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Serbia may reintroduce compulsory military service: president

1 hour 42 min ago
(This Aug 21 story corrects number of helicopters to nine from ten in paragraph 9.)

Australian PM, fighting for political life, dumps tax policy

1 hour 51 min ago
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's grip on power slipped further on Wednesday when he was forced to abandon his centerpiece tax policy and a conservative rival in his own party canvassed support for an imminent second challenge.

Suicide attack kills six Sunni fighters in northern Iraq: police

2 hours 2 min ago
A suicide attack on a former Iraqi lawmaker's house killed at least six tribal militiamen and wounded seven others in a northern Sunni Muslim village early on Wednesday, police said.

Taiwan president says China is aiming to use pressure to affect elections

2 hours 8 min ago
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday China was exerting pressure on the island in an attempt to influence its politics, including upcoming local elections.

Iran cleric says Israel and U.S. will be targeted if Washington attacks

2 hours 34 min ago
A senior Iranian cleric warned Washington on Wednesday that if it attacked Iran, the United States and allied Israel would be targeted, as a war of words escalated after the reimposition of the U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Romanian ruling party leader says protest aimed to overthrow government

2 hours 51 min ago
An anti-government protest in Romania in which hundreds of people were injured this month was a failed attempt to overthrow the government, encouraged by the president, the leader of the ruling Social Democrat party said late on Tuesday.

Driver dies crashing car into Dutch city's town hall

3 hours 27 min ago
A man drove his car into the town hall of the Dutch city of Bemmel, near Arnhem and close to the German border, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, killing himself and causing a fire but injuring no others, local police said.

Typhoon forces Britain and Japan to cancel historic beach landing drill

3 hours 54 min ago
Britain and Japan canceled a plan for a simulated amphibious beach assault near Mount Fuji this week that would have been the first joint drill between their troops in Japan, officials said on Wednesday, as a typhoon approached the Japanese mainland.

U.S. not discussing recognition of Israel's Golan hold: Bolton

4 hours 28 min ago
The Trump administration is not discussing possible U.S. recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty over the Golan Heights, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said.

U.S.-Turkey crisis could end 'instantly' if pastor freed: Bolton

4 hours 37 min ago
Turkey could end its lira-battering crisis with the United States "instantly" by freeing a detained American pastor, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said, adding that a Qatari cash infusion would not help Ankara's economy.

U.S. sanctions on Iran more effective than expected: Bolton

4 hours 51 min ago
Sanctions that the United States reimposed on Iran have been more effective than expected, President Donald Trump's national security adviser said, although he noted the continuation of regional activity by Tehran opposed by Washington.

Trump adviser Bolton says Russia 'stuck' in Syria, Iran must leave

4 hours 56 min ago
Russia is "stuck" in Syria and looking for others to fund its post-war reconstruction, U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said, describing this as an opportunity for Washington to press for Iranian forces to quit the civil war-wracked country.

China expects Taiwan's last Africa ally will switch to Beijing soon

5 hours 28 min ago
China expects self-ruled Taiwan's last diplomatic ally in Africa, the Kingdom of eSwatini, will switch to Beijing soon, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Wednesday, a day after China won over the third Taipei ally in a year.

Australian PM faces new leadership challenge from conservative rival

5 hours 55 min ago
A second challenge to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's leadership loomed on Wednesday, a day after Turnbull rejected the resignations of seven Cabinet members who had backed a rival who is openly preparing a new bid.

U.S. reviewing El Salvador relationship after Taiwan break: spokesman

6 hours 3 min ago
The United States is "deeply disappointed" by El Salvador's decision to break diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of China and is reviewing its relationship with San Salvador as a result, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department said on Tuesday.

Besieged Australian PM expected to address press at 0300 GMT: ABC

6 hours 9 min ago
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. (0300 GMT) in Canberra, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported on Wednesday, a day after he narrowly survived a leadership challenge from within his party.

Venezuelans flood into Ecuador, defying passport rules

7 hours 27 min ago
More than 200 Venezuelans crossed the border illegally into Ecuador on Tuesday, fleeing a deepening economic and political crisis at home in a desperate race to get to Peru before new entry restrictions kick in on Saturday.

Mexico's new government wants fintech, banks to help financial inclusion

7 hours 34 min ago
Mexico's next government will look to fintech companies and large corporate banks to increase financial inclusion in the country, where only one-third of adults have a bank account, senior officials said on Tuesday.

Powerful quake hits Venezuela coast, damage limited

7 hours 49 min ago
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.3 struck Venezuela's eastern coast, home to largely poor fishing communities, on Tuesday afternoon, shaking buildings as far away as Colombian capital Bogota and knocking power out in parts of Trinidad.

U.S. commander in South Korea says he supports plan to reduce DMZ outposts

7 hours 51 min ago
The top commander of U.S. troops in South Korea said on Wednesday he supports moves to withdraw some outposts along the fortified border with North Korea, despite the risks.