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'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

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SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met with sharp criticism by many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing…

Turkey says could act in Syria unless U.S. withdraws support for Kurdish force

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HATAY, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other areas unless the United States withdrew support for a Kurdish-led force there, but Washington denied such plans and…

After Trump denial, Netanyahu clarifies remarks on timeframe for U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took a step back on Thursday from comments, challenged by U.S. President Donald Trump, that envisioned a one-year timeframe for the planned relocation of the U.S. Embassy in…

Corrected - Bus fire kills 52 Uzbeks travelling in Kazakhstan - Kazakh government

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ALMATY (Reuters) - A bus fire in northwestern Kazakhstan killed 52 Uzbek citizens on a route used by migrant workers heading to Russia, the Kazakh Interior Ministry said on Thursday.

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Tillerson: Evidence sanctions 'really starting to hurt' North Korea

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U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States is receiving evidence that international sanctions are "really starting to hurt" North Korea. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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Cambodia's Hun Sen appoints son-in-law to senior police post

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PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen has appointed his son-in-law as deputy national police chief, in a move apparently aimed at consolidating his power ahead of an election this year.

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Kidnappers abduct 2 Americans, 2 Canadians in Nigeria; 2 police killed

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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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Exclusive: Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defence

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signalling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his…

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Exclusive - Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the…

Exclusive - Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his…

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Wave of looting shutters stores, spreads fear in Venezuela

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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…

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U.S. signals open-ended presence in Syria, seeks patience on Assad's removal

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PALO ALTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday signaled an open-ended military presence in Syria as part of a broader strategy to prevent Islamic State's resurgence, pave the way diplomatically for the eventual departure of…

Turkey says it could act in Syria unless Washington withdraws support for Kurdish force

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HATAY, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey said on Wednesday it would not hesitate to take action in Syria's Afrin district and other regions across the border unless the United States withdraws support for a Kurdish-led force there.

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Russia says North Korea summit undermines U.N., aggravates situation

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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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British lawmakers back Brexit legislation, stiffer tests yet to come

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LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmakers voted in favour of the government's legislative blueprint for Brexit on Wednesday, marking a victory for Prime Minister Theresa May over political opponents who want a softer approach to leaving the…

Germany, Turkey resume bilateral meetings, still at odds over reporter's arrest

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and Turkey on Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the…

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North Korea rejects sanctions talk, ready for 'successful' Olympics - diplomat

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GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea rejects as a "provocation" a U.S.-led meeting in Vancouver that discussed tougher sanctions that Pyongyang will fight, a senior North Korean diplomat told Reuters on Wednesday.

In challenge to Madrid, Catalan assembly elects separatist speaker

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BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia's parliament picked a separatist speaker on Wednesday, signalling the possible return of sacked nationalist Carles Puigdemont as the region's leader and the renewal of full-blown political confrontation with…

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Koreas to form unified ice hockey team, march together in Olympics

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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…

As Trump heads to Davos, survey points to rising risk of war

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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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North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to applaud

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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…

Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

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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…

Nations to consider more North Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option

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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…

U.S.-led meeting urges North Korea pressure despite North-South detente

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The world needs to step up pressure on North Korea to force it to abandon its nuclear weapons program and should not be fooled by Pyongyang's charm offensive with South Korea, participants at a 20-nation meeting said…

Tuesday, Jan 16

U.S. withholds $65 million in Palestinian aid after Trump threat

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday said it would withhold about half the initial aid it planned to give a U.N. agency that serves the Palestinians, two weeks after President Donald Trump questioned the value of such…

Veteran U.S. diplomat Richardson to work for Reuters reporters release

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(Reuters) - Former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson said on Monday he would work towards 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…

Vancouver meeting focuses on sanctions as Koreas explore detente

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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…

Russia opposes U.S. bid to change Iran nuclear deal

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Russia will not support U.S. attempts to modify the Iran nuclear deal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday. Jihan Abdalla reports.

Monday, Jan 15

North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's…

Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 27, wounds 64

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack so far this year in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said.

Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says

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SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's…

Sunday, Jan 14

China absence looms over Canada meeting on how to pressure North Korea

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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from around 20 nations gather on Tuesday to discuss how to curb North Korea's nuclear ambitions through diplomatic and financial pressure, but China, seen as a key player in any long-term solution,…

Israel says it destroyed Gaza attack tunnel under Egyptian border

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GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli said on Sunday it had destroyed a cross-border attack tunnel that ran from Gaza into Israel and Egypt dug by Hamas, the Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, and that it would destroy all…

Merkel could join Macron in Davos for epic clash with Trump

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering joining French President Emmanuel Macron at the World Economic Forum in Davos next week in what could turn into an epic clash of competing world views with U.S. President…

U.S. ultimatum on nuclear deal, new sanctions draw Iran threat

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear programme.

Saturday, Jan 13

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

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ZURICH (Reuters) - Anti-globalisation demonstrators took to the streets of the Swiss capital on Saturday to protest against a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum this month.

New U.S. sanctions attempt to influence Russia before election - Tass

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A new round of U.S. sanctions expected against Moscow is an attempt to influence Russia's domestic affairs ahead of a presidential election, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying on Saturday.

Russia deploys more surface-to-air missiles in Crimean build-up

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia deployed a new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea on Saturday, Russian news agencies reported, in an escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.

Trump issues ultimatum to 'fix' Iran nuclear deal

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump gave the Iran nuclear deal a final reprieve on Friday but warned European allies and Congress they had to work with him to fix "the disastrous flaws” in the pact or face a U.S. exit.