US says anti-Nazi resolution at UN restricts free speech


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States was one of three countries to vote against a U.N. resolution condemning the glorification of Nazism on Thursday, citing freedom of speech issues and concerns Russia was using it to carry out political attacks against its neighbors. The resolution entitled “Combating glorification of Nazism, Neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary ...

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With Trump win, China looks to seize Asia free trade leadership


By Michael Martina BEIJING (Reuters) – China will position itself as free trade’s new champion at an Asia-Pacific summit this weekend, with the Communist government seeking to project economic leadership as a U.S.-led Pacific Rim trade pact languishes under President-elect Donald Trump. Beijing aims to capitalize on the Trump-induced coma of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with President Xi Jinping selling ...

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UN extends Syria gas attacks probe


United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously decided to extend for another year the mandate of a panel tasked with investigating chemical attacks in Syria and identifying those responsible. Backed by Russia, the council adopted a US-drafted resolution to prolong the joint investigation by the United Nations and the Organization for the Prohibition of ...

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Abuse victims confront Tunisia's demons


Tunis (AFP) – Victims of murder, rape and torture under successive dictatorships started testifying on live television Thursday as Tunisia — in a rare move for the Arab world — tries to deal with decades of abuse. The Truth and Dignity Commission (IVD) has tracked human rights violations committed between July 1955, a year before Tunisia gained its independence from ...

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Mourinho v Wenger — the rivalry in quotes


London (AFP) – As Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger prepare to resume their rivalry this weekend, AFP Sport recalls some of their most famous exchanges: “Wenger has a real problem with us and I think he is what you call in England a voyeur. He is someone who likes to watch other people. There ...

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Canada manufacturers put U.S. ahead of Mexico if Trump ends NAFTA


By Andrea Hopkins OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian manufacturers want their access to the U.S. market protected at all costs if Canada renegotiates the NAFTA trade deal with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, even if that means losing the trilateral partnership with Mexico. Amid fears a Trump administration will tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters ...

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Russia launches multiple air attacks on militant targets in Syria: defense ministry


MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia has launched its first attacks on militant targets in Syria using warplanes operating from both Russian and Syrian air bases as well as from a Russian aircraft carrier, the defense ministry said on Thursday quoted by Russian news agencies. Cruise missiles fired from Russian Tu-95MS planes struck Islamic State and Nusra Front targets in a three-pronged ...

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Robbie Keane leaving LA Galaxy after 3 MLS Cup titles


CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Robbie Keane is leaving the LA Galaxy after winning three MLS Cup titles over six successful seasons. The Galaxy and the Irish striker announced their mutual parting Thursday, with the team lavishing praise on one of the most successful European transplants to MLS. The 36-year-old Keane intends to continue playing, but hasn’t chosen a new club. ...

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Vietnam expanding South China Sea runway: U.S. think tank


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vietnam is extending a runway on an island it claims in the South China Sea in apparent response to China’s building of military facilities on artificial islands in the region, a U.S. think tank reported on Thursday. Satellite images taken this month showed Vietnam had lengthened its runway on Spratly Island from less than 2,500 feet (760 ...

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Brazil arrests former Rio governor in corruption probe


By Rodrigo Viga Gaier and Alonso Soto RIO DE JANEIRO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The former governor of Rio de Janeiro state was arrested on Thursday as part of a corruption investigation linked to a World Cup project and other works worth billions of dollars, in a blow to Brazil’s ruling party that may fuel political instability. Federal prosecutors accused Sergio Cabral, ...

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