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Oil rises as U.S. slaps sanctions on Venezuela, but economic worries still loom

Despite the sanction, traders say ample global oil supply and an economic slowdown, especially in China, were keeping crude prices in check.

Ex-French President Hollande questioned over murder of two journalists in Mali

Claude Verlon and Ghislaine Dupont were found dead shortly after being abducted in the town of Kidal in Mali in 2013.

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Rebels fire at plane in Indonesia, kill one

The plane landed safely at Mapenduma airport in Nduga district and no one on board was hurt.

Greece Map

Greek PM to announce minimum wage increase

About 600,000 workers will be directly affected by the minimum wage increase.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan Opposition leader Juan Guaido declares himself president

The opposition leader promises a transition to a new government in a nation suffering a hyperinflationary economic collapse.

Rwanda on map

14 miners killed in Rwanda tin mine after hill collapses

Rwanda’s mining industry, quarrying excluded, employs 43,000 people.

Angela Merkel

Bowing to U.S. pressure, Germany bans Iran airline from its airspace

The measure did not constitute the imposition of general sanctions against Iran, the source said.

Donald Trump

Ex-Trump aide admits rigging online polls for U.S. president — Report

Michael Cohen says he paid a firm to manipulate online polling data.

Brazilian president signs decree easing gun restrictions

About 330,000 civilians in Brazil have been legally registered to each have a gun.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo discusses Khashoggi, Yemen with Saudi

Mr Khashoggi, a sharp critic of the crown prince, was killed on October 2, 2018 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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269 civilians killed by landmines in Ukraine conflict

About 564 people were injured after stepping on landmines in the conflict-hit area, the ministry said.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi teen who fled family welcomed as ‘brave’ in Canada

The women fled after renouncing Islam.

How a government shutdown affects the economy

Federal employees rally to call for an end to the partial government shutdown.

Donald Trump

I’ll cancel my planned Davos trip if shutdown continues – Trump

The shutdown is in its 20th day.

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Taiwanese premier to resign on Friday

Lai Ching-te took office in September 2017.

Theresa May during the Tory conference [Photo: The Week UK]

UK government accepts alternative plan demand if May’s deal is rejected

The parliament voted on Wednesday for an amendment asking government to set out plan B within three days.

Suspected weapons supplier for 2015 Paris attacks arrested in Belgium

The attacks killed 130 people.

Israeli former energy minister, Gonen Segev

Israeli former minister pleads guilty for spying

Gonen Segev delivered information to Iranian Intelligence officials over the past six years.


House Democrats test Republicans on Trump’s wall

Democrats are eager to force Republicans to choose between funding the Treasury’s Internal Revenue Service and voting to keep it partially shut.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May

Forget fantasy Brexit, UK tells lawmakers as crucial deal debate begins

The British parliament on Wednesday resumes debating the deal ahead of next week’s vote.

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Macedonian parliament begins final debate on name change

Greece claims the name Macedonia and its historic legacy for its ancient northern province.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

U.S. force withdrawal from Syria will not affect IS fight – Pompeo

President Donald Trump in December announced the withdrawal of the 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iran to work with partners to neutralise U.S. sanctions

The U.S. has re-imposed sanctions on Iran following its exit from the landmark Iranian nuclear deal in May 2018.

France President, Emmanuel Macron

France to toughen sanctions on ‘undeclared’ protests

Protesters will have to pay for damaged property in new sanctions, an official says.

Sergei Skripal

Britain to demolish home of poisoned former Russian Double Agent

The experts will remove the roof before dismantling the house inside a sealed structure over the next four months.