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Jeremy Corbyn urged to back urgent child refugee policy

Protection of child refugees to be debated by Labour conference on Wednesday in hope of speeding arrival of lone children from Calais in UK The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has been urged to back an amendment to the Immigration Act that would speed up the process of bringing child refugees to the UK. Show More Summary

Peru ex-spy chief convicted for killing, burning of students

26 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

A Peruvian court convicted the ex-heads of the country's intelligence services and army of murdering students and burning their bodies in an oven during a crackdown against opponents in 1993. It handed a new jail sentence of 22 years on Tuesday to ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos, the right-hand man of now-jailed ex-president Alberto Fujimori. Show More Summary

Peres sought peace, but dream now rapidly fading

26 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, strove for peace with the Palestinians with the Oslo accords he helped negotiate more than two decades ago, but his dream is rapidly fading. The peace process that he helped create is now comatose, with little hope on either side that the deadlock can be broken anytime soon. Show More Summary

US threatens to end negotiations with Russia on Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry called his Russian counterpart on Wednesday and warned him that Washington will end talks on the Syrian conflict unless Moscow halts the assault on Aleppo. "He informed the foreign minister that the United States is making preparations to suspend US-Russia bilateral engagement on Syria... Show More Summary

Catalonia leader promises 2017 independence referendum

The president of Spain's Catalonia region on Wednesday said he would call an independence referendum in September 2017, in a move likely to infuriate Madrid. "We will be ready to... call a referendum for the second half of September of next year," Carles Puigdemont told regional lawmakers.

Shimon Peres: some leading tributes

Nobel laureate and former Israeli president Shimon Peres, who died Wednesday aged 93, left an indelible mark on world affairs. Here is a selection of international tributes paid to one of Israel's best-loved elder statesmen. - 'Moral...Show More Summary

Bulgaria candidate swap shakes up race for UN top job

Bulgaria on Wednesday switched its candidate to be the next head of the United Nations, shaking up the race to succeed Ban Ki-moon when he steps down on December 31. Sofia is now throwing its weight behind European Commission Vice President...Show More Summary

Ukraine says MH17 probe proves Russia's 'direct involvement'

Kiev said Wednesday that a Dutch inquiry into the downing of Flight MH17 over rebel-held eastern Ukraine proved Russia's "direct involvement" in the death of the 298 people on board. "This information once again points to the direct involvement of the state-aggressor in downing the aircraft," the Ukrainian foreign ministry said in a statement, referring to Russia.

Snowden again fails to win no-extradition pledge from Norway

A Norwegian court on Wednesday dismissed a fresh bid by fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden to win assurances he would not be extradited to the US should he come to Norway to collect an award. The Oslo appeals court said it was not...Show More Summary

Wildlife meeting votes for complete trade ban on pangolins: CITES

Delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg voted Wednesday to ban all trade of the endangered pangolin, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal. "(The) committee agrees all pangolins...Show More Summary

Oscar Wilde exhibition celebrating 'insolence incarnate' opens in Paris

Tribute to Anglo-Irish playwright features 200 exhibits including photographs, paintings and manuscripts As famous last words go, few match the wit and wilful prescience of Oscar Wilde’s alleged epithet. While the Anglo-Irish novelist,...Show More Summary

Drug lords killed, injured in Philippine jail

A man accused by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte of being the nation's top drug trafficker was injured and a gang member killed during jailhouse knife attacks on Wednesday, authorities said. Two other high-profile inmates were injured...Show More Summary

32,000 arrested in Turkey coup probe

Turkey said Wednesday that courts have placed 32,000 suspects under arrest on charges of links to a group run by the US-based preacher blamed for the July coup bid, as the country braces for the most extensive trials in its history.Show More Summary

France defends ‘serious’ budget

The French government defended its 2017 budget on Wednesday, seven months ahead of the presidential election, after a top watchdog said it doubted it could hit its fiscal targets.

Paris to host international meeting on Libya next week

France will host an international meeting on strife-ridden Libya next week featuring several countries in the region including Egypt and Gulf states, the French government's spokesman said. Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told a cabinet...Show More Summary

Police in California kill black man acting erratically

Police in a California city fatally shot a black man who had been acting erratically, prompting protesters to quickly gather and accuse officers of an unjustified killing. The shooting Tuesday afternoon in El Cajon, 15 miles (24 kilometers)...Show More Summary

Aleppo bombers will have to 'answer before God': pope

Pope Francis on Wednesday said those behind the bombing of Aleppo, where Syrian and Russian forces have conducted days of deadly airstrikes, will have to "answer before God." "I appeal to the conscience of those responsible for the bombardment,...Show More Summary

Palestinian president calls Peres 'brave' partner for peace

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas hailed Shimon Peres as a "brave" partner for peace and sent his family condolences after the Israeli ex-president died earlier Wednesday, the official Palestinian news agency reported. "Abbas sent a...Show More Summary

Swiss army helicopter crashes in Alps: ministry

A Swiss army helicopter crashed Wednesday in a high mountain pass in the Alps, the Swiss defence ministry announced on Twitter, saying there were probably injuries. "Helicopter crash near the Gotthard hospice (in the Gotthard Pass). There are probably injuries," the ministry said.

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