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EU summit set for new east-west clash over migrants

EU leaders headed for a new east-west clash at a Brussels summit Thursday over how to deal with large numbers of migrants coming to Europe. European Council President Donald Tusk irked some nations when he said in a pre-summit letter that a mandatory quota scheme for relocating refugees from frontline states was "ineffective" and "highly divisive". Show More Summary

Germany takes back illegally expelled Afghan man

An Afghan man who was illegally expelled from Germany has arrived back in Frankfurt, a refugee rights group said Thursday, after a three month bureaucratic struggle. Hasmatullah Fazelpur, 23, had in September been sent from Germany to Bulgaria -- his first port of call in the European Union and which promptly put him on a plane back to Afghanistan. Show More Summary

Iraq hangs 38 members of IS, Qaeda for 'terrorism'

Iraq hanged 38 jihadists belonging to the Islamic State group or Al-Qaeda for terrorism offences on Thursday in the southern city of Nasiriyah, provincial authorities said. It was the largest number of executions in a single day since September 25 when 42 people were put to death in the same prison. Show More Summary

Italy tightens noose on Mafia godfather fugitive

Italian police were on Thursday searching the homes and businesses of known allies of mobster Matteo Messina Denaro, looking for hidden bunkers where the fugitive godfather may be hiding. Two hundred officers were executing search warrants...Show More Summary

Hamas chief calls for fresh protests against Trump Jerusalem move

The head of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas called Thursday for fresh protests across the world against US President Donald Trump's controversial recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "We demand the Islamic world make every...Show More Summary

Reconstruction starts at Iraq's biggest oil refinery

Iraq has begun reconstruction work at what was the country's biggest oil refinery before it was damaged by intense fighting between government forces and Islamic State group jihadists, the oil ministry said Thursday. The aim is to complete...Show More Summary

With IS in tatters, Syria Kurds fear US to abandon them

Syria's Kurds fear the steadfast ally they found in the US to successfully take on Islamic State group jihadists may now leave them to face threats from Turkey and Damascus alone. Across Syria's north, Kurdish authorities have spent more than four years steadily building public institutions including elected councils, security forces, even schools. Show More Summary

London museum to honour fashion giant Alaia with 2018 show

French-Tunisian fashion designer Azzedine Alaia will be honoured by London's Design Museum with a major exhibition next year following his death on November 18 at the age of 77. "Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier" will run from May 10 to October 7, showcasing more than 60 pieces personally selected by the iconic designer. Show More Summary

Israel drug giant Teva announces 14,000 job cuts over two years

Israeli pharmaceutical giant Teva announced Thursday it plans 14,000 job cuts over two years as it unveiled a wide-reaching restructuring plan after facing low prices for generic drugs. Teva also said it was suspending dividends on ordinary...Show More Summary

Zimbabwe orders illegal farm invaders off land: state media

Zimbabwe's new agriculture minister has ordered people illegally occupying formerly white-owned commercial farms to vacate, nearly two decades after violent land grabs led by ousted ex-president Robert Mugabe, state media said Thursday. Show More Summary

Hungary hails EU chief's refugee quota rejection

Hungary's rightwing government, a fierce opponent of mass immigration, on Thursday welcomed EU President Donald Tusk's rejection of mandatory refugee quotas. Tusk called the relocation scheme -- introduced in 2015 at the height of the...Show More Summary

Mutiny in the ranks: May's weakness in five points

A rebellion in Britain's parliament over Brexit legislation spells trouble ahead for Prime Minister Theresa May as she heads to an EU summit Thursday, hobbled by divisions within her party. May took over after the 2016 Brexit referendum and called a general election in June, hoping to strengthen her hand in the negotiations with Europe. Show More Summary

US presses Thailand to downgrade ties with North Korea

The US has urged Thailand to downgrade diplomatic and trade ties with North Korea, a senior Thai official said Thursday after meeting with an American envoy, as the Trump administration pushes ahead with a global campaign to further isolate the nuclear-armed pariah state. Show More Summary

Belgium ends extradition case against Catalan leader

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him. Puigdemont and four of his deputies fled to...Show More Summary

Chinese dissident's widow sends desperate letter

Friends of the late Chinese democracy advocate and Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo voiced concern about his widow's health on Thursday after she sent a letter showing signs of deep depression. The poet Liu Xia, 56, has been under police watch...Show More Summary

N. Korean defector pleads to return at UN event

A North Korean defector interrupted a United Nations human rights press conference in Seoul on Thursday to plead tearfully to be allowed to go back to her relatives in Pyongyang. More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled poverty and repression in their isolated homeland to move to the South. Show More Summary

Kurz eyes Austrian government before Christmas

Austria's political "wunderkind" Sebastian Kurz, 31, said Thursday he hopes to form a coalition with the far-right before Christmas, with media speculating a deal could be done this weekend. "I am very optimistic that we can achieve our aim of wrapping up the coalition talks before Christmas. Show More Summary

Greece strikes against budget cuts, labour reforms

A general strike in Greece on Thursday has paralysed the civil service, trains and ships and will also disrupt some domestic flights as well as the operation of public hospitals and schools. Greek unions called the 24-hour labour action against new budget cuts and plans to revamp labour mobilisation rules. Show More Summary

Blind Colombian women 'seeing' cancer with their fingertips

Leidy Garcia awoke one morning in 2011 to discover she could no longer see. By then, Francia Papamija was already blind. Disease swept away one sense but sharpened another, and their heightened sense of touch has become a valuable weapon in Colombia's fight against breast cancer. Show More Summary

Indian court sentences man to death for brutal rape, murder

An Indian court Thursday handed down the death penalty to a man found guilty of raping and murdering a law student in a brutal knife attack in southern Kerala state. The murdered student was found dead in a pool of blood in her home in Perumbavoor town on April 28, 2016, with nearly 30 stab wounds and bite marks on her severely disfigured corpse. Show More Summary

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