N. Korea's Kim lambasts officials during 'field guidance' visits

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated officials during inspections of a factory, power station and holiday camp, state media reported Tuesday, with analysts saying the reports show nuclear-armed Pyongyang's desire to focus on economic development.

Expanding 'dead zone' in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears

In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.


Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Former US president Barack Obama will deliver a speech to a crowd of 15,000 people in South Africa on Tuesday as the centrepiece of celebrations marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth.

Mali town learns to live without a state

A herd of goats browse on grass in the stony front yard of Konna's local government offices -- a town abandoned by the state and its security forces, like many others in central Mali.


Global Air said a study by international experts of the black boxes from a Boeing 737 that crashed in Cuba found that the pilots' take-off was too steep

Cuba plane crash caused by human error: company

A plane crash that killed 112 people in Cuba on May 18 was caused by human error, the Mexican company that owned the jet said Monday.

Peru declares state of emergency on Colombian border

Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency on its border with Colombia in order to guarantee security in a region rife with drug trafficking.


Ivory Coast President Ouattara hosted the meeting at a luxury hotel in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan

ICoast president launches umbrella party,

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Monday made clear he will not seek re-election in 2020 as he launched a new umbrella party that he said would help ensure continuity.

Casualties feared after Boko Haram attack military base

Dozens of soldiers were feared dead after a Boko Haram attack on a military base in remote northeast Nigeria, security sources said on Monday, as search parties were sent into the bush to locate missing troops.


Some 200 students spent 20 hours cowering in a church besieged by pro-government forces

Nicaraguan students vow to keep up fight until Ortega resigns

Students marched through Nicaragua's capital Monday, chanting 'GET OUT' to demand that President Daniel Ortega and his wife Vice President Rosario Murillo resign after a deadly weekend of clashes.

Trump and Putin open historic summit 

The US and Russian leaders opened an historic summit in Helsinki on Monday with Donald Trump promising an "extraordinary relationship" and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world.

Middle East

On July 3, 2013, the army overthrew president Mohamed Morsi after massive protests against his divisive rule

Egypt law could give senior officers immunity from prosecution

Egypt's parliament approved a law Monday giving senior military officers immunity from prosecution tied to unrest that followed the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, an MP said.

Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media

The Egyptian parliament on Monday approved in a final reading a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users with the aim of combatting "fake news", the legislature said.


Clashes, road accidents mar French World Cup partying

Dozens of youths shattered windows at a popular store on the Champs Elysees avenue Sunday while hundreds of thousands of fans celebrated France's World Cup victory, according to an AFP journalist at the scene.

Macron cheers from the stands -- then 'dabs' in the changing room

President Emmanuel Macron was pictured cheering from the stadium, got drenched in the rain on the pitch, then attempted to "dab" with the players in the changing room Sunday after France's victory in the World Cup.

Middle East

Syria state media says Israel bombs military post in Aleppo

Syrian state media accused Israel of bombing a military position in Aleppo province late Sunday in what would be a rare Israeli attack so far north in the war-ravaged country.

Last Kurd forces leave Syria's Manbij, allied fighters say

The last members of a Kurdish militia pulled out on Sunday from the Syrian town of Manbij, allied Arab fighters said, under a deal reached to avoid clashes with Turkey.


Hundreds of African migrants 'abandoned' in desert: Niger official

Nearly 600 African migrants in Algeria were "abandoned" in the desert before being rescued, an official in Niger said on Sunday

Thousands rally in Morocco for jailed Rif opponents

Thousands of people demonstrated in Morocco's capital Rabat on Sunday against the jailing of leaders and activists of a northern protest movement.


Turkey marks second coup anniversary

Turkey on Sunday commemorated the second anniversary of a bloody coup attempt which was followed by a series of purges in the public sector and changes to boost President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

'Helsinki for human rights': demo greets Trump, Putin

Denouncing attacks on human rights, press freedom and dissent, more than 2,000 people protested in Helsinki Sunday as the city prepares to host an historic US-Russia summit.


Haiti prime minister resigns after deadly unrest

Embattled Haiti Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday following deadly violence and looting sparked by a now-abandoned plan to raise fuel prices.

France, Malta will take 50 rescued migrants each: PM

France and Malta have agreed to take 50 migrants each out of 450 stranded at sea on two EU border agency vessels, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said Saturday after pressing his European peers to keep their promise to share the burden.

Middle East

Two killed in southern Iraq as protests spread

Two more demonstrators were killed in southern Iraq, officials said, as protests against unemployment spread on Saturday from the port city of Basra to other parts of the country including Baghdad.

Israeli strikes pound Gaza after bloody border protest

Two Palestinians were killed on Saturday as Israel unleashed a wave of air strikes against the Gaza Strip, while scores of rockets were fired back from the Hamas-run territory.

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Jordan's King Abdullah II and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel  during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 20, 2017 in New York

Jordan king heads to US for Trump meeting

Jordan's King Abdullah II set off for the United States on Thursday for talks with President Donald Trump on Middle East issues including the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, the palace said.

Natural gas is a fossil fuel that emits less carbon dioxide than oil or coal, but its efficiency depends a lot on keeping methane leaks to a minimum

US leaks 60 percent more methane than government says

The US oil and gas industry leaks 60 percent more methane than official government estimates, a report said Thursday, warning of this potent greenhouse gas's effect on the environment

Xiaomi shipped 28 million smartphones worldwide from January to March, an 88-percent surge year-on-year

Xiaomi lowers target as it kicks off IPO

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi kicked off its initial public offering Thursday but the firm is likely to pull in about $6.1 billion, far less than originally expected, with investors having mixed views about its main business