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  • EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit

    BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey's long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis.

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  • Costly 'cleaner' coal fights for space in emissions debate

    By Krishna N. Das, Tommy Wilkes and Yuka Obayashi NEW DELHI/TOKYO (Reuters) - The global coal industry is trumpeting "cleaner coal" technology to fight bubbling competition from renewable energy, but the high costs of greener plants are proving a major obstacle in selling them to power-hungry…

    Reuters57 mins ago
  • Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians

    By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labeling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

  • Slovakia to file lawsuit over EU migrant quotas before December 18: PM

    Slovakia will file a lawsuit by Dec. 18 challenging the European Union's planned quota system that will see 120,000 asylum seekers distributed among member countries, Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Sunday. Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania opposed the mandatory quotas for…

  • In S. Korea, a town of Kims _ and an unusual shared history

    NONSAN, South Korea (AP) — Many of his students are Kims. So are his fellow teachers, an elementary school alumnus and the owners of restaurants and pubs that he patronizes in his small farming village. Lots of Kims in his neighborhood, too. Such is everyday life for Kim Sun Won, who, obviously, is…

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  • Migrants clash with Macedonian police on Greek border

    IDOMENI, Greece (AP) — Migrants on the Greek-Macedonian border attacked police with stones Saturday, enraged by the sight of Macedonian authorities erecting a fence along the border and an accident that injured a young Moroccan man.

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  • Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud

    CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday took delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China.

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  • AFC boss 'confident' next FIFA leader will be Asian

    Asia's football chief has won unanimous backing from his executive committee as the man to "rebuild FIFA" as he strengthens his campaign to take over the corruption-tarnished world body. The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) executive committee also pledged to lobby its members to support…

  • Merkel under pressure from her own ahead of EU migration summit

    Chancellor Angela Merkel came under renewed pressure from her own conservatives on Friday to stem the flow of refugees into Germany as she heads to a weekend summit of European Union leaders and Turkey's prime minister. Roughly a million refugees and migrants fleeing war and deprivation in the…

  • India's Modi meets Sonia Gandhi to discuss new indirect tax

    By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted opposition Congress party leader Sonia Gandhi for talks on Friday to try and break a deadlock over launching a new indirect tax, in a bid to put his economic recovery agenda back on track. The face-to-face meeting…

  • Gunmen mercilessly mowed down guests in Mali hotel siege

    BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The early breakfast crowd sipped coffee and picked at croissants in the Radisson Blu's dining room, swiping through emails and the morning headlines on their smartphones.

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  • The Latest: Austria reports drop in refugees coming from in

    ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The latest on the mass movement of asylum-seekers and others seeking refuge in Europe. All times local:

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  • Top Gabon civil servants probed over hardwood traffic

    Security agents in Gabon are investigating several top civil servants, including an advisor to the president, for illegal trafficking in a precious hardwood, a source close to the government said Friday. Some of the officials have been taken into custody by the General Directorate for Research…

  • Britain sends mixed messages on climate ahead of Paris talks

    By Susanna Twidale LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's cuts to renewable energy subsidies and abandonment of its carbon capture and storage scheme are likely to diminish the country's influence at the global climate talks starting in Paris this weekend, investors and green groups said. Britain's…

  • Alleged spy Gross felt abandoned by US in Cuba

    US contractor Alan Gross says he was mistreated by his captors and felt abandoned by his own government after Cuba arrested him and accused him of spying. In his first major interview since his release last year, Gross said exercise, family memories and humor kept him going though his five-year…

  • Asian soccer body urges support for FIFA candidate Salman

    GENEVA (AP) — FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman received an endorsement Friday from his executive committee colleagues at the Asian soccer confederation.

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  • Asia stocks lower amid Thanksgiving trading lull

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stocks markets were lower in muted trading Friday after Wall Street was closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, and investors continued to watch for developments in tense relations between Russia and Turkey.

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