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Three Sudanese miners dead, 10 trapped in collapsed gold mine: company

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Three miners were killed and 10 were trapped underground when a gold mine they were working at in northern Sudan collapsed, the state’s Sudanese Mineral Resources Company (SMRC) said in a statement on Friday. It said three others were injured in the accident, which happened on Thursday night in Qabqaba, a main gold mining area in the ...

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Colombian ex President Betancur, who sought peace with rebels, dies

FILE PHOTO: Colombia’s former president Belisario Betancur speaks to the media beside Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim (not pictured) during a news conference after attending the annual meeting of the Circulo de Montevideo Foundation, at Soumaya museum in Mexico City, Mexico November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero BOGOTA (Reuters) – Former Colombian President Belisario Betancur, who attempted to broker peace with leftist ...

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Cuba president says policy changes address people’s concerns, not a setback

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said his government’s last-minute changes to policies that went into effect on Friday following widespread criticism showed it listens to the people and were not a setback. FILE PHOTO – Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel speaks during a welcoming ceremony to Cuban doctors just arrived from Brazil at the Jose Marti International Airport in ...

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Myanmar court jails anti-war protesters for defaming military

YANGON (Reuters) – A Myanmar court jailed three activists on Friday for defaming the military during anti-war protests, amid growing concern about a clamp-down on civil society. A judge in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin state, found two men and one woman guilty of defamation, sentencing them to six months in prison and a fine of $320 each. Lum Zawng, ...

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Mexico’s new government takes aim at drug cartel finances

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is taking aim at the finances of the powerful Jalisco cartel in what a top anti-money laundering official said was an opening salvo in the fight to stop criminal gangs from flourishing with impunity. FILE PHOTO: Santiago Nieto, who was presented as the next head of the country’s financial crimes ...

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Europe needs to tackle rising ‘fake’ populists: UK’s Corbyn

British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during the Party of European Socialists annual meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes LISBON (Reuters) – British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn urged Europe’s Socialists on Friday to challenge the political establishment and team up with like-minded leftists to check the rise of “fake” right-wing populists. “The stakes could not ...

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Turkey’s top spy in U.S. to meet senators, intelligence officials: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Turkey’s head of intelligence has traveled to Washington to meet with U.S. lawmakers and intelligence officials, sources said, in an apparent bid to improve ties with the Americans after a breakdown in the NATO allies’ relationship last summer. Hakan Fidan, a close confidant of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, has met with senators to discuss NATO issues and ...

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Merkel protege Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds her as German CDU leader

HAMBURG (Reuters) – Germany’s Christian Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Friday to replace Angela Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves her into pole position to succeed Europe’s most influential leader as chancellor. Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56, is Merkel’s protege and was the continuity candidate favored by the party elite. She won the leadership with 517 votes out of 999 votes ...

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