reach the Pacific, authorities said.


Teen Texas gunman suspect studied previous mass shootings: Report

The teenage boy charged with murdering eight students and two teachers during a gun rampage at a Houston-area high school on Friday studied previous mass shootings before carrying out his attack, sources told ABC News.

Monday, May 21

Father of Pakistani girl killed in Texas hopes her death can spur reform

ISLAMABAD: The father of a Pakistani girl killed in a Texas school shooting said on Monday (May 21) he hoped that the death of his daughter, who wanted to serve her country as a civil servant or diplomat, would help spur gun control in the…

In a union of tradition and modernity, US actress Meghan marries Prince Harry

US actress Meghan Markle became a duchess after marrying Prince Harry on Saturday after Queen Elizabeth bestowed the title of Duke of Sussex on her grandson hours before their glittering wedding.

Trump 'demands' probe of alleged spying on his campaign

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump demanded Sunday (May 21) that the Justice Department investigate whether his presidential campaign was "infiltrated" or spied on for political purposes, prompting it to announce it would look into…

Russia election meddling probe may end by Sep 1: Giuliani

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign could end by Sep 1.

Sunday, May 20

Italian parties agree on nominee for prime minister

ROME: The leader of Italy's far-right League party on Sunday announced that it had reached an agreement with the anti-establishment Five Star Movement on their nominee to be the country's next prime minister.

Palestinian leader Abbas in hospital for third time in a week: Officials

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been hospitalised in a West Bank hospital, a Palestinian official said on Saturday, providing no further details on his condition.

Harry and Meghan go straight to work after lavish wedding

Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan began married life on Sunday after their spectacular, rule-breaking wedding, but will be delaying a honeymoon as they turn immediately to royal duties.

Saturday, May 19

Teen gunman attacks Texas high school art class, kills 10

SANTA FE, Texas: Texas on Saturday (May 19) will likely release the names of nine students and a teacher killed by a gunman, identified by authorities as a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and pistol, who opened fire in a morning…

Texas shooter had 'born to kill' t-shirt

Dimitrios Pagourtzis, who police say shot 10 people dead Friday at his Texas high school, recently posted a picture of a black t-shirt on his Facebook page that read: "BORN TO KILL."

More than 100 feared dead in Cuba airliner crash

A Cuban state airways plane with 110 passengers and crew on board crashed shortly after taking off from Havana on Friday (May 18), leaving a mass of twisted and smoldering fuselage, as the country's president warned many people were feared…

Texas school shooting: What we know

The latest mass shooting at a US school unfolded Friday in the Texas town of Santa Fe, where least 10 people were killed by a heavily armed student.

Friday, May 18

Deadliest recent mass shootings in the United States

At least 10 people were killed when a gunman opened fire at a Texas high school on Friday, officials said.

Trump alleges FBI spy inside his campaign

President Donald Trump alleged Friday that the FBI planted an informer in his 2016 election campaign, stepping up efforts to cast Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe as a politically-driven "witch hunt".

Clock ticking on post-Brexit flights: EU official

DUBLIN: There is still a possibility that flights will not be able to take place the day after Britain's planned departure from the European Union next year, an EU official said on Friday (May 18).

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

GENEVA: An Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of the Congo has a high risk of spreading internally, the World Health Organization warned on Friday (May 18) ahead of a meeting on whether to declare it an event of international concern.

Thursday, May 17

Trump promises North Korea's Kim can stay in power

Trump told reporters that if the meeting were to go ahead successfully, Kim "will get protections that will be very strong."

EU takes Germany, five others to court over air pollution

The European Commission said on Thursday it is taking Germany, France, the United Kingdom and three other EU countries to court for failing to comply with the bloc's air quality standards.

Turkey seeks UN General Assembly motion on Jerusalem: Foreign minister

Turkey wants the United Nations General Assembly to pass a motion regarding Jerusalem, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, as the discomfort over Palestinians killed in Gaza by Israeli forces grows.

Hackers steal US$15.3 million from Mexico financial system

MEXICO CITY: Hackers who targeted Mexico's interbank payment system made off with more than US$15 million in the past several weeks, the Bank of Mexico said Wednesday (May 16).