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  • Insight - Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help
    Insight - Unable to halt Europe-bound migrants, Tripoli demands help Reuters - 31 minutes ago

    By Ulf Laessing TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Europe cannot halt the deadly traffic of African migrants across the Mediterranean unless it ends a boycott of forces that have seized power in the Libyan capital and helps authorities there cope, the de facto government in Tripoli said. Chaos and civil war since NATO warplanes helped topple dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 have turned the North African country into the launching point for human traffickers smuggling tens of thousands of people across the Mediterranean. Libya's rulers have rounded up thousands of Europe-bound African migrants in makeshift detention centres. More »

  • Nepal children at risk after earthquake
    Nepal children at risk after earthquake Al Jazeera - 36 minutes ago

    Welfare system stretched as more than 1.7 million children are affected by quake. More »

  • Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff
    Poles vote in cliffhanger presidential election runoff Associated Press - 51 minutes ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles were voting Sunday in the final round of a cliffhanger presidential election race between the conservative incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski and an even more conservative challenger. More »

  • Egyptian court acquits 17 charged for protest at which activist killed
    Egyptian court acquits 17 charged for protest at which activist killed Reuters - 1 hour 0 minutes ago

    By Haitham Ahmed CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian court on Saturday acquitted 17 people of violating a strict protest law earlier this year at a march commemorating a 2011 uprising, judicial sources said, a rare decision since Egypt introduced the statute in late 2013. The demonstration in January caught the world's attention after the death of 32-year-old protester Shaimaa Sabbagh was caught on video. The public prosecutor has separately charged a police officer who allegedly fired birdshot to try to disperse the protest in connection with Sabbagh's death. More »

  • Nigerian military says killed scores of Boko Haram militants, rescued 20 women …
    Nigerian military says killed scores of Boko Haram militants, rescued 20 women … Reuters - 1 hour 2 minutes ago

    Nigeria's armed forces killed scores of Boko Haram militants and rescued 20 women and children as part of an operation in the Sambisa forest, the group's remaining hideout in the northeast of Africa's most populous nation, the military said on Saturday. In a statement, military spokesman Major General Chris Olukolade said one soldier was killed in a landmine explosion during Friday's operation and around 10 others were injured. More »

  • Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital
    Dozens killed in al Shabaab fighting in Somalia, attacks in capital Reuters - 1 hour 6 minutes ago

    By Feisal Omar and Abdi Sheikh MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Fighting in south Somalia between al Shabaab militants and government forces killed at least 24 people, while a rebel attack in the capital killed three Transport Ministry workers and a lawmaker, officials and the group said on Saturday. Al Shabaab launched an attack on government troops late on Friday in the Awdigle district and Mubarak village in the Lower Shabelle region, south of the capital Mogadishu. In two gun attacks in the capital, the group, which wants to topple the Western-backed government, killed three people working for the Transport Ministry and in another assault shot dead a lawmaker, police and a parliamentarian said. More »

  • Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean side
    Women activists cross DMZ to mixed reception on South Korean side Reuters - 1 hour 8 minutes ago

    By James Pearson PAJU, South Korea (Reuters) - A group of international women activists crossed the heavily-fortified Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea on Sunday in what they said was a symbolic act for peace. North and South Korea are still technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty. Despite its name the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized and fortified borders in the world. More »

  • Malaysia home minister 'says mass graves found'
    Malaysia home minister 'says mass graves found' AFP - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    Malaysia's home minister has announced that mass graves have been found in the country's north near detention camps run by human traffickers, a report said Sunday. More »

  • Iran says OPEC unlikely to change output ceiling - Mehr news agency
    Iran says OPEC unlikely to change output ceiling - Mehr news agency Reuters - 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    OPEC is unlikely to change its production ceiling when the group meets in June, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. "Lowering OPEC's production ceiling requires consensus between all members ... under current conditions it seems unlikely that the OPEC production ceiling will change," Zanganeh was quoted as saying. Last month, Zanganeh said the producing group should cut its target daily crude production by at least 5 percent, or approximately 1.5 million barrels per day. More »

  • Ruling party seen winning as Ethiopians vote, opponents complain
    Ruling party seen winning as Ethiopians vote, opponents complain Reuters - 1 hour 18 minutes ago

    By Aaron Maasho and Drazen Jorgic ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopians voted on Sunday in a parliamentary election that is expected to hand a landslide win to the ruling party, which boasts about delivering strong economic growth while opponents say it has trampled on political freedoms.     In power for almost a quarter of a century, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) has overseen the transformation of a nation that was on its knees after communist purges and famine to one that now attracts foreign investors.     But critics say it allows little room for dissent. The outgoing parliament of 547 seats had just one opposition member.     Experts do not expect a dramatic shift in opposition fortunes in this election, which is set to return Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn to office for another five years.     "I will give my vote to the ruling party because I do not have faith in the opposition parties’ ability to govern," said graphic designer Yohannes Seife, 24, speaking before state radio announced that polls had opened. More »

  • Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital - activist
    Burundi opposition figure shot dead in capital - activist Reuters - 1 hour 30 minutes ago

    By Clement Manirabarusha and Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard were shot dead in the capital by gunmen on Saturday, a civil society activist and residents said, adding to tensions after a month of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's bid for a third term. Zedi Feruzi, the head of opposition party UPD, and his bodyguard were killed in the Ngagara district, Anshere Nikoyagize, the head of the civil society group Ligue ITEKA, told Reuters. Burundi is facing its deepest crisis since the end of an ethnically fuelled civil war in 2005. More »

  • Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return
    Ethiopia votes with ruling party set to return AFP - 1 hour 33 minutes ago

    Ethiopia was Sunday holding its first general elections since the death of strongman Meles Zenawi in 2012, with his successor Hailemariam Desalegn all but certain to stay in power. More »

  • Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal
    Local elections in Spain test upstart parties' voter appeal Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    MADRID (AP) — Local elections in much of Spain could see two upstart parties end nearly four decades of dominance by the conservative Popular Party and the center-left Socialists. More »

  • Next-generation plane engines take a LEAP towards delivery
    Next-generation plane engines take a LEAP towards delivery AFP - 1 hour 39 minutes ago

    French President Francois Hollande (C) poses with the CEOs of US technical group Albany, Joseph G. Morone (L) and of French aerospace engineering company Safran, Jean-Paul Herteman, in front of a "LEAP" ... More »

  • War pushes South Sudan's economy to the brink
    War pushes South Sudan's economy to the brink AFP - 1 hour 48 minutes ago

    File picture shows spent munitions lying on the ground at an abandoned oil treatment facility at Thar Jath in Unity State, South Sudan More »

  • US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple
    US cop acquitted in shooting death of unarmed black couple AFP - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    A white Cleveland police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car and fired dozens of rounds at an unarmed black couple in 2012 was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter. More »

  • Jordan concerned about growing support for ISIL
    Jordan concerned about growing support for ISIL Al Jazeera - 1 hour 54 minutes ago

    Officials in city of Maan warn that high unemployment and poverty can push young men to join armed group. More »

  • IS seizes Iraqi side of key Syria border crossing
    IS seizes Iraqi side of key Syria border crossing AFP - 2 hours 22 minutes ago

    The Islamic State group seized the Iraqi side of a key border crossing with Syria after isolated government forces pulled out, a police officer and a provincial official said. More »

  • Spain votes in key test for new political forces
    Spain votes in key test for new political forces AFP - 2 hours 25 minutes ago

    Spaniards started voting Sunday for mayors and regional leaders in a key test for new protest parties that could herald a historic change in Spain's political landscape ahead of a general election. More »

  • Burundi activists suspend govt talks as opposition figure killed
    Burundi activists suspend govt talks as opposition figure killed AFP - 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    Activists in Burundi behind weeks of protests against President Pierre Nkurunziza's controversial bid to seek a third term said Sunday they were suspending talks with the government after the murder of an opposition figure. More »

  • Poles vote in presidential cliffhanger
    Poles vote in presidential cliffhanger AFP - 2 hours 33 minutes ago

    Poles began voting Sunday in the second round of a too-close-to-call presidential election with incumbent centrist Bronislaw Komorowski trying to fend off the populist challenge of conservative newcomer Andrzej Duda. More »

  • Ethiopia votes with ruling party expected to win
    Ethiopia votes with ruling party expected to win Al Jazeera - 2 hours 43 minutes ago

    Analysts say election falls far short of open competition as PM Desalegn is all but certain to stay in office. More »

  • 52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus
    52 dead in China floods, including 2 kids on overloaded bus Associated Press - 2 hours 48 minutes ago

    BEIJING (AP) — The death toll in China's latest round of flooding has risen to at least 52, including two schoolchildren aboard a bus carrying more than twice its authorized passenger load that plunged into a pond, authorities said. More »

  • Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border
    Peace activists make rare crossing of North-South Korea border AFP - 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    An international group of women peace activists, led by American feminist Gloria Steinem, made a rare crossing on Sunday of one of the world's most militarised borders between North and South Korea. More »

  • Renault in Turkey offers concessions to striking workers
    Renault in Turkey offers concessions to striking workers Reuters - 2 hours 58 minutes ago

    The Turkish arm of French carmaker Renault (RENA.PA) on Saturday offered concessions including a cash lump sum to striking workers if they return to work. Production at the company's joint venture Oyak Renault has been halted for a week in a dispute with workers over pay and working conditions, which has also affected other producers in the northwest city of Bursa, including Tofas (TOASO.IS) and Ford (F.N) unit Ford Otosan (FROTO.IS). In a statement on Saturday, Oyak Renault said workers would not face disciplinary action, and would receive a cash payment of 1000 Turkish lira ($370) if production resumed at midnight on Monday. More »

  • Spain's 'Indignados' out to conquer city halls
    Spain's 'Indignados' out to conquer city halls AFP - 3 hours ago

    The Spanish "Indignado" protesters who inspired the worldwide Occupy movement are out to conquer city halls and regional governments across Spain in elections on Sunday. More »

  • 'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide
    'Bold' Ireland votes to legalize gay marriage in landslide Associated Press - 3 hours ago

    DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland's citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a "social revolution." More »

  • Indonesia begins search for migrant boats
    Indonesia begins search for migrant boats AFP - 3 hours ago

    Indonesia has begun search and rescue operations for stranded migrant boats carrying Bangladeshis and ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar, an official said on Sunday, after it dropped a hardline policy of refusing them sanctuary. More »

  • Fighting partly destroys Yemeni-Saudi border crossing - witnesses
    Fighting partly destroys Yemeni-Saudi border crossing - witnesses Reuters - 3 hours ago

    Saudi forces and Yemen's Houthi militia traded heavy artillery fire which blew up part of the main border crossing between the two countries overnight, residents said on Sunday, an escalation of the two-month war. The Haradh border crossing, the largest for passengers and goods between the world's top oil exporter, Saudi Arabia, and its impoverished neighbour, was evacuated amid shelling which razed its departure lounge and passport section, witnesses said. Saudi Arabia has led an Arab coalition bombing the Houthis and backing southern Yemeni fighters opposing the group and loyal to the exiled government in Saudi Arabia headed by President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. More »

  • Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of …
    Cleveland protests erupt after officer found not guilty in fatal shooting of … Reuters - 3 hours ago

    By Aaron Josefczyk and Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) - A Cleveland police officer was found not guilty on Saturday in the shooting deaths of an unarmed black man and a woman after a high-speed car chase in 2012, one in a series of cases that have raised questions over police conduct and race relations in the United States. Judge John O'Donnell said Officer Michael Brelo, 31, acted reasonably in shooting the two suspects while standing on the hood of their surrounded car and firing multiple rounds through the windshield. Protesters took to Cleveland streets on Saturday night as police patrolled in riot gear. More »