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Wilson-Raybould attends first meeting of cabinet she just left. Was this the deal?

Thirteen years later, pizza-shop owner deported after fabricating allegations against Liberal MP is back in Canada

Trudeau calms his MPs, but Wilson-Raybould is still threatening to 'speak my truth'

Tory caucus member suspended after his comments offend parents of children with autism

Fed up with low prices, rivals that produce 20% of Canada’s natural gas team up to build own LNG project

SNC-Lavalin lobbied PMO 19 times since start of 2017, records show

CRTC confirms Canadian telecom industry engages in misleading sales practices

Liberals set to release pre-election budget on March 19

Wilson-Raybould waited more than 2 hours for permission to attend Tuesday's cabinet meeting: sources

MPP Randy Hillier suspended from Ontario PC caucus after autism debate

Trump Reacts Calmly to Report Special Counsel's Summary Is Near

Trump Administration Says US-Born Jihadist Can't Return

US Investor Held in Russia May Be Denied Consular Access

Federal Reserve maintains interest rate

Sending back remains of American war dead likely to be discussed at N. Korea-U.S. summit: RFA

New Universe map unearths 300,000 more galaxies

Muslim group seeks congressional probe on US terror watchlist

'Saudi could use sensitive US tech to make nukes'

Report Warns US Hate Groups At A 20-Year High

US debt hits record under Trump, Republicans mum

Mexico's cement producer Cemex sells Baltic, Nordic assets

U.S., Central America launch plan to crack down on people smugglers

Mexican privacy watchdog criticizes government over spyware

Perez fears Mexico risks decades without F1

Mexico activist killed days before pipeline referendum

Mexico seizes more than 1,300 pounds of cocaine at sea

Taekwondo adopted as part of regular school curriculum in Honduras

First Venezuela, now Nicaragua? Bolton says Ortega’s days ‘numbered’ and people ‘will soon be free’

Costa Rica
Diplomatic staff appointed by Guaido ‘takes over’ Venezuelan Embassy in Costa Rica

Venezuelan diplomatic staff clash with trespassers at the Venezuelan embassy in Costa Rica.

CARICOM Upset with OAS Secretary General Over Dominica Elections Tweet

Jamaica's economy grew by 1.8 per cent in 2018

Maduro controls situation in Venezuela — Russian ambassador

Opposition Have to Go Over ‘Our Dead Bodies' to Install Puppet Gov't – Caracas

Russia warns Guaido against inviting US invasion

Venezuelan soldiers to guard border ahead of aid entry, minister says.

Guyana’s Election Commission Says it Can’t Hold Elections by March

Ecuador: Scientists Stumble Upon 'Extinct' Tortoise Species

Former Odebrecht executive confirms US$4 million bribe in Peru

UNHCR underlines Peru efforts on Venezuelan migration

Venezuela: Massive Bolivarian March For Peace And Sovereignty

Two Thousand Items Recovered So Far After Brazil National Museum Fire

Brazilian House of Representatives Blocks Change In Freedom Of Information Law

Brazil To Help US With Humanitarian Aid To Venezuela

Telemedicine Ready To Grow In Brazil

Brazil Requests Compensation From EU For Steel Safeguard Tariffs

Brazil president seeks $270 billion pension savings, Congress has doubts

Brazil’s Bolsonaro suffers first defeat in Congress

Bill To Ban Child Marriages Moves Forward in Brazilian Senate

Brazil's president: Workers must put in more years to retire

India, Argentina further cooperation in nuclear energy

Barrick still committed to Chile, despite Pascua-Lama setback

$8.9 Billion Outlook on the Prepaid Cards Market in Chile to 2023, Growing at a CAGR of 17.6% from 2019

Chile renewables ramp up share in power mix in January

Strengthening Venezuelans' Labour Integration in the Private Sector in Chile

Chile: Nanotechnology to combat grape moth

Abe, Trump agree to cooperate to settle N. Korean abduction issue

Japan sees record number of foreign visitors for January

Gov't, TEPCO again ordered to pay damages to Fukushima evacuees

Education ministry to review ban on students bringing mobile phones to schools

Supreme Court rules outside party cannot be sued for pain of divorce as general rule

Ghosn's lawyer says former Nissan chief is innocent, worries about the case's broader impact on Japan's business reputation

Japan and Tepco again ordered to pay damages to Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees

N. Korea
N. Korea, U.S. expected to focus on dismantlement of key nuclear sites during summit

N. Korean envoy on U.S. in Hanoi for pre-summit talks

Real cold war: US trains winter soldiers – with China, North Korea in mind

S. Korea
S. Korean prosecutors raid main office of Hyundai, Kia Motors over allegations of concealing defects

S. Korean president floats economic concessions for upcoming Kim-Trump summit in Hanoi

S. Korea's industrial hubs report record-high unemployment

S. Korea's K-Star fusion device reaches record plasma temperature 7 times hotter than the sun

First preliminary fine dust alert issued since new bill on air pollution came into force and parents start to worry about babysitting

South Korea research near disputed Takeshima islets ratchets up tensions with Japan

Samsung's foldable phone will have 5G and $2,000 price tag

PM Modi begins two-day visit to South Korea

Iran's Zarif hails important talks in Beijing

China welcomes Saudi Arabia's multibillion-dollar investment in Pakistan

China makes new progress in anti-graft fight in 2018

Over 13,000 ancient books registered in Tibet

China has 11,700 vocational schools nationwide in 2018

US demand for stable yuan to end trade war ‘acceptable’ to China

Chinese president meets Iran's parliament speaker

Taiwan's President to Seek Re-election to Secure Island's Future

Taiwan will not accept any deal that harms democracy: Tsai.

58 Taiwanese arrested in Philippines for working illegally

Taiwan expands hand luggage checks to more Southeast Asian nations

KMT may not reverse law on peace pact referendum: chairman

Philippine president warns of harsher drugs campaign

Duterte: Dissent OK but students espousing gov't 'destruction' may lose scholarship

Youth commissioner clarifies: Only students-turned-rebels should lose scholarships

N. Korean envoy on U.S. in Hanoi for pre-summit talks

Vietnamese Intellectuals Call On Trump For Support in South China Sea Dispute

Hair Force Un: Vietnamese barber marks summit with free Trump-Kim haircuts

Vietnamese mangoes to be exported to US

​Chinese goods bearing ‘made in Vietnam’ labels a threat to domestic production: industry insiders

Dengue fever cases surge 200 percent year-on-year in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam confirms first African swine fever cases on three farms

Suthep’s party to support Gen Prayut as next PM

Major quake feared in Lampang following minor tremors

Law to legalize marijuana for medical purposes takes effect

US, Cambodia in War of Words Over Detained Opposition Leader

Children from Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad charity in Indonesia partakes in national celebrations

Garuda Indonesia’s 21 new in-flight meals highlight local cuisine

Myanmar touts troubled Rakhine as investment destination

Myanmar Army Fight With Arakan Rebels Ensnares Local Bus Companies

Fire kills at least 10 in Bangladesh capital, official says

Bangladesh says IS teen not eligible for citizenship

Nepal social media bill sparks freedom of speech concerns

Nepal Party Demands Govt to Declare Country as Hindu State

Month-long Festival of India begins in Nepal

Crown prince: Saudi investment in India to reach $100bn

India seeks Jadhav’s retrial in civilian court or annulment of death sentence

Indian billionaire told to pay debt to Ericsson – or go to jail

India’s options after Pulwama

CRPF, Army, BSF convoys in J&K to move together

India, Saudi underline UN terrorist sanctions

Indian cardinal ‘failed abuse victims’

Middle East
US urges Pakistan to punish Kashmir blast perpetrators

Bomber, 2 other terrorists in Iran attack were Pakistanis

Pakistan’s Hajj quota increased to 200,000

Top taxpayers honoured by PM facing NAB inquiries

CDA shoots down PM House university

'Assets beyond means' land Sindh Assembly speaker in NAB custody

Thirty years on, some Russians want to reframe Soviet war in Afghanistan

Finding Kazakhstan's Troll Farms

Kazakhstan improves its position in OECD country risk rating

Vice Mayor of Bishkek Bakyt Dyushembiev leaves post

Government of Kyrgyzstan lifts ban on registration of house land plots

All former presidents of Kyrgyzstan get into ranking of political leaders

Tajikistan causes diplomatic bungle with forced return of government critic

Uzbekistan studies Hungary's legislation in nuclear energy field

WB may provide Uzbekistan with more funds to support budget

Armenian FM meets with OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs

EU-Armenia trade turnover grows by 19%: GSP+ system contributes to facilitation of export

President Sarkissian extends condolences on death of philanthropist Louise Manoogian Simone

Nikol Pashinyan, OSCE MG Co-chairs highlight implementation of ceasefire agreements

Minister: Russian-Azerbaijani cooperation should be developed

Azerbaijan's air defense units conduct live-fire exercises

President Ilham Aliyev meets World Bank Regional Director for S.Caucasus

New countries may connect to Southern Gas Corridor

China calls for widening of strategic ties with Iran

French Businesswoman Has Been In Iranian Custody Since October, Paris Confirms

Chinese president meets Iran's parliament speaker

Report: Iraqi Forces Sexually Abuse IS Female Relatives in Mosul

Iraqi president urges for boosting trade with Kuwait

EU announces additional €50 million in humanitarian aid and development cooperation in Iraq

More Civilians Escape Baghuz; Some IS Fighters Remain

Jordan’s PM appeals for more aid as most Syrian refugees set to stay

UN condemns deadly bombings in Idlib of Syria

Innovation necessary for deepening Tehran-Ankara ties

Earthquake of 5.1 magnitude hits Turkey's western coast; felt in Lesvos

Political alliances expand scope for Turkey's local elections

Bou Saab, interlocutors tackle general situation

Dabbour tackles with UNICEF representative means of cooperation

Kouyoumjian meets Richard, World Bank delegation

Enemy continues construction of concrete wall off Kfarkila

Netanyahu postpones meeting with Putin ‘due to Israeli internal political reasons’

Kahlon says he could support Gantz-led coalition ‘if it’s not leftist’

Netanyahu condemns antisemitism in conversation with Macron

Jordan urges expulsion of Israel envoy over al-Aqsa assault

Israeli foreign minister should apologise to Poland: US ambassador

Palestinian president rejects tax money from Israel

Abbas says will reject reduced tax reimbursement from Israel.

Jordan PM set to visit Kuwait tomorrow

Jordan, int'l community endorse $2.4b response plan to Syria crisis for 2019

PM checks on new emergency facilities, services at Amman’s Al Bashir Hospital

Gov’t dispatches officials to talk frustrated jobseekers into stopping protest marches to Amman

Iran to release Jordanian detainees, impose fine for illegal entrance

Jordanian-Iraqi political consultancy committee hold first meeting

Jordan urges expulsion of Israel envoy over al-Aqsa assault

Kuwait praises UNSG statement on missing citizens

Kuwait Foreign Ministry celebrates national days

Al-Shagaya project affirms Kuwait's interest in developing renewable energy -- oil minister

Oman calls for development of ties with Iran in science, technology

Paths to prosperity: Oman on right track for future

Indians in Oman asked to contribute to families of Pulwama victims

Oman Development Bank to host an annual symposium

UAE eases Qatar shipping ban, port circulars show

UAE eases Qatar shipping ban amid continuing dispute

‘Qatar a hospitable base for Muslim Brotherhood,’ says Washington think-tank

Saudi Arabia
India, Saudi Arabia Deepen Ties

UN official: prospects for sustainable Mideast peace are fading

US nuclear tech transfer to S. Arabia 'hypocrisy': Zarif

Tesla rival Lucid Motors wants to build factory in Saudi Arabia

Terror funding has ‘new face,’ warns Saudi Arabia's attorney general

UNICEF welcomes redeployment agreement from Hudaydah

Ports deal is chance for Yemen peace talks, says UN envoy

United Kingdom
May, Juncker hold "constructive" talks on Brexit

Three Tory MPs defect Tory defectors threaten to destroy Conservative party as they seek second referendum

Shamima Begum will not be able to use her baby's British citizenship to return to the UK, Government sources warn

UK investor body to apply red warning if a company's board lacks women

StanChart fined $133 million by Britain's financial watchdog

Health Minister Simon Harris survives Sinn Fein no confidence vote

Nine councils built 20 social homes or less in 2018

Porto 'raised €10.4m' in 2018 from city tourist tax levied since March

Rights of Portuguese in UK enshrined in law - Jeremy Hunt

Spain proposes $53 billion plan to tackle climate change

At Madrid trial, Catalan separatists cite judiciary’s lack of “moral authority”

Swiss bank UBS fined whopping $5.1 billion in France for tax fraud

Macron aides grilled in scathing Senate report on 'Benalla affair'

What France's high-speed TGV trains will look like in the future

Versailles Palace to finally receive delivery... 400 years after losing its marble

EU ambassadors agree to slap sanctions on eight Russians over Kerch Strait incident

Coreper Ambassadors Approve Compromise Amendments to EU Gas Directive

EU illegal migrant arrivals fall, stronger borders still needed – Frontex

Belgian retirees receiving ‘Hitler pensions’: report

Iberia gets six months to adapt to EU ownership rules in the case of a hard Brexit

MEPs occupy runway at military airbase

Russian armed formations in Donbas have more tanks than Germany or France – Poroshenko at UNGA

German state says RWE utility won’t touch Hambach forest until 2020

Namibia to borrow more from Germany

Denmark proposes legislation for UK citizens' rights in event of no-deal Brexit

Chancellor Kurz: Austria to Continue Nord Stream 2 Support Amid Opposition by US

Austrian Federal Railways shows interest in expanding ties with Azerbaijan

Swiss bank UBS fined over USD 4 billion for tax fraud

'Yellow vest' protesters stage peaceful demo in Geneva

Rome's ancient Largo di Torre Argentina to open to the public

Italy makes it harder for non-EU immigrants to claim 'citizens' income'

Italian police investigate banks in diamond fraud case

Italy's economy minister: Alitalia won't be nationalized

Holy See
In U.S., pope's summit on sex abuse seen as too little, too late

Sexual abuse victims demand to see Pope Francis, call for bishops to be fired

Pope Francis decries critics of church as 'friends of the devil'.

Residential school survivor calls Pope's absence from meeting with sex abuse victims 'disrespectful'

NATO Secretary General: Slovenia is a highly valued Ally

Slovenian bank NLB 2018 net profit falls by 10 percent

New Lake Emerging on Border between Croatia and Slovenia

Serbian Prime Minister’s Gay Partner Gives Birth To Baby Boy

Rights group slams ‘inhuman’ treatment of migrants in Greece

Trump congratulates Tsipras, Zaev on ratifying Prespes accord

Prime Minister Borisov Met with the Speaker of Northern Macedonia's parliament Talat Xhaferi

Over 70% of Young People in Bulgaria Think their Means of Living are Sufficient

Labour Ministry finalises negotiations with EP on four assumed directives and regulations

Drug trafficking ranks first among the causes dealt with by DIICOT in 2018

EU member states approve agreement obtained by Romania on Copyright Directive

Romania's presidency of EU Council, EP negotiate on future regulations on European funds

EU Warns Romanian Government Against Gutting Anticorruption Legislation

Bulgaria and Romania Will Work Together in the Development of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

A few more days and Hungary may celebrate again

Hungary joins European Blockchain Partnership

Ministerial Commissioner Hails Meeting of Hungarian Weekend Schools

Sweden-Hungary relations turn frosty as diplomatic row escalates Sweden-Hungary relations turn frosty as diplomatic row escalates

Hungary and Slovakia strain EU line on Jerusalem

Farmers blocked the traffic in Bratislava

Slovakia: After months of decrease, the unemployment rate rose in January

Czech Republic
Experts Gather To Clean Thousands Of Human Bones In Unique Czech Church

Polish opposition voices concern over strategic canal: report

US State Department urges dialogue between Poland, Israel: report

Poland to plough more money into railways

Poroshenko: Time to deprive Russia of its veto right at UN

Budget receipts from tourism fee in Ukraine 20.7% up in 2018 – Economy Ministry

Ukraine Commemorates Bloody Maidan Protests

State Standardization Committee told to focus on Belarus' national interests, export assistance

Belarusian digital government procurement system presented in London

Putin Warns US With 'Range and Speed' of New Weapons

Putin's Handouts to Stop Poll Slide

Russia releases video of its Poseidon nuclear-powered underwater drone

Putin: Work on advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile proceeding on schedule

NATO says Russian statements threatening to target Allies are unacceptable

Poroshenko: Russia seizes 27% of eastern Ukraine's industrial potential

7 Jehovah’s Witnesses Brutally Tortured in Russia, Spokesman Says

INSTEX launch to open up new opportunities for Russia: Ryabkov

Putin Threatens To Target U.S. With Missiles In State-Of-Nation Speech

Non-oil exports to Russia up 8.5% in 10 months on year

Moscow ready to cut time for nuclear strike on U.S. if necessary: Putin

Latvian Defense Ministry warns about fake emails from Russia

Estonia Orders Danske Bank Out After Money-Laundering Scandal

Survey: Estonians most unquestioning information disseminators in EU

Estonia redoubles efforts to attract global IT talent

New e-Estonia briefing centre opens in Tallinn

Finland won't strip citizenship from ISIS fighters, minister says

Finland taps WeChat for entry into China's cross-border e-commerce market

Finland's largest business school opens new home in Otaniemi

Finland's basic income trial helped happiness, not employment

Hungary-Sweden row over Nazi Germany comparison heats up

Swedes Seethe Over Documentary Claiming Their Ancestors Were Dark-Skinned

Norway may broker Venezuelan crisis

Egypt Says 'Two Is Enough' In New Family Planning Campaign

Egypt army says 8 jihadists killed in Sinai.

World Bank launches new strategy of support for Libya

Benghazi nursing conference in April

Libya Build construction exhibition announced for October 2019

Algeria: Anger after opposition leader barred from holding rally.

Morocco security forces use water cannon to break up demonstrations

Oil discovery brings corruption to the fore in Senegal election

Oil discovery brings corruption to the fore in Senegal election

Fear in Senegal as presidential election stirs up homophobia

Burkina Faso
In Burkina Faso, humanitarian camps house tens of thousands displaced by fighting.

Nigeria: Boko Haram kills at least 14 loggers near Maiduguri

‘Maintain calm’ and ‘exercise patience’ UN envoy urges, as Nigeria heads to polls

Cameroon: Anglophone separatists 'use children as a bargaining chip'.

Demos crackdown threat to talks on lifting Sudan blacklist: US official

South Sudan
UN experts urge all parties to stop conflict, end impunity and respect South Sudan peace deal

Ethiopia lauds His Highness Amir's role for tackling "Gulf rift"

More than 45,000 IDPs need urgent help in Central Gondar, Ethiopia

50% of ICU Patients in Kenya's Public Hospitals Die

'Wines of Alentejo' promoted in Angola, 2nd largest export market

British Fund provides USD 700 million for investment in Angola

Angola reaffirms commitment to blue economy

Angola, UK discuss air link between Luanda and London

Nurses, Midwives in Rwanda Accused of Using Forged Licenses

From Haiti to Madagascar: The world's forgotten crises

As economic crisis worsens, Zimbabweans miss Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe launches new currency measure

Hepatitis E outbreak exposes health's emergency unpreparedness - Namibia

South Africa
ANC welcomes Eskom aid, DA claims more will follow

Right2Know wants state capture commission to probe broadcasters

South Africa’s finance minister delivers a budget designed to steady the ship

South Africa to deliver budget faced with huge debt and blackouts

Australian rodent first known mammal made extinct by climate change

Amnesty Australia seeks inquiry over ‘monumental’ error in al-Araibi case

Silicosis a major epidemic 'worse than asbestos'

Australian retailers shut down by foreign competition

Cyclone Oma looking less likely to make landfall

New Zealand
Taxing Capital Gains: Tax Working Group Delivers Final Report

The Other Auckland Fruit Fly Response: Fruit And Vege Restriction For Otara

Auckland, Christchurch Govt Partnership: Mike Greer To Build Over 100 KiwiBuild Homes

NZ Taxpayers' Union - Capital gains tax proposal aggressive and unfair

NZ Govt - Most new public housing places in a decade

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