• The Latest: Merkel defends Iran deal; Pence blasts Europe
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    The Latest: Merkel defends Iran deal; Pence blasts Europe

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has drawn lengthy applause for her spirited defence of a multilateral approach to global affairs and her support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was not impressed, however, and he doubled down on American

  • Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse
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    Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

    Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate's apparently decades-long predatory sexual behaviour . The announcement Saturday, delivered

  • Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest
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    Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

    Israeli director Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival's top Golden Bear award on Saturday. A jury headed by French actress Juliette Binoche

  • Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn't have owned
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    Police: Aurora attacker used gun he shouldn't have owned

    The man who opened fire and killed five co-workers at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant took a gun he wasn't allowed to have to a job he must have known he was about to lose. Right after learning Friday that he was being fired from his job of 15 years at the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora, Gary

  • Seeking independence 'is not a crime,' Barcelona protesters say
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    Seeking independence 'is not a crime,' Barcelona protesters say

    Tens of thousands of people waving pro-independence flags and holding pictures of jailed Catalan separatist leaders took to the streets of Barcelona on Saturday to call for self-determination for the northeastern Spanish region. Chanting "Freedom!" and "Independence!", around 200,000

  • Zimbabwean rescuers pull 22 bodies from mine, eight more found alive
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    Zimbabwean rescuers pull 22 bodies from mine, eight more found alive

    The accident involving about 70 miners in Battlefields, 175 km (109 miles) west of the capital, happened on Tuesday night and has shone a light on the risks run by illegal gold miners, who last year contributed a large part of Zimbabwe's record 33 ton bullion output. Henrietta Rushwaya, the chief

  • Far-right activists stage torchlit march in Bulgarian capital
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    Far-right activists stage torchlit march in Bulgarian capital

    The procession, known as the Lukov March after Hristo Lukov, who led the pro-Nazi Union of Bulgarian National Legions in the 1930s and early 1940s, went ahead after a court overturned the Sofia municipality's ban for a second consecutive year. Participants, mostly young men in dark clothing, many

  • More U.S. aid for Venezuela touches down amid distribution uncertainty
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    More U.S. aid for Venezuela touches down amid distribution uncertainty

    The shipment will be the second arrival of large-scale U.S. and international aid for Venezuelans, many of whom have scant access to food and medicine, since opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president in defiance of socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, who invoked constitutional

  • Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists
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    Merkel defends Iran deal, multilateralism but Pence resists

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel drew lengthy applause Saturday for her spirited defence of a multilateral approach to global affairs and support for Europe's decision to stand by a nuclear deal with Iran. U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence was not among the impressed, however, and he doubled down on

  • US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near
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    US-backed Syria force says IS territorial defeat is near

    BAGHOUZ, Syria — The sound of mortar shelling and fighter jets whizzing by filled the air.At the base in this small village, fighters from the U.S.- backed Syrian Democratic Forces co-ordinate with their comrades about two kilometres (1.2 miles) away who are closing in on Islamic State militants hiding

  • French police fire tear gas as latest 'yellow vest' protests turn violent
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    French police fire tear gas as latest 'yellow vest' protests turn violent

    French police fired tear gas to disperse protesters who threw projectiles and set bins on fire in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux on Saturday, as the 14th straight weekend of "yellow vest" protests took a violent turn in the afternoon. In Rouen in the north, four people were injured after a driver

  • 8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead
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    8 miners rescued in Zimbabwe; dozens more feared dead

    KADOMA, Zimbabwe — Eight subsistence miners who were trapped underground for several days after heavy flooding in Zimbabwe have been rescued, though dozens of their co-workers are still missing and feared dead.Rescuers on Saturday pulled the exhausted, muddied survivors from the ground and took them

  • Nigerian presidential poll postponed, opposition slams decision
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    Nigerian presidential poll postponed, opposition slams decision

    The electoral commission said the postponement was due solely to logistical factors and denied political pressure had played any part in the decision. Buhari and his rival, former vice president Atiku Abubakar, both urged voters to stay calm. Mahmood Yakubu, chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission

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    Fifteen Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai: military

    Fifteen Egyptian military personnel were killed or wounded in a clash on Saturday in North Sinai in which seven militants were also killed, the Egyptian military said. The breakdown of military casualties was not immediately clear. The Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack on its

  • Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg
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    Floors collapse at Russian university in St. Petersburg

    Part of the roof and several floors of university building in Russia's second-largest city collapsed Saturday, but officials say there were no casualties. The Emergencies Ministry said the collapse at the Saint Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics

  • U.S. backs India's right to defend itself after Kashmir attack
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    U.S. backs India's right to defend itself after Kashmir attack

    Tensions between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have risen again after India, incensed by the killing of 44 paramilitary police in the deadliest attack in Kashmir in decades, demanded that Pakistan act against the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group behind the bombing. On Saturday, Finance Minister

  • Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria
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    Islamic State's 'caliphate' on brink of defeat in Syria

    Jiya Furat said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had cornered the remaining militants in a neighborhood of Baghouz village near the Iraqi border, under fire from all sides. "In the coming few days, in a very short time, we will spread the good tidings to the world of the military end of Daesh

  • Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival
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    Women filmmakers have record showing at Berlin Film Festival

    BERLIN — The voice of the female filmmaker was louder than ever at this year's Berlin Film Festival, with seven out of the 16 films in the competition section helmed by women, and female directors from all corners of the globe featured prominently.Women directors represented 63 per cent of the films

  • Pence chastises EU, rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia
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    Pence chastises EU, rejects Merkel's call to work with Russia

    In speeches and in private talks at the Munich Security Conference, Pence and Chancellor Angela Merkel laid out competing visions for how the West should address world crises. "America is stronger than ever before and America is leading on the world stage once again," Pence told European and

  • Exclusive: McCarrick defrocking shows 'bishops not above the law' - top Vatican investigator
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    Exclusive: McCarrick defrocking shows 'bishops not above the law' - top Vatican investigator

    McCarrick was expelled from the priesthood after being found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults. In an interview with Reuters, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said the decision showed the church was taking action. "It is a very important signal that, if we're talking about accountability

  • Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes
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    Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

    Pope Francis has decided that the ruling, which followed an appeal by McCarrick, a power-broker as Archbishop of Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2006, was now final. A Vatican statement said his crimes were made more serious by "the aggravating factor of the abuse of power". The 88-year-old

  • Kim Jong Un to arrive in Vietnam on February 25 ahead of Trump summit
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    Kim Jong Un to arrive in Vietnam on February 25 ahead of Trump summit

    Trump and Kim are due to meet in Hanoi on Feb. 27 and 28 following their historic first meeting last June in Singapore. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday Washington aims to "get as far down the road as we can" at the summit. Kim will meet with Vietnamese officials when

  • London Fashion Week: Alexa Chung shows quirky classics
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    London Fashion Week: Alexa Chung shows quirky classics

    London Fashion Week is picking up pace with Alexa Chung, Jasper Conran and other designers offering catwalk shows Saturday, to be followed by the House of Holland and Simone Rocha.The spectacle is bringing much needed colour and verve as grey London shakes off its winter blues amid the first hints of

  • Iran says Pakistan to 'pay high price' over attack, warns Saudi
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    Iran says Pakistan to 'pay high price' over attack, warns Saudi

    Iran warned neighboring Pakistan on Saturday it would "pay a heavy price" for allegedly harboring militants who killed 27 of its elite Revolutionary Guards in a suicide bombing near the border earlier this week, state television reported. Revolutionary Guards chief Major General Mohammad Ali

  • Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case
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    Chicago police release 2 men questioned in Smollett case

    Chicago police released without charges two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and said they have new evidence to investigate as a result of questioning them. "The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released