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  • In post-Franco first for Spain, far-right party becomes kingmaker in Andalusia

    January 9, 2019 9:38 PM 71

    BARCELONA (Reuters) - A far-right party on Wednesday took a role in the formation of a regional government in Spain for the first time since the Franco dictatorship ended in 1975. The anti-immigrant Vox agreed to support a center-right coalition in Andalusia. It became kingmaker in Spain’s most populous region - a traditional Socialist Party stronghold

  • Australian prime minister’s family portrait has glaring Photoshop fail

    January 9, 2019 7:19 PM 240

    Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s family portrait appeared to have a glaring Photoshop error. (Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Office) Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has two left feet -- and it has nothing to do with his dancing. A photo previously posted on the prime minister’s official website showed the Morrison family sitting on the grass

  • Freak freeway sign fall seen in shocking video nearly dooms driver in Australia

    January 9, 2019 2:48 PM 262

    A shocking video has emerged showing the moment a highway sign fell on an SUV in Australia. (iStock) An Australian woman narrowly avoided death when a freeway sign tumbled onto her SUV Tuesday -- a freak incident captured on video by another driver. The woman was driving on the Tullamarine freeway in Melbourne when the large metal sign came crashing

  • Germany: Must prepare for no-deal Brexit until UK parliament ratifies deal

    January 9, 2019 10:48 AM 72

    BERLIN (Reuters) - German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Wednesday that he hoped a Brexit deal would be ratified in time for Britain’s planned departure from the European Union in March but it was necessary to keep preparing for a no-deal scenario until then. Altmaier, who was meeting Britain’s Business Minister Greg Clark in Berlin on Wednesday

  • U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo meets Iraqi Speaker in Baghdad

    January 9, 2019 10:07 AM 78

    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Iraqi Speaker of Parliament Mohammed al-Halbousi in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a statement from the Speaker’s office. Pompeo is on a tour of Middle Eastern capitals. The U.S. State Department did not immediately comment on reports of Pompeo’s visit to Iraq. Asked on Tuesday about

  • Bulgaria decides to start talks with U.S. on F-16 jet deal

    January 9, 2019 9:49 AM 72

    SOFIA (Reuters) - The Bulgarian government has approved a plan to start talks with the United States on buying eight new F-16 fighter jets to replace its ageing Soviet-made MiG-29s and improve compliance with NATO standards, the defense minister said on Wednesday. The decision still requires parliament’s approval. The deal for Lockheed Martin’s F-16V Block

  • Man Trying to Smuggle Kittens Into Singapore Foiled by Officers Who Heard 'Meowing' From a Bulge in His Pants

    January 9, 2019 8:27 AM 76

    Authorities in the Southeast Asian city-state of Singapore say they have foiled a man’s attempt to smuggle four kittens across a land border from neighboring Malaysia by hiding them inside his trousers. Agence France-Presse reports that officers heard “meowing” sounds coming from a suspicious bulge in his pants. The man, who is 45 and Singaporean, could

  • China Will Allow 2,000 Ethnic Kazakhs to Leave Xinjiang Region as Pressure Mounts

    January 9, 2019 7:57 AM 68

    (ALMATY, Kazakhstan) — China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said, in a sign that Beijing may be starting to feel a mounting backlash against its sweeping crackdown on Muslims in the far west region of Xinjiang. The detention of Uighur, Kazakh and other

  • UK government defeated in vote, lawmakers create new obstacle to no-deal Brexit

    January 8, 2019 7:07 PM 67

    LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s government suffered a defeat in parliament on Tuesday when lawmakers who oppose leaving the European Union without a deal won a vote on creating a fresh obstacle to a no-deal Brexit. The 303 to 296 defeat means that the government will need explicit parliamentary approval to leave the EU without

  • Departures Resume at London's Heathrow Airport After Reports of Drone Sighting

    January 8, 2019 6:32 PM 71

    (LONDON) — London’s Heathrow Airport briefly halted departing flights on Tuesday after a reported drone sighting — a development that came just three weeks after multiple reports of drone sightings caused travel chaos at nearby Gatwick Airport. The suspension of takeoffs from Heathrow, one of the world’s busiest airports, was announced shortly before