• Obama says world leaders 'rattled' by Trump

    US President Barack Obama on Thursday said that global leaders are "rattled" by some of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's policies, blasting the ideas as demonstrating "ignorance" of how the world works.

  • China hits back as G7 talk about economy

    World leaders focused Thursday on pumping up the global economy and worries over the growing clout of China -- which promptly told the G7 club of rich nations to mind its own business. Presidents and prime ministers from the Group of Seven huddled in Japan for two days of meetings, with the refugee

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  • Hiroshima trip will underscore 'very real' conflict risks: Obama

    Barack Obama said Thursday that his historic visit to Hiroshima will underline the dangers of warfare and the need to work towards peace. Obama, who will Friday become the only sitting US president ever to visit Hiroshima -- the site of the world's first nuclear bomb -- said the August 6, 1945 attack

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  • Trump secures enough delegates to clinch nomination: AP

    Donald Trump on Thursday secured the support of enough delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination, after unbound delegates pledged to back the billionaire, according to the Associated Press count. The Republican Party will not make the results official until its national convention in

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  • Hiroshima survivors recall nuclear bombing as Obama visits

    For survivors of the world's first nuclear attack, the day America unleashed a terrible bomb over the city of Hiroshima remains seared forever in their minds.

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  • Winnie-the-Pooh meets the queen in birthday story

    Winnie-the-Pooh meets Queen Elizabeth II and a little boy who looks just like her great-grandson Prince George in a new story published Thursday to mark both their 90th birthdays. A.A. Milne's honey-loving bear, who first appeared in a story in 1926, the year of the queen's birth, travels to

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  • Putin says EU needs Russia to stay on global stage

    Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed in an article published Thursday that the EU would not be a global player without his country's help as he prepared for his first visit to the bloc this year. "A rightful position of the Old Continent in the new international realities can only be secured

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  • Symbolic Greek migrant camp cleared as more die crossing Med

    The squalid Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece which became a symbol of Europe's migrant crisis has been fully evacuated, police said Thursday, as another 30 died crossing the Mediterranean. Idomeni camp had become a potent symbol of human suffering and chaos as Europe struggles with its worst

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  • Clinton: Email controversy won't affect my White House bid

    Hillary Clinton defended her use of a private email server for official correspondence while US Secretary of State, insisting her actions were no different than that of her predecessors. One day after the release of a critical State Department investigation faulting her use of personal email for government

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  • Ukraine bans Gorbachev for backing Crimea annexation

    Ukraine's security service said Thursday it had banned the last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev for backing Russia's annexation of Crimea. Ukraine's National Security Service (SBU) said the 85-year-old who presided over the breakup of the Soviet Union was barred from entering the country

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  • At least two killed in clashes as protests sweep DR Congo

    At least two people were reported killed Thursday as rallies across DR Congo against President Joseph Kabila turned violent, with police firing tear gas in the capital Kinshasa and the eastern city of Goma. Large numbers of riot police were deployed across the country for the rallies called by three

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  • Astronauts fail in bid to inflate temporary space station habitat

    A temporary habitat at the International Space Station failed to inflate Thursday and work was halted after the US space agency ran into problems expanding the module to full size. The new room, known as the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), is part of an experiment to test expandable habitats

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  • Uganda bombing mastermind and six accomplices found guilty

    The Ugandan ringleader of a 2010 bombing by the Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kampala was found guilty along with six accomplices on Thursday of masterminding one of the region's worst attacks in decades. Twin suicide blasts claimed by Somalia's Shebab targeted football fans

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  • Speculation abounds over new Taliban chief's leaked photo

    An ordinary, albeit strikingly clear, headshot of the secretive Afghan Taliban's newly appointed chieftain has triggered a flurry of speculation over the motive behind its release. A picture of Haibatullah Akhundzada was unofficially circulated on social media soon after he was declared the new

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  • Regilded archangel back atop France's Mont Saint-Michel

    The gilded Archangel Michael, resplendent after an expensive 10-week facelift, was airlifted on Thursday back to the top of the historic abbey on the French island of Mont Saint-Michel. Dozens of tourists cheered as engineers successfully lowered the 520-kilo (1,100-pound) copper statue, glinting in

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  • 'I still hate the glow of the sun': Hiroshima survivors' tales

    For survivors of the world's first nuclear attack, the day America unleashed a terrible bomb over the city of Hiroshima remains seared forever in their minds. On the occasion of Barack Obama's offering of a floral tribute on Friday at the cenotaph in Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park -- the first

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  • London mayor puts forward case against Brexit

    One month ahead of Britain voting on whether to stay in the European Union, London mayor Sadiq Khan urges people to vote to stay in the EU and says that Londoners could make all the difference.

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  • Clashes as France gripped by fresh wave of strikes

    Masked youths clashed with police in Paris and striking workers blockaded refineries and nuclear power stations on Thursday as an escalating wave of industrial action against labour reforms rocked France. Police fired tear gas at around 100 protesters who broke away from a march through the capital

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  • Lincoln anti-slavery documents sell for $4.57m in NY

    Two documents signed by Abraham Lincoln in his drive to abolish slavery in the 19th century have sold for more than $4.5 million in New York. Limited edition copies of the Emancipation Proclamation delivered on January 1, 1863 and the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery two years later, were issued

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  • More than 280,000 dead in Syria war, monitor says in new toll

    Syria's devastating war has killed more than 280,000 people, a monitoring group said on Thursday in a new toll for the five-year conflict. The toll of 282,283 includes 81,436 civilians, among them 14,040 children and 9,106 women, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory documented

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  • Global markets rise on optimism over oil, Greece

    Global optimism lifted equity markets Thursday, fuelled by oil breaking through $50 and a debt deal for Greece, but gains were curtailed by profit-taking pending G7 developments and any hints on the next US rate move. "The fresh leg higher in oil we saw overnight, with (Brent oil) breaking above

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  • Syrian Democratic Forces move towards Raqa

    US-backed Syrian fighters and Iraqi forces press twin assaults against the Islamic State group, in two of the most important ground offensives yet against the jihadists.

  • Up to 30 dead in shipwreck off Libya: EU naval force

    Up to 30 people are feared dead after a shipwreck off Libya, while about 50 migrants have been rescued from the waves, the EU's naval force said Thursday. "We estimate the dead to be between 20 and 30 people," captain Antonello de Renzis Sonnino, spokesman for the EU's Sophia military

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  • Taliban still bent on violence despite new leadership: Obama

    Hopes of negotiating peace with the Afghan Taliban's new leader were swiftly fading from all sides Thursday, as US President Barack Obama warned the extremist movement will continue killing in Afghanistan. "We anticipate the Taliban will continue an agenda of violence," he said. Obama

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  • Syrians risk 'starving' if aid access doesn't improve: UN envoy

    Many Syrian civilians will face starvation if Damascus and armed rebel groups do not allow greater access to humanitarian convoys carrying life-saving supplies, the UN envoy to the war-ravaged country said Thursday. There "are plenty of civilians at the moment in danger of starvation," Staffan

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