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Donald Trump says Emmanuel Macron had been very insulting by describing Nato as brain dead ahead of summit marking the Western military alliance's 70th anniversary both are to attend

Prague breaks up sister city agreement with Beijing after conflict over political language in partner contract, instead becomes sister cities with Taipei, China responds by cancelling planned concerts with Czech ensembles

Growing interest for space tourism exposes limitations in current space laws which are written with research and defense in mind, no clear legal guidelines for space hotels which risk being regulated as ballistic missiles

Leaked email claims UN’s watchdog in Syria doctored report on alleged chemical attack in Douma in April 2018, scientist employed by Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons says investigations in Douma produced no evidence alleged gas attack took place

Swedish prosecutor drops rape investigation against Julian Assange, saying there is not enough evidence to indict Assange, ends near decade-old case which sent him into hiding in London’s Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition

At least 12 killed in protests in Iran against a 50 percent increase in fuel prices, the full extent of the demonstrations are still unknown due to a precautionary nationwide shut down of the internet by the country's National Security Council, according to local activists the protests have spread to over 100 cities and the death toll has surpassed 40

Julian Assange appears via video link from high-security Belmarsh prison at court hearing ahead of extradition battle to get him to the US, his lawyers say he has been given a computer not suitable to prepare for case

One person killed in Iranian city Sirjan during protests erupting around the country after government imposed gasoline rationing and price hikes of at least 50%, Iran have faced economic pressure since last year when US withdrew from nuclear deal and reimposed sanctions

Police find 41 mainly Afghan male migrants alive in back of refrigerated truck on motorway Greece, no one was injured and refrigeration system was not turned on, the Georgian driver was arrested and taken into custody

Chile pulls out of hosting UN COP25 climate summit in December and Apec trade forum in January amid mass protests, president Sebastián Piñera says decision is painful but government needs to prioritise re-establishing public order, UN now needs to find alternative venues

Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters have withdrawn from 30 km safe zone near Syrian-Turkish border within deadline set by Ankara and Moscow, Russia informs Turkey, Russian and Turkish forces due to conduct joint patrols of 10 km strip on Syrian side of border

President Trump announces death of ISIS terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in successful US military operation in northwest Syria Saturday night, al-Baghdadi was "whimpering and crying" and detonated an explosive vest as US forces stormed his compound, Trump says

Donald Trump announces permanent ceasefire between Turkey and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and that US lifts sanctions on Ankara implemented following invasion of north-eastern Syria

Viktor Orbán warns Hungary will use force to fend off new wave of migrants if Turkey make good on threat to flood Europe with 3.6 million refugees, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned EU last week not to criticize his invasion of Syria

Donald Trump orders pullback of US troops in northeastern Syria as Turkey prepares for an invasion of Kurdish held areas to establish a saftey zone, Trump says it's time for US to get out of ridiculous endless wars

Elon Musk reveals prototype of Mars Starship vehicle, 50-meter tall, weighing 200 tons and covered with a stainless-steel skin, within one or two months it will launch to an altitude of 20km, will later be launched by big booster named Super Heavy, engineers to develop lighter designs

Spanish security company UC Global hired by Ecuadorian embassy in London to spy on Julian Assange for CIA, microphones were installed in fire extinguishers and women's bathroom, where Assange’s lawyers would meet for fear of being spied on

Julian Assange to remain in prison when his jail term ends on 22 September, judge rules after hearing there is resaon to believe he would abscond, Assange will go from being a serving prisoner to a person facing extradition

China buys at least 10 boat loads of US soybeans in biggest purchases since June ahead of high-level talks next month aimed at ending bilateral trade war, indication that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing may be easing

Zimbabwean ex-president Robert Mugabe dead at 95, the former teacher went from staunch revolutionary to controversial leader who fundamentally transformed former British colony Rhodesia, successor Emmerson Mnangagwa calls him icon of liberation who dedicated his life to the emancipation and empowerment of his people

20-year Afghan man that stabbed two american tourists outside Amsterdam Central Station in 2018 says he came to the Netherlands to kill people living in the country due to the Dutch state not stopping Geert Wilders from making disparaging remarks about Muhammad and Islam, refuses to mention Wilders by name, instead only referring to him as pig

Donald Trump says he is open to meeting Iran's President Hassan Rouhani to discuss new nuclear deal, following Rouhani's statement he would meet anyone if he felt it would benefit his country, Trump states Iran can be a great nation, but they have to be "good players" before he would agree to a meeting

Nasa investigates first known crime committed in space, an astronaut allegedly accessed bank account of her estranged spouse from the International Space Station, admits to accessing the account but says she was merely making sure family's finances were in order

Russia sends world’s first floating nuclear power plant to Chukotka Region to provide Russia's remote areas with heat and energy, leaves from Murmansk and will reach its destination by end of September, capable of producing 70 megawatts of electricity and 58 MW of heat

Donald Trump postpones Denmark visit, citing Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen’s comments on President's wish to discuss a purchase of Greenland, praises the Prime Minister for being so direct saying it saves a great deal of expense and effort for both countries

ISIS recruit Jack Letts has his British citizenship revoked, Jihadi Jack joined the terrorists in Syria in 2014, calling himself an enemy of Britain, begged to be allowed back to UK after being captured by Kurdish authorities, despite previously saying he wanted to be a suicide bomber, sparks row with Canada where he has joint citizenship

US issues warrant to seize Iranian oil tanker Grace 1, day after Gibraltar orderes its release, over violations of International Emergency Economic Powers Act, bank fraud, money laundering and terrorism forfeiture statutes, warrent addressed to US Marshals Service or any other duly authorized law enforcement officer

Greenland's foreign minister tweets "We're open for business, not for sale" in response to Donald Trump's alleged interest in buying the island, in 1946 former President Harry Truman tried to purchase Greenland from Denmark for USD 100 million in gold, which wasn't made public until 1991

Five people to be flown across the Atlantic to sail the yacht Malizia II, which takes Greta Thunberg to the UN Climate Change Summit, back to Europe, skipper Boris Herrmann will also take the plane for the return journey

Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant writes letter from prison cell to a man in Russia, six-page letter warning of a great conflict is published on 4chan, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says Tarrant won't be allowed to write any more letters

Matteo Salvini respond to Hollywood actor Richard Gere's call to let illegal migrants enter, saying the millionaire can take them back with him to Hollywood on his private plane and support them in his villas

Jeffrey Epstein found dead inside his jail cell two weeks after being placed on suicide watch after he was found semi-conscious in his prison cell, was accused of trafficking involving underage girls who were made to have sex with high-powered businessmen and politicians

Donald Trump freezes all Venezuelan government assets in US, says measures necessary due to continued usurpation of power by illegitimate Maduro regime and its human rights abuses, threatens sanctions against anyone assisting Maduro or his loyalists

Belgium suspends UNRWA contributions after leaked internal ethics report alleged leadership misconduct and discrimination, Netherlands and Switzerland already put funding on hold after the report leaked

Apple listens to customer conversations recorded via digital assistant Siri, including confidential medical information, drug deals and recordings of couples having sex, Apple plans to stop the project as it hasn't made it clear to users recordings are being made

Italy lets ashore 116 African migrants rescued at sea last week after EU says Germany, France, Portugal, Luxembourg and Ireland agree to take the asylum-seekers, meeting Interior Minister Matteo Salvini's condition

Osama bin Laden's son and heir Hamza is dead, according to three US officials, would not provide details of where or when he died or if US played a role in his death, in February State Department announced a USD 1 million reward for information on his whereabouts

Switzerland suspends payments to Palestinian refugee agency UNRWA after confidential report by UNRWA's ethic office claims top management abused their authority, charges include nepotism, discrimination and sexual misconduct, Switzerland has paid the agency USD 20 million in contribution this year

19-year-old British woman held in custody in Cyprus over false rape claims against 12 young Israelis, risks a year in prison, the Israeli group spent over a week in prison before being released as the woman changed her statement

Moroccan navy rescues 242 sub-Saharan migrants from dinghies in Strait of Gibraltar and returns them to Morocco – more than 15,000 have made it to Spain so far this year, according to International Organization for Migration estimates

US and Guatemala signs agreement requireing migrants from Honduras and El Salvador who pass through Guatemala stop and seek asylum there first, those who fail to do so will be ineligible for asylum in US

North Korea test-fires two new short-range missiles into Sea of Japan, calling it a solemn warning against South Korean warmongers, Kim Jong-un says South Korea should not make a mistake of ignoring warning, response to South Korea and US annual military drills next month

British-flagged oil tanker seized in the Strait of Hormuz by Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Stena Impero was bound for Saudi Arabia when it was approached by unidentified small crafts and a helicopter, ship owner says

Argentina first Latin American country to designate Hezbollah as terrorist organization and freeze assets, says group continues to threaten security and integrity of economic and financial order of the country, Hezbollah blamed for killing 85 people in 1994 AMIA bombing and 29 people in 1992 Israeli embassy suicide attack, both in Buenos Aires

US Navy ship USS Boxer destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz using electronic jamming, Donald Trump says US wants to help Iran and will be good to them, but the country can't have nuclear weapons

Turkish diplomat among two shot dead in restaurant attack in Erbil, capital of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, victims thought to be Turkey deputy consul general and a civilian, no-one has so far claimed the attack, Turkey vows to retaliate

Senior Hamas leader Fathi Hamad calls on Palestinians to kill all Jews around the world, drawing outrage from both Israeli and Palestinian officials, PLO condemns the comments while Hamas distances itself from Hamad’s words, adding conflict is with Israeli occupation and not with Jews or Judaism

Mexican drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years by US court

Large number of Muslim-majority nations sign letter praising China's human rights record and dismissing reported detention of up to two million Uyghur Muslims, follows Western countries' joint statement criticizing Beijing for arbitrary detentions and widespread surveillance and restrictions of Muslim population

Nervous Colombian smuggler hides GBP 27,000-worth of cocaine under his hairpiece, caught by Spanish police with half a kilo of the powder after arriving at Barcelona airport from Bogotá

37 passengers injured as Air Canada flight traveling from Vancouver to Sydney hits clear air turbulence forcing emergency landing on Hawaii, nine people with severe injuries, unstrapped passengers seen rise in the air and hit their heads on the ceiling, Australian country band Hurricane Fall safe

Sir Kim Darroch resignes as UK ambassador to the US, saying he wants to put an end to speculation about his role and the leak had made it impossible to continue

Tommy Robinson begs Trump and American government to grant him asylum as he faces being jailed in UK, claims he would be killed in jail as British prisons are controlled by jihadi gangs, talking in InfoWars interview

Donald Trump says US will no longer deal with UK ambassador in Washington Sir Kim Darroch, follows leaked email wherein Sir Kim describes Trump's administration as "inept", Trump also calls Theresa May's handling of Brexit "a mess" and that it's wonderful UK soon will have a new PM

North Korean state media says Alek Sigley was caught committing spying acts which led to his expulsion, claiming he confessed and asked for a pardon – he often shared details about his life in Pyongyang through social media and frequently challenged negative outside perceptions about the country, reporting of the extraordinary freedom he had as a foreign student

Locals in East Asia sick of western tourists begging for money to fund round-the-world trip, "begpackers" in Bali sent to their embassies to get themselves sorted out

Britain seizes Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar headed to Syria for violating EU sanctions by providing crude oil to Syrian regime, operation requested by US, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman calls actions a "form of piracy"

Dalai Lama apologises for comment saying any future female Dalai Lama should be "more attractive", claims it was spoken in jest which was lost in translation, also says comments stating refugees in EU should return home "may have been misinterpreted", however reserves no apology for suggesting Donald Trump has a "lack of moral principle"

Man falls 3,575ft to his death from landing gear of Nairobi to London Heathrow flight travelling at nearly 200mph into garden in South London, lands just feet from homeowner

Japan withdraws from International Whaling Commission and resumes commercial whaling for the first time in 31 years, will take place in Japanese territorial waters and be capped ensuring whales will not go extinct even in 100 years

Trump becomes first sitting president to visit North Korea, takes place at the heavily fortified so-called Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, Trump says it’s a great honor and that "it is a great day for the world"

Khalifa Haftar orders his forces to attack Turkish ships and interests in Libya and arrest all Turks in the country in response to Turkish interventions in ongoing civil war

US and China reaches agreement at G20 summit to resume trade talks, Trump says he will allow US companies to continue to sell to Huawei and that US will not add tariffs on USD 300 billion worth of Chinese imports

Australian student Alek Sigley disappears in North Korea, has been running a travel company in Pyongyang since 2013, reports of him being detained

Trump lashes out at "ignorant and insulting" statement by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, which said the White House was "mentally retarded", Trump says it shows Iran's leaders don't understand reality

New US sanctions target Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and senior Iranian commanders in Islamic Revolution Guard and the Imam's parastatal Setad, aimed to force Tehran to capitulate and accept negotiations, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says US "despise diplomacy"

President Trump says he does not want war with Iran, but warned it would face "obliteration" if conflict broke out, adds that US is open to talks, last-minute decision to call off retaliation strikes made as he was told 150 Iranians would be killed which he didn't find proportionate

President Trump approves retaliatory military strikes against Iran, but calls them off with planes in the air and ships in position, government officials decline to comment

US military surveillance drone shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile system over Strait of Hormuz, claiming aircraft violated Iranian airspace, US confirms incident but insists it was flying over international waters, Donald Trump tweets "Iran made a very big mistake!"

Japan's government not convinced attack on oil tankers committed by Iran, demands US proof, source at Foreign Ministry says if having expertise sophisticated enough to conduct attack is regarded as proof, that would apply to US and Israel as well

US blames Iran for attacks two oil tankers in Gulf of Oman, Tehran bluntly denies allegation, US video allegedly shows Iranian patrol boat removing unexploded limpet mine from Japanese-owned M/T Kokuka Courageous

Trump administration stops embassies from flying rainbow flag on official flagpoles during ongoing LGBTQ Pride Month, embassies in Israel, Germany and Brazil among those who have requested permission and been denied

International Space Station to host space tourists, Nasa plans charging visitors USD 35,000 per night and allow stays for up to 30 days, cost of travelling to orbit not included, Trump administration wants to stop government funding of the station by 2025

Xi Jinping expresses concern over extreme pressure by US on Iran, wants multinational nuclear deal between Iran and world powers for regional peace and stability, comments made to Russian media before visit to the country, China and Iran have close energy ties

George Nader, key witness in the Mueller investigation, charged with transporting child pornography after 12 sexually explicit videos with boys approximately aged between 2 to 14 years was found on his phone in January 2018, Nader has previously been charged and convicted for child pornography related crimes on multiple occasions

Mike Pompeo prepared to engage with Iran without pre-conditions over nuclear programme, but needs the country behaving like "a normal nation" – President Hassan Rouhani says Iran willing to hold talks if US shows it respect, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi declares Iran does not "pay attention to word-play and expression of hidden agenda in new forms"

Donald Trump shows off new hair style, slicked back hair replaces president's iconic bouffant at Virginia church service

Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job, is respected all over Europe and has kept Hungary safe, Donald Trump declares during Orbán’s White House visit

Four commercial ships targets of sabotage attack off United Arab Emirates, two Saudi oil tankers sustained significant damage, US has deployed warships to the region in recent days citing indications of threats from Iran, who's foreign ministry calls for a full investigation

Donald Trump vows to raise tariffs on USD 200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10 to 25 percent as China backtracks on almost all aspects of trade deal negotiations, after 20 years of having their way with US, China still miscalculates the Trump administration, source says

Iran suspends parts of international nuclear deal, will keep enriched uranium stocks and threatens to resume production of more-highly-enriched uranium in 60 days if other signatories do not act to protect Iran from US sanctions

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó won't rule out US military intervention in Venezuala, says move to push out Maduro and call for free elections needs more military support, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo don't rule out military action, Maduro urges soldiers to out traitors and show loyalty to the Fatherland and its legitimate commander-in-chief

Trump administration to designate Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation, follows request by Egyptian President during White House visit in April, will bring economic and travel sanctions against Egypt's oldest Islamist movement

Pope Francis accused of committing heresy in open letter, states Pope has publicly denied truths of the faith and his words and actions amount to a comprehensive rejection of Catholic teaching on marriage and sexual activity, on the moral law, and on grace and the forgiveness of sins, many prominent clergymen and scholars among the signatories

ISIS terrorist leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appears on video for first time in five years, praises terror attacks on Christians in Sri Lanka and comments on defeat in Baghouz

Donald Trump to make a state visit to the UK in June, plans to attend ceremony in Portsmouth to mark 75 years since D-Day landings, campaigners Stop Trump coalition and Stand Up To Trump vows to mobilise "huge numbers" once again in response to visit

Kim Jong-un expected to meet Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok in April, seen as symbolic Russian gesture to the Trump administration and South Korea, North Korea believed to be asking for free money in form of aid

More than 120 climate change activists arrested as Extinction Rebellion camps overnight at Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus, causing serious disruption to Londoners who wish to go about their daily business, protesters demand government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025

Julian Assange arrested at Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has taken refuge since 2012, Westminster Magistrates' Court finds him guilty of failing to surrender to the court, UK to decide whether to extradite Assange to the US where he faces federal conspiracy charges

James Thompson: New version of World’s IQ shows global score of 82, data quality varies between countries, but gives you a rule of thumb as to what countries, on average, are capable of doing

Former Communist-era intelligence chief in Bulgaria criticise his country's security services for not better monitoring Brenton Tarrant during a six-day tour of the country in 2018, Tarrant stayed at Kachaka Guesthouse in Pleven north of Sofia, owner Yordan Kacharmazov says only feature that stood out was his passport with a "The Islamic Republic of Pakistan" stamp

Donald Trump ends aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras over claims they set up caravans of migrants exporting them into US, Trump says "we were paying them tremendous amounts of money, and we're not paying them anymore because they haven't done a thing for us"

North Korea calls raid on its Madrid embassy "grave terrorist attack", just days before the Hanoi summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump a group of armed men burst into the embassy and stole documents and computers, North Korea suggests possible involvement of FBI and anti-DPRK body and calls on Spanish authorities to bring "terrorists and their wire-pullers to justice"

Chairman Ahmed Bhamji of New Zealand's biggest mosque Masjid E Umar says Mossad funded Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant during speech at rally organised by Love New Zealand Hate Racism, Israel's embassy condemned remarks as absurd and anti-Semitic

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz claims a financial link between Brenton Tarrant and the Identitarian Movement, head of the Identitarians Martin Sellner received a donation of EUR 1,500 in 2018 involving an email address that matched the name of Tarrant, Sellner denies any connection with Tarrant and says police have raided his house, Kurz says Austria is looking into dissolving the movement

Attackers behind assault on North Korean embassy in Madrid fled to US via Portugal, ten individuals broke into the embassy on February 22, assaulting personnel and taking computers and cellphones with them, seven of the assailants have been identified, including their alleged leader Adrian Hong Chang

Two Russian air force planes lands at Venezuela's main airport, the Ilyushin IL-62 jet and Antonov AN-124 cargo plane carried nearly 100 troops and 35 tonnes of material, according to media reports, Kremlin did not reply to request for comment

Turkish justice minister Abdulhamit Gül says Turkey visits of Brenton Tarrant in 2016 was beyond touristic travel, expects a transparent investigation process and is ready to cooperate with New Zealand authorities

Photo of police officer Michelle Evans wearing Calvin Klein scarf over her head while guarding the Memorial Park Cemetery in Christchurch gets shared widely – photographer Alden Williams says mix of scarf, red rose on her chest and Bushmaster semi-automatic rifle caught his eye

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern calls for global fight to root out racist right-wing ideology, rejected the idea that a rise in immigration is fuelling racism