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Kerry: No Military Intervention on the Table for Libya

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that there would be no foreign military intervention in Libya and called for a diplomatic solution as violence flared in the capital Tripoli.

"Our tools are diplomacy. We are not looking at other options," Kerry told journalists alongside his Italian counterpart Paolo Gentiloni following a summit in Rome on the future of countries in the Mediterranean region.    

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EU Banks at Risk from Bad Loans, Low Profit

The greatest risks facing European Union banks are high levels of bad loans and lower profitability, the bloc's financial regulator said in a report Friday.

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After Rapid Rise, Italy's Renzi Braced for Fall

Matteo Renzi rose from local government in Florence to running Italy in the space of only a few months.

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S. Korea Opposition Files Impeachment Motion

South Korea's opposition parties filed an impeachment motion  against scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye on Saturday as a fresh weekly protest was expected to draw a million protesters, organisers said.

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Bodies of Colombia Plane Crash Victims Flown Home

The bodies of the 71 victims killed in a plane crash in Colombia that wiped out a Brazilian football team returned home Friday, as mourners prepared a massive funeral.

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Trump Upends US Foreign Policy with Taiwan Call

US President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of foreign policy to speak with the president of Taiwan, prompting Beijing Saturday to accuse Taipei of a ploy but saying the move would not affect US-China ties.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump's telephone call with President Tsai Ing-wen marked a deliberate pivot away from Washington's official "One China" stance, but fuelled fears he is improvising on international affairs.

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UN Says $1 Billion Needed for Boko Haram Victims in 2017

A billion dollars are needed to provide aid for victims of Boko Haram jihadists in Nigeria's restive northeast next year, the United Nations said Friday, calling the conflict "the largest crisis in Africa". 

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International Push Aims to Protect Endangered Heritage

Representatives from dozens of countries began a meeting in Abu Dhabi on Friday to discuss the creation of a $100-million fund to protect and restore heritage sites threatened by extremism and conflict.

The two-day conference reflects growing international alarm over the destruction of ancient artefacts by Islamic State group jihadists using sledgehammers, bulldozers and explosives.

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Mammoth Battles at Nepal Elephant Polo Championship

The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate these polo pachyderms.

Nepal has hosted the annual international elephant polo championships since 1982, attracting players, celebrities, adventure-seekers -- and the occasional first timer -- for a chance to take part in one of the most unusual sports around.

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More than 380,000 Afghans Return from Pakistan in 2016

More than 380,000 registered Afghan refugees have returned from Pakistan this year, the highest number since 2007, the United Nations said Friday, adding it handed out $135 million in cash assistance in the last three months alone.

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