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Turkish troops withdrawn from camp near Iraq’s Mosul

ARBIL (AFP) – Turkey withdrew forces Monday from a north Iraq camp where Baghdad said they were deployed without itspermission, a move that may help defuse a bitter diplomatic row with Ankara. It was not immediately clear how many soldiers were removed from the camp, where Ankara sent troops and ...

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Philippines powerful typhoon prompts mass evacuation

Nearly 750,000 people have been evacuated in three provinces in the central Philippines as a powerful typhoon has struck the country. The evacuation took place on Monday when Melor with winds of up to 150 kph (95 mph) made landfall, bringing heavy rain that could cause flooding, landslides and storm ...

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Two Koreas hold second day of high-level talks

Officials from North and South Korea have met for a second day of high-level talks aimed at normalizing relations soured by cross-border military tensions. On Saturday, officials from North Korea and South Korea began vice-minister-level talks with an agenda to discuss a wide range of undisclosed inter-Korean issues in the ...

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Greece to hold vote on recognition of Palestine state

Greece has decided to recognize the State of Palestine as its parliament is preparing to vote on the issue later this month, reports say. According to Thursday reports by Greek media, the non-binding vote is planned to be held on December 22, a day after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas travels ...

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Truck bomb explosion injures 12 in eastern Afghanistan

At least 12 people, including seven policemen, have sustained injuries in a truck bomb explosion in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar. The incident happened on Monday morning after a bomber targeted the outer perimeter of a police compound in the Surkhrod district of Nangarhar with an explosives-laden truck, Reuters reported. ...

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Earthquake measuring 7.1-magnitude strikes Indian Ocean

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale has struck the southern Indian Ocean, with no reports of casualties or damage. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake hit around 3,100 kilometers (1,950 miles) southwest of the Australian city of Perth and 1,000 kilometers from the uninhabited Heard Island ...

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Landslide buries 18 in western Indonesia

A village in western Indonesia has been hit by a rainfall-triggered landslide, which has buried 18 people. The victims fell prey to descending earth and rocks, which slid down a hill in Lebong Tandai village on Sumatra Island on Thursday. Rescuers have so far retrieved the bodies of three victims and a search ...

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