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  • China will 'take off the gloves' if Trump continues on Taiwan, state media warns news

    By Christian Shepherd BEIJING (Reuters) - China will "take off the gloves" and take strong action if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, two leading state-run newspapers said on Monday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump said the "One China" policy was up for negotiation. China's foreign ministry, in response, said "One China" was the foundation of China-U.S. ties and was non-negotiable.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:02:42 -0500
  • Germany says NATO concerned about Trump 'obsolete' remark news

    By Tom Körkemeier and Andreas Rinke BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Foreign Minister said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, speaking after a meeting with alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, said Trump's remarks contradicted views expressed by designated Defense Secretary James Mattis. "I've spoken today not only with EU foreign ministers but NATO foreign ministers as well and can report that the signals are that there's been no easing of tensions," Steinmeier told reporters when asked about Trump's interview with Bild newspaper and the Times of London.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:52:02 -0500
  • Hundreds of U.S. Marines land in Norway, irking Russia news

    Some 300 U.S. Marines landed in Norway on Monday for a six-month deployment, the first time since World War Two that foreign troops have been allowed to be stationed there, in a deployment which has irked Norway's Arctic neighbor Russia. Officials played down any link between the operation and NATO concerns over Russia, but the deployment coincides with the U.S. sending several thousand troops to Poland to beef up its Eastern European allies worried about Moscow's assertiveness. Marines from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina landed a little after 10 am CET (0900 GMT) at a snow-covered Vaernes airport near Trondheim, Norway's third-largest city, where temperatures were reaching -2 degrees Celsius (28 degrees Fahrenheit).

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:07:30 -0500
  • Syrian rebels to attend peace talks in Kazakhstan news

    By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebel groups have decided to attend peace talks backed by Russia and Turkey in Kazakhstan to press for full implementation of a ceasefire they say has been widely violated by the government and its Iranian-backed allies. Russia, President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally, set the new diplomatic effort in motion after Syrian rebels suffered a major defeat last month by losing control of districts of eastern Aleppo they had held for nearly four years. The United States, which led failed efforts to launch peace talks last year, has not been involved in the latest diplomacy.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:55:53 -0500
  • Saudi says Trump stance on Iran and IS cause for optimism news

    Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Monday he was positive about the incoming U.S. administration, and especially about the way it wanted to restore American influence in the world, contain Iran and fight Islamic State. "We will look at the Trump administration's view as articulated. Wanting to defeat ISIS (Islamic State), absolutely.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:14:17 -0500
  • Turkish cargo jet crashes into Kyrgyz village, 37 killed news

    By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - A Turkish cargo jet smashed into a village in Kyrgyzstan on Monday as it tried to land at a nearby airport in dense fog, killing at least 37 people, Kyrgyz officials and the airline said. According to airport officials, the Boeing 747 was supposed to make a stopover at Manas airport, near the capital Bishkek, on its way from Hong Kong to Istanbul, airport officials said, but it crashed in poor visibility at 7:31 a.m. The plane ploughed on for a few hundred metres (yards) through the Dachi Suu village, home to hundreds of families, sheering into mangled pieces and damaging dozens of buildings.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:43:27 -0500
  • Champions Ivory Coast disappoint in Togo draw news

    Ivory Coast made a disappointing start to their Africa Cup of Nations title defence Monday when held 0-0 by lowest Group C seeds Togo in Gabonese town Oyem. Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier came close to breaking the deadlock with two minutes remaining, heading a cross narrowly wide in a match that failed to sparkle. "It is not the start that we would have liked," admitted Ivory Coast coach Michel Dussuyer, who succeeded French Ligue 1-bound Herve Renard after the 2015 triumph.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:20:23 -0500
  • Canada's Trudeau faces ethics probe over Bahamas trip: media news

    Canada's ethics watchdog is investigating Justin Trudeau for potential breaches related to his recent holiday on an island owned by the Aga Khan, the first time a prime minister has faced such scrutiny, media reported on Monday. Trudeau has been confronted with repeated questions from the opposition about his vacation in the Bahamas over the New Year's holiday and said last week that he had flown there by private helicopter. In a letter to a Conservative lawmaker on Jan. 13, Mary Dawson, the federal conflict of interest and ethics commissioner, said she has begun an examination to determine whether Trudeau has contravened the Conflict of Interest Act, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:17:25 -0500
  • UN report says numerous abuses have occurred in South Sudan

    KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — South Sudanese government and opposition soldiers "blatantly ignored" international law during clashes in July that killed hundreds of people, according to a United Nations human rights investigation.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:12:51 -0500
  • Deadlocked Northern Ireland set for snap elections news

    Northern Ireland will hold snap elections on March 2 in a bid to resolve its worst political crisis in years after the power-sharing executive collapsed on Monday. Britain's Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire announced the province's assembly would dissolve on January 26 and urged its feuding parties to mend fences and keep devolved government going in Belfast. The elections were triggered as a Monday deadline passed for Catholic socialists Sinn Fein to nominate a new deputy first minister to the executive to replace Martin McGuinness.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:12:02 -0500
  • Juventus could receive up to 20 million euros for Zaza loan news

    TURIN, Italy (AP) — Juventus could receive up to 20 million euros from Valencia for forward Simone Zaza.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:11:56 -0500
  • IS claims responsibility for killing of Jordan army officer

    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — The extremist Islamic State group claimed responsibility Monday for a shooting attack it said killed a Jordanian soldier earlier this month.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:07:23 -0500
  • Bank of England Governor: Bank will protect economic growth

    LONDON (AP) — Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says the central bank remains ready to protect economic growth in the face of pressures caused by Britain's departure from the European Union.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:06:56 -0500
  • Thomson smashes speed mark to close on Vendee lead news

    Record-setting Briton Alex Thomson is closing in on long-time leader Armel Le Cleac'h in a dramatic denouement to the Vendee Globe around the world yacht race. At 1700 GMT Thomson was just 74.6 nautical miles behind, with less than 800 nm to go. Sunday night into early Monday morning saw Thomson set a new record for distance covered in a single hulled yacht in 24 hours, skimming across 536.81 nautical miles of ocean at an average speed of 22.36 knots.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:55:27 -0500
  • The Latest: Davos backdrop is 'disruptive transformation' news

    DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos (all times local):

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:50:32 -0500
  • Ice cracks force shutdown of UK Antarctic station news

    A British research station on an ice shelf in Antarctica is being relocated and shut down over the winter because of fears it could float off on an iceberg, the British Antarctic Survey said on Monday. Sixteen people who were due to stay during the Antarctic winter between March and November will now be moved out, the BAS said in a statement. "It is prudent for safety reasons to shut down the station as a precautionary measure and remove its people before the Antarctic winter begins," it said.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:49:25 -0500
  • Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes news

    JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:47:56 -0500
  • Defiant EU nations ready themselves for Trump presidency news

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:39:54 -0500
  • Bahrain bans paper from publishing online after protests news

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bahraini authorities ordered an independent newspaper to stop publishing online Monday and said a city hall was set ablaze during clashes between opposition protesters and police.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:38:24 -0500
  • Blast targeting police in southeast Turkey kills 4 officers news

    ISTANBUL (AP) — A roadside bomb in a pre-dominantly Kurdish city in southeast Turkey on Monday killed four policemen and wounded two others, according to the state-run news agency.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:26:18 -0500
  • Greece: 2nd man dies on freezing migrant route near Turkey

    THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) — Police in a region of Greece that borders Turkey say another person has died of hypothermia on a route used by migrant smugglers despite freezing temperatures.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:23:36 -0500
  • Pakistani woman gets death sentence for daughter's murder

    LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A prosecutor says a court has sentenced a woman to death for burning her daughter alive for marrying a man of her choice in eastern Pakistan.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:19:27 -0500
  • Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks news

    Syrian rebel groups said Monday they will attend peace talks next week, in a boost to efforts by rivals Turkey and Russia to put an end to the nearly six-year-old conflict. The pledges came as the Islamic State group, which is excluded from peace talks as well as a nationwide truce deal struck on December 30, advanced in oil-rich Deir Ezzor province, cutting off a key airport from government-held territory. The talks, beginning on January 23 in the Kazakh capital Astana, are designed to build on the truce that has largely held despite escalating violence across several battlefronts in recent days.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:18:31 -0500
  • At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival news

    By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said. Quintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech told a press conference that two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were killed. The shooting represents a major blow to Mexico's tourism industry, which has been one of the few bright spots in the economy thanks to a weak peso exchange rate.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:18:09 -0500
  • Knights of Malta insist ouster over condom scandal was legal

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the embattled Knights of Malta says lawyers have confirmed he followed the rules in ousting a top official over an old condom scandal that has led to a remarkable showdown between the ancient Catholic lay order and the Holy See.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:08:13 -0500
  • Police: 5 killed in shooting at nightclub at Mexican resort news

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:05:58 -0500
  • Obama warns Trump not to jettison Iran nuclear deal news

    US President Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its "significant and concrete results" and warning against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:05:01 -0500
  • Diego Costa trains alone amid China reports news

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa trained alone for the second day in a row on Monday at the club's training base, British media reported, as he recovers from an apparent back injury. The Spain forward's Chelsea future was called into question after he was left out of the Premier League leaders' win at champions Leicester on Saturday amid speculation he could be the subject of a colossal bid from a wealthy Chinese club. Manager Antonio Conte, however, was adamant it was injury -- rather than an apparent fall-out with Costa -- which prevented the 28-year-old featuring.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:03:34 -0500
  • Gambia top judge pulls out of inauguration challenge news

    The Gambia's top judge on Monday pulled out of hearing a bid by President Yahya Jammeh to halt the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow later this week, as the country's political crisis rumbles on. The small west African country has been plunged in political turmoil since Jammeh disputed Barrow's December election victory and refused to cede power. Jammeh has lodged a challenge to the election result with The Gambia's Supreme Court and last week filed a fresh injunction to prevent the chief justice from swearing Barrow into office.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:02:21 -0500
  • Top UN official: 10,000 civilians killed in Yemen conflict

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The United Nations' humanitarian aid official in Yemen said Monday that the civilian death toll in the nearly two-year conflict has reached 10,000, with 40,000 others wounded.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:02:12 -0500
  • US extradites man to Dutch Caribbean in killing of student

    MIAMI (AP) — A U.S. resident has been extradited to the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba to face charges in the April 2015 killing of a California medical student.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:04 -0500
  • Indian tailor confesses to sexually assaulting "hundreds" of schoolgirls - police

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A tailor in India has confessed to abducting, molesting and raping "hundreds" of schoolgirls over the last decade, said Delhi police, uncovering what may be one of the biggest serial pedophile cases in the country in recent times. Sunil Rastogi, a 38-year-old married man with five children, was arrested on Saturday by police investigating the sexual assault of three girls aged nine and ten in the east of the Indian capital. "This criminal, Sunil Rastogi, is from Rudrapur in Uttar Pradesh, and is a tailor by profession," Omvir Singh Bishoi, East Delhi's deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference on Sunday.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:59:33 -0500
  • Indian girls win award for tricking traffickers and busting cross-border racket

    By Anuradha Nagaraj DARJEELING, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Two Indian schoolgirls will be awarded national bravery awards next week for helping police bust a cross-border human trafficking racket, leading to the arrest of suspects in the cases of missing girls from both India and Nepal. Shivani Gond, 17, and Tejasweeta Pradhan, 18, will be honored by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "showing exemplary courage" when acting as decoys to gain the trust of the traffickers, allowing police catch them red-handed.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:58:57 -0500
  • 'Pragmatic' Trump might be persuaded on climate action: UK scientists

    By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donald Trump's administration, heavy with fossil fuel industry backers, could cause major damage to efforts to deal with climate change through measures such as cutting access to satellite data for weather forecasting and climate research, scientists warned Monday. It also appears increasingly unlikely he will pull the United States out of major international bodies dealing with climate change, though he may cut funding for them, the scientists said. For instance, the United States could renege on delivering much of the $3 billion it promised to the Green Climate Fund to help poorer nations develop cleanly and cope with climate impacts, said Joanna Haigh, an atmospheric physicist and co-director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:57:52 -0500
  • Spain ruling party's ex-treasurer tells court of slush fund news

    The most high-profile suspect in a major Spanish corruption scandal took the stand Monday, admitting for the first time in public that the ruling conservative Popular Party (PP) once had a slush fund. Luis Barcenas, who was party manager from 1990 to 2008 and then treasurer for a year, is on trial with 36 other defendants in the so-called Gurtel affair. The trial centres on a vast corruption network that allegedly saw companies shower PP lawmakers and civil servants with bribes in exchange for public contracts.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:57:10 -0500
  • Indian government to ally with charities to combat child porn online

    By Nita Bhalla NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - India's ministries focusing on children, health, education and technology plan to join forces with charities and police to stem a surge in images of children being sexually abused on the internet, the Indian government said on Monday. The ministry of women and children said one of the aims of the partnership was to set up an internet portal to share information such as best practices for dealing with child abuse online and proposals for updating legislation and policies. "It also facilitates the sexual exploitation of children through the production and dissemination of child sexual abuse materials and by facilitating the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:56:58 -0500
  • Islamic State stage fierce attack on Syrian army enclave news

    Islamic State has launched its fiercest assault in a year against a besieged Syrian government enclave in the city of Deir al-Zor, trying to cut it off from a nearby military air base in a battle that has killed dozens. "This attack is one of the most fierce attempts by Daesh on the airport and the area," the source told Reuters, using an Arabic term for the group. "It seems Daesh has mobilized a big force." Describing the fighting as the fiercest in the eastern city for a year, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that at least 82 people had been killed.

    Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:55:53 -0500
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