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Japan says North Korea not interested in meaningful talks
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  • 2017-12-15 16:00:09Z

Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono told the United Nations Security Council on Friday that North Korea was "nowhere near ready" to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and was not interested in a meaningful dialogue. "Some optimistic views labeled 75 days of silence as a positive

U.N. chief urges communication with North Korea to avoid escalation
U.N. chief urges communication with North Korea to avoid escalation
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  • 2017-12-15 15:59:45Z

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council on Friday it was time to immediately re-establish and strengthen communication channels with North Korea, including inter-Korean and military to military channels, to reduce the risk of a misunderstanding

South Sudan's Kiir promotes three generals facing U.N. sanctions
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  • 2017-12-15 15:58:53Z

By Jason Patinkin KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudan's president has given top jobs to three generals facing U.N. sanctions over alleged violations during a four-year-old civil war. Campaign group Human Rights Watch called the promotions "a slap in the face of justice" - but the presidency

Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing
Russia to resume flights to Egypt, halted after 2015 bombing
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  • 2017-12-15 15:58:41Z

MOSCOW (AP) - Russia and Egypt signed a deal Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February after more than a two-year break, officials announced on Friday.

Trump's tax plan: Why many middle-class Republicans support it
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  • 2017-12-15 15:12:40Z

Republican leaders promised tax reform would streamline things so much that 9 out of 10 Americans could file their taxes on a postcard. Recommended: What does the federal government do with your money? From policy analysts to journalists, many have criticized President Trump's tax bill as hurtful to middle-class Americans, and a betrayal of his populist campaign promises - particularly since tax cuts for individuals are set to expire after 2025.

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Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19
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  • 2017-12-15 14:53:43Z

Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, his office Kensington Palace said on Friday. Queen Elizabeth's grandson, fifth-in-line to the throne, and Markle, who stars in the U.S. TV legal drama "Suits", announced their engagement

In Romania, royal funeral prompts regrets
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  • 2017-12-15 14:48:47Z

Outside the monumental former royal palace that looms over the main square of Bucharest, mourners have been laying flowers for days in tribute to a long-deposed and exiled king whom few of them ever knew. Crowds are waiting hours to pay their respects to King Michael I of Romania, one of the last two surviving World War II European heads of state.

In Malaysia, religious concerns stall child-bride reform
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  • 2017-12-15 13:34:37Z

"There might be pressures from the outside, but this is where you have to be strong," says Saira, not her real name, about resisting the unlikely marriage proposal. Lobbyists pressuring the government to criminalize child marriage "were getting quite a lot of momentum" at one stage, says Tham Hui Ying, vice president of Malaysia's Association of Women Lawyers. It's religious," so politicians are "not going to push to outright ban child marriage," she says.

Aljaz Bedene switches British alliance back to Slovenia
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  • 2017-12-15 12:57:34Z

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) - Aljaz Bedene says he is returning to play tennis for Slovenia after competing for Britain since 2015.

U.S. says concerned about Myanmar
U.S. says concerned about Myanmar's silence over where Reuters journalists are being held
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  • 2017-12-15 12:57:30Z

The U.S. embassy in Myanmar said on Friday it was concerned that there had been no word on the whereabouts of two Reuters journalists three days after they were detained, and that authorities had not allowed their families to visit them. Myanmar's Ministry of Information said on Wednesday that the

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South Africa's ANC aims to announce new leader on Sunday

By Alexander Winning and Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) expects to announce Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday, a spokesman said, concluding a bruising leadership battle that threatens to tear it apart before a 2019 election. The race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former cabinet minister and ex-wife of President Zuma, the two frontrunners to replace Zuma, is too close to call. The stakes are high because the ANC's electoral dominance means whoever wins the party's top job is likely to become the next president of South Africa after the next national election.

Death toll from train, bus collision in France rises to six: source
Death toll from train, bus collision in France rises to six: source
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  • 2017-12-15 10:26:50Z

PARIS (Reuters) - The death toll from Thursday's collision between a train and a school bus has risen to six, a source familiar with the investigation said on Friday, as investigators combed the mangled wreckage. The train ploughed into the bus, which was carrying children aged between 11 and 17,

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Romanian king's funeral sees family feuds in the spotlight
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  • 2017-12-15 09:57:51Z

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - The death of the late King Michael is a solemn and sad time for many Romanians, but beyond the tears it's proving a colorful - and awkward family reunion.

T-Mobile taking over Dutch arm of Tele2 mobile provider
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  • 2017-12-15 09:57:29Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Dutch arm of T-Mobile says it is taking over telecom and internet provider Tele2's operations in the Netherlands, in a move T-Mobile says is aimed at competing with local heavyweights KPN and VodafoneZiggo.

Poland's electoral commission head denounces changes to electoral code
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  • 2017-12-15 09:57:06Z

Changes to Poland's electoral code approved by parliament on Thursday threaten the election process by introducing large new powers of the interior minister in overseeing elections, head of the State Electoral Commission (PKW) said. Wojciech Hermelinski told reporters that the bill approved by the

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking
Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking
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  • 2017-12-15 09:19:16Z

Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty on Friday of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin in a court case that has shone a rare light on infighting among the Russian elite. A Moscow court found Ulyukayev guilty of demanding and accepting the

Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first: EU
Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first: EU's Juncker
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  • 2017-12-15 08:35:54Z

The second phase Brexit negotiations will be significantly harder than an already difficult first phase of talks, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Friday. The leaders of the 27 countries remaining in the European Union will give the go-ahead on Friday for the EU's chief

U.S. negotiator says direct diplomacy needed on North Korea
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  • 2017-12-15 06:42:12Z

By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - The chief U.S. negotiator for North Korea said on Friday the United States should engage in direct diplomacy with Pyongyang alongside sanctions imposed over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday

Russia says high-level contacts with North Korea possible: Ifax
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  • 2017-12-15 06:41:49Z

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov said Moscow had not had high-level contacts with the new North Korean leadership but they were possible, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday. "In theory they (contacts) are possible," Interfax quoted Morgulov as saying

Beijing evictions leave migrant workers in limbo as winter deepens
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  • 2017-12-15 06:15:35Z

By Christian Shepherd and Natalie Thomas BEIJING (Reuters) - Winter is bringing a frigid existence and an uncertain future for migrant workers in Beijing deprived of electricity and heating as they resist a month-long campaign to evict them from the city's urban villages. Feng, who was willing

Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant
Trump's Statement On Redundancy Is Hilariously Redundant

President Donald Trump's statement on deregulation on Thursday is getting plenty of attention, but not just for his claim of killing off 22 regulations for every new one implemented.

California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales
California Is One Step Closer to Recreational Pot Sales

The state will allow people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of cannabis and grow six marijuana plants at home

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Amy Smart's Husband & HGTV Star Carter Oosterhouse Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Makeup Artist

Carter Oosterhouse, the star of HGTV's Trading Places, has been accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee.

China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea
China Is Still Building on Disputed Islands in the South China Sea

Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

Australian probe into child abuse attacks Catholic celibacy
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  • 2017-12-15 03:47:06Z

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian inquiry into child abuse on Friday recommended that the Catholic Church lift its demand of celibacy from clergy and clarify the extent that the seal of the confession conceals evidence of child abuse.

Australian child abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession, voluntary celibacy for clergy
Australian child abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession, voluntary celibacy for clergy
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  • 2017-12-15 03:27:51Z

By Byron Kaye and Elouise Fowler SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests who are told of abuse in the confessional, according to a report into institutional child abuse released on Friday. The 17-volume document

Beauty in 3D: Taiwan filmmaker
Beauty in 3D: Taiwan filmmaker's vibrant vision
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  • 2017-12-15 03:26:59Z

From the migration of purple butterflies to the crafting of bamboo steam baskets, Taiwan's leading 3D film director has spent a decade painstakingly capturing the island's beauty. After a life-threatening tumour left him partially deaf and blind in one eye in 2002, Charlie Chu moved away from

May wins applause from EU leaders for Brexit efforts
May wins applause from EU leaders for Brexit efforts
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  • 2017-12-15 01:00:55Z

By Elizabeth Piper and Luke Baker BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European leaders applauded British Prime Minister Theresa May for her work so far on Brexit, assuring her at a summit in Brussels that sufficient progress has been made to allow Britain to move on to the next stage of leaving the union. A day after

Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin: White House
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  • 2017-12-15 00:56:07Z

U.S. President Trump spoke by phone on Thursday with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the two leaders "discussed working together to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea," the White House said in a statement. Trump also thanked Putin "for acknowledging America's strong

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Peru's Kuczynski loses support of inner circle: sources
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  • 2017-12-15 00:52:46Z

By Mitra Taj LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has lost support of senior officials in his government after Brazil's Odebrecht said it had transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to him, two government sources said on Thursday, and the opposition called for him to

Dutch police: 2 dead, 3 hurt in stabbings in southern city
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  • 2017-12-15 00:52:09Z

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - Two people were killed and three injured Thursday night in two stabbing incidents in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht, authorities said.

Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials
Net neutrality repeal gives Democrats fresh way to reach millennials

By David Shepardson and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote on Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules could galvanize young voters, a move Democrats hope will send millennials to the polls in greater numbers and bolster their chances in next year's elections. Democrats are hoping to paint the repeal of the rules by the FCC, which is now chaired by President Donald Trump appointee Ajit Pai, as evidence Republicans are uninterested in young people and consumer concerns at large. "The American public is angry," said FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democrat.

Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He
Ex-Today Staffer Says Matt Lauer Cheated on His Wife with Her: He 'Took Advantage of His Power'

A former Today show staff member is detailing an alleged in-office affair with Matt Lauer that transpired 16 years ago.

Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency
Interior secretary addresses sexual harassment at agency

Ryan Zinke called for "culture change" at the Interior Department after it released the results of a survey of its employees.

El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth
El Salvador Upholds Three-Decade Prison Term For Woman Who Suffered Stillbirth

A Salvadoran court upheld a 30-year jail sentence this week for a woman who was convicted of aggravated homicide after suffering what she said was a stillbirth.

Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations
Anthony Bourdain Expresses 'Real Remorse' In Wake Of Mario Batali Allegations

In the wake of sexual assault and harassment allegations coming out against celebrated celebrity chefs and restaurateurs, Anthony Bourdain is again reflecting on his own time in the food industry.

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says
Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Serious About Having Religious Wedding, Church Leader Says

St. George's Chapel is a stunning, historic place.

Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say
Firefighter Killed Battling Thomas Fire In Southern California, Officials Say

A firefighter was killed battling the monstrous Thomas Fire in Southern California, officials said on Thursday.

While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank
While focus is on North Korea, China continues South China Sea buildup: think tank
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  • 2017-12-14 21:56:10Z

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - While attention in Asia has been distracted by the North Korean nuclear crisis in the past year, China has continued to install high-frequency radar and other facilities that can be used for military purposes on its man-made islands in the South China Sea,

Mexico ups benchmark lending rate ¼-point to 7.25 percent
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  • 2017-12-14 21:54:02Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's central bank raised its benchmark interest rate a quarter point to 7.25 percent on Thursday to try to rein in inflation that continues to outpace targets.

Rio prosecutors launch probe into soccer final violence
Rio prosecutors launch probe into soccer final violence
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  • 2017-12-14 21:52:46Z

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Prosecutors in Rio de Janeiro launched an investigation Thursday into the fan violence surrounding the Copa Sudamericana final between local club Flamengo and Argentine team Independiente.

Two dead, several wounded in stabbing in southern Dutch city Maastricht: police
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  • 2017-12-14 21:50:07Z

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - At least two people were killed and several others wounded by stabbings in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht on Thursday evening, police said. The police said in a statement there were two stabbing incidents with a few hundred meters (yards) of each other in a residential neighborhood

Cards Against Humanity Tackles Wealth Inequality, Sends Money To Poor
Cards Against Humanity Tackles Wealth Inequality, Sends Money To Poor

The brains behind the game Cards Against Humanity have decided to "tackle the biggest issue in the world: wealth inequality" by sending checks to 100 of their poorest customers.

Jerusalem, etc.: How US global leadership has changed under Trump
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  • 2017-12-14 21:30:30Z

The scene at the United Nations Security Council last week was reminiscent of the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, when the international community balked at President George W. Bush's "with us or against us" message to the world body concerning the coming war. This time the impetus for the emergency Security Council meeting was President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move in opposition to decades of US-backed council resolutions on the holy city's status - and neither friend nor foe of the United States was having anything to do with it. Recommended: What do you know about Donald Trump?

Kremlin's four-hour presser leaves key question unanswered: after Putin, what next?
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  • 2017-12-14 21:17:53Z

In just under four hours Mr. Putin answered scores of questions, some of them quite minute and detailed, about domestic and foreign policy. It's a familiar format for Russians, who see Putin onstage taking questions twice a year: once in a meet-the-media presser like today, and once in a marathon electronic town hall spectacle in which he interfaces with people around the country. Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and czars: How much do you know about Russia? Opinion surveys suggest that he will walk to victory in presidential polls slated for March - not much of a cliffhanger, since he faces no serious opponent - and be duly ensconced in the Kremlin for another six-year term.

In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen
In first, U.S. presents its evidence of Iran weaponry from Yemen
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  • 2017-12-14 21:14:00Z

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday presented for the first time pieces of what it said were Iranian weapons supplied to the Iran-aligned Houthi militia in Yemen, describing it as conclusive evidence that Tehran was violating U.N. resolutions. The arms included charred

Markets Right Now: Tax plan trouble sends US stocks lower

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Nikki Haley Slams Iran
Nikki Haley Slams Iran's Role In Yemen War, Neglects To Mention U.S. Part In Humanitarian Crisis

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, stood before missile remnants that she claimed were covered in Iranian "fingerprints" on Thursday while laying out what she called "irrefutable evidence" that Tehran has violated its international obligations by militarily supporting rebels in Yemen.

Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote
Twitter users tell FCC chair Ajit Pai to 'kill himself' after net neutrality vote

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is facing backlash online after the government agency voted  Thursday to repeal landmark Obama-era rules that were designed to ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape The plan had not been popular leading up to the vote, with at least one poll from the University of Maryland finding more than 80 percent of respondents opposed the proposed repeal of net neutrality rules ahead of the vote.

The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies
The Latest: Firefighter working huge California fire dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

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