Chinese ambassador warns Canada to stop rallying allies


China's ambassador to Canada warned the Canadian government Thursday to stop recruiting international support in its feud with China and threatened retaliation if Canada bans Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei for security reasons. Ambassador Lu Shaye said last month's arrest of a top Huawei Technologies executive was an act of "backstabbing"… Read


Australian police arrest man over Israeli student's murder


Australian police arrested a man Friday for questioning over the murder of an Israeli student who was killed while walking home late at night this week in the second largest city. Aiia Maasarwe was slain at 12:10 a.m. on Wednesday shortly after she got off a tram in the Melbourne… Read


Trump stops Pelosi from using military plane for overseas trip in shutdown fight


U.S. President Donald Trump's conflict with Democrats over a partial U.S. government shutdown escalated on Thursday with Trump denying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi use of military aircraft for an overseas trip in apparent retaliation for her suggestion that he delay the annual State of the Union address. The rising tension… Read


UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle


Britain's last-minute scramble to shape an EU exit, its biggest policy upheaval in half a century, stalled on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dug in their heels for competing visions. After May's two-year attempt to forge an amicable divorce with an independent trade… Read


Cohen says he rigged online polls for Trump in 2014, 2015


U.S. President Donald Trump's estranged former lawyer acknowledged Thursday that he paid a technology company to rig Trump's standing in two online polls before the presidential campaign. Michael Cohen tweeted that "what I did was at the direction of and for the sole benefit of" Trump. "I truly regret my… Read


Trump missile defense review calls N Korea 'extraordinary threat'


President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that called North Korea an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated. The plan, which also detailed concerns about the burgeoning capabilities of Iran, Russia and China, called… Read


Trump weighs dramatic tightening of U.S. embargo on Cuba


The Trump administration is weighing what could become the most serious tightening of the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba in more than two decades — a move that could unleash a flurry of lawsuits against foreign companies that have invested on the island. A 1996 law known as the Helms-Burton… Read


Israel slams Malaysia for banning its athletes


Israel on Thursday accused Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of "rabid anti-Semitism" after he said his country would not host any more sports events involving competitors from the Jewish state. Last week Mohamad said Israeli swimmers would not be allowed into Malaysia -- a Muslim majority country -- for a… Read


U.N. says Yemen monitors safe after Hodeida shooting


A United Nations team tasked with overseeing a truce in Yemen came under fire but was unharmed in the flashpoint city of Hodeida Thursday, hours after the Security Council approved expanding the mission. Chief monitor Patrick Cammaert and his team were "safe in Hodeida following reported shooting incident", tweeted the… Read


Body of Canadian found days after abduction in Burkina Faso

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A Canadian national has been found dead a day after reports of his kidnapping by suspected jihadists in Burkina Faso's volatile north near the Niger border, the West African nation's security ministry said Thursday. The ministry said Kirk Woodman's body was found 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the site where… Read

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