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Car bomb kills 41 in Syria

International Live: An Islamic State car bomb killed more than 41 people on Friday in a Syrian village held by rebels backed by Turkey, sources in the region and a war monitor said, a day after the jihadist group was driven from its last stronghold in the area. The blast hit a security checkpoint controlled by rebels fighting under the Free Syrian Army (FSA) banner in the village of Sousian,... details

Pope meets families of victims from Artisan attack

  Live Correspondent: Pope Francis met Wednesday morning with the families of nine of the victims of a terrorist attack which took place in Dhaka last summer. The attack was carried out July 1, 2016 during a hostage scenario in the Hotel Artisan Bakery café in Dhaka. Twenty-eight people died in the attack – including six gunmen and two police officers. Most of the 20 hostages... details

Iran bans drones in Tehran after device shot down

International Live: Iranian officials have banned the flying of all private drones over Tehran after two recent incidents led to one of the devices being shot down near the supreme leader's office. "Based on a recent order regarding prevention of unlicensed flight by private drones, we have stopped these planes which had created security...problems," said Revolutionary Guards official... details

Melania Trump prays, assails critics in Florida speech

International Live: First Lady Melania Trump, usually a demure and soft-spoken presence at her husband's side, broke with form Saturday, reciting the Lord's Prayer before issuing a scathing rebuke of his enemies and her critics at a campaign-style stop in Florida. Preceding her husband on the dais at a rally in the city of Melbourne, the first lady started her remarks with the words "let... details

UN warns Trump over two-state reversal

International Live: The UN chief has warned US President Donald Trump against abandoning the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, saying there is “no alternative”. It comes after Trump went against decades of US policy, saying he would back whatever formula led to peace, reports the BBC. Palestinians reacted with alarm to the possibility that the US could... details

Irish government survives no-confidence vote

Live Correspondent: Ireland's fragile minority government survived a no-confidence vote on Wednesday over a scandal involving the police, the state's child protection agency and the political establishment. Lawmakers voted by 57 to 52 in support of the government, with 44 abstentions, after the motion was tabled by opposition party Sinn Fein as criticism mounted of Prime Minister Enda... details

US Secret Service chief to retire

International Live: US Secret Service chief Joseph Clancy will retire in early March, the elite agency tasked with protecting the US president said Tuesday. A former head of US President Barack Obama's detail, Clancy returned from a previous retirement to steer the agency two years ago, amid outcry over several security lapses at the White House that tarnished the agency's image. Clancy... details

US President breaks ice with China in letter to Xi

International Live: US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to Xi Jinping, his first direct approach to the Chinese leader. The president thanked Mr Xi for congratulating him on his inauguration last month and said he looked forward to “constructive” relations. Mr Trump has not yet spoken to Mr Xi but did call other world leaders. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang... details

British PM anticipates call for Scottish

Live Correspondent: British Prime Minister Theresa May is developing a secret strategy in the belief that Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is two weeks away from demanding a second referendum on Scottish independence, The Courier newspaper in Dundee, Scotland reported on Tuesday. May’s aides and the Conservative Party are laying the groundwork for talks with Scottish National... details

US court rejects bid to reinstate Trump travel ban

International Live: A US federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by the Department of Justice to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban. Trump’s administration had lodged the request with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of an appeal against a lower court order temporarily suspending the travel ban on citizens from seven mainly Muslim... details

Indians go to the polls in test

Live Correspondent: Millions of Indians began voting Saturday in regional elections seen as the first major test of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party after his controversial move to ban all high-value notes last year. Five Indian states will elect new governments over the next five weeks in a multi-phased election, with voting kicking off in northern Punjab and coastal Goa in the... details

US warns North Korea against nuclear attack

Live Correspondent: The US Defense Secretary James Mattis has said any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response. Mattis spoke in South Korea, where he had been reaffirming US support, before flying to Tokyo. He also reconfirmed plans to deploy a US missile defense system in South Korea later this year. North Korea’s repeated... details

Trump golf club must pay $5.77 million

International Live: A federal judge in Florida on Wednesday directed a golf club owned by U.S. President Donald Trump to pay $5.77 million to former members who claimed it wrongfully refused to refund their deposits after Trump took over in 2012. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach said Trump National Golf Club Jupiter must repay $4.849 million plus $925,010 of interest to... details