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Eight 'North Korean fishermen' wash ashore in Japan. Eight 'North Korean fishermen' wash ashore in Japan.
A boat carrying eight men claiming to be North Korean fishermen has washed ashore the coast in Japan. Japanese police said the men were found at Yurihonjo city's marina late on Thursday, and taken into custody. The men had told authorities that their boat experienced difficulties and they ended up drifting into Japanese waters. Japan regularly sees North Korean fishing boats straying into...
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Lebanon PM 'suspends' resignation. Lebanon PM 'suspends' resignation.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has "suspended" his resignation, which sparked a crisis when he announced it while in Saudi Arabia two weeks ago. Mr Hariri said President Michel Aoun had asked him to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations". The two men held talks a day after Mr Hariri flew back to Lebanon. Mr Hariri has denied that Saudi Arabia forced him to resign and detaine...
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Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut. Lebanese PM Saad Hariri returns to Beirut.
Lebanese PM Saad Hariri has arrived back in Beirut for the first time since announcing his resignation in Saudi Arabia more than two weeks ago. Mr Hariri was greeted at Beirut international airport by members of the security forces as he disembarked from his plane. Mr Hariri caused a political crisis when he quit during a visit to Riyadh. He denied speculation that Saudi Arabia had forced...
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Germany's Merkel 'prefers new vote' after coalition talks fail Germany's Merkel 'prefers new vote' after coalition talks fail
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she would prefer new elections to leading a minority government, after a breakdown in coalition talks plunged the country into political crisis. She also said she did not see any reason to resign from her post despite the failed negotiations. On Sunday evening, the FDP liberals pulled out of talks with Mrs Merkel's CDU/CSU bloc and the Greens. Germ...
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Online retail therapy puts squeeze on America’s high-street businesses. Online retail therapy puts squeeze on America’s high-street businesses.
As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving next Thursday, many will be looking forward to some retail therapy towards the end of the week. Black Friday, the day that follows Thanksgiving, traditionally marks the start of the Christmas shopping season and an opportunity for savvy shoppers to snap up some bargains. Ads have been running around the clock promoting discounts and promotional deals...
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Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down Ruling Zanu-PF urges Mugabe to step down
Regional branches of Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party have joined growing calls for President Robert Mugabe to resign. The move comes ahead of a protest march to be held in the capital Harare on Saturday, fully supported by the country's military which staged a takeover on Wednesday. War veterans until recently loyal to the 93-year-old president and liberal groups have also urged him to quit....
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Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe Russia blocks extension of chemical attacks probe
Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria. It is the 10th time Moscow has used its veto powers at the UN in support of its ally since the conflict began. US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, accused Russia of undermining the organisation's ability to deter future chemical attacks. The Russia...
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Saad Hariri: France offers visit, 'not exile'. Saad Hariri: France offers visit, 'not exile'.
French President Emmanuel Macron has invited Lebanese PM Saad Hariri and his family to France, but said he was not offering political exile. French officials say Mr Hariri will arrive "in the coming days". Mr Hariri resigned unexpectedly during a visit to Saudi Arabia on 4 November, sparking a political crisis. The Saudi government has denied holding him against his will or pressing him t...
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Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe. Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe.
Zimbabwe's military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to "target criminals". However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's envoy to South Africa, Isaac ...
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British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare. British doctor 'punches shark' in Australia surfing scare.
A UK doctor says he escaped a shark by punching it in the face after the animal injured him in Australia. Charlie Fry, 25, was at a beach north of Sydney on Monday when the shark "jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder", police said. Mr Fry said he punched the shark while in the water before climbing back on his board and surfing to shore. He said he had been inspired b...
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