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Kurdish Militant Group Claims Responsibility for Izmir Attack

A splinter group of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack that left two people dead in the Turkish city of Izmir this month, a report said.

The Kurdistan Freedom Falcons (TAK) said one of its "revenge teams" had carried out the attack in the usually peaceful Aegean city on January 5, in a statement carried by the pro-PKK Firat news agency.  

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Obama Says 'Yes We Did' in Emotive Farewell Address

Barack Obama addressed America and the world for the last time as US president Tuesday, in a speech that was both a tearful goodbye and a call to arms.

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N. Korea Has Plutonium for 10 Nuclear Bombs: S. Korea

North Korea now has enough plutonium to make 10 nuclear bombs, South Korea said Wednesday, a week after leader Kim Jong-Un said it was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile.

The isolated communist state, which has carried out five nuclear tests and numerous missile launches, is thought to be planning a nuclear push in 2017 as it seeks to develop a weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.

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Thousands Flee Fighting on Myanmar's Border with China

Thousands of people fled heavy fighting on Myanmar's northern border with China overnight, activists said Wednesday, as the government blocked a senior UN official from visiting the area.

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Greek, Turkish Cypriots Rally to Support Peace Talks

Hundreds of Greek and Turkish Cypriots held a peace rally in the divided capital of Nicosia on Tuesday to support their leaders attending peace talks towards reunifying the Mediterranean island.

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New U.N. Chief Seeks 'Whole New Approach' to Prevent War

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for a "whole new approach" to prevent war, vowing to boost the world body's mediation capacity to tackle global conflicts.

Making his first address to the Security Council since taking office, Guterres said too much time and too many resources were being spent on responding to crises rather than preventing them.

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Venezuela President Threatens Opposition over 'Coup'

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro threatened Tuesday his opponents would face "consequences" for their latest efforts to oust him, reviving his claim that he was the victim of a "coup" attempt.

Opposition majority lawmakers on Monday passed a motion declaring Maduro had effectively "abandoned his post" by failing to tackle the country's economic crisis.

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London-Based Italians Arrested for Cyber-Spying on Top Politicians

Italian police on Tuesday announced the arrest of a London-resident nuclear engineer and his sister on suspicion of running a cyber snooping operation targeting politicians, public bodies and companies.

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2 S. Africa Mosques Defaced in 'Islamophobic' Attacks

Two mosques in Cape Town have been defaced in "Islamophobic" attacks with blood sprayed on walls and a pig's snout left on an entrance gate, South African officials said Tuesday.

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Retired U.S. Generals to Trump: Torture is Unnecessary

Dozens of retired top military brass have written to President-elect Donald Trump urging him not to follow through on campaign pledges to reinstate waterboarding, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Trump said while campaigning that "waterboarding is fine, but it's not nearly tough enough" and said he would "bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding." 

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