Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.
UPDATE 1-Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says
GENEVA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.
Senior justice official dismisses Republican charges of bias in Trump probe
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday dismissed Republican lawmakers' charges that attorneys and agents investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 election are biased against President Donald Trump.
U.S. sanctions two Africans over ivory, weapons trade
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday blacklisted two people it said supported the outlawed Lord's Resistance Army in Central African Republic through the illegal trade in ivory, weapons and money aimed at fueling conflict in the region.
Turkish police summon FBI official - Anadolu
ISTANBUL, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Turkish police summoned a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) official on Wednesday over statements made in a U.S. court by a former Turkish police investigator who fled the country last year, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.
UPDATE 3-Italy likely to hold national elections on March 4
ROME, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Italy's parliament will be dissolved between Christmas and the New Year, a parliamentary source said on Wednesday, opening the way for national elections in early March that look unlikely to produce a clear winner.
Brazil's Temer back in hospital for prostate tests
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Michel Temer canceled his scheduled meetings on Wednesday and flew to S�o Paulo for tests to evaluate surgery he had in October to reduce the size of his prostate, his office said.
FOREX-Dollar weakens as Fed leaves rate outlook unchanged
NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar fell after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates in a widely expected move, but left its rate outlook for the coming years unchanged.
Parliamentary defeat will not stop preparations for Brexit day - UK government
LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The British government is disappointed by a vote in parliament to change Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit blueprint, but it will not stop legal preparations for Britain to leave the European Union, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
Merkel courts Germany's skittish SPD as talks open on government
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) held their first formal talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel's conservatives on Wednesday, more than two months after the national election that plunged Europe's largest economy into unaccustomed uncertainty.
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