Haiti holds long-awaited vote still reeling from hurricane


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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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12 Sources Of Healthy Fats You Should Be Eating Regularly


Most people have been trained to choose low-fat foods over full-fat options. Fat has always been positioned as a dietary enemy, so it’s no wonder it can get totally confusing when doctors and dietitians sing the praises of what they call healthy fats. You probably know that avocado is one of them, and that this nutrition revelation is responsible for ...

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Pope closes jubilee of saints, refugees


Vatican City (AFP) – Pope Francis will bring to a close his “Year of Mercy” Sunday, shutting the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s after a packed 12 months that has seen him raise Mother Teresa to sainthood and rehome Syrian refugees. The Argentine, who has modelled himself on Saint Francis of Assisi, spent the year with the downtrodden, holding special ...

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South Korea indicts friend, former aides of President Park in corruption probe


By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean prosecutors said on Sunday they had indicted a friend of President Park Geun-hye and two former aides in a corruption scandal engulfing her administration, in a heavy setback to her fight for political survival. Choi Soon-sil, Park’s friend, and former presidential aide An Chong-bum are charged with abuse of power in pressuring ...

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