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Syrian Kurdish PYD urges action against Turkish bombing of Afrin region

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:41
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syria's main Kurdish party appealed on Wednesday to world powers to stop Turkish bombardment of the Afrin region in northern Syria.
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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:38
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".
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Future of Catalonia unclear as its parliament meets for first time since election

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:31
MADRID (Reuters) - The Catalan parliament will meet on Wednesday in a first step toward forming a local government after December's elections but questions remain over whether the wealthy northeastern region will continue to push for a split from Spain.
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Vietnam oil executives apologize to Communist Party in corruption trial

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:05
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese executives on trial for losses at a scandal-hit state oil firm used their final statement in court on Wednesday to apologize to the ruling Communist Party, media said, as Vietnam's biggest corruption trial for years draws to a close.
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Czech government approves resignation after losing confidence vote

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 03:00
PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government led by Prime Minister Andrej Babis approved its resignation on Wednesday, a spokeswoman said, a compulsory move after the minority cabinet lost a confidence vote on Tuesday.
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Myanmar police shoot dead seven protesters in troubled Rakhine

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:52
YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar police shot dead seven demonstrators and 12 were injured in troubled Rakhine State, after a local gathering celebrating an ancient Buddhist Arakan kingdom turned violent.
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China says it doesn't need Taiwan's permission to open new air route

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:26
BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday that it does not need Taiwan's permission to open new air routes, after the self-ruled island complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two posed a security and safety risk.
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Japan government tells public broadcaster not to repeat false missile alert

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:09
TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese government called on public broadcaster NHK on Wednesday to make sure a false alarm warning of a North Korean missile launch will not be repeated, with tensions still high because of the North's missile and nuclear programs.
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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 00:03
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said.
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Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:50
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations.
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China says does not need Taiwan's permission to open new air route

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:47
BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government said on Wednesday that it does not need Taiwan's permission to open new air routes, after Taipei complained that a new route over the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the two was a security and safety risk.
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Hong Kong democracy leader Joshua Wong jailed a second time for 2014 protest

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:51
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong, 21, was sentenced to a second jail term of three months on Wednesday for his role in the 2014 pro-democracy "Umbrella Movement" street occupations.
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El Salvador eyes work scheme with Qatar for migrants facing exit from U.S.

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:09
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - El Salvador is discussing a deal with Qatar under which Salvadoran migrants facing the loss of their right to stay in the United States could live and work temporarily in the Middle Eastern country, the government of the Central American nation said on Tuesday.
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Iranian oil tanker wreck produces two slicks in East China Sea: China

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:48
BEIJING (Reuters) - An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square kms (42 square miles), the Chinese government said late on Tuesday, as maritime police scour the area for damage.
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Indonesian president to reshuffle cabinet: presidential palace

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:30
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo will swear in new members of cabinet on Wednesday, the presidential palace said, in what will be the third reshuffle of his five-year term.
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Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:13
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and military criminal charges including negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Pope meets victims of child sexual abuse in Chile, 'cries with them'

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:01
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis publicly expressed "pain and shame" on Tuesday over the rape and molestation of children by priests in Chile and later listened, prayed and cried at a private meeting with victims.
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U.S. Navy officers face possible homicide charges over ship collisions

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:16
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The commanding officers of two U.S. Navy destroyers involved in deadly collisions last year in the Pacific Ocean face courts-martial and could be charged with negligent homicide, the U.S. Navy said in a statement on Tuesday.
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Back Brexit law or risk chaos, British PM May's Conservatives tell lawmakers

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:12
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party urged lawmakers to back the government's Brexit legislation at a vote in parliament later on Wednesday, warning opponents that trying to block the plan would bring chaos.
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Canada judge tells jury in deadly oil derailment trial to press on

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:56
MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian judge on Tuesday told jurors to continue deliberations, despite their difficulty in reaching a verdict in the joint trial of three former rail employees in the 2013 Lac Megantic train derailment that killed 47 in Quebec, local media said.
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