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Obama's final hours in the White House

US President Barack Obama, his daughter Sasha (L) and wife Michelle celebrate on stage, 7 November 2012 in Chicago. Obama swept to re-election, forging history again by transcending a slow economic recovery and the high unemployment which haunted his first term to beat Republican Mitt Romney.
19 Jan 2017
Eight tumultuous years at the helm of American power have come and gone, and for President Barack Obama, this is finally the end. The president is spending his last full day at the White House on Thursday before becoming an ex-president....

US intelligence agencies clash with Republicans over 'Russian hacking'

Republicans said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has refused their requests for full briefings of Congress' two intelligence committees (Photo: Carlos Barria, Reuters). 
18 Dec 2016
Republican members of Congress are complaining that US intelligence agencies are refusing to brief them widely on a classified CIA report that concluded Russia hacked Democratic Party data in an effort to help Donald Trump win the...

Ties between Russia and the Taliban worry Afghan, US officials

08 Dec 2016
Afghan and American officials are increasingly worried that any deepening of ties between Russia and Taliban militants fighting to topple the government in Kabul could complicate an already precarious security situation.   Russian...

Colombia plane crash: jet may have run out of fuel

Colombia plane crash
30 Nov 2016
As air safety officials begin their investigation into the deadly crash of LAMIA flight 2933 near Medellin, Colombia, the final resting place of the jet's wreckage may prove to be a central clue in determining why the airplane crashed...

Fillon vs Juppe: how French right's presidential hopefuls shape up

Alain Juppe and Francois Fillon
28 Nov 2016
Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe, the two men duelling for the presidential nomination of the French right, both advocate deep economic reforms, including scrapping the 35-hour work week, a sacred cow of the French left. But the two former...

High turnout as French conservatives choose candidate to battle far-right for presidency

French politician Francois Fillon, member of the conservative Les Republicains political party, attends a final rally ahead of Sunday's first round of vote to choose the conservative candidate for France's presidential election in Paris, France, November 18, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
27 Nov 2016
Two former prime ministers went head-to-head on Sunday in a runoff vote for France's center-right presidential nomination, with the victor expected to face a showdown against a resurgent far-right in May. The winner, either Francois...

Two dead in shootings outside US stores on Black Friday

26 Nov 2016
A Good Samaritan who tried to stop a woman being assaulted was shot to death outside a Texas Walmart packed with shoppers on Black Friday. Another man in New Jersey was also killed outside a mall, authorities said.   At a San Antonio...

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies at 90

Then Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro attends manoeuvres during the 19th anniversary of his and his fellow revolutionaries arrival on the yacht Granma, in Havana in this November 1976 file photo. REUTERS/Prensa Latina/File Photo
26 Nov 2016
Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday, his younger brother announced to the nation. He was 90. A...

China orders Xinjiang residents to surrender passports to police

25 Nov 2016
Millions of residents in China's northwestern Xinjiang region have been ordered to surrender their passports to local police, in a move rights groups say is an attack on personal freedom. The order came from the Shihezi Public...

At least five killed in Iran passenger train crash: TV

25 Nov 2016
Two passenger trains collided in Iran's north-central province of Semnan on early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 20 others, Iran's state television reported. "So far the death toll has reached to five....