Trump offered Democrats a limited immigration ‘compromise’ to end the shutdown. Democrats say it’s a ‘hostage taking.’

President Donald Trump offered protection for so-called Dreamers, who are undocumented immigrants brought to the United States when they were children, as well as other groups of immigrants, in exchange for funding for his border wall in a televised address from the White House on Saturday. Read More

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Some 170 migrants missing in two Mediterranean incidents

An estimated 170 migrants have been lost in the Mediterranean in two incidents involving dinghies that left from Libya and Morocco, migrants organisations said on Saturday.One dinghy was spotted sinking in rough waters on Friday by an Italian military plane on patrol. The plane dropped two safety rafts into the water but had to leave... Continue Reading →

Iran denies ties to Afghan held in Germany for spying” –

Iran on Saturday denied having any link to an Afghan-German man suspected of spying for Tehran, suggesting his arrest in Germany was part of efforts to mar EU-Iran relations, the state news agency IRNA reported. Germany's federal prosecutor's office said on Tuesday that a 50-year-old Afghan-German dual national who worked for the German military had... Continue Reading →

U.S. says its air strike kills 52 militants who attacked Somali base

The U.S. military launched an air strike in Somalia on Saturday, killing 52 Islamists who had attacked a Somali military base earlier in the day, it said.The air strike targeted al Shabaab fighters who had rammed into the military base near Jilib, 370 km (230 miles) southwest of the capital Mogadishu using a suicide car... Continue Reading →

Rohingya insurgents attack police in western Myanmar, wounding six – state TV

Six Myanmar border guard police have been wounded in an attack by Rohingya Muslim insurgents in Rakhine state, government media reported on Saturday, amid fears of escalating violence in the region. About 10 armed attackers from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) ambushed a border guard post near Wet Kyein village in Maungdaw township in... Continue Reading →

Cuba, Colombia face standoff over extradition request for ELN rebels

Cuba has sidestepped the Colombian government's request for it to extradite 10 Marxist rebel commanders on the island for peace talks after Bogota blamed their National Liberation Army (ELN) for a car bomb on Thursday that killed 21 people. Cuba's foreign minister said in a tweet late on Friday the country would respect the protocols... Continue Reading →

Merkel eyes closer cooperation in EU defence systems

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday the European Union must deepen cooperation in defence and in particular weapons systems development, warning Germans that they may need to make compromises on strict export controls. In a bid to counter growing eurosceptic nationalism before elections to the European Parliament in May, Merkel has stressed the importance... Continue Reading →

Bulgaria charges six after terrorism financing arrests

Bulgarian prosecutors have charged five Syrian citizens and a Bulgarian woman alleged to be members of a crime group which had sent more than 25 million euros ($28 million) to foreign terrorist organisations since 2016.Bulgarian special police forces arrested 43 people on Friday in coordinated raids on a suspected terrorism financing ring. Read More

We have had enough’ say Hungarians rallying against PM Orban

Several thousand Hungarians demonstrated in Budapest on Saturday against Prime Minister Viktor Orban and a new overtime law that has drawn workers out to the streets in several protest rallies. Marching through central Budapest behind a banner saying "We have had enough", protesters waved Hungary's national tricolour and the European Union flag on their way... Continue Reading →

Anarchist group claims December attack on Athens church

An anarchist group on Saturday said it was responsible for an explosive device that wounded a police officer and a civilian outside a church in central Athens last month. The group, which calls itself the 'Iconoclastic Sect', made the claim on a Spanish web page, and said December's attack outside the Saint Dionysios church in... Continue Reading →

More than 10,000 protest in Belgrade against Serbian president

More than 10,000 people marched through Belgrade on Saturday evening to protest against the rule of President Aleksandar Vucic and his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), demanding media freedom as a precondition for free and fair elections. Protesters brought together by the Alliance for Serbia, a loose grouping of 30 opposition parties and organisations, wore badges... Continue Reading →

Yellow Vests’ march through Paris in 10th weekend of protests

Five thousand "Yellow Vest" demonstrators marched through the French capital on Saturday, marking a tenth consecutive weekend of protests against President Emmanuel Macron's government. Protesters assembled by the Invalides esplanade near the Assemblee Nationale parliament and marched through the city's Left Bank. The demonstrations were peaceful, although many shops had nevertheless shut in case of... Continue Reading →

Syrian opposition sees window for political solution in Syria

Syria now has a good opportunity to reach a political solution to its devastating eight-year war as ceasefires have brought calm to many areas of the country, Syria's chief opposition negotiator said on Saturday."I think now that we have an opportunity, because nearly in Syria we have a ceasefire now, in the northeast of Syria... Continue Reading →

At least three migrants dead after dinghy sinks off Libyan coast

At least three people died at sea on Friday after a rubber dinghy carrying around 20 migrants ran into trouble in the Mediterranean some 100 km north of Tripoli, an Italian navy official said.Three people had been saved while the others were missing, the Italian navy said.Rear Admiral Fabio Agostini told state TV channel RaiNews24... Continue Reading →

Murdered Polish mayor’s funeral draws crowd of 45,000 in Gdansk

Murdered Gdansk mayor Pawel Adamowicz's funeral drew tens of thousands of people in the Polish Baltic coast city on Saturday amid outrage over his murder six days ago.Banners with black and white pictures of Adamowicz were draped over buildings as Polish politicians including former president Lech Walesa, who helped to overturn communism in Eastern Europe,... Continue Reading →

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