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North Korea warns South and U.S. over "provocative" drills

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North Korea has demanded that South Korea and the United States halt annual military drills due in February and March, saying they were a direct provocation, a statement that suggested a re-run of a sharp escalation in tension last year.

Iran wants to be at Syria talks but rejects conditions

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Iran wants to take part in next week's international peace conference on Syria but will not attend if conditions are set for its participation, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Thursday.

Thai protesters target revenue offices, government awaits graft ruling

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Protesters in Thailand trying to force out the government marched on revenue offices on Thursday, but their numbers appeared to be dwindling and ministers said the movement could be running out of steam.

U.S. judge denies request for delay in Indian diplomat case

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A federal judge has denied a request by a lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade to delay proceedings in a visa fraud case that has strained relations between the United States and India.

Thai anti-government protesters march, consumer confidence slumps

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Protesters trying to topple Thailand's prime minister marched in Bangkok again on Thursday, testing support for a planned "shutdown" of the capital next week, and a survey showed consumer confidence slumped last month because of the crisis.

Iran, big power nuclear talks hit snag on centrifuge research

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Negotiations between Iran and six world powers on implementing a landmark November deal to freeze parts of Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for easing some sanctions have run into problems over advanced centrifuge research, diplomats said.

Thai anti-government protesters march to support Bangkok "shutdown"

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Protesters trying to topple Thailand's prime minister marched in Bangkok on Tuesday to drum up support for their plans to bring the capital to a halt next week by blockading major roads and preventing the government from functioning.

China-Japan 'Voldemort' attacks up ante in propaganda war

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Chinese state media warned Japan on Tuesday of an escalation in the war of public opinion after both countries compared each other to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the Harry Potter stories, in a tit-for-tat diplomatic spat.

Lawyer for Indian diplomat seeks delay in visa fraud case

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A lawyer for Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade is seeking to postpone proceedings in a visa fraud case that has created tensions between the United States and India, citing the need to continue "meaningful discussions" with the prosecution.

Chinese icebreaker stuck after helping in Antarctic rescue

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A Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue 52 passengers from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice on Friday, further complicating the 9-day "roller-coaster" rescue operation.

U.S. Embassy says evacuating more staff from South Sudan

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The U.S. Embassy in the South Sudanese capital Juba has ordered the evacuation of more staff from the country, where more than 1,000 people have been killed in three weeks of fighting between rebels and government troops.

Cambodian forces open fire as factory strikes turn violent

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Cambodian military police opened fire with assault rifles on Friday to quell a protest by stone-throwing garment factory workers demanding higher pay, killing at least three people, witnesses said.

South Sudan rebels seize oil wells, mediators urge talks

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Rebels in South Sudan have seized some oil wells and captured half of the capital of the main oil-producing region, the government and army said on Thursday as African leaders held talks to avert civil war.

U.S. expedites delivery of missiles, drones to Iraq amid violence

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The United States has delivered dozens of Hellfire air-to-ground missiles to Iraq in recent weeks and plans shipments of Scan Eagle drones next year amid a surge in violence, U.S. officials said on Thursday, a day after at least 34 people died in Christmas day bomb attacks in Baghdad.

Dozens of bodies recovered after violence in Central African Republic

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Red Cross workers have recovered 44 bodies from the streets of Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, they said on Thursday after inter-religious fighting in the last two days.

Egypt arrests dozens under anti-terror law, one killed in Cairo

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Egypt stepped up pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood a day after declaring it a terrorist group, using the new classification to detain dozens of its supporters on Thursday, while one person died in street clashes ignited by political tension.

U.S. diplomats, but not prosecutors, seek to quell India dispute

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The U.S. government sought to present a united front on Thursday and play down any signs of a rift between the State Department and law enforcement officials over how to handle the politically sensitive case of an Indian diplomat subjected to a strip search over alleged visa fraud.

Thai protesters march to oust PM, postpone election

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Anti-government protesters resumed marches in Bangkok on Friday, trying to energize supporters in the centre of the Thai capital before a planned mass rally at the weekend to put pressure on Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to step down.

Troops clash in South Sudan, African states mediate

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South Sudanese government troops battled to regain control of a flashpoint town and sent forces to quell fighting in a vital oil producing area on Thursday, the fifth day of a conflict that has deepened ethnic divisions in the two-year-old nation.

Venezuela's Maduro holds rare dialogue with opponents

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro held a rare meeting with opponents on Wednesday, challenging them to collect signatures to oust him in 2016 if they wanted but to work with him in the meantime.

Russia signals to Syria's Assad to stay silent on re-election

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A Russian diplomat signaled on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should refrain from statements suggesting he might seek re-election because it could fuel tension before planned peace talks.

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