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Businesses and workers at the US-Mexico border in California expressed relief Saturday over the scrapping of planned tariffs which had threatened to deal a devastating blow to a region built on cross-frontier trade.

On World Environment Day, Ottawa saves 50 million tree program

On World Environment Day, the federal government announced it is putting up $15 million over four years to rescue the 50 Million Tree Program which was cut by the Ontario government of Doug Ford.

US gives Turkey to July 31 to backtrack on Russian missile deal

The United States on Friday gave Turkey until the end of July to abandon its purchase of a major Russian missile defense system, which Washington considers incompatible with Ankara's participation in the F-35 fighter jet program.

UN envoy Jolie meets Colombian president over Venezuelan migrant kids

Actress and UN special envoy for refugees Angelina Jolie met Saturday with Colombian President Ivan Duque to advocate for the estimated 20,000 children of Venezuelan migrants left with uncertain status after their parents fled their crisis-wracked home...

Athens Gay Pride remembers activist beaten to death

People celebrating Gay Pride in Athens Saturday paid tribute to an LGBTI activist beaten to death last year, with marchers scattering glitter and confetti at the spot where he was killed.

Mass migration from Venezuela largest in Latin American history

The number of Venezuelans who have fled the country's political and economic chaos has now topped 4 million — more than 12 percent of the population. It is one of the largest mass migrations in Latin American history, according to the United Nations.

Russian investigative journalist on drugs charges gets house arrest

A Russian investigative journalist facing what supporters call trumped up drugs charges was ordered to be held under house arrest Saturday after appearing before a judge in Moscow.

Goalkeeper turned rebel fighter dies in northwest Syria

A Syrian goalkeeper turned rebel fighter who starred in an award-winning documentary died Saturday of wounds sustained fighting regime forces in northwestern Syria, his faction said.

An early 'Tintin' cover sells at auction for $1.1 million

An original drawing used for the first published "Tintin" cover was sold at auction on Saturday in Dallas for $1.12 million, the Heritage Auctions house told AFP.The identities of seller and buyer have not been released.

Animal rights activists march against abbatoirs in Paris

Hundreds of animal rights campaigners from a range of groups marched through Paris Saturday calling for the closure of all abattoirs.

Vienna bids farewell to iconic Life Ball AIDS fundraiser

The Austrian capital of Vienna will bid farewell to the iconic Life Ball AIDS charity fundraiser Saturday as its extravagant costumes and celebrity guests take over the city's town hall for the last time.

Meghan makes first public appearance since son's birth at Queen's birthday

Prince Harry's wife Meghan made her first public appearance on Saturday since giving birth last month, joining a host of British royals to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's official birthday in London.

Bhutan gays celebrate after homosexuality decriminalised

Bhutan's LGBT community celebrated Saturday after the tiny Himalayan kingdom's parliament became the world's latest to decriminalise homosexuality.

Freed Turkish-American scientist vows to clear name

A former Turkish-American NASA scientist, detained in Turkey for nearly three years until his release last week, told AFP in an interview that he would do everything he couldThe arrest of Serkan Golge -- who took US citizenship in 2010 and has worked f...

Sudan protest group calls nationwide 'civil disobedience'

A key protest group on Saturday announced a nationwide "civil disobedience" campaign it said would run until Sudan's ruling generals transfer power to a civilian government.

Heatstroke kills monkeys as India suffers in searing temperatures

A troop of monkeys died from suspected heatstroke in India as scorching temperatures that have lasted more than a week take a mounting toll on humans and animals, media reports said Saturday.

Sudan forces arrest protest leaders who met Ethiopia PM

Sudanese security forces have arrested two prominent rebels and an opposition leader, a day after they met the Ethiopian premier during his reconciliation mission to Khartoum, their aides said Saturday.

France clears up after storm Miguel kills three

France was clearing up Saturday after a massive storm ripped across the country, leaving three dead and thousands of homes without electricity.

Iran says new US sanctions show talks offer 'hollow'

Iran said Saturday that new US sanctions on its petrochemical industry show the hollowness of President Donald Trump's claims to be open to fresh negotiations with Tehran.

Philippines rejects call for UN rights council probe

The Philippines on Saturday rejected a call for an independent United Nations probe into Manila's alleged human rights violations, describing it as interference in the affairs of the Asian nation.

US leaves door open to China on trade talks at G20

The United States is open to further negotiations with China on their ongoing trade battle but any potential deal will wait until the two leaders meet at the end of the month, Washington's top finance official said Saturday.

Sri Lanka president sacks intelligence chief over Easter attacks probe

Sri Lanka's president has sacked the national intelligence chief and will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, officials said Saturday.

How Italy's migrant model town Riace veered far-right

The sign reading "Riace, land of welcome" still hangs in the small town, but its dream of migrant integration is over after the far-right's "Italians first" election victory.

Could Germany's next chancellor be 'Green'?

With the popularity ratings of Angela Merkel's favoured successor plunging and the centre-left SPD in disarray, speculation is growing that Germany's next chancellor might hail from the Greens.

Trump DOE to reclassify nuclear waste for easier disposal

The U.S. government is reclassifying some high-level radioactive waste to lower threat levels in order to make cleanup faster and cheaper at some of the nation's most toxic former nuclear weapons production sites.

Libya's UN-backed government sees US support

A senior official from Libya's UN-recognized government voiced confidence Friday over US support and called for greater diplomatic efforts by Washington as strongman Khalifa Haftar's forces try to seize Tripoli.

Guaido says no new talks planned on Venezuela crisis

Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido said Friday that Norway's effort to mediate in the standoff with the government of President Nicolas Maduro had stalled and no new talks were planned.

Lesbians attacked on London bus for refusing to kiss for men

British police said they had arrested four teenagers on Friday after a gang of males beat up a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for them on a London night bus.

Facebook to cut off Huawei to comply with US sanctions

Facebook said Friday it would cut off Huawei from its popular social networking apps to comply with US sanctions, further isolating the Chinese tech giant considered a national security threat by Washington.

Russia, US trade charges after near naval collision

Russia and the United States on Friday accused each other of dangerous maneuvers after their naval ships came close to collision in the East China Sea.

Complaints piling up in Canada over stinky cannabis operations

From Gatineau, Quebec to Pelham, in southern Ontario’s Niagara Peninsula and many other areas, complaints about the stinky smell of cannabis grow operations are piling up, as are the complaints about light pollution.

Capsized ocean rescue vessel leaves three dead in French storm

Three rescuers from the French ocean rescue service died Friday when their vessel capsized in rough seas as a giant storm pummelled the country's Atlantic coast.

Ex-cop sentenced to 12.5 years for killing of Australian woman

A former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced Friday to 12 years and six months in prison for the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had been trying to report a crime.

Op-Ed: Libyan government Deputy PM reassured of US support

In an interview with NBC, Deputy PM Ahmed Maiteeq of the UN-sponsored Government of National Accord GNA asked for the US to stand behind his government as its main ally.

US hits Iran petrochemical group PGPIC with sanctions

The United States has hit Iran's petrochemical group PGPIC with economic sanctions due to its ties with the country's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), the Treasury Department announced on Friday.

US, Mexico hammer out last-minute deal to curb migration, avoid tariffs

The United States and Mexico reached an 11th-hour deal late Friday to crack down on migration from Central America, with President Donald Trump relenting on threats to slap potentially devastating tariffs on the neighboring country.

Romania, Hungary trade barbs after scuffles at war cemetery

Romania and Hungary traded barbs Friday after scuffles broke out at a cemetery in Transylvania, amid tensions between Romanian nationalists and the region's minority ethnic-Hungarians.

Estonia, Vietnam among five elected to UN Security Council

Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Vietnam and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were elected to the UN Security Council on Friday as the top UN body struggles to agree on how to confront global conflicts.

UK's May quits as party leader, starting succession race

Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down as leader of Britain's governing Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit.

14 lions on the loose in S.Africa, with nowhere to go

A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert.

Iran rejects French idea of re-opening nuclear talks

Iran on Friday rejected an idea mooted by France of re-opening nuclear talks, warning that seeking to broaden an existing landmark treaty could lead to its collapse.
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