Hundreds return to Turkish city after eight-month curfew


Sirnak (Turkey) (AFP) – Hundreds of people, including children, returned to the devastated Kurdish-dominated city of Sirnak in southeast Turkey on Monday after an eight-month curfew was relaxed, an AFP photographer said. Since March, Sirnak has been under curfew between 5am (0200 GMT) and 10pm (1900 GMT) as the Turkish military pursued a relentless campaign against Kurdish rebels. The curfew ...

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WikiLeaks' Assange questioned by prosecutors


London (AFP) – Prosecutors were questioning WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London on Monday, the latest twist in the long-running legal battle over a rape allegation against him. Swedish prosecutor Ingrid Isgren, due to be present while Assange faced a grilling by an Ecuadoran prosecutor, entered the embassy behind the famous Harrods department store shortly before ...

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Getting to the Core of the Matter


The single most important area of the body from both a functional and aesthetic stand point are the midsection or abdominal; yet a good number of people even experienced exercisers have a tendency to leave their abdominal exercises until last in their program or workout.   This is a mistake for three primary reasons.  First, for most ...

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EU ministers reaffirm Iran deal, seek more regional security


BRUSSELS (AP) — Top EU diplomats are calling for more robust European defense and a greater European voice in world affairs as Donald Trump — whose isolationist, protectionist promises have worried many in Europe — prepares to assume the U.S. presidency. With many question marks around Trump’s foreign policy plans, EU foreign ministers agreed Monday at talks in Brussels on ...

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Pistorius moved to 'special needs' prison: official


Johannesburg (AFP) – Jailed Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been transferred to a prison adapted for disabled inmates to serve the rest of his sentence for murdering his girlfriend, a South African official said Monday. The Department of Correctional Services said the double amputee was moved from Kgosi Mampuru II prison in the capital Pretoria to Attridgeville Correctional Centre, just ...

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Turkey-backed Syria rebels poised to attack IS-held city


By Angus McDowall and Tom Perry BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian rebels backed by Turkey were poised to begin an assault to try to drive Islamic State from the Syrian city of al-Bab, two of their commanders said on Monday, a battle that could also prompt new fighting with Kurdish groups that are competing for the area. Further escalation in the ...

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Bulgarian PM Borisov resigns, snap parliamentary polls seen


SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov tendered his government’s resignation in parliament on Monday after his center-right GERB party candidate lost the presidential election to a Russia-friendly political novice backed by the opposition Socialists. Rumen Radev won Sunday’s presidential election by a wide margin, partial official results showed, helped by discontent with Borisov’s failure to combat corruption, disappointment ...

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China's Xi reaffirms US relations in talk with Trump


BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping reaffirmed the importance of relations with the United States in a phone conversation with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday, opening communication with a politician who had been strongly critical of China during his campaign. State media reported that Xi congratulated Trump on his election and said cooperation was the “only correct choice” for ...

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Comparing 2011 and 2016 New Zealand earthquakes


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand reminded many of the quake that hit the nation in February 2011 and devastated the city of Christchurch, the country’s second-biggest city, though Monday’s quake was not nearly as destructive. A comparison of the two quakes: MAGNITUDE AND DEPTH Monday’s quake, with a magnitude of 7.8, was much ...

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UN 'concerned' at DR Congo foreign media decree


Beni (DR Congo) (AFP) – The United Nations is “concerned” by a new decree affecting foreign broadcasters in DR Congo, given the political crisis gripping the country, a senior UN representative said on Sunday. The decree was signed Saturday by the minister for media and government spokesman Lambert Mende, and mostly affects broadcasters like Radio France International (RFI), Voice of ...

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