• Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad
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    Koreas agree to break ground on inter-Korean railroad

    North and South Korea continued their push for peace Monday with high-level talks that resulted in a host of agreements, including a plan by the rivals for a groundbreaking ceremony this year on an ambitious project to connect their railways and roads. The agreements come amid unease in Washington over

  • EU, UK see Brexit deal soon but not at this week's summit
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    EU, UK see Brexit deal soon but not at this week's summit

    European Union and British foreign ministers expressed cautious optimism Monday that a deal on Britain's departure from the bloc will be found soon but virtually ruled out any Brexit agreement at a crunch summit this week. Talks between the two sides on Sunday failed to bridge important gaps, notably

  • Germany preparing to deport convicted Sept 11 suspect
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    Germany preparing to deport convicted Sept 11 suspect

    Germany is preparing to deport a Moroccan man convicted in Hamburg of helping three of the Sept. 11 attackers as they got ready to strike New York and Washington. Mounir el-Motassadeq was convicted in 2006 of membership in a terrorist organization and accessory to murder for his part in the plot. Hamburg

  • Pressured over missing writer, Saudi Arabia lashes out
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    Pressured over missing writer, Saudi Arabia lashes out

    Saudi media on Monday echoed the kingdom's hard-line threat of retaliation for any sanctions over the disappearance and alleged death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, as demands grew for boycotts of the same international brands once courted by the kingdom. The Saudi stock exchange

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    Amnesty rights worker tells of violent abduction in Russia

    Speaking after his release, Oleg Kozlovsky, 34, said he was abducted on Oct. 6 in Ingushetia, a majority-Muslim region around 1,500 km south of Moscow, currently in the grip of public protests over a land swap deal with neighboring Chechnya. Kozlovsky said his abductors wore dark baseball caps and medical

  • Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remoteness
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    Recovery of Nepal climbers delayed by mountain's remoteness

    It took rescuers two days to recover the battered bodies of nine climbers, including one of the world's best, who died in Nepal's worst mountaineering disaster in recent years, authorities said Monday. Local police chief Bir Bahadur Budamagar said a group of villagers reached the climbers'

  • Jordan and Syria reopen Nassib border crossing
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    Jordan and Syria reopen Nassib border crossing

    The border crossing between Jordan and Syria officially opened to civilians and trade on Monday after being closed for three years. The Nassib crossing opened an 8 a.m. (0500 GMT), a border official at the Jaber checkpoint on the Jordanian side told a Reuters reporter. Jordanian state news agency Petra

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    Flash floods kill at least 6 people in southwest France

    Flash floods killed at least six people in southwest France, with roads swept away and streams become raging torrents as the equivalent of several months of rain fell overnight in the space of hours, authorities said Monday. The regional government in the Aude region said that four deaths were clustered

  • Expecting a child, Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney
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    Expecting a child, Prince Harry and Meghan arrive in Sydney

    Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney on Monday for a 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific, just hours before Kensington Palace announced that the royal couple are expecting a child in the spring. Meghan, wearing skinny black pants and a black, burgundy trimmed coat,

  • Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt
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    Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debt

    Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses. Sears once dominated the American retail landscape. The company, which started out as a mail order catalogue in the 1880s, has been on a slow march toward extinction as it lagged far behind

  • Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring
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    Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

    Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring, Kensington Palace said Monday. The announcement came as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. "Their royal highnesses have

  • North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions
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    North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

    The agreement on transport links came during talks in the border village of Panmunjom, aimed at following up on the third summit this year between South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, last month. "The South and North reached the agreement after sincerely

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    Prince Harry, Meghan expecting child in spring

    Kensington Palace says Prince Harry and his wife the Duchess of Sussex are expecting a child in the spring. The announcement Monday comes as Harry and the former Meghan Markle arrived in Sydney at the start of a 16-day visit to Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The trip officially begins on Tuesday

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    At least six people killed in flashfloods in southern France, waters rising

    At least six people were killed in flash floods in the southwestern Aude district of France after several months' worth of rain fell in just a few hours overnight, the local government prefect said on Monday. Six helicopters were scrambled to help rescue people from the roofs of their homes, but

  • Humiliating losses in Bavarian election shake Merkel's coalition
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    Humiliating losses in Bavarian election shake Merkel's coalition

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies slumped to their worst election results in almost 70 years and her junior coalition partners, the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), saw support in Bavaria halved. "The result in Bavaria is a vote against the grand coalition in Berlin." The

  • Sears, once a retail titan, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
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    Sears, once a retail titan, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

    The Chapter 11 filing to reorganize debts of the parent of Sears, Roebuck and Co and Kmart Corp follows a decade of revenue declines, hundreds of store closures, and years of deals by billionaire Chief Executive Officer Eddie Lampert in an attempt to turn around the company he bought in 2004. Lampert

  • Leader of Russia-backed Crimea to visit Syria
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    Leader of Russia-backed Crimea to visit Syria

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, is to visit Syria on Monday, the pro-government newspaper al-Watan said. Russia-backed Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov will visit Damascus for two days. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in

  • JP Morgan and Ford cancel plans for Saudi investor event
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    JP Morgan and Ford cancel plans for Saudi investor event

    The cancellations could add pressure on other U.S. firms like Goldman Sachs Group Inc , Mastercard Inc and Bank of America Corp to reconsider their plans to attend the investor event. Neither JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to attend the Future Investment Initiative

  • Asian shares resume decline, Saudi tensions lift oil prices
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    Asian shares resume decline, Saudi tensions lift oil prices

    Not helping the mood, oil prices jumped and Saudi Arabian shares tumbled on rising diplomatic tensions between Riyadh and the West after the monarchy warned against threats to punish it over disappearance of a journalist critical of its policies. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside

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    Honduran migrant group grows, heading for United States

    A growing group of more than 1,500 Honduran migrants headed for the United States moved toward the Guatemalan border on Sunday, witnesses and organizers said. The migrants, who included families of adults and children, and women carrying babies, began a march on Saturday from the violent northern city

  • 4 days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering
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    4 days after storm, large swath of Panhandle suffering

    Crews with backhoes and other heavy equipment scooped up splintered boards, broken glass, chunks of asphalt and other debris in hurricane-flattened Mexico Beach on Sunday as the mayor held out hope for the 250 or so residents who may have tried to ride out the storm. The death toll from Michael'

  • Opinion poll shows some voters warming to Australia's new prime minister
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    Opinion poll shows some voters warming to Australia's new prime minister

    Australia's new prime minister extended his party's nascent recovery, one widely watched opinion poll showed on Monday, six days before a crucial by-election, but the main Labor opposition still holds a landslide-sized lead before elections due by May. The Newspoll, published in The Australian

  • Head of South Korea's ruling party says Pope wishes to visit North Korea:  Yonhap
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    Head of South Korea's ruling party says Pope wishes to visit North Korea: Yonhap

    SEOUL (Reuters) - The head of South Korea's ruling Democratic Party of Korea Lee Hae-chan said he had heard that the Pope wishes to visit North Korea next spring, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday. South Korean President Moon Jae-in is visiting Europe and is expected to pass on to the Vatican

  • 4 men killed in shooting at child's birthday party in Texas
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    4 men killed in shooting at child's birthday party in Texas

    An argument escalated into a backyard shooting at a toddler's birthday party in South Texas, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded, authorities said Sunday. The shooting happened at a child's first birthday party Saturday afternoon in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometres ) north of Corpus Christi

  • Round of talks don't resolve Brexit problems ahead of summit
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    Round of talks don't resolve Brexit problems ahead of summit

    A flurry of talks between Britain and the European Union ended Sunday without a Brexit agreement, leaving the two sides three days to close a gap in their positions before a make-or-break summit. An unscheduled, face-to-face meeting between EU negotiator Michel Barnier and British Brexit Secretary Dominic