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Trump warmly welcomes Australia's Turnbull to the White House

US President Donald Trump gave Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull an effusive welcome at the White House Friday, trying to put a heated first conversation in the rear mirror. Trump strode out to greet Turnbull on the South Lawn...Show More Summary

Billy Graham: the pastor who went in to the North

The staunchly anti-communist Billy Graham had a record of engaging with Communist leaders in Asia as he pursued his global evangelistic mission -- most notably North Korea's Kim Il Sung. Graham, the influential US pastor who died aged...Show More Summary

More than 1 in 10 French women raped, study reports

Half the victims were children or teens at time of attack, which took place at home in 42% of cases More than one in ten French women have been raped at least once, according to a study on sexual violence published on Friday as the global...Show More Summary

EU opens door for Balkan states, but hurdles remain

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The European Union has offered some of the six Balkan states who hope to join the bloc the prospect of becoming new members by 2025, but warned them they still have many obstacles to overcome. The European Commission's roadmap for the...Show More Summary

Lost luggage: Degas painting stolen nine years ago is found on bus

1877 painting Les Choristes was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille French customs police have found a painting by 19th century master Edgar Degas that was stolen nine years ago from a museum in Marseille in the luggage compartment of a bus near Paris, the government said on Friday. Show More Summary

The UN in Syria: years of impotence and failure

Since the start of the conflict in Syria in 2011, the United Nations has expressed outrage and indignation but has been powerless to stop the carnage. The latest attempt to secure agreement on a 30-day humanitarian ceasefire, has once...Show More Summary

DR Congo Catholics pray ahead of new protest march

Roman Catholics in the Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday heeded a call by Pope Francis to pray for peace, two days ahead of a planned protest against the regime. People flocked to a 6:00 am (0500 GMT) mass in the Our Lady of the Congo cathedral ahead of the march on Sunday called to press President Joseph Kabila to quit power. Show More Summary

Trump says China ties 'best ever' but trade a problem

Donald Trump papered over superpower rivalries with China on Friday, saying relations had never been better but trade was a major problem. "I don't think we've ever had a better relationship with China than we do right now," Trump said, using trademark hyperbole. Show More Summary

France charges man allegedly linked to Barcelona attack

A man has been charged in France over alleged links to a suspect in last year's deadly jihadist attacks in Barcelona and a nearby seaside resort, a French legal source said Friday. The man, in his early 30s, was detained Tuesday in the...Show More Summary

EU's Tusk warns Poland against 'anti-semitic excesses'

EU President Donald Tusk warned Poland on Friday against "anti-semitic excesses" and other behaviour that risked ruining Warsaw's global standing. Tusk, a former Polish premier, said he had told Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on the sidelines of an EU summit in Brussels that negative opinions about Warsaw were turning into a "tsunami". Show More Summary

18 killed by car bombs in Somali capital

At least 18 people were killed and 20 wounded when two car bombs exploded on Friday near the presidential palace and a hotel in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the city's main ambulance service said. Jihadist rebels claimed the attack. Show More Summary

Ecuador admits failure of Assange efforts: FM

Ecuador's efforts to negotiate the release of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from its London embassy have failed, the South American country's foreign minister admitted Friday. "On the issue of mediation, I have to say very honestly that it has not been successful because two parties are needed to mediate. Show More Summary

US asks UN to blacklist North Korean entities for smuggling

The United States asked the United Nations Security Council on Friday to blacklist a number of North Korean entities involved in smuggling oil and coal in violation of sanctions resolutions. The US request came after President Donald...Show More Summary

'Pure illusion': EU's Tusk slams Britain's Brexit plans

EU President Donald Tusk on Friday dismissed plans for post-Brexit relations, reportedly devised by the British government, as "based on pure illusion". Tusk said European Union leaders would push ahead with the release of their own red lines for the negotiations at a summit in March, whether Britain is ready or not. Show More Summary

Two car bombings strike Somalia capital

At least 18 people were killed and 20 wounded on Friday when two car bombs exploded in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, the city's main ambulance service said. Jihadist rebels claimed the attack. "We have so far collected 18 bodies and 20 wounded persons from one of the blast scenes," Abdukadir Abdurahman Aden of the Aamin Ambulance told AFP. Show More Summary

US Treasury chief says Russia sanctions to come within weeks

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday previewed a fresh wave of sanctions against Russia, which he said could come within weeks. "I don't want to leave here without emphasizing -- you haven't asked me yet -- we are working on Russia sanctions," Mnuchin told reporters during a discussion about sanctions on North Korea. Show More Summary

Dutch govt backs MPs in nixing referendum law

The Dutch government Friday defended a decision by the ruling coalition to vote in favour of scrapping a controversial referendum law -- which in 2016 saw voters reject a EU-Ukraine pact. "Not everybody agrees with it, but it's in the accord between the ruling coalition parties to withdraw the law," Dutch Deputy Prime Minister Hugo de Jonge said. Show More Summary

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu buys biggest single stake in Daimler

Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group's largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday. Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile...Show More Summary

Row at German art fair over 'Erdogan with banana' painting

A German artist complained Friday after his gallery took down a painting that depicts Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a banana in his buttocks. The provocative painting entitled "Turkish dictator" by Thomas Baumgaertel has sparked noisy complaints and protests at the art Karlsruhe fair. Show More Summary

More than 1 in 10 French women raped: poll

More than one in ten French women have been raped at least once, according to a study on sexual violence published Friday as the global abuse scandal widens. Twelve percent of the 2,167 women polled by the Fondation Jean Jaures think...Show More Summary

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