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12/15/2018 -  British minister warns Brexit is stuck as no-deal or referendum loom - 11:12 AM

Britain's exit from the European Union was heading for an impasse, one senior minister said on Saturday, after a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win EU assurances on her deal and pulled a vote because UK lawmakers would defeat it.


12/15/2018 -  Thousands of 'yellow vests' hit French streets in fifth Saturday of protests - 11:01 AM

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's government, despite calls to hold off after a shooting in Strasbourg earlier this week.


12/15/2018 -  Ethnic violence in southern Ethiopia kills 21, wounds 61 - state news - 10:59 AM

Heavy fighting between ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia has killed at least 21 people and wounded 61, its state news agency said on Saturday, amid escalating violence that has sent hundreds fleeing across the border to neighboring Kenya.


12/15/2018 -  China pledges to help Afghanistan and Pakistan bridge divisions - 10:57 AM

China pledged to help Afghanistan and Pakistan overcome longstanding suspicions, as officials from the three nations met on Saturday in the latest round of diplomacy aimed at opening talks with the Taliban to end the Afghan war.


12/15/2018 -  Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but embassy not moving yet - 10:38 AM

Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday.


12/15/2018 -  Israel destroys house of Palestinian charged with killing soldier - 10:33 AM

Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said.


12/15/2018 -  Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa resigns amid government shut down fears - 10:26 AM

Sri Lanka's embattled Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, only a month and a half after taking office and giving the country's president political space to prevent an imminent government shutdown.


12/15/2018 -  Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth - 10:11 AM

Qatar said on Saturday it remained committed to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) but the bloc needed to enforce its own rules better, signaling a reformed alliance could help end a row between Doha and some of its neighbors.


12/15/2018 -  African Union force says not involved in arrest of ex-Shabaab leader - 09:38 AM

African Union peacekeepers did not help in the arrest of a former al Shabaab leader that led to clashes in which 11 people were killed, the AU force said, following a report that Ethiopian members of the force had been involved.


12/15/2018 -  Romania says EU working on conference to help solve Gulf crisis - 09:34 AM

The European Union is working on organizing a conference that could help solve the Gulf crisis, Romanian foreign minister Teodor-Viorel MeleĊŸcanu told the annual Doha Forum.


12/15/2018 -  Qatar foreign minister says Gulf Arab bloc 'has no teeth' - 09:34 AM

Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, said on Saturday that regional alliances need to be reshaped and new governance principles need to be put in place.


12/15/2018 -  Turkey will keep attacking PKK in Iraq, foreign ministry says - 09:05 AM

Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air strikes violated its sovereignty and endangered civilians.


12/15/2018 -  Eleven die, more than 90 fall sick after eating temple food in India - 08:20 AM

Eleven people including two children died and more than 90 were hospitalized after consuming a religious food offering at a temple in the southern Indian state of Karnataka, police said on Saturday, calling it a suspected case of mass food poisoning.


12/15/2018 -  China's Xi declares an 'overwhelming victory' over graft: state media - 07:11 AM

Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported.


12/15/2018 -  China jails boss of 100 billion yuan pyramid scheme for inciting protests - 06:06 AM

A Chinese court has jailed for 17 years a businessman who ran a 100 billion yuan pyramid scheme and organized a rare street protest in Beijing against police investigations into his activities, state media reported.


12/15/2018 -  Nicaragua seizes assets of NGOs critical of President Ortega - 05:46 AM

Nicaraguan authorities on Friday said they had seized the assets of 10 blacklisted organizations, dealing another blow to civil society after months of protests against President Daniel Ortega that were met with a heavy-handed crackdown.


12/15/2018 -  China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest, U.S.'s Pompeo says - 03:35 AM

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant.


12/15/2018 -  Nobel laureate Murad to build hospital in her hometown in Iraq - 02:34 AM

Nadia Murad, an Iraqi Yazidi woman held as a sex slave by Islamic State militants who won this year's Nobel Peace Prize, said on Friday she intended to use the prize money to build a hospital for victims of sexual abuse in her hometown.


12/14/2018 -  U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text - 11:52 PM

The United Nations' climate talks went into overtime early Saturday morning as negotiators from nearly 200 nations grappled with disagreements over parts of a package of rules to implement a landmark agreement to combat global warming.


12/14/2018 -  'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help - 11:45 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Friday further assurances on her Brexit deal were possible after European Union leaders told her they would not be renegotiating the treaty and scorned her stilted defense of Britain's departure.


 


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