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Vienna named as the world's most livable city by Economist magazine, the Austrian city and former capital of Austro-Hungarian empire displaces Australia's Melbourne, it is the first time a European city tops the list that evaluates political and social stability, crime, education and access to medical care, nearly half of the cities surveyed saw their liveability index rise over the past year

UAE plans building oil pipeline between Eritrea's port city of Assab and Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, seen as latest sign of Gulf state's increasing involvement in the Horn of Africa motivated by investment opportunities in fast-growing Ethiopia as well as fear that rivals such as Iran or Qatar could gain foothold

US government announces new trade sanctions against Russia following poisoning of former Russian agent, US official cites up to hundreds of millions USD of affected trade at stake, US government aims to apply pressure on Russian government to give up chemical weapons programs and accept international inspections

Twitter-verified Saudi non-profit account posts image of Canadian airliner flying into Toronto skyline with warning about recent Canadian meddling in Saudi internal affairs, the image was later removed and reuploaded without the airliner after uproar, the Canadian government has protested recent arrests and prosecution of Saudi bloggers leading to diplomatic retaliation

Freak meteorite explosion releases 2 kiloton force above US nuclear strike early-warning radar site, US military strangely silent about natural occurrence which could've startled country's 2,000-strong nuclear warhead command into mistaken counter-strike against Russia

Pope Francis officially changes Catholic teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases, says Vatican will work with determination to end capital punishment in every single country, cites "inviolability and dignity of the person" despite historical use by the former Papal States

43-year-old English former soldier James Matthews who fought with Kurdish YPG against IS terrorists in Rojava has terror charges dropped, was believed to be first case of being charged with terrorism for joining group that received funding from own government

Sexual abuse of vulnerable women and girls by international aid workers "endemic" and has been happening for years, abuse ranging from unwanted sexual comments to rape targeting both locals and staff members, according to House of Commons International Development Committee report which also warns found cases likely just "tip of the iceberg"

Libya refuses to host EU asylum centres and says it won't agree on any EU deals to take in illegal migrants, Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj says EU leaders should instead put pressure on migrants' origin countries to stop the journeys in the first place

Helsinki possible location when Trump and Putin meet in a not too distant future, believed to happen after Nato summit in Brussels July 11-12 in which Trump is expected to participate

49-year-old Dorjee Gyantsan sentenced to 22 months in prison for spying on Tibetan refugees in Sweden between 2015 and 2017 when he was arrested, man who posed as Tibetan independence supporter pleaded innocent and will appeal verdict

UN accuses six Libyans closely associated with country's EU-funded coastguard or with deal with Italy of people trafficking and places them under sanctions, witnesses say militia groups treat migrants violently and sink boats while at same time smuggling tens of thousands of people per year

Donald Trump wants Russia to regain membership in G7 group, country was expelled in 2014 after annexation of Crimea

Putin expresses hope for deescalation, wants to avoid third world war and end of civilization, according to Russian president in yearly interview with questions from public

Canada on track to legalize cannabis for recreational use, would become first G7 country to fully legalize drug in whole country

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo demands China make full public account of Tianamen Square massacre of 1989

Summit between Trump and Putin prepared by Moscow ambassador Jon Huntsman according to Fox News sources, would be third meeting between presidents

Syria recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia and sets up embassy level diplomatic ties – Georgia hits back by severing official ties with Syria, blaming Russia for orchestrating the diplomatic stunt

Donald Trump cancels meeting with Kim Jong-un scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, claims Pyongyang has shown open hostility in recent statement, decision comes after North Korea as promised blew up tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site

Polio could be eradicated by end of this year or next according to WHO, number of cases have plummeted from 350,000 in 1988 to 22 in 2017 and disease is now present only in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria

Iranian Quds Force fired 20 missiles towards Israeli military bases in Golan Heights from Syria without hitting targets, dozens of Iranian military sites in Syria destroyed in response with unknown number of casualties according to Israel

Angela Merkel, Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron declare that they together with Russia and China will uphold Iran deal, urge Trump administration not to obstruct implementation

Pyongyang criticizes alleged misleading claims that Donald Trump's policy of political pressure and sanctions drove North Korea to negotiating table, claims Kim Jong-un is driver of current situation

Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sends letter to 36 foreign air carriers telling them to remove references on websites and in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are independent from China, Orwellian nonsense according to Trump administration

Dominican Republic establishes diplomatic relations with China and breaks with Taiwan, Beijing seeks to increase pressure on Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to accept one China principle

North Korea and South Korea sign declaration to completely abolish nuclear weapons during summit between leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in

Donald Trump to meet Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari in Washington on April 30, will discuss counterterrorism and economic cooperation, wants to build on Nigeria's role as democratic leader in region

US will not pull troops from Syria intil it has accomplished goal to ward off threats to American interests from chemical weapons attacks, IS terrorists and Iran according to UN ambassador Nikki Haley

Swiss Spiez laboratory found toxin used on Sergei and Yulia containing traces of nerve agent BZ which Russia never developed, according to Russian foreign minister Lavrov who casts doubt on laboratory's novichok findings as substance too volatile to be found in such amounts after over two weeks

U.S., Britain and France launch air strikes in Syria in response to last week's alleged poison gas attack, over 100 missiles fired and three of Syria's main chemical weapons facilities struck, U.S. defense secretary Mattis calls strikes "one-off" while Trump raises prospect of further strikes, Syria and Russia both responded angrily to initiative

Donald Trump warns Russia on Twitter of imminent attack with smart missiles after Russian announcement that any missiles fired at Syria will be shot down

Security minister of Israel calls for US strike on Syria after purported gas attack, Assad is an angel of death the world would be better without according to Israeli construction minister – Syria denies allegations

North Korea prepared to discuss denuclearization when Kim Jong-un meets Donald Trump in planned May meeting, according to US official to Reuters

Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Putin discuss Syria by phone, agree on keeping in touch, Macron's planned state visit in May to take place despite increased tensions between Russia and West

Zimbabwe president Mnangagwa makes state visit in China to secure infrastructure investments and strengthen economic cooperation between countries

Mexico's ex-president Vicente Fox debates Nigel Farage, lauds Chinese political pragmatism compared to conflicted Western democracy, sees new forms of governance in the future

Mossad chief Yossi Cohen says he is certain Iran has never abandoned its military nuclear vision and claims deal with country must be changed, Donald Trump has set mid-May deadline for changes

Donald Trump says Saudi Arabia might have to pay if it wants continuing US presence in Syria, American intervention in Middle East to cost of USD 7 trillion over 17-year period has only led to death and destruction according to president

Donald Trump wants exit of US troops from Syria according to two senior administration officials, military warns IS terrorists could regain freed areas if 2,000 US soldiers leave

Russia to expel 150 diplomats from several countries after a similar number of Russian diplomats have suffered the same fate, will also close US consulate in St Petersburg which is seen as an escalation since the US only closed Russia's smallest diplomatic outpost in Seattle

US to expel 60 Russian diplomats, 12 belong to Russia’s mission to United Nations headquarters in New York, consulate in Seattle closed down due to proximity to American submarine base

Chinese space station Tiangong-1 expected to crash to Earth over Easter, most likely to burn up but part of craft could crash towards planet's surface

Ghana parliament votes to ratify deal granting access to US troops and military equipment in exchange for American investments of USD 20 million this year, critics say agreement threatens country’s sovereignty

Jared Kushner slowly makes progress with peace plan for Middle East, tries to force Palestinians to negotiating table by gathering Sunni states on his side, close relationship with Saudi Arabia key factor

Pacific island nation New Caledonia will vote on exit from France after decades of campaigning for independence

South African farmers might get fast-track to Australian visas, home affairs minister Peter Dutton expresses concern for hard working people who are subject of horrific circumstances in home country

US prepared to take military action against Syria if fighting continues according to country's Ambassador to United Nations Nikki Haley, Syrian government forces continue to gain ground in Damascus suburbs

British police have identified more than 200 witnesses and 240 pieces of evidence in investigation into nerve agent attack on Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, according to interior minister Amber Rudd

France and India sign security accord as President Macron visits Prime Minister Modi, under deal countries will open their naval bases to warships from one another to counter China's growing influence in Indian Ocean

Hundreds of migrants picked up off Libyan coast and transported to Italy by SOS Méditerranée's ship Aquarius, more than half are Nigerians

Stealthy startup from Silicon Valley launches four satellites from India without approval from US government agency FCC, wants to build global communication network for Internet of Things but now risks being shut down

Donald Trump to meet Kim Jong-un in May after South Korean proposal, would be first meeting between sitting American president and North Korean leader

Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov visits Zimbabwe and announces plans of military cooperation and agreement to establish special economic zone for Russian firms, revival of joint mining project also discussed during meeting with Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa

3,700 soldiers from 26 countries participate in NATO artillery drill in Germany, readiness-building exercise aimed at encouraging countries to start using US communications system for better synchronization

US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrives outside central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, biggest US military presence in country since Vietnam War

Chinese People’s Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong conducts joint exercise with French navy frigate Vendémiaire, first drill with foreign forces, in addition to exercise crews interacted and visited one another’s vessels

Vladimir Putin presents series of nuclear weapon systems in state of nation speech: supersonic cruise missile capable of overcoming Nato defence systems, underwater drones and intercontinental ballistic missile Sarmat, seen as response to Trump administration’s recently announced plans to develop new nuclear arms

Czech court rules Saleh Muslim, former leader of Syrian-Kurdish party PYD, to be released and not extradited to Turkey

Trump administration plans opening embassy in Jerusalem as early as May 2018 in time for 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, say sources to Reuters, end of 2019 has previously been communicated as likely time of inauguration

US to impose fresh set of sanctions on North Korea in order to cut off sources of revenue and fuel for nuclear programme, measures target more than 50 ships and maritime transport companies in North Korea, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Panama and Singapore

Benjamin Netanyahu says Israeli intelligence thwarted IS terrorist attempt to blow up airplane en route from Sydney to Abu Dhabi in July 2017 using home-made bomb hidden in meat grinder, two of Libanese-Australian brothers arrested by Australian police

Trump administration reveals that North Korea aborted secret meeting with vice president Pence during Olympics in Pyeongchang, followed new US sanctions against country

India prepares to build military base on Seychelles, has signed 20 year contract to lease land on Assumption island, met by protests among local population who worry about catastrophic consequences for environment and country taking side in potential conflict between great powers

Indonesia buys 11 Sukhoi Su-35 from Russia for USD 1.14 billion, form of payment not announced but memorandum of understanding from August indicates fighter jets will be exchanged for key commodities, Indonesia wants to capitalize on international sanctions against Moscow

Libertarian manifesto The Sovereign Individual makes Silicon Valley billionaires buy land in New Zealand, 400 page document says states operate as criminal cartels, internet and crypto currencies will make governments obsolete and make way for cognitive elite to take over

Head of Oxfam in UK says criticism of organization is exaggerated, points out that it has not killed babies

Robert Mueller indicts 13 Russians and 3 Russian organizations for interfering in US presidential election, all of the accused have ties to troll farm Internet Research Agency in St Petersburg

US and Turkey agree to solve conflict over Manbij by diplomatic means, Syria city is held by US forces and US-backed Kurdish troops but is within part of northern Syria which Turkey plans to occupy during ongoing military campaign

Macron says France will strike if Syrian government uses chemical weapons against civilians, vice-president of organization White Helmets disappointed and says country should stop talking and take real action

Secret negotiations in London to decide who succeeds Queen Elizabeth II as head of Commonwealth at her death, no formal requirement that Prince Charles inherits position when he becomes King of United Kingdom and head of state of several other member countries

Afghan anxiety as large military reorganization coincides with increased Taliban activity, western pressure said to be behind phasing out of Soviet loyalist officers in favor of younger ones trained in West, critics say mujaheddin and other religious forces are neglected

EU will refuse to sign new trade agreements with countries who do not ratify Paris climate change accord, says EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström

Ankara names street where US embassy is located after Operation Olive Branch, Turkish military campaign in northern Syria which risks leading to confrontation with US, will be formally decided days before Rex Tillerson visits country

Trump administration plans to cease financing of International Space Station by 2024, hopes that it can be run by private actors thereafter

US will not contribute additional funds toward rebuilding Iraq after war against IS terrorists, hopes money will come from private initiatives and countries like Saudi Arabia which might have interest to further their positions as counter-weight to Iranian influence

China accuses Trump administration of cold war mentality after revelation of plans to create new tactical nukes with partial motivation to curb Chinese influence in Asia, Chinese doctrine for nuclear weapons excludes being first to use them in a conflict says Ren Guoqiang at defense ministry

North Korea buys technology for nuclear and missile programs through Berlin embassy according to German intelligence chief Hans-Georg Maassen, Germany does what it can to stop trades

US to develop tactical nuclear weapons to broaden arsenal with politically feasible loads according to leaked nuclear posture review

Russia accuses US of meddling in March presidential election after American Department of Treasury prepares report expected to detail relations between oligarchs and Vladimir Putin

China seeks cooperation with Russia and other Arctic countries to develop polar Silk Road, new route could take 20 days off 48 days it currently takes to get to Rotterdam from China

Vice president Mike Pence visits Jerusalem and hopes that peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis can resume, first visit by senior US leader since recognition of city as Israel's capital

US has military activity in 76 countries as part of War on Terror, according to Brown University's Costs of War Project

North Korea world's worst persecutor of Christians for 16th consecutive year, Afghanistan not far behind followed by Somalia, Sudan and Pakistan, according to annual ranking by Open Doors

Julian Assange granted Ecuadorian citizenship but Ecuador request for diplomat accreditation dismissed by UK, initiative intended to confer legal immunity allowing him to leave Britain without being arrested

Lachlan Colquhoun: Australia may have to end balancing act between Washington and Beijing as China threatens to cut economic ties if military alliance with US continues

209 African migrants breach heavily fortified border between Morocco and Spanish exclave Melilla after more than 300 attempt storming, one police officer and four migrants who reached Spain injured

US freezes USD 125 million in annual funding for United Nations Relief and Works Agency after Palestine suspended contact with Trump administration due to recognizing Jerusalem as capital of Israel, considers cutting another USD 55 million, according to three diplomats to news site Axios

US suspends security assistance to Pakistan until country takes action against Afghan Talibans and the Haqqani network, aid covers transfers of military equipment as well as reimbursements for counterterrorism operations and is said to amount to more than USD 255 million

Britain exploring becoming TPP member after Brexit, would be first member without Pacific Ocean or South China Sea borders

Israel gives African migrants 90 days to leave country for homeland or third country with up to USD 3,500 payment or face imprisonment, children, elderly people and slavery victims exempted, 38,000 illegal migrants claimed to be in country of which majority from Eritrea and Sudan

Guatemala to move embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after being one of nine countries to vote against UN condemnation of US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel capital

U.S. announces USD 285 million cut in in 2018-19 UN operating budget, ambassador Nikki Haley comments that ”the inefficiency and overspending of the United Nations are well known” and that they ”will no longer let the generosity of the American people be taken advantage of or remain unchecked”

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz urges EU to consider establishing militarily backed safe areas in refugees' countries of origin and end migrant quota system, says forcing states to accept migrants won't take Europe further

Denmark halts aid to 14 out of 24 Palestinian organizations after internal investigation shows money used to promote terrorism, sets stricter conditions for future aid, investigation launched after women's center named after terrorist Dalal Mughrabi

Ankara's mayor orders preparations to rename street where UAE embassy is located to honor former Ottoman commander Fahreddin Paşa, action in response to UAE embassador retweeting accusations of Ottoman forces stealing money and manuscripts during WWI

UNHCR premiers bringing African migrants from Libya to Europe, flies 110 women and children to Italy by military plane, aims to evacuate 10,000 migrants during 2018

Trump expected to announce approval of plan to sell 210 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine according to ABC News sources, US "in a certain sense crossed the line" according to Russia's deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov

Unprecedented amount of Russian deep-sea activity, especially around undersea internet lines, according to NATO officials

US reported to prepare limited "bloody nose" strike against North Korea, considering attack on launch site or intercepting next missile test

19 people injured when car enters crowd in Melbourne, Afghan driver with Australian citizenship arrested by police