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People lay flowers at the grave of Communist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg at the Monument for the Socialists at Berlin’s Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery on January 13, 2019, to mark the hundredth anniversary of her death. Thousands from across the world gathered in Berlin to mark the 100th anniversary of the murder of revolutionaries Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. John MACDOUGALL / AFP

Gloomy German left remembers murdered Rosa Luxemburg

Deep in a period of historic weakness, Germany’s sharply divided left-wing parties commemorate Sunday the larger-than-life revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg on the 100th anniversary of her murder.
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‘The Favourite’ lands 12 Bafta Film Awards nominations

‘The Favourite’ leads the nominations for the 2019 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
Nano satellites

In space, the US sees a rival in China

During the Cold War, US eyes were riveted on the Soviet Union’s rockets and satellites. But in recent years, it has been China’s space programs that have most worried US strategists.
Cuba has celebrated the 60th anniversary of its communist revolution with its leader Raul Castro criticising the United States for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation.

Cuba celebrates 60 years since Castro’s communist revolution

Cuba has celebrated the 60th anniversary of its communist revolution with its leader Raul Castro criticising the United States for returning to an outdated path of confrontation with the island nation.
Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter: US, China should partner in Africa

Former US president Jimmy Carter warned on Monday of the risks of sliding into a Cold War with China and called on the powers to find common cause on African development.
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a conference as part of a summit called to attempt to find a lasting political solution to the civil war in Syria which has claimed in excess of 350 000 lives, at Vahdettin Mansion in Istanbul, on October 27, 2018. - The leaders of Turkey, Russia, France and Germany are set to meet in Istanbul to try to find a lasting political solution to the Syrian civil war and salvage a fragile ceasefire in a rebel-held northern province. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP)

Vladimir Putin hails ‘successful’ test of new hypersonic missile

“On my instructions, the Ministry of Defence prepared and conducted a final test of this system. This has just been completed with absolute success,” Putin said during a televised meeting with members of the government.
Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February. Reuters

Cuban legislators approve draft of new constitution

Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February.
Vladimir Yermakov

Report: Russia ready to discuss inspections with US on arms treaty

Russia has expressed its readiness to discuss mutual inspections with the U.S. in order to save the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on prior to the start of the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, on October 24, 2018. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ - AFP)

Angela Merkel to attend funeral for George Bush

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to attend the funeral service for former U.S. President, George H W Bush, to be held in the National Cathedral in Washington, Merkel’s spokesman announced in Berlin on Monday.
Anne McClain, Oleg Kononenko, and David Saint-Jacques on space mission today

Russian, Canadian, American woman begin space mission

The first manned space mission to the International Space Station since an unprecedented accident in October, which raised concerns about Moscow’s Soviet-designed spacecraft, will launch on Monday.
George H.W. Bush

Week of solemn tributes for the late George Bush

Flags flew at half-staff across the United States on Saturday as Americans prepared for a week of solemn tributes to George H.W. Bush, in his home state of Texas and in the US Capitol, a day after the former president died aged 94.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks at the start of a plenary session at the European Parliament on October 2, 2018 in Strasbourg, eastern France. The Parliament is due to debate on next October 18 and 19 European Council and consider legislation on curbing CO2 emissions from new cars. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN

Jean-Claude Juncker: George Bush made Europe ‘safer, more united’

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker hailed US president George H.W. Bush on Saturday for the part he played in bringing unity and peace to Europe after the Cold War.

Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton extol George H.W. Bush’s leadership

U.S. President Donald Trump and wife, Melania have mourned the death of former president George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday night at the age of 94.
Soldiers from both Koreas within the Demilitarized Zone last month. Both sides have taken steps this year to ease tensions on the border, which a North Korean soldier crossed on Saturday. Ministry of National Defense-EPA, via Shutterstock

North Korean soldier defects to South across border

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea on Saturday across their heavily fortified land border, which the two sides have begun to demilitarise as relations between the Cold War-era foes warm, the South’s military said.

Ex-US President George HW Bush passes on at 94

George H.W. Bush was the definition of establishment success: Yale graduate. Prosperous business career. Forty-first president of the United States.
Zheng Zeguang

China says nobody can stand in its way in Pacific Island cooperation

No country can block China’s cooperation with island nations in the Pacific and the area is no country’s sphere of influence, a senior diplomat said on Tuesday.
US President Donald Trump (2nd L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R) speak together as they are flnaked by US First Lady Melania Trump (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (R) during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris on November 11, 2018 as part of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. (Photo by BENOIT TESSIER / POOL / AFP)

Emmanuel Macron snubs US arms in defence spat with Donald Trump

Europe should not spend higher defence budgets on US-made weapons, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an interview due to air Sunday, after a defence row with President Donald Trump.
US President Donald Trump (L) speaks s with French president Emmanuel Macron prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on November 10, 2018, on the sidelines of commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the 11 November 1918 armistice, ending World War I. Christophe Petit-Tesson / POOL / AFP

Emmanuel Macron hosts Donald Trump amid row over European defence

US President Donald Trump met French President Emmanuel Macron for talks in Paris on Saturday ahead of a weekend of World War 1 commemorations that risk being overshadowed by a row over Macron's calls for a European army, which Trump has branded "insulting".

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This image taken from an AFP TV footage shows people in a street as a gunfight was underway following a blast at a hotel and office complex in a leafy Nairobi neighbourhood on January 15, 2019. – A blast at the DusitD2 compound, which includes a hotel and several office buildings housing international companies, was heard from AFP’s offices some five kilometres (three miles) away. (Photo by Raphael AMBASU / AFP)

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