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Panama probes ex-officials in graft network suspected of taking bribes

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:26
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panamanian prosecutors are investigating a network of over 30 people that includes former high-level officials suspected of taking bribes worth $40 million between 2011 and 2012 for public works projects, Attorney General Kenia Porcell said on Monday.
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Pope arrives in Chile to bolster battered Church credibility

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:57
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Pope Francis arrived in Chile on Monday to start a trip aimed at bolstering the credibility of a local Church battered by a sexual abuse crisis.
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Collapse of Colombian bridge kills nine workers, injures five

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:52
BOGOTA (Reuters) - At least nine construction workers were killed and five injured when a partially-constructed bridge collapsed in central Colombia on Monday, an official from the disaster response agency said.
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At least 20 dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:56
TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people, shutting the airport, and damaging planes during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.
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Romania's PM resigns after losing party's backing

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:47
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, becoming the second premier to be ousted in seven months.
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Denmark will increase defense spending to counter Russia: PM

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:46
RIGA (Reuters) - The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia's intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member's prime minister said Monday.
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Blast injures several in Belgium, terrorism ruled out: police

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:41
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - An explosion injured several people and brought down a residential building in the Belgian city of Antwerp on Monday evening, police said, stressing the incident was not related to terrorism.
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North Korea meeting to stress importance of sanctions: Canada

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:28
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A summit on curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions will focus in part on how to ensure countries fully implement all the sanctions imposed on the reclusive state, a Canadian government source said on Monday.
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Romania's PM resigns after Social Democrats withdraw backing

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:29
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's Prime Minister Mihai Tudose resigned on Monday after his Social Democrat Party (PSD) leaders withdrew backing for him in an overwhelming vote, making him the second premier ousted by the party in less than seven months.
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Twenty dead as clashes shut airport in Libyan capital

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:17
TRIPOLI/TUNIS (Reuters) - Fierce clashes broke out in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Monday, killing at least 20 people and shutting the airport during what the government said was a failed attempt to spring militants from a nearby prison.
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Greek parliament approves more bailout reforms despite protests

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:41
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament on Monday passed a swathe of reforms demanded by international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds, a success for the government but a blow to thousands of people protesting outside.
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Trump thanks Qatar for efforts to combat terrorism

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:23
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday thanked the ruler of Qatar for "action to counter terrorism and extremism in all forms," the White House said in a statement that suggested a warming of ties between the two countries.
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UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:20
DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted its civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, but Qatar called the claim "completely untrue".
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Openness or protection? Czechs' choice echoes EU, U.S. votes

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:56
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs, like fellow voters from Europe to the United States, must weigh promises of a more outward-looking society against protection from the uncertainties of the global economy and immigration when they elect their president later this month.
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Nigeria's Buhari vows to punish all those behind ethnic violence

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:27
ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria will punish all those behind an outbreak of deadly clashes between cattle herders and farmers, President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday pushing back at accusations that he failed to take action against members of his own ethnic group.
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Greek parliament approves bailout reforms for new loans

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:15
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's parliament approved a bill for fiscal, energy and labor reforms prescribed by the country's international lenders in exchange for fresh bailout funds.
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Top U.S. general says 'not giving up' on Pakistan ties

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:59
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The top U.S. military officer, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said on Monday he was committed to the U.S.-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants.
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Bahrain court upholds jail sentence against rights activist Rajab

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:24
DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's top court on Monday upheld a two-year prison sentence imposed last year by a lower tribunal on rights campaigner Nabeel Rajab over comments he was alleged to have made to journalists, a rights group said.
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Ugandan lawyers seek to quash Museveni 'president for life' law

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:05
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's leading lawyers sought on Monday to overturn a law that critics say would allow incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni to effectively become president for life.
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Syrian Kurdish leader hopes new force will counter threats from Turkey, Damascus

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:55
QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of Syria are looking to a new U.S.-backed border force to protect them in the face of growing threats from Turkey and Damascus, a senior Kurdish politician told Reuters.
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