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French Govt Urges 'Yellow Vests' Not to Protest after Strasbourg Attack

The French government on Thursday urged "yellow vest" protesters to refrain from holding another round of demonstrations this weekend, citing the strain on security forces on high alert after the terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg.

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Senate to Vote on Aid to Yemen in Wake of Khashoggi Slaying

Senators are expected to vote Thursday on a resolution that would call on the U.S. to pull assistance from the Saudi-led war in Yemen, a measure that would rebuke Saudi Arabia after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Senate may also consider a separate resolution condemning the journalist's killing as senators have wrestled with how to respond to the Saudi journalist's murder. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman must have at least known of the plot, but President Donald Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame.

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US-Backed Syrian Forces Smash IS Defences in East

Kurdish-led forces on Thursday moved deep into Hajin, the main village in the last pocket still held by the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, a war monitor said.

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Italy's New 2019 Deficit Plan Still Not Enough,Says Moscovici

A new 2019 budget plan from the Italian government to reduce its deficit to 2.04 percent of GDP is still not enough to secure EU approval, Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Thursday.

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IS 'Annihilation' of Iraqi Farms Leaves Haunting Legacy

The Islamic State group's "deliberate, wanton annihilation" of agricultural lands in Iraq's northern Sinjar amounts to war crimes, haunting farmers a year after the jihadists' defeat, Amnesty International said Thursday.

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Pentagon Cautions Turkey over New Operation against Syria Kurds

Any unilateral military action in northern Syria would be "unacceptable", the Pentagon said Wednesday after Turkey announced it would launch an operation against a US-backed Kurdish militia.

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Ottawa Says Second Canadian Questioned in China Now 'Missing'

Ottawa on Thursday identified the second Canadian questioned in China as Michael Spavor, and said he has been missing since he last made contact with Canadian officials.

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Ankara Train Crash Leaves Nine Dead, 47 Injured

Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured after a high-speed train crashed into a locomotive in the Turkish capital on Thursday, officials said.

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Palestinian Shoots Dead Two Israelis in West Bank

A Palestinian shot dead two Israelis and wounded at least two others at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the army said.

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Fire Breaks Out in DR Congo Election Commission Building

A fire broke out in an electoral commission building in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo in early hours of Thursday, officials said, 10 days ahead of presidential elections that have been foreshadowed by violence.

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