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02/15/2019 - 10:49

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Spain's prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

Spain's prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

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02/15/2019 - 10:49

Spanish PM calls snap polls after budget defeat

Spain's prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.

Spain's prime minister on Friday called an early general election for April 28, the third in less than four years, after his draft budget was rejected in parliament over the Catalan secession crisis.


02/15/2019 - 10:32

Myanmar court sentences two to death for Muslim lawyer's murder

Two people were sentenced to death by a Myanmar court Friday for the murder of a Muslim lawyer and Aung San Suu Kyi advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large.

Two people were sentenced to death by a Myanmar court Friday for the murder of a Muslim lawyer and Aung San Suu Kyi advisor, after a drawn-out trial backlit by allegations of impunity with a main suspect still at large.


02/15/2019 - 09:47

US Treasury Sec Mnuchin calls China trade talks 'productive'

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had "productive" talks with China over their trade dispute after negotiations in Beijing ended Friday with no sign that any concrete progress had been made.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had "productive" talks with China over their trade dispute after negotiations in Beijing ended Friday with no sign that any concrete progress had been made.


02/15/2019 - 09:46

India vows 'heavy price' after Kashmir attack kills dozens

India and Pakistan's troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on Friday as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind one of the deadliest attacks in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir.

India and Pakistan's troubled ties risked taking a dangerous new turn on Friday as New Delhi accused Islamabad of harbouring militants behind one of the deadliest attacks in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-administered Kashmir.


02/15/2019 - 09:15

Trump company ditches plans for new hotels: NYT

The company overseeing President Donald Trump's business dealings has dropped plans to develop two new lines of hotels, citing what it calls a hostile political climate, The New York Times reported Thursday.

The company overseeing President Donald Trump's business dealings has dropped plans to develop two new lines of hotels, citing what it calls a hostile political climate, The New York Times reported Thursday.

02/15/2019 - 08:10

Japan to recognise indigenous Ainu people for first time

Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.

Japan's government introduced a bill Friday to recognise the country's ethnic Ainu minority as an "indigenous" people for the first time, after decades of discrimination against the group.


02/15/2019 - 04:17

New-look Burberry tops the bill at London Fashion Week

After New York, the fashion world descends on London Friday for more than 80 catwalk shows over five days -- just weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union, creating potential headaches for the industry.

After New York, the fashion world descends on London Friday for more than 80 catwalk shows over five days -- just weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union, creating potential headaches for the industry.


02/15/2019 - 03:51

Prickly pears: 'humble' cactus brings hope to Algeria

For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's new found virtues their lives are steadily improving.

For generations Algerians like the Gueldasmi family have barely eked out a living growing prickly pear fruits, but thanks to the cactus's new found virtues their lives are steadily improving.


02/15/2019 - 03:50

Israeli photographer revives archaic art form in border series

Edward Kaprov makes a final adjustment to the oversized, traditional-style camera perched on a heavy tripod aimed at an Israeli military jeep near the Gaza border.

Edward Kaprov makes a final adjustment to the oversized, traditional-style camera perched on a heavy tripod aimed at an Israeli military jeep near the Gaza border.


02/15/2019 - 00:51

War kills over 100,000 babies a year: Save the Children

At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday.

At least 100,000 babies die every year because of armed conflict and its impact, from hunger to denial of aid, Save the Children International said on Friday.


02/14/2019 - 23:45

Old friends on show at Pyongyang flower festival

Making their way around displays of bright red begonias, military officers from North Korea's traditional allies China and Russia toured a flower festival celebrating late leader Kim Jong Il on Thursday.

Making their way around displays of bright red begonias, military officers from North Korea's traditional allies China and Russia toured a flower festival celebrating late leader Kim Jong Il on Thursday.


02/14/2019 - 21:10

France to tighten online bullying laws after media 'boys' club' scandal

France said Thursday it is toughening its online abuse laws after an outcry over young media executives who ran a macho "boys' club" that hounded female colleagues.

France said Thursday it is toughening its online abuse laws after an outcry over young media executives who ran a macho "boys' club" that hounded female colleagues.


02/14/2019 - 21:07

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.


02/14/2019 - 19:11

El Chapo likely headed to 'Alcatraz of the Rockies'

He has already managed to escape twice from high-security prisons in Mexico.

He has already managed to escape twice from high-security prisons in Mexico.


02/14/2019 - 19:09

'Gagging' law protecting Cuban culture draws artists' ire

A law obliging Cuban artists to register with the ministry of culture has created controversy on the Caribbean island known for its spontaneous musical tradition.

A law obliging Cuban artists to register with the ministry of culture has created controversy on the Caribbean island known for its spontaneous musical tradition.


02/14/2019 - 18:31

Philip Morris eyes tech gadgets for 'smoke-free' market

Gadgets that monitor health, from wearable step-counters to apps tracking sleep and diet, have exploded in popularity in recent years, and now even the tobacco industry is trying to jump into the fray.

Gadgets that monitor health, from wearable step-counters to apps tracking sleep and diet, have exploded in popularity in recent years, and now even the tobacco industry is trying to jump into the fray.


02/14/2019 - 16:16

Potatoes on the menu at North Korean cooking contest

Lined up in cavernous rooms at a state restaurant in Pyongyang, North Korean chefs carefully assemble their dishes, watched by crowds of onlookers at a cooking competition in a country that suffers chronic food shortages.

Lined up in cavernous rooms at a state restaurant in Pyongyang, North Korean chefs carefully assemble their dishes, watched by crowds of onlookers at a cooking competition in a country that suffers chronic food shortages.


02/14/2019 - 16:14

In war-torn Ukraine, women get taste of combat training

In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs.

In a gym in the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, not far from the frontline with Russia-backed separatists, 20 women fall to the floor and pull back the rifle bolts of dummy Kalashnikovs.


02/14/2019 - 15:37

Lovesick on Valentine's? Museum of broken hearts has the antidote

Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak.

Forget romantic dinners and roses, the place to be on Valentine's Day is Zagreb's Museum of Broken Relationships, a paean to personal objects and stories of heartbreak.


02/14/2019 - 14:15

Gilded world of French heritage rocked by 'grotesque' auditor report

One of France's most historic institutions has hit back after state auditors eviscerated it as "sclerotic" and accused "moonlighting" staff of only working a third of the year.

One of France's most historic institutions has hit back after state auditors eviscerated it as "sclerotic" and accused "moonlighting" staff of only working a third of the year.


02/14/2019 - 13:44

France to tighten online bullying laws after media 'boys' club' scandal

France said Thursday it is toughening its internet abuse laws after an outcry over young media executives who ran a macho "boys' club" that bullied female colleagues online.

France said Thursday it is toughening its internet abuse laws after an outcry over young media executives who ran a macho "boys' club" that bullied female colleagues online.


02/14/2019 - 12:59

Post-box love for lonely Britons on Valentine's Day

Big-hearted Britons have penned thousands of uplifting messages to be delivered to single seniors on Valentine's Day in a project aimed at alleviating loneliness.

Big-hearted Britons have penned thousands of uplifting messages to be delivered to single seniors on Valentine's Day in a project aimed at alleviating loneliness.


02/14/2019 - 12:36

Valentine's Day not feeling the love in Indonesia

Valentine's Day wasn't getting much love in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation Thursday as Indonesian authorities urged amorous couples to call it quits and carried out raids to quash any wayward gift-giving.

Valentine's Day wasn't getting much love in the world's biggest Muslim majority nation Thursday as Indonesian authorities urged amorous couples to call it quits and carried out raids to quash any wayward gift-giving.


02/14/2019 - 12:05

Face tattoos: a trend that is here to stay?

Face tattoos, once limited to only a very small group of people, have gained new popularity thanks to today's rappers -- but some artists are reluctant to make such a permanent change to a client's appearance.

Face tattoos, once limited to only a very small group of people, have gained new popularity thanks to today's rappers -- but some artists are reluctant to make such a permanent change to a client's appearance.


02/14/2019 - 10:39

Brexit casts shadow on London Fashion Week

"CANCEL BREXIT": Katharine Hamnett's slogan t-shirts express the mood of many fashionistas ahead of London Fashion Week starting on Friday, with Britain's withdrawal from the EU on March 29 weighing heavily on the industry.

"CANCEL BREXIT": Katharine Hamnett's slogan t-shirts express the mood of many fashionistas ahead of London Fashion Week starting on Friday, with Britain's withdrawal from the EU on March 29 weighing heavily on the industry.