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  • Trump says US ready to 'help' in India-Pakistan Kashmir dispute

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    Trump says US ready to 'help' in India-Pakistan Kashmir dispute

    DAVOS, Jan 22 — President Donald Trump said the United States was watching developments between India and Pakistan over Kashmir “very closely” and was prepared to help if...

  • The Greta and Trump show — Davos highlights on Tuesday

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    The Greta and Trump show — Davos highlights on Tuesday

    DAVOS, Jan 22 — The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) kicked off yesterday in the ski town of Davos. Here are the highlights from Day 1: Thunberg vs Trump: A...

  • Don't shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremony

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    Don't shun China, urges Merkel at American prize ceremony

    BERLIN, Jan 22 — German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday urged Western global powers to include China in their multilateral system and treat Beijing equally rather than freeze...

  • Iran MP offers reward for killing Trump, US calls it 'ridiculous'

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    Iran MP offers reward for killing Trump, US calls it 'ridiculous'

    DUBAI, Jan 22 — An Iranian lawmaker offered a US$3 million reward to anyone who killed US President Donald Trump and said Iran could avoid threats if it had nuclear arms, Isna...

  • Disappeared Venezuelan legislator being held in state detention, says lawyer

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    Disappeared Venezuelan legislator being held in state detention, says lawyer

    CARACAS, Jan 22 — Venezuelan opposition legislator Gilber Caro, whose whereabouts had been unknown since an elite police unit arrested him in December, is being held in state...

  • Russia gets new government in what Putin calls 'major renewal'

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    Russia gets new government in what Putin calls 'major renewal'

    MOSCOW, Jan 22 — Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new government yesterday which he described as a break with the past, bringing in some fresh faces but retaining...

  • Angola pleads for help to claw back assets lost to corruption

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    Angola pleads for help to claw back assets lost to corruption

    LONDON, Jan 22 — Angola is seeking other countries' help to recover state funds lost because of corruption, Minister of State for Economic Coordination Manuel Jose Nunes Junior...

  • Huawei CFO's lawyers argue US extradition charges not a crime in Canada

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    Huawei CFO's lawyers argue US extradition charges not a crime in Canada

    VANCOUVER, Jan 22 — Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou returned to a Vancouver court yesterday, where her lawyers argued for a second straight day that Meng violated no...

  • 'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders

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    'Nobody likes him,' Hillary Clinton bashes Bernie Sanders

    WASHINGTON, Jan 22 — Hillary Clinton criticised the campaign of her former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders in a new documentary in which she says he was an...

  • Brazil charges ex-Vale CEO with homicide for dam disaster

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    Brazil charges ex-Vale CEO with homicide for dam disaster

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 22 — Brazilian state prosecutors yesterday charged Fabio Schvartsman, the former chief executive of mining giant Vale SA, and 15 other people with homicide...

  • US deports Iranian student despite ACLU efforts to block his removal

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    US deports Iranian student despite ACLU efforts to block his removal

    WASHINGTON, Jan 22 — US immigration officials on Monday deported an Iranian student headed to a Boston university despite efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union and other...

  • Outcry after black US teenager punished for dreadlock length

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    Outcry after black US teenager punished for dreadlock length

    HOUSTON, Jan 22 — A school in Texas has suspended a black teenager for wearing dreadlocks it deemed too long, causing an outcry among activists who said the punishment unfairly...

  • Militants kill 36 civilians in Burkina Faso market attack

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    Militants kill 36 civilians in Burkina Faso market attack

    OUAGADOUGOU, Jan 22 — Thirty-six civilians were killed in Burkina Faso on Monday in what the government called a terrorist attack on a market in Sanmatenga province. Armed...

  • Canada, Iran at odds over who should analyse downed plane's black boxes

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    Canada, Iran at odds over who should analyse downed plane's black boxes

    DUBAI, Jan 22 — Iran said it had asked the US and French authorities for equipment to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian airliner, potentially angering...

  • Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies

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    Lebanon forms government with backing of Hezbollah and allies

    BEIRUT, Jan 22 — Lebanon formed a new government yesterday under Prime Minister Hassan Diab after the Shi'ite group Hezbollah and its allies agreed on a cabinet that must...

  • Hong Kong protesters decry police inaction six months after brutal mob attack

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    Hong Kong protesters decry police inaction six months after brutal mob attack

    HONG KONG, Jan 21 — Several hundred Hong Kong protesters gathered today at the site of an attack six months ago by an armed mob on anti-government demonstrators, denouncing the...

  • Hamas chief to remain outside Gaza for months, says deputy

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    Hamas chief to remain outside Gaza for months, says deputy

    GAZA CITY, Jan 21 — The leader of Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas will remain outside the Gaza Strip the group runs for up to a year, a senior official said today. Ismail...

  • Trump foe Michael Avenatti in jail cell that held El Chapo, say lawyers

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    Trump foe Michael Avenatti in jail cell that held El Chapo, say lawyers

    NEW YORK, Jan 21 — Michael Avenatti is living in a jail cell that reportedly once housed convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, making it impossible for the...

  • Germany and Poland discuss new action to prevent swine fever

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    Germany and Poland discuss new action to prevent swine fever

    HAMBURG, Jan 21 — Germany and Poland are discussing new action to prevent the spread of the pig disease African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in Poland close to the German...

  • Smog forces Bangkok schools to shut, but respite in doubt due to crop burning

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    Smog forces Bangkok schools to shut, but respite in doubt due to crop burning

    BANGKOK, Jan 21 — Thailand’s capital today ordered schools closed due to unhealthy levels of air pollution, and there were doubts whether the situation would improve in the...

  • Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

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    Historic Trump impeachment trial to begin in earnest

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21 — US President Donald Trump’s historic impeachment trial begins in earnest today in the Senate, with Democrats calling for his removal from office and...

  • Thai officials resume peace dialogue with main southern insurgents

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    Thai officials resume peace dialogue with main southern insurgents

    BANGKOK, Jan 21 — A senior Thai official met an envoy of the main insurgent group fighting in the country’s largely Muslim south in what both sides described as a positive...

  • Political row flares as Lebanon struggles to form government

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    Political row flares as Lebanon struggles to form government

    BEIRUT, Jan 21 — Tensions between Hezbollah’s two main Christian allies flared today when one said the other’s “greed” was to blame for holding up the formation of a new...

  • White House lawyer defending Trump in trial seen as no ‘showboat’

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    White House lawyer defending Trump in trial seen as no ‘showboat’

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21 — When White House counsel Pat Cipollone argues President Donald Trump’s case in a Senate trial in the coming days, he will also be defending his role in a...

  • Dutch prosecutors say father confined children and abused them in remote farmhouse

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    Dutch prosecutors say father confined children and abused them in remote farmhouse

    ASSEN, Jan 21 — A father facing charges of sexual abuse in a Dutch court had held six of his nine children captive for nearly a decade at an isolated farmhouse, telling them...

  • Rescuers dig for trekkers missing in Nepal avalanche

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    Rescuers dig for trekkers missing in Nepal avalanche

    KATHMANDU, Jan 21 — Rescuers began digging through several feet snow at two mountainside locations in Nepal today where four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides are...

  • N.Korea may seek ‘new path’ after US fails to meet talks deadline

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    N.Korea may seek ‘new path’ after US fails to meet talks deadline

    GENEVA, Jan 21 — North Korea said today the United States had ignored a deadline for nuclear talks and it no longer felt bound by its commitments, which included a halt to...

  • Protester killed as Iraq police struggle to stem unrest

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    Protester killed as Iraq police struggle to stem unrest

    BAGHDAD, Jan 21 — Iraqi police fought running street battles with anti-government demonstrators today, firing tear and rubber bullets to try to disperse stone-throwing youths...

  • S.Korea’s T’Way Air halts launch of Wuhan flights over virus concerns

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    S.Korea’s T’Way Air halts launch of Wuhan flights over virus concerns

    SEOUL, Jan 21 —South Korean budget airline T’way Air has postponed today’s scheduled launch of a new route to the Chinese city of Wuhan because of rising concern over the...

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    Posthumous sperm donation should be allowed, say UK experts

    LONDON, Jan 21 — Men in Britain should be allowed to donate sperm after they die to meet growing demand from couples seeking fertility treatment, medical experts say. Posthumous...

  • France could shut next two nuclear reactors sooner than expected

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    France could shut next two nuclear reactors sooner than expected

    PARIS, Jan 21 — France could shut down its next two nuclear reactors in 2025-2026 if market conditions are right, earlier than expected as it presses ahead with plans to close...

  • Hope fades for missing S.Korea, Nepali trekkers

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    Hope fades for missing S.Korea, Nepali trekkers

    POKHARA, Jan 21 — Rescuers in the search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepalis said today there was little hope of finding them alive after they were swept away and...

  • Poland in diplomatic bind over Auschwitz anniversary

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    Poland in diplomatic bind over Auschwitz anniversary

    WARSAW, Jan 21 — Poland’s president will skip a high-profile Holocaust forum in Jerusalem on Thursday after being denied the chance to make a speech there as Warsaw struggles...