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Protests sweep Lebanon for a second day

Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis.

Last Soviet leader Gorbachev urges Russia, U.S. to hold nuclear talks

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, warned on Friday that the world was drifting into a dangerous era of militarised politics and appealed to Moscow and Washington to sit down for urgent nuclear arms control talks.

Climate fears catapult Greens into mix for Swiss cabinet seat

Perched nearly 2,000 meters above the Swiss ski village of Lenk, a lake has emerged as the Plaine Morte glacier melts. When it burst it sent billions of liters of water gushing into the valley below and prompted a precautionary evacuation last July.

China seeks to boost certified elderly caregivers by 2 million

China has scrapped a requirement of formal education for people seeking to be certified as caregivers for the elderly in a bid to increase their number by 2 million and plug a supply shortage.

Thousands converge on Barcelona for fifth day of Catalan protests

Hundreds of thousands of pro-independence supporters from across Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia are expected to pour into Barcelona on Friday, as unions called for a general strike on the fifth day of protests following the jailing of nine separatist leaders.

Cartel gunmen terrorize Mexican city, free El Chapo's son

Heavily armed fighters surrounded security forces in a Mexican city on Thursday and made them free one of drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's sons, after his capture triggered gunbattles and a prison break that sent civilians scurrying for cover.

Hong Kong court upholds ban on same-sex civil partnerships

A Hong Kong court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage and civil union partnerships on Friday after a lesbian identified as 'MK' launched the city's first judicial challenge on the issue, stating it violated her constitutional rights.

Pompeo seeks to assure Israel-U.S focus stays on Iran 'threat'

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo underscored U.S.-Israeli efforts to counter Iran in talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, in an apparent attempt to ease concerns in Israel that Tehran could exploit a U.S. military pullback in Syria.

Shelling heard around Syrian town after Turkish-U.S. ceasefire deal

Shelling and gunfire resounded around the northeast Syrian town of Ras al Ain on Friday, a day after Turkey agreed with the United States to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw.

Lebanon's PM cancels cabinet meeting: Al Manar TV citing minister

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has canceled a cabinet meeting scheduled for Friday amid nationwide protests, Al Manar TV quoted the interior minister as saying.

Hong Kong braces for weekend of fresh anti-government protests

Hong Kong is preparing for a weekend of demonstrations, including a human chain at major subway lines on Friday and a democracy march on Sunday, the latest moves in more than four months of anti-government protests.

Holiday Inn-owner IHG hit by weak China, Hong Kong bookings

Holiday Inn-owner InterContinental Hotels Group blamed lower business bookings in China and Hong Kong protests for a 0.8% fall in third-quarter revenue per room on Friday, the latest company to be pinched by weaker global travel.

Hong Kong tourism fall hits cognac sales at Remy Cointreau

French spirits maker Remy Cointreau said falling tourism in Hong Kong hurt cognac sales in its second quarter, as a revenue decline deepened across the group.

NBA's Silver says Hong Kong tweet furor already hit league's bottom line

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said on Thursday that the fallout following a tweet from a Houston Rockets official who backed the Hong Kong democracy protests has already cost the league substantial financial losses in China.

Southern Korean police detain 19 students at U.S. envoy's residence

Nineteen South Korean student demonstrators were detained on Friday after a group illegally entering the grounds of the U.S. ambassador's residence in Seoul, police said.

Cathay Pacific shelves U.S. dollar bond plans amid Hong Kong unrest

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has shelved plans for its first U.S. dollar debt deal in 23 years, the airline said on Friday, after sources told Reuters that global investors had baulked at the pricing due to civil unrest in Hong Kong.

As Troubles cast long shadow, Brexit stakes are high in Northern Ireland's border city

Just a few kilometers from the border with Ireland, the people of Northern Ireland's second city of Londonderry know exactly what is at stake as Britain seeks to seal its departure from the European Union.

Brexit on a knife edge as PM Johnson stakes all on 'Super Saturday' vote

Britain's exit from the European Union hung on a knife-edge on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to convince doubters to rally behind his last-minute European Union divorce deal in an extraordinary vote in parliament.

Lebanese PM may cancel cabinet meeting; plans speech: party-linked website

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri may cancel Friday's cabinet meeting amid nationwide protests against the government over an economic crisis, a website affiliated to his party said.

Goldman Sachs raises probability on Brexit deal to 65% after EU agreement

Goldman Sachs said it had raised its estimate on the probability of a Brexit deal to 65% from 60% after Britain struck a new divorce agreement with the European Union that still needs British parliamentary backing.

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