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Turkey denies report of plan to kidnap cleric Gulen from US

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey has dismissed as “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless” a report that...

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Brexit talks back in stand-off mode as Davis demands compromise

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is stuck in a Brexit stand-off as European leaders set her a deadline to give ground on the exit bill and the future of the Irish border if talks are to move on to trade before next year. “I made clear to Theresa May that this progress needs to...


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Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

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BONN, Germany (AP) — Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a range of issues including transparency, financial assistance for poor nations and how...


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Venezuela's universities feel the sting of economic and political crisis

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. CARACAS, Venezuela - Nicolás Bianco, vice rector of the Central University of Venezuela, sat under a wall of framed academic honors, gazing out his office window. The sprawling institution founded in 1721 once teemed with students. But the 74-year-old was silent as he...


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Scuffle at Jerusalem's Western Wall pits American Jews against Netanyahu

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. JERUSALEM - Relations between North America’s Reform Jewish Movement and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have reached a new low after a group of reform Jews, including some American rabbis, was aggressively prevented from entering one of Judaism’s holiest...


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Airbnb probed over alleged violation of Antimonopoly Law

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. TOKYO - The Japanese arm of U.S.-based Airbnb Inc., the world’s largest operator of online intermediary services for private facility accommodations, has been inspected by the Japanese antimonopoly watchdog, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The Fair Trade...


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Iraqi forces retake the country's last IS-held town

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BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led coalition retook on Friday the last town in the country that was held by the Islamic State group, more than three years after the militants stormed nearly a third of Iraq’s territory, the Defense Ministry said. At dawn, military units and local...


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Japan celebrates arrival of hiba arborvitae

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. STANDALONE PHOTO: A hiba arborvitae - one of the largest types of Christmas tree in the world - arrives at Kobe, Japan, harbor on Friday. A planting ceremony was held at Meriken Park in Chuo Ward in the city later in the day. In terms of height, the tree is said to...


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Mugabe makes 1st public appearance amid pressure to exit

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HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe made his first public appearance since the military put him under house arrest this week, even as the military announced progress on talks for his departure and arrested some of his allies, and branches of the ruling party began to pass no...


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In Japan, planned restaurant smoking ban eased

(c) 2017, The Japan News/Yomiuri. Japan’s Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has compiled a draft for the Health Promotion Law revision, which will allow smoking at restaurants of 150 square meters or smaller, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. The draft marks a significant easing from the initial...


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Iraqi forces retake last town under ISIS control

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces wrested back the final piece of the Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate, the country’s military said on Friday, reclaiming the small town of Rawa near the border with Syria. The Islamic State extremist group, which at its peak in 2014 held...


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