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    Taliban take at least 100 people hostage in Aghanistan


    The ambush came despite President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of a conditional ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha this...

    The ambush came despite President Ashraf Ghani's announcement of a conditional ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha this week.

    Indonesian earthquakes cause deaths, panic


    Strong earthquakes have killed at least 13 people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and...

    Strong earthquakes have killed at least 13 people on the Indonesian islands of Lombok and Sumbawa.

    Gay wedding in royal family turns focus to 'favourites' of the past


    A cousin of Queen Elizabeth II is expected to wed this summer in what has been heralded as the "first-ever" same-sex marriage in Britain's royal...

    A cousin of Queen Elizabeth II is expected to wed this summer in what has been heralded as the "first-ever" same-sex marriage in Britain's royal family.

    Reports sunken WWII ships in Asia looted by 'Chinese pirates'


    Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by...

    Britain says it will work with Indonesia and Malaysia to investigate reports that the wrecks of ships sunk during World War II have been plundered by pirates.

    'Truth isn't truth', says Giuliani of Trump interview


    Giuliani's statement is reminiscent of a comment from another Trump aide last year about "alternative...

    Giuliani's statement is reminiscent of a comment from another Trump aide last year about "alternative facts".

    Egypt charges two monks with killing bishop


    Bishop Epiphanius, 64, the abbot of the St Macarius Monastery was found dead on July...

    Bishop Epiphanius, 64, the abbot of the St Macarius Monastery was found dead on July 29.

    Iranians turn their anger on 'the rich kids' of regime officials


    Iranians have begun asking thy some politicians' children are apparently being promoted to top state jobs with high salaries despite a lack of...

    Iranians have begun asking thy some politicians' children are apparently being promoted to top state jobs with high salaries despite a lack of experience.

    Bodies of family, last of the missing, found under Genoa bridge


    Rescue workers have found the bodies of three people in the wreckage of Genoa's collapsed highway bridge, the last people reported missing in the...

    Rescue workers have found the bodies of three people in the wreckage of Genoa's collapsed highway bridge, the last people reported missing in the disaster.

    Brazil to send troops to town bordering Venezuela after riots


    The Venezuelan government asked Brazil to "guarantee the care and safety of Venezuelans and their families" and called the episode "violence fed by...

    The Venezuelan government asked Brazil to "guarantee the care and safety of Venezuelans and their families" and called the episode "violence fed by xenophobia".

    British woman survives 10 hours at sea after falling from cruise ship


    A British woman has been rescued after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said on...

    A British woman has been rescued after falling from a cruise ship and spending 10 hours in the Adriatic Sea at night, Croatia's coast guard said on Sunday.

    'Nothing to hide' in Russia probe: Trump lashes out


    President Donald Trump says he has "nothing to hide" from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and denies that his top lawyer had turned on him by co-operating with the...

    President Donald Trump says he has "nothing to hide" from the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, and denies that his top lawyer had turned on him by co-operating with the probe.

    Trump is 'creating a list of political enemies,' former Joint Chiefs chairman Mike Mullen says


    Mike Mullen, a retired US Navy admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Sunday that President Donald Trump's threat to revoke the security clearances of former CIA director John O. Brennan and other former officials who have been...

    Mike Mullen, a retired US Navy admiral and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Sunday that President Donald Trump's threat to revoke the security clearances of former CIA director John O. Brennan and other former officials who have been critical of him is a sign that the president is "creating a list of political enemies."

    Picture Editor's Choice, August 20, 2018


    The finest photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture...

    The finest photos from the international wire agencies as chosen by our picture editors.

    'Mayday': watch the 'firenado' that swallowed Jeremy Stoke


    California had never seen anything like it. Its plume stretched 12 kilometres high, it moved at 265kph. And it was headed right for firefighter Jeremy...

    California had never seen anything like it. Its plume stretched 12 kilometres high, it moved at 265kph. And it was headed right for firefighter Jeremy Stoke.

    ‘Boundless pain’ as Italy mourns victims of motorway collapse


    Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia has pledged to rebuild the bridge, but its chief executive stopped short of apologising for the...

    Italian toll-road operator Autostrade per l'Italia has pledged to rebuild the bridge, but its chief executive stopped short of apologising for the disaster.

    Annan's legacy of fighting for equality and rights lives on


    Annan saw his greatest achievements as the programs and policies he put in place to reduce inequality between countries and to promote human...

    Annan saw his greatest achievements as the programs and policies he put in place to reduce inequality between countries and to promote human rights.

    NZ Minister for Women cycles to hospital to give birth


    Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter said cycling to hospital put her 'in the best possible mood' to have her first...

    Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter said cycling to hospital put her 'in the best possible mood' to have her first child.

    'Zombie gene' that helps save elephants from cancer


    Elephants are known for having a very low incidence of cancer. A dormant gene that got turned back on may be the...

    Elephants are known for having a very low incidence of cancer. A dormant gene that got turned back on may be the key.

    Earthquake of magnitude 8.2 strikes near Fiji, Tonga


    A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Tonga, the US Geological Survey...

    A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 has struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Tonga, the US Geological Survey says.

    Trump accuses social media firms of discrimination against Conservatives


    President Donald Trump said on Saturday that conservative voices were being unfairly censored on social media, hinting that he might intervene if his allies' accounts continued to be shut...

    President Donald Trump said on Saturday that conservative voices were being unfairly censored on social media, hinting that he might intervene if his allies' accounts continued to be shut down.

    Former cricketer Imran Khan sworn-in as Pakistan's prime minister


    Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn-in as prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday, taking on the challenge of forming a coalition to govern as a currency crisis looms over the turbulent, nuclear-armed South Asian...

    Former cricket star Imran Khan was sworn-in as prime minister of Pakistan on Saturday, taking on the challenge of forming a coalition to govern as a currency crisis looms over the turbulent, nuclear-armed South Asian country.

    Why inflation is particularly bad news for the new authoritarians


    Turkey's meltdown is a microcosm of rule by populist strongmen. Although their system seems to be rising in the world, it comes with special...

    Turkey's meltdown is a microcosm of rule by populist strongmen. Although their system seems to be rising in the world, it comes with special risks.

    Why ‘holier than thou’ Jamie Oliver is putting pizza back on the menu


    Jamie Oliver says the lock-out laws and Brexit are behind his restaurant woes but for the first time has conceded he has had to take a "humble...

    Jamie Oliver says the lock-out laws and Brexit are behind his restaurant woes but for the first time has conceded he has had to take a "humble pill".

    China denies Pentagon 'training for strikes' claim


    China's defence ministry has "strongly objected" to a US report claiming Chinese bombers were training for strikes against US and allied...

    China's defence ministry has "strongly objected" to a US report claiming Chinese bombers were training for strikes against US and allied targets.

    Donald Trump security clearance row intensifies


    Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John...

    Trump faced an unprecedented outcry from former intelligence officials on Friday after stripping the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

    Police taser 87-year-old woman carrying a knife to cut dandelions


    The 87-year-old woman often ventured outside - with a kitchen knife and a plastic bag in hand - to cut and collect the plants for cooking, her family...

    The 87-year-old woman often ventured outside - with a kitchen knife and a plastic bag in hand - to cut and collect the plants for cooking, her family said.

    Superstition drives child sex trafficking in Peru's gold rush


    Peruvian miners seek to have sex with young girls miners in the belief it will keep them safe underground and help them strike...

    Peruvian miners seek to have sex with young girls miners in the belief it will keep them safe underground and help them strike gold.

    Ceremony marks first anniversary of a terror attack in Las Ramblas


    A woman holds a Spanish flag around her body during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of a terror attack in Las Ramblas promenade in Barcelona,...

    A woman holds a Spanish flag around her body during a ceremony marking the first anniversary of a terror attack in Las Ramblas promenade in Barcelona, Spain. 

    Militia threat hampers Ebola fight in Congo as disease kills dozens


    Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola...

    Militia violence in Democratic Republic of Congo has prevented aid workers from reaching some potential cases in an outbreak of Ebola .

    Paul Manafort trial judge reveals he is under police protection


    A judge presiding over the fraud trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman, disclosed he had received threats and was under police...

    A judge presiding over the fraud trial of Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman, disclosed he had received threats and was under police protection.

    Trump, following conspiracy theory, escalates attack on Bruce Ohr


    US President has spoken out against a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to...

    US President has spoken out against a Justice Department official whose wife worked for the firm involved in producing a dossier on Trump's ties to Russia.

    Reflections: Is New York becoming harder to love?


    A stray dog makes a new start of it in New York. In so doing, she leads her owners to reassess the city’s...

    A stray dog makes a new start of it in New York. In so doing, she leads her owners to reassess the city’s cracks.

    Listen: 'There's something ironic about being fat-shamed by IS'


    The 10-part Caliphate podcast series offers a deeper dive into some of the incredible terrorism reporting of New York Times journalist Rukmini...

    The 10-part Caliphate podcast series offers a deeper dive into some of the incredible terrorism reporting of New York Times journalist Rukmini Callimachi.