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Portugal's only far-right deputy sparked outrage Wednesday after saying a black member of parliament should be "sent back to her country of origin".

Long road to freedom: fugitive giraffe legs it in Thailand

A giraffe that bolted from a convoy destined for a Thai safari park was on the run Wednesday, as vets scoured farmland near the escape zone in an almost 24-hour search gripping the public.

Berlin's panda twins ready for public debut

Two panda cubs born at Berlin Zoo last year charmed local media on Wednesday, a day before their debut in front of the general public.

Kobe Bryant's helicopter not equipped with vital warning system

The helicopter that crashed into a Los Angeles hillside killing NBA legend Kobe Bryant and eight others, was not equipped with vital software that alerts pilots when aircraft are too close to the ground, officials said.

French writer 'regrets' his paedophile sex tourism in Asia

French writer Gabriel Matzneff said in an interview Wednesday that he "regrets" his trips to Asia to have sex with children, claiming that at the time "no one ever said it was a crime".

Syria army says retakes key northwest town

Syrian government forces recaptured a strategic highway town in the northwest from jihadist and allied rebels Wednesday, in the latest blow to the country's last major opposition bastion.

Syria's Maaret al-Numan: from protest hub to ghost town

For years, Syria's Maaret al-Numan was a defiant hotspot for anti-government protests, before increased regime bombardment reduced it to a graffiti-daubed ghost town.

Syria army says retakes key northwest town

Syria government forces recaptured the strategic highway town of Maaret al-Numan from jihadist and allied rebels on Wednesday, the army said, returning for the first time in seven years.

Budapest's Banksy disciple sparks treasure hunts and nostalgia

Drawing inspiration from enigmatic British artist Banksy, a sculptor of tiny bronze statues has gained a cult following in the Hungarian capital Budapest by placing his quirky works around the city for the public to discover.

Sadness and hopes for future at EU's post-Brexit centre

In the tiny village of Gadheim in northern Bavaria, a lovingly laid out garden marked with regional, German and European flags marks the spot that will stand at the geographic centre of the European Union after Brexit.

'I'm never coming back': Lebanon crisis fuels brain drain

When Lebanon's protests erupted in October, thousands found a renewed commitment to their homeland and vowed to fix a country that has long fed its best and brightest to the diaspora.Then the economy unravelled.

Israeli President to address German MPs 75 years after Auschwitz

Israel's president will deliver a speech in Berlin on Wednesday to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp as fears re-emerge about the safety of Jews in Germany.

Post-Brexit UK faces '3D chess game' in world trade

The day after Brexit, "Global Britain" was meant to regain the buccaneering spirit of imperial times past and adopt a new vision for foreign trade. Reality has proven messier.

Swan song: N.Ireland looks to post-Brexit future

Violin-maker Martin McClean carves amber wood and plucks at delicate strings in his studio in Northern Ireland, surrounded by stacks of slender glinting tools and precious timber.

China battles virus spread with masks and disinfectant

At a deserted restaurant in China's capital, one black-and-white sign stands out among colourful the decor and neon signs advertising braised meat dishes: "this store has been disinfected today.

US E-11A communications plane down in Afghanistan

On Monday a US Air Force E-11A was brought down or crashed over Taliban-controlled territory in Ghazni province Afghanistan. The Taliban issued a statement shortly after the crash claiming they had shot the plane down.

Australia to quarantine Wuhan evacuees on asylum-seeker island

Australia plans to evacuate its citizens from the epicentre of the deadly virus outbreak in China and quarantine them on an island normally used to detain asylum seekers, according to proposals unveiled Wednesday.

Japanese evacuated from Wuhan describe fear in virus epicentre

Japanese citizens evacuated from the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak described an atmosphere of fear and confusion in the Chinese city and expressed relief as they arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Peru court orders Keiko Fujimori to return to prison

A Peruvian judge ordered opposition leader Keiko Fujimori to return to prison for a further 15 months' pre-trial detention Tuesday as part of an investigation into Latin America's sprawling Odebrecht corruption scandal.

Jewish settlers praise annexation, reject Palestinian state

In Maale Adumim, one of the largest Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, residents watched the unveiling of Donald Trump's peace plan with keen interest.

Powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake hits between Cuba and Jamaica

A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday. Witnesses reported strong shaking but there was no immediate word of casualties or heavy damage.

All nine bodies recovered from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash

Rescuers recovered the bodies of all nine victims from a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the coroner's office said Tuesday.

Airlines halt China flights as virus toll hits 132

Foreign airlines began suspending flights to and from China on Wednesday as global fears mounted over a coronavirus epidemic that has killed 132 people and infected nearly 6,000.

Colombia in extradition quandary over lawmaker arrested in Venezuela

Colombia said Tuesday it would seek the extradition of a fugitive former lawmaker arrested in Venezuela, though its refusal to recognize the government of President Nicolas Maduro presents a legal conundrum.

UN Security Council debates new violence in Yemen: diplomats

The UN Security Council convened Tuesday to discuss the crisis in Yemen, amid growing concern over the deteriorating situation and calls for the parties to re-engage in the political process, diplomats said.

Historians unveil rare photos of Sobibor death camp

Hundreds of newly discovered photographs, including some taken at the Sobibor death camp, represent a "quantum leap" in research into Nazi crimes against humanity, historians at the Berlin museum Topography of Terror said Tuesday.

Judging the gravity of the coronavirus outbreak

How serious is the coronavirus outbreak? What are its symptoms and how contagious is it? Experts studying the new virus, still have key questions to answer before they can assess its danger.

French firefighters demand better conditions in fiery Paris protest

Thousands of French firefighters on Tuesday took to the streets of Paris in a pyrotechnic protest to demand better working conditions, igniting flares and even setting their fireproof jackets alight.

Argentina president to head off on European tour to discuss debt

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez will begin his first tour of Europe on Wednesday with a visit to the Vatican, after which he will concentrate on trying to renegotiate the South American country's burdensome national debt.

Palestinians mobilise against Trump peace plan

Palestinians staged protests Tuesday against US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, hours before it was to be unveiled in Washington.

Virus update: Travel warnings and access to research articles

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued its highest travel warning on Monday, urging Americans to avoid all nonessential travel to China. Online publisher, Wiley is making all research on the virus available for free.

Syria regime forces recapture most of key rebel-held town

Regime forces on Tuesday recaptured most of Maaret al-Numan, a semi-deserted town of symbolic and strategic importance in Syria's last major rebel-held bastion, state media and a war monitor said.

Morales election pick returns to Bolivia, served subpoena

Luis Arce, the presidential candidate for Evo Morales's Movement for Socialism party, was immediately served with a subpoena as he returned to Bolivia on Tuesday following a self-imposed exile in Mexico.

Syrian regime forces storm key rebel-held town: monitor

Syrian regime forces on Tuesday stormed Maaret al-Numan, a rebel-held town of symbolic and strategic importance in the country's last major opposition bastion, a war monitor said.

US forces recover two bodies from jet crash site in Afghanistan

US forces on Tuesday recovered two bodies near the wreckage of a military jet that crashed in a Taliban-controlled area of eastern Afghanistan, after Afghan forces trying to reach the scene clashed with insurgents.

Hungary border patrol fires warning shots to stop crossings

Hungarian border guards on Tuesday fired warning shots to deter dozens of people from crossing from the Serbian side following a reported spike in attempts to get into the EU's passport-free zone.

France to airlift citizens from virus-hit Chinese city

France will send a plane this week to start evacuating its citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the centre of the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Tuesday as a fourth case was reported on French soil.

EU concerned over 'smear campaign' against Polish judges

European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova voiced concern over the Polish government's "smear campaign" against judges during a visit to Warsaw Tuesday to discuss the rule of law with authorities.

Danish newspaper's virus cartoon angers China

A Danish newspaper refused to apologise to China on Tuesday over a satirical cartoon it ran about the deadly new virus that has killed dozens and infected thousands more.

Jailed Catalan separatists let out for parliamentary hearing

Six Catalan separatists serving long jail terms for a failed 2017 independence bid were let out on Tuesday to testify at a hearing in the regional parliament.

Asian nations try to shield against deadly outbreak

Asian nations were ramping up defences against a deadly viral epidemic Tuesday, sealing borders, shuttering public places and clamping down on visitors from China.
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