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Vancouver Talks Focus on Pressuring North Korea

Canadian researchers test new stem-cell therapy for diabetes

Collapse of U.K. construction giant Carillion puts 6,000 Canadian jobs on line

U.S. lawsuit accuses banks of rigging a Canadian rate benchmark

Big Six have now all raised mortgage rates as Bank of Canada decision looms

Canada's deepest cave was just uncovered near Fernie, B.C.

Oilsands ponds full of 340 billion gallons of toxic sludge spur fears of environmental catastrophe

Quebec politicians say day against Islamophobia is too controversial

Freedom House: Democracy Scores for Most Countries Decline for 12th Consecutive Year

Trial of Ex-Trump Campaign Chairman Delayed

US says actions with regard to Russia’s diplomatic facilities are "perfectly legal"

New sanctions against Russia to be unveiled on January 29 — US ambassador

California teen leads deputies to parents' house of horrors

Chicago airport issues measles alert days after exposure

U.S. healthcare uninsured rises most in near decade: Gallup

The Meteorite "Hypatia" is Older than the Solar System

Hackers steal USD 400,000 worth Stellar Lumen cryptocurrency

Markets Right Now: Dow Jones industrials cross 26,000

Pentagon Plans New Nuclear Weapons

U.S. oil industry set to break record, upend global trade

Six times the speed of sound: America’s fastest spy plane could be making a comeback

Mexico: Court orders dismissal of mayor, council

Crime against priests has risen in 30 years

Few benefits seen in Jalisco berry farming

Dismembered bodies trigger Army action

Stolen medication sold on black market in Mexico

5.8-magnitude quake hits Nicaragua – USGS

EU to remove Panama, seven others from tax haven blacklist: source

Antigua and Barbuda
Canada’s PM Tells How Antiguans Could Get Visa-Free Access to His Country Again

Advisers urge deep discount in Venezuelan cryptocurrency offering

Rogue ex-policeman, six others die in Venezuela forces raid

Venezuelan forces take down fugitive gang, but fate of rogue pilot Oscar Perez unknown

President Maduro: 2017 Marked a Consolidation of Social Programs

10 killed in Colombia bridge collapse

Colombia Govt Willing to Resume Peace Talks with ELN

Pumping of Colombian Pipeline Halted After Bomb Attack

Peruvian Government plans to deliver 27,500 housing bonds

76% of Peruvians Think that the Pope Must Ask For Forgiveness For Scandals

Venezuelans in Peru: January 23 is the Deadline to Apply for Temporary Residency

Quake in Arequipa: 780 Affected Families so Far

Almost 1 Million Hectares Protected in the Peruvian Amazon

Ex-President Alberto Fujimori Hospitalized for Observation

Brazil: Fake News Dodges Punishments Due to Difficulty of Its Identification

Violence Is on the Rise in Popular Tourist Area on the Coast of Rio

Another BRICS country cracks down on virtual currencies

Brazil: Plans to Privatize Eletrobras Blocked by Judge

Argentine Union Members Encouraged to Disaffiliate

Pope Francis Asks for Mercy for Harm Done to Chilean Child Sex Abuse Victims

Pope in Chile calls for respect of 'rights' of indigenous people

Japan dismisses Russia’s concerns, says it has full control of its missile systems

Nikkei ends at fresh 26-year high on earnings expectations, weak yen

No. of flu patients rises in Japan with 1.24 mil. reported in a week

Popular 'Kojien' dictionary rapped for definition of 'LGBT' in latest version

Japan, US decide against reviewing atomic energy accord to maintain status quo

Justice Ministry to test new elderly inmates for dementia at 8 prisons

First serious reaction to iPS-derived retinal cell transplant reported in Kobe

Japan broadcaster mistakenly flashes North Korea missile alert

ICAN Exec's Hiroshima Visit Strengthens Denuclearization Hope

Japan Investigates How to Evacuate Citizens from South Korea in Crisis

N. Korea
Trump, Xi Hopeful Korean Contacts Will Change Pyongyang's Nuclear Weapons Pursuit

Humanitarian groups suffering under North Korea sanctions

Seven bodies found in capsized wooden boat likely from North Korea

Not-so-instant message: N. Korea calls Trump’s New Year ‘bigger button’ jibe ‘spasm of a lunatic’

Amid U.S. Threats, North Korea Holds Successful H-Bomb Test

North Korea Behind Cyberattack on Cryptocurrency Investors

North Korea didn’t react to false Hawaii missile alert, Mattis says

S. Korea
Bitcoin prices fall as South Korea says ban still an option

Japan to send two ministers — but not Abe — to opening ceremony of Pyeongchang Games: sources

Xi, Trump discuss trade, Korean Peninsula over phone

Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to South Korea changes last name

No. of people seeking jobs for more than 6 months hit record high in 2017

S. Korea's 'Anti-Graft Act' revised, with increase on agricultural gifts, decrease on cash gifts

Ultra fine dust 4 or 5 times higher than usual

China admits to having agents in Canada as former judge harassed in Toronto

Confusion Surrounds Status of Liu Xia Amid Rumors She Will 'Leave China'

Shanghai enables top talent from abroad to have super visas

Shenzhen Special Economic Zone borders to be removed

Umbrella Movement: Hong Kong activists appeal jail terms

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

China’s Hot Housing Market Begins to Cool

Chinese attack submarine angers Tokyo

Taiwan's central bank to issue Year of the Dog coins

Taiwan, AIT cooperate on Chinese dissident seeking U.S. asylum: MOFA

On 95th birthday, Lee Teng-hui hopes Taiwan can be 'great nation'

Philippines MPs to debate new federal system, may extend Duterte term

21,000 evacuated as Philippines’ Mount Mayon threatens local towns

Sanofi agrees to refund for the unused Dengvaxia vaccine

3 M seniors get TRAIN subsidy

Filing of COCs for b’gay polls set in April

Vietnam: NA leader wants independent State audit

MoF wants hike in tax on capital/securities trade income

PM urges MPI to turn Việt Nam into ’new tiger’ of Asia

VAMC lowers rate on purchased bad debts

​Vietnam ministry suggests increasing retirement age

Backlash over plan to build resort inside marine reserve in central Vietnam

Prolonged mist shrouds parts of Ho Chi Minh City

Mitsubishi Motors joins hands with Vietnam to promote EVs

Luang Prabang touting three rural idylls to lure visitors

Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation agreement

Laos, Japan give education boost to rural students

Thailand: PM prepares to consider referring NACC bill to Constitutional Court

Cabinet approves 150-billion-baht mid-year budget aimed to boost grassroot economy

PM orders authorities to press human trafficking charges on all involved in Victoria Secret scandal

Gen Prawit says he is ready to resign if faulted by the NACC

Thai junta boss eyes staying on with little stopping him

Việt Nam, Cambodia develop model border market

Malaysian farmers rally against EU ban on palm oil

Singapore, Malaysia sign bilateral agreement on JB-Singapore Rapid Transit System

Singapore, Malaysia to conduct joint study of Johor River to conserve Linggiu Reservoir stock

Commitment to new Singapore-Malaysia rail links regardless of any political changes: PM Lee, Najib

700 cases of popping floor tiles reported in first half of January: HDB

Fire rips through maritime museum in Indonesian capital

Indonesia urges peace, stability for Muslim nations

Myanmar, Bangladesh agree on resolving refugees' issue

Rohingya refugees to return 'within two years'

Myanmar jade exports fetch nearly $300 million

UK MPs concerned over ‘Rohingya repatriation process’

DNCC polls: Atiqul given AL ticket

Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years

JS passes Bank Company (Amendment) Act 2018

Netanyahu visits Taj Mahal on third day of India trip

Pakistanis burn effigy of Indian army chief

No Haj subsidy from this year: Naqvi

Drought and Congress travel hand-in-hand: PM Modi

Black money fight: Govt to deregister 1.20 lakh more companies

BBMP to deploy 100 bike ambulances across city

New landfill in Hullahalli for Bengaluru South garbage

Sri Lanka
No country understands how to defeat terrorism better than Pakistan, Sri Lanka: COAS

Middle East
Afghan Taliban Political Officials Visiting Pakistan

Anti-US Cleric Released on Bail in Pakistan

Pakistani clerics issue fatwa against terrorist attacks

SSP Rao Anwar survives ‘suicide attack’ in Karachi

1,800 Pakistani religious scholars declare suicide bombings 'haram' in new fatwa

Security beefed up in Islamabad after threat alerts

Sharif terms change of Balochistan CM a joke with people

Pakistan to ‘self-finance’ Gwadar’s water treatment plant

Five Killed In Afghan Market Attack

Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit

Kazakh President Meets Trump To Discuss Afghanistan, Russia

Iran interested in establishing banking relations with Kyrgyzstan

One third of Kyrgyzstanis work in South Korea illegally

Tajikistan’s minister of transport highly assessed the activities of the DİA in 2017

Chinese credit agency puts US sovereign rating on par with Turkmenistan

PUIC promoting sustainable peace: Turkmen speaker

Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies

Armenian MPs urge people to protest against rise in prices

Serzh Sargsyan presents his visions on next President of Armenia in meeting with intellectuals

Nadia Murad and Yazda welcome recognition of Yazidi Genocide by Armenian parliament

President Aliyev receives delegation of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Azerbaijan's officials talk on public utility services' improvement done in 2017

Rouhani: New US plan plot against territorial integrity, security of Syria

Minister calls for Iran-Pakistan defense cooperation expansion

US seeks to create complex situation for Iran: Cmdr.

Germany Conducts Searches Against 10 Suspected Iranian Spies

Kuwait finances prosthetic transplants in North Iraq

Chevron Plans to Return to Iraq's Kurdistan

'We will get him': the long hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Turkish President Steps Up Threats on US-backed Militia in Syria

Russia's top diplomat says US not interested in keeping Syria's territorial integrity

Erdogan demands NATO take stand on US-backed Syrian Border Force

Leader envoy for Syria hold talks with head of Orthodox Church

U.S. move in Syria may ignite ‘flames of war’: Iran

Russian warplanes hitting Idlib: Syria's White Helmets

Turkey: Karabakh conflict must be solved within Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity

Turkey to Assault Syrian Afrin With Airstrikes on 149 Kurdish Targets - Reports

Operation in Afrin is Turkey’s lawful right: MHP

Court orders for continuation of CHP MP Berberoğlu’s arrest

Freedom House reduces Turkey’s status to ‘not free’

Turkish Lira falls amid escalating geopolitical concerns

Lebanese forces thwart all terror plots in 2017 - army commander

Derian bound for Cairo to attend Azhar Conference on Al Quds

Jreissati after Change and Reform meeting: Legal debate over officers' decree ended as Legislation and Consultation Committee gave its word

Berri meets Khamenei, Islamic Parliaments' Speakers

Irony? Lebanon bans Steven Spielberg's film about censorship

Rahi from airport: Al Quds open city for three religions

IDF rolls out new dummy grenades after accident wounds soldier

Israeli security forces find cell phone bomb in Joseph's Tomb

High-speed train between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem makes first test run

Israel reopens Gaza crossing after Hamas tunnel destroyed

Radical Islam can 'upset' international system, says Netanyahu

Iraqi speaker urges Muslim countries to support Palestine

Palestinian leaders reconsider recognition of Israel

Palestinian Central Council assigns PLO to suspend recognition of Israel

Jordan: Government announces economic measures, cash subsidy mechanism

Jordan keen on better ties with UAE — Crown Prince

Jordan: Senate endorses budget draft law without changes

Kuwait attends NATO defence chief talks in Brussels

Kuwait to host Coalition against IS ministerial meeting Feb. 13

Kuwaiti divers examine coral reefs off Bahrain

UAE to take ‘interception’ by Qatari jets to UN agency

Saudi Arabia
Arab League chief applauds "active" Kuwaiti parliament

Saudi forces kill Shia youth in Eastern Province

Saudi city of Madinah experiences 2.5 magnitude earthquake

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman meets chairman of Atlantic Council

U. A. E.
UAE to file complaint over Qatar fighter jets intercept of civilian flights: Civil Aviation Authority chief

Sheikh Mohammed launches eco-tourism project in Dubai

Abu Dhabi issues 4.6 million traffic fines in 2017

Dubai's the Very Model of a Modern Mideast Economy

Kuwaiti society wraps up teaching program in Yemen

More than three million children born into Yemen's war - UNICEF

Over 75 percent of Yemenis in need of aid: UN

United Kingdom
Labour must attack Carillion’s ‘crony-capitalist crime,’ says Ex-MP George Galloway

Britain investigates Carillion directors after collapse

Rights groups ask May to cancel Saudi prince's visit to UK

PM May's Spokesman: Britain Will be Leaving the EU

Cost of UK domestic flights could be slashed after Brexit as ministers mull Air Passenger Duty change

BP’s Deepwater Horizon Bill Grows by $1.7 Billion

Storm Fionn: Four weather warnings in place as Ireland braces for snow, strong winds and floods

Call for Pope Francis to meet abuse survivor Marie Collins during visit to Ireland

Ireland: Finance Minister prepared to strengthen laws to pursue bankers after tracker mortgage scandal

Varadkar warns of 'major step back' if Eighth Amendment referendum is not passed

Lisbon salaries highest in country

Quarter of Algarve’s pharmacies at risk of closing

Southern Portugal rattled by 4.9 quake

‘Superfast’ sub-sea internet cable to connect Israel with Spain

Corruption conviction complicates secessionist plans in Catalonia

Puigdemont cannot be sworn in remotely, say Catalan parliament lawyers

Macron promises steps on Calais migration

French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicylces

Macron to ask Britain to pay up to save Calais border deal

Birth rate falls, but France remains Europe’s most fertile country

France will never allow another 'Jungle' here, says Macron in Calais

Prison attacks stoke French fears over radicalized Muslims

'We risk our lives for €1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates

Sahel defence ministers in Paris in push for 'G5' force

Belgian Jews files second lawsuit against ban on religious slaughter

Blast Injures Several in Belgium, Terrorism Ruled Out

European Parliament leaders mock Britain over blue passports

2019 Tour de France to start in Brussels

Belgians listen to an average of 2.5 hour of music each day

EU's 'hearts are still open' to Brexit reversal: Tusk

Two dead and 14 injured in Antwerp explosion

Asylum seeker arrivals in Germany drop, still ‘too high’ – minister

Split Social Democrats could sink Merkel's coalition plans

Merkel's conservatives won't bar far-right party from committee chair

Germany raids Iranian regime sites for spying on Israel

Daimler workers in Germany strike for higher wage

Germany's Yuan Move 'One More Step in Its Geopolitical Divorce From Washington'

Poland's foreign minister on a German mission

Asylum applications in Germany drop

Strict controls behind Denmark's generous unemployment benefits

Danish family reunification rules should discriminate based on language skills: government

Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan to head for Davos

WEF founder: 'It is absolutely essential to have President Trump with us'

What's up with Italy's Renzi, asks Fiat chief Marchionne

Italy holds security summit on Naples’ teen gang violence

Italian populists promise to scrap compulsory vaccines

Italy's election is a political risk for the EU, economic commissioner warns

Italian mayor investigated for complicity in homicide over autumn flood deaths

Italy's Parma set to expand cooperation with Gomel Oblast in healthcare

Holy See
Pope in ‘pain and shame’ over church sex scandal

Drones, helicopters and 18,000 cops guarding Pope Francis in Chile

Full schedule of Pope’s visit to Chile, Peru

Serbian president calls murder of top Kosovo Serb politician ‘terrorist attack’

Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic assassinated

Russia urges thorough probe into murder of Serbian politician in Kosovo

Assassinated Serb Politician Symbolized Tensions In North Kosovo

Democratic Party hands prosecution new evidence on Tahiri-Habilaj investigation

Cyprus, Greece and Jordan pledge to partner in fight against terror

Syriza-led Parliament Introduces Unpopular Reforms Amid Protests

Bank of Greece governor says not intimidated by attacks

Greek court ratifies Turkish coup plotter’s detention

Launching of Baku-Sofia flight to contribute to development of tourism sector

Azerbaijan Ready to Invest in Bulgaria’s gasification

First LGBTI Association was Found at Sofia University

Sofia Becomes Part of the Mission of Mankind to Settle on Mars

ForMin Melescanu: Japanese PM's visit historic; resignation of PM Tudose made impossible a meeting at gov't level

PSD's Viorica Dancila on taking over PM Office: I am an optimistic, balanced person and I need to think positively

Shinzo Abe, at Cotroceni: Romania is a crucial partner to Japan

Romania's left-wing PM quits after losing party backing

R20m hit on alleged underworld kingpin Modack - advocate tells court

Freedom House: Hungary is the least democratic country in the EU

Vona accuses Orbán cabinet of misleading public over migration policy

Hungary-US ties poised for new phase, says Hungarian FM in Washington, DC

President Áder: Hungary to remain consistent, predictable on international stage after election

Proxy for Roma criticises minister Kaliňák for ethnical and group discrimination

Slovaks in the UK do not have to fear Brexit

Coalition Council discusses issue of distrainment amnesty

Czech Republic
Tycoon-led Czech cabinet loses confidence vote

MAE: New round of Romanian-Polish strategic dialogue on security matters

Polexit? New Iron Curtain divides Europe, with conservative East v liberal West

President signs changes to Polish electoral law; opposition furious

Hypothermia deaths rise as cold snap hits Poland

Pensions drop for communist-era officers in Poland

Senior Polish churchman: 'It is our task to accept refugees'

Polish PM meets US ambassador

Ukrainian lawmakers refuse to recognize Donbass republics as terrorist organizations

Election Commission head urges Russians to come home from Ukraine for upcoming presidential polls

Red Cross: Around 20 people hurt by tear gas in riots outside Ukrainian parliament

Ukraine’s Armed Forces received 1,400 modernized units of arms and military equipment in 2017

Ukraine's PrivatBank Was Used For 'Large-Scale, Coordinated Fraud'

Ukraine joins UNODC-WCO Global Container Control Programme

Moldovan TV channels obliged to report on removal of Russian newscasts from air

Prospects of Belarus' economic cooperation with German Thuringia discussed

Belarus prime minister reaffirms higher salaries for harder work instruction

Belarus' GDP 2.4% up in 2017

China-Belarus industrial park reports $1bn in contracted investments

Belarus to allow cryptocurrency transactions as from 28 March

Russia calls Vancouver meeting on North Korea 'destructive'

Cryptocurrencies may disappear but technology behind them will remain – Medvedev

Russian Alcohol Consumption Falls 80% in 5 Years, Says Minister

World Bank urges Russia to spend more on healthcare, education

MP Friz says Russia uses unrecognized Transdniestria to avoid European sanctions

Viktor Anpilov, Ardent Foe Of Yeltsin And Reforms, Dead At 72

Lavrov Won't Accept an Iran Nuclear Deal Rewrite

'Very high level of confidence' Russia used Kaspersky software for devastating NSA leaks

CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law

SOCAR announces plans on making investments in Georgia in 2018

Latvian anti-Russian activist 'killed' in Guernsey

Swedes increasingly concerned about crime: survey

Norway: Fur farmers fight pending shutdown

Snowstorms spur ‘chaos’ in southeast

Belarus, Iceland consider joint educational programs

Kuwait's chief lawmaker holds "productive talks" with Egyptian counterpart

Libyan eastern army accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism in Libya

Tunisia's revolutionary fire: Fresh protests, seven years after Arab Spring

Tunisia: Rulers Fail to Live Up to Arab Spring Promise

Tunisia says more than 900 arrests in anti-austerity violence

Pres. Rouhani: Iran ready to expand ties with Algeria

PUIC elects uncontested Senegalese speaker as Secretary General

Senegal speaker elected as Islamic parliament's Sec-Gen

Guinea-Bissau speaker opposes US project to renegotiate JCPOA

Weah's Party Wins Race for Speaker of Liberian Legislature

Ghanaian Show's Host Slammed for 'Insensitive' Interview

Boko Haram’s lesser-known reign of terror in southeast Niger

Most Nigerians Say Govt Performs Well in Fighting Corruption

Nigeria's Buhari vows to punish all those behind ethnic violence

Central African Republic
Violence fuels 'neglected humanitarian tragedy' in CAR; half the population needs aid

Case dismissed against French troops accused of child rape in Central African Republic

Sudan police use harsh tactics to disperse protesters

EFF extend election date for 4th time

Ethiopians take pride in helping bring about reforms

Djibouti Is The Most Valuable Military Real Estate In The World

Concern growing over Al-Shabab targeting Somali children

'People were screaming': troops destroy $200,000 aid camps in Somalia

Uganda: Why Activist Stella Nyanzi's Radical Rudeness Scares the Govt

Former health minister denies involvement in fund embezzlement

Zambia cholera crisis: 'Burying people by the hundreds'

Burundi Government Accused of Arresting Opponents of Constitutional Changes

All’s set for ambitious SGR second phase to tick

SGR envisaged as highly beneficial infrastructure tonic

EAC cohesion heats up

Dar, Maputo sign crime-curbing pact

Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, thousands displaced

History as Mnangagwa sets up anti-corruption court

Mugabe “regretted” firing Mnangagwa

South Africa
South African activist: Israel's BDS blacklist will harm peace process

Suspended Gauteng health department head resigns

South African Authorities Move Against Gupta-Linked Companies

U.S. to Join South Africa in Bringing War Criminals to Justice

South Africa: Anti-Corruption Unit Hopes to Seize $4 Billion in 'State Capture' Cases

Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

Australia takes Canada to WTO over wine-selling rules

Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears AP

Sub delays could lead to multi-billion-dollar cost blowout, senator warns

Budget cut leaves 10,000 uni places unfunded, Universities Australia says

Perth's apartment phobia is put under a microscope

Don't slug taxpayers, fix health insurance, says AMA

One Nation fights for seat for 'the next Pauline Hanson'

Australia Day Debate Pulls Country Apart, Again

New Zealand
NZ MPs advance a peaceful and prosperous Asia-Pacific

Peters going to international meeting to discuss North Korea

Papua New Guinea
PNG: Japan assist schools fund projects

PNG: Meeting to address govt rental leases

No subsidy for Usino Bundi students

NMSA warns of unsafe boating practises

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