Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefi...

Yemen's warring parties agree to ceasefire in Hodeidah and U.N. role


Yemen's warring parties agreed on Thursday to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict.

UNAIDS chief stepping down early after scathing report

The head of the U.N. agency for HIV and AIDS is stepping down in June, six months before his term ends, after an independent panel said that his "defective leadership" tolerated "a culture of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power".

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U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate delivered a rare double rebuke to President Donald Trump on Saudi Arabia on Thursday, voting to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gunbattle with police: officials

The suspected gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg was shot dead on Thursday in a brief gunbattle with police after being on the run for 48 hours, police sources said.

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Jordanians stage new anti-austerity protests

Jordanian authorities deployed hundreds of riot police in the capital and warned activists to stay within the law on Thursday as hundreds of demonstrators staged more protests against tough austerity measures backed by the International Monetary Fund.

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U.S. to counter China, Russia influence in Africa: Bolton

The United States plans to counter the rapidly expanding Chinese and Russian economic and political influence in Africa, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said on Thursday, calling business practices of the two nations "corrupt" and "predatory."

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French interior minister confirms death of suspected Strasbourg shooter

French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Thursday that the man suspected of killing three people in Strasbourg on Tuesday had been killed by police.

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Exclusive: U.S.-backed SDF vows to fight any Turkish attack in north Syria

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will respond strongly to any Turkish attack but is pressing diplomatic efforts to deter an assault, its commander-in-chief said on Thursday.

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U.N. climate talks produce draft text in final push

Negotiators from nearly 200 countries produced a draft text on Thursday on how to implement the Paris Agreement on combating global warming, but some disputes remain with only one day left before the official end of the conference.

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Captured Ukrainian navy captains tell Russia: We won't testify

Two Ukrainian navy captains being held in a Russian jail have refused to provide testimony because they consider themselves prisoners of war, their lawyers said on Wednesday.

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Tunisia's parliament rejects bill on lifting retirement age

Tunisia's parliament rejected on Thursday a bill to raise the retirement age by two years to 62, in a severe blow to Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, whose government is under pressure from international lenders to cut state spending.

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Main suspect in Strasbourg attack has been killed: police sources

The suspected gunman, who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg on Tuesday, has been killed, two police sources said on Thursday.

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China says second Canadian being probed for harming state security

Canadian businessman Michael Spavor, who worked with North Korea, is being investigated on suspicion of harming China's security, China said on Thursday, days after a former Canadian diplomat was detained in an escalating diplomatic row.

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Shots heard in Strasbourg district, police operation underway: Reuters witness

At least three gunshots have been fired in the La Meinau district of Strasbourg where a police operation was underway on Thursday, a Reuters journalist in the area said.

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Cocaine surge to Europe fueled by new gangs, violence: report

New gangs are muscling into cocaine markets in Europe, setting up smuggling networks straight from producers in Latin America to consumers, a business which used to be dominated by the mafia, the Lisbon-based EU drugs agency said on Thursday.

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May urges EU to help get Brexit 'over the line'

Britain's weakened prime minister, Theresa May, appealed to fellow EU leaders on Thursday for concessions to help her win support in parliament next month for a deal that can smooth Britain's exit from the European Union.

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Hungarian protests intensify as Orban heads to Brussels

Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest on Thursday, resuming demonstrations that started on Wednesday against new legislation governing labor regulations and which would exempt government from independent control by the courts.

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EU offers Ukraine more help but holds off on new Russia sanctions

European Union leaders offered Ukraine more aid at a summit on Thursday after Russia's seized its ships off Crimea but calls to punish Moscow with more sanctions went unheeded for now as Berlin and Paris try to secure the release of captured sailors.

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El Salvador populist holds lead weeks ahead of presidential vote

Nayib Bukele, the former mayor of El Salvador's capital, has maintained his wide lead in the run-up to the Feb. 3, 2019, presidential election in the crime-ridden Central American country, according to a new poll released on Thursday.

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Ex-wife of Russian billionaire secures first sliver of $572 million divorce bill

The former British wife of a Russian billionaire, who was ordered to pay a 453 million pound ($572 million) divorce bill, has claimed the first sliver of the award after seizing and selling a helicopter, her advisers said on Thursday.

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