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Dec 16, 2017

Elysee plays down opulence of Macron birthday at Loire chateau
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron celebrates his 40th birthday this weekend in the grounds of a former royal palace, in what some opponents called another tactless show of wealth.

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Dec 16, 2017

Argentina fires head of navy over submarine tragedy
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Egyptian presidential hopeful apologizes to arrested supporters
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian presidential hopeful Ahmed Shafik apologized on Saturday to supporters who were arrested this week and called on authorities to resolve the situation.

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Dec 16, 2017

Canadian police probe mysterious deaths of billionaire pharma couple
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police are investigating the mysterious deaths of pharmaceuticals billionaire Barry Sherman, founder of Apotex Inc, and his wife Honey, whose bodies were found in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Argentina fires head of navy after submarine tragedy
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina fired the head of its navy a month after a submarine disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Nazareth Christmas celebrations will be held as normal: mayor
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Nazareth, the Israeli Arab city where Jesus is thought to have been raised, will celebrate Christmas as usual, its mayor said, denying the festivities would be curtailed in protest at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Dec 16, 2017

Libyan coast guard rescues more than 250 migrants trying to reach Italy
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's coastal guard has rescued more than 250 illegal migrants trying to leave the North African country in small boats bound for Italy, officials said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Thousands of Romanians mourn former king Michael
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians lined the streets of Bucharest on Saturday for the funeral of the country''s former king Michael, one of the last surviving World War Two European heads of state.

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Dec 16, 2017

Austrian conservatives bring far right into government
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is set to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government after the anti-immigration Freedom Party and Sebastian Kurz's conservatives struck a coalition deal they plan to present on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources
AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and the chairman of Jordan's largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Russian and French foreign ministers discussed situation in Syria
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian discussed the situation in Syria and other issues during a phone conversation on Dec. 14, the Russian ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Australian PM future safeguarded in crucial Sydney by-election
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's conservative coalition government regained its razor-thin parliamentary majority on Saturday after inner Sydney voters re-elected a former professional tennis player in a special poll triggered by a constitutional crisis.

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Dec 16, 2017

Myanmar journalists' group to don black T-shirts over arrest of Reuters' reporters
YANGON (Reuters) - A group of Myanmar journalists said they would begin wearing black T-shirts on Saturday in protest at the detention of two Reuters reporters accused of violating the country's Official Secrets Act, as pressure builds on Myanmar to release the pair.

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Dec 16, 2017

Palestinian billionaire Masri detained in Saudi Arabia: sources
AMMAN (Reuters) - Sabih al-Masri, a Palestinian billionaire and the chairman of Jordan's largest lender Arab Bank, was detained in Saudi Arabia for questioning after a business trip to Riyadh, family sources and friends said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Thai tour guide arrested for inappropriate behavior at Buddhist temple
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities have arrested a local tour guide for indecent behavior at a temple after she posted a photograph online that showed her standing on a pagoda, police said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Strong quake hits Indonesia's Java, killed three
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the island of Java in Indonesia just before midnight on Friday, with authorities reporting three deaths and damage to hundreds of buildings.

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Dec 16, 2017

Kurz's Austrian conservatives bring far right into government
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has brought the far right Freedom Party (FPO) into government, striking a coalition deal he aims to cement with his own party and Austria's president on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Peru's Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski
LIMA (Reuters) - President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start 'presidential vacancy' procedures with enough votes to unseat him within a week.

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Dec 16, 2017

South Africa to increase spending on higher education: Zuma
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa will raise subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as recommended by a commission on higher education funding, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Detained asylum-seekers win right to sue PNG government for compensation
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - A Papua New Guinea court has given hundreds of asylum-seekers who were held for years in a controversial Australian detention center the right to sue the PNG government for compensation, Australian media reported on Saturday.

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Dec 16, 2017

Wounded North Korean defector transferred to South Korean military hospital
SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier who suffered critical gunshot wounds during a defection dash across the border to South Korea has been transferred to a military hospital, a South Korean intelligence official said on Saturday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Canadian police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire couple
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of Barry Sherman, founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, and his wife, Honey, one of the nation's wealthiest couples whose bodies were found in their mansion on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Australian PM's future at stake in crucial Sydney by-election
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Voters began casting ballots in a Sydney by-election on Saturday that could determine the future of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is hoping to regain his parliamentary majority and safeguard his leadership.

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Dec 15, 2017

Venezuela talks to resume in January after government, opposition fail to reach deal
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's government and opposition leaders will hold a new round of talks in January after failing on Friday to reach an agreement to ease a deep political and economic crisis in the troubled OPEC country.

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Dec 15, 2017

Canada police probe 'suspicious' deaths of billionaire, wife
TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police said they were investigating the mysterious deaths of the billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife, Honey, who were found dead in their Toronto mansion on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Ramaphosa, Dlamini-Zuma in tight race to lead South Africa's ruling ANC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend - seen as too close to call - to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader, with the winner also likely to become the next president.

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Dec 15, 2017

Mexico presidential race roiled as leftist front-runner embraces right wing party
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The front-runner in Mexico's 2018 election has embraced a small, socially conservative party in his bid for the presidency, sparking criticism among progressives that could splinter his support in what is expected to be a tight race.

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Dec 15, 2017

Canadian pharmaceutical billionaire, wife found dead in Toronto
(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex Inc, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in their Toronto home on Friday under circumstances that police described as 'suspicious.'

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Dec 15, 2017

Canadian billionaire found dead in Toronto: Ontario health minister
(Reuters) - The billionaire founder of Canadian pharmaceutical firm Apotex, Barry Sherman, and his wife Honey, were found dead in Toronto on Thursday, Ontario's health minister said on Twitter.

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Dec 15, 2017

Argentine Congress to make fresh attempt at pension debate on Monday
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's lower house of Congress will try on Monday to debate the government's pension bill, lawmakers said on Friday, after the first attempt at discussing it this week ended with violent protests that forced the legislature to suspend session.

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Dec 15, 2017

Myanmar faces mounting calls for release of Reuters journalists
UNITED NATIONS/YANGON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday that the United States was demanding 'the immediate release' of two Reuters reporters arrested in Myanmar 'or information as to the circumstances around their disappearance.'

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Dec 15, 2017

Pence trip to Middle East overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem decision
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will underscore the U.S. partnership with Israel during a trip to the Middle East next week while seeking to shore up U.S. relations with the Arab world after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Dec 15, 2017

Peru president fights for political life as impeachment looms
LIMA (Reuters) - Lawmakers in Peru's opposition-ruled Congress filed a motion on Friday to impeach center-right President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on grounds he was morally unfit to lead after he resisted calls to resign over alleged corruption.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. says identified target for sanctions over Myanmar crackdown
WASHINGTON/YANGON (Reuters) - The United States has identified one person it might impose sanctions on over the brutal crackdown in Myanmar against minority Rohingya Muslims and is examining others, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Austria's Kurz strikes deal to bring far right into government
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative party leader Sebastian Kurz reached a coalition deal with the anti-immigration Freedom Party on Friday, paving the way for Austria to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government.

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Dec 15, 2017

Security tight as Germany marks anniversary of Christmas market attack
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has tightened security at Christmas markets across the country a year after a deadly truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market, with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel under fire from victims' relatives for her handling of the case.

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Dec 15, 2017

'Day of Rage' - a knife, a fake bomb belt, a death
NEAR RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - I went to the road just outside Ramallah, as on previous days, because that is one of the places in the West Bank where Palestinians have been protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Dec 15, 2017

SPD agrees to talks on joining German government, Merkel urges quick action
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to open exploratory talks on forming a government with Chancellor Angela Merkel, party leader Martin Schulz said, providing a chance to end a rare period of political deadlock in Europe's largest economy.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. says it wants Syrian government to negotiate 'seriously' with opposition
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday urged supporters of the Syrian government to press it to 'participate fully' in negotiations with the opposition, saying a lack of a political resolution in the war-torn country threatened indefinite instability.

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Dec 15, 2017

Victims of Mexico military abuses shudder at new security law
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Human rights activist Juan Carlos Soni fears a new security law passed by Mexico's Congress on Friday could mean his death after he suffered beatings, electrocution and abduction at the hands of the armed forces four years ago.

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Dec 15, 2017

Tillerson urges long halt to North Korea weapons tests before any talks
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged North Korea to carry out a 'sustained cessation' of weapons testing to allow the two countries to hold talks about Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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Dec 15, 2017

Man with knife shot at Amsterdam airport; suspect is known offender
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutchman wielding a knife was shot by military police on Friday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport and taken into custody, an official said.

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Dec 15, 2017

Brazil's Temer says pension bill 2 to 3 dozen votes short
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's government has secured between 270 and 280 of the 308 votes needed to approve a bill to overhaul the country's bloated social security system in February, President Michel Temer said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Peru lawmakers file motion to impeach president Kuczynski
LIMA (Reuters) - Opposition lawmakers in Peru's Congress presented a motion on Friday seeking to impeach President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for 'moral incapacity' due to his ties to Brazil's Odebrecht, a company that has admitted to paying bribes across Latin America.

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Dec 15, 2017

Supporters of Hungarian Jobbik opposition party protest over crackdown
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - About a thousand Hungarians protested on Friday against a crackdown on the main opposition party Jobbik which has been threatened by a record political campaign fine that the party leader describes as a 'death sentence' for democracy.

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Dec 15, 2017

'Congratulations': EU moves to Brexit phase two but warns will be tough
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact but some leaders cautioned that the final year of divorce negotiations before Britain's exit could be fraught with peril.

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Dec 15, 2017

Protesters block roads in Honduras as electoral crisis rumbles on
TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran security forces fired tear gas on Friday at opposition protesters who had blocked major roads, and demanded a full recount of last month's contentious election that pitched the Central American nation into crisis.

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Dec 15, 2017

Mexico's Senate picks new electoral prosecutor amid graft spat
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate on Friday named the country's new top prosecutor for election-related crimes, after the official previously in the post was fired amid a graft scandal involving a close former aide of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Dec 15, 2017

Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Dec 15, 2017

Austria's Kurz poised to bring far right into government
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria is poised to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government as Sebastian Kurz's conservatives and the anti-immigration Freedom Party inched towards a coalition deal on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Israeli troops kill three Palestinians, wound scores in protests over Jerusalem
GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead three Palestinians and wounded 150 others on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Dec 15, 2017

Tillerson urges lull in North Korea 'threatening behavior' before any talks
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday called for a 'sustained cessation of North Korea's threatening behavior' before talks could occur between Washington and Pyongyang, but did not specify a length of time for a lull.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.N. chief urges communication with North Korea to avoid escalation
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 escalating into conflict.

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Dec 15, 2017

South Sudan's Kiir promotes three generals facing U.N. sanctions
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.

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Dec 15, 2017

France cautious over U.S. 'evidence' on Iran weaponry in Yemen
PARIS (Reuters) - France reacted cautiously on Friday to U.S. evidence which allegedly proved Iran supplied weapons to Houthi militia in Yemen, saying it was still studying information at its disposal and the United Nations had yet to draw any conclusions.

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Dec 15, 2017

Trump says U.S. wants Russia's help on North Korea
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Washington hoped to receive more help from Russian President Vladimir Putin in efforts to convince North Korea to abandon its missile and nuclear weapons program.

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Dec 15, 2017

Belgian trial of Paris attacker Abdeslam postponed: court
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Belgian trial of one of the suspects behind the 2015 Islamist attacks in Paris has been postponed, a Brussels court said.

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Dec 15, 2017

From life as thugs to baking, El Salvador's ex-gang members seek peace
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - Gang life in the poor Central American country of El Salvador is hard, but for a dozen former members of the feared 18th Street Gang, building a new life outside is no less difficult.

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Dec 15, 2017

Israeli troops wound more than 40 Palestinians in protests over U.S. Jerusalem move
RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot and wounded more than 40 Palestinians in Gaza and the occupied West Bank on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.

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Dec 15, 2017

In Syria, Russia securing position as Assad presses war
BEIRUT (Reuters) - With the map of Syria's conflict decisively redrawn in President Bashar al-Assad's favor, his Russian allies want to convert military gains into a settlement that stabilizes the shattered nation and secures their interests in the region.

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Dec 15, 2017

Exclusive: Italy plans big handover of sea rescues to Libya coastguard
ROME/TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Italy wants Libya's coastguard to take responsibility within three years for intercepting migrants across about a tenth of the Mediterranean even as Libyan crews struggle to patrol their own coast and are accused of making deadly mistakes at sea.

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Dec 15, 2017

German SPD leaders vote to start exploratory talks with conservatives
BERLIN (Reuters) - Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats have voted unanimously to begin exploratory talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives about forming a coalition government, Andreas Nahles, head of the SPD's parliamentary group, said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

'Congratulations': EU launches next phase of Brexit but warns of tough talks ahead
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact but some leaders cautioned that the final year of Britain's divorce negotiations could be fraught with peril.

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Dec 15, 2017

Britain's Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to marry on May 19
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry and his American fiancée, Meghan Markle, will marry on Saturday May 19, Kensington Palace said.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev jailed for eight years over $2 million bribe
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Former Russian economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev was found guilty of soliciting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief executive Igor Sechin and sentenced to eight years in jail on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Erdogan says Turkey seeking to annul Trump decision on Jerusalem at U.N.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is launching an initiative at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

U.S. says concerned about Myanmar's silence over where Reuters journalists are being held
YANGON (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 15, 2017

Mexico's Senate passes divisive security law, paving way for final approval
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate early on Friday approved security legislation that has sparked sharp protests from human rights advocates concerned that it could encourage abuses by the armed forces in their deployment against drug cartels.

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Dec 15, 2017

Catalan election to return hung parliament: poll
MADRID (Reuters) - An election in Catalonia will fail to conclusively resolve a political crisis over an independence drive in the region, the final surveys before the Dec. 21 vote showed on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

'Congratulations': EU launches next phase of Brexit
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warmed to the British premier, but there was little clarity on trade, as well as on some issues already discussed.

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Dec 15, 2017

Erdogan says Turkey starting initiatives at U.N. to annul U.S. decision on Jerusalem
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey is starting initiatives at the United Nations to annul a decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russia detains seven members of Islamic State cell planning attack: Ifax
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's FSB security service said on Friday it had detained seven members of an Islamic State cell who had been planning attacks in public places, the Interfax news agency reported, citing an FSB statement.

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Dec 15, 2017

Thyssenkrupp has offered help to Argentina over disappeared submarine
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's Thyssenkrupp, has offered assistance to Argentinian authorities in an investigation into the disappearance of a submarine last month, a spokesman said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

NATO sounds alarm on banned Russian missile system
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies on Friday publicly raised concern about a Russian cruise missile system that the alliance says may break a Cold War-era pact banning such weapons, in a show of support for Washington.

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Dec 15, 2017

Kremlin: Putin and Trump agreed to exchange information on North Korea
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Friday that President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had agreed in a phone call to exchange information about North Korea and cooperate on possible initiatives to resolve a crisis around the Asian nation.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russian court jails ex-minister Ulyukayev for eight years in bribery case
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court sentenced ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev to eight years in prison on Friday after finding him guilty of taking a $2 million bribe from Igor Sechin, the CEO of oil giant Rosneft.

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Dec 15, 2017

Death toll rises to six after school bus, train collide in France
PARIS (Reuters) - The death toll from a collision which saw a train rip a school bus in half rose to six on Friday after doctors in southern France lost the battle overnight to save two of those left seriously injured, a source close to the investigation said.

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Dec 15, 2017

Germany owes Europe a stable government, top SPD boss says
BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior Social Democrat (SPD) politician said Germany needed a stable government able to play a leadership role in the European Union, in the clearest signal yet that the party would open coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.

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Dec 15, 2017

Middle-class Egypt adapts to survive as austerity bites
CAIRO (Reuters) - Swapping new cars for cheaper models, cutting back on pricy supermarket shopping and giving up holidays abroad, middle-class Egyptians are finding strategies to stay afloat after a currency reform a year ago sent their living costs soaring.

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Dec 15, 2017

EU to move on Brexit talks, Irish 'riddle' remains
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is poised on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain's exit from the bloc as leaders warm to the British premier but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a 'riddle'.

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Dec 15, 2017

Poland's electoral commission head denounces changes to electoral code
WARSAW (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev found guilty of bribe-taking
MOSCOW (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russian court finds ex-minister Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe: judge
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Friday found ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev guilty of taking a bribe.

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Dec 15, 2017

Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first: EU's Juncker
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russia says Iran nuclear deal breakdown would hurt effort to manage North Korea
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a possible breakdown of the Iran nuclear deal would send the wrong signal when it came to trying to resolve the situation around North Korea, the RIA and Interfax news agencies reported on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Britain says West must defend undersea cables from Russian navy
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain and its NATO allies must defend deep sea cables against a potentially catastrophic attack by the Russia navy that could disrupt trillions of dollars in financial transactions, the head of Britain's armed forces warned.

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Dec 15, 2017

Russian parliament sets March 18 as presidential election date
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The upper house of the Russian parliament voted on Friday to set March 18 as the date of next year's presidential election.

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Dec 15, 2017

Cambodia's Hun Sen challenges EU and U.S. to freeze assets
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen encouraged the United States and European Union on Friday to freeze the assets of Cambodian leaders abroad in response to his government's crackdown on the opposition and civil society.

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Dec 15, 2017

South Africa's governing ANC to announce party leader on Sunday
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) will announce current president Jacob Zuma's successor as party leader on Sunday as it looks to conclude a bruising leadership battle and focus on policy, a party spokesman told radio station 702 on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Beijing evictions leave migrant workers in limbo as winter deepens
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.

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Dec 15, 2017

Peru's Kuczynski says will not resign over Odebrecht scandal
LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said late on Thursday that he would not resign over a scandal involving payments that Brazilian builder Odebrecht paid a decade ago to a company he controlled while holding public office.

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Dec 14, 2017

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia should introduce a law forcing religious leaders to report child abuse, including Catholic priests told of abuse in the confessional, said a report on Friday which detailed institutional abuse, particularly in the Catholic Church.

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Dec 14, 2017

Australian child abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession, voluntary celibacy for clergy
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.

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Dec 14, 2017

EU leaders clash over refugees
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Two years after the Mediterranean migrant crisis blew a hole in the European Union, a tentative effort to patch up differences over what to do with refugees underlined continuing rifts among the bloc's leaders.

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Dec 14, 2017

Chile presidential hopefuls end campaigns before Sunday vote
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls ended their campaigns in downtown Santiago on Thursday ahead of an uncertain runoff election whose outcome will determine whether the world's top copper producer turns to the right or maintains its center-left track.

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Dec 14, 2017

May wins applause from EU leaders for Brexit efforts
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.

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Dec 14, 2017

Trump discusses North Korea situation with Putin: White House
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - 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.

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Dec 14, 2017

Peru's Kuczynski loses support of inner circle: sources
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 resign.

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Dec 14, 2017

EU leaders lock horns over hosting refugees
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders locked horns at a summit in Brussels over the divisive issue of hosting refugees who reach Europe, reopening a two-year-old dispute that has shaken the bloc.

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Dec 14, 2017

Putin, Trump discuss bilateral relations, Korean Peninsula situation: Kremlin
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed bilateral relations and situation in the Korean Peninsula during a telephone call, the Kremlin said in a statement early on Friday.

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