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Today โ€” December 13th 2018World

Tunisia doctors protest against wage disclosure

- Hundreds of lawyers and doctors in Tunisia protested on Wednesday against a new law that will force them to disclose their salaries as part of a government bid to raise taxes.

Dutch church holding non-stop service to block deportations hopes for Christmas miracle

Worshippers at a church in the Netherlands that have been holding round-the-clock prayer services for more than six weeks to prevent an Armenian family from being deported are hoping for a Christmas miracle.

Trump says trade deal pays for border wall, Democrats scoff

U.S. Democratic leaders rebuked President Donald Trump on Thursday for saying Mexico will pay for a border wall through a new trade deal, while Mexico's new president said the topic has not come up in his talks with Trump.

Somali ex-Islamist militant running for regional government is arrested, sparking violent protests

By Lucia Suarez Sang

A former Islamist leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab extremists now running for a regional presidency was arrested and beaten Thursday, prompting violent protests between his supporters and security forces, his spokesman and officials said.

Hungary's 'slave law' passes, sparking protests in parliament and on the streets

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Wednesday showed no signs of heeding US and European Union warnings to rein in his "illiberal state," instead introducing new laws that critics say will tighten his grip on power.

  • December 13th 2018 at 16:27

Fire destroys 8,000 voting machines 10 days ahead of Congo's presidential election

A fire still under investigation has destroyed 8,000 voting machines in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital -- 80% of the city's stock -- just 10 days ahead of a presidential election, the nation's electoral body and police said Thursday.

  • December 13th 2018 at 15:31

Brexit: Why is the Irish border 'backstop' such a big deal?

One of the big fears in the Brexit debate is that Britain's departure from the EU will mean the reintroduction of border posts on the frontier between Northern Ireland, which remains part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member.

  • December 13th 2018 at 14:12

South African 'cannibal case' men get life sentences

When a South African traditional healer wandered into a police station last year and told officers he was "tired of eating human flesh," the police struggled to believe his morbid claim.

  • December 13th 2018 at 13:20

'What gives them the right to bomb us?' Exhausted Yemenis demand halt to war

A young man wide-eyed and horrified rushes into a hospital in Yemen's war-torn Hodeidah province.

  • December 13th 2018 at 10:57

Two technicians die at Antarctica research station

Two technicians have been found dead at a US research station in Antarctica after a helicopter pilot spotted smoke coming from a building.

  • December 13th 2018 at 17:16

'Congo Does Not Take Any Orders From Anybody': Interview With President Joseph Kabila

By Ofeibea Quist-Arcton
Joseph Kabila, the outgoing president of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits in a garden at his personal ranch on Monday.

Joseph Kabila is barred from seeking a third consecutive term as president of Congo, where elections are scheduled later this month. But he doesn't rule out running again in the future.

(Image credit: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images)

  • December 13th 2018 at 17:10

Under-fire UNAIDS chief offers to resign in June

Scandal-plagued UNAIDS head Michel Sidibe offered Thursday to resign in June, following an expert report that said his "defective leadership" had plunged the agency into crisis. The timeline for the departure,...

  • December 13th 2018 at 01:00

Nigeria launches $1.1bn lawsuit against Shell, Eni

The Nigerian government is taking oil giants Shell and Eni to court in London, requesting the return of $1.1 billion (969 million euros) as part of a case of alleged corruption dating back to 2011, Bloomberg...

  • December 13th 2018 at 01:00

In an African first, a cannabis expo...without cannabis

Andre Kruger's stand at Africa's first ever cannabis exposition displayed an indoor growing tent, complete with state-of-the-art lighting imported from the United States and fittings for a high-tech hydroponic irrigation system.

Dutch fudge or Walloon macaroon? EU weighs gift for May

Dutch fudge is off the summit table as EU lawyers look closer to home in Belgium for a model of what leaders can offer Prime Minister Theresa May in the way of reassurances to help her sell a Brexit deal at home in Britain.

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role

Yemen's warring parties agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict.

Jordan braces for more anti-austerity protests

Jordanian authorities deployed hundreds of riot police in the capital and warned activists to stay within the law on Thursday ahead of another protest against the government's tough austerity measures backed by the International Monetary Fund.

Mexico will pay for wall with trade, Trump says after call with Mexican president

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Mexico is paying for a border wall through trade and he did not mention the subject on a call with his Mexican counterpart, as he focuses on getting the U.S. Congress to fund the project.

Make your Brexit mind up: EU leader's Xmas wish for May

If Britons would just make their minds up about what they want for Brexit, the European Union will help make it happen, one EU leader said in a light-hearted tweet as a pre-Christmas summit got under way.

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