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Palestinians see Gaza peace dividend pass them by

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:18
GAZA (Reuters) - Life began to look up for Gaza's Palestinians when reconciliation between its Hamas Islamist rulers and the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority in October brought a drop in crippling prices.
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Days after Hawaii alert gaffe, Japan issues false alarm about a missile launch

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:46
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese public broadcaster NHK issued a false alarm about a North Korean missile launch on Tuesday, just days after a similar gaffe caused panic in Hawaii, but it managed to correct the error within minutes.
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Ahead of UK summit, Macron visits migrants in port of Calais

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:33
CALAIS, France (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron visited a migrant reception center and quizzed refugees in Calais on Tuesday, taking stock of the pressure on the Channel port ahead of a summit with British Prime Minister Theresa May this week.
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Kosovo Serb leader shot dead in northern town

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 06:08
PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovan Serb leader Oliver Ivanovic, who was standing trial over the killings of ethnic Albanians during the 1998-99 war, was shot dead outside his party office in the northern town of Mitrovica on Tuesday, a state prosecutor said.
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Erdogan says Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin to be supported by rebels

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 05:33
ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey's planned military operation against Kurdish militia forces in Syria's Afrin region will be supported by Syrian rebel fighters.
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Iran says planned U.S.-backed force inside Syria would fan war

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:49
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran said on Tuesday a new U.S.-backed, 30,000-strong force inside Syria would "fan the flames of war", echoing the vehement response of Syria, Turkey and Russia to the plan.
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U.S. report detailing new Russia sanctions to be issued on Jan. 29: TASS

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:31
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A U.S. report detailing new sanctions against Russia will be published on Jan. 29, the TASS news agency cited U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman as saying on Tuesday.
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EU 'still open' to Britain changing mind on Brexit

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 04:20
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Donald Tusk, the European Council president, weighed in to new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the European Union.
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Czech PM ready to face allegations as he fights for minority government

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 03:12
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on Tuesday requested that lawmakers lift his parliamentary immunity so he can face allegations of fraud as he fights to win support for a minority government.
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Japan sees little chance of oil slick from sunk tanker reaching its coast

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:59
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan sees little chance of the oil spill from a stricken Iranian tanker that sank on Sunday in the East China Sea reaching its shores, an official at the nation's environment ministry said on Tuesday.
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Philippines shuts more schools as volcano spews ash and lava

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:43
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' most active volcano spewed lava that cascaded downslope and emitted ash that fell on nearby towns, state volcanologists said on Tuesday, prompting the provincial government to shut more schools.
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Fire rips through 17th century heritage building in Indonesia

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 02:38
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A huge fire destroyed most of a Dutch colonial heritage site dating back to the 17th century, including a maritime museum, in the north of the capital Jakarta on Tuesday.
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Canadian suspect in Singapore bank robbery faces UK court on extradition

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:54
SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - A Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in Singapore in 2016 faces a court appearance in Britain on Thursday after he was detained on a extradition request from Singapore.
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Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:40
DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh has agreed to complete the process of returning Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar within two years after repatriation begins, the south Asian nation said on Tuesday, following a meeting of the neighbors to implement a pact signed last year.
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Philippines' Duterte had 'nothing to do' with news site's license: spokesman

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:16
MANILA (Reuters) - The office of Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte sought to distance itself on Tuesday from a regulator's decision to revoke the license of a prominent news site, rebuffing allegations the administration had initiated a crackdown on the media.
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South Korean charged with murder of wife, son at Hong Kong Ritz-Carlton

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:45
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A South Korean man was formally charged on Tuesday with murdering his wife and six-year-old son at the five-star Ritz-Carlton hotel in Hong Kong.
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Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 00:43
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A meeting of states that backed South Korea in the Korean war will look at ways to better implement sanctions to push North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons, officials said, even as the North and South explore detente ahead of next month's Winter Olympics.
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Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:32
(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work toward securing the release of two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar in his capacity as a member of an international advisory board on the crisis in Rakhine state.
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Indonesia bourse holds minute silence for injured after floor collapse

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 23:19
JAKARTA, (Reuters) - Indonesia's stock exchange held a minute silence at the start of trading on Tuesday for more than 70 people injured when a mezzanine floor in the building suddenly collapsed.
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Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:31
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.
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