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Philippine VP to Lead Opposition to President's Policies

Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo vowed Monday to spearhead national opposition to extrajudicial killings and other flashpoint issues surrounding President Rodrigo Duterte's controversial anti-crime crackdown.

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U.N. Prosecutors: 'Butcher of Bosnia' Mladic Led Campaign to Make Muslims 'Vanish'

Former Serb commander Ratko Mladic led a relentless military campaign during the 1990s Bosnian war to ensure Muslims "vanished" from the territory, U.N. prosecutors said Monday.

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Kremlin Praises Italy's Renzi for Boosting Bilateral Ties

The Kremlin on Monday heaped praise on outgoing Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, hailing him as a promoter of "active dialogue" whose role in boosting bilateral ties was hard to overstate.

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First Israeli Envoy to Turkey since 2010 Starts Work

Israel's first ambassador to Turkey since 2010 presented his credentials to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, completing a critical step in the normalization of relations after a bitter diplomatic rift.

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Spain Smashes Fake Police Ring that Robbed Tourists

Spanish police said Monday they had smashed a criminal gang who preyed on tourists in Madrid by posing as police officers.

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Trump Names Carson as Housing Secretary

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Monday nominated Ben Carson, the retired neurosurgeon who challenged him for the Republican nomination, to be secretary of housing and urban development.

"Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities," Trump said in a statement.

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UK Supreme Court Begins Hearings on Brexit Challenge

Britain's Supreme Court began an historic hearing Monday to decide whether parliament has to approve the government's Brexit negotiations, in a highly-charged case that could delay the country's EU exit. 

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China Muted after Trump's Twitter Barrage

China was muted Monday after Donald Trump's latest Twitter tirade, with analysts suggesting Beijing was scrambling to work out what the outburst could mean for relations with Washington.

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Red Cross Survey Shows Surging Acceptance of Torture in Conflict

A new survey, published today, on how people around the world perceive a range of issues relating to war, indicates overwhelming support in the belief that wars should have limits. It also reveals deeply concerning views on torture and civilian casualties, an ICRC news release said.

The survey of over 17,000 people took place between June and September, in sixteen countries. Ten of those countries were experiencing armed conflict at the time including Iraq, Afghanistan and South Sudan. The permanent member countries of the UN Security Council (P5 - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) were also part of what is the largest survey of its kind ever carried out by the ICRC.

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Japan PM Abe to Make First Visit to Pearl Harbor

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to become the first Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor, announcing Monday a trip to Hawaii this month for talks with US President Barack Obama.

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