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  • Dutch news agencies: man wielding gun at national broadcaster

    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Dutch news agencies reported on Thursday that a man with a gun had entered the offices of the national broadcaster NOS and was demanding to go on air. The RTL press agency reported that a building belonging to NOS was being cleared. An 8 p.m. (2.00 p.m. EST) NOS broadcast…

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  • At root of Argentina spy intrigue: a deal with Iran

    By Brian Winter and Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment. As a result, Fernandez…

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  • EU official expects clashes but no rash actions from Athens

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The first European official to visit Greece since the country elected a new left-wing government said Thursday that he expects clashes over how to lighten the country's bailout — not rash actions from Athens.

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  • Shell to revive plans to drill in Arctic

    LONDON (AP) — Royal Dutch Shell Plc plans to resume drilling in Alaska this year even as it plans to cut spending by $15 billion over the next three years because of the drop in oil prices.

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  • Russia would consider aid to Greece if asked: Siluanov

    Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday Russia would consider extending financial aid to debt-strapped Greece if Athens were to make a request. "Well, we can imagine any situation, so if such petition is submitted to the Russian government, we will definitely consider it, but will…

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  • Belarusian leader issues tough warning to Moscow

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — New cracks emerged Thursday in a Russia-led economic alliance, with the president of Belarus warning that his nation may opt out of it.

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  • Blatter joins FIFA election race without naming nominees

    GENEVA (AP) — Beating the entry deadline by hours on Thursday, Sepp Blatter formally joined a FIFA presidential contest he is widely expected to win.

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  • Battle of the big phones: Samsung down in China, Apple gains

    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market.

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  • Belarus to host new round of Ukrainian peace talks

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus says it will host another round of Ukrainian peace talks amid fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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  • Nokia turns to fourth quarter profit buoyed by strong growth

    HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia made a net profit of 443 million euros ($502 million) in the fourth quarter and sales grew nearly 10 percent, but its share price fell Thursday as the results were offset by a poor performance in some regions, higher costs and a low dividend.

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  • WHO says Ebola epidemic on the decline

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa appears to be on the decline, with new weekly infections dropping below 100 for the first time in over six months, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The UN agency said it had now shifted its efforts in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the countries…

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  • New Ukraine peace talks to take place Friday

    Belarus said that a new round of Ukrainian peace negotiations involving the warring sides and overseen by European and Russian envoys would be held on Friday in Minsk. "The Contact Group on Ukraine has informed the Belarussian side of its intention to hold its next meeting in Minsk on January 30,"…

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  • Death toll mounts in intense clashes in east Ukraine

    Five Ukrainian soldiers and three civilians have been killed as a result of fighting in Ukraine's separatist eastern regions in the past 24 hours, Kiev authorities said on Thursday, reporting no let-up in violent clashes with pro-Russian rebels. The Kiev military said separatists shelled Ukrainian…

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  • Azerbaijan sentences opposition journalist to 5 years in jail

    A journalist in Azerbaijan was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison in a case critics say highlights a government-led crackdown on dissent in the oil-rich former Soviet republic. Seymur Hazi, a journalist with opposition newspaper Azadlig and a member of the Popular Front opposition…

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  • EU parliament speaker says Greek PM Tsipras wants to talk

    European parliament speaker Martin Schulz welcomed signs that the new Greek government was prepared to seek a joint solution in its drive to renegotiate its bailout agreement with international partners but said many issues needed discussion. Schulz, the most senior European politician to visit…

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  • Belarus says next round of Ukraine talks on Jan. 30 in Minsk: TASS

    Belarus said on Thursday the next round of talks between Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on the crisis in eastern Ukraine would take place in Minsk on Jan. 30, TASS reported on Thursday. "The contact group informed the Belarussian Foreign Ministry that…

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  • Russian cross-country skier receives doping ban

    MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian anti-doping agency says a Russian cross-country skier has served a three-month ban after testing positive for a banned substance.

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