Syria peace talks close to final declaration

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January 24, 2017 04:57 pm

Astana, Jan 24 (AFP) The UN envoy for Syria said today that a final declaration was close to being achieved at indirect talks between Syrian rebels and their war-torn country&rs...

World must not miss early signals of any flu pandemic: WHO

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January 24, 2017 03:16 pm

(REUTERS) The World Health Organization called on all countries on Monday to monitor closely outbreaks of deadly avian influenza in birds and poultry and to report promptly any ...

Australia and New Zealand to pursue 'TPP 12 minus one'

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January 24, 2017 02:57 pm

Australia and New Zealand say they are hopeful of pressing ahead with the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, despite America's formal withdrawal. The US-led 12-na...

Trump White House vows to stop China taking South China Sea islands

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January 24, 2017 02:51 pm

(REUTERS) The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the S...

Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA with leaders of Mexico, Canada

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January 23, 2017 02:59 pm

President Donald Trump said Sunday he will begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement when he meets with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, CNN reported. ...

Britain's Prime Minister May to visit Trump in Washington

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January 23, 2017 11:51 am

British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to visit US President Donald Trump in Washington on Friday, making her the first foreign leader to meet with the newly inaugu...

Eight survivors found after massive Italy avalanche

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January 20, 2017 06:17 pm

(REUTERS) Eight people were found alive on Friday two days after being buried under a massive avalanche that hit a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy, a Civil Protection off...

Washington braces for anti-Trump protests, New Yorkers march

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January 20, 2017 06:03 pm

(REUTERS) Washington turned into a virtual fortress on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, while thousands of people took to the streets of New York ...

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370: underwater search called off

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January 17, 2017 01:08 pm

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has come to an end with passengers’ families being informed that the effort to find the plane has been susp...

Policeman killed, inmates freed in attack on Bahrain prison

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January 02, 2017 12:56 pm

(REUTERS) A policeman was killed on Sunday when armed men attacked a prison in Bahrain, freeing several convicted inmates, the interior ministry said, in what it described as a ...

Istanbul nightclub attack: Manhunt underway for shooter

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January 02, 2017 09:24 am

A manhunt is underway in Turkey for an unknown attacker who opened fire on New Year's revelers in an Istanbul nightclub, CNN reported. At least 39 clubgoers were kil...

Russian ambassador killing: Investigators sent to Turkey by Moscow

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December 20, 2016 04:20 pm

Moscow is sending investigators to Turkey after a policeman shot dead Russia's ambassador in Ankara, BBC reported. Mevlut Mert Altintas, 22, shot Andrei Karlov as he gave ...

Philippine Duterte's admission he killed criminals an impeachable offense: senators

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December 15, 2016 03:54 pm

(REUTERS) Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte risks impeachment after he admitted "personally" killing criminals when he was the mayor of Davao City, said two Philipp...

Egypt executes prominent Islamist militant Habara amid threats of retaliation

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December 15, 2016 03:41 pm

(REUTERS) Egypt executed prominent Islamist fighter Adel Habara on Thursday, state media said, days after a top court rejected his final appeal and in defiance of militant threa...

Yahoo suffers world's biggest hack affecting 1 billion users

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December 15, 2016 08:12 am

Yahoo has discovered a 3-year-old security breach that enabled a hacker to compromise more than 1 billion user accounts, breaking the company's own humiliating record for th...

China says damage to 'one China' principle would impact peace

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December 14, 2016 02:17 pm

(REUTERS) China's Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday any interference with or damage to the "one China" principle would have a serious impact on peace and sta...

Investigators begin final sweep of MH370 search area

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December 14, 2016 02:11 pm

(REUTERS) Investigators looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are making their last sweep of the search area in the Indian Ocean, Australian authorities leading the...

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar loses final bid for freedom

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December 14, 2016 02:08 pm

(REUTERS) Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday lost his final bid for freedom when a federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy convictio...

Aleppo evacuation may be delayed until Thursday

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December 14, 2016 02:02 pm

(REUTERS) The evacuation of rebel-held eastern Aleppo due to start at dawn has been delayed, perhaps until Thursday, with an opposition official blaming Iran and its Shi'ite...

Cairo church bombing kills 25, raises fears among Christians

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December 12, 2016 02:15 pm

A bombing at Cairo's largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egy...

Pakistan mourns 47 killed in air crash, as investigators seek answers

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December 08, 2016 12:45 pm

  (REUTERS) Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-rockstar-turned-Muslim evangelist, two infant...

Thousands uprooted in east Aleppo as Syrian army advances

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November 28, 2016 11:42 am

(REUTERS) Several thousand residents of rebel-held eastern Aleppo fled shifting frontlines, residents and a monitor said on Sunday, after a rapid advance by the Syrian army and ...

Militants kidnap six Pakistanis working for Polish oil firm

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November 28, 2016 11:37 am

(REUTERS) Six Pakistanis working for a Polish oil and gas surveying company have been kidnapped in northwestern Pakistan, military sources told Reuters, years after a Polish eng...

Obama says history will judge Castro's impact on world

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November 28, 2016 11:31 am

(REUTERS) U.S. President Barack Obama in a statement on Saturday offered his condolences to Fidel Castro's family and added that history would judge Castro's impact on C...

Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro dies aged 90

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November 26, 2016 12:17 pm

(REUTERS) Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States and for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, d...

Dalai Lama says will visit Trump

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November 23, 2016 12:49 pm

(REUTERS) Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said on Wednesday that he would visit U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, a meeting that would infuriate Beijing which vi...

Swedish Academy says Bob Dylan won't attend Nobel prize ceremony

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November 17, 2016 03:12 pm

(REUTERS) American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last month, has decided not to attend the award ceremony in Stockholm, the Swedish ...

Cash crunch in India causes huge queues at banks, ATMs

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November 15, 2016 03:15 pm

Following the Indian government's decision to scrap the Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes, there has been a huge rush outside banks  and also at  ATMs across the country. ...

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes near Christchurch, New Zealand: USGS

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November 14, 2016 07:53 am

(REUTERS) A strong new earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 struck New Zealand's South Island on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, hours after a more powerful quake kil...

Lady Gaga protests outside Trump Tower holding a pro-Clinton sign

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November 10, 2016 03:21 pm

As Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton privately conceded defeat to President-Elect Donald Trump, one of her biggest celebrity supporters took to the streets in pr...

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