Germany

«Merkel understood nothing»: AfD's fury in east Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Merkel back at the polls before tough coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a regional vote test Sunday, after winning a fourth term with a disappointing showing that has forced her to embark on high-stakes coalition talks.

Zambia

Maternal deaths prompt calls for action in Zambia

The birthday of twins Karen and Kelly Junior will always be tinged by sadness as it also marks the day their mother died in childbirth -- a tragic occurrence of increasing public debate in Zambia.

Central African Republic

Surviving «the corridor» - CAR's treacherous road of bandits

«Finally in Bangui, and without incident,» said Evelin Bokassa, a truck driver from the Central African Republic (CAR) who has just arrived in the landlocked capital city after completing a treacherous five-day journey from the west coast of Cameroon.

New powers

Italy regions vote on autonomy bid

Voters in the northern Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto vote Sunday in autonomy referendums attracting additional interest against the backdrop of Catalonia's push for independence from Spain.

China

Xi's eyes and ears in Beijing: Red-armband army of «volunteers»

While Chinese President Xi Jinping and his cohorts chart the nation's future at their leadership conclave in Beijing, his citizen army of red-armbanded foot soldiers are keeping an eye out for trouble outside.

Malta

Journalist murder sparks push to heal politically-polarised Malta

Citizens mourning the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for Malta's deeply-ingrained tribal politics to be put aside so the shaken island nation can begin healing its wounds.

Afghanistan

Taliban strikes on Afghan bases a «show of strength» against Trump

A spate of deadly Taliban attacks targeting Afghan forces this week was a show of strength against Donald Trump's new strategy, and signalled a push to strike security bases rather than cities, analysts said.

Afghan air force gets its own Black Hawk choppers

Parked at a military runway in Afghanistan near other aircraft used in the fight against the Taliban, the grey-green helicopter appears unremarkable at first blush.

Australia

Police divers find bodies in Australia fishing tragedy

Australian police divers have recovered the bodies of two fishermen from a sunken trawler and were Sunday searching for four others missing since the boat capsized nearly a week ago.

Family see shark kill teenage daughter off Australia

A 17-year-old girl has died after being mauled by a shark in full view of her parents on Australia's southwest coast, authorities said Tuesday.

Kremlin game

Russia to free opposition leader Navalny as Kremlin race heats up

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is set to walk free on Sunday after a 20-day jail term for organising protests against President Vladimir Putin.

Syrian crisis

In ravaged Raqa, clues to IS's bygone media empire

«Special operations by the Caliphate's soldiers!» boasts a torn, blood-stained pamphlet at a bombed-out media kiosk in Syria's Raqa, a symbol of the Islamic State group's once fearsome propaganda machine

US-backed Syria force says seizes Raqa Old City from IS

US-backed Syrian fighters ousted the Islamic State group from Raqa's Old City on Friday, bringing them closer than ever to the jihadist bastion's well-defended and densely populated heart.

Gulf crisis

Tillerson in new bid to ease Gulf crisis

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is to launch a fresh bid Sunday to ease a crisis between Riyadh and Doha, both allies of Washington, but without high hopes of a breakthrough.

US orders closure of Russian consulate in San Francisco

The United States on Thursday ordered Russia to close its consulate in San Francisco as well as two annexes in Washington and New York in two days, in a tit-for-tat response to Moscow's drastic reduction of US diplomatic staff in their country.

Hurricanes Harvey

Former US presidents take stage at hurricane benefit concert

All five of America's living former presidents took the stage Saturday at a benefit concert in Texas to raise money for victims of the hurricane-ravaged southern US and Caribbean.

What we know about flooded Texas chemical plant

Explosions at a flooded Texas chemical plant -- which prior to Hurricane Harvey had a clean safety record -- sent a plume of toxic smoke spewing from the site Thursday, triggering concerns about the impact on local residents.

Top Stories

The centre-right German Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with a surge of support for far-right protest party AfD

«Merkel understood nothing»: AfD's fury in east Germany

Chancellor Angela Merkel hails from Germany's ex-communist East, yet it is here where the anger against her runs deepest and the far-right protest party AfD has celebrated its strongest gains.

Israel Folau (C) scored his 12th international try of the season in the Wallabies' 23-18 win over the All Blacks in Brisbane, having started every Test match this year

Folau to be rested and miss Wallabies tour - Cheika

Star fullback Israel Folau will miss Australia's end-of-season tour to Japan and Britain following a long, demanding season, coach Michael Cheika said Sunday

Saudis attend a short film festival on a rare movie night in Riyadh

Saudis crave revival of night out at the movies

The lights go out, the projector whirls and entertainment-starved Saudis sink into plush seats to soak up an experience they have been denied for decades —- a trip to the cinema.

World number four, and US PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas is co-leader after three rounds in the CJ Cup which carries a massive first prize of $1,665,000 and 500 FedEx Cup points

PGA Tour plans «not imminent» for more Asia events

Further new US PGA Tour events in Asia are a possibility, but commissioner Jay Monahan said Sunday that «to say something is imminent would be a miscalculation»