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EU to move on Brexit talks, Irish 'riddle' remains – Reuters

December 15, 2017 1:21:15 am | 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union is poised on Friday to move talks forward with London on Britain’s exit from the bloc as leaders warm to the British premier but there was little clarity on trade issues and Austria warned the Irish border issue remained a “riddle”. On the second day of a summit in…

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Japan imposes new sanctions on North Korea – USA TODAY

December 15, 2017 1:20:00 am | 0 Comments

Shigeo Iizuka, 79, head of a group of families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, shows pictures of his abducted sister Yaeko Taguchi (right) and her son Koiichi Iizuka during an interview in Tokyo, Japan, Dec. 3, 2017.(Photo: FRANCK ROBICHON, EPA-EFE) TOKYO – Japan froze the assets of 19 companies on Friday to step up…

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Russian Ships Could Cause 'Catastrophe' for West by Cutting Transatlantic Internet Cables – Newsweek

December 15, 2017 1:08:00 am | 0 Comments

Russian warships in the Atlantic could become a serious threat to NATO without even firing a shot, by cutting underwater cables vital for international trade and communications, a top British defense official has said. Severing those links could paralyse everything from trade to internet connection, according to the U.K.’s Chief of the Defence Staff, Sir Stuart…

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France train crash with school bus cuts vehicle in two – CBS News

December 15, 2017 12:57:31 am | 0 Comments

In this photo provided by France Bleu, rescue workers help after a school bus and a regional train collided in the village of Millas, southern France, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. AP Last Updated Dec 15, 2017 4:54 AM EST PARIS – All victims had been identified Friday after a regional train hit a school bus…

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Russian parliament launches presidential campaign – Washington Post

December 15, 2017 12:56:15 am | 0 Comments

By Vladimir Isachenkov | AP, MOSCOW — Russian lawmakers on Friday set the presidential election for March 18, a move that sets in motion campaigning for a race that President Vladimir Putin is all but certain to win. Putin declared his intention to run for another six-year term last week, ending months of speculation about motives behind…

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Australia 'Failed' Abused Children for Decades, Royal Commission Finds – New York Times

December 14, 2017 9:28:44 pm | 0 Comments

Advertisement SYDNEY, Australia — A royal commission investigating the sexual abuse of children in Australia found Friday that the nation was gripped by an epidemic dating back decades, with tens of thousands of children sexually abused in schools, religious organizations and other institutions. The commission, the highest form of investigation in Australia, urged government action…

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Trump allies say Tillerson has 'not learned his lesson' and cannot continue in job for long – Chicago Tribune

December 14, 2017 8:45:13 pm | 0 Comments

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed focused this week on rebooting his image as a beleaguered Cabinet member on the outs with his boss and his own employees — holding a rare town hall with employees, promising foreign trips into 2018 and saying he is “learning” to enjoy his job. But then he went off script…

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Brexit: EU leaders set to move talks on to next stage – BBC News

December 14, 2017 7:41:40 pm | 0 Comments

EU leaders are expected to formally agree to start the next phase of Brexit negotiations later. It means talks can move on to the long-term relationship between the UK and EU, days after Theresa May suffered her first defeat in the House of Commons. Mrs May was applauded by other leaders at dinner in Brussels…

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Putin accuses US agencies of manipulating doping testimony – Washington Post

December 14, 2017 3:19:42 pm | 0 Comments

By James Ellingworth | AP, MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. agencies of manipulating evidence from the main whistleblower on doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Putin said Thursday that former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov — who is under witness protection after fleeing to the United States last year — is “under the…

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Trump administration showcases weapons to allege Iran is increasing its role in Yemen – Washington Post

December 14, 2017 2:58:28 pm | 0 Comments

By Missy Ryan and Kareem Fahim, The Trump administration said Thursday it would use what it describes as evidence of Iran’s deepening military involvement in Yemen’s civil war to secure a new international consensus for harsher action against Tehran, part of a plan to isolate its chief adversary in the Middle East. U.S. officials have…

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