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Switzerland approves $1.3 bn in EU aid

Switzerland approves $1.3 bn in EU aid

Switzerland said Thursday it will provide more than a billion dollars in development aid to the European Union, as Bern seeks to stabilise its messy ties with Brussels.

Belarus says detained Ukrainian journalist built 'spy ring'

Belarus says detained Ukrainian journalist built 'spy ring'

The Belarusian KGB security service said Monday a detained Ukrainian radio journalist spied on Belarus for Kiev and built a ‘spy ring’ consisting of Belarusian nationals.

Netanyahu grilled for sixth time in graft probe: media

Netanyahu grilled for sixth time in graft probe: media

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned by police for a sixth time on Sunday over two suspected cases of corruption, media reports said.

Stunned Zimbabweans face uncertain future without Mugabe

Stunned Zimbabweans face uncertain future without Mugabe

Zimbabweans weighed an uncertain future Thursday without President Robert Mugabe after the army took power and placed the 93-year-old, a liberation hero turned authoritarian leader, under house arrest.

Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

Lebanon accuses Saudi Arabia of holding its PM hostage

Lebanon's president on Wednesday accused Saudi Arabia of holding hostage prime minister Saad al-Hariri along with his family - the first time he has explicitly said he was being held - and called this an act of aggression.

Power slips from Mugabe as military steps in

Power slips from Mugabe as military steps in

Zimbabwe's military appeared to be in control of the country Wednesday as generals denied staging a coup but used state television to vow to target ‘criminals’ close to President Robert Mugabe.

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

More governments manipulate media with 'bots,' trolls: study

More governments are following the lead of Russia and China by manipulating social media and suppressing dissent online in a grave threat to democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

Iran tells France nuclear deal 'not negotiable'

Iran tells France nuclear deal 'not negotiable'

Iran's nuclear deal is ‘not negotiable’, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi said Saturday in response to remarks by the French president.

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

Pro-independence Catalans to protest in Barcelona

A protest is expected in Barcelona Saturday calling for the release of jailed separatist leaders, the day after pro-independence Catalan parliamentarian Carme Forcadell was freed on bail.

EU sees 'limited' impact of Catalonia crisis on economy

EU sees 'limited' impact of Catalonia crisis on economy

The independence crisis in Catalonia has only made a very limited impact on the Spanish economy, EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Thursday.

Russian police detain 380 at anti-Putin protest: monitors

Russian police detain 380 at anti-Putin protest: monitors

Russian police detained at least 380 activists across the country on Sunday for holding unauthorised protests against President Vladimir Putin, a monitoring group said.

Don't 'underestimate' US, warns Trump as he kicks off Asia tour

Don't 'underestimate' US, warns Trump as he kicks off Asia tour

President Donald Trump Sunday issued a stern warning that ‘no dictator’ should underestimate the United States as he kicked off an Asian tour dominated by the North Korea nuclear crisis.