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News brought you by ReutersChina says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea
BEIJING (Reuters) - There was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes.
Read complete articleMalaysia releases victim of bizarre murder in deal ending spat with North Korea
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday that the body of Kim Jong Nam, half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been released to North Korea, bringing an end to a diplomatic spat that escalated over nearly seven weeks.
Read complete articleExclusive: South Africa's Zuma considers stepping down early in deal to oust Gordhan
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma is considering offering to step down next year, at least 12 months before his term as South African president ends, under a deal with opponents in his ruling party that would see Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan leave office now, two senior party sources said.
Read complete articleWarplanes strike near Syria's Hama as army counter-attacks
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded rebel-held areas north of the Syrian city of Hama on Thursday in an escalation of air strikes, a rebel official and a monitor said, as government forces fought to reverse the insurgents' biggest assault in months.
Read complete articleNetanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity.
Read complete articleSyrian rebels seize swathes of south as Islamic State retreats
AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have seized large areas from Islamic State in southern Syria in the last two weeks as the jihadist group prepares to defend its Raqqa stronghold in the north from a U.S.-backed assault, rebel commanders say.
Read complete articleTillerson tells frustrated Turks: U.S. faces tough choices in Syria
ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia fighters.
Read complete articleVenezuela top court to assume congress role; opposition decries 'dictatorship'
CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's Supreme Court said it would take over the opposition-led Congress's role because the legislature is in "contempt," sparking accusations that President Nicolas Maduro's administration is becoming a dictatorship.
Read complete articleMerkel's political allies vow united front on Brexit
ST JULIAN'S, Malta (Reuters) - Pro-European allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday set out a firm line on Britain's exit negotiations, including an exit bill for London among the main priorities of the EU's overall stance.
Read complete articleGermany deporting more 'potential attackers' after Berlin attack
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has deported 10 potential attackers since January as part of a tougher approach toward failed asylum seekers after one of them killed 12 people in an attack on a Berlin Christmas market, security sources said on Thursday.
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