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African bloc rows back on calls for Congo election recount

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Thursday rowed back on calls earlier this week for a recount in the Democratic Republic of Congo's disputed presidential election.

Indonesian presidential candidates spar over corruption, law in debate

Indonesian President Joko Widodo traded barbs with election rival Prabowo Subianto over issues including corruption and law enforcement in a first debate on Thursday three months ahead of voting in the world's third-biggest democracy.

North Korea deemed 'extraordinary threat' in Trump missile defense review

President Donald Trump was unveiling a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated. 

Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights: rights group

Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even investigate suspected war crimes, global pressure group Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.

Gunmen kill Ghanaian journalist who helped expose soccer graft

Gunmen in Ghana have shot dead an investigative journalist who helped uncover corruption in soccer, rights groups and his employer said on Thursday.

Portugal promises no visas for Britons in any no-deal Brexit

Britons living in Portugal will keep their residency rights and tourists won't need a visa even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and Lisbon hopes Britain would offer the same benefits to Portuguese citizens, Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira said.

Reluctant Labour leader still coy on prospect of new Brexit referendum

It doesn't take much for Britain's main opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, to win a cheer from his Labour Party faithful -- the ovations the left-wing leader gets for his promises to build a fairer society have become the stuff of political lore.

Estonia scraps key part of new anti-money laundering legislation

Estonia scrapped a key part of planned legislation to toughen its laws against money laundering, drafted in the wake of a scandal involving Denmark's Danske Bank.

North Korea called 'extraordinary threat' in Trump missile defense review

U.S. President Donald Trump is due to unveil a revamped missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared that the nuclear treat had been eliminated. 

Putin accuses Kosovo of stirring tensions by setting up its own army

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused authorities in Kosovo of taking a series of provocative steps, including deciding to set up its own army, a move he said had ratcheted up tensions with Serbia and could destabilize the region.

Car bomb in Colombian police academy kills eight

A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least eight people and wounding 10 in what the authorities condemned as terrorism.

Man charged with spying for China advised former Polish PM: radio

Polish private radio RMF FM, citing confirmation from the Prime Minister's office, said a Polish man arrested on charges of spying for China last week was an advisor to former Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

Brazil prosecutors suspend probe into funds handled by ex-driver of Bolsonaro's son

Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors said on Thursday they were temporarily suspending an investigation into suspicious payments handled by the former driver of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's son, Flavio, due to a Supreme Court ruling.

North Korea envoy headed to U.S. to meet Pompeo, possibly Trump: source

A North Korean envoy was headed for Washington on Thursday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with President Donald Trump to lay the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Car bomb in Colombia police academy kills five: Bogota mayor

A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia's capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least five people and wounding about 10, the city's mayor said.

Canadian found dead in Burkina Faso after kidnapping

A Canadian kidnapped this week in a restive region of Burkina Faso has been found dead, a spokesman for the security ministry said on Thursday, drawing condemnation from Canadian and Burkina Faso foreign ministers.

EU open to more ambitious deal with Britain: Barnier

The European Union is open to the possibility of a "more ambitious" Brexit deal than the one rejected by the British parliament, the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Thursday.

Portugal vows no visas for Britons in no-deal Brexit: minister

Britons living in Portugal will keep their residency rights and tourists won't need a visa even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and Lisbon hopes Britain would offer the same benefits to Portuguese citizens, Economy Minister Pedro Siza Vieira said.

Protesters clash with Sudan police in latest anti-Bashir unrest

Stone-throwing protesters clashed with Sudanese security forces in the capital Khartoum on Thursday in the latest round of demonstrations against President Omar al-Bashir's rule that erupted a month ago.

Car bomb explodes in Colombia police barracks, several dead: police

A car bomb exploded in a police barracks on Thursday in Colombia's capital Bogota, causing several deaths and injuries, police and Bogota's mayor said.

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