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UN warns of cost if South Sudan stymies 'last chance' peace plan

The UN Security Council warned Thursday of "cost and consequences" for any side in South Sudan that blocks a new regional peace initiative set to open next week in Ethiopia. In a unanimous statement, the council said a high-level forum...Show More Summary

Mexican traffickers starting to produce own fentanyl: Sessions

Mexican drug traffickers have begun to set up laboratories to produce the deadly synthetic opioid fentanyl, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday. China up until now has been the main source of fentanyl -- up to 50 times more...Show More Summary

Polish PM expects EU sanctions over rule of law

Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Thursday he expected the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms. The European Commission,...Show More Summary

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions: Tusk

EU leaders on Thursday agreed to extend tough economic sanctions against Russia over its meddling in Ukraine for six months, EU President Donald Tusk said. "EU united on roll-over of economic sanctions on Russia," Tusk tweeted after leaders discussed the issue at a summit in Brussels. Show More Summary

Cyprus, Greece, Egypt vow closer security cooperation in Mediterranean

Cyprus, Greece and Egypt on Thursday pledged closer cooperation on combatting terrorism and people trafficking, as they look to ratchet up maritime security in the Eastern Mediterranean, their defence ministers said. "Threats of terrorism...Show More Summary

Thousands of Romanians pay final respects to king Michael

Thousands of Romanians paid their last respects to beloved former king Michael, who died last week aged 96, in front of his coffin at the Royal Palace in Bucharest on Thursday. Michael, who had been one of the last surviving World War II leaders, passed away in Switzerland following a battle with leukaemia on December 5. Show More Summary

'Golden opportunity missed' at Syria peace talks: UN mediator

The latest round of Syria peace talks in Geneva was a "golden opportunity missed", the country's UN mediator lamented Thursday, accusing the Syrian government of not really seeking dialogue. UN envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters...Show More Summary

UK far-right leader retweeted by Trump appears in court

Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who hit the headlines after Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted on her page, appeared in court in Belfast on Thursday accused of inciting hatred. Fransen, 31, dismissed as "nonsense"...Show More Summary

Colombia's biggest drug gang announces ceasefire

Colombia's biggest narcotics gang, the paramilitary Clan del Golfo, has announced it has stopped armed actions to support peace efforts aimed at burying a half a century of conflict between the government and rebel forces. "We are declaring...Show More Summary

Murder of pro-unity Spaniard shakes up Catalan election

Catalonia's election campaign has been shaken up by the murder of a man wearing the colours of the Spanish flag by a far-left supporter who had previously been jailed for a vicious assault of a policeman. The assault came amid simmering...Show More Summary

Italy adopts 'living wills' despite church opposition

Catholic Italy adopted a law Thursday which will allow patients to refuse life-prolonging treatment despite opposition from the Church, which warned it was a dangerous step towards assisted suicide. The Senate gave the green light to...Show More Summary

Surge in number of victims of anti-personnel mines: NGO

At least 8,605 people were killed or injured by anti-personnel mines last year, a 150 percent rise in three years, with particularly high casualty figures in Afghanistan and Yemen, the Handicap International charity said Thursday. "The...Show More Summary

North Korea's ambassador meets with UN official after visit

North Korea's UN ambassador on Thursday met with a senior UN official who made a recent trip to Pyongyang to push for talks on ending the crisis over the reclusive country's nuclear and missile tests. Ambassador Ja Song Nam held talks...Show More Summary

Major Liberian opposition party backs George Weah presidency

A Liberian opposition party formally backed George Weah for president on Thursday despite mounting a prolonged legal fight with his opponent, Vice-President Joseph Boakai, against the country's electoral commission. Weah and Boakai are...Show More Summary

Murdoch's leaner Fox machine post-Disney deal

Rupert Murdoch's decision to sell off the bulk of 21st Century Fox leaves him with a leaner, tighter media machine focused on broadcast news and sports, a drastic retrenchment after half a century of expansion. The decision to sell off...Show More Summary

EU launches defence pact it calls 'bad news for enemies'

Flanked by soldiers in combat dress, European leaders inaugurated on Thursday a landmark defence cooperation pact that EU President Donald Tusk said was "bad news for our enemies". Twenty-five countries -- all of the EU member states...Show More Summary

EU says 15,000 migrants to exit Libya in two months

Around 15,000 African migrants will be repatriated from Libya in the next two months under an emergency plan to stop abuses there, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Thursday. European and African leaders announced the plan...Show More Summary

Turkey rescues dozens of migrants from Aegean rocks: report

Turkish coast guards on Thursday rescued dozens of migrants stranded on rocks off western Turkey when their Greece-bound vessel hit trouble, state media reported. The inflatable boat, carrying 51 migrants, started to sink in the waters of the Aegean off Dikili, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Show More Summary

US envoy Haley to show Iran 'deliberately violated' obligations

US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday will present evidence that Iran has "deliberately violated" its international obligations, the Pentagon said. Haley, who is appearing at a Washington military base, will hold...Show More Summary

Little Christmas cheer for struggling Marine Le Pen

Criminal charges, banking problems and the loss of her right-hand man: French far-right leader Marine Le Pen insists she is not going anywhere after her presidential defeat, yet her woes are mounting. In a sign of the questions swirling...Show More Summary

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