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Philippines' Duterte facing 'Hunger Games' protests

Critics of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have adopted the three-finger salute from the hit "Hunger Games" films as a sign of resistance against his rule and drug war killings. The sign is in contrast to Duterte's own iconic gesture,...Show More Summary

Italy's populist 5-Stars to choose PM candidate

Italy's populist 5-Stars are ready to shoot for political gold: the anti-establishment movement will elect a candidate this week it hopes will make history by beating traditional parties to the top job. Hot favourite Luigi di Maio, 31,...Show More Summary

Bangladesh evicts Rohingya from roadside camps as space runs out

Bangladesh police Tuesday evicted Muslim Rohingya refugees from overcrowded roadside camps and farmland as aid groups scrambled to find emergency shelter for tens of thousands living outdoors in squalid conditions. Around 421,000 Rohingya...Show More Summary

French press review 19 September 2017

The world waits for Donald Trump, as the UN General Assembly opens in New York. Can France stop him from ditching the Geneva Accords on Iran's nuclear program? And Parisians watch with dismay as PSG superstars fight an ego war over spot kicks.

Fishermen 'kept like slaves' in Taiwan

A group of foreign fishermen in Taiwan were locked in tiny windowless rooms around the clock to stop them escaping while not at sea, prosecutors said in the island's latest abuse case involving migrant workers. Fishing and boat company...Show More Summary

France leads UN push to keep Trump in Paris climate accord

On Monday, France led a push at the United Nations (UN) to keep the United States in the Paris climate agreement, as Donald Trump's administration insisted it was not backing down.

Five key dates in the Rohingya crisis

The Rohingya refugee crisis is worsening daily as new arrivals from Myanmar join more than 410,000 from the Muslim minority who have fled to Bangladesh since late August, overwhelming camps short of food, water and shelter. Here areShow More Summary

Sri Lanka general says denied visa to attend UN

Sri Lanka's ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military. The war-time general, who is now minister of regional...Show More Summary

Front row for N. Korea, beef for lunch: a look at the UN gathering

It's been dubbed the Super Bowl of diplomacy, the Oscars of world statesmanship: the UN General Assembly kicks off on Tuesday with US President Donald Trump in the spotlight as he makes his first address to the 193-nation body. HereShow More Summary

World leaders anxious to hear Trump as UN assembly kicks off

World leaders open their annual debate at the United Nations on Tuesday, eager to hear US President Donald Trump deliver his maiden address amid global anxiety over North Korea and Iran. Trump takes the podium at the General Assembly...Show More Summary

Egypt says Sisi met Israel PM at UN for first public talks

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in New York to discuss the Middle East peace process in their first public talks, his office said on Tuesday. Sisi emphasised the importance of "resuming negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian sides to reach a comprehensive solution," the statement said. Show More Summary

Budapest ire as EU inspectors call at PM's village

With an extravagant football stadium and an EU-funded narrow-gauge train famed for its lack of passengers, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's home village of Felcsut makes for an offbeat tourist destination. But less welcome visitors...Show More Summary

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian...Show More Summary

Greeks brace for more Merkel, and potential sway of liberal allies

Germany's bone-hard stance on Europe's response to dealing with Greece's debt mountain has hardly endeared it to a nation labouring under the effects of austerity that multiple bailouts have engendered. Yet, while Germany's role in trying...Show More Summary

N.Korea crisis boosts Japan's hawkish PM: analysts

The North Korea crisis has been like "divine aid" for hawkish Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, experts say, burnishing his nationalist credentials and possibly tempting him into a snap election. Abe is aiming to capitalise on a public...Show More Summary

Yes or no? Independence referendum splits Iraqi Kurds

Iraqi Kurds may have long dreamed of founding their own state, but the independence referendum set for September 25 has also exposed divisions between their autonomous region's main cities. In Arbil, capital of the Kurdish Regional Government, the streets are currently teeming with red, white and green Kurdish flags. Show More Summary

Merkel refugee rallying cry echoes ahead of German vote

Syrian student Moataz Ghannam believes many Germans misunderstood Chancellor Angela Merkel when she delivered her now-famous rallying cry at the height of the refugee influx, "We can do it". "I didn't see it as a statement of fact -- 'we can do it right now' -- but as a goal: we all need to work together, refugees and Germans," the 27-year-old said. Show More Summary

Hamza bin Laden: the heir to Al-Qaeda?

A photo montage published by Al-Qaeda to mark the 16th anniversary of 9/11 shows the face of Osama bin Laden in the flames of the Twin Towers. At his side is his son Hamza, the "crown prince of jihad". The young man, now 28, has appeared since childhood in the propaganda network founded by his father. Show More Summary

Iraq anti-graft task force fishes for 'sharks'

When the heat inside prison became unbearable for the corrupt former governor of Iraq's Salaheddin province he offered to stump up the money himself to air-condition the whole jail. The authorities readily accepted. After all, this was one way of recuperating some of the cash the former official had skimmed from state coffers. Show More Summary

The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street. But their community's days are numbered. Show More Summary

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