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  • ROK culture minister sorry for ‘blacklist’

    SEOUL (AFP-jiji) — South Korea’s culture minister apologized Monday for the conservative government’s blacklisting of thousands of artists for their political beliefs, as critics said the attemp…

  • Pakistan fires N-ready missile from sub

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) — Pakistan fired its first submarine-launched cruise missile on Monday, the military said, a show of force for a country that sees its missile development as a deterrent against…

  • Trump tweets reveal more than anger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His message came at the start of one of the busiest weeks of Donald Trump’s transition to the White House. It’s a week when he and his team are preparing eight Cabinet picks f…

  • 5 Russians sanctioned in hacking aftermath

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing Obama administration on Monday blacklisted five Russians, including a senior law enforcement official close to President Vladimir Putin, as the two nations’ feud ov…

  • Democrats slam Trump amid ethics fears

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The top Democrat in the U.S. Congress blasted Donald Trump on Monday for seeking hasty confirmation of cabinet nominees without sufficient ethics and security vetting, as the…

  • Huge batch of uranium approved for Tehran

    VIENNA (AP) — Iran is to receive a huge shipment of natural uranium from Russia to compensate it for exporting tons of reactor coolant, diplomats say, in a move approved by the outgoing U.S. admini…

  • Shots fired as U.S. warns Iran

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — A U.S. Navy destroyer fired three warning shots at four Iranian fast-attack vessels near the Strait of Hormuz after they closed in at high speed and disregarded repeated reque…

  • Trump appoints son-in-law Kushner to take over senior White House role

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump appointed his influential son-in-law Jared Kushner as a White House senior adviser Monday, putting the young real estate executive in position to e…

  • Assad says he’s ready to ‘negotiate everything’

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in remarks published Monday that he was prepared “to negotiate everything” at planned talks later this month in Kazakhstan, seeking to cast hims…

  • Italy to place ambassador back in Libya

    ROME (Reuters) — Italy is sending its ambassador back to Libya, its foreign ministry said on Monday, making it the first Western diplomatic mission to reopen in the divided country. Italy closed it…

  • Top Sinn Fein figure resigns in Belfast

    DUBLIN (AP) — Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government was plunged into crisis Monday as its senior Catholic leader quit in a showdown with his Protestant colleague that could trigger a snap e…

  • Mao critic fired from university

    BEIJING (Reuters) — A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticized Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in a commentary he posted online that enraged leftists. Mao, who died on Dec. …

  • Nature in Short / Biodiversity thrives at sacred ponds

  • Avatar-style manned robot takes first steps

    GUNPO, South Korea (AFP-Jiji) — A giant South Korean-built manned robot that walks like a human but makes the ground shake under its weight has taken its first baby steps. Designed by a veteran of…

  • Study: Dinosaur eggs took longer to hatch

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — The eggs of nonavian dinosaurs took three to six months to hatch, a long incubation period that could help explain dinosaurs’ mass extinction 65 million years ago, accordin…

  • Cheetahs in the wild face threat of extinction

    HARTBEESPOORT, South Africa (AFP-Jiji) — Lounging in the shade of a tree, Heathcliff the cheetah oozes sleek grace and power, but he is captive behind a wire fence — perhaps the only way that chee…

  • Truck attack kills 4 in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — A Palestinian rammed his truck into a group of Israeli soldiers on a popular promenade in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing four of them in an attack that Prime Minister Benjamin N…

  • Zuma calls for end to ANC infighting

    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) — South Africa’s ruling African National Congress needs to end infighting and focus on winning back public support, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday as he tries to unite…

  • British FM in U.S. to meet Trump advisers

    LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s foreign minister Boris Johnson has arrived in the United States to meet close advisers to President-elect Donald Trump and senior Congressional leaders to discuss tie…

  • Ghana president faces plagiarism row

    ACCRA (Reuters) — Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo came under fire on Sunday when it emerged that his inaugural address plaigiarized quotes from speeches by U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Geor…

  • Tunisians protest against jihadists

    TUNIS (AFP-Jiji) — About 1,000 people protested in central Tunis on Sunday against allowing Tunisians who had fought with jihadists abroad back into the country. Some 3,000 Tunisians have joined …

  • Anime boom in China heats up, unaffected by chilly ties

  • Italy’s 5-Star seeks divorce from UKIP

    ROME (Reuters) — Italy’s maverick 5-Star Movement should cut ties with the anti-European Union UK Independence Party (UKIP) and consider hooking up with the Liberals in the European Parliament, 5…

  • Iraqi forces reach Tigris in Mosul

    MOSUL, Iraq/BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Iraqi special forces battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reached the eastern bank of the Tigris river in Mosul on Sunday for the first time in a three-…

  • Iran’s ex-president Rafsanjani dies

    TEHRAN (AP) — Iran’s former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died Sunday after a decades-long career in the ruling elite, where his moderate views were not always welcome but his cunning guided…

  • Priebus: Trump admits Russia hacking

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President-elect Donald Trump accepts the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia engaged in cyber-attacks during the U.S. presidential election and may take act…

  • Israeli media: Netanyahu sought good press

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli media on Sunday reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to negotiate a deal for more positive coverage by a major Israeli newspaper two years ago. Netanyahu…

  • Kushner in talks with Chinese financial group

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — China’s Anbang Insurance Group is in talks to invest in a project to redevelop a flagship New York City building owned by Kushner Companies, the family real estate business r…

  • N. Korea: We can launch ICBM ‘anytime’

    PYONGYANG (AP) — With Donald Trump getting ready to take office as president, North Korea is talking about launching a newly perfected intercontinental ballistic missile. Officials in Washington ar…

  • China tightens rules on corruption investigators

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China’s top anti-corruption watchdog has tightened supervision of its 500,000-plus corruption investigators, after some of its own staff were caught in graft probes. The Ce…

  • China paper warns Trump over Taiwan

    SHANGHAI/TAIPEI (Reuters) — State-run Chinese tabloid Global Times warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump that China would take “take revenge” if he reneged on the one-China policy, only hours…

  • Ethics reviews unfinished on Trump picks

  • Crowley defended on plagiarism

  • Founder of Portuguese democracy dies

    LISBON (AFP-Jiji) — Portugal’s former President Mario Soares, widely seen as the father of the country’s modern-day democracy, died Saturday aged 92 a fortnight after being admitted to hospital…

  • Sri Lanka launches China-led investment zone amid protests

    HAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) — Sri Lankan police used tear gas and water cannons on Saturday to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing demonstrators protesting against a planned investment zone sup…

  • Nearly 50 killed by blast in Syria town

    BEIRUT (AP) — A car bomb ripped through a busy commercial district in a rebel-held Syrian town along the Turkish border Saturday, killing nearly 50 in a huge explosion that damaged buildings and le…

  • 2 suspected militants killed in Riyadh

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Two men accused of links to bombings and other attacks against Saudi Arabia were shot dead in a security operation in Riyadh on Saturday, Interior Ministry officials said. The of…

  • Choked by smog, Beijing creates environmental police

    BEIJING (AP) — Officials in Beijing have announced a new environmental police squad to root out illegal burning, the latest government response to the widespread public anger over China’s persist…

  • DPRK low-key on Kim’s birthday

    PYONGYANG (AP) — North Korea marked Kim Jong Un’s birthday on Sunday in a decidedly low-key manner. Though the young leader’s birthday is well known throughout the country, it has yet to be ce…

  • Cote d’Ivoire’s president: Deal made to end army mutiny

    ABIDJAN (AP) — Cote d’Ivoire’s president said a deal was reached Saturday to end a two-day army mutiny that renewed security concerns in the world’s top cocoa producer and Africa’s fastest-…

  • PEOTUS: Only fools oppose better Russia ties

  • Turkish PM visits Iraq amid spat over unauthorized troops

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim commenced a two-day visit to Iraq on Saturday, the first since the two governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in…

  • Trump has no plan to meet Tsai

  • CDC may lower threshold level for childhood lead exposure

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is considering lowering its threshold for elevated childhood blood lead levels by 30 percent, a shift that could help health…

  • Fish oil pills for pregnant moms may cut asthma risk in kids

    Children whose moms took high doses of fish oil during their last three months of pregnancy were less likely to develop chronic wheezing problems or asthma by age 5, finds a study that suggests a pos…

  • Quitting journalist says Charlie Hebdo has gone soft

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — One of Charlie Hebdo’s most outspoken journalists said on Friday she is quitting the French satirical magazine because it has gone soft on Islamist extremism. Zineb El Rhazoui…

  • Migrant death toll rises to record high in 2016

    LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — A record 7,495 refugee and migrant deaths were recorded worldwide last year — almost one third higher than in 2015 — with the vast majority perishing in th…

  • Michelle Obama praises diversity in farewell speech

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — First lady Michelle Obama made an impassioned case for embracing diversity and welcoming all religious groups on Friday in a not-so-veiled message to her husband’s successo…

  • Trump taunts Terminator

  • Brazil gang kills 31, many hacked to death, as prison violence explodes

    RIO DE JANEIRO/SAO PAULO (Reuters) — Jailed members of Brazil’s most powerful drug gang killed 31 inmates at a penitentiary on Friday, decapitating and cutting out the hearts of most of them, in …

  • 4 held over beating disabled man, broadcasting attack

    CHICAGO (AP) — A judge rebuked four black people accused of beating a mentally disabled white man and broadcasting the attack on Facebook, sternly asking, “Where was your sense of decency?” bef…

  • Tsai heads to Americas; U.S. stops set to irk China

    BEIJING (AP) — Taiwan’s leader pledged to bolster her self-ruled island’s presence on the international stage as she set off Saturday to visit four Central American allies on a trip that include…

  • U.S. intel report blames Putin for hacks

  • 5 killed, 8 injured in shooting at U.S. airport

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival at the Fort Lauderdale Airport and opened fir…

  • Russia: Scale back of military presence has begun in Syria

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia said Friday it is withdrawing its aircraft carrier and other warships from the waters off Syria, following orders from President Vladimir Putin to scale back his forces as he ca…

  • Duterte tours Russian warship amid warming ties

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte toured one of the two Russian warships docked in Manila on Friday in another gesture of warming ties with Moscow as he shifts his country’s fore…

  • ‘Mastermind’ of deadly cafe siege in Dhaka killed

    DHAKA (AFP-Jiji) — Bangladeshi police shot dead an Islamist extremist accused of being one of the masterminds of last year’s deadly siege at a cafe during a predawn raid in Dhaka Friday. The bod…

  • Trump repeats pledge to make Mexico pay for wall

  • U.N. warns of ‘war crime’ as Damascus water crisis grows

    BEIRUT (AFP-Jiji) — The United Nations warned Thursday that sabotaging water supplies was a war crime after the main source for Syria’s capital was cut, leaving more than 5 million people facing s…

  • Trump to nominate former Sen. Coats as intelligence chief

  • Mexico gas protests, looting leave 2 dead; 700 held

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Anger over gasoline prices hikes in Mexico fueled more protests and looting Thursday, and officials said the unrest had resulted in the death of a policeman and a bystander, the …

  • U.S. spy chief raps Russia cyber-attack

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The top U.S. intelligence official said on Thursday he was “even more resolute” in his belief that Russia staged cyber-attacks on Democrats during the 2016 election campa…

  • U.S. warns N. Korea’s N-capability ‘improving’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — North Korea’s weapons capabilities have shown a “qualitative improvement” in the past year, the No. 2 U.S. diplomat said Thursday. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken…

  • Bin Laden’s son put on U.S. terror list

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration imposed sanctions Thursday on a son of Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, saying the younger bin Laden poses a risk to U.S. national security. The Sta…

  • Bombing kills 2 near courthouse in Turkey

    ANKARA (Reuters) — Suspected Kurdish militants clashed with police and detonated a car bomb in western Turkey on Thursday after their vehicle was stopped at a checkpoint, killing a police officer a…

  • Swimmers take icy plunge at snow festival in China

    HARBIN, China (Reuters) — Ignoring sub-zero temperatures and biting Siberian winds, 400 swimmers plunged into an icy river in China’s northern city of Harbin on Thursday, the first day of the cit…

  • Austria eyes plan to call for EU migration ceiling

    BERLIN (Reuters) — Austria’s defense minister has drafted a plan that would overhaul the European Union’s migrant policy by establishing a ceiling for migration and only permitting applications…

  • May quickly names career diplomat as new EU envoy

    LONDON (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a senior career diplomat as envoy to the European Union on Wednesday to replace an ambassador who quit with a scathing resignation let…

  • In court, Park’s friend claims ‘much unfairness’

    SEOUL (Reuters) — The friend of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the center of a corruption scandal told a court on Thursday that she faces “much unfairness” and again denied c…

  • China: Carrier conducts research, tests weapons in South China Sea

    BEIJING (Reuters) — A group of Chinese warships led by its sole aircraft carrier is testing weapons and equipment in exercises this week in the South China Sea that are going to plan, China’s For…

  • Ex-Tianjin mayor expelled from party, to be prosecuted

    BEIJING (Reuters) — The former mayor of the Chinese port of Tianjin has been expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for “serious discipline breaches,” the party’s anti-graft…

  • Govt official suspected in rare gun rampage in China

    BEIJING (Reuters) — A government official was suspected to have carried out a rare shooting rampage in China on Wednesday in which two officials were wounded when a gunman burst into a meeting and …

  • Trump goads intel agencies on hacking

  • After disparaging U.N., Trump talks with new chief

  • GOP agenda No. 1: Repeal Obamacare

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President Barack Obama exhorted fellow Democrats on Wednesday to preserve his legacy-defining health care law as Republicans moved ahead with their long-sought bid to sc…

  • Brooklyn train crash injures more than 100

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — A New York City train derailed at a downtown Brooklyn terminal during Wednesday’s morning rush hour, injuring more than 100 commuters in the metropolitan area’s second majo…

  • ‘Mein Kampf’ reprint takes Germany by storm

    BERLIN (Reuters) — Sales of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” have soared since a special edition of the Nazi leader’s political treatise went on sale in Germany a year ago, the German publisher …

  • Moscow wants naval drills as warships visit Manila

    MANILA (Reuters) — Russia wants to hold maritime drills with the Philippines to help combat terrorism and piracy, sending two warships to Manila for the first official navy-to-navy contact, as Pres…

  • S. Korea: Trump recognizes DPRK nuke threat

    SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s “clear warning” to North Korea shows he is aware of the urgency of the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program and will…

  • Indonesia halts Aussie military ties

    JAKARTA (AP) — Indonesia said Wednesday that it has suspended military cooperation with Australia over an alleged insult of Indonesian state ideology. Indonesian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Wurya…

  • Britain’s EU envoy quits ahead of Brexit talks

    LONDON (Reuters) — Britain’s ambassador to the European Union, who sometimes clashed with London over its approach to Europe, abruptly resigned less than three months before Prime Minister Theresa…

  • Turkey says it now knows who Istanbul gunman is

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) — Turkey has established the identity of the gunman who killed 39 people in an attack on an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s Day, its foreign minister said, and further arrests …

  • New U.N. chief Guterres: I’m no miracle maker

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The new U.N. secretary general said Tuesday he’s “no miracle maker,” but Antonio Guterres has big ambitions: He wants to shake up the global body and get all 193 member …

  • Ryan reelected House speaker

    WASHINGTON (AFP-Jiji) — U.S. lawmakers voted Tuesday to retain congressman Paul Ryan as speaker of the House of Representatives, making him a critical player as Donald Trump prepares to assume the p…

  • Clintons, Bushes to attend Trump inauguration

  • Trump’s intel briefing delayed

  • Trump to hold press conference on Jan. 11

  • GOP makes ethics office U-turn

  • Obama to give farewell speech on Jan. 10

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His last vacation behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama is entering the closing stretch of his presidency, an eleventh-hour push to tie up loose ends and put finishing touches o…

  • Finland to pay unemployed basic monthly income of $587

    HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to €560 ($587), in a unique social experiment which is hoped to cut…

  • U.S.-led strikes have killed 188 civilians

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — At least 188 civilians have been killed in U.S.-led strikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) targets in Iraq and Syria since the operation began in 2014, t…

  • Syrian rebels to freeze peace negotiations

    AMMAN (Reuters) — Syrian rebel groups said Monday they had decided to freeze any talks about their possible participation in Syrian peace negotiations being prepared by Moscow in Kazakhstan unless …

  • Netanyahu questioned over ‘corruption’

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was grilled by police investigators for over three hours at his official residence Monday night, opening what could be a politically damag…

  • China calls Trump remarks ‘pandering’

  • Trump: No DPRK missile will be capable of reaching U.S.

  • Park refuses to testify in impeachment trial

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday refused to testify in a case that will decide her future following her impeachment over a corruption scandal, forcing the Constitutional…

  • Analysis / Turkey faces more turmoil, violence

    LONDON (AP) — The deadly New Year’s attack on a ritzy Istanbul nightclub has brought more turmoil to Turkey and shown how the conflict in neighboring Syria easily can spill over to threaten Europe…

  • U.S. customs system outage causes delays at airports

    A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) computer problem lasting about four hours hit several U.S. airports on Monday, causing long lines and delays at immigration checks as travelers returned fro…

  • 60 inmates killed in Brazil riot

    MANAUS, Brazil (AFP-Jiji) — Rioting inmates in Brazil decapitated and brutally assaulted their rivals, killing at least 60, when fighting erupted between two gangs at a prison in the Amazon region,…

  • ISIL bomber kills 36 in Baghdad market

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber driving a pickup loaded with explosives struck a bustling market in Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 36 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq a…

  • China Navy confirms drills in South China Sea

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China’s sole aircraft carrier conducted drills in the South China Sea, the Navy said, days after neighboring Taiwan said the carrier and accompanying ships had passed 90 naut…

  • Ebola vaccine may be ‘up to 100% effective’

    PARIS (AFP-Jiji) — A prototype vaccine for Ebola may be “up to 100 percent effective” in protecting against the deadly virus, the World Health Organization said on Dec. 23. If all goes well, th…

  • World’s 1st solar panel road opens in France

    TOUROUVRE, France (AFP-Jiji) — France on Dec. 22 inaugurated the world’s first “solar highway,” a road paved with solar panels providing enough energy to power the street lights of the small N…

  • Ancient human ancestor stood tall

    NEW YORK (AP) — He stood a majestic 165 centimeters, weighed around 45 kilograms and maybe had a harem. That’s what scientists figure from the footprints he left behind some 3.7 million years ago…

  • Daughter of Park’s friend arrested

    SEOUL (Reuters) — Danish police have arrested the daughter of a woman at the center of a South Korean influence-peddling scandal that has engulfed President Park Geun-hye, police and prosecutors sai…

  • S. Korea leader denies wrongdoing in scandal

    SEOUL (Reuters) — South Korea’s impeached President Park Geun-hye on Sunday broke a monthlong silence over her alleged role in a corruption scandal, publicly denying charges of wrongdoing and say…

  • Syria clashes threaten fragile ceasefire

    BEIRUT (AFP-Jiji) — Fighting in parts of Syria on Sunday threatened a shaky ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey, whose efforts to kick-start talks toward ending the conflict won backing from wor…

  • ISIL claims responsibility for Istanbul attack

    CAIRO (Reuters) — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claimed responsibility for a gun attack on an Istanbul nightclub which killed 39 people on Sunday, the group said in a statement on Monday. …

  • ‘Hollyweed’ — Prankster alters L.A.’s landmark sign

    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) — The iconic hillside sign overlooking Southern California’s film-and-television hub was defaced overnight in honor of marijuana. Residents awoke on Sunday to find “Holly…

  • 10 inmates flee in Bahrain prison raid

    DUBAI (AP) — Gunmen armed with automatic rifles and pistols stormed a Bahraini prison Sunday, killing a police officer and freeing 10 inmates convicted on terrorism charges, police said. The attac…

  • U.K. queen misses another church service

    LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II missed a traditional New Year’s Day church service Sunday because of the effects of a lingering cold. Buckingham Palace said the queen “does not yet feel ready…

  • Israel not to release bodies of militants

    JERUSALEM (AFP-Jiji) — Israel on Sunday ruled that it would not release to their families the bodies of Hamas militants killed during attacks on Israelis but would instead bury them, the government …

  • 39 killed in Istanbul; gunman at large

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) — A gunman opened fire on New Year revelers at a packed nightclub on the shores of Istanbul’s Bosphorus waterway on Sunday, killing at least 39 people, including many foreigner…

  • Trump aide: Sanctions on Russia disproportionate?

  • UNSC backs Syria ceasefire deal

    BEIRUT (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Saturday supporting efforts by Russia and Turkey to end the nearly six-year conflict in Syria and jump-start peace negotiati…

  • Gov.: At least 35 dead in attack on nightclub in Istanbul

    ISTANBUL (AP) — An assailant believed to have been dressed in a Santa Claus costume opened fire at a nightclub in Istanbul during New Year’s celebrations Saturday, killing at least 35 people and …

  • Russia holds off on tit-for-tat expulsions, waiting for Trump

  • Sources: China considering measures to contain Taiwan

    BEIJING (Reuters) — China’s military has become alarmed by what it sees as U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s support of Taiwan and is considering strong measures to prevent the island from mov…

  • R.P. to insist on tribunal ruling if China drills

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday he will insist on a ruling of an international arbitration that invalidated Beijing’s claims to most of the South China Sea if Chi…

  • 50,000 Rohingya flee to Bangladesh from Myanmar

    DHAKA (AFP-Jiji) — About 50,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar, the foreign ministry in Dhaka said Thursday, seeking shelter from a bloody crackdown by the army. Bangladesh h…

  • Iraqi forces launch new assault on ISIL in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AFP-Jiji) — Iraqi forces advanced Thursday after declaring a new phase in their offensive on eastern Mosul, stepping up efforts to reclaim the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) mi…

  • Buffalo school board wants Trump ally out

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — A western New York builder and former Republican nominee for governor was censured on Thursday by fellow members of the Buffalo Board of Education and asked to resign his seat f…

  • U.S. expels Russians for spying, imposes sanctions

    HONOLULU/WASHINGTON (Reuters) — President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered the expulsion of 35 Russian suspected spies and imposed sanctions on two Russian intelligence agencies over their involvem…

  • New York tightens security

    NEW YORK (Reuters) — New York City will deploy sand-filled trucks and thousands of police officers as part of a beefed-up plan to protect revelers at this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations in T…

  • Poland buys da Vinci in art deal

    WARSAW (AP) — Poland’s Culture Ministry finalized a deal Thursday to buy a precious private art collection that includes a painting by Leonardo da Vinci, acting to ensure that the collection will…

  • Syria ceasefire brokered by Russia, Turkey goes into effect

    BEIRUT (AP) — A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight Thursday, a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that have left more than a q…

  • Russia pledges ‘adequate reprisals’ over U.S. sanctions

    MOSCOW (AFP-Jiji) — Russia on Thursday pledged “adequate reprisals” over U.S. sanctions and accused Washington of trying to destroy ties by making “unfounded” allegations of interference in …

  • Kerry rips Israeli settlement-building

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel’s building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustratio…

  • Netanyahu faces criminal probe

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) — Israel’s attorney general has ordered police to open a criminal investigation in two unspecified matters involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Channel 10 t…

  • Turkey: Syria ceasefire plan prepared with Russia

    ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) — Turkey and Russia have prepared an agreement for a ceasefire in Syria, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, adding that Ankara would not give up its opposition t…

  • Man suspected of ties to Berlin attacker detained

    BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday that they have detained a Tunisian man they think may have been involved in last week’s truck attack on a Christmas market in Berlin. The 40-year-…

  • Oman said to join Saudi-led alliance

    DUBAI (Reuters) — Oman, which has traditionally resisted Gulf Arab states’ efforts to close ranks against Iran, has joined a Saudi-led coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism, Saudi and …

  • Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, dies day after daughter Fisher

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds, who lit up the screen in “Singin’ in the Rain’ and other Hollywood classics despite a tumultuous life, has died a day after losing her daughter, Carrie Fis…

  • Taiwan leader to transit in U.S. in move bound to anger China

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will pass through the United States when she visits Latin America next month, the Foreign Ministry said Thursday, a move bound to infuriate China, wh…

  • Beijing blasts Taiwan, H.K. independence supporters

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Quoting a poem by the founder of Communist China Mao Zedong, China’s government said on Wednesday that the efforts by Hong Kong and Taiwan independence supporters to link up we…

  • China finishes longest E-W high-speed rail link

    SHANGHAI (Reuters) — China has completed two new high-speed rail links connecting Kunming, the capital of southwestern Yunnan Province, with Shanghai and Guangzhou on the eastern coast, according t…

  • 5 killed in ‘terrorist’ attack in Xinjiang

    BEIJING (Reuters) — Attackers drove a vehicle into a government building in China’s unruly far western region of Xinjiang, setting off an explosive device and using knives to kill two people befo…

  • Pakistan turns on nuclear plant built with China

    ISLAMABAD (AFP-Jiji) — Pakistan’s fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the government’s effo…

  • U.S. admires Obama most, Trump 2nd

  • Last bridge in Mosul disabled

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Residents of Iraq’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant-held city of Mosul said Wednesday that an airstrike disabled the city’s last functioning bridge across the Tigris River, …

  • Israel intensifies blame of U.S. over rebuke

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Doubling down on its public break with the Obama administration, a furious Israeli government on Tuesday said it had received “ironclad” information from Arab sources that Wash…

  • U.S., Russian forces sharing more in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S.-Russian talks on their separate fights against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militant group are becoming more productive and more frequent, American officia…

  • Trump calls on Bush-era vet for homeland security post

  • N. Korea’s nuke plans ‘big for 2017’

    SEOUL (AFP-Jiji) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is planning a “prime time” nuclear weapons push in 2017 to take advantage of leadership transitions in South Korea and the United States, a hig…

  • Duterte hails record drug haul, arrests

    MANILA (AP) — Philippine authorities said Tuesday that anti-narcotics operations have led to the arrest of 10 suspects, including three Chinese nationals, and the seizure of nearly 1 metric ton of …

  • Leadership posturing intensifies in Seoul

    SEOUL (AP) — While lawyers desperately tried to restore the impeached South Korean president’s powers, politics advanced without her on Tuesday as parties and potential candidates postured for ele…

  • S. Korea’s ex-health minister detained

    SEOUL (AP) — South Korean investigators on Wednesday detained the country’s former health minister as they expand their inquiry into a corruption scandal involving impeached President Park Geun-h…

  • Pop-culture icon Carrie Fisher dies

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher, a daughter of Hollywood royalty who gained pop-culture fame as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” and turned her struggles with addiction and mental ill…

  • U.S. has no objection to China warship drill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States said China has the right to sail in international waters after a Chinese aircraft carrier cruised past Taiwan and into the contested South China Sea. Taiwan’s…

  • Taiwan: Chinese carrier reaches Hainan

    TAIPEI (Reuters) — China’s sole aircraft carrier the Liaoning has arrived at a naval base on the southern Chinese province of Hainan, a senior Taiwanese military officer said on Wednesday, after …

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  • Thai temple raid called off

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  • China sets sights on dark side of moon

  • Egypt law gives Sisi more media control

  • Dark matter research pioneer Vera Rubin dies

  • Trump slams U.N. as ‘good time’ club

  • Obama vs Trump poll dispute erupts

  • ‘Harry Potter’ spider found

  • Study: Pregnancy changes women’s brains

  • Sex exists to avoid disease

  • Queen Elizabeth misses Xmas service due to illness

  • Israel summons U.S., other envoys

  • Russia focuses on faults, not terror, in plane crash probe

  • Tunisia security forces warn of returning jihadis

  • 54,000 in Germany flee large unexploded bomb

  • Militia attacks kill 34 Congo civilians

  • Indonesia marks 12th anniversary of deadly tsunami with prayers

  • Egypt confirms producer’s arrest

  • China tests new version of stealth fighter

  • Publicist: Singer George Michael dead at age 53

  • Money raised for driver’s family

  • Netanyahu: Israel to reassess U.N. relations

  • 3 arrested for ties to Berlin attack

  • ‘No survivors’ as Russian military jet crashes

  • 2 linked to Dhaka cafe siege killed

  • Iraqis celebrate 1st Christmas in post-ISIL town

  • Trump to dissolve foundation amid New York investigation

  • Russian passenger jet with 92 aboard crashes into Black Sea

  • FBI probes FDIC hack linked to China

  • U.N. to start talks on N-ban treaty in March

  • Trump welcomes ‘nice’ letter from Putin

  • Malta plane hijacking ends peacefully

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  • Question looms whether Berlin attack suspect had accomplices

  • Trump cochair wishes death on Obama, calls 1st lady male

  • U.S. abstention allows U.N. to condemn Israel for settlements

  • Trump continuing battle with media

  • Spicer picked for U.S. press secretary

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  • U.S. House report: Snowden still in contact with Russian intelligence

  • Berlin attack suspect slipped through net

  • Syrian Army retakes control of Aleppo in boost for Assad

  • Italian media: Suspect in Berlin truck attack shot dead in Milan

  • Clinton wins popular vote by 2.9 million

  • Ferry tragedy probed as Park impeachment hearing opens

  • Trump: U.S. must greatly strengthen N-capability

  • Tunisian suspected in Berlin attack

  • Trump: Berlin violence attack on humanity

  • Wang: U.S. ties face new uncertainties

  • China confirms 3rd human bird flu infection in week

  • Defiant Gambia leader says he won’t step down

  • Kremlin: Almost all talks with U.S. frozen

  • Trump discusses cutting F-35, Air Force One costs

  • Romania’s leftists propose Muslim woman for PM

  • Turkish prosecutors probe why Russian’s killer not taken alive

  • Assad nears Aleppo endgame

  • U.N. finds airstrike hit aid convoy in Syria

  • Queen Elizabeth to reduce duties

  • Split imminent in Park’s party

  • Police now want Choi’s daughter

  • Merkel’s road to reelection set to get rougher after attack

  • Zurich mosque shooter had ‘no Islamist links’

  • EU stops short of semi-auto gun ban

  • Turkey, Russia probe Karlov killing

  • Obama exercises 1950s drilling law

  • Sao Tome severs Taiwan ties

  • Pope orders freeing of ‘Vatileaks’ priest

  • ‘Moscow Declaration’ adopted for Syria deal

  • German forces hunt for attacker

  • China returns U.S. drone

  • Norway, China normalize ties after 6-yr Nobel spat

  • 12 killed as truck plows into Berlin market

  • Man held outside U.S. Embassy in Ankara

  • Berlin police probe terrorism link in Christmas market killings

  • Witnesses recall sudden change to festive spirit

  • U.S. ready to help investigation

  • Ankara attacker’s family detained

  • Russian ambassador killed in Ankara

  • China smog 100 times over WHO guideline

  • How will Moscow react to killing?

  • Trump: Terrorists behind Turkey, Germany killings

  • NATO, Russia stall on Ukraine in talks

  • UNSC unanimously calls for Aleppo safeguards

  • Lagarde keeps job, escapes penalty, wins full backing of IMF

  • 2016 officially a ‘surreal’ year

  • Trump assured of presidency after Electoral College vote

  • Austrian far right signs with Putin

  • Jumping robot eyed to aid in rescues

  • Study: Computer games help relieve phantom pain

  • Feathered dinosaur tail found in amber

  • Reindeer getting smaller

  • Park confidante denies charges

  • Impeachment sets off early ROK race

  • Hundreds evacuated from Aleppo

  • Malaysia calls for ASEAN to arrange Rohingya aid

  • Gunmen kill 10 in series of attacks on Jordan police

  • Anti-abortionists, buoyed by Trump, get new wind

  • New Lebanon unity Cabinet announced

  • U.S. senators seek probe of cyber-attacks by Russia

  • West Bank settlers agree to relocation

  • Poland’s president talks with opposition

  • UNSC agrees on draft resolution for Aleppo monitoring

  • Iran calls for meeting over U.S. sanctions

  • U.K. faces Christmas strikes to mail, train, air travel

  • 30 soldiers killed in Yemen suicide blast

  • Anne Frank may have been caught ‘by chance,’ not betrayed

  • Smoggy Beijing under red alert

  • Gunmen kill 5 female airport staff in Kandahar

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  • Winter storm socks Midwest, East, spawning accidents, deaths

  • Pope eats with homeless on 80th birthday, gets 70,000 emails

  • Supporters, opponents of Park stage big rallies

  • Protestors in Berlin demand humanity

  • Desperate ‘thousands’ await evacuation from Aleppo

  • China to return seized U.S. drone, slams Washington

  • E-cigarettes a ‘major public health concern’ in U.S.

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  • Trump given warning over upending China policy

  • Philippines faces growing HIV epidemic

  • U.S. says Chinese warship seized Navy underwater drone

  • China paper: Issue to be resolved

  • Duterte says he’ll set aside sea feud ruling against China

  • Obama, rapping Putin, says U.S. could strike back on cyber

  • White House alludes to Putin involvement in U.S. hacking

  • Facebook moves to fight fake news posts

  • Park’s lawyers: No grounds for impeachment

  • Hitler house expropriated

  • Galileo, Europe’s rival to GPS, starts service

  • EU agrees to extend Russia sanctions

  • White supremacist convicted in Charleston church shooting

  • Traces of explosives found in EgyptAir crash

  • Thousands of residents leave Aleppo under ceasefire deal

  • EU rebuffs legislature’s bid for bigger role in Brexit talks

  • France to extend state of emergency

  • ‘Brexit’ to enter Oxford dictionary

  • Think tank: Beijing installs weapons on S. China Sea islets

  • Afghan boy scores big moment with superstar Messi

  • Putin is world’s most powerful man in Forbes rankings

  • Duterte says he personally killed criminal suspects

  • Trump endorses Romney’s niece for RNC chair

  • Syria civil war could mar Obama’s legacy

  • Park’s ‘missing’ 7 hours scrutinized again

  • N. Korea rejects U.N. abductions report

  • Taiwan urged to increase defense spending

  • Tillerson ties thorny for Senate

  • Angry Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug lord’s mom

  • Trump meets ‘old friend’ Kanye West

  • Italy’s new PM wins confidence vote

  • Rouhani orders plans for building atomic boats

  • Rebels to surrender, pull out as Aleppo fighting ends

  • Zinke wanted for interior secretary job, reports say

  • Blasphemy trial under way for Christian Jakarta gov.

  • China, Mexico move to deepen ties

  • U.S. says China policy not a ‘bargaining chip’

  • Senate GOP leader breaks from Trump over hacking

  • Tillerson said pick for secretary of state

  • Guterres sworn in as U.N. chief

  • Israel gets F-35 jets

  • Gas attack suspected near Palmyra ISIL territory

  • Aleppo’s ‘doomsday’ imminent

  • Don’t sleep on it: Going to bed mad makes it worse

  • Spacecraft examines Saturn’s rings

  • Swiss solar plane to soar into stratosphere

  • Italy FM tapped to be prime minister

  • Trump calls CIA report on election ‘ridiculous’

  • Twin Istanbul blasts leave 38 dead

  • Dylan sends message of thanks for Nobel Prize

  • English sworn in as N.Z. prime minister

  • Social Democrats win Romania elections

  • Tsang expected to run for top H.K. job

  • Bomb kills 25 at Cairo Coptic cathedral

  • Trump questions ‘one China’ policy

  • Conservatives hold slim lead over leftists in Macedonia

  • 2 ex-senior Park officials charged

  • Many doctors use wrong food allergy test

  • Menopause tied to decline in women’s lung function

  • Obama orders full review of 2016 election cyber-attacks

  • Trump to name Goldman exec to key economic post

  • Plant-based diets good for anyone, if well balanced

  • Trump campaign spent less than rival’s

  • Trump picks fast-food exec for labor secretary

  • Time names Trump Person of the Year

  • Trump selects climate-change denier for EPA

  • DiCaprio meets Trump on green jobs to boost economy

  • N.Y. wants $35 mil. to protect Trump; Congress offers $7 mil.

  • Trump complains about China policy

  • Stein: Penn. recount bid will head to federal court

  • Trump speaks with Taiwan’s Tsai, risking China tensions

  • Beijing: Call a ploy by Taipei

  • Trump kicks off ‘thank you’ tour in U.S. heartland

  • Trump assails push for vote recount

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  • 3 California mosques get threatening letters

  • Trump names Haley as envoy to U.N.

  • Trump claims ‘open mind’ on Paris deal

  • Trump remains elusive on Cabinet

  • ‘Hamilton’ cast’s plea to VP-elect ignites debate

  • Trump holds talks with old foe Romney

  • Trump picks loyalists for top security, law enforcement jobs

  • Petraeus eyed for defense chief

  • Team denies disorganization

  • Trump turns to Wall Street

  • Hardliner says wall, Muslim registry plans ongoing

  • Luxury N.Y. apartments stripped of Trump name

  • British PM May: It’s time to respond to transformed world

  • Giuliani tipped for secretary of state

  • Putin, Trump speak by phone, agree to work to improve ties

  • Obama says Trump is ‘pragmatic’

  • Trump’s new chief of staff a man with many friends

  • Trump names GOP head as chief of staff

  • Trump assigns Pence transition team head

  • Obamacare portions to be ‘kept’

  • After off the mark polls, some question value of ‘big data’

  • Protocol on press access bucked

  • Trump meets with Obama, discusses transfer of power

  • Hollywood in mourning over Trump victory

  • Populist pandering no way to lead U.S.

  • Senate leader dashes hopes for TPP vote before year-end

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  • Trump win elicits fears, some cheers around globe

  • Some look to Canada, N.Z. after Trump’s rise

  • GOP maintains control of Congress

  • Trump triumphs over Clinton / Real estate mogul wins key swing states in stunning run to White House

  • U.S. turnout surges among minorities

  • Trump, Clinton court voters in swing states

  • Melania worked ‘without proper visa’

  • Security scare for Trump in final days

  • U.S. warning of Al-Qaida election threat

  • Clinton sent daughter material later classified

  • Clinton, Trump clash in final campaign stretch

  • Fending off Trump, Clinton tries to secure ‘blue wall’

  • Trump, Clinton in close final week battle

  • Trump sticks to attacking Clinton

  • Trump seeks boost from Clinton’s email probe

  • Poll: Clinton extends lead

  • Trump touts urban policy and his new hotel

  • Trump’s Hollywood star smashed

  • Half of all Republicans would reject poll result

  • Youngsters prefer ‘giant meteor’

  • Analysis / Trump stays on scorched earth strategy

  • Trump says he may not accept election result

  • N.C. GOP office torched, graffiti threat sprayed nearby

  • Trump ramps up rigged election claim

  • Trump campaign rocked by new sexual allegations

  • Obama: ‘Democracy itself’ at stake in poll

  • Michelle Obama excoriates Trump over sexual assault

  • Trump campaign hit by new allegations of sexual assault

  • House Speaker Ryan dumps Trump

  • Forgiveness, praise focus of Pence’s resurfacing

  • 2nd debate marked by personal insults

  • More Republicans condemn Trump

  • Ryan ‘sickened’ by comments

  • Trump caught making lewd remarks about women

  • Clinton edges out in front of Trump in national poll

  • Twitter, ‘lies’ and videotape: Trump shames beauty queen

  • Clinton hits Trump over Cuba embargo ‘violation’

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  • Trump plagued by sniffles during debate

  • Trump vows to accept ‘undivided’ Jerusalem

  • Clinton, Trump neck and neck heading into 1st showdown

  • Cruz endorses Trump, whom he called ‘utterly amoral’

  • Clinton leads Trump by 4 points

  • Politics takes center stage at Emmys

  • Clinton condemns triple ‘apparent terrorist attacks’

  • Clinton, Trump trade barbs over health amid tighter race

  • Powell criticizes candidates in slew of hacked emails

  • Clinton, Trump seek to prove fitness

  • Rio 2016 / U.S. swimmers were not robbed, Brazil police say

  • TV camera falls on Rio Games visitors in latest mishap

  • Putin slams discrimination at send-off ceremony

  • High alert for Olympics

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