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Turkish air strikes kill 23 Islamic State militants in Syria's al-Bab region - army

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:45:20 GMT

Turkish warplanes carried out air strikes against 12 Islamic State targets in the al-Bab region of northern Syria on Wednesday and killed 23 militants according to initial assessments, Turkey's military said.



Russia's Lavrov, US Kerry to meet on Wednesday - agencies

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:35:45 GMT

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Hamburg on Wednesday, Russian news agencies reported.



Two Turkish soldiers killed in bomb blast near Syria's al-Bab - CNN Turk

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:25:36 GMT

Two Turkish soldiers were killed and one was seriously wounded in a vehicle-borne bomb attack near the Islamic State controlled town of al-Bab in northern Syria, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Wednesday.



Italian Prime Minister PM Renzi to resign on Friday

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:40:49 GMT

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will hand in his resignation on Friday, a parliamentary source said, as President Sergio Mattarella seeks to slow the pace of an unfolding political crisis.



One ship left in MH370 underwater search

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:03:28 GMT

The official search for MH370 in the Indian Ocean has been reduced to one ship, Australian authorities said Wednesday, as relatives of the missing passengers launch their own hunt for crash debris in Madagascar.



Discrimination against Latinos in United States has risen, study says

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:55:33 GMT

Most Latinos in the United States say they have suffered discrimination, more than twice as many who said so a decade earlier, according to research released on Tuesday.



South Sudan deports AP journalist, agency says it is over his reporting

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:55:29 GMT

South Sudan has deported a journalist working for the international Associated Press news agency, and the reporter said on Wednesday that it was because his reporting was critical of the government.



Voting begins in Ghana's election as Mahama runs for second term

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:30:23 GMT

Long queues formed at voting stations in Ghana on Wednesday as President John Mahama ran for a second and final term against a backdrop of an economy that has slowed sharply since he took power.



Syrian army seizes Aleppo Old City from rebels

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:50:41 GMT

The Syrian army and allied forces began to enter the Old City on Tuesday, and are looking closer than ever to achieving their most important victory of the five-year-old civil war



China calls Iowa governor Branstad 'old friend' after report of ambassador pick

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:14:41 GMT

The governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad, has accepted President-elect Donald Trump's offer to be US ambassador to China, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday (Dec 7), citing sources.



Ukraine feels let down by EU with visa deal elusive

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:50:36 GMT

Ukraine feels let down by the European Union for not keeping to a promise to give its citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, senior Ukrainian officials said.



Los Angeles metro system bomb threat not credible - FBI

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:35:25 GMT

A threat to detonate a bomb at a subway station in Los Angeles was not credible, federal authorities said late on Tuesday after police spent the day searching commuters and leading bomb-sniffing dogs around stations across the metro area.



Cambodia opposition leader returns to parliament after royal pardon

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 06:35:17 GMT

The leader of Cambodia's opposition party returned to parliament on Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, a move that could ease a year of political tension in the Southeast Asian country.



Two senior New Zealand ministers throw weight behind English for PM

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:05:15 GMT

Two senior New Zealand ministers threw their support behind Finance Minister Bill English on Wednesday, underpinning his front-runner position in the race to replace John Key, who announced his shock resignation this week.



China calls on US to bar transit of Taiwan president

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:08:48 GMT

China has urged Washington to block the president of Taiwan from passing through the US, after reports saying she may stop in New York next month on her way to Central America.



New Zealand charity StepUp gains as PM steps down

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 05:35:14 GMT

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key may have shocked an entire nation with his abrupt decision to step down, but for one small North Island community, the move was timed to perfection.



Valls seen losing French presidential race in first round - poll

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:05:16 GMT

Manuel Valls, who launched a bid for France's presidential election on Monday, would not gather enough support to go through to its second round, according to an opinion poll published on Wednesday.



Trump lays out non-interventionist US military policy

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:28:30 GMT

President-elect Donald Trump laid out a U.S. military policy on Tuesday that would avoid interventions in foreign conflicts and instead focus heavily on defeating the Islamic State militancy.



United States has "enduring" interests in Asia-Pacific, defence secretary says

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:55:12 GMT

The United States has "enduring" interests in the Asia-Pacific region and is working for an orderly transfer of power to the administration of President-elect Donald Trump, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.



Earth's days getting longer, slower: Study

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 09:46:55 GMT

Over the past 27 centuries, the average day has lengthened at a rate of about +1.8 milliseconds (ms) per century, a British research team concluded in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A.



Vatican seeks to revive faltering Venezuela talks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:25:49 GMT

A Vatican representative sought on Tuesday night to rescue faltering talks between Venezuela's leftist government and the opposition, after President Nicolas Maduro's rivals said they would sit out further meetings unless concessions were made.



Bolivia detains airline CEO after Colombia soccer crash

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:30:16 GMT

Bolivian authorities detained on Tuesday the chief executive of airline LaMia, the owner of the plane that crashed last week in Colombia and killed nearly all of Brazil's Chapacoense soccer team, prosecutors said.



Military doctor denies Chelsea Manning's request to have records reflect gender change

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:30:27 GMT

A military doctor treating former U.S. intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning while she serves a prison sentence for espionage denied her request to have her female gender reflected in her military records, according to a court filing.



US commitment to NATO 'unwavering' despite Trump: Kerry

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:00:40 GMT

The US commitment to NATO will remain "unwavering" despite the change of administration following the election of Donald Trump as president, outgoing US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday.



Gambia high court frees 12 more prisoners jailed for protest

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:07:48 GMT

Gambia's high court released a further 12 political prisoners on Tuesday, their lawyer said, adding to hopes of an end to years of repression after long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh lost elections last week.



Sony hack may have inspired Russian election hacking - US lawmaker

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:40:50 GMT

The U.S. failure to retaliate strongly for the 2014 cyber attack against Sony Pictures may have helped inspire Russian hackers who sought to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, a senior congressional Democrat said on Tuesday.



Venezuelans stage protest over political prisoners outside Vatican

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 20:40:44 GMT

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, including the wife and mother of a jailed dissident leader, have begun a sit-in outside the Vatican demanding that the government free political prisoners.



Violence erupts in Athens on anniversary of student killing by police

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:10:40 GMT

Hooded protesters threw petrol bombs and set off fireworks during clashes with Greek riot police in Athens on Tuesday on the eighth anniversary of a teenager's killing by police.



Cuba, US to discuss detente in wake of Trump election

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:10:29 GMT

Cuba and the United States will draw up a roadmap for deepening their detente, the Cuban government said on Tuesday, in a first meeting since the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president and the death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro.



Libyan forces clear last Islamic State holdout in Sirte

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:40:15 GMT

Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State holdout in Sirte on Tuesday after a near seven-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold.