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Syrian rebel delegation in Washington seeking revival of CIA aid

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:31
AMMAN (Reuters) - Free Syrian Army envoys have urged U.S. officials at talks in Washington to resume a suspended CIA program of military aid if it is serious about challenging growing Iranian influence in Syria, according to Syrian opposition figures.

German establishment woos SPD activists to back coalition talks

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:22
BERLIN (Reuters) - Senior politicians from Germany's conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) sought on Monday to shore up support for a deal on forming a coalition, after members of the center-left party voted against it in one region.

London attacker took steroids before deadly rampage, inquest told

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:15
LONDON (Reuters) - The man who mowed down pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before killing a police officer outside Britain's parliament last year had taken steroids beforehand, a London court heard on Monday.

Sri Lanka destroys $108 million haul of cocaine

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:00
COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka on Monday destroyed $108 million worth of cocaine in public, seized by authorities in the port of Colombo which is increasingly becoming a transit hub favored by drug smugglers in Asia.

Ethiopia to free opposition leader, others jailed for involvement in unrest

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:24
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopian authorities have dropped charges against a senior opposition leader and hundreds of others who had been jailed for involvement in unrest that gripped the country in 2015 and 2016, the country's attorney general said on Monday.

Israel's Netanyahu pushes for India free trade deal during rare visit

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:11
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and Israel will begin work on a free trade pact that Israel has been pushing for, officials said on Monday, as Benjamin Netanyahu began a first visit by an Israeli prime minister in 15 years.

Venezuelan rogue police pilot says he is wounded as authorities close in

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:10
CARACAS (Reuters) - - Self-identified rogue helicopter pilot Oscar Perez appeared with a bloody face in a series of Instagram videos on Monday, saying that he was surrounded by authorities who were shooting at him in a poor neighborhood outside Caracas.

Erdogan: we will 'strangle' U.S.-backed force in Syria 'before it's even born'

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:05
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan threatened on Monday to "strangle" a planned 30,000-strong U.S.-backed force in Syria "before it's even born," as Washington's backing for Kurdish fighters drove a wedge into relations with one of its main Middle East allies.

IMF concerned by Ukraine's new anti-corruption draft law - paper

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:53
KIEV (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund has told the Ukrainian authorities that it does not support a draft law to create an anti-corruption court because the bill does not guarantee its independence, the newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Monday.

Nephew of assassinated president Sadat says Egypt too repressive for election bid

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:21
CAIRO (Reuters) - The nephew of assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat said on Monday he would not, as widely expected, challenge incumbent Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in the presidential election because an environment of fear surrounds the vote.

Iran frees 440 people arrested during protests

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:12
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran has freed 440 people arrested in Tehran during anti-government protests, a judiciary official said, amid continuing uncertainty over how many were detained around the country.

Madrid to keep ruling Catalonia if exiled ex-leader reelected: PM

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:38
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain will continue to rule the regional administration of Catalonia directly from Madrid in the event that its self-exiled former leader Carles Puigdemont is chosen as president by the Catalan parliament, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday.

Philippines' president made call on China's sea research - spokesman

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:34
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte personally made a decision to let China conduct scientific research off the Philippines' Pacific coast, his spokesman said on Monday, despite concern among critics about threats to maritime sovereignty.

Vietnam upholds jail term for dissident amid crackdown on activists

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:22
HANOI (Reuters) - A court in Vietnam upheld a five-year prison sentence on Monday for a dissident convicted of anti-state activities who violated the terms of his probation, state media said, the latest ruling in a series against activists.

Suicide attack in Baghdad kills at least 27, wounds 64

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:20
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 27 people were killed and 64 wounded in a twin suicide bombing in central Baghdad on Monday, the deadliest attack so far this year in the Iraqi capital, an interior ministry official said.

New U.S.-backed 'border force' in Syria infuriates Ankara, Damascus

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:15
BEIRUT/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Syria, Turkey and Russia responded vehemently on Monday to new U.S.-backed plans to set up a 30,000-strong "border force" inside Syria to protect territory held by Washington's mainly Kurdish allies.

Austria arrests 45 for drug deals involving migrant minors: police

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:09
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian police said on Monday they had arrested 45 people for drug dealing that used underage asylum seekers to transport marijuana across the country to buyers.

Saudi hotel to reopen after being used as prison in corruption purge

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:02
RIYADH (Reuters) - The luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, according to a company employee and its website, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects.

North Korean orchestra to perform in South during Olympics amid easing tensions

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:00
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea agreed during rare talks on Monday to send a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, Seoul said, amid easing tensions after a months-long standoff over the North's weapons programs.

Pope warns world is one step away from nuclear war

REUTERS - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 12:57
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Monday he was really afraid about the danger of nuclear war and that the world now stood at "the very limit".

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