Voters in the Central African Republic cast their ballots Sunday in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off which they hope will bring peace after the country's worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960. "It's crucial that people vote today," said Paterne
US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to end air strikes against Syrian opposition forces, the White House said Sunday. In a phone call with Putin Saturday, Obama stressed the need to quickly get humanitarian aid to besieged areas and initiating the cessation of
Voters in the Central African Republic begin casting ballots in delayed legislative elections and a presidential run-off which they hope will bring peace after the country's worst sectarian violence since independence in 1960.
France called Sunday for Turkey to immediately halt the bombing of Kurdish forces in Syria and said it was concerned at the "worsening" situation in northern Syria. Echoing an appeal made by the United States on Saturday, France called for "an immediate halt to the bombing, both that
The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan last year was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN said Sunday, with children paying a particularly heavy price. There were 11,002 civilian casualties in 2015 including 3,545 deaths, the UN said in its annual report on Afghan civilians in armed
Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep told young actors at the Berlin film festival Sunday that Hollywood would never resolve the diversity row until studio boardrooms became less white and male. Giving a masterclass for 300 budding actors from around the world at the cinema showcase, where Streep is
The number of civilians killed or wounded in Afghanistan last year was the highest recorded since 2009, the UN says, with children paying a particularly heavy price.
Pope Francis will celebrate an open-air mass in a crime-plagued Mexico City suburb on Sunday after thousands of pilgrims spent the night outdoors, awaiting his message of peace in the cold. Ecatepec, a concrete maze of 1.6 million people, is in the state of Mexico, a region that has become infamous
After a prolonged rollout that included last-minute changes and a massive fashion show, Kanye West's new album is finally out for the public. The rap superstar in the early hours Sunday put out his seventh studio album, "The Life of Pablo," shortly after he performed on the weekly television
Denmark on Sunday marked a year since a gunman killed a filmmaker and a Jewish security guard in twin attacks in Copenhagen, honouring the victims under tight security. Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen left flowers outside the cultural centre and the synagogue targeted on February 14, 2015 by Omar
Southeast Asian airlines are likely to see "thin" profits for some time to come as competition from budget carriers and Middle East rivals squeezes earnings, the IATA chief said Sunday. The recent global stock market turmoil is also expected to take a toll on air travel, particularly in business
A senior figure in the Syrian opposition movement on Sunday criticised the truce deal forged by the US and Russia, saying Moscow was continuing its onslaught on civilian areas. "We have gotten used to conferences and hope put into words but what we need is action, and the action I see is that Russia
Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit.
Greek police said Sunday they had arrested three heavily armed Britons near the border with Turkey where they were suspected of heading to join Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State jihadists. One of the three, a 40-year-old said to be of Kurdish Iraqi origin, had four firearms and 200,000 rounds in
Inside a vintage-style Cypriot cafe, 18-year-old Ibrahima Yonga recounts to a stranger how he escaped the Boko Haram group in Cameroon and spent months at sea to reach Europe. To add a human touch to an often complex and troubling news story, it invited eight people from the Mediterranean island'
Russia's President Vladimir Putin and US counterpart Barack Obama held frank talks on Syria amid US concern over Turkish shelling of Kurdish militia targets in northern Syria days before a ceasefire deal is due to take hold. Putin took the call from Obama and both sides "gave a positive evaluation
Thousands of villagers in northern Mozambique are fleeing what they describe as violent attacks and rape at the hands of government soldiers.
Spurned for decades by Western powers, Cuba is now taking an ever bigger role in international relations. Havana hosted a historic meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches on Friday. Cuba's President Raul Castro, 84, witnessed their kiss and embrace.
A senior Beijing official on Sunday blamed "radical separatists" for a riot that erupted in Hong Kong last week, the worst clashes the city has seen since mass pro-democracy protests. In unusually blunt remarks on a local Hong Kong matter, Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing's top representative in
Some 150,000 penguins died after a massive iceberg grounded near their colony in Antarctica, forcing them to make a lengthy trek to find food, scientists say in a newly-published study. The B09B iceberg, measuring some 100 square kilometres (38.6 square miles), grounded in Commonwealth Bay in East Antarctica
China's central bank chief has blamed foreign speculators in part for volatility in the yuan and said there is no basis for further depreciation, according to an interview in Caixin magazine. "International speculative forces have recently focused on shorting China," People's Bank
Tommy Hilfiger has been breaking the rules his whole life. One of the first to master the art of celebrity endorsement in the fashion industry, he learned from mentor Andy Warhol to marry fashion, art, music and entertainment or F.A.M.E as he likes to spell it out.
King of cool Alexander Wang took over a Romanesque church in New York on Saturday to present a bondage-inspired collection at the altar of high fashion with Kylie Jenner and her rap star boyfriend front row. The fashion pack braved one of Manhattan's coldest nights in 20 years, cloaking themselves
An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees. Under the government's tough immigration policy, asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are
As rescuers in Taiwan said they had retrieved all the missing from the ruins of a building felled by an earthquake, a tragic picture emerged of the cross-section of society killed in the disaster. The quake took the lives of 114 in the Wei-kuan apartment complex in the southern city of Tainan, from
The Republican presidential race veered into vicious personal attacks Saturday as White House hopefuls brawled in their latest debate, with frontrunner Donald Trump and Jeb Bush locking horns in some of the campaign's most pointed clashes to date. The showdown, the ninth of the months-long battle
"Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won top prizes at the Writers Guild of America awards, two weeks ahead of the Oscars, the glittering climax of Hollywood's annual awards season. Josh Singer on Saturday picked up the trophy for best original screenplay for "Spotlight,"
Japan's bid to revive its once-soaring economy is on the ropes as an equity market bloodbath and resurgent yen threaten to knock Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's growth plan to the canvas. Abe met with his hand-picked central bank chief Haruhiko Kuroda for an emergency meeting Friday amid huge volatility
Having been a soldier, an agronomist and an entrepreneur, he now grows tea in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and is the envy of those who once called him crazy. Four years since he began growing tea at Dalreoch, a former sheep farm close to the small Scottish village of Amulree, the Irishman
The army veteran is one of thousands of retired South Koreans hitting the dance floors at "Colatecs" -- special discos for the elderly that are flourishing across the country. South Korea's rapidly ageing population may be a major headache for policymakers, but its members are determined
Chinese authorities have urged investors to register their claims against a now shut peer-to-peer (P2P) lender allegedly behind the country's biggest ever Ponzi scheme, according to a statement, raising hopes of compensation. The Ministry of Public Security, or police, on Saturday called on investors
South Korea on Sunday defended its decision to abruptly pull out of an inter-Korean industrial zone, claiming 70 percent of wages for North Korean workers were for years used to fund Pyongyang's nuclear and missile development. Seoul on Wednesday announced it would withdraw from the Kaesong industrial
Latest figures show the average London house price was £514,097 ($740,400, 678,500 euros) in December, up 12.4 percent in 12 months, compared to a 6.4-percent increase to £188,270 across England and Wales. Many "generation rent" young professionals, whose parents bought comfortable homes in
The quest to prevent Britain crashing out of the European Union faces its moment of truth this week, with EU chief Donald Tusk touring key capitals in a final push for a deal at a crucial Brussels summit. Many of Prime Minister David Cameron's demands for reforms ahead of a referendum on Britain
Turkey hit Kurdish and Syrian regime targets on Saturday as Ankara mulled a ground assault with Saudi troops, further complicating efforts to end the war just days after the US and Russia agreed on a "cessation of hostilities" in Syria within a week. State-run news agency Anatolia said the
Socially conscious rapper Kendrick Lamar leads nominations going into the Grammy Awards on Monday but he faces tough competition led by pop superstar Taylor Swift. Nominees for Album of the Year, the most prestigious award, include Lamar's experimental rap opus "To Pimp a Butterfly" and
American rockers Eagles of Death Metal took to the stage in Stockholm Saturday, ahead of their return to Paris next week to "finish" the fateful November concert that ended with jihadi gunmen killing 90 of their fans. About 1,000 fans turned out as they relaunched their European tour in Sweden
US President Barack Obama on Saturday confirmed he plans to name a successor to Justice Scalia "in due time". The US Supreme Court Justice, known for his strong conservative voice, died at the age of 79.
The United States has recovered a missile that was accidentally sent to Cuba in 2014 after a logistical mixup in Europe, bringing an end to an unusual and sensitive episode in the world of defense. The dummy training version of a US Hellfire missile was returned to the US with the "cooperation
It's an unlikely blend - an Irishman growing England's national drink in the foothills of the Scottish highlands. But Tam O'Braan is now the envy of those who once called him crazy, with his artisinal tea in huge demand
Two 15-year-old Palestinians fired on Israeli soldiers before being shot dead in the northern occupied West Bank Sunday, Israel's army said, while a Palestinian teenager was killed after a separate attempted attack. The Palestinian health ministry identified the assailant as Naim Safi, 17 and from
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz take the stage with mainstream Republican candidates desperate to knock them off their perch in Saturday night's Republican presidential debate, where fireworks are expected ahead of South Carolina's primary. With the first two nomination contests in Iowa and New Hampshire
Abandoned by France, defied by eastern Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel cuts a lonely figure in her struggle for EU "solidarity" on the refugee crisis ahead of a Brussels summit. Merkel is battling for a deal that will see refugees more evenly spread around the European Union after
Justice Antonin Scalia, a towering conservative voice on the US Supreme Court, has died at the age of 79, triggering a political showdown over his succession in the run-up to the presidential election. President Barack Obama ordered flags to fly at half-staff across the United States until the long-serving
Hopes for a ceasefire taking hold this week in Syria dimmed Sunday as Turkey renewed its shelling of Kurdish militants and Washington demanded Moscow end air strikes on rebels. Tensions over Syria have continued to mount despite the proposal from international powers in Munich on Friday for a "
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Sunday that Russia's efforts to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not succeed in keeping him in power. Jubeir told a press conference in Riyadh that previous efforts to prop up Assad, including by Iran, had "failed". "Now, (Assad
Haitian lawmakers early Sunday elected Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country's interim president to fill a power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence. Privert, 62, a senator and president of the National
Kendrick Lamar, the reflective rapper who is nominated for a near record haul of Grammys, enjoyed a hero's welcome Saturday as he returned to his hometown of Compton. The notoriously rough city in Los Angeles County, which gave birth to gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. in the 1980s, presented Lamar a
At least 30 people have been killed in fresh Boko Haram raids on two villages in northeast Nigeria, vigilantes told AFP Saturday, again calling into question President Muhammadu Buhari's claim that Nigeria had largely defeated the jihadist group. Gun and knife-toting assailants on bikes and in vans
Cuba's president Raul Castro awarded the country's highest honor to Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill on Saturday, hailing his role in the communist island's relations with Moscow. The 84-year-old president handed the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church the Order of Jose Marti, a Cuban
Venezuela's opposition said it will launch discussions Sunday aiming to devise a legal procedure within weeks to oust President Nicolas Maduro, whom it blames for the oil-rich country's economic crisis. "Tomorrow there will be a special day of debate among political leaders on this subject
"This is madness, this is not the solution!" said Nataly Orta, 48, at the locked gate of the Lider mall in eastern Caracas. "It's a drastic measure that will only create more unemployment and worsen an economy already in crisis." Authorities ordered more than 250 shopping centers
The European Commission on Saturday pledged to study a report claiming that Swedish furniture giant Ikea may have underpaid taxes by one billion euros between 2009 and 2014 due to aggressive tax strategies. Research commissioned by the Green/EFA group in the European Parliament claims to show that Ikea
Haitian lawmakers were set to elect an interim president Saturday to fill the power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his replacement was postponed over fears of violence. Dejan Belizaire and Edgar Leblanc Fils are former presidents of the Senate. The third candidate
A Venezuelan court has sentenced three men to 30 years in prison for the killing of a former beauty queen and her partner, prosecutors said Saturday. The court in the northern state of Carabobo convicted the men of "intentional homicide committed during a robbery" in the January 2014 attack
The Turkish military on Saturday hit targets of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Syrian regime in two separate incidents in response to incoming fire, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported. In line with the rules of engagement, the armed forces shelled targets of the PYD
A new tranche of 551 email documents from Hillary Clinton's private server released by the State Department on Saturday includes 84 that have been reclassified as "confidential" or "secret." The former top diplomat, a top White House candidate in the 2016 race, has been dogged
A convoy carrying medical aid on Saturday entered the besieged rebel-controlled Douma area, a flashpoint near the Syrian capital, the Red Crescent said. The aid consists of medicines and also milk for children, said Syrian Red Crescent director of operations Hazem Bakla, quoted by state news agency
The world has plunged into a "new Cold War", the Russian premier said Saturday, as Moscow came under attack at a global security gathering over its targeting of moderate rebels in Syria. US Secretary of State John Kerry told the Munich Security Conference that "the vast majority of Russia
A searing Italian documentary on Europe's refugee influx drew cheers Saturday at the Berlin film festival, which has rolled out the red carpet for pictures offering unique takes on the crisis. "Fire at Sea" by award-winning director Gianfranco Rosi, set on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa