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Queen to invite Trump to Britain for state visit: Sunday Times

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LONDON (Reuters) – Queen Elizabeth will invite U.S. President-elect Donald Trump for a state visit to Britain next year to try to cement close ties between the two countries, The Sunday Times newspaper said. Citing two ministers and a senior official close to Downing Street, the Sunday Times reported that discussions between British officials and Trump’s team would start soon ...

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At least 90 killed as India train derails, more than 150 injured

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By Rupam Jain NEW DELHI (Reuters) – At least 90 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an Indian express train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, with the toll set to rise amid a desperate scramble to locate survivors from the mangled wreck. Police officials said about 20 people were still missing as authorities were trying ...

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Erdogan says Turkey can spurn EU and join Shanghai Pact

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Istanbul (AFP) – President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey should not be “fixated” on joining the EU and has reiterated the idea of joining Russia and China in a Eurasian security group, local media reported Sunday. His comments come as Turkey’s decades-long hopes of joining the European Union have reached a nadir, driven by the aftermath of the July 15 ...

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Haiti holds long-awaited vote still reeling from hurricane

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By Makini Brice LES CAYES, Haiti (Reuters) – Haiti holds a long-delayed presidential election on Sunday that its people hope will lift the economy after a devastating hurricane and more than a year of political instability. First held in October 2015, the election was annulled over allegations of fraud, and a rescheduled vote was postponed last month when Hurricane Matthew ...

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Haitians vote hoping to restore constitutional order

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Port-au-Prince (AFP) – Haitians go to the polls Sunday to elect a president and lawmakers, in hopes of restoring the country to constitutional order after more than a year of political crisis. Nearly 6.2 million voters are eligible to cast their ballots to choose among a vast field of 27 presidential candidates. The Caribbean nation — the poorest in the ...

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Meeting Putin, Philippines' Duterte rails at Western 'hypocrisy'

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at Western “bullying” and “hypocrisy” during his first meeting with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and said when it came to alliances, the United States could not be trusted. In talks with Putin during an Asia-Pacific summit in Lima, Duterte held nothing back in his views about major powers like the United ...

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China's Xi calls for 'smooth transition' in relationship with U.S

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By Jeff Mason LIMA (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping called on Saturday for a “smooth transition” in Beijing’s relationship with Washington and praised outgoing President Barack Obama for strengthening ties between the two nations. During a meeting in Peru, Obama again urged all sides in the dispute over the South China Sea to reduce tensions and resolve their disputes ...

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For Syria rebels, Trump win adds to uncertain fate

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By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – On the eve of Donald Trump’s election victory, members of a Western-backed Syrian rebel group met U.S. officials to ask about the outlook for arms shipments they have received to fight President Bashar al-Assad. They were told the program would continue until the end of the year, but anything more would ...

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Top Asian News 5:40 a.m. GMT

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors on Sunday said they believe President Park Geun-hye conspired in criminal activities of a secretive confidante who allegedly manipulated government affairs and exploited her presidential ties to amass an illicit fortune — a damning revelation that may convince opposition parties to push for her impeachment. Prosecutors are planning to soon question Park, ...

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After lengthy drift, Haiti votes for new leader

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Voters will have their say Sunday in a repeatedly derailed presidential election that leaders hope will get Haiti’s shaky democracy on a sturdier track. The Caribbean nation’s roughly 6 million registered voters don’t lack for choice: 27 presidential candidates are on the ballot. The top two finishers will meet in a Jan. 29 runoff unless one ...

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