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EU nations near compromise on how to counter Russian gas supply risks

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:33:18 +08:00

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU nations are edging toward a compromise on a proposal to guard against gas supply disruptions, agreeing to share details on contracts and cooperate across borders, the Slovak presidency said on Monday.A worker checks a valve of an oil pipe at the Lukoil company owned Imilorskoye oil field outside the West Siberian city of Kogalym, Russia, in this January 25, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files


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Islamic State urges supporters not to flee Iraqi flashpoint town of Tal Afar

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:32:51 +08:00

CAIRO (Reuters) - A newly identified spokesman for Islamic State urged sympathisers around the world to carry out a fresh wave of attacks, singling out Turkish diplomatic, military and financial interests as the Islamists' preferred targets. An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration taken February 18, 2016. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo


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Georgia man sentenced to life for toddler's 'hot car' murder

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:32:23 +08:00

MARIETTA, Ga. (Reuters) - A Georgia man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for intentionally leaving his toddler son to die inside a sweltering sport utility vehicle on a summer day, a judge ruled on Monday.Justin Ross Harris sits in Cobb County Magistrate Court during his murder trial in Marietta, Georgia, U.S. July 3, 2014. REUTERS/Kelly Huff/Pool/File Photo


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India's southern leader Jayalalithaa dies, supporters grieve in streets

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:31:55 +08:00

CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - One of India's most popular politicians, Jayalalithaa Jayaraman, died on Monday night after a cardiac arrest, a statement from the hospital said, setting off an outpouring of grief among thousands of her supporters gathered outside.A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, March 13, 2012. REUTERS/Babu


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China says Trump clear about Taiwan, in touch with his team

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:31:28 +08:00

BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Monday it had sought to reassure China after President-elect Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan's leader last week, which the Obama administration warned could undermine progress in relations with Beijing.U.S. President-elect Donald Trump looks towards the media as he arrives at a costume party at the home of hedge fund billionaire and campaign donor Robert Mercer in Head of the Harbor, New York, U.S., December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich


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French PM to announce bid for presidential election: reports

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:31:01 +08:00

EVRY, France (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Monday declared his bid to become the Socialist candidate for next year's presidential election and said he was quitting the government to focus on campaigning.French Prime Minister Manuel Valls attends a news conference to announce that he is a candidate for January's Socialist presidential primary, as his wife Anne Gravoin (3rdL) looks on at the town hall in Evry, near Paris, France, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


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Libyan forces take control of Islamic State holdouts in Sirte - spokesman

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:30:35 +08:00

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces said on Monday they were close to securing a final patch of land where Islamic State militants have been holding out in their former North African stronghold of Sirte.Boys, who Libyan forces said left the last cluster of buildings controlled by Islamic State in the group's former stronghold of Sirte, sit on a bed as they receive medical treatment in a hospital in Misrata, Libya December 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ayman Sahely


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Russia, China block U.N. demand for seven-day Aleppo truce

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:30:06 +08:00

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia and China on Monday vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution that would have demanded a seven-day truce in Syria's Aleppo, with Russia arguing it would allow rebels to regroup and that time was needed for talks between Washington and Moscow.



Italy votes in referendum with PM Renzi's future at stake

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 04:29:40 +08:00

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella told Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday to put his planned resignation on hold until parliament had approved the 2017 budget, which could be done as early as Friday.Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi speaks during a media conference after a referendum on constitutional reform at Chigi palace in Rome, Italy, December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile


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Qaeda militants blow up Yemen gas export pipeline - local officials

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 02:44:21 +08:00

SANAA (Reuters) - Al Qaeda militants blew up Yemen's only gas export pipeline on Monday, local officials said, in a further blow to a moribund but vital piece of infrastructure for an impoverished country battered by 20 months of war.