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Germany's SPD adopts manifesto for EU elections

Germany's Social Democrats have adopted policies they want to campaign on in EU parliamentary elections in May. But polling suggests voters won't be very kind to Germany's biggest center-left party.
  • Rescue helicopters have begun evacuating people from a cruise ship which lost engine power off the west coast of Norway. Many passengers will have to wait for hours because of an arduous one-by-one airlift.
  • Reporters Without Borders and Mexican nonprofit Propuesta Civica have asked the court to prosecute two former Mexican presidents for criminal negligence in crimes against humanity the deaths of over 100 journalists.
  • 'Yellow vest' protesters have again marched through Paris and other French cities to voice their anger at President Emmanuel Macron. Although calmer than previous weeks, tensions did flare close to two railway stations.
  • US President Donald Trump's support for Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights serves no obvious strategic goals. And experts say the move could incite more land grabs even Israel's annexation of the West Bank.
  • The archbishop of Santiago has been accused of covering up sexual abuse cases, including that of former top aide Oscar Munoz. The decision comes as the Catholic Church fights for its reputation.
  • The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is preparing for its annual conference. The meeting could prove more contentious than usual, as the powerful lobby group faces questions as to the extent of its reach.
  • After mostly slamming politicians for years, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has taken a surprise political turn: Now, the young upstart might just be Ukraine's next president. What are his chances?
  • Critics of EU internet copyright reforms are protesting across Europe ahead of a crucial vote in the European Parliament. Critics say upload filters will lead to censorship. Advocates say creators must be fairly paid.
  • Italy has become the first G7 country to join China's massive Belt and Road project. Debt-burdened Rome is eager to boost trade, but Washington and Brussels are uneasy about Beijing's global ambitions.
  • Organizers claimed a million people from all over the UK came to London for a rally calling for a second referendum on Brexit. It took place as the third parliamentary vote on Brexit appears uncertain next week.
  • In three days the petition has gained more than 4.5 million signatures. That's well over the 100,000 needed to trigger a parliamentary debate.
  • Ukrainians are set to elect a new president on March 31. Russian-language fake news has consumed the country's media landscape. Some fear that this flood of false reports could influence the outcome of the vote.
  • US-backed Kurdish forces say they have liberated the last enclave held by Islamic State militants in eastern Syria. But Germany's foreign minister warned the world not to celebrate too soon.
  • The Christchurch mosques where a gunman killed 50 people a week ago have reopened their doors under heightened security. Among those visiting were victims' relatives and a Jordanian prince.
  • In today's European Union, bickering local elites rely on the support of global powers. Europe has been torn apart by competing factions, warns Ivaylo Ditchev, a cultural anthropologist from Bulgaria.
  • With heavily-populated areas of Mozambique now covered by a massive lake, survivors of Cyclone Idai face disease and hunger. Aid agencies say time is running out for the victims.
  • The heads of Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and other Latin American states have created a new regional bloc, Prosur. It will replace Unasur, which was founded by late Hugo Chavez in a bid to limit US influence.
  • Tom Watson, the opposition Labour deputy, will be his party's only leading light on the second People's Vote march in London. The rally has gathered cross-party support as the prime minister offers to talk to MPs.
  • Special Counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on the Donald Trump campaign and potential Russian involvement in the 2016 election, according to US officials. The report has not yet been made public.