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Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Thursday accused "criminal hooligans" of driving the violence in protests that have erupted in Belgrade and other cities over his government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions under Australia lockdown as global cases hit 12 million

Millions of people in Australia's second-biggest city went into lockdown on Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as the number of infections worldwide surged past 12 million.

Tokyo to pay nightclubs to close as virus cases surge

Tokyo unveiled plans Thursday to offer nightclubs subsidies to close as new coronavirus infections in the capital hit a single-day record, with many linked to entertainment districts.

'Consensus' Notre-Dame spire should be rebuilt as it was

There is a "large consensus" that the spire of the fire-damaged Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt as it was, France's new culture minister said Thursday.

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers, sparking China fury

Australia offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong on Thursday in response to China's crackdown on dissent, drawing a furious reply from Beijing.

'Glee' star Naya Rivera missing, feared drowned

"Glee" star Naya Rivera is missing and feared drowned at a California lake, local officials said, with rescuers to continue a search for her on Thursday.

Can Trump keep his finances secret? US Supreme Court to rule on cases

Can Donald Trump refuse to hand over his financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors simply because he is president of the United States?

Gardener uses Colombia lockdown to save botanical paradise

When the coronavirus pandemic swept through Colombia in March, forcing a national lockdown, Alberto Gomez decided he would sit it out amid the lush green foliage of his botanical garden and tend to his plants.

S. Korea's Moon under fire over sex offender's family funeral

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who promised to be a "feminist leader" during his election campaign, was under fire Thursday for sending condolence flowers to the funeral of a convicted sex offender's mother.

Australia offers safe haven to Hong Kongers

Australia on Thursday offered pathways to permanent residency for thousands of people from Hong Kong, in a risky challenge to China over its crackdown on dissent in the city.

Queen's letters on Australian PM's sacking to be released in full

Queen Elizabeth II's correspondence on her role in the 1975 sacking of Australian prime minister Gough Whitlam will be released next week, it was announced Thursday, after a lengthy battle to make the documents public.

George Floyd said officers would 'kill' him in new recording transcript

George Floyd said he couldn't breathe more than 20 times, called out for his children and late mother and said officers would "kill" him before he died in Minneapolis police custody, new evidence showed.

Secluded Arctic region rejects Putin in rare protest

Lyudmila Laptander, an activist advocating autonomy for her mineral-rich Nenets region in the Russian Arctic, worries ities are planning to sacrifice its traditions for the promise of economic enrichment.

Royal rivalry in Italian Riviera 'micronation'

The princess showed off her tiny realm, sitting peaceful and picturesque, high above the Italian Riviera.But trouble is afoot in the self-declared micronation of Seborga, where a pretender to the "crown" is stoking passionate opposition.

Domestic workers among few Hong Kongers who will miss TikTok

TikTok's exit from Hong Kong was met with a shrug among many locals who distrust the Chinese social media platform, but the app had been embraced by many foreign domestic workers as a way to creatively escape the drudgery of their toil.

Five million begin lockdown in Australian city

Five million people in Australia's second-biggest city began a new lockdown Thursday, returning to tough restrictions just weeks after they ended as Melbourne grapples with a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

Srebrenica widows agonise over the dead and missing, 25 years later

Fatima Mujic prays every day for the husband and three sons killed in the genocide against Bosnian Muslims that unfolded over several summer days in the town of Srebrenica 25 years ago.

Foreign students fear deportation over Trump visa threat

Pakistani student Taimoor Ahmed is one of hundreds of thousands of foreigners enrolled in American universities now fearing for their future after Donald Trump's administration threatened to revoke their visas.

US hostile pressure strengthens Iran Venezuela relations

Ever since US President Trump announced his intention of imposing regime change in Venezuela, US sanctions have hit hard against the country both direct sanctions and banking sanctions limiting trade with other countries.

Yellowstone grizzly bear hunting ban upheld in US

A ban on hunting grizzly bears for sport in the Yellowstone region of the northwestern United States was upheld Wednesday, in a victory for conservationists and several indigenous tribes.

Japan rescuers battle to reach thousands trapped by floods

Japanese emergency services and troops scrambled Thursday to reach people cut off by catastrophic flooding and landslides that have killed dozens and caused widespread damage, with more torrential rain forecast.

US student accused of Rome policeman's murder 'beaten' in custody

An American student on trial in Italy for the murder of a Rome policeman says he was kicked, punched and spat on in custody, a leaked official transcript showed.

Ivory Coast PM and presidential candidate Coulibaly dies aged 61

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly died Wednesday after attending a cabinet meeting, just three months before presidential elections that he was due to contest. He was 61.

Trump hails 'outstanding relationship' with Mexico president

President Donald Trump on Wednesday hailed his "outstanding relationship" with his Mexican counterpart Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as he welcomed him to the White House for the leaders' first one-on-one meeting.

Texas faces future of drier summers and decreasing water supplies

Texas' future climate will feature drier summers and decreasing water supplies for much of the state for the remainder of the 21st century - likely resulting in the driest conditions the state has endured in the last 1,000 years.

US voices concern over Vietnam sentence to Facebook user

The United States on Wednesday voiced concern after Vietnam handed down an eight year prison sentence to a Facebook user who broadcast pro-democracy views, calling on Hanoi to allow freedom of expression.

US: UN report critical of drone strike 'whitewashing' Iran general

The United States on Wednesday blasted a UN finding that a US drone strike that killed a top Iranian general was unlawful, saying the report whitewashed Qasem Soleimani's record.

Experts remove British WWII bomb from French port city

Hundreds of people had to leave their 扑克王游戏下载homes in a coastal French city on Wednesday to allow explosive experts to deal with a 500-kilogram bomb from World War II.

Millions under new Australia lockdown as global virus cases soar

Millions in Australia's second-biggest city went into lockdown Thursday to battle another coronavirus outbreak, as spikes across the world added to the devastation already wrought by the pandemic.

Ukraine pins hopes on weather to beat deadly forest fires

Forest fires in eastern Ukraine that have killed five people and left dozens 扑克王游戏下载homeless are being brought under control by firefighters, officials said on Wednesday.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

UN chief denounces 'unprecedented' foreign interference in Libya

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Wednesday that foreign interference in the Libya conflict has reached "unprecedented levels," with sophisticated equipment and mercenaries involved in the fighting.

Iran to bolster Syria air defences, counter US 'pressure'

Iran has said it will strengthen Syria's air defences as part of a bilateral military deal aiming to "fight terrorism" and counter American pressure.

US launches talks with Kenya on free trade pact

The US government formally launched talks with Kenya on Wednesday aimed at setting up a free trade agreement that could form the basis for deals with other African nations.

France's 'Acquittator' sows controversy as new justice minister

The surprise appointment by French President Emmanuel Macron of a star lawyer as justice minister has created a storm of controversy, with critics slamming a "declaration of war" but supporters seeing a real chance at progress on a series of judicial r...

Colombia's ELN rebels propose ceasefire during pandemic

Colombia's leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have proposed a three-month ceasefire to the government of right-wing President Ivan Duque.

Maduro shuffles military high command

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has shuffled his military high command but Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, a general, kept his post.

Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

Harvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump's administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Former India navy officer refuses to appeal spying death sentence

A former Indian naval officer on death row in Pakistan for alleged spying has refused to lodge an appeal against his conviction and will try instead for a military pardon, an official said Wednesday.

Ukraine firefighters beat back fatal forest blazes

Forest fires in eastern Ukraine that have killed five people and left dozens 扑克王游戏下载homeless are being brought under control by firefighters, officials said on Wednesday.

Johnny Depp denies slapping ex-wife

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp on Wednesday denied claims that he slapped his ex-wife Amber Heard, as he faced a second day of questioning in his high-profile libel trial in London.
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