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Key Venezuela lawmakers step down in concession to government


CARACAS (Reuters) – Three opposition lawmakers at the center of a dispute between Venezuela’s congress and its top court stepped down on Tuesday following an agreement meant to ease a political standoff between the opposition and President Nicolas Maduro. Lawmakers Julio Ygarza, Nirma Guarulla and Romel Guzamana submitted their resignations in writing to congress on Tuesday. The lawmakers, two from the Amazonas ...

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Syria's Assad say must wait and see if Trump lives up to promises to fight militants


AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Tuesday Damascus would have to “wait and see” if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would change Washington’s policy on Syria but that he was ready to cooperate with him in fighting militants. In his first comments on Trump’s election victory, Assad said the Republican leader had made promising comments on the ...

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Toner: All Blacks should expect doubly determined Ireland


DUBLIN (AP) — Everyone is expecting a mighty comeback from the All Blacks in Dublin. Nobody takes a loss harder or rebounds better. But Ireland also has a lot to prove in the rematch with New Zealand on Saturday. After toppling the rugby world champions 40-29 on Nov. 5 in Chicago, the Irish want to show they have the mental ...

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Erdogan accuses Western media of sympathising with coup


Ankara (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday accused Western media of sympathising with the failed coup aimed at ousting him from power, as he officially opened a new Ankara-backed English language news channel. Erdogan said in a speech at his presidential palace to mark the formal opening of the TRT World channel that there were writers in ...

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Turkey says it's tired of 'two-faced' EU attitude


By Sabine Siebold and Tulay Karadeniz ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey is “fed up” with European Union condescension in talks over its application to join the bloc, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday, reflecting Ankara’s exasperation with EU criticism over human rights. Cavusoglu’s blunt comments, made as visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier looked on, also highlighted Turkey’s frustration with ...

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Never mind closing Guantanamo, Trump might make it bigger


WASHINGTON (AP) — Never mind closing Guantanamo. It might be getting bigger. President Barack Obama is running out of time to fulfill his longstanding promise to shutter the prison at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sixty inmates remain in the facility and only a third are cleared for release. If Obama can’t close it, his successor likely ...

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Dakota Access pipeline firms seek court relief; protests spread


By Liz Hampton HOUSTON (Reuters) – The companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline asked a U.S. court to intervene in the fight over its completion as demonstrators fanned out across North America on Tuesday to protest the controversial project. In what could be the largest demonstrations to date, people gathered outside Army Corps of Engineers offices, banks and energy companies, ...

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NGO says 100 missing in Med after migrant boat capsize


Rome (AFP) – Around 100 people were missing, feared drowned, in the Mediterranean after a migrant dinghy capsized off Libya on Tuesday, according to NGO rescue teams helping with the search for survivors. German NGO Jugend Rettet said in a tweet that 23 survivors had been rescued by an oil tanker and that “the crews are searching for survivors in ...

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