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- China says war must not be allowed on Korean peninsula
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:59:57 -0500
BEIJING (Reuters) - War must not be allowed to break out on the Korean peninsula and the issue must be resolved through talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday, while U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of the danger of "sleepwalking" into conflict.
- U.N. chief says arrest of Reuters journalists shows erosion of press freedom in Myanmar
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:18:19 -0500
TOKYO/YANGON (Reuters) - The arrest of two Reuters journalists in Yangon this week was a signal that press freedom is shrinking in Myanmar and the international community must do all it can to get them released, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday.
- Israel closes Gaza border crossings after Palestinian rocket strikes
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:47:46 -0500
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced the closure of its Gaza border crossings on Thursday in response to daily rocket fire from the enclave over the past week after U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital stoked Palestinian anger.
- U.N. probes alleged abduction of North Korean restaurant workers, official says
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:29:11 -0500
SEOUL (Reuters) - A senior United Nations human rights official on Thursday said he was investigating North Korea's allegations that a dozen restaurant workers who arrived in the South from China last year were abducted against their will.
- Putin says U.S. gripped by fabricated spymania, praises Trump
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:35:55 -0500
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the United States was in the grip of a fabricated spymania whipped up by President Donald Trump's opponents but he thought battered U.S.-Russia relations would recover one day.
- After defeat at home, Britain's May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:04:08 -0500
LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand.
- Zimbabwe ex-leader Mugabe visits Singapore hospital: sources
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:07:15 -0500
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe visited a hospital in Singapore this week apparently for medical checks, his first trip outside his country since he was ousted from office last month, sources in Singapore said on Thursday.
- Austria's Kurz optimistic on coalition deal with far right by Christmas
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:59:26 -0500
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that coalition talks with the far-right Freedom Party were in the "home straight" and a deal on forming a government should be reached by next week.
- EU's new eastern leaders stick to guns on refugees
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:09:36 -0500
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The new prime ministers of Poland and the Czech Republic vowed not to give any ground on the divisive issue of hosting refugees as they arrived in Brussels on Thursday for their first summit of European Union leaders.
- Iraq hangs 38 Sunni militants in mass execution: justice ministry
Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:01:39 -0500
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq hanged 38 Sunni Muslim militants on Thursday after they were sentenced to death on terrorism charges, the justice ministry said in a statement.