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US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Saudi King Salman

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has met with Saudi King Salman in what likely will be his last visit as America’s top diplomat. Kerry met with the king and other royalty Sunday at a palace in Riyadh, the Saudi capital. The state-run Saudi Press …

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Japan culling 210,000 birds amid spreading avian flu

Tokyo, Dec 18, 2016 (AFP) – Japan has begun slaughtering about 210,000 farm birds in northern Hokkaido to contain another outbreak of a highly contagious strain of avian flu, an official said Sunday. It is the fifth mass cull this winter in Japan with hundreds of officials working to prevent the …

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At least 30 Yemeni soldiers killed in Aden suicide bombing

Aden, Dec 18, 2016 (AFP) – A suicide bomber killed at least 30 Yemeni soldiers on Sunday when he detonated his explosives at a gathering in the southern city of Aden, military officials and medics said. Many others were wounded in the attack that targeted a crowd of soldiers gathered …

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Third strong quake in two weeks hits off Solomon Islands

Sydney, Dec 18, 2016 (AFP) –A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, the third strong tremor off the Pacific nation in less than two weeks. The quake hit at 4.46pm (0546 GMT) at a depth of 39 kilometres (24 miles) about 83 …

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Philippines’ Duterte warns US of ‘tit-for-tat’ response

Manila, Dec 16, 2016 (AFP) -Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened Saturday to end a military pact with the United States in a “tit-for-tat” response to American aid being deferred because of concerns about his deadly crime war. Duterte reacted angrily to the announcement by the US government this week that …

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Bird flu hits British turkey farm

London, Dec 16, 2016 (AFP) -Britain on Friday announced the discovery of a highly contagious strain of bird flu at a turkey farm, and sought to allay fears the outbreak could affect the traditional Christmas meal. The H5N8 strain of avian flu was detected at a farm near Louth, a …

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China seizes US naval probe in S. China Sea: Pentagon

Washington, Dec 16, 2016 (AFP) -China “unlawfully” seized an unmanned US naval probe in international waters in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday, a move sure to heighten tensions around Beijing’s military presence in the disputed area. The underwater vehicle was taken around 50 nautical miles (90 kilometers) …

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US Sen. Warren “100” percent concerned about Russian hacking into the email accounts of Democratic officials

BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she’s “100” percent concerned about reports of Russian hacking into the email accounts of Democratic officials. The Massachusetts Democrat is one of Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s fiercest critics. She said Thursday she’s also worried that Trump doesn’t seem to want to listen …

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Aleppo evacuation could take days, thousands of people in need – ICRC

GENEVA, Dec 15 (KUNA) — Head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Syria Marianne Gasser said Thursday it could take days to complete the evacuation of the Syrian city of Aleppo. The first two evacuations, led by the ICRC and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), …

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