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Arrested Indonesian parliament speaker pleads to keep his job

Arrested Indonesian parliament speaker pleads to keep his job

Indonesia's speaker of parliament, who was arrested last week over his alleged role in a $170 million graft case, has sent a letter from his cell to house leaders pleading to be allowed to keep his job while he fights the charges.

US sanctions 13 Chinese and N.Korean organizations

US sanctions 13 Chinese and N.Korean organizations

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade of commodities like coal.

China says it respects Mugabe's decision to resign

China says it respects Mugabe's decision to resign

China said on Wednesday that it respects Robert Mugabe's decision to resign as Zimbabwe's president, a week after the African country's army and Mugabe's former political allies moved to end his four decades of rule.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa to be sworn in as president on Friday

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as president on Friday following the resignation of Robert Mugabe after nearly four decades in power, state broadcaster ZBC reported on Wednesday.

N. Korea defector regains consciousness, video shows dramatic escape

N. Korea defector regains consciousness, video shows dramatic escape

North Korean border guards were only steps behind a fellow North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the South Korean side, a video released on Wednesday by the UN Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.

Uber paid hackers to cover up massive data breach

Uber paid hackers to cover up massive data breach

Uber Technologies Inc paid hackers $100,000 to keep secret a massive breach last year that exposed the personal information of about 57 million accounts of the ride-service provider, the company said on Tuesday.

Political grandees press parties to compromise for stability of govt

Political grandees press parties to compromise for stability of govt

Two veteran allies of Chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to Germany’s parties yesterday to strike a compromise and form a stable government that could drag Europe’s biggest economy out of a political impasse.

German MPs battle it out in parliament

German MPs battle it out in parliament

Germany’s normally-sedate parliament held a turbulent session yesterday as the nation faced up to the threat of early elections following the collapse of talks to form a new coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel’s leadership.

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

PM quashes bid to make French less macho

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has clamped down on attempts to make French more female-friendly, issuing a ban on so-called “inclusive writing” in official texts, according to a memo seen by AFP yesterday.

Truckers block borders over EU rule changes

Truckers block borders over EU rule changes

Hundreds of truckers blocked France’s borders with Italy and Belgium yesterday, angry at EU rule changes that they say fail to protect them from low-cost eastern European competition.

Free wheelin’ in New York: the Big Apple bike boom

Free wheelin’ in New York: the Big Apple bike boom

Expanding bike lanes, handing out free helmets and making lessons free: New York is making great strides in encouraging pedal power at the expense of exhaust fumes, even if some cyclists are still nervous about navigating bottleneck traffic.

Nebraska okays Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

Nebraska okays Keystone XL pipeline route in win for Trump

Nebraska regulators voted on Monday to approve a route for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline through the state, lifting the last big regulatory obstacle for the long-delayed project that US President Donald Trump wants built.

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