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  • Hungary commemorates 1945 liberation of Budapest ghetto

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    Hungary's Jewish community on Sunday commemorated the 75th anniversary of the liberation by Soviet troops of the Budapest ghetto, where over 70,000 Jews were confined near the end of World War II. While some 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust in Nazi-run death camps, in forced labor battalions or by the Nazis' Hungarian allies, many Budapest Jews survived the war.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:25:05 -0500
  • Couple together for nearly 65 years die on the same day

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    Jack and Harriet Morrison's beds were placed next to each other in their final hours, allowing them to hold hands, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported. Harriett, who was 83, died later on Jan. 11. "They went to a little diner and never separated from that day on," Wagener said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:24:12 -0500
  • As Democrats push for witnesses in Senate trial, Alan Dershowitz slams impeachment case

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    Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard professor emeritus who recently joined President Donald Trump's defense team, made the constitutional case against impeachment in an interview on ABC's "This Week" Sunday. It's an argument that he said was successfully argued in President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial. "When you read the text of the Constitution, treason bribery or other high crimes and misdemeanors, other really means that crimes and misdemeanors must be akin -- akin to treason and bribery," he told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:21:00 -0500
  • Clones help famous elm tree named Herbie live on, for now

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    A massive elm tree nicknamed Herbie is long gone, but it is going to live on, thanks to cloned trees that are being made available to the public. At 110 feet and more than 200 years, Herbie was the tallest and oldest elm in New England and survived 14 bouts of Dutch elm disease because of the devotion of his centenarian caretaker, Frank Knight, the late tree warden of Yarmouth, Maine. The duo became famous after Knight spent half of his life caring for the tree, which he referred to as “an old friend.” Knight realized he couldn't save the town's elms as they succumbed by the hundreds to Dutch elm disease.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:15:10 -0500
  • EXCLUSIVE-EU industry chief to dismiss fears strict security rules could delay 5G

    European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton is set to dismiss claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by China's Huawei. In a speech at the DLD conference in Munich later on Sunday, Breton, a former French finance minister, will warn policy-makers in Germany and elsewhere that the new 5G technology will require more stringent security rules than previous generations. "Setting up strict security conditions will not create delays in the roll out of 5G in Europe," Breton will say, according to a copy of the speech obtained by Reuters.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:07:58 -0500
  • Southern Libyan oilfields shut after pipeline closure -NOC

    Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) is cutting production at the El Sharara and El Feel oilfields after forces under the command of Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) shut a pipeline from the fields, the company said on Sunday. "NOC confirms that individuals from the Petroleum Facilities Guard under the command of the LNA General Command have shut down the Hamada-Zawiya oil pipeline, forcing the corporation to limit oil production at the Sharara and El Feel oilfields," its statement said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:06:16 -0500
  • Boat protestors in Venice take on damage from big ships

    Hundreds of people in small rowing boats protested in front of Venice's St Mark's Square on Sunday to denounce what they say is a proliferation of motor boats that have crowded the waters of the lagoon city. The protesters also took aim at the giant cruise ships that regularly sail close to Venice, a Unesco World Heritage site that has come under increasing strain from rising waters. Critics say waves created by cruise ships and other large, motorised boats on the canal are eroding the foundations of the city, which regularly suffers from flooding.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:05:35 -0500
  • RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-With market at record highs, eyes on reports from chipmakers

    Reports from Netflix, Intel and Texas Instruments next week may hint at what is to come in the December quarterly earnings season, with some investors wary of possible danger signs that could knock Wall Street after its latest surge to record highs. The S&P 500 has gotten off to a strong start in January, up 3% so far this year, fueled by a truce in the U.S.-China trade war, low interest rates and signs the economy remains healthy. Analysts on average expect reports to show S&P 500 earnings per share fell 0.8% in the fourth quarter, with technology earnings seen up 0.6%, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:00:00 -0500
  • EXCLUSIVE-EU industry chief to dismiss fears strict security rules could delay 5G

    European industrial policy chief Thierry Breton will dismiss claims that relying on European companies to build a 5G network would delay its rollout, weighing in on an increasingly tense debate in Germany over the risk posed by China's Huawei. In a speech at the DLD conference in Munich later on Sunday, Breton, a former French finance minister, will warn policy-makers in Germany and elsewhere that the new 5G technology will require more stringent security rules than previous generations. "Setting up strict security conditions will not create delays in the roll out of 5G in Europe," Breton will say, according to a copy of the speech obtained by Reuters.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:50:49 -0500
  • UK's Johnson, France's Macron reiterate commitment to Iran nuclear deal

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron reiterated their commitment on Sunday to the Iran nuclear deal and agreed a long-term framework was needed, Downing Street said on Sunday. "On Iran, the leaders reiterated their commitment to the JCPoA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and also acknowledged the need to define a long-term framework to prevent Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon," a Downing Street spokeswoman said in a statement after the two met on the sidelines of a Libya summit in Berlin.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:40:56 -0500
  • Climate activists dressed as koalas set off on mountain hike to Davos

    Climate activists set off on a three-day hike from Landquart in eastern Switzerland to the ski resort of Davos on Sunday to draw attention to global warming at the World Economic Forum this week. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the centre of Landquart, ready to brave the cold on a 40km (25-mile) march across the mountains to snowy Davos. Some were disguised as flowers or koala bears - a reference to the bushfires currently ravaging their habitat in Australia - and holding banners including: "Let's ignore the Donalds and listen to the Gretas", referring to U.S. President Donald Trump, and "Make the world cool again".

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:32:52 -0500
  • South African union angered by Telkom's proposed job cuts

    South Africa's Communication Workers Union (CWU) is angered by Telkom's plan to cut up to 3,000 workers, it said on Sunday and called for an urgent meeting with the ruling party and the minister of communication. Telkom, in which the government holds a stake of about 39%, announced in a letter to unions on Wednesday that it could cut up to 3,000 of more than 15,000 staff as it struggles with declining performance in fixed voice and fixed data services. CWU said in a statement it finds the presentation by the company "ridiculous and undermining not only to workers but the country at large," adding that in 2016 the company presented almost the same reasons to cut over 2,000 jobs and further outsourced thousands more jobs.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:32:30 -0500
  • Jordan parliament passes draft law to ban gas imports from Israel

    Jordan's parliament on Sunday approved a draft law to ban imports of Israeli gas to the country just days after they started under a multibillion-dollar deal struck in 2016 which is opposed by much of the population. The motion was passed unanimously by Jordan's 130 lawmakers and will be referred to the cabinet to be made law, although legal hurdles may prevent it coming into force. The $10 billion supply deal was originally struck between Jordan's state-owned utility and a U.S. Israeli consortium led by Texas-based Noble Energy, to provide gas to the country's power plants for electricity generation.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:21:51 -0500
  • Man drives off cliff and escapes with no injuries in 'miracle' crash

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    Emeka Nwokolo was driving along Mulholland Highway in Malibu, California, last Thursday in the rain when all of a sudden he heard a loud noise, lost control of his car and plunged down the mountainside he was driving on. The car flipped and turned on the way down eventually landing on its roof trapping Nwokolo inside the badly damaged vehicle.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:13:03 -0500
  • Libyan tribesmen say they have closed El Shahara and El Feel oilfields

    A group representing southern Libyan tribesmen said on Sunday it had closed the southern El Shahara and El Feel oilfields, virtually halting all of Libya's oil output during a major international peace summit for Libya in Berlin. The leader of the Fezzan Anger group, Bashir al-Sheikh, told Reuters it had shut two fields, just two days after other fields in the east of the country were also shut.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:11:10 -0500
  • Turkey spars with EU over fresh drilling off Cyprus

    Turkey called on Sunday for the European Union to end what it said was the bloc's prejudice against Turkish Cypriots, defending its launch of a fresh round of hydrocarbons drilling off the Mediterranean island. Turkey began drilling for oil and gas near Cyprus last year despite warnings from the EU, stoking tensions with neighbouring members Greece and Cyprus. In the latest move, Energy Minister Fatih Donmez on Friday told the state-owned Anadolu news agency that Turkey's Yavuz drilling ship was setting off for Cyprus, prompting cautionary EU comments.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 08:00:15 -0500
  • Reuters Health News Summary

    The Czech Republic has its first case of the highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu virus in three years after an outbreak was reported on a poultry farm in the country's central region, the State Veterinary Administration said on Saturday. A Pennsylvania judge on Friday slashed to $6.8 million from $8 billion a punitive damages award against Johnson & Johnson to a man who said it failed to warn that boys using its antipsychotic drug Risperdal could grow breasts.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:59 -0500
  • Reuters Entertainment News Summary

    Hollywood actors make their picks on Sunday for the best movie performances of 2019 as a crowded awards season begins to take shape ahead of the ultimate accolades - the Oscars - next month. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West said on Saturday she had successfully completed her first year of law studies while preparing to release a documentary about her advocacy work for criminal justice reform. "Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project" will debut on the Oxygen cable network on April 5.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:59 -0500
  • Reuters World News Summary

    Following is a summary of current world news briefs. Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered in a central Hong Kong park but later spilled onto the streets, briefly barricading roads and spray-painting buildings. India's trade minister will not meet with his Malaysian counterpart in Davos next week because of his tight schedule, an Indian trade ministry official said on Sunday, as a spat simmers between the top buyer of palm oil and its biggest supplier.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:58 -0500
  • Reuters Science News Summary

    Following is a summary of current science news briefs. An exquisite fossil of a fierce little Chinese dinosaur dubbed the "dancing dragon" that lived 120 million years ago - an older cousin of the Velociraptor - is showing scientists that feathers grew differently on dinosaurs than on birds. The two-legged Cretaceous Period dinosaur, called Wulong bohaiensis, was a bantamweight meat-eater - a bit bigger than a crow - residing in a lakeside environment, researchers said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:58 -0500
  • Reuters People News Summary

    French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, known for dressing stars like Madonna and who cultivated an irreverent image as the industry's "bad boy", said on Friday that a fashion show in Paris next week would be his last. Gaultier, 67, did not detail what would happen to his namesake brand, owned by private Spanish fashion and fragrance group Puig, only saying in a brief statement that it would continue to exist. "I will be celebrating my 50th anniversary in fashion with a major Haute Couture fashion show," Gaultier said in short statement.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:58 -0500
  • Reuters Odd News Summary

    Following is a summary of current odd news briefs. Have a cold one, have an "El Chapo" beer. The beer is part of the "El Chapo 701" brand, which has already launched a clothing line, and gets its name from when Forbes named him the 701st richest person in the world in 2009.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:58 -0500
  • Reuters US Domestic News Summary

    This year's once-a-decade official U.S. national population count will start in a small Alaska Native village perched on the tundra overlooking the Bering Sea. The 2020 U.S. census is due to launch on Tuesday in Toksook Bay, a Yup'ik hamlet about 500 miles (800 km) west of Anchorage, the state's largest city. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham himself is scheduled to conduct the first in-home interview, with an elder chosen by the local tribe.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:57:58 -0500
  • Turkey's Erdogan urges Libya's Haftar to end aggressive stance

    Eastern Libyan military commander Khalifa Haftar must end his aggressive stance to pave the way for a political process in the North African country, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday at a peace summit in Berlin. "To implement the other stages of the political process and solution, Haftar's aggressive stance must come to an end," Erdogan said in comments broadcast on Turkish television at the start of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:43:15 -0500
  • Pompeo expresses outrage to Sisi over death of U.S. citizen

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressed outrage during a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over the "pointless and tragic death" of detained U.S. citizen Moustafa Kassem in Egypt, a U.S. official said on Sunday. The United States on Monday confirmed the death of Egyptian-American Kassem in a prison in Egypt, where he had been in custody since 2013, and vowed to continue to raise concerns over Cairo's human rights record.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:10:23 -0500
  • Brad Pitt, Joaquin Phoenix up for more awards at Hollywood's SAG ceremony

    Hollywood actors make their picks on Sunday for the best movie performances of 2019 as a crowded awards season begins to take shape ahead of the ultimate accolades - the Oscars - next month. "Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix, "Marriage Story" lead actor Adam Driver, Jennifer Lopez of "Hustlers" and Laura Dern in "Marriage Story" are among the A-listers competing for Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards at a ceremony that focuses entirely on performers.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:00:00 -0500
  • India says no meeting with Malaysia in Davos as palm row simmers

    KUALA LUMPUR/NEW DELHI, Jan 19 (Reuters) - India's trade minister will not meet with his Malaysian counterpart in Davos next week because of his tight schedule, an Indian trade ministry official said on Sunday, as a spat simmers between the top buyer of palm oil and its biggest supplier. Hindu-majority India has repeatedly objected to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking out against a new citizenship law which critics say discriminate against Muslims. Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation, is the second biggest producer and exporter of palm oil and India's restrictions on the refined variety of the commodity imposed last week have been seen as a retaliation for Mahathir's criticism of New Delhi.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:55:17 -0500
  • China's national health commission says viral outbreak is 'controllable'

    China's National Health Commission on Sunday said the outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus is controllable, in the first statement from the body since the outbreak was reported in late December. The transmission path of the new virus hasn't been mapped completely and the source of the virus is unknown, it said, adding that it will step up monitoring during Lunar new year, when much of China's population will travel to celebrate the holiday next week.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:44:11 -0500
  • More than 300 people wounded in Beirut protest clashes -rescuers

    Lebanese rescuers treated more than 300 people for injuries during hours of clashes between security forces and protesters that rocked central Beirut on Saturday night. It was the highest toll in some of the most intense violence since largely peaceful protests erupted across the country in October. The Lebanese Red Cross said it had treated 220 people who were wounded on both sides on Saturday night, taking 80 of them to hospital.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:41:59 -0500
  • Southern Libyan oilfields face threat of closure

    A group that has previously shut down Libya's largest oilfield is threatening to do so again as international powers gather in Berlin for a summit on Libya, potentially taking nearly all the country's oil output offline. The group Fezzan Anger, named for Libya's southwestern Fezzan desert region, was preparing to shut down the El Sharara and El Feel fields to push economic and security demands, its leader Bashir al-Sheikh said. The National Oil Corporation (NOC) said the closure was ordered by eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and would lead to the loss of 800,000 barrels per day (bpd), more than half the country's total production.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:26:22 -0500
  • China moves to phase out single-use plastics

    China is stepping up restrictions on the production, sale and use of single-use plastic products, the state planner said on Sunday, as it seeks to tackle one of the country's biggest environmental problems. Vast amounts of untreated plastic waste are buried in landfills or dumped in rivers. The United Nations has identified single-use plastics as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:21:24 -0500
  • Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

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    The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. Richmond was braced on Sunday for the rally, aimed at showing gun enthusiasts' disdain for swift moves the newly Democrat-controlled legislature is making to pass stiffer gun laws - and many residents feared a repeat of violence seen at a white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville in 2017. Other leaders of well-known militias also vowed they were not seeking confrontations in Richmond.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:11:18 -0500
  • Lebanon's Hariri: 'stop wasting time' in govt talks, economic solutions

    Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Sunday urged politicians to urgently form a new government and find solutions for the country's economic crisis, after a night of violent clashes between security forces and protesters. "To keep the army, security forces and protesters in a state of confrontation is to circle inside the problem," he said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:09:37 -0500
  • Vows of peace, fears of violence at Virginia gun rally

    The top Republican in Virginia's lower house said that any group planning to incite violence at a large gun rights rally on Monday in Richmond should stay home, while far-right leaders of militias planning to attend swore they were coming in peace. Richmond was braced on Sunday for the rally, aimed at showing gun enthusiasts' disdain for swift moves the newly Democrat-controlled legislature is making to pass stiffer gun laws - and many residents feared a repeat of violence seen at a white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville in 2017. Other leaders of well-known militias also vowed they were not seeking confrontations in Richmond.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Despite great snow, Lebanon's ski slopes suffer in economic crisis

    It is a sunny day on Lebanon's ski slopes after weeks of snowfall but, as the economic crisis bites, there is no sign of the traffic that would typically jam the road. "It is still slow, but the weather is great and the snow as well, so we invite everyone to come," said Nicole Wakim Freiha, marketing and development manager of Mzaar ski resort, which has slashed prices by 30% in a bid to entice skiers. With views stretching out to the Mediterranean to the west and Syria to the east, Mzaar has some of Lebanon's best ski runs.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 06:00:00 -0500
  • Major storm moves offshore while cold air rushes in behind, new Western storm brews in Pacific

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    While some of these alerts will expire early this morning, many will remain in place throughout the day due to high winds driving lake effect snow in the typical lake effect regions through Sunday evening. This morning, lake effect snow is blowing off the Great Lakes and impacting parts of I-80 and I-90 in western Pennsylvania and New York State. As the storm system continues to push offshore through Sunday, gusty winds will bring in cold air down from the Arctic region.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:57:56 -0500
  • Philippine military says 5 Indonesians kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf militants

    The Philippine military on Sunday said it has launched search and rescue operations for five Indonesian fishermen kidnapped by militants belonging to the Islamic State-linked Abu Sayyaf group in Malaysian waters last week. Three were released, while the remaining five were probably brought by their captors to the southern Philippine province of Sulu, said Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the military's Western Mindanao Command. Sulu is Abu Sayyaf's stronghold.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:55:51 -0500
  • Iran denies decision taken to send downed plane's black boxes abroad - IRNA

    Iran is seeking to examine the black boxes of a Ukrainian airliner that was shot down this month, the official IRNA news agency reported, denying an earlier report that a decision had been taken to send the plane's recorders to Ukraine. Another Iranian news agency had said on Saturday the flight data and voice recorders of the plane, which the military admitted it had shot down in error on Jan. 8, were being sent to Ukraine.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:51:42 -0500
  • Meghan's father accuses daughter of 'cheapening' UK's royal family

    Meghan Markle's father, Thomas Markle, has accused his daughter of "cheapening" the British royal family, in part of an interview released a day after Buckingham Palace said Prince Harry and his wife would no longer be working members of the monarchy. The palace announced on Saturday that the couple would no longer use their "Royal Highness" titles and would pay their own way in life. Thomas Markle, who is estranged from his daughter, told Channel 5 news in a documentary that he believed Meghan, 38, was tossing away "every girl's dream".

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:51:16 -0500
  • Evacuees pray for safety at Sunday mass amid Philippine volcano threat

    Hundreds of people who have fled their homes near a restive volcano on the Philippines' main island Luzon attended a Catholic mass at a temporary shelter on Sunday, praying for safety amid fears of a violent eruption. Some residents danced and brought wooden replicas of the Infant Jesus, locally known as "Santo Nino", to celebrate the feast of the Holy Child. "We prayed that we can rise up, put a stop to this calamity to allow us to return back to our homes," said 44-year-old evacuee Annie Villanueva.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:48:05 -0500
  • Stepfather shoots son in stomach during alleged domestic dispute

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    A 38-year-old man is in critical condition after his own stepfather allegedly shot him during a dispute in their home. The incident occurred on Saturday evening when police responded to a call in Harris County, Texas, that a man had been shot in his stomach, according to ABC News' Houston station KTRK. When police arrived on the scene they found a man with a gunshot wound to his abdomen.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:18:00 -0500
  • Bodies of Ukrainian victims of Iran plane crash returned home

    The bodies of the 11 Ukrainian citizens who died when a passenger plane was accidentally shot down by Iran this month were brought back to Ukraine on Sunday in a solemn ceremony at Kiev airport. All 176 on board the Ukraine International Airlines flight from Tehran to Kiev were killed when the Boeing 737-800 was shot down on Jan. 8, at a time when Iran was on high alert for a U.S. attack. Nine of the Ukrainian citizens were crew members.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:16:46 -0500
  • Founder of S.Korean retail giant Lotte dies

    Lotte Group founder Shin Kyuk-ho, who started manufacturing chewing gum in 1948 in Japan and built the business into South Korea's No.5 conglomerate with interests ranging from retail to chemicals, died on Sunday, the company said. Lotte was founded in 1948 as a chewing gum maker in Japan by Shin, who moved to the neighbouring country when the Korean peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:09:38 -0500
  • Controversial group ADOS divides black Americans in fight for economic equality

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    Reparations and the lingering racial wealth gap have been conversations largely within the black American community. Both issues have received wider attention of late, particularly among the current crop of Democratic presidential candidates. All the Democratic presidential candidates, except for former Vice President Joe Biden, said they support legislation to at least study the issue of reparations.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 05:00:53 -0500
  • Iran may review cooperation with IAEA if EU pressure mounts -TV

    Iran will review its cooperation with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog over any "unjust" measures, Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani said after EU powers last week triggered a dispute mechanism under Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal. "We state openly that if the European powers, for any reason, adopt an unfair approach in using the dispute mechanism, we will seriously reconsider our cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency," State TV quoted Larijani as saying.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:22:37 -0500
  • Main Irish opposition surged into 12-point lead as election called

    Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, surged into a 12-point lead over the governing Fine Gael party according to an opinion poll that was published on Sunday but conducted mainly before Prime Minister Leo Varadkar called a snap election. The Sunday Times/Behaviour & Attitudes poll had put the two dominant parties of Irish politics level on 27% heading into the contest but the poll on Sunday showed Fine Gael plummeting to 20% while its centrist rival jumped to 32%, up five points on a month ago. The survey of almost 1,000 eligible Irish voters was conducted between Jan. 2 and 14, the day Varadkar called the election.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 04:05:11 -0500
  • Fire at Czech asylum for mentally ill kills 8 patients

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    A fire swept through a Czech asylum for the mentally ill on Sunday, killing eight male patients, officials said. Prokop Volenik, spokesman for the regional rescue service, said the fire in the northwestern town of Vejprty broke out early Sunday before 5 a.m. (0400 GMT). There were 35 patients and three staff members at the home at the time of the fire, officials said.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:37:32 -0500
  • REFILE-Israel to build anti-tunnel sensor network along Lebanon border

    Israel's military announced on Sunday the start of construction of an underground network of sensors along the Lebanese frontier to detect any cross-border tunnel building. The project is getting under way a year after the Israeli military said it had destroyed a series of infiltration tunnels dug by the Lebanese Hezbollah group. "All the drilling is being done on the Israeli side of the blue line," military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, referring to the border demarcation with Lebanon, said in a conference call with journalists.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:32:42 -0500
  • China will increase imports from U.S. according to 'market principles': official

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    China will negotiate with American companies and increase imports of U.S. goods and products according to market principles, an official with its state planner said on Sunday. The United States has high quality supply in the fields of energy, manufactured goods, agricultural products, medical care and financial services, said Meng Wei, spokesperson for China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), at a press conference on Sunday. China will boost purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal between the world's two largest economies.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:12:05 -0500
  • Over 1,000 gather in central Hong Kong park to call for democracy

    Hundreds of protesters in China-ruled Hong Kong gathered in a central park on Sunday to call for democratic reforms and denounce communism, as police stopped and searched people on nearby streets and in metro stations. The "Universal Siege Against Communism" demonstration was the latest in a relentless series of protests against the government since June, when Hong Kongers took to the streets to voice their anger over a now-withdrawn extradition bill. The protests, which have since broadened to include demands for universal suffrage and an independent investigation into police handling of the demonstrations, have lost some of their intensity in recent weeks.

    Sun, 19 Jan 2020 03:04:25 -0500
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