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Russian ambassador to Turkey dies of gunshot wounds - RIA cites source
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Russian ambassador to Turkey dies of gunshot wounds - RIA cites source | Reuters

MOSCOW Russia's ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has died of his wounds after being shot in Ankara, the Turkish capital, Russia's state-run RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing an unnamed source.There was no official confirmation of the news from the Russian Foreign Ministry, which RIA cited as saying Karlov had been taken to hospital. (Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Editing by Andrew Osborn)

Russian ambassador gunned down in Ankara, seriously wounded - media
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Russian ambassador gunned down in Ankara, seriously wounded - media | Reuters

ANKARA The Russian ambassador to Ankara was seriously wounded in a gun attack at an art gallery in the Turkish capital on Monday, NTV and other broadcasters reported.The Russian foreign ministry confirmed the attack mounted as Ambassador Andrei Karlov made a speech at the opening of a photographic exhibition. Hurriyet newspaper said Turkish special forces had surrounded the building. NTV said three other people were wounded.A Reuters witness said that while gunfire rang out for some time after the attack, it had now stopped

Trump team collusion with Russia an 'open question,' says Clinton aide
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Trump team collusion with Russia an 'open question,' says Clinton aide | Reuters

By David Morgan | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON A top aide to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign said on Sunday it was an "open question" whether President-elect Donald Trump's advisers colluded with Russia to hack into Democratic Party emails to try to sway the Nov. 8 election.Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta said there was evidence that Trump associates had contact with a Russian intelligence official and the website Wikileaks before U.S

Jordanian police storm besieged castle, free tourists - security source
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Jordanian police storm besieged castle, free tourists - security source | Reuters

AMMAN Jordanian security forces freed tourists trapped inside a medieval castle on Sunday after storming the building where armed men had taken shelter following a shootout with police, security sources said.

Syrian rebels, govt say working on deal to secure Aleppo evacuation
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Syrian rebels, govt say working on deal to secure Aleppo evacuation | Reuters

By Laila Bassam and Lisa Barrington | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT A new deal is being negotiated to complete the evacuation of rebel-held areas of Syria's east Aleppo which ground to a halt on Friday after demands from pro-government forces that people also be moved out of two villages besieged by insurgents.A Syrian rebel official and a government official said early on Saturday the evacuation of Aleppo would resume and the two Shi'ite villages would be evacuated, as well as the wounded from two towns near the Lebanese border and east Aleppo.But sources said negotiations between pro-government and opposition forces, plus their international backers, were still going on to finalise how the evacuations would take place and how many people would leave. A senior Syrian rebel official from the powerful Ahrar al Sham group involved in the talks said the deal was being held up by Iran and its allied Shi'ite militias who were insisting people be allowed to leave the two besieged Shi'ite villages of Kefraya and al-Foua before letting the Aleppo evacuation happen

Trump picks U.S. Rep. Mulvaney to head White House budget office
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Trump picks U.S. Rep. Mulvaney to head White House budget office | Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Republican U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, a senior transition official said on Friday.An announcement naming Mulvaney is expected to be made on Monday, according to the Wichita Eagle newspaper, which first reported that the South Carolina lawmaker had been chosen.His nomination must be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.Mulvaney's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Obama points finger at Putin for cyber attacks on U.S. election
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Obama points finger at Putin for cyber attacks on U.S. election | Reuters

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday strongly suggested that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally oversaw the computer hacks of Democratic Party emails that American intelligence officials say were aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump win the Nov. 8 election

As Gambians lose fear, President Jammeh's isolation grows
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As Gambians lose fear, President Jammeh's isolation grows | Reuters

By Edward McAllister | BANJUL BANJUL Lawyers, trade unions, teachers and journalists have joined a growing chorus of demands for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to accept his defeat in a Dec.

Pockets of protests, looting in Venezuela as cash dries up
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Pockets of protests, looting in Venezuela as cash dries up | Reuters

By Anggy Polanco and Maria Ramirez | EL PINAL/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela EL PINAL/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela Small protests and looting broke out in some Venezuelan provinces on Friday due to lack of cash after the socialist government suddenly decreed this week that its largest banknote would be pulled from circulation in the midst of a punishing economic crisis.President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday gave Venezuelans a few days to ditch the 100-bolivar bills, arguing the measure was needed to combat mafias on the Colombia border despite warnings from some economists that it risked sparking chaos.Venezuela's opposition says this latest measure is further evidence that Maduro is destroying the economy and must be removed. Authorities have blocked a vote against the leftist leader, however, leaving social unrest as a possible wild card in the volatile country. With new bills, originally due on Thursday, still nowhere to be seen, many Venezuelans on Friday were unable to fill their car tank to get to work, buy breakfast, or get gifts ahead of Christmas

Germany plans tougher measures against hate speech, fake news
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Germany plans tougher measures against hate speech, fake news | Reuters

BERLIN Top officials in Germany's ruling coalition said on Friday they planned legislation to crack down on "hate speech" and fake news on Facebook and other social media platforms, and impose stiff penalties if such messages were not quickly removed.Politicians are worried about how hate speech and fake news could sway public opinion ahead of elections next year in which Merkel will be running for a fourth term and facing an increasingly popular far right."There has only been talk for too long. Now we in the coalition will take action at the beginning of next year," Volker Kauder, a senior member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), said in a statement.Facebook Inc FB.O said on Thursday it would take measures to prevent fake news spreading on its platform. Users would find it easier to flag fake articles as a hoax, and organizations would be deployed to check facts.The statement suggested the ruling coalition was not altogether convinced by the steps announced by Facebook.Kauder said the legislation would require social media companies to set up offices that would respond to complaints from people affected by hateful messages within 24 hours

Assad's Aleppo victory dashes Syrians' hopes of return
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Assad's Aleppo victory dashes Syrians' hopes of return | Reuters

By John Davison | BEIRUT BEIRUT They fled Aleppo from different districts and at different stages of Syria's civil war, seeking refuge abroad. Now, for refugees who supported the opposition, President Bashar al-Assad's victory has dashed hopes of ever going home.Even as the uprising in Aleppo and cities across Syria descended into conflict, several former residents interviewed by Reuters said they had hoped there could still be change, a negotiated settlement and a chance to return.But as Assad reasserts control after the army and its allies routed rebels in Aleppo, these Syrians living in exile fear that a new crackdown that will include arrests and executions, and be worse than anything witnessed pre-war."If I go back, I'll be executed," said Abdulhamid Zughbi, a 30-year-old who fled besieged eastern rebel-held Aleppo earlier this year for Turkey, seeking medical treatment for his wife and infant son."I can't even think about returning as long as the Assad regime is still in power. It's impossible for anyone from the opposition," he said.Nearly 5 million Syrians have fled the country in a conflict that has killed more than 300,000 people and pitted multiple warring sides against each other, including jihadists who have come to dominate the insurgency in many areas.The permanent displacement of millions of Syrians is one way in which its war and others in the region are causing irreversible changes

Rich nations urged to resettle more Syrian refugees to save lives
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Rich nations urged to resettle more Syrian refugees to save lives | Reuters

By Umberto Bacchi LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Less than three percent of Syrians who fled the civil war crossing into a neighbouring state have been resettled to a rich country, a charity said on Thursday, urging wealthy nations to take in a more equitable share of refugees.Nearly 5 million Syrians uprooted by fighting are hosted in just a handful of bordering countries, including Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, according to U.N. data.Their presence has strained public services in host nations, which in some cases already faced high unemployment and poverty rates, but developed countries have done little to ease the burden, British charity Oxfam said in a report.

EU leaders agree to give Parliament role in preparing for Brexit talks - Tusk
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EU leaders agree to give Parliament role in preparing for Brexit talks - Tusk | Reuters

BRUSSELS EU leaders have agreed to invite representatives of the European Parliament to participate in meetings to prepare for Britain's departure from the bloc, European Council President Donald Tusk said on Thursday.At a news conference, Tusk said leaders had discussed the Parliament's plea for a greater role in negotiations on Britain's divorce after the chamber's outgoing speaker warned them that it could block a Brexit deal. (Reporting by Alastair Macdonald, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

Putin turned Russia election hacks in Trump's favour - U.S. officials
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Putin turned Russia election hacks in Trump's favour - U.S. officials | Reuters

WASHINGTON Russian President Vladimir Putin supervised his intelligence agencies' hacking of the U.S. presidential election and turned it from a general attempt to discredit American democracy to an effort to help Donald Trump, three U.S

U.S. says Singapore man pleads guilty to plot to export Iraq bomb parts
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U.S. says Singapore man pleads guilty to plot to export Iraq bomb parts | Reuters

WASHINGTON A Singapore citizen pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal charge stemming from his role in illegally exporting, through Iran, parts found in improvised explosive devices in Iraq, the U.S. Justice Department said.Lim Yong Nam, also known as Steven Lim, 42, was extradited from Indonesia earlier this year.

Buses evacuate thousands of exhausted Aleppo residents in ceasefire deal
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Buses evacuate thousands of exhausted Aleppo residents in ceasefire deal | Reuters

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT Thousands of people were evacuated on Thursday from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo, the first to leave under a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Aleppo rebel evacuation takes place after ceasefire deal
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Aleppo rebel evacuation takes place after ceasefire deal | Reuters

By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Tom Perry | ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT An operation to evacuate thousands of civilians and fighters from the last rebel bastion in Aleppo began on Thursday, part of a ceasefire deal that would end years of fighting for the city and mark a major victory for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A convoy of ambulances and buses with nearly 1,000 people aboard drove out of the devastated rebel-held area of Aleppo, which was besieged and bombarded for months by Syrian government forces, a Reuters reporter on the scene said

Traces of explosives found on remains in EgyptAir crash - investigators
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Traces of explosives found on remains in EgyptAir crash - investigators | Reuters

CAIRO Egyptian air accident investigators said on Thursday traces of explosives had been found on the remains of victims of an Egyptair flight that crashed en route from Paris to Cairo.Flight MS 804 plunged into one of the deepest parts of the Mediterranean Sea on May 19, killing all 66 people on board.Egypt's investigation committee issued a statement saying the coroner had found traces of explosives on the remains of some victims. It gave no more details but said its findings were sent to prosecutors investigating foul play.

South Korea's powerful business lobby group dealt big blow by Park scandal
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South Korea's powerful business lobby group dealt big blow by Park scandal | Reuters

By Christine Kim | SEOUL SEOUL Long the voice of the conglomerates that form the engine of South Korea's economy, the Federation of Korean Industries could become another casualty of the scandal that is poised to cost President Park Geun-hye her job, as key members flee.The FKI, whose board is made up of the chiefs of the country's conglomerates, or chaebol, has been the nexus for close ties between government and big business. It formed the two non-profit foundations, Mir and K-Sports, backing Park initiatives that are central to the current political crisis.Prosecutors have charged Park's friend Choi Soon-sil with colluding with the president into pressuring conglomerates such as the Samsung Group [SAGR.UL] to pay funds to the foundations.Last week, Jay Y.

EU leaders to hold 'minefield' summit
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EU leaders to hold 'minefield' summit | Reuters

By Alastair Macdonald | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS Leaders of the European Union meet in Brussels on Thursday for a summit fraught with disputes on how to handle the many crises they face, bar on possibly the biggest rift of all - how to handle Brexit.After a day of talks on migrants, Turkey, Russia, defence in the era of Donald Trump and the euro zone economy in the age of austerity, leaders will see British Prime Minister Theresa May out and then agree over dinner how to get rid of her for good.Diplomats and officials involved in preparing the quarterly European Council said a consensus on the procedures the 27 will adopt once May launches Britain's formal withdrawal by March had been among the least divisive issues on the table. "We are walking on a minefield," a senior EU official said.The 28 leaders will start with a review of where they stand on dealing with the crisis which blew up last year when over a million people, many war refugees from Syria, reached Europe, mostly via Turkey by boat to the Greek islands.Satisfaction that the route is all but closed is shaded by unease at how this was achieved: tightening controls on borders within Europe, sealing Greece off from the Balkans and offering inducements to awkward neighbour Turkey to stop people leaving.