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Manhunt under way after three killed in French Christmas market attack

PARIS (Reuters) – A manhunt was under way in northeastern France early on Wednesday for a gunman who killed three people and wounded a dozen others at a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening. Members of French special police forces of Research and Intervention Brigade (BRI) leave following a police operation the day after a ...

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Pressure builds on Yemen’s warring parties as peace talks focus on port

RIMBO, Sweden (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties are being pressed to agree thorny confidence-building measures, including the status of a strategic Red Sea port, in consultations on Wednesday before the close of the first U.N.-led peace talks in two years. FILE PHOTO: A convoy of vehicles transporting U.N. envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths drive during a visit to the Red ...

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Time’s ‘Person of Year’ goes to journalists, including Reuters pair

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time on Tuesday named a group of journalists, including a slain Saudi Arabian writer and two Reuters reporters imprisoned by Myanmar’s government, as “Person of the Year” and warned the idea of truth as critical to democracy is under assault. The publication also honored the founder of a Philippines news website critical of that country’s authoritarian ...

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Crisis Group says no word from China on detained Canadian employee

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The International Crisis Group (ICG) said on Wednesday it had received no information from Chinese officials about the detention of its employee, former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, and that it was seeking consular access to him. Michael Kovrig, an employee with the International Crisis Group and former Canadian diplomat appears in this photo provided by the International ...

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Weeding out foreigners: strains over Thailand’s legalization of marijuana

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand is set to become the first Asian country to legalize medical marijuana, but a battle is brewing between local and foreign firms over control of a potentially lucrative market. A Thai activist with a marijuana tattoo on his face gathers with others during a campaign for the legalisation of medical marijuana near Government House in Bangkok, ...

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‘Aware of atrocities’: Twitter CEO responds to critics of Myanmar tweets

(Reuters) – Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday said he was “aware of the human rights atrocities and suffering in Myanmar,” responding to criticism over his tweets about his meditation retreat in the country that did not mention the plight of Rohingya Muslims. FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a town hall at the Indian Institute of ...

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ICG says it has received no information from China on detention of Canadian employee

Michael Kovrig, an employee with the International Crisis Group and former Canadian diplomat appears in this photo provided by the International Crisis Group in Brussels, Belgium, December 11, 2018. Courtesy CRISISGROUP/Julie David de Lossy/Handout via REUTERS SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The International Crisis Group said on Wednesday that it had received no information from Chinese officials on the detention of its ...

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Gunman kills three people in French Christmas market, flees

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – A gunman on a security watchlist killed three people and wounded a dozen others near the picturesque Christmas market in the historic French city of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening before fleeing. Rescue teams work at the scene of shooting in Strasbourg, France, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said the shooter had evaded ...

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