International

Swiss police opposed Abramovich residency bid: official

Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich had sought to move to Switzerland but withdrew his residency bid when it looked set to be rejected, a Swiss migration official said Wednesday.

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Russian parliament's lower house passed a controversial pension reform bill Wednesday, after President Vladimir Putin announced concessions to try to dampen widespread public anger over plans to raise the state retirement age.

Africa

Blast kills eight soldiers in Burkina Faso

Eight soldiers were killed on Wednesday by a blast in the troubled north of Burkina Faso, President Roch Marc Christian Kabore announced.

South Sudan civil war toll estimated at 382,900

South Sudan's civil war has caused the deaths of at least 382,900 people -- far higher than previous estimates and more than the conflict in Syria, according to a new study.

Middle East

Jewish worshippers perform prayers during the holiday of Sukkot (the Feast of the Tabernacles) at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on September 26, 2018

Jews mass at Western Wall for holiday blessing

Tens of thousands of Jews gathered at Jerusalem's Western Wall on Wednesday for a special blessing that takes place twice a year at one of Judaism's holiest sites.

Yemen war crimes probe must continue: UN investigators

War crimes investigators called Wednesday for the UN's top rights body to let them continue probing the "extremely alarming" situation in Yemen, amid resistance from Saudi Arabia and others.

Africa

In power for nearly two decades, Kabila (r) this year bowed to international pressure and agreed to step aside, allowing a new candidate to stand in the December 23 vote in the Democratic Republic of Congo

At UN, Kabila vows 'peaceful, credible' DR Congo vote

Congolese President Laurent Kabila pledged at the United Nations on Tuesday that elections planned for December will go ahead, promising to take steps to ensure the vote is peaceful and credible.

Mbeki slams ANC over S.Africa land redistribution plan

Former South African president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday accused the ruling ANC of abandoning its multiracial principles and becoming a "black party" due to its new land redistribution policy.

International

Former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, pictured March 2018, said that Lebanon's neighbors should let the recovering country decide its own fate

Germany, Saudi Arabia to restore envoys after Lebanon row

Germany and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday agreed to return ambassadors some 10 months after the kingdom fumed over criticism about its role in Lebanon.

Marriott takes control of Panama Trump tower after long dispute

With music and fanfare, US hotel chain Marriott on Tuesday took over a hotel in Panama City mired for months in a legal spat with the Trump Organization.

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US President Donald Trump, seen here at a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque at the United Nations, questions the credibility of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's latest accuser

Trump dimisses Kavanaugh accuser as 'drunk'

President Donald Trump dismissed the latest accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as "drunk" and "messed up" on Tuesday, slamming the sexual abuse allegations against his pick for the top US court as a "con game" by Democrats.

US imposes sanctions on Venezuelan president's wife, inner circle

The United States went after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's inner circle on Tuesday, imposing sanctions on his wife, vice president and other close associates.

Middle East

Israel to keep fighting Iran in Syria, coordinating with Russia: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged Tuesday to continue combatting Iranian "entrenchment" in Syria and coordinating with Russia after the downing of one of Moscow's planes.

International

Haddad gaining ground on Bolsonaro in Brazil: opinion poll

Leftist candidate Fernando Haddad is gaining ground in Brazil's presidential election campaign, with a poll showing Monday that he would beat right-wing frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro in a second round runoff.

Pentagon adjusts tactics as Afghan army toll rises: Mattis

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that the US military is adjusting tactics in Afghanistan as the Taliban continue to inflict heavy casualties on local forces.

Middle East

May to press Rouhani to free jailed UK-Iranian woman

British Prime Minister Theresa May will meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York Tuesday, where she will press him to release a British-Iranian women imprisoned in Tehran, a senior government official told reporters.

Israel-Russia: a history of complex relations

From a honeymoon in the years after Israel's founding, to strained ties after the mistaken downing of a Russian plane in Syria, relations between Israel and Russia have gone through several periods of tensions.

Africa

Liberians demonstrate after new banknotes vanish into thin air

Hundreds of Liberians took to the streets of the capital Monrovia Monday to demonstrate over the disappearance of newly printed bills worth nearly $100 million.

ICoast eyes better online access with satellite broadband

Abu Dhabi's Yahsat on Monday launched its satellite broadband service in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost internet access in this west African nation where only 27 percent of the population is online.

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EU gives Britain two months to pay 2.7 bn euros over China fraud

The EU on Monday gave Britain two months to recover 2.7 billion euros ($3.3 billion) in lost customs duties or risk referral to the EU's top court after London allegedly ignored a scam by Chinese importers.

Africa

Young girls primary victims of humanitarian strife

Girls are the primary victims of humanitarian crises, suffering abuse from forced marriage to denial of schooling and are "14 times more likely to die than boys in a conflict," the Plan International NGO said Sunday.

Nigerian governorship vote ends in a stalement: official

The governorship election in southwest Nigeria's Osun state ended in a stalemate on Sunday when the nation's electoral body failed to declare a clear winner.

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Russian lawmakers say  registration of US media groups is retaliation for a similar demand by Washington for the state-controlled Russia Today television

Russia to make US media register as «foreign agents»

Russian lawmakers raced Friday to draft measures requiring US media outlets to register as foreign agents, saying they could be adopted as early as next week.

Senator John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, immediately declared the allegations 'disqualifying' for Moore

Republicans run from Senate hopeful accused of sexual contact with minor

Several Republicans on Thursday urged their party's candidate for a vacant US Senate seat to quit the race if an explosive report that he had a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl is true.

Pandas have a notoriously low reproductive rate and are under pressure from factors such as habitat loss

Melania Trump meets China's furry diplomats: pandas

US First Lady Melania Trump spent some time with a couple of China's most prominent diplomats on her last day in Beijing on Friday: the pandas Meng'er and Gu Gu.