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 China denies improper NK oil supplies after Trump criticism
China denies improper NK oil supplies after Trump criticism

Beijing has "completely and strictly" complied with sanctions meant to discourage leader Kim Jong Un's government from pursuing nuclear and missile technology, said a foreign ministry spokeswoman, Hua Chunying.

A South Korean newspaper said this week, citing unidentified officials, that ships believed to be Chinese transferred oil to North Korean vessels at sea.

Trump said on Twitter he was "very disappointed that China is allow...

December 29, 2017

 France's Macron enjoys popularity rise, faces new challenges
France's Macron enjoys popularity rise, faces new challenges

Now the hard part seems to lie ahead: transforming France, where critics have branded him arrogant and authoritarian, with some saying he evokes a long-lost monarch.

After a rocky start on the domestic front, things are looking much better for the French president, the country's youngest leader since Napoleon, who turned 40 on Dec. 21.

A string of French polls show a clear surge in popularity in December, after last summer Macro...

December 29, 2017

 A year of historic change in Saudi Arabia, with more to come
A year of historic change in Saudi Arabia, with more to come

King Salman and his ambitious 32-year-old son and heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have upended decades of royal family protocol, social norms and traditional ways of doing business. They bet instead on a young generation of Saudis hungry for change and a Saudi public fed up with corruption and government bureaucracy.

Here' a look at the major pivots of the past year and the reforms to come in 2018:

In a surprise late-nig...

December 29, 2017

 Africa's returning migrants say they need assistance, hope
Africa's returning migrants say they need assistance, hope

"Many girls were raped in the course of our journey, even in the camps where the traffickers kept us" before being handed over to Libya militiamen, she said, giving only her partial name for fear of retaliation. "I was lucky because I disguised as a boy before we left Nigeria."

Two weeks ago, she disembarked from a plane and came home. She is among the thousands of West African migrants being repatriated by their governments amid outra...

December 29, 2017

 US, Turkey resume visa services amid low point in relations
US, Turkey resume visa services amid low point in relations

Even in Thursday's dual announcements of some rapprochement, there was debate.

The U.S. said in its announcement of a "full resumption" of visa services at its missions in Turkey that the government of Turkey had given and adhered to "high-level assurances" that no local employees are under investigation and would not be detained or arrested for doing their official duties or without prior notice to the U.S. government.

But Tu...

December 29, 2017

 High winds blow plane into building; no injuries
High winds blow plane into building; no injuries

The private plane, propelled by intense and widespread winds, crashed into a building, a lawyer for the Polidano Group, the construction company that owns the building, told ABC News.

No injuries were reported, according to Malta International Airport.

After breaking loose, the empty jet, a Dassualt Falcon 7X, was blown off the runway and down a slope, crashing through a perimeter fence before it smashed into a concrete bricks...

December 29, 2017

 Chinese mall celebrates upcoming ‘Year of the Dog’ with Trump-like statue
Chinese mall celebrates upcoming ‘Year of the Dog’ with Trump-like statue

A giant dog statue that looks curiously like President Donald Trump has been placed outside a shopping mall in China, marking the upcoming "Year of the Dog" in the Chinese zodiac.

Sitting in the center of Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi province in northern China, the 22-foot statue has golden eyebrows and hair, some of which is flipped up in the front, as well as a red collar and an index finger pointed toward the sky. A smaller versi...

December 29, 2017

 South Korea holds Hong Kong ship over North Korean oil
South Korea holds Hong Kong ship over North Korean oil

The Lighthouse Winmore is believed to have transferred about 600 tons of refined petroleum products to the North Korean ship, the Sam Jong 2, in international waters in the East China Sea on Oct. 19, after leaving the South Korean port of Yeosu, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said.

The ship's 25 crew members — 23 of them Chinese nationals and two from Myanmar — are being held at Yeosu but will be allowed to leave South Korea ...

December 29, 2017

 Tehran police: No more arrests for flouting dress code
Tehran police: No more arrests for flouting dress code

But hard-liners opposed to easing such rules still dominate Iran's security forces and judiciary, so it was unclear whether the change would be fully implemented.

"Those who do not observe the Islamic dress code will no longer be taken to detention centers, nor will judicial cases be filed against them." Tehran police chief Gen. Hossein Rahimi was quoted as saying by the reformist daily Sharq.

The semi-official Tasnim news agenc...

December 29, 2017

 Tanzanian children with albinism, hunted for body parts, receive prosthetic limbs
Tanzanian children with albinism, hunted for body parts, receive prosthetic limbs

Baraka and Mwigulu are bunkmates, living in hiding in Tanzania, where they are hunted simply because of how they look.

Albinism is a disorder marked by an absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. Tanzania has one of the highest albinism rates in the world, and people with albinism are targeted in heinous attacks motivated by superstition. They are thought to be ghosts or haunted beings.

Mwigulu, now 14, was just 10 years...

December 29, 2017

 Flight mishap could result in criminal charges
Flight mishap could result in criminal charges

The brothers, who have nearly identical names, were able to board the ANA flight together by apparently using a duplicate boarding pass, the sources said. It's unclear how the brother with a United Airlines ticket found a seat on the plane. Their identities have not been revealed, other than being male American citizens.

The flight crew didn't become aware of the situation until roughly four hours into the flight. The airline then dec...

December 29, 2017

New York terror fears: NYC ramps up security for New Year’s Eve over suicide bomber threat
New York terror fears: NYC ramps up security for New Year’s Eve over suicide bomber threat

The extra measures are on top of the already tight security for the traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations since the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Deploying observation teams trained to spot snipers, an increase in dogs able to detect explosives and putting more officers in the area, are amongst the measures that have been announced by officials.

Police have said they will incorporate lessons learned from what they have lab...

December 29, 2017

Italy sets election date: Vote risks EU CRISIS with eurosceptic parties leading polls
Italy sets election date: Vote risks EU CRISIS with eurosceptic parties leading polls

The country's president Sergio Mattarella dissolved both houses of parliament, ending a five-year legislature that saw three prime ministers.

The latest polls see eurosceptic parties on the rise, with the Five Star Movement slightly ahead of the centre-left Democratic Party.

November 2016: Florence erupts in violence as anti-Renzi protesters clash with riot cops. Hooded youths attacked lines of cops protecting embattled prime minis...

December 29, 2017

French nobleman to sue over ex-porn star promoting bubbly
French nobleman to sue over ex-porn star promoting bubbly

Clara Morgane, 36, who left the adult film industry 17 years ago and is now a singer, signed a deal to promote the Charles de Cazanove limited edition pink champagne.

She posed for a series of provocative shots promoting the wine, which comes sheathed in lace and costs £45.

It bears her name alongside that of the aristocratic family.

Loic Chiroussot, a descendant of the de Cazanove family, responded by launching legal a...

December 29, 2017

North Korea crisis: Furious China responds to Trump's claim Beijing sells oil to Pyongyang
North Korea crisis: Furious China responds to Trump's claim Beijing sells oil to Pyongyang

Ms Hua was responding to Donald Trump after the US President said he had "been soft" on China on trade issues that he was not happy Beijing had allowed oil shipments to go into North Korea.

Mr Trump told the New York Times: "I have been soft on China because the only thing more important to me than trade is war.”

On Thursday, Mr Trump said on Twitter that China has been "caught" allowing oil into North Korea and said such mov...

December 29, 2017

'We REFUSE to swallow the EU menu' Iceland shows UK can control fisheries AND keep trade
'We REFUSE to swallow the EU menu' Iceland shows UK can control fisheries AND keep trade

Mr Benediktsson, who is also the former prime minister of the country, said Iceland gets the best of both worlds by being a part of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

He said arguments that Iceland should join the EU, to represent its interests at the negotiating table, were misplaced as he praised the benefits of being outside the EU. 

The Icelandic politician told BBC's Radio 4 Today programme: "I would not suggest ...

December 29, 2017

Merkel & Schulz the ‘BIGGEST LOSERS’: German chiefs HUMILIATED in poll as chaos continues
Merkel & Schulz the ‘BIGGEST LOSERS’: German chiefs HUMILIATED in poll as chaos continues

The CSU (Christian Social Union) boss Horst Seehofer and Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Angela Merkel came in second and third behind the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD). 

Mr Schulz led his party to its worst election result since World War Two, despite initially securing support for his party. 

The survey revealed 67 per cent of respondents named Mr Schulz as a “loser”, while 61 per cent did the...

December 29, 2017

United States of Europe dream CRUMBLES - Martin Schulz's scheme PANNED in shock poll
United States of Europe dream CRUMBLES - Martin Schulz's scheme PANNED in shock poll

A poll by YouGov has put pressure on Mr Schulz to prove a United States of Europe is desired by the bloc - let alone beneficial. 

Citizens of seven countries - Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom - were asked whether they supported Mr Schulz’s vision. 

YouGov asked: “Martin Schulz, head of the Social Democratic Party in Germany (SPD), spoke at the SPD party conference about...

December 29, 2017

'We NEED the British!' French villagers fear Brexit could WIPE OUT local jobs
'We NEED the British!' French villagers fear Brexit could WIPE OUT local jobs

Local business owners in Eymet, which is nicknamed 'Little England' for the amount of UK expats living there, insist their livelihoods are at stake in the EU negotiations.

One market stall owner said: "If the British were not here, this would be a tiny market. The British represent 35% of the clientele in the winter months when business drops."

Cheesemonger Philippe Barb echoed this: "If there are no English here, we&rsqu...

December 29, 2017

Michael Schumacher health update: Latest news on 4th anniversary of ski accident
Michael Schumacher health update: Latest news on 4th anniversary of ski accident

Michael Schumacher was put into a medically induced coma after he fell and hit his head on a rock while skiing with his son at the Meribel resort in the French Alps on December 29, 2013.

In the wake of the crash, the record-breaking Formula One driver underwent two life-saving operations at Grenoble Hospital, before being transferred to a medical facility in Lausanne, Switzerland in April 2014.

He was eventually moved back to his h...

December 29, 2017