• Dual U.S.-Iranian national, wife jailed in Iran without charge since July - rights group

    An American-Iranian dual national and his wife have been in detention in Iran without charge or access to lawyers since their arrest by elite Revolutionary Guards in July, a New York-based rights group said on Friday. The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said Karan Vafadari and

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  • U.S. House adopts massive defence bill, sees changes under Trump

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a defence policy bill on Friday without some controversial provisions that had worried Democrats, but Republican lawmakers said they expect to revisit the issues once Republican Donald Trump is in the White House. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

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  • Russian army engineers to de-mine Syria's Aleppo - Ifax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A unit of Russian army bomb disposal specialists has flown to Syria's Aleppo for de-mining, Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Friday. It said the specialists will de-mine the eastern part of Aleppo after it was "liberated" from rebel

    Reuters
  • Syrian rebels and families leave another town near Damascus

    Hundreds of Syrian rebels and their families left al-Tal near Damascus on Friday under a deal with the government, the latest in a number of such evacuations as the army and its allies consolidate their control over the outskirts of the capital. While the fiercest recent battles in Syria's civil

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  • Russian army engineers to de-mine Syria's Aleppo: Interfax

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - A unit of Russian army bomb disposal specialists has flown to Syria's Aleppo for de-mining, Interfax news agency quoted the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Friday. It said the specialists will de-mine the eastern part of Aleppo after it was "liberated" from rebel

    Reuters
  • Tunisia breaks up 160 militant cells in first 10 months of 2016 - ministry

    Tunisian security forces dismantled 160 jihadist cells in the first 10 months of this year, about 45 percent more than during the whole of 2015, the interior ministry said on Friday. Tunisia has been the only Arab state to achieve a relatively peaceful democratic transition since the Arab Spring uprisings

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  • Give children a say in the planet's future: prize winner

    By Megan Rowling BARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Children must be given a direct role in making decisions on how to protect the planet because they will suffer most from the impacts of climate change, said the winner of the 2016 International Children's Peace Prize. Kehkashan Basu, 16,

    Reuters
  • Dirty money from Nigeria seized by Britain should help Boko Haram victims: charity

    By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Money stolen from Nigeria through corruption and seized by authorities in Britain should be spent on aid for the Boko Haram-hit northeast of the country, where hundreds of thousands of people are at risk from famine, a charity said on Friday.

    Reuters
  • Stolen iron gate of Nazi death camp found in Norway - police

    An iron gate from Dachau concentration camp in Germany with the notorious "Arbeit macht frei" (work sets you free) slogan has been found in western Norway two years after it was stolen, police said on Friday. "The gate is in okay condition and will be returned to German authorities as

    Reuters
  • Canada adds jobs in November, but weakness persists

    By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian economy added 10,700 jobs in November and the jobless rate fell to 6.8 percent, but the strength was undermined by signs of deterioration in job quality and in Canada's long-suffering resource sector. The rise in employment bucked analysts'

    Reuters
  • Move to name Paris street after Steve Jobs has leftists up in arms

    By Geert De Clercq PARIS (Reuters) - A proposal to name a street after the late Apple Inc chief executive and co-founder Steve Jobs has divided the leftist city council of a Paris district. The local district mayor wants to call one of several new streets around the vast Halle Freyssinet high-tech

    Reuters
  • Trump says will have most Cabinet posts filled next week

    By Emily Stephenson NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was set to interview more candidates for top jobs in his administration on Friday and said he expected to have most members of his Cabinet announced next week. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, is still weighing who to choose

    Reuters
  • Pence: Trump will focus fast on tax, healthcare, immigration - WSJ

    (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to move quickly on its goals to overhaul taxation, healthcare and immigration laws, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said in an interview published by the Wall Street Journal on Friday. President-elect Donald Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, is preparing

    Reuters
  • Trump supporters move to block vote recount in three states

    WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Michigan's attorney general said on Friday he had filed a lawsuit to halt the Green Party's requested recount of presidential votes in the state, adding to Republican efforts in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to maintain Donald Trump's victory. Bill Schuette,

    Reuters
  • Philippines' Duterte gets Trump invite during 'animated' call: aide

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke on the telephone on Friday with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte and invited him to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" talk, an aide to Duterte said. The call lasted just over seven minutes, Duterte's special advisor,

    Reuters
  • Obama expresses confidence in incoming U.N. chief Guterres

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Friday said he was confident that U.N. secretary general-elect Antonio Guterres would be an effective manager of the international organization. "He has an extraordinary reputation," Obama said ahead of his meeting at the White House with Guterres

    Reuters
  • Trump team considering new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran - FT

    Donald Trump's transition team is examining proposals for new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran, the Financial Times reported on Friday, citing congressional sources who have been in contact with the president-elect's team. Officials with Trump's team have been in touch with fellow Republicans

    Reuters
  • Russia not serious in talks with Syrian rebels - opposition official

    By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) - A senior Syrian opposition official accused Russia on Friday of procrastinating in talks with rebels over Aleppo, signalling no progress in diplomacy which rebels hoped would ease dire conditions in the city where they are in danger of defeat. Buoyed

    Reuters
  • British fighters to overfly South China Sea; carriers in Pacific after 2020: envoy

    By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - British fighter planes visiting Japan will fly over the South China Sea and Britain will sail aircraft carriers in the Pacific once they are operational in 2020, given concerns about freedom of navigation there, Britain's ambassador to the United States

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  • Bond yields fall on U.S. jobs data, euro flat before Italy vote

    By Richard Leong NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bond yields fell on Friday as solid U.S. jobs data reinforced the view that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates gradually, while stock and currency markets were cautious ahead of an Italian constitutional reform vote on Sunday. Crude futures rebounded

    Reuters
  • Nigerian court rules security agency should release Shi'ite leader

    By Camillus Eboh and Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - The leader of Nigeria's largest Shi'ite Muslim sect should be released after being held without charge for nearly a year by the country's security agency, a court ruled on Friday. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, leader of the Islamic Movement in

    Reuters
  • Dutch government backs new inquiry into colonial Indonesia

    The Dutch government on Friday backed a multi-year inquiry into the end of its colonial period in Indonesia in the 1940s, when troops from the Netherlands are accused of massacres in Southeast Asia's largest nation. Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who has just returned from a trip to Indonesia, said

    Reuters
  • U.S. sanctions North Korean companies, officials after nuclear test

    The United States on Friday blacklisted seven people and 16 North Korean companies for ties to the North Korean government or its nuclear and weapons programs, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement. The measures come after North Korea conducted its fifth and largest nuclear test in September. The United

    Reuters
  • Castro's death reminds ageing Cuba of generation gap

    By Sarah Marsh and Simon Gardner SANTA CLARA/HAVANA (Reuters) - Fidel Castro's death has highlighted a yawning generational gap between older Cubans who remember grim poverty before his 1959 revolution, and youngsters who appreciate free health care and education but fear the 21st century is leaving

    Reuters
  • One dead in Peru after angry mob tries to lynch poll workers

    One woman was killed and some forty people were arrested in a Peruvian shantytown after an angry mob tried to lynch two poll workers who residents believed were butchering local children to take their organs, a police official said on Friday. Police General Hugo Begazo said false rumors on social media

    Reuters

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