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World war crimes court set for bumper appeals rulings

In an unusual move, international war crimes judges will Thursday rule Thursday on three appeals cases, including one brought by Congolese warlord Germain Katanga, ordered to pay his victims $1 million in damages. Legal proceedings at...Show More Summary

UN body warns gender parity progress could grind to a halt

The UN labour agency warned Wednesday that gradual progress toward parity between the sexes in the workplace was expected to soon grind to a halt and could even reverse. "On average around the world, women remain much less likely to participate in the labour market than men," the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a report. Show More Summary

Poland says Warsaw Ghetto museum to show warm ties with Jews

Poland's right-wing government on Wednesday said a planned museum devoted to the infamous wartime Warsaw Ghetto, where Nazi Germany imprisoned nearly 500,000 Jews during the Holocaust, would convey the centuries of close ties between Poles and Jews. Show More Summary

Third woman accuses Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape

A third woman has accused prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan of rape, a month after he was indicted over similar charges and remanded into custody, judicial sources told AFP on Wednesday. The French Muslim woman, who wants to remain...Show More Summary

Nerve agents, the deadliest of chemical weapons

Nerve agents such as that used to try and kill a former Russian double-agent in Britain, were first developed as neurotoxins by German scientists in the 1930s, but never used as chemical weapons in WWII. An overview. Q: What is a nerve agent? A: Nerve agents are the most toxic known chemical warfare agents. Show More Summary

'Meaningful dialogue' with North Korea on rights possible: UN expert

Serious violations are continuing in North Korea, a top UN expert said in a report published Wednesday, stressing though the opportunity to open "meaningful dialogue" on improving the rights situation with Pyongyang. "A window of opportunity...Show More Summary

European clocks slowed by Serbia-Kosovo power grid row

European power operators called Wednesday for an end to a row between Serbia and Kosovo that has sapped the continent's electricity grid and caused electronic clocks to run several minutes late. The Brussels-based power operators association...Show More Summary

Syrian assault has retaken half of Ghouta enclave: monitor

Syrian and allied forces have retaken half of the territory rebels held in Eastern Ghouta since they launched a blistering offensive in mid-February, a monitoring group said Wednesday. "Regime forces control more than 50 percent of Ghouta,"...Show More Summary

Hundreds of trains cancelled in Spain over women's strike

More than 300 trains have been cancelled on Thursday throughout Spain as workers go on strike to defend women's rights on International Women's Day, the country's transport ministry announced. Some 200 intercity trains out of 568 won't be operating, while 105 long-distance trains are cancelled, it said Wednesday. Show More Summary

Thousands of farmers march in Madrid over 'surreal' drought

Thousands of farmers from Spain's parched southeast, marched in Madrid Wednesday to ask the government for help as their crops are threatened by a "surreal" drought that is also putting jobs at risk. The region that goes from the cities...Show More Summary

UN rights chief calls for Myanmar war crimes panel

The UN human rights chief on Wednesday called for a new body tasked with preparing criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, after a similar panel was created for the Syrian conflict. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights...Show More Summary

Last Argentine 'Dirty War' junta leader Reynaldo Bignone dies

Reynaldo Bignone, the last president of Argentina's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" military junta, died Wednesday in a military hospital, local media reported. He was 90. Bignone took power in 1982 after Argentina's disastrous defeat in the Falklands War against Britain, and left power when democracy was restored in 1983. Show More Summary

Spy poisoning in Britain: Who stands to gain?

Who could be behind the suspected poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter? Some experts and opposition voices have pointed the finger at Russia. Others dismiss the notion as ridiculous. "Attacking the family,Show More Summary

Hungary hits back at UN rights chief over Orban comments

Hungary hit back Wednesday at a top UN rights official for calling Prime Minister Viktor Orban a racist over recent anti-immigration remarks. "The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights has started a fight with (Orban) and Hungarian...Show More Summary

Police commander slain after kidnpping in Mexico's Acapulco

A police commander was kidnapped in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco and then shot to death, an official said Saturday. Hector Moreno, of the Morelos state police command, was abducted when off duty by criminals in a poor area of the city and later shot to death, according to a member of the command's staff. Show More Summary

Two Spanish skiers killed in Pyrenean avalanche

Two Spanish skiers were killed Saturday when an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in southwestern France, rescue services said. The three other members of the group managed to raise the alarm after their companions went missing just before midday (1100 GMT). Show More Summary

Four police assaulted at pro-Kurd rally in Berlin

Four police officers were assaulted and three people arrested at a pro-Kurd protest in Berlin on Saturday demonstrating against Turkey's military offensive in Syria. Thousands of people marched amid a heavy police presence under theShow More Summary

Top Bangladesh sci-fi writer stabbed in head at seminar

One of Bangladesh's top writers was stabbed in the back of the head during a seminar in the northern city of Sylhet on Saturday, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on authors and bloggers. Police said Zafar Iqbal, a celebrated secular activist and bestselling science fiction writer, was rushed to hospital in Sylhet after the attack. Show More Summary

Modi's BJP leads in India's northeast regional elections

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party on Saturday recorded a spectacular victory in Tripura state and a strong showing elsewhere in the country's northeast region ahead of the national election in 2019. The right-wing Bharatiya...Show More Summary

N. Korea lambasts US for attatching preconditions for talks

North Korea on Saturday lambasted the US for attaching preconditions to any dialogue between the states, as Seoul prepares to send an envoy to Pyongyang to help open talks on easing the nuclear stand-off on the peninsula. A spokesperson...Show More Summary

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