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Government shutdown becomes longest in US history Government shutdown becomes longest in US history

The impasse has paralyzed Washington, with the president retaliating by refusing to sign off on budgets for swaths of government departments


Paris 'gas explosion' shakes street in city centre Paris 'gas explosion' shakes street in city centre

Police suspect a gas leak caused the explosion which occurred in a bakery around 09:00 (08:00 GMT)


US Navy chief heads to China US Navy chief heads to China

The visit comes after tensions spiked last fall between China and the US over financial sanctions


Macedonia parliament agrees to change country's name

Macedonia MPs agree country's name change

Prime Minister Zoran Zaev narrowly secured the two-thirds majority needed in the historic vote amid a boycott by opposition nationalists


Congo's ruling coalition wins majority in national assembly Congo's ruling coalition wins majority in national assembly

That sharply reduces the chances of dramatic reforms under the declared presidential election winner, opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi


Saudi Arabia's enduring male guardianship system Saudi Arabia's enduring guardianship system

Human Rights Watch reported in 2016 that the kingdom "clearly and directly enforces guardianship requirements in certain areas"


Sudan worshippers turn on imam over protests against President Bashir Sudan worshippers turn on imam amid unrest

Three weeks of demonstrations have left 22 people dead across the country


DR Congo election: Defeated candidate vows legal challenge DR Congo runner-up to challenge poll result

Several deaths and injuries have been reported in the wake of the results


Army officer, soldier killed in IED blast near LOC Army officer, soldier killed in IED blast near LOC

The IED was reportedly planted on the patrolling track on the Indian side of the LoC


12 civilians killed in jihadist attack in Burkina Faso 12 civilians killed in jihadist attack in Burkina Faso

The country is part of the vast Sahel region and one of the poorest states in the world


First Hindu in US Congress, Tulsi Gabbard, to run for President First Hindu in US Congress to run for President

Gabbard has been a strong supporter of India and closer US-India ties as well as of Prime Minister Narendra Modi


Republican Steve King in white supremacy furore US congressman in white supremacy furore

Steve King of Iowa also pondered in a New York Times interview when labels like "white nationalists" became offensive


3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash 3 dead, 23 injured in Ottawa bus crash

The vehicle apparently jumped the curb as it approached the station and plowed along the platform


German WW1 submarine emerges off French coast German WW1 U-boat emerges off French coast

Shifting sand off Wissant, near Calais, is exposing the remains of the UC-61 which was stranded there in July 1917


Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Snow brings parts of Europe to standstill

Austrian rescuers had to battle through chest-deep snow to reach a snowboarder


Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

Saudi woman granted Canada asylum

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting


US shutdown bites as federal workers miss payday Workers miss payday as US shutdown bites

Employees such as prison guards, airport staff and FBI agents have been working without pay


Indian guru Ram Rahim convicted of killing journalist Ram Rahim convicted of killing journalist

The court on Friday found 51-year-old Singh and three of his close aides guilty of killing local newspaper journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati in 2002


Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply Kabul faces water crisis as drought, population strain supply

Only around 20 percent of Kabul is connected to the city's piped water system


Poland arrests Chinese businessman suspected of spying Poland arrests Chinese businessman suspected of spying

Poland said Friday it had arrested a Chinese businessman and a Polish citizen suspected of spying for…


Trump threatens to declare national emergency over border wall fight Trump threatens to declare national emergency

The embarrassing closure of parts of the US government will set a record 22 days on Saturday


Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand pulls Twitter account over 'threats' Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand pulls Twitter account

Thai authorities initially threatened to deport her after she arrived in Bangkok from Kuwait last weekend


Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states Pompeo takes US anti-Iran message to Gulf Arab states

The US Secretary of State travels on Friday to Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates where he'll be calling for increasing pressure on Iran


Is affirmative action in India becoming a gimmick? Is affirmative action in India becoming a gimmick?

It is built into the country's 68-year-old constitution, and reserves seats in parliament


Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

Myanmar court rejects appeal of jailed Reuters reporters

The men were convicted for having government documents in their possession


Heavy storm devastates Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon Heavy storm devastates Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon

The UN refugee agency says that 361 sites that are home to some 11,000 Syrians have been affected


Python covered with over 500 ticks rescued in Australia Tick-riddled python rescued in Australia

A professional handler removed the snake and took it for treatment at a wildlife clinic


Jayme Closs: Missing 13-year-old found months after parents' murder Girl found alive after parents' murder

Jayme Closs, whose parents, aged 56 and 46, were discovered shot in their family home last year, was located on Thursday evening


Taiwan leader appoints new premier following election loss Taiwan leader appoints new premier

Su Tseng-chang take charge of the Cabinet amid tense relations with China


Jakiw Palij: Nazi guard deported by US dies in Germany Nazi camp guard deported from US dies

Jakiw Palij, who was thought to be the last Nazi collaborator living in the US, was deported to Germany last year after a lengthy legal battle


Gunmen kill 4 volunteers guarding southern Thailand school 4 soldiers killed in Thailand school attack

The attacks have occurred during an effort to revitalize peace talks between the Thai government and some insurgent groups


Burkina army chief sacked as jihadist attacks continue Burkina army chief sacked as jihadist attacks continue

Major General Oumarou Sadou has been replaced by General Moise Minoungou


Ghosn awaits fate but release unlikely Ghosn awaits fate but release unlikely

Prosecutors are expected to press formal charges against the 64-year-old auto industry tycoon over allegations of under-declaring his income


Trump visits border amid US shutdown wall row Trump digs in as shutdown continues

The government has been in partial shutdown for 20 days, leaving about 800,000 federal employees without pay


Japan's PM says 'whole world' against no-deal Brexit Japan's PM says 'whole world' against no-deal Brexit

But not all world leaders have supported Theresa May's deal - in November, President Trump said it "sounds like a great deal for the EU".


US to expel every last Iranian boot from Syria: Pompeo US to expel every Iranian boot from Syria: Pompeo

Pompeo warned there would be no US reconstruction aid for areas controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad until Iran and its proxies had left


Rebel drone kills 6 loyalists at biggest Yemen airbase Rebel drone kills 6 loyalists at biggest Yemen airbase

Footage of the attack showed a drone exploding over a podium around which dozens of military personnel were standing


Maduro begins new term shunned by Venezuela's neighbors Maduro begins new term shunned by Venezuela's neighbors

The 56-year-old leader was to be sworn in at about 1400 GMT by the Supreme Court rather than the sidelined, opposition-controlled parliament


Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 21 policemen Taliban attacks kill 21 Afghan policemen

The Taliban have claimed responsibility for all the attacks

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