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Syria's Ghouta residents 'wait to die' as bombs fall

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Residents of Syria's eastern Ghouta district said they were waiting their "turn to die" on Wednesday, after rockets and barrel bombs fell on the besieged rebel enclave targeted for days by some of the most intense bombardment of the war. Learn More

 

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North Korea canceled planned meeting with Pence

WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. More »

 

Confidant of Israel's Netanyahu turns state witness in corruption case: media

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A confidant of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to turn state's witness in one of several corruption investigations posing a serious threat to the conservative leader's political survival, local media said. More »

 

Philippines 'concerned' as U.S. intelligence tags Duterte a threat to democracy

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is not an autocrat and is taking seriously a report by the U.S. intelligence community that names the firebrand leader among the threats to democracy in Southeast Asia, his spokesman said on Wednesday. More »

 

Putin nemesis Navalny, barred from election, tries political siege

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two young anti-Putin activists trudged through a snow-logged Moscow housing estate on a recent Saturday, putting up fliers promoting a boycott of a presidential election next month. More »

 

Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned of grave consequences on Wednesday after pro-Syrian government forces entered Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. More »

 

South Africa's parliament to launch inquiry into mines minister Zwane

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's parliament will launch an investigation into allegations of influence-peddling against mines minister Mosebenzi Zwane, its oversight committee on mineral resources department said on Wednesday. More »

 

Trump Jr. says missing out on India deals because of father's self-imposed curbs

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's elder son described India as an important market for The Trump Organization but said the global company will lose out on new deals because of self-imposed restrictions put in place by his father since he took office. More »

 

Chad and Qatar restore ties cut in wake of Arab states rift

DOHA/N'DJAMENA (Reuters) - Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. More »

 

Polish minister sees 'catharsis' in new Holocaust law

WARSAW (Reuters) - Patryk Jaki, the politician behind Poland's new Holocaust law, wants to end what he calls a misleading culture of shame surrounding his country's treatment of Jews in World War Two. More »

 

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