Macron celebrates birthday with panda cub Yuan Meng

Macron celebrates birthday with panda cub Yuan Meng

2017-12-17 07:40

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday visited Yuan Meng, the country's first-ever panda cub, while he was celebrating his 40th birthday with family at Beauval zoo in central France, the zoo said in a statement.

Libya struggles amid political division, humanitarian crisis 6 years after Western-backed uprising

Libya struggles amid political division, humanitarian crisis 6 years after Western-backed uprising

2017-12-17 07:40

For most Libyans, 2017 is another year of despair and frustration. The Western-backed uprising in 2011 that toppled former leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime has failed to bring peace, stability and prosperity to the country as promised.

Full steam ahead for Brexit, but at what pace as May wins go-ahead for deal talks

Full steam ahead for Brexit, but at what pace as May wins go-ahead for deal talks

2017-12-17 07:40

As the European Council agreed Friday to Britain's Brexit negotiations moving to the next critical stage, main opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Prime Minister Theresa May to learn from her mistakes.

Zimbabwean president pledges to build united, non-racial Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean president pledges to build united, non-racial Zimbabwe

2017-12-17 07:40

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday opened the one-day extra ordinary congress of the governing ZANU-PF party and pledged to be a president of a united, non-racial Zimbabwe.

Yearender: Iran ploughs ahead amid nuke deal wrestle with U.S.

Yearender: Iran ploughs ahead amid nuke deal wrestle with U.S.

2017-12-16 21:11

Iran, long regarded as a thorn in the eye of the United States, has witnessed probably the hardest-fought wrestle with the superpower in 2017, during which their relations hit yet another historic low amid incessant mutual accusations and threats.

China donates 5 mln USD to WFP's school feeding program in NE Uganda

China donates 5 mln USD to WFP's school feeding program in NE Uganda

2017-12-16 21:12

China has contributed 5 million U.S. dollars to the UN World Food Program (WFP) school feeding program in the semi-arid Karamoja region in northeastern Uganda.

UN chief warns against military action on Korean Peninsula

UN chief warns against military action on Korean Peninsula

2017-12-16 08:03

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday expressed concern over risk of military confrontation on the Korean Peninsula and warned against any military action.

Daylong Mideast tension leaves 4 Palestinians killed, more than 200 injured

Daylong Mideast tension leaves 4 Palestinians killed, more than 200 injured

2017-12-16 08:03

Four Palestinians were killed Friday and more than 200 others injured during a daylong clashes between hundreds of angry Palestinian youths and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza, medics said.

SpaceX launches space station cargo with "used" rocket, capsule

SpaceX launches space station cargo with "used" rocket, capsule

2017-12-16 08:03

Private U.S. company SpaceX took another big step in its push for reusability on Friday by launching a resupply mission to the International Space Station with a rocket and spacecraft that have both flown previously.

Yearender: Outlook appears dim for U.S.-Russia ties in 2018

Yearender: Outlook appears dim for U.S.-Russia ties in 2018

2017-12-16 08:03

U.S.-Russia relations will likely remain tense in 2018, experts said, as myriad issues over which the two are at odds show no sign of being resolved next year.

Russian presidential election slated for March 18

Russian presidential election slated for March 18

2017-12-15 21:09

The Russian Federation Council, or the upper house of parliament, on Friday officially set the country's presidential election date for March 18, 2018.

UNICEF says millions of children bear brunt of South Sudan crisis

UNICEF says millions of children bear brunt of South Sudan crisis

2017-12-15 21:09

South Sudan children are bearing the brunt of a crisis that entered its fourth year, the UN children's agency said in a report released on Friday.

Putin, Trump discuss "urgent" bilateral issues, Korean Peninsula on phone

Putin, Trump discuss "urgent" bilateral issues, Korean Peninsula on phone

2017-12-15 21:09

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed "urgent issues" in bilateral diplomatic relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula in a phone call Thursday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Zika babies face serious health problems while growing up: study

Zika babies face serious health problems while growing up: study

2017-12-15 09:04

Most children born with abnormally small heads known as microcephaly and other evidence of congenital Zika virus infection faced severe health and developmental challenges at the age of two, U.S. and Brazilian researchers said Thursday.

Disney to buy 21st Century Fox' assets for 52.4 bln USD in stock

Disney to buy 21st Century Fox' assets for 52.4 bln USD in stock

2017-12-15 09:01

The Walt Disney Company announced Thursday a deal to acquire many parts of Twenty-First Century Fox for 52.4 billion U.S. dollars in stock.

U.S. State Department says no policy change on DPRK

U.S. State Department says no policy change on DPRK

2017-12-15 08:54

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday that its policy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) remains the same as before, noting it is not "the right time" to start talks with Pyongyang.

Canada greenlights weapons sale to Ukraine: media

Canada greenlights weapons sale to Ukraine: media

2017-12-15 08:51

Canada on Wednesday added Ukraine to its Automatic Firearms Country Control List (AFCCL), allowing its exporters to sell weapons to the East European country, the Ukrainian state-run news agency Ukrinform said.

Palestine calls for international protection amid heightened tensions over Jerusalem

Palestine calls for international protection amid heightened tensions over Jerusalem

2017-12-14 21:33

The Palestinian government called Thursday for international protection of the the Palestinian people over "the continued escalation due to the occupation."

UN calls for urgent action to avert crisis in South Sudan

UN calls for urgent action to avert crisis in South Sudan

2017-12-14 21:30

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi has appealed to warring parties to help settle conflict that entered its fourth year.

U.S. embassy unlikely to move to Jerusalem before 2020: Tillerson

U.S. embassy unlikely to move to Jerusalem before 2020: Tillerson

2017-12-14 21:31

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the U.S. embassy in Israel was unlikely to be moved to Jerusalem before 2020, national media outlets reported.

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