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US, South Korea said to mull halt to drills during Olympics

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. The U.S. and South Korea are considering delaying joint military drills until after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February in a bid to reduce tensions with North Korea, according to a person familiar with the discussions. While no final decision has been made, the annual...


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Macron's climate summit in Paris finds new money, tech help

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PARIS (AP) — World leaders, investment funds and energy magnates promised Tuesday to devote new money and technology to slow global warming at a summit in Paris that President Emmanuel Macron hopes will rev up the Paris climate accord that U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected. Trump wasn’t...


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Bangladesh questions family of man accused of NYC attack

Bangladesh US Subway Explosion

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh counterterrorism officers are questioning the wife and other relatives of a man accused of carrying out a bomb attack in New York City’s subway system, officials said Tuesday. Bangladesh’s government condemned the attack, saying it opposes all forms of terrorism...


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Australian lawmaker to resign amid global allegations of Chinese meddling

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. BEIJING - Australia’s attempt to curb China’s growing influence in its political system claimed its first scalp on Tuesday, as a prominent opposition lawmaker pledged to quit over allegations that he was bought by Chinese money. Relations between Australia and China...


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Iceland closes gender gap but violence against women remains

Iceland Sexual Misconduct

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — For nine years in a row, the World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as having the world’s smallest gender-equality gap, and for about as long gender studies professor Gyda Margret Petursdottir has been asked how the Nordic island nation became such a paradise for women....


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Russian Olympic Committee expects 200 to compete in SKorea

Russian Doping

MOSCOW (AP) — Despite Russia’s ban from the upcoming Olympics, officials in the country still expect more than 200 of their athletes to compete at the Pyeongchang Games. Under International Olympic Committee sanctions announced last week, all Russians must compete under the Olympic flag as “Olympic...


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FIFA bans Colombia midfielder Cardona 5 games for gesture

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned Colombia midfielder Edwin Cardona for five matches for making a discriminatory gesture with his eyes toward a South Korean opponent. FIFA will allow Cardona to serve the ban in friendly games, so he should be available for Colombia’s World Cup opener against Japan on...


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Poland triggers alarm bells as judges tumble in eastern EU

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro is cashing a blank check. Based on a law passed by the ruling Law & Justice party, in the past two moths he’s removed more than two dozen senior judges, including the head of a regional court that was deliberating a case involving his...


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Saudi Arabia set to begin cash transfers for poorer citizens

(c) 2017, Bloomberg. Saudi Arabia will implement a cash transfer program for poorer citizens as it gradually raises domestic energy prices under a plan to repair public finances and reduce the economy’s reliance on oil. Authorities intend to start monthly cash payments on Dec. 21 to compensate low-...


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The rise, striking fall of a Trump adviser

(c) 2017, The Washington Post. ATHENS - A brass band played, fighter jets streaked the clear blue sky and a red carpet adorned the airport tarmac on the day in May 2016 when Vladimir Putin came to Athens for a visit. “Mr. President, welcome to Greece,” the Greek defense minister, Panos Kammenos,...


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