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Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged Thursday.

The Pyeongchang Games have become a venue for geopolitics as much as sports as the nuclear-armed North mounts a charm offensive analysts say is intended to loosen the sanctions regime against it and weaken the alliance between Seoul and Washington.

Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing
Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

Ivanka and North Korean general to attend Olympic closing

US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will come face-to-face with a top North Korean general at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in the South this weekend, it emerged Thursday.

In Mexican cartel country, priests have uneasy ties with narcos
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In Mexican cartel country, priests have uneasy ties with narcos

When 15 armed men descended on his church last year demanding a blessing, Father Jesus Mendoza asked them to leave their guns outside.
Mourinho hails McTominay after leaving out Pogba for Sevilla draw
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Mourinho hails McTominay after leaving out Pogba for Sevilla draw

Jose Mourinho described Scott McTominay as “fantastic” in response to his decision to select the young midfielder ahead of Paul Pogba for Wednesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg draw with Sevilla.
Precision cancer therapy works in 3/4 of patients: study
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Precision cancer therapy works in 3/4 of patients: study

A precision cancer treatment that targets rare genetic mutations that exist in about 5,000 people in the United States instead of the tumor’s location in the body has shown success in three-quarters of patients, researchers said Wednesday.
Trump meets shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers
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Trump meets shooting survivors, suggests arming teachers

President Donald Trump floated the idea of arming teachers and promised more stringent background checks on gun owners as he hosted an emotional meeting Wednesday with students who survived last week’s mass shooting at a Florida school.
Netanyahu confidant agrees to testify against him
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Netanyahu confidant agrees to testify against him

One of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s closest confidants has agreed to testify against him in a graft probe, Israeli police said Wednesday, in a fresh threat to his long tenure.
Weekend stargazer wins supernova ‘cosmic lottery’
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Weekend stargazer wins supernova ‘cosmic lottery’

To say that Victor Buso was in the right place at the right time may be the biggest understatement in the history of stargazing.
Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem
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Scientists set off to explore new Antarctic ecosystem

A team of international scientists led by the British Antarctic Survey set off on Wednesday to explore a mysterious marine ecosystem that has lain hidden under an ice shelf for up to 120,000 years.
Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens
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Gaza to pump sewage straight into sea as crisis worsens

Municipalities in Gaza announced Wednesday they will pump sewage straight into the sea from the Palestinian coastal enclave due to fuel shortages and the desperate humanitarian situation in the strip.
KFC counts its chickens as UK stores slowly reopen
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KFC counts its chickens as UK stores slowly reopen

Less than a third of KFC’s outlets in Britain remained shut Wednesday afternoon, following a supply crisis that closed hundreds of its restaurants and left customers struggling to find their deep-fried chicken fix.
Juncker’s ‘monster’ wins top EU job
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Juncker’s ‘monster’ wins top EU job

The powerful chief of staff to Jean-Claude Juncker, Martin Selmayr, will take a top post in the European Commission in a move announced Wednesday which means he can stay on after his boss steps down next year.
Kin of ‘world’s ugliest animal’ among fish hauled off Australia abyss
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Kin of ‘world’s ugliest animal’ among fish hauled off Australia abyss

More than 100 rarely seen fish species were hauled up from a deep and cold abyss off Australia during a scientific voyage, researchers said Wednesday, including a cousin of the “world’s ugliest animal” Mr Blobby.
US conservatives gather as Trump faces pressure on multiple fronts
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US conservatives gather as Trump faces pressure on multiple fronts

Russian meddling, national mourning for school shooting victims, the chaotic state of Donald Trump’s presidency: US political turbulence forms a dramatic backdrop as conservatives gather near Washington beginning Wednesday for their often controversial annual confab.
US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow
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US-Russia ties will be hard to repair: Moscow

Moscow on Wednesday said it would be “very difficult” to improve US-Russia relations, which have plummeted to Cold War lows on accusations of election meddling and crises in Syria and Ukraine.
Trump junior says presidency is costing the family firm
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Trump junior says presidency is costing the family firm

Donald Trump’s presidency has cost the family firm “millions of dollars” in lost business, his son told an Indian newspaper during a visit aimed at drumming up sales of new luxury apartment complexes.
Lloyds profits surge as bank builds on recovery
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Lloyds profits surge as bank builds on recovery

Lloyds Banking Group on Wednesday said that its net profit soared 52 percent last year, when the UK lender returned fully to the private sector following a state bailout.
Top experts warn against ‘malicious use’ of AI
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Top experts warn against ‘malicious use’ of AI

Artificial intelligence could be deployed by dictators, criminals and terrorists to manipulate elections and use drones in terrorist attacks, more than two dozen experts said Wednesday as they sounded the alarm over misuse of the technology.
Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia
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Rash of forest fires breaks out in Indonesia

Indonesia was battling a rash of forest fires Wednesday as it raised an alert over the blazes which occur every year and emit choking smog that can envelop neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia.
Delhi’s ‘lost’ Mughal garden reopens as public park
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Delhi’s ‘lost’ Mughal garden reopens as public park

A once-forgotten Mughal garden in the heart of New Delhi will reopen on Wednesday after years of painstaking conservation work, creating a new public park in India’s sprawling and smog-choked capital.
Dementia clearly linked to chronic boozing: study
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Dementia clearly linked to chronic boozing: study

Chronic heavy drinking is a major risk factor for all types of dementia, especially early onset of the disease, according to a study published Wednesday in The Lancet Public Health.
French WWI soldier identified by DNA to be laid to rest
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French WWI soldier identified by DNA to be laid to rest

A century after the Battle of Verdun a French soldier who was left behind on the battlefield will get a proper burial Wednesday after being identified by DNA samples from his relatives.
Tasmanian tiger just another marsupial in the pouch
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Tasmanian tiger just another marsupial in the pouch

Australia’s ill-fated Tasmanian tiger looked like any other marsupial when born but assumed dog-like features by the time it left the mother’s pouch, scientists said Wednesday in shedding new light on its puzzling evolution.
Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’
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Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey on Wednesday said it would consider a “legitimate target” any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Coming decades vital for future sea level rise: study
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Coming decades vital for future sea level rise: study

How quickly humanity draws down the greenhouse gases driving global warming will determine whether sea levels rise half-a-metre or six times that, even if Paris climate pact goals are fully met, researchers reported Tuesday in a study.
Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference in rare UN speech
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Abbas calls for Mideast peace conference in rare UN speech

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas on Tuesday called for an international conference to be held later this year to launch a new, wider Middle East peace process and pave the way to Palestinian statehood.
EU nations should seize chance to boost renewable energy: study
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EU nations should seize chance to boost renewable energy: study

EU member states should take advantage of falling costs for renewable energy to invest more in the sector and make it account for a third of total energy output by 2030, an new report said Tuesday.


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