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China sacks varsity don who says Mao Zedong a devil

A Chinese professor, Shi Jiepeng, has been sacked after calling the founder of modern China Mao Zedong a “devil” on social media.

Blaze rips through Dubai skyscraper The Torch

Panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in the glitzy Gulf city state of Dubai early on Friday after a fire ripped through it, the second blaze to hit the skyscraper in as many years.

Australia PM brushes off leaked Trump phone transcript

Australia's prime minister Friday sought to downplay an unflattering account of a controversial refugee swap deal which emerged in a leaked transcript of a bad-tempered phone call with US President Donald Trump.

Police send ‘wish you were here’ postcards to wanted criminals

European police forces are sending a series of cheeky “wish you were here” postcards this summer in a bid to track down 21 of the continent’s most wanted criminals.

Grand jury convened in Trump-Russia probe

A special counsel investigating claims of Russian meddling in the US election has reportedly empanelled a grand jury.

‘Two plots’ in Australia plane terror investigation

Two men accused of a terror plot to bring down a plane with a bomb were also trying to build a device that could release toxic gas, Australian police allege.

Pope ‘loves China’, Vatican official says on trip to China

Pope Francis “loves China” and the Vatican hopes China has a great future, a Chinese state-run newspaper on Friday cited a visiting Vatican official as saying, in an expression of goodwill despite strained relations between the two.

China warns India against ‘military buildup’ on border

China says India has been building up troops along its side of the border and demands an "immediate withdrawal" amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region high in the Himalayas.

Turkey, Qatar vow to boost trade ties amid Gulf diplomatic crisis

Turkish and Qatari Economy Ministers on Thursday pledged to boost bilateral trade and investment at a business forum.

Polish govt condemns attack on Israeli football team

The Polish Government on Thursday condemned the attack by a group of hooligans on members of the Israeli Football Club, Hapoel Petah Tikva near Warsaw, which the Israeli embassy said was motivated by anti-semitism.

Thousands attend Gay Pride in Jerusalem

Thousands of revellers attended Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade under police protection on Thursday, bringing the rainbow flag to the traditionally conservative city.

Three men sentenced to life in prison for planning attacks in Britain

A London court on Thursday sentenced three men who had planned attacks in Britain to life in prison.

Philippines’ Duterte calls North Korea’s Kim a ‘maniac’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has described North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a "maniac" who could destroy Asia by touching off a nuclear war.

Concern voiced over Italy’s anti-migrant mission

Human Rights Watch, the rights advocacy group, has given warning that Italy's naval mission to prevent refugees and migrants from setting sail from Libya for Europe could see Italy commit human-rights abuses.

Donald Trump signs ‘flawed’ Russia sanctions bill

US President Donald Trump has grudgingly signed into law new sanctions against Russia, a move Moscow says amounted to a full-scale trade war and an end to hopes for better ties with Washington.

Trump backs drastic changes to legal immigration

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threw his weight behind efforts to give English-speakers priority for US residency cards and halving the number of legal migrants admitted to the country.

Rouhani vows to end isolation amid fresh US sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed to continue his efforts to end the country's isolation as he was sworn in for a second term, a day after US President Donald Trump signed a bill increasing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

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