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Brazil`s Rousseff stripped of presidency, Temer sworn in

Brazil`s Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country`s presidency in an impeachment vote Wednesday and replaced by her bitter rival Michel Temer, shifting Latin America`s biggest economy sharply to the right.

Italian earthquake survivors now brave cold, rain, fear of being forgotten

The 3,500 people who lost their homes a week ago in the earthquake that shook Central Italy and were sheltering in tents must now brave rain, cold and, above all, a fear of being forgotten.

Inaugural commercial flight from US lands in Cuba

The first regular commercial flight in more than 50 years from the United States landed in Cuba on Wednesday, as the two nations took the latest step in their efforts to boost ties.

Israel approves 463 settlement homes: Watchdog

Israel approved Wednesday the construction of 463 homes for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, the watchdog Peace Now said, drawing a sharp rebuke from the United States.

Brazil's Senate strips Dilma Rousseff of presidency
Brazil's Senate strips Dilma Rousseff of presidency

Brazil's Dilma Rousseff was on Wednesday stripped of the country's presidency in a Senate impeachment vote ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest economy.

Naked Donald Trump statue up for auction, could fetch $20,000

A life-sized nude statue of US Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is going up for auction, with profits from the sale going to an immigrant support group.

UN a steady partner in Myanmar's reform, reconciliation process: Ban Ki-moon

The United Nations has been a steady partner supporting the reform and reconciliation process in Myanmar, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon told the 21st Century Panglong Ethnic Conference here on Wednesday.

16 killed in Yemen airstrikes

At least 16 civilians were killed on Wednesday in airstrikes carried out by the Saudi-led Arab coalition against the northern Yemeni city of Saada, a stronghold of the Houthi rebel movement.

Kazakhstan arrests 21 suspected of plotting terrorist attacks

Kazakhstan said Wednesday it had arrested 21 members of radical groups plotting terror attacks in public places, after two deadly attacks that fuelled fears of rising extremism.

Maldives issues arrest warrant for ex-president Nasheed

The Maldives government said on Wednesday it was seeking the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed for failing to return to the archipelago to complete a prison sentence after receiving medical treatment in Britain.

No second vote or attempt to stay in EU by "back door": UK PM
No second vote or attempt to stay in EU by "back door": UK PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May told members of her government on Wednesday that they would have to deliver Brexit, ruling out any second referendum or any attempt to stay in the European Union by the "back door".

Turkey arrests 815 this year in Islamic State crackdown: Minister
Turkey arrests 815 this year in Islamic State crackdown: Minister

Turkey has arrested 815 people since the start of 2016 in its fight against Islamic State, and more than half of those were foreigners, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said in remarks broadcast on Turkish television channels on Wednesday.

Kazakhstan arrests 21 suspected of plotting `terrorist` attacks

Kazakhstan said Wednesday it had arrested 21 members of radical groups plotting terror attacks in public places, after two deadly attacks that fuelled fears of rising extremism.

Australia's Turnbull hit over same-sex marriage as Parliament opens

Under pressure from what Labor called in a press release "open revolt", Turnbull showed no signs of backing down.

Iranian ex-general killed fighting jihadists in Syria

A retired Iranian general has been killed while battling jihadists as a volunteer in northern Syria, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.

Turkey does `not accept` ceasefire with Syrian Kurd militia

Turkey on Wednesday said it did "not accept" US claims that it had agreed a truce with Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria.

After blast, China tells citizens in Kyrgyzstan to avoid going out

Authorities in Kyrgyzstan, a mostly Muslim former Soviet republic of 6 million people, routinely detain suspected militants they accuse of being linked to Islamic State, which actively recruits in Central Asia.

Somalia hotel attack death toll rises to 15

At least 15 people died when jihadists exploded a suicide car bomb outside a popular hotel close to the presidential palace in Somalia's capital Mogadishu, police said today, updating an earlier toll.

Saudi Arabia says Houthis will not be allowed to take over Yemen

Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies accuse the Houthis of being pawns of Iran and have launched a military intervention to restore Hadi to power.

John Kerry says no military solution to South China Sea dispute
John Kerry says no military solution to South China Sea dispute

US Secretary of State John Kerry called on Wednesday on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal`s decision on the disputed South China Sea and said there was no military solution to the problem.

Indonesia's Widodo masters the politics, but reform agenda fades
Indonesia's Widodo masters the politics, but reform agenda fades

As growth slowed to its weakest for six years in 2015, Widodo began rolling out a series of deregulation packages to drive industry and employment beyond the economy`s traditional mainstays of agriculture and mineral extraction.

Nine people killed in flooded Japanese old people's home

More than 1,000 other people were forced from their homes by the flooding brought by Typhoon Lionrock.

Chinese military commissions its 1st air ambulance

China has commissioned its first military air ambulance for cross-border army operations, naval missions and evacuation of wounded military personnel.

Brazil Senate braces for Dilma Rousseff impeachment vote
Brazil Senate braces for Dilma Rousseff impeachment vote

Two thirds of the Senate -- 54 of 81 senators -- must vote in favor of impeachment to convict her.

Japan eyes record defence budget to develop anti-ship missiles

If approved by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s cabinet, it would be the fifth straight year the government sets a record defence budget.

Jitters in rebel heartland over peace in Colombia

Esperanza Rivera, who grew up in the same mountains that gave birth to the FARC guerrillas, is happy about the Colombian peace deal -- but worries about what comes next.

Venezuela`s Maduro vows crackdown on protest violence

Maduro accused the United States of plotting against leftist governments in Latin America.
 

US commander slams Iran for provocative moves in Gulf

The US maintains a near-continuous naval presence in the Gulf and thus has frequent, mostly benign, encounters with Iranian vessels.

US lauds fragile respite between Turkey, Kurdish fighters in Syria

The United States welcomed an apparent pause in fighting between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on Tuesday, both of them members of the coalition fighting Islamic State, but it was far from clear that any truce would hold.