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Avalanche destroys Italian hotel, up to 30 feared dead under snow

PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday. Learn More


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Exclusive: Kremlin plans special clinic for Putin's top officials

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin is planning to build an exclusive health clinic for President Vladimir Putin and senior officials, according to documents seen by Reuters and to medical sources familiar with the project. More »


Wikileaks' founder Assange says stands by U.S. extradition offer

LONDON (Reuters) - WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up at Ecuador's London embassy since 2012, said on Thursday he stood by his offer to be extradited to the United States providing his rights were protected. More »


U.S. sees indications of possible North Korea missile test-launch

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea may be preparing for a new missile test-launch, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday, after South Korean media reported movement of what could be components of an upgraded prototype of an intercontinental ballistic missile. More »


Gambia's Barrow sworn in as president as regional troops gather

BANJUL/DAKAR (Reuters) - Adama Barrow took the oath of office as Gambia's president on Thursday at its embassy in neighboring Senegal, calling for international support as regional troops prepared to back him in a showdown with incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down. More »


U.S. strikes in Libya kill more than 80 Islamic State fighters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 80 Islamic State militants, some of whom were believed to be plotting attacks in Europe, died in U.S. air strikes on camps outside the group's former North African stronghold of Sirte in Libya, the United States said on Thursday. More »


Syria's Assad hopes for 'reconciliation' deals from Astana talks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he believed peace talks in Kazakhstan would lead to local "reconciliation" deals with rebels, a sign of his confidence in a process launched by his Russian allies after the opposition's defeat in Aleppo. More »


Tehran building collapse kills at least 20 firefighters: mayor

ANKARA (Reuters) - At least 20 firefighters were killed when a 17-storey Tehran commercial building collapsed on top of them as they tried to put out a blaze, Iranian state television quoted the city's mayor as saying on Thursday. More »


Germany won't tolerate Turkish spying, says spy chief

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will not tolerate Turkish intelligence operations within its borders, the head of the country's domestic spy agency said on Thursday after its chief prosecutor launched an investigation into possible spying by Turkish clerics. More »


Turkish parliament nears approval of presidential system sought by Erdogan

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey moved closer to adopting a new constitutional bill extending President Tayyip Erdogan's powers that supporters welcome as a guarantor of stability at a time of turmoil and opponents see as a step toward an authoritarian state. More »


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