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Washington Urges South Sudan to Form Transitional Government on Time

Washington Urges South Sudan to Form Transitional Government on Time

The United States has urged parties to the South Sudan conflict to swiftly resolve outstanding issues and form a Transitional National Unity Government as scheduled in February. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy has held talks with South Sudan's President Salva Kiir,

Turkish Teams Hunt for Quake Survivors as Death Toll Reaches 35

Turkish Teams Hunt for Quake Survivors as Death Toll Reaches 35

Working against the clock in freezing temperatures, Turkish rescue teams pulled more survivors from collapsed buildings Sunday, days after a powerful magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit the country's east. Authorities said the death toll rose to at least 35 people. Turkish television showed Ayse Yild

Rohingya Refugee Writers Dial into Myanmar Poetry Slam

Divided by hatred but united over the written word, Rohingya Muslim poets in Bangladeshi refugee camps joined Buddhist bards in Myanmar by video link as part of a groundbreaking poetry festival in a country reeling from genocide allegations. Five Rohingya writers took part in the three-day "Poetr

Putin Upbeat amid Possible Israeli-Russian Exchange Deal

Putin Upbeat amid Possible Israeli-Russian Exchange Deal

The Israeli authorities expected an exchange deal between the Israeli government and its Russian counterpart on Thursday in the attendance of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Through this deal, Russia will recover the Russian Compound in Jerusalem in return for the release of Naama Issachar, an

Cyprus: Turkey May Have Stolen Data for Latest Gas Drilling

Cyprus: Turkey May Have Stolen Data for Latest Gas Drilling

Turkey may have stolen technical data that enabled it to send a drill ship to a specific location south of Cyprus that energy companies Eni and Total had pre-selected to carry out their own exploratory drilling, a Cypriot official said Wednesday. Government spokesman Kyriakos Koushos said that al

Ghosn's Right-Hand Man Likely to Be Acquitted in Japan

Ghosn's Right-Hand Man Likely to Be Acquitted in Japan

A lieutenant to Carlos Ghosn who is facing charges in Japan for underreporting his salary at Nissan Motor Co stands a very high chance of being acquitted, as would Ghosn had he remained in Japan to face trial, a former prosecutor said. Lawyer Nobuo Gohara, a vocal critic of what he describes as J

Australia Raging Fires Devastating Habitats of Endangered Species

Australia Raging Fires Devastating Habitats of Endangered Species

Australia's bushfires and other climate change effects are devastating the habitats of critically endangered species and driving the native platypus towards extinction, according to surveys highlighting the country's vulnerability to rising temperatures. The unprecedented blazes that have swept t

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