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Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

Putin says Russia economy will be cured but offers no remedy

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said today Russia's economy would inevitably rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy to a deepening financial crisis .

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years

HAVANA/WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed yesterday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy .

Opponent calls for Putin’s exit as Russia slides into crisis

MOSCOW, (Reuters) - A prominent opponent has warned Vladimir Putin his days in power are numbered, as Russia awaits the president’s response to the dramatic decline of the rouble .

Taliban go on killing spree at  Pakistan school, 132 students dead

Taliban go on killing spree at Pakistan school, 132 students dead

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, (Reuters) - At least 132 students and nine staff members were killed yesterday when Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years .

Pakistan official: 126 people dead, 122 injured in Taliban attack on school

ISLAMABAD, (Reuters) - At least 126 people were killed and 122 injured today in an attack by Taliban militants on a Pakistani high school, a provincial official said .

Developing nations losing record $1 trillion a year in dirty money – report

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Crime and corruption are draining a record $1 trillion a year from poor and middle-income nations with the disappearance of dirty money hitting some of the world’s poorest regions hardest, a report showed yesterday .

Accused of rights abuses, N Korea urges UN meeting on CIA torture

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea yesterday asked the United Nations Security Council to add the issue of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency to its agenda as the council prepares to hold a meeting next week on alleged human rights abuses by the Asian state .

Bill Cosby’s wife defends him from  sex assault claims

Bill Cosby’s wife defends him from sex assault claims

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Camille Cosby, the wife of comedian Bill Cosby, yesterday defended her husband from weeks-long accusations brought by more than a dozen women alleging that the groundbreaking entertainer sexually assaulted them decades ago .

Police storm Sydney cafe to end hostage siege, three dead

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Heavily armed Australian police stormed a Sydney cafe early this morning and freed terrified hostages being held there at gunpoint, in a dramatic end to a 16-hour siege in which two captives and the attacker were killed .

Obama vows no safe haven for Islamic State

FORT DIX, NJ (Reuters) - President Barack Obama used a holiday season visit to a US military base yesterday to issue a tough warning to Islamic State militants, saying a US-led coalition will permit no safe haven to the group and will destroy it eventually .

S Korea to report ex-Korean Air involved in flight delay to prosecutors

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s transport ministry said today it would report to prosecutors a former Korean Air Lines executive, who delayed a flight earlier this month because she was unhappy about how she was served nuts, for possible legal charges .

Hostages held in Sydney cafe, forced to hold Islamic flag in window

SYDNEY, (Reuters) - Dozens of hostages were trapped inside a central Sydney cafe on Monday, with local television showing some being forced to hold up a black flag with white Arabic writing in the window, raising fears of an attack linked to Islamic militants .

Haiti’s prime minister Laurent Lamothe resigns amid protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) - Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, succumbing to domestic and international pressure, announced his resignation yesterday in a televised address in the middle of the night .

Hundreds feared missing after boat sinks in Lake Tanganyika

DAKAR, (Reuters) - More than two hundred people were feared missing after a boat sank in Democratic Republic of Congo’s waters on Lake Tanganyika on Thursday night, a senior Tanzanian official said yesterday .

South African woman wins Miss World beauty pageant in London

South African woman wins Miss World beauty pageant in London

LONDON, (Reuters) - A 22-year-old South African woman, Rolene Strauss, won the Miss World 2014 beauty pageant in London yesteday, the organisers said in a statement .

Turkish police raid media close to cleric rival Gulen, detain 24

ISTANBUL, (Reuters) - Turkish police raided media outlets close to a U .

UN climate talks risk collapse as China clashes with US

LIMA (Reuters) - UN talks on slowing climate change were threatened with collapse yesterday after China clashed with the United States and led emerging nations to reject a compromise outline of an agreement .

US Senate passes shutdown reprieve, funding fight drags on

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Senate passed a five-day extension of federal funding yesterday, staving off a government shutdown and buying lawmakers more time to resolve a fight over a longer, $1 .

Marchers in Washington, New York, Boston protest police killings

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Thousands marched in Washington, New York and Boston yesterday to protest killings of unarmed black men by police officers .

Dozens killed in Afghanistan fighting as foreign troops head home

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban killed a Supreme Court official, a dozen mine clearers and several national and foreign soldiers but also suffered heavy losses from intensifying violence ahead of the withdrawal of most international troops in the next two weeks .

Indonesia rescuers use hands in search for scores missing in mudslide

JAKARTA,(Reuters) - A landslide destroyed a remote village in Indonesia, killing at least 17 people, an official said today, as rescuers used their bare hands and sticks to search through the mud for scores of missing in the absence of heavy-lifting equipment .

Lima climate talks at crossroads on ways to slow warming

LIMA, (Reuters) - About 190 nations faced a crossroads Friday on how boldly to fight global warming as United Nations talks in Lima went into overtime amid concerns that watered-down goals could undermine a U .

Cuba to attend first-ever Americas summit – Panama

PANAMA CITY, (Reuters - Cuba will attend the Washington-backed Summit of the Americas for the first time, host nation Panama said on Friday, edging two adversaries closer to a possible joint appearance by presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro .

Mexico finmin bought home from gov’t contractor in scandal-WSJ

MEXICO CITY, (Reuters) - Mexico’s finance minister bought a home from a government contractor who is at the centre of a conflict-of-interest scandal embroiling President Enrique Pena Nieto and his administration, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday .

Oil plunges 3 pct to new 5-year lows after bearish IEA outlook

NEW YORK, (Reuters) - Crude oil markets fell 3 percent or more to plumb new five-year lows oiday after the world’s energy watchdog forecast even lower prices on weaker demand and larger supplies next year .

Merkel condemns racism as Dresden anti-Islam marches grow

Merkel condemns racism as Dresden anti-Islam marches grow

BERLIN, (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned a series of anti-Muslim demonstrations centred on the eastern city of Dresden, saying via an aide yesterday that there was “no place in Germany” for hatred of Muslims or any other religious or racial group .

Vatican denies Dalai Lama papal audience over China concern

VATICAN CITY, (Reuters) - Pope Francis has denied a private audience to the Dalai Lama because it could harm the Holy See’s already fraught relations with China, the Vatican said yesterday .

Korean Air exec apologises after nuts incident sparks national outrage

Korean Air exec apologises after nuts incident sparks national outrage

SEOUL, (Reuters) - The former Korean Air Lines executive who delayed a flight because she was unhappy with the way she was served macadamia nuts apologised yesterday over the incident, which fuelled outrage and ridicule in South Korea .

Brazilian engineering executives charged in Petrobras scandal

Brazilian engineering executives charged in Petrobras scandal

CURITIBA, Brazil, (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors yesterday formally charged executives of six of the country’s largest engineering firms with forming a cartel to funnel kickbacks from state-run oil company Petrobras to the ruling political party and its allies .

U.S. congressional staffers stage walkout in latest police protests


Venezuela raises death toll from prison drug overdose to 48

CARACAS, (Reuters) - The death toll following a mass drug overdose incident in a Venezuelan jail last month has jumped to 48 from 13, the government said yesterday .

Mauritius voters hand opposition victory, reject constitution change

Mauritius voters hand opposition victory, reject constitution change

PORT LOUIS, (Reuters) - Mauritius voters rejected plans to grant more powers to the president by handing an election victory to a coalition that opposed changing the constitution, electoral officials said yesterday .

Did torture really help U.S. find al Qaeda chief Hambali?

Did torture really help U.S. find al Qaeda chief Hambali?

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Hailed as a major success in the U .

Three die in St. Lucia cruise fire

A crew member and two contractors died on Thursday when a fire broke out aboard a luxury cruise ship docked at the eastern Caribbean island of St .

Hong Kong police haul protesters away as camp site is dismantled

HONG KONG, (Reuters) - Hong Kong cleared most of the main pro-democracy protest site today as police hauled activists away, marking an end to more than two months of street demonstrations that have blocked key roads in the Chinese-controlled city .

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