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  • Kremlin says U.S. tip-off helped Russia halt terrorist attack December 17, 2017
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for a tip-off that helped prevent a terrorist bomb attack on a cathedral in the Russia city of St Petersburg, the Kremlin said.
  • Female British embassy worker found strangled near Beirut December 17, 2017
    BEIRUT/LONDON (Reuters) - A female British embassy worker has been found strangled near a highway outside Beirut, a Lebanese security source said on Sunday.
  • U.N. to vote Monday on call for U.S. Jerusalem decision to be withdrawn December 17, 2017
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council is due to vote on Monday on a draft resolution calling for the withdrawal of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, diplomats said, a move likely to face a Washington veto.
  • SPD leader wants Merkel to relinquish finance ministry: Handelsblatt December 17, 2017
    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) leader Martin Schulz wants Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to leave the powerful finance ministry to his center-left party in coalition talks, a report in business daily Handelsblatt said.
  • Fifty Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka December 17, 2017
    COLOMBO (Reuters) - Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more tourists.
  • South Africa's ANC set to elect leader to replace scandal-ridden Zuma December 17, 2017
    JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ANC formally nominated two candidates in a race to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of a party that has ruled since the end of apartheid but lost its luster in a welter of scandal and corruption allegations.
  • Ukrainian police clash with Saakashvili supporters in Kiev December 17, 2017
    KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian police clashed with backers of opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili on Sunday and prevented them from forcing their way into Kiev's October Palace after a rally against President Petro Poroshenko.
  • Explainer: Myanmar wields colonial-era law against Reuters journalists December 17, 2017
    (Reuters) - Myanmar has accused Reuters reporters Wa Lone, 31, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 27, of breaching the country's Official Secrets Act, a little-used hangover from colonial rule. Sam Zarifi, secretary general of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), said the law can ensnare working journalists "at any time".
  • Majority of Peruvians want president ousted, poll finds December 17, 2017
    LIMA (Reuters) - A majority of Peruvians want embattled President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to leave office, a poll showed on Sunday, as his approval ratings plummeted to new lows following revelations that businesses tied to him received payments from Brazilian builder Odebrecht.
  • Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan's Quetta before Christmas, killing nine December 17, 2017
    QUETTA, Pakistan/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country.

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  • APNewsBreak: US soldier fought to end after ambush in Niger December 17, 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in a hail of gunfire, hit as many as 18 times as he took cover in thick brush, fighting to the end after fleeing militants who had just killed three comrades in an October ambush in Niger, The Associated Press has learned.
  • Suicide bombers attack church in Pakistan, killing 9 December 17, 2017
    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Two suicide bombers struck a church in Pakistan on Sunday, killing nine people and wounding more than 50 others, authorities said, in the first attack on a church claimed by the country's Islamic State group affiliate.
  • South Africa's ruling ANC party to vote for new leader December 17, 2017
    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The vote to choose the next president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress party was set to get underway Sunday evening, after the party officially nominated two candidates to lead Nelson Mandela's historic liberation movement.
  • French sailor Gabart sets new solo round-the-world record December 17, 2017
    BREST, France (AP) — French sailor Francois Gabart broken the record Sunday for sailing around the world alone, circumnavigating the planet in just 42 days and 16 hours.
  • Sydney man charged with brokering North Korea missile sales December 16, 2017
    SYDNEY (AP) — A South Korean-born Sydney man was charged Sunday with acting as an economic agent for North Korea in Australia by allegedly attempting to broker sales worth tens of millions of dollars for Pyongyang that included components used in ballistic missiles.