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Russia extends detention of jailed Ukrainian sailors

Russia extends detention of jailed Ukrainian sailors

A court in Moscow Tuesday ordered eight Ukrainian sailors seized by Russia last year off the coast of Crimea to be kept in pre-trial detention until April 24, Russian news agencies reported. Russia seized 24 men and three Ukrainian navy vessels on Nov. 25 near Russian-annexed Crimea....

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Ivanka Trump to help US choose candidate for World Bank

Ivanka Trump to help US choose candidate for World Bank

President Donald Trump's daughter and advisor Ivanka will help the United States choose its candidate to lead the World Bank but she will not be the one, the White House said on Monday. Jim Yong Kim abruptly announced last week that he would cut short his tenure as president of the...

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Trump praises Brazil's 'Donald Trump' leader

Trump praises Brazil's 'Donald Trump' leader

US President Donald Trump likes Brazil's controversial new leader Jair Bolsonaro -- especially his nickname. "They say he's the Donald Trump of South America, do you believe that?" Trump told a crowd at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans. Bolsonaro is...

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Fixing the environment: when solutions become problems

Fixing the environment: when solutions become problems

In a world where climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, ozone depletion, and other environmental problems overlap, a fix in one arena can cause trouble in another. Here are a few examples of what might be called Earth's "zero-sum" dilemma in the 21st...

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On US-Mexico border, Trump's wall stirs mixed feelings

On US-Mexico border, Trump's wall stirs mixed feelings

Mexico is just minutes away on foot, the time it takes to walk across one of the bridges that span the Rio Grande, intimately connecting Laredo, Texas to its Mexican sister Nuevo Laredo. The wall Donald Trump promises to build would slice through that, and here as elsewhere in America...

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Turkey has no issue with Kurds: Erdogan

Turkey has no issue with Kurds: Erdogan

Turkey has no problem with Kurds and aims to fight terror groups Daesh, PKK and its Syrian affiliates PYD/YPG, threatening national security, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a phone call with his U.S. counterpart on Monday.  A statement from the Turkish presidency said Erdogan...

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Trump’s AG nominee: Mueller should be allowed to finish work

Trump’s AG nominee: Mueller should be allowed to finish work

President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general will tell senators “it is vitally important” that special counsel Robert Mueller be allowed to complete his Russia investigation, and said he believes Congress and the public should learn the results, according to remarks prepared for...

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Senegal reveals presidential candidates

Senegal reveals presidential candidates

Seven candidates were confirmed Monday to run for president in Senegal on Feb. 24. The seven were the remaining of 27 candidates in the western African country who applied. The rest were eliminated because they failed to collect enough signatures from the seven regions of the country, said...

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Russia, Japan hold 1st round of peace treaty talks

Russia, Japan hold 1st round of peace treaty talks

Russia and Japan held the first round of talks on Friday for a peace treaty which was not signed by the two countries after the second World War. Russian and Japanese delegations headed by Foreign Ministers Sergey Lavrov and Taro Kono gathered this morning in Moscow. The talks lasted...

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Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

Total lunar eclipse on Jan 20-21 will be last until 2022

People in North and South America, a large part of Europe and Africa may get a glimpse of a total lunar eclipse overnight from January 20 to 21, the last such event until 2022. For those in Europe and Africa, the total eclipse will unfold shortly before sunrise. For those in North and...

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28 local journalists arrested in Khartoum: Watchdog

28 local journalists arrested in Khartoum: Watchdog

Twenty-eight Sudanese journalists were arrested by the authorities on Monday, the Sudanese Journalist Network (SJN), an independent watchdog group, has asserted. SJN official Hassan Brkia told Anadolu Agency that, for the last several weeks, local journalists have been protesting the...

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Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

Chinese court sentences Canadian drug suspect to death

A Chinese court sentenced a Canadian man to death on drug trafficking charges on Monday after his previous 15-year prison sentence was deemed too lenient, a ruling likely to deepen a diplomatic rift between Ottawa and Beijing. Robert Lloyd Schellenberg, 36, nodded as the judge in the...

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Turkish-designed aircraft wins German excellence award

Turkish-designed aircraft wins German excellence award

An aircraft modeled by a Turkish designer was rewarded for its perfection at the German Design Award 2019. Created by the design center Designnobis team led by its founder Hakan Gursu, the Turkish Eagle Alpina received the "Excellent Product Design" award. The aircraft is expected to be...

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One dead, four missing in Russia gas blast

One dead, four missing in Russia gas blast

One person was killed and four were missing after a gas explosion tore through a multi-storey residential building in southern Russia early on Monday, authorities said. The blast, in the town of Shakhty in the southern Rostov region, destroyed several apartments on the top two floors of the...

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Moscow says Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian

Moscow says Japan must recognise all Kurils as Russian

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday after meeting his Japanese counterpart that Tokyo must recognise Moscow's sovereignty over all of the disputed south Kuril islands in order for peace talks to continue. The two diplomats met for the first time since leaders of Japan and...

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Turkey not deterred by threats, says foreign minister

Turkey not deterred by threats, says foreign minister

Ankara will not shrink from threats by U.S. President Donald Trump, said Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday. "We have repeatedly said that we are never afraid of threats. Threatening Turkey economically will get you nowhere," Cavusoglu told a news conference with his...

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US, Afghan forces raid Taliban prison in NW Afghanistan

US, Afghan forces raid Taliban prison in NW Afghanistan

Afghan Taliban on Sunday claimed U.S. and Afghan forces raided their detention center in northwestern Afghanistan and released 40 Daesh terrorists. In a statement, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the raid was carried out in the Panj Buz area of Jwand district in the province...

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7 killed in plane crash near Iranian capital

7 killed in plane crash near Iranian capital

At least seven people were killed when a Boeing 707 cargo plane operated by Kirgizstan Airlines crashed while landing in Iran on Monday, according to Iran’s ISNA news agency.  According to the report, 16 crew members were aboard the doomed aircraft, seven of whom have been...

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