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Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader on Monday refused to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after record crowds came out to oppose the proposal.

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.

Man on a mediation mission: Japan's Abe heads to Iran

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe heads to Iran this week on a rare diplomatic mission, hoping to ease tensions between the Islamic Republic and Tokyo's key ally Washington.

Hong Kong leader says extradition bill will not be scrapped

Hong Kong's pro-Beijing leader said Monday she had no plans to scrap a controversial plan to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland, a day after huge crowds came out to oppose the proposal.

Brazil's Lula jailed to keep him from 2018 election: report

Brazil's Justice Minister and prosecutors collaborated to convict left-wing icon Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on corruption charges to prevent him from contesting the 2018 election, an investigative news outlet reported Sunday.

Race to replace UK's May gets underway

Around a dozen British Conservative MPs will formally throw their hats into the ring on Monday in the fight to replace Theresa May as party leader and Prime Minister, with her former foreign secretary Boris Johnson seen as the runaway favourite.

Britain's Tory party set for rollercoaster leadership battle

The election of a new British Conservative Party leader is a contest traditionally marked by twists, turns and political backstabbing.

UK foreign minister says EU willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, a contender to replace Theresa May as prime minister, said Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had indicated the EU would be willing to renegotiate the Brexit divorce deal.

Op-Ed: White House explains Trump's tweet about NASA's moon mission

A day after President Donald Trump appeared to cast doubt on NASA’s plans to send humans to the moon, a White House official said the moon remained a goal of the agency’s programs as a step towards Mars.

Democrats slam Trump's use of trade threats against ally Mexico

Democrats on Sunday slammed Donald Trump's tactics of threatening punitive tariffs to extract concessions on immigration from Mexico, saying the US president was recklessly endangering ties to a major ally and trade partner.

Olympic wrestler enters ring for Ukraine's Zelensky

Ukraine's new president Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday named candidates including an Olympic wrestler with Rwandan roots to represent his party in snap parliamentary elections next month.

4 dead in shootout between rival Indian political parties

Three supporters of India's ruling right-wing party and another from a rival regional party have been killed in a gun battle in West Bengal state, police and a local politician said Sunday.

Kazakhstan elects new leader as hundreds arrested in protests

Kazakhstan on Sunday elected the hand-picked successor of former president Nursultan Nazarbayev with 70 percent of the vote, exit polls showed, as police arrested hundreds of opposition protesters.

Kazakhs hold first presidential vote without three-decade strongman on ballot

Kazakhs went to the polls Sunday to elect their first new leader in 30 years following the departure of ex-president Nursultan Nazarbayev with his handpicked successor set for victory.

UK's Boris Johnson says would withhold Brexit bill as PM

Boris Johnson, considered the frontrunner to succeed British Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Saturday he would refuse to pay the country's Brexit bill until the EU agrees better withdrawal terms.

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.

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.

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.

Putin says acting talent may not help Ukraine's new leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Ukraine's new leader Volodymyr Zelensky may be a talented actor but his former television role as a fictional president does not automatically give him the skills to be a real one.

Marine vs Marion: rivalry in French far-right dynasty returns

The rivalry between the two heirs to France's far-right Le Pen dynasty resurfaced on Friday, with Marine Le Pen dismissing her niece Marion Marechal's proposal for a new rightwing coalition.

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

British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party on Friday, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit.

Brexit Party fails to win first seat in UK by-election

Anti-EU populist Nigel Farage's new Brexit Party failed to win its first seat in Britain's parliament as it lost out to the main opposition Labour Party in a crunch by-election, results on Friday showed.

Maduro axes electricity minister amid ongoing Venezuela blackouts

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro named a new electricity minister on Thursday, replacing one he appointed just two months ago amid persistent prolonged power blackouts.

Op-Ed: Canada debates 'genocide' — Or is it 'systematic mass killings'

A $92 million national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada was released last week, concluding those who were murdered or disappeared across the country in recent decades are victims of a "Canadian genocide."

Putin says West 'crazy' for backing Venezuela's Guaido

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said the West was "crazy" for supporting an opposition leader in Venezuela over its president.Putin said Juan Guaido was "likeable" but warned that the world would plunge into chaos if there were no rules.

Putin says Russia prepared to drop START treaty

President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Russia was prepared to drop a nuclear weapons agreement treaty with the US and warned of "global catastrophe" if Washington keeps dismantling a global arms control regime.

Trump says relations with Macron 'outstanding'

US President Donald Trump admitted that there had been past difficulties in his relationship with French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, but said "right now it's outstanding".

Farage's Brexit party aims for first UK MP in by-election

Fresh from its victory in European polls, Nigel Farage's Brexit Party is hoping to win its first seat in Britain's parliament on Thursday in a by-election in Peterborough.

Japan's Abe set for mediation mission to Iran

Shinzo Abe plans to travel to Iran next week, the first visit by a Japanese prime minister in more than four decades, as Tokyo hopes to ease Middle East tension by mediating between Washington and Tehran.

Denmark's next PM, the face of the new Social Democratic model

The likely future prime minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, embodies the new Danish Social Democratic model, with a new-found focus on restrictive immigration while championing the welfare state.

IMF's Lagarde: Resolving trade tensions 'immediate priority' for G20

The global economy is at a "delicate juncture" which will require central banks to maintain stimulus and governments to resolve trade disputes quickly, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday.

Op-Ed: More lies from Trump over transgender military members

President Donald Trump said his administration reinstituted a ban against most transgender people serving in the military because some of them take prescription medicine, claiming erroneously that the armed services prohibit drug use.

China's Xi visits 'best friend' Putin, vows new era of ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping began a three-day visit to "best friend" Vladimir Putin on Wednesday with a touch of panda diplomacy and a raft of new Russian-Chinese business contracts.

Republican warning on Trump's Mexico tariffs: Don't do it

US Republicans including powerful allies of Donald Trump pushed back strongly Tuesday against the president's threat to slap tariffs on Mexican imports, warning the move did not have the backing of Congress.

Deal or no deal? Rivals for next British PM split on Brexit

The race to replace Theresa May as British prime minister in a contest due to end in July has 11 declared contenders.May is due to step down as Conservative Party leader on Friday, formally triggering the leadership battle.

Ukraine's new leader asks Europe to pressure Russia to end war

Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelensky vowed to press Europe to step up pressure on Russia to end the war in his country's east, as he arrived in Brussels on Tuesday for his first foreign trip as leader.

German industry blasts 'faint-hearted' Merkel coalition

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a broadside from a powerful industry federation on Tuesday, adding to the woes of her coalition government already mired in crisis.

Hopes dim further on US Middle East plan

Already low hopes for a US peace plan in the Middle East dimmed further Monday as President Donald Trump acknowledged widespread doubts and his son-in-law Jared Kushner suggested Palestinians weren't ready to govern themselves.

Kushner suggests Palestinians not ready to govern themselves

US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has suggested in an interview that the Palestinians are not ready to govern themselves ahead of the expected release of his peace plan.

Tiananmen 'immunized China against turmoil': Chinese daily

A Chinese state-run daily defended the government's handling of the Tiananmen protests on Monday, saying it "immunized" China against turmoil in a rare editorial about the crackdown on the eve of its 30th anniversary.

Pompeo airs frank Mideast peace plan views in leak

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo worries that the Trump administration's soon-to-be-released Middle East peace plan will be considered "unworkable," and might not gain traction, US media reported on Sunday.
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