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John Kerry tells CNN Donald Trump criticism of Merkel 'inappropriate'

Outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that President-elect Donald Trump had been wrong to criticise "courageous" German leader Angela Merkel, calling his remarks "inappropriate".

Taiwan simulates China attacks as tension rises

Trump has riled Beijing by suggesting the "one China" policy could become a bargaining chip in negotiations over trade practises.

North Korea tells Barack Obama to get "packing"

North Korea denounced outgoing US President Barack Obama for blacklisting leader Kim Jong-Un's sister over human rights abuses, urging him to concentrate on "packing" as he exits the White House.

Australia, China, Malaysia say underwater search for MH370 is suspended
Australia, China, Malaysia say underwater search for MH370 is suspended

Australia last month dismissed an investigators` recommendation to shift the search further north, saying that no new evidence had emerged to support that.

Wife of Orlando nightclub gunman arrested on federal charges

The FBI on Monday arrested the wife of the gunman who killed 49 people at an Orlando gay nightclub last year, a massacre that intensified fears about attacks against Americans inspired by Islamic State, officials said.

Germany says NATO concerned about Donald Trump 'obsolete' remark

Germany`s Foreign Minister said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump`s comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.

US President-elect Donald Trump meets Martin Luther King Jr's son

US President-elect Donald Trump met with the eldest son of the late civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr. amid tensions escalating between the the New York magnate and prominent African-American leaders.

Five terror suspects arrested in Myanmar

Five terror suspects involved in fatal armed attacks on police and soldiers in Myanmar's Rakhine have been arrested, a local media reported on Tuesday.

French President Francois Hollande says EU requires no 'outside advice'

French President Francois Hollande has that the European Union (EU) "does not need external advice" to tell it what it has to do, a media report said on Tuesday.

Donald Trump can't be worse than Obama: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro
Donald Trump can't be worse than Obama: Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said "we have to wait" to see how US President-elect Donald Trump performs in the White House and that he did not think he could be "worse" than his outgoing American counterpart Barack Obama.

Istanbul nightclub attack: Gunman Abu Muhammed Horasani who 'killed' 39 people captured in police operation
Istanbul nightclub attack: Gunman Abu Muhammed Horasani who 'killed' 39 people captured in police operation

The gunman suspected of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year`s Day has been caught by police in the city`s Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper website and other media reports said on Tuesday.

Europe, NATO hit back at Donald Trump for his 'obsolete' comment
Europe, NATO hit back at Donald Trump for his 'obsolete' comment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel led a sharp European response to US President-elect Donald Trump Monday after he branded NATO "obsolete" and said more countries would leave the EU after Britain.

EU `worried` about any US embassy move to Jerusalem

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini on Monday advised the incoming Donald Trump administration against moving the US embassy to Jerusalem as she "worried" about a possible worldwide popular backlash. 

Barack Obama warns Donald Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal

The White House insisted that despite US reservations about other actions by Iran, Tehran was upholding its nuclear commitments.
 

Iraq forces retake IS-bombed `Jonah`s tomb` in Mosul

Iraqi forces battling the Islamic State group in Mosul on Monday retook an area where the jihadists levelled one of the city`s most well-known shrines in 2014, officials said.

Two million liberated from ISIS, says UK

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon today said the US-led coalition has made substantial progress in Syria and Iraq, leading to the liberation of over 2 million people from Islamic State (IS) control in the last year.

US Marines land in Norway for contested deployment

Some 300 US Marines arrived in Norway today for a rotational deployment in the Scandinavian country, to neighbouring Russia's dismay amid rising tensions with the West.

United Nations: Iran removes sensitive nuclear equipment from Fordo uranium enrichment site

The chief of the UN atomic agency says Iran has complied with a key commitment of its nuclear deal with six world powers by removing sensitive equipment from a strategic underground site.

EU nations react with surprise, defiance to Donald Trump remarks
EU nations react with surprise, defiance to Donald Trump remarks

Donald Trump predicted that Brexit - the British exit from the EU - would "end up being a great thing". 

At least 5 dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were killed in shooting at a nightclub in Mexico`s Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival.

Syrian rebels agree to attend peace talks

Syrian rebel groups have agreed to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan, in what Russia says is a boost to its diplomatic attempts to end the nearly six-year-old civil war.

US vice president visits Ukraine in show of support

Outgoing US Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ukraine today to support the war-scarred country's leaders amid concerns that ties could chill under Donald Trump.

India's NSG membership can't be farewell gift: China to US
India's NSG membership can't be farewell gift: China to US

China on Monday said admission of non- NPT signatories in NSG cannot be a "farewell gift" for countries to give to each other, a day after the outgoing Obama administration asserted that Beijing was an "outlier" in the efforts to make India a member of the elite nuclear club.

Syrian rebel groups say will attend Astana peace talks

Syrian rebel groups will attend talks in the Kazakh capital next week aimed at bringing an end to the country's nearly six-year war, rebel officials said today. "All the rebel groups are going. Everyone has agreed," said Mohammad Alloush, a leading figure in the Jaish al-Islam (Army of Islam) rebel group.

Federica Mogherini says European Union to stand by Iran nuclear accord

British foreign minister Boris Johnson, who spoke to the press ahead of the EU ministers meeting, also said the accord must be maintained.

Contract on THAAD deployment site may be delayed: South Korean official

The contract between South Korean military and Lotte Group to exchange military land for a golf course to deploy a US missile shield, THAAD, may be delayed, according to officials.

Donlad Trump promises health care 'for everybody'

President-elect Donald Trump wants health "insurance for everybody," no small feat in a country where millions are uninsured.

South Korean prosecutors seek arrest of Samsung heir Lee Kun-Hee

South Korean prosecutors on Monday sought the arrest of the heir to giant conglomerate Samsung for bribery in connection with a political scandal that has seen President Park Geun-Hye impeached. 

Oman says receives 10 detainees released from Guantanamo

Oman announced on Monday that it had taken in 10 prisoners released by the United States from its Guantanamo Bay military prison, part of a push by outgoing President Barack Obama to shrink the inmate population before leaving office.

Australia disappointed by Japan's continued whale hunt in Southern Ocean

Australia said on Monday it was "deeply disappointed" Japan had continued whaling in the Southern Ocean after anti-whaling activists published a photograph of a dead whale, and two days after Australian and Japanese leaders discussed the issue.