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- Foreign powers back Syria truce deal, war erupts among rebels
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:28:00 -0500
ASTANA (Reuters) - Russia and regional powers Turkey and Iran backed a shaky truce between Syria's warring parties on Tuesday and agreed to monitor its compliance, but on the ground rebels faced continued fighting on two fronts which could undermine the deal.
- France's Fillon acts to head off scandal over wife's work
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:32:15 -0500
PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France's presidential election race, conservative Francois Fillon, acknowledged on Tuesday that his wife had worked for him when he was a legislator, but denied a media report that she had been paid for fictitious employment.
- U.N. 'racing' to prepare aid for civilians ahead of battle for west Mosul
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:12:02 -0500
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city.
- Brazil probe sees no mechanical failure in judge's plane crash
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 15:07:37 -0500
RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A small plane carrying a Brazilian Supreme Court justice overseeing a political bribery investigation did not suffer any obvious mechanical failure when it crashed into a bay amid heavy rain and killed all five on board, investigators said on Tuesday.
- China says will protect South China Sea sovereignty
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:21:51 -0500
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China said on Tuesday it had "irrefutable" sovereignty over disputed islands in the South China Sea after the White House vowed to defend "international territories" in the strategic waterway.
- Parliament must vote before UK can trigger Brexit, top court rules
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:07:17 -0500
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can formally start Britain's exit from the European Union, the UK Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, giving lawmakers who oppose her Brexit plans a shot at amending them.
- German SPD chief Gabriel makes way for Schulz to run against Merkel
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 14:44:14 -0500
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) nominated former European Parliament president Martin Schulz on Tuesday as their candidate to run against Angela Merkel for the post of chancellor in September's national election.
- Equatorial Guinea confirms hosting ousted Gambian leader Jammeh
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:56:42 -0500
MALABO (Reuters) - Equatorial Guinea confirmed on Tuesday it was hosting ousted Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who fled his country after West African troops threatened to remove him by force if he did not concede his election defeat.
- Brazil prosecutor says Temer labor reforms illegal
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:01:35 -0500
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's top labor prosecutor said President Michel Temer's proposals to modernize the country's labor laws were illegal in a report published on Tuesday that provided ammunition to workers' unions fighting the reforms.
- Jihadists battle moderate rebels in northern Syria
Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:59:34 -0500
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Heavy fighting erupted in northwestern Syria on Tuesday between a powerful jihadist organization and more moderate rebel groups, threatening to further weaken the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad in its biggest territorial stronghold.