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Ethereum Creator Warns Of Cryptocurrencies’ Potential Collapse to ‘Near-Zero’

Vancouver criticized for boasting about low pay of its tech workers in Amazon HQ bid

Powerful women inside NDP push for stronger harassment policy as MeToo hits politics

Liberals to take a stab at improving gender-equality opportunity in 2018 federal budget

Despite Alberta-B.C. rift, New Democrats dodge controversy at last pre-election gathering

Globe investigation into money laundering in B.C. real estate will lead to new rules, AG says

Ontario school data shed light on effects of math-class divisions

Ontario school boards intensify spending war to lure students, maintain funding

Trump Supports Tightening of Background Checks on Gun Buyers

Abe, US Army chief affirm cooperation on North Korea

Oil Producers Buy Back Shares After Years of Selling New Stock

Gibson Brands Lays Out Solutions to Looming Bankruptcy

Russian senators list 100 examples of US meddling in foreign nations’ affairs

Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting

Kerry: It is ‘absolutely critical’ to make sure nuclear deal will survive

Marines Drink Cobra Blood, Eat Scorpions During US-Thai War Drills

One Of These Five Ships Will Become The U.S. Navy's Next Frigate

Chinese Security Officials Tried To Block President Trump's 'Nuclear Football' When He And His Team Visited Beijing's Great Hall Of The People In November

5.9 quake hits southern Mexico, days after more powerful one

Mexican opposition candidates slam Trump wall ahead of campaign

Mexico special agents found dead after cartel kidnapping

Oxfam reports staff intimidated witnesses in Haiti scandal

Venezuela about to launch its ‘petro’ cryptocurrency

Venezuela's opposition coalition likely to boycott presidential vote

The Overwhelming Message of Venezuelans Living in Peru

Venezuela: At least 1 killed as plane crashes into house

Death penalty sought for Peruvian man charged with killing 6

Lima is The Third Latin American Capital with Most Expensive Lands

Minister of Foreign Affairs: “Peru Has No Faculties to Veto Maduro”

Folha Releases the 5th Edition of Its Manual of Style and Usage

Beijing Has Started Giving Latin American Generals ‘Lavish,’ All-Expenses-Paid Trips to China

China becomes top market for Chilean winemakers

Chile increases Transantiago and Metro fares by 3% on 11th birthday

Chile seeks extradition of ex-guerrilla arrested in France

Japanese mayor tenders resignation after threatening to kill reporter

Universities call government's free tuition criteria move violation of autonomy

Japan logs 1st trade deficit in 8 months at 943.4 bil. yen in Jan.

Politicians spar over Japan's overtime system after health ministry accused of bending data

Ex-JETs a major source of Japan's soft power: U.K. study

Ministop ends sale of porn magazines at convenience stores nationwide

Japan's steel industry urges Trump to make careful trade decision

N. Korea
US Open to Discussing Talks With North Korea

Canada deports North Korean asylum seekers

150 North Koreans in Canada facing deportation

S. Korea
DPRK media denounces US plans to resume war games with South Korea.

South Korean president: Seoul may file complaint against U.S. trade protectionism

S. Korean President Moon Jae-in says talk of Pyongyang summit premature

GM's decision to close plant in S. Korea causes chain reaction

No Fingering Allowed: China Demands Exemplary Punishment for Damaged Terracotta Warrior

China to build platform for supervising environmental 'red lines'

China leads patent applications worldwide

Lhasa's Jokhang Temple open to public after fire

China's private funds hit 1.85 trillion USD

Chinese cruise ports receive over 18 mln tourists

Alibaba, Tencent rally troops amid $10 billion retail battle

Australia, U.S., India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative

China launches anti-poverty drive in restive Xinjiang

Exposed: Why China Would Lose a War against America

In 2003, a Chinese Submarine Sank Mysteriously. How the Crew Died Is Horrifying.

Magnitude 5.3 quake hits NE Taiwan; no injuries reported yet

Taiwan monitoring reported China-Vatican bishop appointment deal

Communications with U.S. smooth despite statement: Taiwan envoy

Kuwait invites Philippine president to visit amid workers row

Party leader pays Tết visit to Hưng Yên Province

New year pilgrims flock to pagodas during Tết

Vietnamese leaders send condolences over Florida shooting

1,500 tonnes of dragon fruit shipped to China

Xayaboury’s hydropower construction 90 percent complete

Agriculture focus as vocational skills, standards raised

Former Pheu Thai MP downplays talk of Pongsak becoming party leader

BOT clarifies banking agent plans after social media report leads to bank licence misunderstanding

Marines drink cobra blood in US-Thai war drills

Suvarnabhumi airport to receive 200,000 air passengers tomorrow

Prayut government performs unsatisfactorily for overall performance

Thailand: Military prepares a list of NPA’s supporters to be arrested

Scrutiny committee bans entertainment activities during election campaign

Central bank to issue new regulations to allow banks to appoint banking agents

Widow of Slain Cambodian Government Critic Kem Ley is Granted Asylum in Australia

Hundreds stranded in cable car accident on Malaysia's Langkawi

From GST to hongbao giveaway: Budget 2018’s impact on economy, environment and society

Budget 2018: GST in Singapore to be raised to 9% between 2021 and 2025

Budget 2018: Top marginal Buyer’s Stamp Duty rate to rise for homes worth more than S$1m

Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty from Feb 19

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Indonesians arrested for shooting an orangutan some 130 times

Myanmar seizes drugs and equipment worth $7 mn in lab raid

Bangladesh, Myanmar to talk Rohingya trapped at border

Bangladesh election will take place as scheduled, says PM

GP, Robi, Banglalink start 4G service

BPC for new fuel pricing formula

Only one doctor for 6,579 people: Nasim tells JS

In India, Trump Project Buyers Offered Dinner with Trump Jr.

Indian police arrest three more PNB executives in $1.8 billion fraud probe

Iran EU route highly economical for India: Former diplomat

Indian politician, three others killed in bomb blast

Army kills two Indian soldiers in retaliation after boy martyred along LoC

PNB will need to own responsibility for 'bonafide transactions': Finance Ministry

Modi's visit throws traffic out of gear in Mysuru

Amarinder to meet Canadian PM on Wednesday

Indian delegation meets Japanese PM in Tokyo to bolster ties

Middle East
Minorities in Iran enjoy complete religious freedom: Pak official

Pakistan is sending troops to Saudi Arabia, but why?

Conflict among institutions always hurts country: PM Abbasi

Placing Pakistan on terror financing watch list a bid to destabilise economy: Iqbal

Market watch: KSE-100 slips as turnover hits second lowest level for 2018

Senate polls: ECP denies receiving MQM-P Rabita Committee letter for withdrawing Sattar’s nominees

Asma Rani murder case: Interpol places prime accused on most wanted list

Pakistan sells second-most expensive diesel, second cheapest petrol in region

10,000 Saudi soldiers being trained in Pakistan

Afghan Refugees in Spotlight Amid Debate Over Sources of Unrest

IS Smuggling Wood to Finance Militancy in Afghanistan

Women in Kandahar say education is top priority

Kazakhstan: Kyrgyz Lawmaker Held After Smuggling Sweep

Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria, Astana talks over telephone

Kyrgyz Lawmakers Say Colleague Held In Kazakhstan Is Not A Smuggler

Kyrgyzstan may introduce compulsory insurance for tourists - extremals

Head of Corruption Control Service of Kyrgyzstan resigns

Kyrgyzstan faction tells why deputy Asylbek uulu Damirbek went to Almaty

Kyrgyz President charged to strengthen work in Internal Affairs Agencies

Jeenbekov thanks EU for support in improving electoral system in Kyrgyzstan

Tajikistan: Grandson of Opposition Leader Denied Medical Treatment

President Says Time's Up For 'Mad Dog' Uzbek Security Service

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict prevents South Caucasus to realize its full potential - EU

President of Lebanon to arrive in Armenia February 21

Konstantin Kosachev highly appreciates Armenian President’s speech at Munich Security Conference

Israeli opposition vows to continue seeking recognition of Armenian Genocide – exclusive commentary from Yesh Atid

Iran defense chief due in Azerbaijan for talks

Head of CIS observation mission at Azerbaijan's presidential election to be picked

Ilham Aliyev receives delegation led by EU special rep

Azerbaijan OKs 24 appeals to observe presidential election

Russia, Azerbaijan discuss cooperation in energy sector

General contractor of Rogun HPP receives advance of $134 million

State Media: Iranian Rescue Teams Locate Wreckage of Plane Crash

Lavrov: Russia won’t accept statements on destroying Israel or on fighting Iran

Practical plan for expansion of Iran-China economic ties urged

FM Zarif: Russia can play a role in Persian Gulf shift to dialogue

Iran has 10 military bases in Syria, two near Israel border — analyst

KCCI ready for Iraq conf. outcomes

Iraq frees suspected French jihadist who served sentence

Iraq working ‘at full capacity’ to prepare border crossing for smooth trade

Iraqi officials claim that Daesh killed 27 pro-government militants

Moscow calls on US not to play with fire in Syria

Syrian Regime Vows to Enter Afrin in Blow to Wider Kurdish Aspirations

Syrian Observatory: bombing kills 71 in eastern Ghouta in a day

Syria's White Helmets: 'We had 400 casualties last week'

Toll in Syria bombardment of rebel enclave rises to 44: monitor

Syrian refugee population increases slightly last year

Syria bombardment kills 44 in rebel enclave as ground assault looms

Resentment rising against Syrians in Turkey: ICG report

Syrian gov’t will ‘face consequences’ if it strikes deal with YPG, Erdoğan tells Putin

Assad forces kill 9 civilians in Eastern Ghouta, Syria

Turkey will confront Syrian troops entering Afrin to protect Kurds — FM

Turkey renames street with US mission after Syrian offensive

Russian, Iranian and Turkish FMs to meet in Astana ahead of Istanbul summit

AKP, MHP strike agreement on pre-election alliance legal package

Nearly 90 pct of Turkey backs military op in Syria: Survey

Turkey ‘will not stop if pro-regime forces enter Afrin to protect YPG’: Turkish FM

Turkey dismisses claims of chemical weapons use

Nasrallah announces Hezbollah candidates to legislative polls

British Home Secretary visits Mashnouq, confirms support for Lebanon stability

Sarraf at Munich Security Conference: We are capable of protecting our country

Israeli enemy flights over South Lebanon

UN chief warns Israel-Hezbollah war would be ‘worst nightmare’

Netanyahu derides audience by showing drone debris: Iran official

US envoy to Israel says West Bank settlers 'aren't going anywhere'

Police said to have incriminating evidence against Sara Netanyahu in Bezeq graft case

Netanyahu ally reportedly acted as 'switchboard' between PM, Bezeq owner

Shas deputy minister resigns as MK, retains ministerial post

Defense minister: Israel destroyed tunnel near Gaza border crossing

Abbas to seek wider peace process in UN speech: officials

Israeli warplanes pound Gaza after new rocket attack.

Jordan: Major medical centre set to double capacity

Mulki's gov’t survives no-confidence vote

Princess Basma chairs Save The Children Jordan’s general assembly

Brussels hosts Kuwait Forum to boost trade, economic ties with Belgium

Kuwait's trade surplus with Japan up 20.4 pct

NBK: Bank reserves to USD 5 bln in Dec.

Kuwait's non-oil exports at KD 132.7 mln in 2017 - ministry

Sultan of Oman condoles with Iran over plane crash

Bahrain court upholds dissolution of opposition party

Qatari envoy says both Israel, Hamas want calm

Saudi Arabia
Russia and Saudi Arabia hash over details of S-400 deliveries deal

Saudi Arabia says European businesses are helping Iran finance terrorism

For timing of Aramco IPO, watch forward oil price curve

Riyadh to host Saudi Arabia’s first Arab Fashion Week

Saudi youth urged to consider franchising as serious option

Details of troops' deployment in Saudi Arabia can't be revealed: Senate told

Pakistan looks to China, Saudi Arabia for succour

U. A. E.
Abu Dhabi mulls revising speed limits on highways

Yemen: Sustained imports needed to mitigate risk of famine in 2018

Russia urges sides in Yemen conflict to stop hostilities – FM

UN draft calls for 'measures' over Iran missiles to Yemen

United Kingdom
May urges Corbyn to be 'open and transparent' about his links with Communist spy

Cambridge moves to strip degree from 'warped and sadistic' graduate jailed for 32 years for blackmail campaign

What is the StB? - the repressive communist secret service linked to Jeremy Corbyn

Scottish Tory Leader Challenges UK PM’s Brexit Stance

Anti-fur protesters cause mayhem at London Fashion Week show

Uber drops opposition to London language test

UK: Iran must cease activities that risk escalating Yemen conflict

New anti-Brexit party `like Remain´s more military arm´ - co-leader

Miss England Soldier Quits The Army After Years Of Sexual Abuse

Power restored after some 4,000 customers in Dublin city centre left without power

High Court’s finding 'could raise doubt' on €17.8bn AIB debt transfers

Sinn Fein and DUP clash over direct rule for Northern Ireland

Over 70pc of deep-sea fish have ingested plastic - study finds

Around 1,700 patients in Portugal waiting for a hospital bed

Monchique now part of Portuguese Network of Healthy Municipalities

Portugal: Train strike cancelled

Spain Demands Prison Terms for 18 Gangsters linked to Russian Mafia

EU chooses Spain's de Guindos for ECB vice-chair, paving way for German head

Spain court sets bail for senior Catalan politician

Residents in Barcelona’s El Raval suffer the hell of living next to drug dens

Leading Catalan separatist walks free on bail

Macron Law Jolts French Labor Market

France urges strict JCPOA implementation

Les Patriotes: What you need to know about France’s newest far-right party

France to grow wolf packs despite farmers' anger

Macron's 'repressive' migrant law faces rough ride in parliament

Latvian anti-corruption unit says CB governor held over bribe demand

Measles cases surge 400% across Europe due to ‘vaccine supply issues’

EU special rep. talks on Azerbaijani hostages

EU taking steps to prevent 'Chinese takeover' through OBOR

Public transport strike causes misery in Brussels

Meet Merkel's Possible Successor: From Tiny State to National Party Leadership

Germans Support Eurosceptic AfD Over Social Democrats for First Time - Poll

German army exposed as lacking basic equipment for NATO missions – report

Equipment shortages impair German military ahead of key NATO mission

Deutsche Bank to Cut at Least 250 Banker Jobs

What's behind Germany's steep drop in juvenile crime?

Bundestag to host symposium on Khojaly genocide

Germany: Police investigate arson attack on DITIB

Danes supporting Queen in difficult time: PM

Danish researcher finds 95 new planets

Danish terror trial may have connections to UK attack: reports

Austria: Thousands sign up to scupper government's plans to stub out smoking ban

Saudi Arabia, Switzerland sign agreement to avoid double taxation

Switzerland has not seen any major Saudi fund flows - Swiss Bankers Association

Switzerland greenlights three 'low-cost' long-distance bus services

Flood danger high after record winter snow in Switzerland

Italy's northerners and graduates live longest: health survey

These are the promises Italy's political parties have made to voters

Italian far-right parties met with antifascist protests in Venice, Naples, Bologna

Italy's Northern League pledges mass migrant deportations

Albania floats joint president idea in Kosovo

President of Montenegro to visit Azerbaijan

Waste burning, an environmental time bomb for Durres

'Clean Exit' From Bailout Program Chance for Tsipras to Be the Man, Win Election

Fourth tranche of aid to Greece should be decided Monday, says France

Macedonia PM Expects To Settle Name Dispute With Greece By July

FYROM takes down sign to ‘Alexander the Great’ airport

The Foreign Ministry Working on Borisov-Trump Meeting

Bulgaria Commemorates the 145th Anniversary of the Death of Vasil Levski

Establishments will be Closed in the Case of Systematic Violations of the Ban on Smoking

BGN 2,325 are Needed to Support a 4-member Family

LabMin Vasilescu: There is no statistic showing that salaries of two million Romanians have dropped

EIB Group grants Romania loans of 13 bn euros, in past 25 years

Premier Viorica Dancila carries out visit in Brussels; meetings with high European officials, scheduled

Local referendum on 'Budapest party district' opening hours not valid

EU's new migration proposal 'unacceptable', says Orbán in Bulgaria

Election 2018 - Jobbik would reform pensions, boost general health care

Majority of Hungarians rejects UN migration proposal - survey

Slovakia: Flu epidemic claims its first victim

Slovakia: Prices in January grew faster than over the last five years

Czech Republic
Czech Billionaire Kellner Acquired Nova TV

Why Poland's Baltic Pipe is No Alternative to Nord Stream 2

Poles divided over new ban on blaming Poland for WWII-era crimes

Suspect hoarded arsenal for attack on state institutions: report

Atchoo! Flu cases grow in Poland

Why you should care about what's happening in Poland

Ukraine bans deliveries of D-436 civil aircraft engines to Russia

Russia Summons Ukraine's Representative Over Attack on Building in Kiev

Kyiv to prepare memos on convention of racial discrimination, financing terrorism prohibition, Russia's war crimes

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry reports on filing memo in arbitration law against Russia under UN Convention on Sea Law

Belarusian MAZ sells over 1,000 buses to Russia in run-up to 2018 FIFA World Cup

Belarus, Russia have many points of contact for cooperation in culture

Belarus hopes to attract $1bn in international capital markets annually

After US Indictments, Russia Denies Election Meddling

Tillerson opens up about meeting with Putin as US Secretary of State

Why Outcome of Potential US-China Clash Can be Determined by Russia

Putin Enacts Bills on Capital Amnesty in 2018-2019

US ambassador, Russian General Staff chief discuss defense cooperation

Russia begins preparations for Intl Tchaikovsky Competition – deputy PM

Dagestan church shooting may be terrorist attack – investigators

Iran FM leaves Moscow for Tehran

Lavrov issues rare rebuke of Iran for calling for Israel's destruction

Tatarstan Official Transferred To High-Level North Caucasus Post

Russian Activist's House Burns Down After Protest Against Deforestation

Tbilisi City Court Releases Turkish Citizen on Bail

CSOs, Media Outlets Call for Parliamentary Probe into Mukhtarli Case

Georgian PM Meets World Leaders in Munich

Latvian member of European Central Bank detained in probe

ECB Freezes All Payments by Latvia Bank Amid U.S. Probe

Latvia's financial sector rocked by US probe and bribery charge

Estonia: Presidential elections amendment doubtful

Finland says it would back peacekeeping operation in eastern Ukraine

More snow expected in southwestern Sweden

Suicide rate higher among refugee youths in Sweden

Melgaard mellows on disputed ‘House’

Utøya terror film stirs up debate

Iceland circumcision ban bill stirs controversy

Netanyahu announces ‘historic’ gas contract with Egypt•

Egypt offers condolences to Iran over plane crash

More than 300 migrants intercepted in boats off Libya: coastguard

Togo talks offer 'last chance' to resolve crisis.

In Mali's capital, dumped trash is clogging waterways

Nigeria: Obasanjo Makes U-Turn, Says Buhari Succeeded

UN warns of rising food insecurity across Africa

How a Sudanese man saved his kidnapped brothers in Libya, and more

Sudan releases activists arrested over 'bread protests'

South Sudan
In South Sudan, civil war drives more children on to the streets, into work

Somalia appoints new police, intelligence chiefs

Kenyan MP Keter Caught Up in Decades-Old Scandal

Angola: President of Republic leaves Benguela

Angola holds local elections before 2022

Angolan leadership may boost Acolop - Members

Cuando Cubango: Angola has over 1,000 catalogued mined zones

Zambia: Former President Kaunda Urges Kabila to Promote Peace

Dar to have new maternal wards

Tanzania: State policies should seek to support small-scale farmers

TFDA unearths 12 containers of fake antibiotics

Tanzania Gets U.S.$35 Million Cassava Boost

17 killed in garbage dump collapse in Mozambique

President Filipe Nyusi’s northern allies on the look-out for good deals

Thousands in Zimbabwe bid farewell to 'People's General' Tsvangirai

Zimbabwe Plans Gold, Tobacco Diaspora Bonds as Bank Rules Change

Professor Ncube’s bombshell partially clarifies the confusion in MDC-T

Zimbabwe: Vendors acquitted over protest

Tensions Between Zimbabwe President, Army - Report

Zimbabwe: New Travel Regime Allows Visas On Arrival for SADC Members

Namibia: Farmer to Serve 3-Year Sentence for Killing Poacher

South Africa
South African Fund Manager Puts Up Bounty in Hunt for the Guptas

Suspicious bag at OR Tambo Airport was not part of simulation drill, police say

'Please go to Marikana,' Shivambu 'sends' Ramaphosa, as it happened

Ramaphosa promises corruption crackdown at maiden SONA

Bitcoin surging higher after mystery trader buys $344mn in cryptocurrency

Australia says open to UK joining Pacific trade group after Brexit

'I've been in heaps of fights': Defiant Joyce says he's not going anywhere

Don't police our sex ban, Julie Bishop tells media

Australia, U.S., India and Japan in talks to establish Belt and Road alternative

Melbourne man who fought IS in Raqqa 'wanted to kill Australian jihadists'

New Zealand
NZ dollar gains in face of US, China holidays

Govt to release CPTPP national interest analysis on Wed

NZ Labour Party support rises to 15-year high after four months at helm: poll

Papua New Guinea
Decision yet to be made for recount of Madang Regional seat

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