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U.N. Command shows dramatic video of North Korea defector's getaway under fire

1 hour 6 min ago
(Reuters) - North Korean border guards were only steps behind a North Korean soldier when they opened fire and one briefly crossed the border pursuing the wounded defector as he dashed to the South Korean side, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.
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Philippines set to keep open pit mining ban as Duterte rejects call to lift it

1 hour 20 min ago
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine environment minister said on Wednesday that a ban on new open pit mining in the country would remain in place, with President Rodrigo Duterte rejecting government panel recommendations to reverse it.
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Italy's Berlusconi contests ban from office to European court

3 hours 28 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Lawyers for Silvio Berlusconi will argue on Wednesday to the European Court of Human Rights against his ban on holding public office, hoping for a green light that will allow him to run for premier at Italy's election early next year.
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Australia defends alternative accommodation for asylum seekers against U.N. criticism

3 hours 30 min ago
SYDNEY/GENEVA (Reuters) - Australia's foreign minister said on Wednesday that asylum seekers occupying an abandoned Australian-run detention camp in Papua New Guinea (PNG) can relocate to alternative accommodation, challenging United Nations claims that the substitute site is unfinished and inadequate.
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Ex-Bosnian Serb commander Mladic faces verdict in genocide trial

4 hours 28 min ago
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The U.N. tribunal on war crimes in former Yugoslavia hands down its final verdict on Wednesday in the genocide trial of Ratko Mladic, the ex-Bosnian Serb general accused of ordering the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica.
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Half of Germans want new elections after coalition talks fail

4 hours 43 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Half of Germans are in favor of calling a new election after Chancellor Angela Merkel failed to reach a deal to form a new coalition with two other parties, while a fifth back forming a minority government, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday.
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Hariri returns to Lebanon for first time since resigning as PM

6 hours 1 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saad al-Hariri landed in Beirut on Tuesday, his media office said, returning home for the first time since he resigned as Lebanon's prime minister in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia and plunged his country into political crisis,
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Canada proposes health warnings, child-proof packs for legal pot sales

6 hours 4 min ago
OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government proposed on Tuesday mandatory health warnings and child-proof packaging as well as a licensing regime for all cannabis products in legislation ahead of the July 2018 legalization of recreational marijuana.
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U.S. sanctions 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations

6 hours 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions against 13 Chinese and North Korean organizations Washington accused of helping evade nuclear restrictions against Pyongyang and supporting the country through trade.
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Trump, Putin discuss support for U.N. peace process in Syria: White House

7 hours 7 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders stressed the importance of the U.N.-led peace process in resolving the Syrian civil war, the White House said in a statement.
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German police present stolen John Lennon diaries

7 hours 46 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police presented on Tuesday diaries, pairs of glasses and other items belonging to late Beatle John Lennon that were stolen from his widow Yoko Ono in 2006 and eventually ended up in Berlin.
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30 people killed in attack on cattle herders in northeast Nigeria: police official

8 hours 4 min ago
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Unidentified attackers killed more than 30 cattle herders in the northeastern Nigerian state of Adamawa, a police spokesman said on Tuesday.
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Lebanon's Hariri holds talks with Egypt President Sisi in Cairo

8 hours 10 min ago
CAIRO (Reuters) - Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister on Nov. 4, met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for talks in a brief Cairo stopover before a planned return to Lebanon, Egypt state media said on Tuesday.
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U.S. sanctions one person, 13 entities under North Korea sanctions authority

8 hours 42 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a Chinese person, 13 entities including four Chinese trading companies, and 20 vessels to pressure North Korea over its nuclear weapons and missiles programs.
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Russian lawmaker Kerimov detained by French police in tax evasion case

8 hours 45 min ago
NICE, France (Reuters) - Russian businessman and lawmaker Suleiman Kerimov was arrested by French police at Nice airport on Monday evening in connection with a tax evasion case, an official at the French prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
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U.S. says air strike kills over 100 militants in Somalia

9 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said it killed more than 100 Islamist militants in Somalia on Tuesday when it launched an air strike against al Shabaab, an al Qaeda-linked insurgent group that wants to topple the U.N.-backed government.
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Russian businessman Kerimov detained by French police in Nice: prosecutor's office

9 hours 25 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - Senior Russian lawmaker and businessman Suleiman Kerimov was arrested by French police at Nice airport on Monday night in connection with a tax evasion case, an official at a French prosecutor's office said on Tuesday.
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France's Macron tells Iran, Israel leaders of need to preserve Lebanon's stability

9 hours 35 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron told the leaders of Iran and Israel in separate telephone calls that it was vital to keep Lebanon disassociated from regional crisis and urged all countries in the region to work collectively to reduce tensions.
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State Dept revolt: Tillerson accused of violating U.S. law on child soldiers

9 hours 48 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of about a dozen U.S. State Department officials have taken the unusual step of formally accusing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of violating a federal law designed to stop foreign militaries from enlisting child soldiers, according to internal government documents reviewed by Reuters.
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Russia moves to shelter banks funding arms makers from sanctions

10 hours 9 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has proposed ending the publication of the names of banks which finance Russian state-controlled arms producers, in a possible sign that Moscow is preparing for new U.S. sanctions.
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