• Syria army pounds Aleppo rebels as US, Russia to meet

    Syrian warplanes again pounded Aleppo's last rebel-held districts, as the United States said American and Russian officials would meet Saturday in a bid to save the city from "complete" destruction. With the fighting resuming after a brief respite, the UN General Assembly demanded an immediate

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  • 'La La Land' expected to lead Golden Globe nominations

    Nominations for the Golden Globes will be unveiled Monday with critics expecting musical "La La Land" to lead the pack ahead of "Moonlight," "Manchester by the Sea" and "Lion." In a departure from last year's awards calendar, the announcements come before

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  • S. Korea protests take on celebratory mood after Park ouster

    A day after South Korean lawmakers successfully impeached scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye, hundreds of thousands of people were expected to take to the streets of Seoul on Saturday for a scheduled protest turned celebration. Although the national assembly voted to strip Park of her executive powers

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  • Turkey to submit Erdogan powers bill to parliament

    Turkey's ruling party is to submit a bill to parliament on Saturday expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a move supporters believe will streamline the political system but opponents fear will lead to one-man rule. The constitutional change, which has been sought by Erdogan since

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  • IMF chief Lagarde on trial in France over tycoon case

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde goes on trial in France on Monday over a massive state payout to a flamboyant tycoon when she was finance minister in a case that risks tarnishing her stellar career. Lagarde denies the charges of negligence, arguing she was acting "in the state's interest"

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  • Race for new Italy government enters final stage

    The race to resolve debt-laden Italy's political crisis steps up a gear on Saturday, with President Sergio Mattarella meeting the key players in talks watched closely by Europe. Representatives of Italy's main parties -- including the populist Five Star movement -- are headed to the presidential

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  • Giuliani out as Trump narrows diplomat pick

    Donald Trump plunged his quest for America's next top diplomat back into the spotlight by confirming that one frontrunner, outspoken former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, will not join his cabinet. Observers in the United States and around the world have been on tenterhooks over who the incoming

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  • OPEC to push for non-member oil cuts

    OPEC will seek on Saturday to persuade other oil producers to lower production as part of a newly struck global pact to stem a crude glut and lift painfully low prices. The Vienna meeting, which includes major producer Russia, aims to nail down details on implementing the accord reached late last month

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  • Italy's BMPS reels from ECB deadline reports

    Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena saw its stock tumble more than 12 percent on Friday over reports the ECB had denied it more time to raise the cash it needs to avoid being wound down. The world's oldest bank had on Wednesday asked the European Central Bank for two more weeks to find the funds

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  • Mexico quietly marks 10 years of drug war

    Ten years after Mexican troops were unleashed against drug cartels, the country will mark the anniversary without fanfare on Sunday, with murders rising again and the military eager to return to barracks. President Enrique Pena Nieto, who inherited the drug war when he took office in December 2012,

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  • Gambia's longtime ruler refuses to bow out, demands fresh polls

    Gambia's leader of some 22 years Yahya Jammeh announced late Friday he would no longer accept defeat in recent elections, plunging the West African country into turmoil with a demand for fresh polls. Investigations into the December 1 vote have revealed a string of "unacceptable errors"

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  • A decade after entering EU, a two-track Romania

    A new school and cultural centre are tangible benefits of EU membership, according to Vladimir Paun, a Romanian mayor. For the former communist country which votes Sunday in parliamentary elections, January 1, 2007 was a "chance to get closer to the level of development" of western Europe,

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  • Laureates to receive Nobels, except Bob Dylan

    In the absence of rock icon Bob Dylan, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will be the star of Saturday's Nobel ceremonies when he receives his Peace Prize in Oslo, crowning an achievement that came close to failing at the finish line. After a first peace deal rejected by the Colombian people

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  • Writers call for end to China's human rights crackdown

    Human Rights Day -- to urge an immediate end to China's "worsening crackdown" on rights, a global writers group said. Since he came to power in 2012, Xi has overseen a crackdown on dissent, with hundreds of lawyers, activists and academics detained and dozens jailed. "China and the

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  • Nana Akufo-Addo wins Ghana presidential election

    Challenger Nana Akufo-Addo won Ghana's national election on Friday, tapping into an electorate fed up with a sputtering economy and ready for change. "I will do my best to serve your interests and put our country back on the path of progress and prosperity." Incumbent John Mahama conceded

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  • Vote puts S. Korea impeachment ball in Constitutional Court

    After the South Korean parliament's impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye, the spotlight now shifts to the nine judges of the Constitutional Court who could yet slam the door on those seeking to remove her from office. The lawmakers' vote on Friday suspended Park's sweeping executive powers

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  • Australia theme park re-opens minus killer ride

    Australia's biggest theme park re-opened quietly Saturday without the water ride that killed four people and faces demolition. Two women and two men died on the Thunder River Rapids attraction at the once hugely popular Dreamworld tourist resort on the Gold Coast on October 25. Owner Ardent Leisure

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  • Nigeria suicide attacks toll reaches 45: emergency service

    Two female suicide bombers on Friday killed 45 people and wounded 33 others when they detonated their explosives in a crowded market in Nigeria's restive northeast, the emergency service said The army had earlier put the death toll at 30. "From our updated records we have 45 dead and 33 injured

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  • Fresh records for US stocks; European shares mostly up

    Paris, London and Frankfurt scored moderate gains, while Milan tumbled due to bad news for the world's oldest bank, Monte dei Paschi. Milan ended 0.7 percent lower, dragged down by Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS), whose stock tumbled over 10 percent after reports the European Central Bank had denied

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  • Syrian regime fighting IS on edge of Palmyra: rights observers

    Islamic State jihadists battled Syrian regime forces on Friday on the outskirts of Palmyra, the ancient town from which they were chased out eight months ago, rights observers said.

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  • Mexico says army to stay in streets

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said Friday troops will remain in the streets to combat drug violence after his defense minister issued a rare complaint about the controversial deployment. Although Pena Nieto acknowledged that the soldiers and marines have been doing law enforcement tasks that

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  • France blocks extradition of Kazakh oligarch to Russia

    France's highest administrative authority on Friday blocked the extradition of Kazakh opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov to Russia, where he is accused of embezzling billions of dollars. Kazakhstan, Russia and Ukraine all accuse him of having embezzled billions of dollars during his time as head

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  • Second strong quake hits off Solomon Islands: USGS

    A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday off the Solomon Islands, one day after a major quake, raising the threat of hazardous tsunami waves, officials said. The epicentre of the latest quake, which hit at 6:10 am (1910 GMT Friday), was located 90 kilometres (55 miles) west of Kirakira, a provincial

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  • US-Russia talks Saturday to 'save' Aleppo from destruction: Kerry

    US Secretary of State John Kerry said US and Russian officials would meet on Saturday in a bid to stop the Syrian city of Aleppo "being absolutely, completely destroyed". Kerry arrived in Paris on Friday ahead of parallel talks on Saturday aimed at pushing for a ceasefire in Aleppo, where

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  • US hits cheap China washing machines with punitive duties

    Chinese manufacturers are dumping washing machines into the US market at artificially low prices, making them subject to punitive duties of up to 52 percent, the Commerce Department announced Friday. In a case brought by US appliance manufacturer Whirlpool a year ago, in a market that saw $1.1 billion

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