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US chain AMC signs Saudi deal after cinema ban lifted

Giant US cinema chain AMC Entertainment has signed a deal to build and operate movie theatres in Saudi Arabia after the conservative kingdom lifted a decades-old ban. The deal, announced by AMC in a statement and confirmed by Saudi state media on Tuesday, will see the company form a joint venture with Saudi Arabia's vast Public Investment Fund. Show More Summary

Macron calls for 'much stronger mobilisation' on climate

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for stronger action in the fight against climate change, as he hosted world leaders for talks two years to the day since the Paris agreement. "We are very far from the goal of the Paris agreement of limiting the rise in temperatures to below a two-degree threshold," he told Le Monde newspaper. Show More Summary

Macron reminds Trump of ‘responsibility to history’

French President Emmanuel Macron reminded US President Donald Trump of his responsibility to history over his decision to quit the Paris climate change agreement.

Trump's accusers 'should be heard': Haley

Women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct "should be heard," US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday, in an apparent divergence from the White House line. Trump -- who was infamously caught onShow More Summary

Haley insists US move on Jerusalem will 'move the ball forward'

President Donald Trump's administration insisted on Sunday that its recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital will help the cause of peace, with UN Ambassador Nikki Haley saying it will "move the ball forward." The new US stance,...Show More Summary

Oh my stars! Stage set for 'spectacular' meteor show

39 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

A thin, waning moon should allow for uninterrupted views Wednesday night of the annual Geminid shooting star show, set to be "spectacular" this year, astronomers say. At its height, the meteor shower should yield a shooting star every minute, offering plenty of opportunity for wish-making, they said. Show More Summary

Two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar: govt

39 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Two Reuters journalists have been arrested in Myanmar for the possession of "important security documents", the government said on Wednesday. Myanmar reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, had been missing since Tuesday evening, the news agency had earlier said. Show More Summary

Ticked off: Tiny 'dracula' with a taste for dino blood

40 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Dinosaurs, the most fearsome creatures ever to walk the Earth, were bugged already 100 million years ago by a paltry pest that still plagues animals today: the bloodsucking tick, scientists have discovered. Preserved for eternity inShow More Summary

EU Parliament backs opening next round of Brexit talks

41 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

The European Parliament on Wednesday gave its backing to opening the next phase of Brexit talks, but said Britain must "fully and faithfully" turn last week's hard-fought divorce deal into a final exit treaty. Parliament President Antonio...Show More Summary

Dutch police ground drone-fighting eagles

42 minutes agoLocal Interest / France : France 24

Dutch police have clipped the wings of their airborne drone-fighting force of eagles, and fired their winged warriors deeming them too expensive and too unruly to be effective. After a series of tests in 2015, the police last year announced...Show More Summary

British PM facing rebellion over key Brexit bill

British Prime Minister Theresa May was Wednesday facing a rebellion from her own MPs over whether parliament will have a "meaningful vote" on the final Brexit deal in what would be a damaging defeat. A vote is expected later on Wednesday...Show More Summary

Germany to boost support for attack victims after criticism

The German government said Wednesday it would ramp up support for relatives of victims of attacks, after facing accusations of insensitive handling of last year's Christmas market assault. Several relatives of the 12 people who wereShow More Summary

Remains of Romania's king Michael return home for final farewell

The body of Romania's beloved former king Michael, who recently died in Switzerland aged 96, returned Wednesday to his home country where he will be laid to rest at a grand state funeral. The remains of one of the last surviving World War II leaders arrived in Bucharest early Wednesday. Show More Summary

Boko Haram displaced get ID cards in Nigeria

Some 100,000 Nigerians made homeless by Boko Haram received formal identification papers on Wednesday, to help boost security and restore normality in the country's restive northeast. The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHRC)...Show More Summary

Wanted Sudan leader Bashir attends Turkey's Islamic summit

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted on charges of genocide and war crimes, attended Wednesday an emergency summit of the world's main pan-Islamic group in Istanbul. Bashir was among leaders who responded to a call by Turkish...Show More Summary

Dutch to join Austria to fight German road toll plan

The Netherlands said Wednesday it will join Austria in dragging Germany before Europe's top court in an increasingly bitter battle over Berlin's controversial plan to impose tolls on its motorways. "The Netherlands will join AustriaShow More Summary

Africa, Europe seek to boost Sahel anti-terror force

France's Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday hosted a group of African and European leaders, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, to drum up support for a new counter-terrorism force in the terror-plagued Sahel. Two years in the planning, the...Show More Summary

Sri Lanka unions call off rail strike after backlash

Sri Lanka's railway workers called off an island-wide strike Wednesday that disrupted travel for hundreds of thousands of students ahead of crucial school exams, prompting a public backlash. Railway trade unions said they would return...Show More Summary

UN judges hear appeal against radical Serb's war crimes acquittal

UN prosecutors Wednesday sought to overturn the surprise acquittal of Serbia's Vojislav Seselj on war crimes charges, with the firebrand politician set to snub the court, dubbed "a theatre of the absurd" by a prominent critic this week. Show More Summary

Defects found at China nuclear reactor project

Defects were found in equipment for a third-generation nuclear reactor under construction in southern China with the problematic parts being replaced, the state-owned China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) said Wednesday. The issueShow More Summary

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