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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:41
KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.
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Congo armed groups uniting against President Kabila: U.N.

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:23
GENEVA (Reuters) - Militias in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo are uniting in opposition to President Joseph Kabila, a senior U.N. official there told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday.
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Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers kill 12, injure 48

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:07
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram suicide bombers killed 12 people and injured 48 others in an attack on Wednesday on the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, officials from the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for Borno said.
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Russia: North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:54
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hit out on Wednesday at a U.S.-led effort to increase international pressure on North Korea, saying it was making the situation worse and undermining the United Nations.
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Kidnappers abduct American, Canadian in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:45
KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, police said on Wednesday.
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U.N. mediator invites Syria, opposition to Vienna talks next week

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:40
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria said on Wednesday he had invited the Syrian government and opposition to a special meeting to be held next week in Vienna, Austria.
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Defend culture but shun violence, pope tells Chile's indigenous Mapuche

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:33
TEMUCO, Chile (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged Chile's indigenous Mapuche people on Wednesday to shun violence, saying unity was the best weapon against "the deforestation of hope," as they struggle to defend their culture and reclaim ancestral lands.
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Davos paper attacks Trump's views on trade

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:32
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Donald Trump's view of world trade will be challenged next week when he visits the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, judging by a paper seen by Reuters on Wednesday that is aimed squarely at his "America First" stance.
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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:22
SEOUL (Reuters) - The two Koreas will field a combined women's ice hockey team and march together under one flag at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul said on Wednesday, after a new round of talks amid a thaw in cross-border ties.
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Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 08:13
CARACAS/SAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela (Reuters) - A wave of looting by hungry mobs across Venezuela has left streets of shuttered shops in provincial towns and pushed some store owners to arm themselves with guns and machetes, stirring fear that the turmoil could spread to the capital Caracas.
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Schools, health could be hit by U.S. cut for Palestinian refugee funds: UNRWA chief

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:49
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - A cut in U.S. funding for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees will affect regional security and could put vital health, educational and food services at risk, its chief said on Wednesday, adding he would appeal for world donations.
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As Catalan parliament meets, some call for fugitive ex-leader to rule by Skype

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:43
BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's parliament met on Wednesday in a first step toward forming a new government dominated by the question of whether sacked former leader Carles Puigdemont can return as president and continue his push for independence from Spain.
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Uganda's Museveni accuses U.N. of "preserving terrorism" in eastern Congo

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:42
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni accused the United Nations on Wednesday of "preserving terrorism" in neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo where U.N. peacekeepers have been unable to curb deadly attacks by Islamist rebels.
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Russia scolds Britain for casting it as an aggressor after jets scrambled

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:36
LONDON (Reuters) - Russia scolded Britain on Wednesday for casting it as an aggressor and said Prime Minister Theresa May was more interested in public rhetoric than dealing with the real threats facing the West.
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France would 'look with kindess' on UK Brexit change of mind: Macron adviser

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:38
PARIS (Reuters) - France would "look with kindness" on a decision by Britain to reverse the course of Brexit and remain in the European Union, an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.
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UNRWA chief appeals for Palestinian refugee funds after U.S. cut

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 05:36
JERUSALEM/GAZA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees appealed on Wednesday for world donations after the United States withheld about half its planned funding for the organization, a move he said risks instability in the region.
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'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz's' plea for mercy rejected - German media

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:59
BERLIN (Reuters) - A plea for clemency from a 96-year-old German convicted over his role in the murders of 300,000 people at the Auschwitz death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland has been rejected, German media cited prosecutors as saying on Wednesday.
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Czech government agrees to resign after losing confidence vote

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:31
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis agreed to resign on Wednesday after the minority cabinet lost a confidence vote a day earlier.
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As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 04:03
BERLIN (Reuters) - The risk of political and economic confrontations between major powers, including outright military conflicts, has risen sharply, according to a survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) days before its annual gathering in Davos.
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Amid tension, China carrier group sails through Taiwan Strait

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:43
TAIPEI (Reuters) - A Chinese carrier group has sailed through the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the self-ruled island from its giant neighbor but no unusual activity was detected, Taiwan said on Wednesday, amid heightened tension with Beijing.
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