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Heather Nauert withdraws nomination as US envoy to UN

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWho is Heather Nauert?US President Donald Trump's pick to be America's new UN ambassador, Heather Nauert, has withdrawn her nomination for the post. Ms Nauert, a former Fox News presenter, said in a statement on Saturday that the decision was made "in the best interest of my family". "The past two months have been gruelling," the statement, issued by the state
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Yellow-vest protests: Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Tens of thousands took part in anti-government protests on Saturday French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed at a prominent intellectual by a group of "yellow vest" protesters in Paris. Police stepped in to protect the philosopher Alain Finkielkraut after he was bombarded with insults and anti-Jewish taunts in the French capital. President Macron said it was an "absolute negation" of what
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Lee Radziwill: Jackie Kennedy’s sister dies aged 85

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Radziwill, seen here in 2004, was a friend to artistic celebrities and fashion moguls Lee Radziwill, the socialite and younger sister of former US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has died at the age of 85, US media report. Radziwill, who became a fashion icon and counted Andy Warhol and Truman Capote among her friends, died at her home in New York on
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Catalan separatists stage mass protest in Barcelona

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption It's thought around 200,000 Catalan separatists were at the protest Demonstrators have marched en masse through Barcelona in protest at the trial of Catalan separatist leaders.Some 200,000 people took to the streets, waving Catalan flags and shouting pro-separatist slogans in support of the 12 leaders on trial.The trial, at Madrid's Supreme Court, follows Catalonia's independence referendum and failed attempt to secede from Spain in
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Venezuela crisis: US planes carrying aid arrive in Colombia

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The first of several US military transport planes carrying humanitarian aid arrived in Cucuta on the Colombian border with Venezuela US military planes carrying humanitarian aid for Venezuela have arrived in the Colombian border town of Cucuta. The aid is being stockpiled at the request of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president last month.President Nicolás Maduro has alleged the
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Li Rui: The old guard Communist who was able to criticise Xi Jinping

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Li Rui remained an activist and idealist until his death. "We are not allowed to talk about past mistakes."Li Rui said this in 2013, while reflecting on the similarities between China's then-new leader Xi Jinping and the founding father of Communist China, Mao Zedong. Mr Xi, he warned, was echoing Mao's suppression of individual thought, and was trying to build a similar cult of
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Europeans reveal who they wish was in the White House

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption German Chancellor Angela Merkel (r) questioned the US's tariff war with China The Munich Security Conference is celebrating its 55th birthday. Long a fixture on the security conference circuit, it takes place in the rather dated grandeur of the Bayerischer Hof Hotel. While Russian and Chinese spokesmen attend, it is essentially a forum for Europeans and Americans to renew their security vows. In the
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Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Thousands of mourners have been attending funerals across India for some of the security force personnel killed by a suicide bomber in Indian-administered Kashmir on Thursday.At least 40 paramilitary police died in the attack near Srinagar.The militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad said it carried out the attack.India has imposed a swathe of economic measures on Pakistan after the attack, including revoking Most Favoured Nation trading status and raising
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Nigeria election 2019: Appeal for calm after shock delay

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionElectoral commission chairman Mahmood Yakubu announces the moveNigeria's president and leading opposition candidate have appealed for calm after the shock move to delay elections for a week.President Muhammadu Buhari said he was "deeply disappointed" but urged people to refrain from "civil disorder".Main rival Atiku Abubakar called for patience but accused the administration of "anti-democratic acts".Election officials cited "logistical" reasons for the