Middle East

Palestinian president expected to leave hospital Sunday: sources

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas is expected to leave hospital on Sunday afternoon after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a Palestinian official and medical source said.

US warns Syria of 'firm' action over southern offensive

The US has warned Damascus it will take "firm" action if the regime of Bashar al-Assad violates a ceasefire deal, after Syrian aircraft dropped leaflets on a southern province ahead of an expected offensive.

International

Two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire in Gaza Strip: ministry

Israeli tank fire at an Islamic Jihad observation post killed two Palestinians in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday, the enclave's health ministry and sources from the militant movement said.

Air strike kills 4 in Yemen rebel-held capital

A woman was among four people killed in an air strike that hit a petrol station in Yemen's rebel-held capital late Saturday, medical sources said.

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Dozens of drag queens and kings marched through Itaewon on Saturday, a suburb of Seoul best known for its nightlife and a nascent but vibrant gay scene

Rainbow flags and high heels: S. Korea holds debut drag parade

South Korea held its first ever drag parade this weekend, a small but significant step for rights activists in a country that remains deeply conservative when it comes to gender and sexuality.

'Our families would be killed': Rohingya brace for monsoon

Marooned on a dusty slope in the world's largest refugee camp, Osiur Rahman looked to the hill where a Rohingya girl was buried in a landslide just days earlier and contemplated his chances should the earth give way beneath his feet.

Africa

The Koh-i-Noor diamond changed hands between South Asian elites for at least two centuries before it became part of the British crown jewels

Troubled exhibits: five disputed museum treasures

Europe's museums are full of items taken from Africa during colonisation, but many other objects on their shelves also carry an uncomfortable history.

France weighs how to return Africa's plundered art

Half-man, half-beast, the tall African statues dominate a busy gallery in Paris' Quai Branly museum. But few of the visitors are aware they are looking at what might be considered stolen goods.

International

A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

International

Korean «Iron Man» Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.

International

Dortmund bomb attack «changed my life,» Bartra tells court

Spanish defender Marc Bartra told a German court Monday of his mortal fear when bombs hit the bus of his Borussia Dortmund football team last year in an attack which he said «changed my life».

Spain hunts suspect over Barcelona carnage

Spanish police expanded a manhunt Saturday for a Moroccan national believed to be one of the perpetrators of twin terror attacks in Barcelona and another seaside resort that killed 14 and wounded around 100.

International

Spain on guard 24/7 to stop Puigdemont return: minister

Spain's interior minister said Tuesday that troops were on alert 24/7 to prevent sacked Catalan president Carles Puigdemont from sneaking home from exile even «in the boot of a car»

US-China relations

China says US warship «violated» its sovereignty

Beijing on Saturday said it had dispatched a warship to drive away a US missile destroyer which had «violated» its sovereignty by sailing close to a shoal in the disputed South China Sea

China slams US aluminium foil tariff ahead of Trump visit

China has criticised new United States anti-dumping duties on aluminium foil, saying it was "extremely dissatisfied" with the new measures, just days before President Trump visits Beijing.

Middle East

Turkey hits Syria Kurd militia again after ground attack threats

The Turkish army on Saturday launched new strikes against Kurdish militia in northern Syria as preparations intensified for a cross-border ground operation that has alarmed the United States.

Syria opposition picks head of unified delegation for peace talks

Syria's opposition on Friday selected a chief negotiator for a unified delegation to next week's UN-brokered peace talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Geneva

Africa

Zimbabwe elections in «4 to 5» months: president

Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, the country's new president has said, pointing to an earlier date than expected following the ousting of long-time ruler Robert Mugabe

Grace Mugabe, accused of assault in South Africa, «returns to Zimbabwe»

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, accused of assault in South Africa where she is seeking diplomatic immunity, returned home from a visit there on Sunday, public broadcaster ZBC reported.

International

May, Macron meet at UK summit as migrant crisis, Brexit loom large

British and French leaders aim to deepen cooperation in tackling terrorism and the migration crisis at a bilteral summit near London Thursday, as Britain tries to strenghten ties before leaving the European Union next year

Anger in UK over reported Brexit divorce bill

Brexiteers and europhiles reacted angrily to reports Wednesday that Britain will pay up to 55 billion euros to leave the European Union, putting pressure on British negotiators ahead of key talks

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US President Donald Trump says he is working with Chinese leader Xi Jinping to help telecom giant ZTE to stay in business

Trump pledges to safeguard Chinese telecoms jobs

US President Donald Trump said Sunday he was working with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to prevent telecom giant ZTE from going out of business after it was hit by an American technology sales ban.

Li Ka-shing told reporters he had done 'the best I can' as he brought down the curtain on a storied career that has seen him amass a fortune of more than $33 billion

Hong Kong's «Superman» Li Ka-shing bows out

Hong Kong's richest man Li Ka-shing on Thursday brought down the curtain on a storied career, saying he had done «the best I can».

Vanesa Calderon and Vladimir Mejia pose in their costumes for the carnival of Tlaxcala, Mexico. The satirical costumes and masks were originally masquerades of wealthy Spanish and French colonialists, and represent a fusion of European and pre-Hispan

A lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival

As two armored military vehicles patrol the streets of Tlaxcala, workers unload a pick-up truck full of enormous traditional masks for this lawless Mexican region's explosively colorful carnival.

South Korean fans cheer as South Korea's Yun Sungbin  gets the gold in the mens's skeleton during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Friday.

Korean «Iron Man» Kim wins historic Olympic skeleton gold

South Korea's Yun Sung-bin made history Friday as he become Asia's first Olympic skeleton champion after completely dominating the daredevil event in Pyeongchang.