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Canada
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
USA
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
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
Nicaragua
5.8-magnitude quake hits Nicaragua – USGS
Panama
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
Venezuela
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
Colombia
10 killed in Colombia bridge collapse
Colombia Govt Willing to Resume Peace Talks with ELN
Pumping of Colombian Pipeline Halted After Bomb Attack
Peru
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
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
Argentina
Argentine Union Members Encouraged to Disaffiliate
Chile
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

Asia
Japan
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
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
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
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
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
Laos
Luang Prabang touting three rural idylls to lure visitors
Laos, Slovakia ink financial cooperation agreement
Laos, Japan give education boost to rural students
Thailand
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
Cambodia
Việt Nam, Cambodia develop model border market
Malaysia
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
Singapore
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
Indonesia
Fire rips through maritime museum in Indonesian capital
Indonesia urges peace, stability for Muslim nations
Myanmar
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’
Bangladesh
DNCC polls: Atiqul given AL ticket
Bangladesh agrees with Myanmar to complete Rohingya return in two years
JS passes Bank Company (Amendment) Act 2018
India
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
Pakistan
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
Afghanistan
Five Killed In Afghan Market Attack
Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan: Nazarbayev Travels to US for Working Visit
Kazakh President Meets Trump To Discuss Afghanistan, Russia
Kyrgyzstan
Iran interested in establishing banking relations with Kyrgyzstan
One third of Kyrgyzstanis work in South Korea illegally
Tajikistan
Tajikistan’s minister of transport highly assessed the activities of the DİA in 2017
Turkmenistan
Chinese credit agency puts US sovereign rating on par with Turkmenistan
PUIC promoting sustainable peace: Turkmen speaker
Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan: Security Service Personnel to be Removed from Embassies
Armenia
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
Azerbaijan
President Aliyev receives delegation of Turkish Grand National Assembly
Azerbaijan's officials talk on public utility services' improvement done in 2017
Iran
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
Iraq
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
Syria
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
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
Lebanon
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
Israel
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
Palestine
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
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
Kuwait attends NATO defence chief talks in Brussels
Kuwait to host Coalition against IS ministerial meeting Feb. 13
Bahrain
Kuwaiti divers examine coral reefs off Bahrain
Qatar
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
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
Yemen
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

Europe
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
Ireland
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
Portugal
Lisbon salaries highest in country
Quarter of Algarve’s pharmacies at risk of closing
Southern Portugal rattled by 4.9 quake
Spain
‘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
France
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
Belgium
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
Germany
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
Denmark
Strict controls behind Denmark's generous unemployment benefits
Danish family reunification rules should discriminate based on language skills: government
Switzerland
Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan to head for Davos
WEF founder: 'It is absolutely essential to have President Trump with us'
Italy
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
Serbia
Serbian president calls murder of top Kosovo Serb politician ‘terrorist attack’
Prominent Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic assassinated
Kosovo
Russia urges thorough probe into murder of Serbian politician in Kosovo
Assassinated Serb Politician Symbolized Tensions In North Kosovo
Albania
Democratic Party hands prosecution new evidence on Tahiri-Habilaj investigation
Greece
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
Bulgaria
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
Romania
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
Hungary
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
Slovakia
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
Poland
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
Ukraine
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
Moldova
Moldovan TV channels obliged to report on removal of Russian newscasts from air
Belarus
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
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
Georgia
CSOs Urge Parliament to Uphold Presidential Objections to Broadcasting Law
SOCAR announces plans on making investments in Georgia in 2018
Latvia
Latvian anti-Russian activist 'killed' in Guernsey
Sweden
Swedes increasingly concerned about crime: survey
Norway
Norway: Fur farmers fight pending shutdown
Snowstorms spur ‘chaos’ in southeast
Iceland
Belarus, Iceland consider joint educational programs

Africa
Egypt
Kuwait's chief lawmaker holds "productive talks" with Egyptian counterpart
Libya
Libyan eastern army accuses Turkey of sponsoring terrorism in Libya
Tunisia
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
Algeria
Pres. Rouhani: Iran ready to expand ties with Algeria
Senegal
PUIC elects uncontested Senegalese speaker as Secretary General
Senegal speaker elected as Islamic parliament's Sec-Gen
Guinea-Bissau
Guinea-Bissau speaker opposes US project to renegotiate JCPOA
Liberia
Weah's Party Wins Race for Speaker of Liberian Legislature
Ghana
Ghanaian Show's Host Slammed for 'Insensitive' Interview
Niger
Boko Haram’s lesser-known reign of terror in southeast Niger
Nigeria
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
Sudan police use harsh tactics to disperse protesters
Ethiopia
EFF extend election date for 4th time
Ethiopians take pride in helping bring about reforms
Djibouti
Djibouti Is The Most Valuable Military Real Estate In The World
Somalia
Concern growing over Al-Shabab targeting Somali children
'People were screaming': troops destroy $200,000 aid camps in Somalia
Uganda
Uganda: Why Activist Stella Nyanzi's Radical Rudeness Scares the Govt
Angola
Former health minister denies involvement in fund embezzlement
Zambia
Zambia cholera crisis: 'Burying people by the hundreds'
Burundi
Burundi Government Accused of Arresting Opponents of Constitutional Changes
Tanzania
All’s set for ambitious SGR second phase to tick
SGR envisaged as highly beneficial infrastructure tonic
EAC cohesion heats up
Mozambique
Dar, Maputo sign crime-curbing pact
Madagascar
Madagascar cyclone death toll rises to 51, thousands displaced
Zimbabwe
History as Mnangagwa sets up anti-corruption court
Mugabe “regretted” firing Mnangagwa
Mauritius
Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

Oceania
Australia
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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