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Hong Kong witnessed its largest protest since the city's 1997 handover to China on Sunday as hundreds of thousands came out to oppose plans to allow extraditions to the mainland.

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 dailies publish same front page over reporter's arrest

Three top Russian dailies on Monday published the same front page in an unprecedented act of solidarity over the arrest of an investigative reporter on drugs charges.

Hand-picked successor sweeps to victory in Kazakhstan vote

The hand-picked successor of Kazakhstan's longtime ruler has won a sweeping victory in a presidential election, authorities said on Monday, after a voting day marred by protests and arrests.Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took 70.

New Zealand calls time on non-combat mission in Iraq

New Zealand will begin scaling back its non-combat mission in Iraq next month and bring home the last of its troops by mid-2020, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday.

Six convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Six men were convicted on Monday over the notorious 2018 gang rape and murder in India of a young girl from a Muslim nomadic tribe that provoked horror and stoked inter-religious tensions.

Musical inspired by Greek mythology wins at Tony Awards

A musical inspired by Greek mythology and a play about the conflict in Northern Ireland were the big winners Sunday at the Tony Awards, the highest honors in American theater.

Cuba's overseas medical brigade a repressive sham, ex-staffers say

A great source of pride for communist Cuba is a medical corps that has fanned out across the globe for decades to help people in troubled or poor countries.

China's exports beat forecast to rise as trade war heats up

China's exports beat gloomy forecasts to rebound in May though imports sank more than expected, official data showed Monday, as concerns lingered about the impact of its ongoing trade war with the United States.

Chinese media blames Hong Kong demo on collusion with West

Chinese media on Monday blamed foreign interference over the huge protest that brought central Hong Kong to a standstill at the weekend, accusing opponents of the city's pro-Beijing government of "collusion with the West".

The first transatlantic flight 100 years ago

When two British pilots steered a biplane across the vast Atlantic 100 years ago, battling frozen sleet and thick fog for more than 16 hours, they were making aviation history.

Rising misery as Ethiopia struggles to stem ethnic tensions

More than a year after his house in southern Ethiopia was razed to the ground, his coffee plantation destroyed and cattle stolen, Teketel Memheru is still too terrified to return home.

Botswana to rule on scrapping anti-gay laws

Botswana could decriminalise gay sex on Tuesday when its high court is due to rule in a landmark case being watched across Africa after Kenya recently upheld its own anti-homosexuality laws.

Tree symbolizing Trump-Macron friendship has died

The photo of Donald Trump and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron planting an oak tree in the garden of the White House symbolized the friendship shown by the two leaders.

Hundreds protest in Vancouver against Hong Kong extradition plans

Hundreds of people protested outside the Chinese consulate in Vancouver on Sunday against controversial plans to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to the Chinese mainland.

United by fear of China, Hong Kongers staged record march

They came from all walks of life, a sea of white-clad Hong Kongers, braving hours in the tropical heat and galvanised by fear that their unique city is being subsumed by China.

Thousands march in Port-au-Prince to demand president's resignation

Several thousand demonstrators marched through Port-au-Prince on Sunday to demand the resignation of Haitian President Jovenel Moise over allegations of embezzlement.

Moldova crisis deepens as new president calls snap vote

Moldova plunged deeper into crisis Sunday as a new, acting president dissolved parliament and called elections just after lawmakers appeared to have formed a government following months of wrangling.

Venezuela says closing consulates in Canada

Venezuela has announced it will close its consulates in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, leaving only its embassy in Ottawa to handle its affairs in Canada.

4 dead in Sudan a week after bloody crackdown

One week after dozens died in a crackdown on Sudanese protesters demanding civilian rule, four people were killed as security forces moved to quell a civil disobedience campaign launched Sunday.

Sudan police fire tear gas as civil disobedience campaign begins

Sudanese police fired tear gas Sunday at protesters taking part in the first day of a civil disobedience campaign, called in the wake of a deadly crackdown on demonstrators.

In historic first, G20 weighs ageing as global risk

Ballooning healthcare costs, labour shortages and financial services for the elderly: for the first time Sunday, the world's top policymakers are tackling economic issues relating to ageing and shrinking birthrates.

Violence mars end of huge Hong Kong protest against China extradition

A huge peaceful protest in Hong Kong against controversial plans to allow extraditions to the Chinese mainland descended into violence early Monday as police fought running battles with small pockets of demonstrators.

India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an unexpected visit Sunday to a Colombo church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks on his first trip to neighbouring Sri Lanka since his election triumph.

Fear, anger as border guards tighten net in southern Mexico

Sitting inside a truck at a checkpoint near Mexico's southern border, a soldier is scrolling through images on a screen, looking for human forms hidden in cargo vehicles.

Sri Lanka MPs clash with president over Easter attacks probe

Sri Lanka's parliament warned President Maithripala Sirisena not to scuttle a controversial investigation into security lapses before the Easter suicide bombings, the Speaker's office said Sunday.

Pressure mounts on aviation industry over climate change

Under pressure from frequent flyers alarmed over climate change, the airline industry says it is "hellbent" on reducing emissions — but the technology needed to drastically reduce its carbon footprint is still out of reach.

UN labour body, survivor from League of Nations, turns 100

Of all the institutions set up in Geneva under the League of Nations after World War I, only one, the International Labour Organization, survived the rise of fascism and World War II.

Thousands of Venezuelans cram border with Colombia

Several thousand Venezuelans, desperate for food and medicine, packed a border crossing to Colombia on Saturday, hours after President Nicolas Maduro partially reopened it.

Nepal faces mountainous challenge identifying Everest bodies

The bodies of four climbers who failed their Everest challenge and left little clue as to their identity have thrown up a new challenge for Nepalese authorities who control the world's tallest peak.

Nicaragua approves amnesty for police, political prisoners

Nicaragua's parliament on Saturday approved a law granting amnesty to protesters and police involved in last year's deadly uprising against President Daniel Ortega.

UK police bail 5 teens arrested over bus attack on lesbian couple

British police on Saturday released on bail five teenagers arrested following a homophobic attack on a lesbian couple who refused to kiss for a gang of youths on a London night bus.

Albanian president, PM clash over June elections

Albanian President Ilir Meta on Saturday cancelled local elections scheduled for June 30, a decision promptly rejected by Prime Minister Edi Rama who said the polls would go ahead.

Moldova parliament approves alliance government to end political crisis

Moldova's parliament on Saturday approved a new government that is an unprecedented alliance between pro-Russia and pro-European forces in a bid to see off a political crisis sparked by February elections.

Relief at US-Mexico border after tariff climbdown

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.

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.

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.
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