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Six killed in Madagascar lightning strike

Six killed in Madagascar lightning strike Mon, 28 Jan, 2019

Six people from the same family were "killed on the spot" by a lightning strike in Madagascar over the weekend while sheltering from a storm, officials said Monday.
Sudan's Bashir fights for survival as protests spread

Sudan's Bashir fights for survival as protests spread Sun, 27 Jan, 2019

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir does little to hide his contempt for the young men and women who have been protesting for more than a month to demand an end to his three-decade rule.
Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs kill 20

Philippines vows to crush 'terrorists' after church bombs kill 20 Sun, 27 Jan, 2019

The Philippines vowed to destroy those behind twin bombings that killed 20 people during a Sunday church service in the country's restive south, six days after a referendum on autonomy for the mainly Muslim region returned an overwhelming "yes" vote.
Canadian PM fires envoy to China after remarks on Huawei case

Canadian PM fires envoy to China after remarks on Huawei case Sun, 27 Jan, 2019

In an unprecedented move, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday said he had fired his ambassador to China, who prompted a political furor with comments about Huawei's high-profile extradition case.
US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war

US, Taliban see significant progress in ending Afghan war Sat, 26 Jan, 2019

The United States and the Taliban said Saturday they had made substantial headway in negotiations to end the 17-year US war in Afghanistan, although sticking points remained.
DR Congo rebels surrender in welcome for new President Tshisekedi

DR Congo rebels surrender in welcome for new President Tshisekedi Sat, 26 Jan, 2019

Six hundred Congolese rebels whose conflict killed several thousand people in the restive Kasai region, have ended their war and surrendered their weapons in a sign of support for new President Felix Tshisekedi, local authorities said on Saturday.

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum

Spain, France, Germany give Venezuela's Maduro ultimatum Sat, 26 Jan, 2019

Spain, France and Germany on Saturday gave embattled Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro an ultimatum, saying they would recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as president unless he calls elections within eight days.
China, Russia side with Maduro as US backs Venezuela challenger

China, Russia side with Maduro as US backs Venezuela challenger Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

Russia accused the United States on Thursday of trying to usurp power in Venezuela and warned against military intervention, putting it at odds with Washington and the EU which backed protests against one of Moscow's closest allies.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

Hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon went back to their war-torn country on Thursday — the latest batch to return home in recent months.
Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, the militants said, with the "unprecedented" discussions raising expectations as both sides seek a way out of the 17-year Afghan conflict.
Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats

Syria's Assad suspends special visas for EU diplomats Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

The European Commission said on Thursday that Syria's President Bashar al-Assad had suspended special visas for European Union diplomats to Damascus.
Ukrainian court sentences ex-president Yanukovich to 13 years in prison

Ukrainian court sentences ex-president Yanukovich to 13 years in prison Thu, 24 Jan, 2019

A Ukrainian court on Thursday sentenced former president Viktor Yanukovich in absentia to 13 years in jail on treason charges, a judge said, saying his conduct in office had opened the door to Russia's annexation of Crimea and conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Venezuela parliament head declares himself 'acting president' as thousands rally

Venezuela parliament head declares himself 'acting president' as thousands rally Wed, 23 Jan, 2019

National Assembly head Juan Guaido proclaimed himself Venezuela's "acting president" on Wednesday in a bid to oust leftist President Nicolas Maduro that was immediately endorsed by US President Donald Trump.

Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria

Russia and Turkey mull next steps in war-torn Syria Wed, 23 Jan, 2019

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Wednesday to coordinate their moves in Syria as their governments bargain over zones of influence in the war-torn country.
Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran

Israel strikes in Syria in more open confrontation with Iran Mon, 21 Jan, 2019

 Israel struck in Syria early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action.
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