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Togo-flagged ship collides with Russian vessel, 78 evacuated: Turkish official.

ISTANBUL - A Togo-flagged ship collided with a Russian intelligence vessel near Turkey's Black Sea Coast on Thursday, and some 78 crew members had been evacuated from the Russian ship, a Turkish coastal safety official told Reuters.

- Reuters - US

Facing death: 'She was tied up next to me, I said I love you'.

Two young backpackers have told their horror account of being kidnapped, assaulted and robbed at gunpoint while travelling through Guatemala.Jayson Peter Kelly, 25, and Kirsten Smith, 25, from Cairns, Queensland were just eight...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

New Silicon Valley perk: paid time off to protest.

Like thousands of Bay Area residents, software engineer Risha Mars skipped work on International Women's Day to rally for women's issues on the steps of San Francisco's City Hall. About a month before the protest, Mars's company – a San Francisco startup called Buoyant – joined a handful of others in announcing that it ...

- Yahoo! News - US

China flags global naval role after new carrier launch.

China's navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new warships appearing in far-flung places.

- Times Of India - IN

Hissène Habré, Ex-Ruler of Chad, Loses War Crimes Appeal.

The ruling cements a verdict that could be used to hunt dictators around the world, rights experts said.

- New York Times - US

EU defense chiefs huddle on Libya.

Libyan has requested the EU provide an extensive range of equipment and boats for its coast guard to stop migrants. The EU is concerned over a wave of migrants using chaotic Libya as a springboard to reach Europe.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

A new era of digital underwater communications.

Satellites and mobile phones, built on international standards, help the world get connected. But the communications technology we use on land does not work well underwater. As water covers over 70 per cent of the earth's surface, NATO has sponsored research into establishing the first ever digital underwater communications ...

- NATO - INT

China vows weapons tests as U.S. grapples with 'grave' North Korea threat.

Amid signs China may actually be squeezing Kim regime, U.S. missile defense system draws thinly-veiled response from Beijing

- CBS NEWS - US

Jets bomb two hospitals in Syria's Idlib: medics, witnesses.

AMMAN - Jets believed to be Russian or Syrian hit two hospitals in rebel-held Idlib province on Thursday following several other strikes on medical facilities in northwestern Syria in recent weeks, residents, medical workers and activists said.

- Reuters - US

French Court Refuses to Extradite Former Kosovo Leader.

Ramush Haradinaj, who served as a rebel commander during the conflict with Serbia, had been arrested on a Serbian warrant.

- New York Times - US

Israelis Learn to Live With a New Neighbor: Islamic State.

While most attention has focused on Islamic State's shrinking but still vast territory in eastern Syria and northwestern Iraq, the extremist group has also proved surprisingly resilient in a pocket of southern Syria near Israeli-populated towns and villages in the Golan Heights.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Prominent powwow set to begin in wake of pipeline protests

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. " One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico.The Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque comes in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

BOJ keeps lax monetary policy, forecasts steady growth

TOKYO " Japan's central bank kept its ultra-lax monetary policy unchanged Thursday, forecasting that growth in the world's third-largest economy would remain steady through the fiscal year ending in March 2018.The Bank of Japan...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Duterte threatens to block renewal of ABS-CBN's franchise

President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday continued to lash out at a pair of media companies over what he says is unfair coverage dating back to the campaign period.

- GMA News - PH

Cosby, daughter, lawyer speak out as sex assault trial looms

PHILADELPHIA " Bill Cosby and his delegates are speaking out in select media interviews Wednesday, a month before jury selection starts in his Pennsylvania sex assault trial.Cosby tells a black news service that he is working...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Paris: El-Baraka community school a blessing to Sevran

Dismayed with prospects for troubled young people, Faouzi Lellouche and his wife Farida built a school in a tower block.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Wisconsin Gov. Walker: Won't remove sheriff over jail death

MADISON, Wis. " Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he won't remove Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke from office over the death of an inmate who was denied water for seven days.Walker said while he has the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Why are so many women still dying in childbirth?

In the last 25 years more than 10 million women have died worldwide due to pregnancy related issues.

- Al Jazeera - QA

HSN CEO to step down to take top job at Weight Watchers

NEW YORK " The CEO of the heavyweight of home shopping on TV is leaving that job to take the top spot at Weight Watchers International Inc.The companies said separately Wednesday that Mindy Grossman is leaving HSN Inc. on May...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Why aren't more men working in childcare?

The numbers of men working in childcare have risen by more than two thirds in Germany since 2006. But the proportion of men continues to be extremely small - not only because of the modest wages.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

NASCAR stars are no longer driving into their 50s

CHARLOTTE, N.C. " Just a generation ago, NASCAR drivers raced until they were embarrassing themselves, the money ran out or they simply couldn't make it to the track anymore. They could compete into their mid-50s, and make a...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Exclusive: Taiwan president says phone call with Trump can take place again

TAIPEI - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said a direct phone call with U.S. President Donald Trump could take place again and she urged the self-ruled island's political rival China to step up to its global responsibility to keep the peace as a large nation.

- Reuters - US

News24.com | Mandela's memory evoked at anti-Zuma rally

Having failed to implement Nelson Mandela's vision, President Jacob Zuma must step down, the late president's assistant Zelda La Grange, said at a freedom movement rally in Pretoria.

- News24.com - ZA

NATO Deputy Secretary General visits California

NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller arrived in Los Angeles late on Wednesday , for a five day visit to California that will include meetings at the RAND Corporation, Google, Palantir, and Stanford University.

- NATO - INT

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU

The German chancellor says the future UK-EU relationship can only be discussed once exit issues are resolved.

- BBC - UK

Armed man arrested on suspicion of terrorism near U.K. Parliament

Police say no known threat after arrest and no injuries as man with knives taken into custody in London

- CBS NEWS - US

Build the wall: It's not just the U.S. that has put up physical barriers in recent years

As President Donald Trump marks 100 days in office, he is vowing to keep his campaign promise to build a wall along the border with Mexico. Despite widespread skepticism and Mexico's refusal to pay for the wall, as Trump has demanded, the U.S. government has been soliciting bids and test sections...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Rumors rife as gas restrictions in N. Korean capital drag on

PYONGYANG, North Korea " An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Afghanistan- Juwin road put into service after being asphalted

Afghanistan- Juwin road put into service after being asphalted...

- MENAFN - JO

Exclusive: U.N. criticizes Myanmar plan to resettle Rohingya in 'camp-like' villages

YANGON - The United Nations' refugee agency has criticized a Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent violence in "camp-like" villages, saying it risks stoking tensions, according to a document seen by Reuters.

- Reuters - US

Russian intelligence ship sinks off Turkey's Black Sea coast: authorities

ISTANBUL - A Russian naval intelligence ship sank off Turkey's Black Sea coast on Thursday after colliding with a vessel carrying livestock and all 78 personnel on board were evacuated, Turkey's coastal safety authority said.

- Reuters - US

Donald Trump: US to renegotiate NAFTA, not scrap it

US, Mexico and Canada agree to renegotiate NAFTA - hours after rumours of new executive order to leave the trade pact.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Russian warship sinks in the Black Sea after collision

All 78 personnel of Russian intelligence vessel evacuated after collision with a Togo-flagged freighter.

- Al Jazeera - QA

100 days of Trump: Jay Z's 'Race' and other documentaries you need to watch

As the US president reaches the 100-day mark, these films shed led on the polemical leader and the issues he is facing. Among the upcoming docu-series also exploring Trump's America is a project on race by rapper Jay Z.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

News24.com | WRAP - Calls for a Zuma-free SA on Freedom Day

Freedom Day has been marked by the jokes and jeering of a defiant President Jacob Zuma, as various detractors continued a chorus of calls for his political demise.

- News24.com - ZA

Donald Trump gives greater power to Pentagon over US troop numbers

The White House is giving the Pentagon greater flexibility to determine the number of US troops in Iraq and Syria, in another move by President Donald Trump to shift greater power to his military leaders.The decision will give defence...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

The Latest: Jury to weigh life, death for ambush killer

MILFORD, Pa. " The Latest on the trial of a survivalist who ambushed two troopers at a state police barracks :4:25 p.m.A prosecutor has asked jurors to give the death sentence to a man who ambushed two Pennsylvania...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Russian navy intelligence ship sinks after collision with freighter off Turkish coast 

The Liman had previously been deployed for three months off Syria in the Mediterranean Sea.

- Washington Post - US

Conservatives back revised health bill, GOP moderates balk

WASHINGTON " The moribund Republican health care bill received a jolt of life Wednesday when the conservative House Freedom Caucus endorsed a revised version of the measure. But a leading GOP moderate criticized the reshaped...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Paraguay congress axes measure for presidential re-election

ASUNCION, Paraguay " Paraguay's Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for presidential re-election, voting nearly four weeks after a secret Senate ballot to approve the measure...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Bato dela Rosa: Zero incident on eve of ASEAN Summit

The Philippine National Police recorded zero incident on the eve of the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit, as PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa expressed satisfaction on the security measures being implemented.

- GMA News - PH

Morocco's parliament approves new government after crisis

RABAT, Morocco " Morocco's parliament has approved a new coalition government created to end months of political and economic deadlock.The Chamber of Representatives voted 208- 91 on Wednesday for the government of new Prime...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Afghanistan- Casualties as forces, Taliban clash in Ghazni

Afghanistan- Casualties as forces, Taliban clash in Ghazni...

- MENAFN - JO

Could manmade clouds save the Great Barrier Reef?

Researchers in Australia are turning to cloud-brightening technology in a bid to save the Great Barrier Reef. But they warn it will only buy time, and we must reduce carbon emissions.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

Marwan officiated wedding of Nobleza and Dongon -- PNP chief

No less than Malaysian bomb maker Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan had officiated the wedding of Supt. Maria Cristina Nobleza and Abu Sayyaf member Renoor Lou Dongon.

- GMA News - PH

News24.com | German soldier posing as refugee arrested in attack plot

A German soldier who led a "double life" pretending to be a Syrian refugee has been arrested on suspicion he planned a gun attack with racist motives.

- News24.com - ZA

Israel blamed for strike on Syrian military installation

Minister of Intelligence in Israel won't confirm attack, but says it would "matches our declared policy" of blocking weapons from Hezbollah

- CBS NEWS - US

Sport24.co.za | ICC passes changes to curb 'Big 3' dominance

The ICC has received a thumping mandate from its members to proceed with a broad restructure aimed at curbing the dominance of the "Big Three".

- News24.com - ZA

3 Indian soldiers, 2 suspected rebels killed in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India " At least three Indian soldiers and two suspected rebels were killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday after militants stormed a military camp close to the heavily militarized Line of Control dividing...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

British police arrest man reportedly with knife near UK ministries

LONDON - British police said on Thursday a man had been arrested and armed officers were seen on Whitehall, the street home to numerous government ministries in central London, with a BBC reporter saying two knives had been seen.

- Reuters - US