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January 1, 2017 1:10 PM Antonio Guterres ‘appeals for peace’ but new UN chief faces uphill battle to win over Trump administration

The new United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said on Sunday he would like to make 2017 a year to “put peace first,” in a message heralding the new year and marking his first day as the world body’s chief. The former Portuguese prime minister, 67, took over as UN secretary general from South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, inheriting complex crises in Syria, South 10

January 1, 2017 11:08 AM Queen Elizabeth misses second church service with 'heavy cold'

Queen Elizabeth II will not attend a New Year's Day church service because of a lingering "heavy cold" that also forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day, Buckingham Palace said Sunday. LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II will not attend a New Year's Day church service because of a lingering "heavy cold" that also forced her to stay at home on Christmas Day, Buckingham 47

December 31, 2016 12:52 PM Revellers bid adieu to a year of prolonged conflicts, celebrity deaths

As 2016 draws to a close, revellers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities. After a year that saw the deaths of a seemingly endless parade of entertainers, Sydney will honour some of the most beloved. The city's famed fireworks display over the harbour 30

December 31, 2016 9:43 AM The countdown is on! More than a million revellers crowd Sydney Harbour ahead of New Year's Eve fireworks

More than one million eager revellers have flocked to key vantage points on Sydney Harbour to nab prime position for the world-famous New Year's Eve celebrations. Competition to secure a good spot for the highly anticipated firework display has proved fierce, with thousands of excited partygoers pitching camping chairs, picnic blankets and tents since 11

December 31, 2016 7:01 AM Sri Muda Umno members leave for Pribumi

SHAH ALAM: Some 200 former Umno members from Sri Muda are claimed to have left their party for Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Pribumi supreme council member Abu Bakar Yahya said that he had received more than 200 applications to join the party from various Umno divisions in Taman Sri Muda. Abu Bakar was presented with the forms 22

December 31, 2016 2:35 AM Russia Seeks UN Endorsement Of Syria Truce

Russia has urged the UN Security Council to give its blessing to the ceasefire in Syria, the third truce this year seeking to end the nearly six years of war in Syria. The Security Council met behind closed doors for an hour on Friday to consider a proposed resolution endorsing the ceasefire that Russia and Turkey announced on Thursday. Al Jazeera has obtained 10

December 30, 2016 3:33 PM Putin takes lead in Syria peace after battlefield wins

Russia's President Vladimir Putin yesterday announced a new truce and talks between Damascus and rebel groups, thrusting Russian into pole position as the Syrian conflict’s key broker. — Reuters picMOSCOW, Dec 30 — After turning the tide on the ground in Syria with his country’s military might, Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to cement his authority 11

December 30, 2016 3:05 AM Family passion sparks Sydney's spectacular New Year fireworks

Sydney (AFP) - When Fortunato Foti dreams up his designs for Sydney's dazzling New Year's Eve fireworks display, he's drawing on more than 200 years of pyrotechnics expertise. The Foti family moved from Italy to Australia in the 1950s, but have been in the same business since 1793. This year, they are marking two decades as the brains behind Sydney's 10

December 30, 2016 2:42 AM Syria ceasefire begins, but is shaky with early clashes

A boy walks his bike near stacked sandbags in al-Rai town, northern Aleppo province, Syria December 27, 2016. — Reuters picBEIRUT, Dec 30 — A nationwide ceasefire in Syria, brokered by Russia and Turkey which back opposing sides in the conflict, got off to a shaky start after midnight on Friday (2200 GMT on Thursday) in the latest attempt to end nearly 9

December 29, 2016 8:06 PM The Case of The ‘Preacher Without a Face’ Points to German Security Flaws Before Berlin Attack

On November 8, heavily armed German police, clad in balaclavas, raided an apartment complex in the small northern city of Hildesheim in Lower Saxony. Their target was a 32-year-old Iraqi man, known to be a key supporter of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and dubbed the “preacher without a face” for his video appearances draped in black robes 33