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November 5, 2017 3:40 PM Bomb threats force evacuation of Moscow's Bolshoi theater, hotels: reports

MOSCOW - Bomb threats forced thousands of people to evacuate Moscow's Bolshoi theater, Metropol hotel, GUM department store on the Red Square and other public places on Sunday, local media reported. A spate of anonymous phone calls have caused disruption at shopping centers, train stations and public buildings across Russia in the past two months. The calls 513

November 2, 2017 10:52 AM British PM May appoints party whip Gavin Williamson as new defence minister

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Gavin Williamson as new defence minister on Thursday (Nov 2), replacing Michael Fallon who resigned amid a growing sexual harassment scandal that prompted calls for a wholesale change in the "locker room" culture in parliament.. "The Queen has been pleased to approve the appointment of Rt Hon Gavin 217

November 2, 2017 4:25 AM Manus Island refugees 'dig for water' in Australia camp

Asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an Australian detention centre in Papua New Guinea say they are digging into the ground to find water, two days after the camp officially closed. About 600 men at the centre on Manus Island do not want to leave, saying they fear being attacked outside. Meanwhile, New Zealand has reiterated its offer to accept 317

November 1, 2017 12:15 PM Trump to push for more balanced trade ties and free markets in trip to Asia

SINGAPORE — Mr Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Asia demonstrates his administration’s engagement of the region and his personal interest in helping it grow economically, said senior American officials, adding that the president will push for more equitable trade relations and for countries to adopt free-market principles. “The President’s travel is going 228

October 31, 2017 2:22 PM At least 200 feared dead after North Korean nuclear test site tunnel collapses: report

More than 200 people were believed to have died in North Korea when an underground tunnel at the country’s main nuclear test site collapsed last month after its sixth and most powerful atomic test, a report said Tuesday. The tunnel at the Punggye-ri test site was undergoing construction sometime around Sept. 10, days after the North set off the Sept. 3 nuclear 213

October 31, 2017 6:20 AM Turkey's Erdogan takes legal action after lawmaker calls him 'fascist dictator'

ISTANBUL - President Tayyip Erdogan filed a criminal complaint against a prominent opposition lawmaker, one of Erdogan's lawyers said on Tuesday, after the deputy called the Turkish leader a fascist dictator. In blistering criticism of Erdogan, the spokesman for the main opposition Republican People's Party Bulent Tezcan attacked what he said was a "fearful 164

October 30, 2017 9:00 PM Catalan leaders may be charged with rebellion

No sign of sacked head as Spanish prosecutors get down to work BARCELONA • Spanish prosecutors yesterday demanded that Catalonia's dismissed leaders be charged with rebellion after the regional Parliament declared independence last week and the central government in Madrid moved to take control of the region. Upping the ante in the European Union country's 174

October 30, 2017 5:40 PM Former Trump campaign manager indicted in Russia probe, ex-aide guilty

WASHINGTON: Paul Manafort, a former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, surrendered to the FBI on Monday and another ex-aide pleaded guilty to lying to agents in the most serious steps yet of a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort, 68, a longtime Republican operative, arrived at the Federal Bureau of Investigation's 174

October 29, 2017 11:42 PM US coalition occupied, not liberated Raqqa from ISIS – Syrian FM

“Syria considers the claims of the United States and its so-called alliance about the liberation of Raqqa city from ISIS to be lies aiming to divert international public opinion from the crimes committed by this alliance in Raqqa province,” an official source in Syrian Foreign Ministry told the SANA news agency. On October 20, after four months of heavy 143

October 29, 2017 8:04 PM ‘I Don’t Want an Independent Catalonia’: Rally Backs Unified Spain

Ms. Gonzalez echoed a feeling expressed by many that the independence drive was dividing colleagues in the workplace, children in school and even families whose members lean in different directions. “We are in the middle and we feel bad,” she said. Separatists, who sponsored the referendum in Catalonia, Spain’s wealthiest region, won it by a large margin 161