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France's Macron to hold meeting on pensions as strike bites

Paris - French President Emmanuel Macron will on Sunday meet ministers involved in his radical pension reform which has prompted a nationwide strike and brought key transport services to a standstill.

Pearl Harbor veteran interred on sunken ship

Los Angeles - With speeches and salutes, veterans and officials on Saturday commemorated the 78th anniversary of the 1941 sneak attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor, which brought a previously reluctant United States into World War II.

Smoke haze settles over Australian capital as bushfires burn

Sydney - Smoke haze from bushfires raging in Australia spread to the capital Sunday, as firefighters raced to contain more than 140 blazes ahead of a heatwave forecast early this week.

Review: Christopher Reid wins men's 200 meter backstroke at the U.S. Open Special

Olympic swimmer Christopher Reid reigned supreme in the men's 200 meter backstroke competition at the 2019 Toyota U.S. Open.

At least 43 killed in Delhi factory fire

New Delhi - At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in India's capital New Delhi, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP.

Review: Cody Miller sets meet record at 2019 Toyota U.S. Open, wins big Special

The 2019 Toyota U.S. Open closed with a record-breaking night, and Olympic swimmer Cody Miller was an integral part of this year's competition.

Detained Canadians in China cut off from the world

Bejing - Two Canadians who disappeared into China's state security apparatus in what was widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese telecom executive remain secluded in detention a year on, without access to lawyers or family.

Hong Kong protesters aim for big turnout at rare sanctioned march

Fpo - Hong Kong democracy protesters are hoping for huge crowds later Sunday at a rally they have billed as a "last chance" for the city's pro-Beijing leaders in a major test for the six-month-old movement.

Review: Journeys evolve unexpectedly in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a common enemy that unites two armies; a trio of friends on an important and outrageous mission; a questionable tradition; another chapter in space diplomacy; and a young man who realizes a seemingly impossible dream.

Five questions on change and challenges in Abiy's Ethiopia

Addis Ababa - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is accepting the Nobel Peace Prize next week just as his country heads into what could be the most consequential year of its fraught political transition.

North Korea conducts 'very important test': KCNA

Seoul - North Korea said Sunday it had carried out a "very important test" at its space launch centre, as Pyongyang ramps up pressure on Washington over stalled nuclear talks.

Pro-poll regime trolls counter Algeria protest activists

Tunis - Social networks set alight the months-long protest movement against Algeria's establishment, but as a contentious presidential poll looms, bots and trolls are staging an online comeback to bolster the regime.

Meet Alexander Massialas: Two-time Olympic medalist fencer Special

Two-time Olympic medalist fencer Alexander Massialas chatted with Digital Journal about his plans for 2020, which include preparation for the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

On Ukraine frontline, soldiers fear Zelensky will give ground

Avdiyivka - A volley of gunfire breaks the silence of a foggy day on the frontline in Ukraine, but no one really pays attention.

High stakes: Myanmar's Lady gambles image in Rohingya genocide lawsuit

From democracy champion to defending Myanmar against genocide charges, the shock decision by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to face the UN's top court risks further damaging her image overseas and deepening the siege mentality at home.

Putin vs Zelensky: two very different presidents face off

Moscow - When Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky meet on Monday it will be an encounter between two very different presidents -- one an establishment strongman with years of experience, the other a neophyte rebel learning the ropes.

Air of menace as Britain's election gets nasty

Braintree - Candidates hoping to be elected to parliament in Britain have faced all manner of threats and abuse in a particularly hostile campaign, with some worried for their safety when out canvassing.

IMF and Ukraine reach tentative $5.5 bn aid deal

Washington - The International Monetary Fund said Saturday it had reached an agreement in principle with Ukraine on a new $5.5 billion, three-year aid program for the war-scarred country.

North Korea conducts 'very important test': KCNA

Seoul - North Korea has conducted a "very important test" at its Sohae satellite launch site, state media reported Sunday, as nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington remain deadlocked.

Suu Kyi set to make history in Hague genocide case

Den Haag - Former democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi is set to make legal history when she defends Myanmar in The Hague this week against charges of genocide targeting the Buddhist state's minority Rohingya Muslims.
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