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Cuba marks end of an era as Castro hands over

International Live: Cuba's new president Miguel Diaz-Canel on Thursday became the country's first leader in nearly 60 years who is not named Castro, pledging continuity for the Caribbean island during the historic transition of power. The silver-haired Diaz-Canel -- a top Communist Party figure who has served as first vice president since 2013 -- assumed power from Raul Castro, who himself... details

Gates warns new fight needed against resurgent malaria

International Live: Bill Gates warned Wednesday that malaria was back on the rise again and would continue to claim more lives worldwide unless governments reinvigorated their push to eradicate the disease. Malaria death rates have been in steady decline since 2000 but rose again in 2016 as progress towards eliminating the mosquito-borne preventable disease stalled. Microsoft co-founder... details

Key world reactions to US-led strikes on Syria

International Live: The US, France and Britain unleashed air strikes on Syria early Saturday targeting the Damascus regime in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack on civilians. Western powers said the strikes were necessary to halt the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Here is a selection of the main responses from across the world: Damascus's ally... details

Saudi crown prince round off US tour

International Live: Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman rounded off a weeks-long tour of the United States with a weekend in Texas, where he met Saturday with both former president Bushes. George H.W. Bush, 93, tweeted a photo of the prince with his son, George W. Bush. "A wonderful chance to celebrate the long-standing friendship between our two nations.", George Bush Senior... details

S. Korea’s Park jailed for 24 years for corruption

Live Correspondent: South Korea's disgraced former president Park Geun-hye was jailed for 24 years Friday for corruption, completing a dramatic fall from grace for the country's first woman leader who became a figure of public fury and ridicule. A trial which lasted more than 10 months and highlighted shady links between big business and politics in South Korea ended with Park being found... details

Putin arrives in Ankara for two-day visit

International Live: Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Ankara where he will hold talks with Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan and take part in a ceremony to launch the construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. According to the Kremlin press service, Putin is paying a two-day visit to Ankara at the invitation of the Turkish president. On Tuesday, the Turkish capital will... details

18 killed in Boko Haram attack

International Live: Boko Haram killed at least 18 people and wounded scores in coordinated attacks overnight on a military camp and villages around the flashpoint Nigerian city of Maiduguri, which they also tried to infiltrate across a defensive trench, officials said Monday. The brazen operation -- which unfolded around the very city where Boko Haram was born -- turned the spotlight on the... details

UN chief calls for Cold War mechanisms to avoid escalation

International Live: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on Thursday for restoring Cold War "mechanisms" to avoid escalation of tensions between Russia and the West, after the White House declared the expulsion of 12 Russian diplomats, among others, from its UN mission. "I am really concerned," he replied when asked if the increased tension warrants a revival of Cold War safety... details

Washington hails renegotiation of trade

International Live: The White House late Tuesday hailed the successful renegotiation of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, which they said expanded US access to the South Korean auto market while limiting US imports of Korean steel and aluminum. The White House also said talks were underway to finalize a side agreement prohibiting both countries from competitively devaluing their currencies to... details

Trump signs budget deal after raising

International Live: US President Donald Trump signed Congress’ newly passed $1.3 trillion spending bill on Friday, ending several hours of confusion spurred by a tweeted veto threat that raised the spectre of a government shutdown. White House and Capitol Hill aides had been left scrambling earlier in the day after Trump criticized the six-month spending bill, despite prior assurances... details

9 IS militants killed in eastern Afghan airstrikes

International live: At least nine militants of Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have been killed following airstrikes in two Afghan provinces, said command of special forces Friday. "The Afghan Special Operations Forces conducted an airstrike on Thursday, in Dih Bala district, Nangarhar province, against the IS terrorist group. As a result eight IS members were killed," Operational... details

UN chief alarmed by chemical attacks in Syria

International Live: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced alarm on Wednesday over allegations of chemical attacks in Syria and urged the Security Council to take action to address "such serious crimes." The appeal came after Guterres met on Tuesday with the head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which has investigated more than 70 cases of toxic gas... details

Cate Blanchett calls for increased aid for Rohingya refugees

Live Correspondent: UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett today warned of a “race against time” to protect Rohingya refugees from the worst impacts of the upcoming monsoon season in Bangladesh. Blanchett was visiting south-eastern Bangladesh where over 671,000 children, women and men from Myanmar have sought safety since last August. With wet season rains due next month, more... details