• US home construction tumbled 8.2 per cent in December
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    US home construction tumbled 8.2 per cent in December

    Groundbreakings on new homes fell 8.2 per cent in December, with builders ending 2017 by slowing down their construction of single-family houses. The Commerce Department said Thursday that the monthly decline put U.S. housing starts at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.19 million units. Almost

  • Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas
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    Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

    "Three Seconds" tells the story of the Soviet Union team which won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history ever to beat the United States at the Olympics. After pulling in crowds throughout the holiday season, last week "Three Seconds" became the highest-earning

  • The Latest: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile
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    The Latest: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

    Pope Francis has celebrated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship airline during a flight from Santiago. Bride Paola Podest and groom Carlos Ciuffardi said "I do" Thursday morning after telling Francis that they had been married in

  • The Latest: Winter storm causes travel chaos in Germany
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    The Latest: Winter storm causes travel chaos in Germany

    Several people have been injured in weather-related accidents in western Germany and air traffic has been suspended at the Cologne-Bonn airport as a winter storm with high winds lashes the country. The German news agency dpa reported that up to 100,000 people were left without electricity in western

  • Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa announces election in four to five months
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    Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa announces election in four to five months

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe will hold elections in four to five months, a newspaper on Thursday quoted President Emmerson Mnangagwa as saying, the first time since independence the southern African state will conduct a vote that does not involve Robert Mugabe. The vote, a litmus

  • Trump insists his views on a border wall have not 'evolved'
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    Trump insists his views on a border wall have not 'evolved'

    President Donald Trump insisted Thursday his views on a border wall with Mexico have not evolved, pushing back against his own chief of staff's comments to lawmakers. Some Democrats who met with White House chief of staff John Kelly on Wednesday say Kelly told them parts of the border don't

  • Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia
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    Egypt raises 'extreme concern' about Nile dam with Ethiopia

    Egypt's president on Thursday expressed his "extreme concern" to Ethiopia's visiting prime minister over the lack of progress in talks on the impact of a massive upstream dam that Egypt fears could cut into its vital share of the Nile. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has warned that

  • Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year
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    Exclusive: Trump denies U.S. embassy to be moved to Jerusalem within a year

    President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday that the planned relocation of the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would take place within a year, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected the controversial move to happen by then. Reversing decades of U.S. policy, Trump in early December

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    'Pyongyang Olympics?' Backlash reveals changing attitudes in South Korea

    By Heekyong Yang and Josh Smith SEOUL (Reuters) - An agreement between South and North Korea to march under a unity flag and field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Olympics was met by sharp criticism from many in the South on Thursday, highlighting changing attitudes toward the country'

  • Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope
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    Turkey uses large crane to remove skidded plane from slope

    Turkish authorities are using a large crane to lift a passenger plane that skidded off a runway in northern Turkey and stopped on the side of a slope just meters away from the Black Sea. The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800, with 168 people on board, overshot the runway while landing at Trabzon Airport

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    Terminally ill Briton's bid for assisted death can proceed

    A terminally ill British man has been granted permission to challenge the country's law on assisted dying, after an earlier decision that rejected his case. Noel Conway, 68, has motor neuron disease. A previous challenge to Britain's ban on assisted dying was refused in 2014 after the Supreme

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    UK media: Police probe 3rd Spacey sex assault allegation

    Britain's media say police in London are investigating a third allegation of sexual assault against two-time Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey. The suspect in those cases has been widely named in British media as Spacey. The 58-year old Spacey was artistic director of London's Old Vic

  • Gunmen kill 2 polio workers in Pakistan, mother and daughter
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    Gunmen kill 2 polio workers in Pakistan, mother and daughter

    Gunmen shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were working for an anti-polio campaign underway in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Thursday, police said. The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams were vaccinating children against the crippling disease, police official Naseeb

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    Italian prosecutors break up Chinese transport mafia

    Anti-mafia prosecutors in Italy say they have broken up a Chinese organized crime ring that used money from criminal activities to force their way into the transport sector, not only in Italy but elsewhere in Europe. Top anti-Mafia prosecutor Federico Cafiero de Raho said Thursday in Florence that the

  • Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear
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    Federal responsibility in nuclear attack alerts is unclear

    A timeline shows Hawaii officials botched efforts to immediately correct a false missile alert over the weekend, taking more than 20 minutes to contact federal authorities for approval they didn't need and then taking another 15 minutes to cancel the alert that was sent to mobile devices statewide

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    Zambia says new cases dropping in deadly cholera outbreak

    Zambia has struggled to contain one of its deadliest cholera outbreaks in years, sending soldiers into a slum last week to keep order, collaborating with the World Health Organization on a vaccination program and even declaring a week of prayer. Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya this week said there

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    Officials: Inmate serving life sentence jumps to his death

    Officials say an inmate serving a life sentence for a 1989 murder jumped to his death from the second floor of a housing unit at a Pennsylvania prison. Prison officials said Wednesday that 70-year-old James Bailey died Monday of injuries suffered at the State Correctional Institute at Camp Hill. PennLive.com

  • South Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call
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    South Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

    By Mfuneko Toyana JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday called on prosecutors to act urgently in pursuit of a firm owned by friends of scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, as pressure mounted on him to step down. Ramaphosa succeeded Zuma as head of the

  • Israel's PM unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims
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    Israel's PM unveils memorial for Mumbai attack victims

    Israel's prime minister visited a Jewish centre in Mumbai on Thursday and unveiled a memorial to 166 people who were killed by militants who rampaged through the Indian city in a three-day siege in 2008. Benjamin Netanyahu met with Moshe Holtzberg, a boy whose parents were among six people killed

  • Hundreds attend funeral of slain Kosovo Serb politician
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    Hundreds attend funeral of slain Kosovo Serb politician

    BELGRADE, Serbia — Serbia's prime minister has joined hundreds of people attending the funeral of a moderate Serb politician who was gunned down this week in Kosovo in an attack that fueled concerns for Balkan stability.

  • Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying
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    Israel says it killed Palestinian sought in settler slaying

    Israeli officials said special forces hunting the killers of a West Bank settler raided a home before dawn Thursday, killing a Palestinian suspect in a firefight that also wounded two Israeli officers. The raid was part of a police and army hunt for those involved in a drive-by shooting last week that

  • Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland
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    Pair of Chinese giant pandas get snowy welcome in Finland

    A pair of giant pandas has arrived in snowy Finland, China's gift to mark the small Nordic nation's 100 years of independence. Four-year-old male panda Hua Bao and three-year old female Jin Baobao were welcomed Thursday in a ceremony at Helsinki airport attended by the Chinese ambassador to

  • British actor Peter Wyngarde dies in London hospital aged 90
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    British actor Peter Wyngarde dies in London hospital aged 90

    Longtime British television star Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, has died. The stylish Wyngarde had been cited by the creators of the Austin Powers films as one of the inspirations for the fictional character.

  • Country stars from Vegas festival to perform Grammy tribute
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    Country stars from Vegas festival to perform Grammy tribute

    Three performers at last year's Route 91 Harvest Festival where a gunman opened fire on fans will perform a tribute at this year's Grammy Awards to honour victims killed at live music events this past year. Eric Church, Maren Morris and Brothers Osborne, who performed at the three-day country

  • Strong storm blasts northern Europe; 2 dead in Netherlands
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    Strong storm blasts northern Europe; 2 dead in Netherlands

    A powerful storm lashed Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least two people, grounding flights at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, halting trains and blowing over trucks in several countries. Passengers were briefly stranded as Schiphol halted flights shortly after 11 a.m. (1000 GMT