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Saudi women will also be allowed to drive motorcycles

Saturday  15:51,   16 december 2017
AFP

Saudi Arabian women will be able to drive trucks and motorcycles, officials have said three months after the kingdom announced a historic decision to end a ban on women driving. In September, King Salman issued a decree saying women will be able to[...]

Fancy Sausages and a $2 Million Bribe: A Trial Uncovers Kremlin Infighting

Saturday  15:36,   16 december 2017
The New York Times

Aleksei V. Ulyukayev, a former economy minister, has been convicted of corruption after a power struggle with the head of the state oil company.MOSCOW — Aleksei V. Ulyukayev, a former economy minister in Russia who had clashed with a close ally of[...]

First gay marriages take place in Australia

Saturday  14:06,   16 december 2017
AFP

Australia's first gay weddings took place Saturday, ushering in a new era after the country's marriage equality law came into effect this month. The historic reforms were given royal assent on December 8, the final step in a process that[...]

Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple

Saturday  14:05,   16 december 2017
NBC News

Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their mansion on Friday.Police said they learned of the deaths after responding to a midday medical call at the Shermans' home in an affluent[...]

Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters

Saturday  14:05,   16 december 2017
Reuters

A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the[...]

Toll rises to three dead after Indonesia quake

Saturday  14:05,   16 december 2017
AFP

At least three people have been killed following a strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Saturday. The quake struck at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah[...]

Chile votes in what could be a close presidential run-off

Saturday  11:35,   16 december 2017
AFP

Chilean voters will decide their next president on Sunday in a run-off election whose outcome is far from certain after an unexpectedly strong surge for the left. Sebastian Pinera, a conservative billionaire former president who ruled from[...]

Canadian Pharmaceuticals Billionaire And Wife Found Dead In Toronto Mansion

Saturday  11:35,   16 december 2017
Forbes

Canadian billionaire Bernard "Barry" Sherman and his wife, Honey, were found dead in their Toronto home Friday, and police are reportedly investigating their deaths as suspicious.Canadian billionaire Bernard “Barry” Sherman and his wife,[...]

South Africa ruling party's fight for its future kicks off

Saturday  11:35,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

The fight to replace South Africa's scandal-prone President Jacob Zuma was set to begin Saturday as thousands of delegates of the ruling African National Congress gathered to elect a new leader. The reputation of Nelson Mandela's liberation[...]

Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital

Saturday  08:05,   16 december 2017
Reuters

<p>A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.</p>The North Korean[...]

N. Korea unmoved as world unites against its nuke ambitions

Saturday  05:35,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

North Korea's friends and enemies joined forces Friday in opposing its determination to be recognized as a nuclear weapons state and calling on leader Kim Jong Un to negotiate the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula — but the North gave no[...]

Mattis says North Korea missile can't reach US

Saturday  04:05,   16 december 2017
CNN

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US. North Korea's November ICBM "has not yet shown to be a capable threat[...]

Earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island, 1 death confirmed

Saturday  01:44,   16 december 2017
Associated Press

<p>A strong earthquake shook Indonesia's most populous island of Java on Friday night, collapsing buildings and killing at least 1 person.</p>The quake struck at 11:47 p.m. and triggered a tsunami warning for parts of Java's coastline that [...]

Victims of Mexico military abuses shudder at new security law

Friday  22:36,   15 december 2017
Reuters

Human rights activist Juan Carlos Soni fears a new security law passed by Mexico's Congress on Friday could mean his death after he suffered beatings, electrocution and abduction at the hands of the armed forces four years ago. Bucking[...]

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen

Friday  20:40,   15 december 2017
Reuters

France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions. The United [...]