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  • Thousands march against corruption in Romania

    21 January 2018 12:14 PM 12

    Bucharest - Tens of thousands of Romanians protested on Saturday against legislation passed by parliament that critics say will make it harder to prosecute crime and high-level corruption. The Social Democrats (PSD) and their junior coalition partner ALDE used their majority to push a judicial overhaul through parliament in December, despite criticism

  • Pence defends Trump's shift in Israeli policies

    21 January 2018 10:28 AM 11

    Amman — US Vice President Mike Pence is defending President Donald Trump's move to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel, a decision that has touched off uneasiness among Arab nations on his first tour of the region. Pence on Sunday meets with Jordan's King Abdullah II for discussions that are expected to include the Trump administration's December

  • 5 killed as gunmen battle security forces at Kabul hotel

    21 January 2018 7:19 AM 12

    Kabul - An Afghan official says at least five civilians have been killed after gunmen stormed the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul and have been fighting security forces for 11 hours into Sunday morning. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says six other civilians are reported to be wounded and more than 100 people, including 16 foreigners, have been rescued

  • McDonald to replace Adams as Ireland's Sinn Fein chief

    21 January 2018 5:03 AM 15

    Dublin - Mary Lou McDonald is set to become the president of Sinn Fein, replacing Gerry Adams who is stepping down after 34 years as the dominant figurehead of Irish republicanism. McDonald, 48, the left-wing party's deputy leader, was confirmed as the sole candidate to take over from Adams, 69, at a party meeting on Saturday. The change represents a major

  • Croatia, Slovenia police bust human trafficking operation

    20 January 2018 8:45 PM 15

    Zagreb - Police in Croatia and Slovenia say they have busted a human trafficking operation and released dozens of mostly Chinese nationals who were forced to work in illegal call centres. Croatian police said on Saturday they have detained two Croatian and two Chinese citizens accused of running the fraud scheme from two houses in greater Zagreb. A police

  • British Airways pilot, allegedly drunk, taken off plane

    20 January 2018 4:25 PM 17

    London - A British Airways pilot has been removed from the cockpit of a flight amid fears he was drunk. The Sun newspaper reported on Saturday that police "rushed on the plane and headed straight for the cockpit. The first officer was cuffed and led away". The newspaper says worried airline workers alerted police before the flight left for Mauritius

  • Turkish ski bus accident kills 11, injures 44

    20 January 2018 3:13 PM 17

    Ankara - Turkish officials say a bus carrying mostly people going on a skiing trip has crashed into trees on the side of a road, killing 11 passengers and injuring 44 others. Governor Ozdemir Cakacak of Eskisehir province said the bus was travelling from the Turkish capital of Ankara to the western city of Bursa when it crashed on a road in his region

  • Malaysia Airlines flight shakes violently, forced to land

    19 January 2018 3:11 AM 28

    Sydney — Passengers on a Malaysia Airlines plane flying from Sydney, Australia, to Kuala Lumpur which was forced to land in the central Australian city of Alice Springs said they were bracing themselves for a possible hard landing after the plane shook violently on Thursday. "We suddenly experienced a very violent shaking of the aircraft and that probably

  • At least 30 bodies found in clandestine Mexico graves

    18 January 2018 4:10 AM 35

    Mexico City - Authorities in the Pacific coast Mexican state of Nayarit say they are investigating the remains of at least 30 people found in a series of clandestine graves. The Nayarit state prosecutor's office says in a statement that bodies and bones were found. A state official says the remains of at least 30 people were found in three clustered

  • Spain, Portugal seize cocaine hidden in pineapples

    17 January 2018 8:37 PM 36

    Lisbon - Spanish and Portuguese police say a joint operation resulted in the seizure of 745kg of cocaine, much of it allegedly concealed inside pineapples shipped from Latin America. The Iberian police forces announced the big drug bust on Wednesday. They said it unfolded over several months, led to nine arrests and broke up an international smuggling