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Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homes

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel is to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem December 9, 2018. Oded Balilty/Pool via REUTERS The move is likely to ...

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Tunisia doctors protest against wage disclosure

TUNIS, (Reuters) – – Hundreds of lawyers and doctors in Tunisia protested on Wednesday against a new law that will force them to disclose their salaries as part of a government bid to raise taxes. The North African country is under pressure from foreign donors to increase tax revenues to cut a budget deficit. Parliament passed on Monday a bill ...

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No Trump-Putin meeting while Russia holds Ukraine ships: Bolton

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the meeting to discuss preparation to mark the anniversary of the allied victory in the World War II at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia December 12, 2018. Alexander Zemlianichenko/Pool via REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) – There will be no meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin while Russia still ...

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Macron says he won’t place Europe before French grievances

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir BRUSSELS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would never put Europe ahead of the demands of the French people, days after he caved in to a anti-tax revolt by announcing costly measures set to increase the French budget ...

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EU leaders arrive for two-day summit dominated by Brexit

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders arrive in Brussels for two days of talks on Brexit, the euro zone, migration and Russia, among others. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte arrives at a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium December 13, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw Below are some of their comments made on arrival. ROMANIAN PRESIDENT KLAUS IOHANNIS “I ...

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Yemen’s warring parties agree to Hodeidah ceasefire at end of peace talks

Head of Houthi delegation Mohammed Abdul-Salam (R) and Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yaman (2 L) shake hands next to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom (L), during the Yemen peace talks closing press conference at the Johannesberg castle in Rimbo, near Stockholm December 13, 2018. TT News Agency/Pontus Lundahl via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – ...

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Weakened May turns to Brussels for Brexit help, but EU cautious

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain’s weakened prime minister, Theresa May, said on Thursday she did not expect to secure an immediate breakthrough in Brexit talks that would provide her fractured party with the kind of reassurances needed to get her deal through parliament. The European Union’s response as she arrived in Brussels for two days of talks with fellow EU leaders ...

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Award-winning Chinese photographer arrested in Xinjiang, wife says

FILE PHOTO: Chinese photographer Lu Guang attends the Pingyao International Photography (PIP) Festival in Pingyao, Shanxi province, China September 20, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer BEIJING (Reuters) – An award-winning Chinese photographer has been arrested in China’s far-flung western Xinjiang region, his wife said on Thursday, though it is unclear on what charges he is being held. Lu Guang, a three-time World Press ...

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