An incredible day on Wall Street, which saw major indexes finishing at least 5 percent higher, spurred early gains in Asia on Thursday as some traders returned from a Christmas break.
Africa's second-largest country is in a state of crisis, brought on by decades of conflict, plundering and Ebola outbreaks. With elections expected in December, can the DRC's media hold up under mounting pressure on what they say and about whom?
There was fighting to the south of the key port city and near its airport on Thursday with reports that at least four Emerati soldiers and 22 Houthi rebels had been killed since the Saudi-led coalition attacked the Shia rebel-held city on Wednesday.
Youth unemployment is driving young Algerian men to attempt dangerous sea crossings for a more prosperous future. But many worried parents have yet to hear from their children since they left.
Representatives of the Venezuelan government and opposition said they made strides during the talks but needed more time. The next round of talks will begin in the Dominican Republic on January 18.
The two sides failed to come to terms in a prior round of talks last December, when they concluded by saying they had made progress but needed more time. In the new round, they are seeking to reach an agreement to ease economic and political crisis.
First phase of plan involves establishment of ceasefire in Myanmar's Rakhine State so that Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh can return.
Jacqui Lambie, an independent senator, confirms that she was the eighth lawmaker in a parliament of 226 to fall foul of the dual citizenship law, adding to crisis for PM Turnbull's government.
Qatar filed a wide-ranging legal complaint at the World Trade Organization to challenge a trade boycott by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE.
Led by Saudi Arabia, several states in the Middle East and Africa have severed ties with Qatar since June 5, accusing the gas-rich Gulf state of supporting terrorism and Iran. Qatar denies the allegations.
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