France’s Far-Right Eyes Big Gains in Regional Vote

By Ingrid Melander PARIS, Dec 6 – France began voting in high-stakes regional elections on Sunday, just three weeks after deadly Daesh militant attacks in Paris that could bring strong gains for the far-right National Front. Security was beefed up at polling stations in the capital where militants killed 130 people by shootings and suicide

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Attacker Slashes Man in London Metro “Terrorist Incident”

By James Davey LONDON, Dec 6 – A man wielding a knife slashed a man in an east London metro station on Saturday, reportedly screaming “this is for Syria”, before police used a stun gun to subdue him in what they described as a terrorist incident. A pool of blood near the ticket barriers at

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The Brunt of Climate Change

By Barbara Lewis PARIS, Dec 5 – Small islands affected by the rising sea levels also face the greatest risk of diseases linked to a warmer planet, health leaders said on Saturday, as 13 million medical professionals added to the calls for a global climate pact. Hundreds of thousands more people will die every year from heat

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Global Economy: A Not-Entirely-Dead Week

By Jeremy Gaunt LONDON, Dec 6  – The calm before the storm? Here comes the “dead week” before the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the first time since June 2006 – nine and a half years ago. It will be a week of last-minute positioning by financial markets before the expected hike on Dec. 16

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Daesh Claims Attack on Yemen’s Aden Governor

ADEN  Dec 6  – The governor of Yemen’s Aden province Jaafar Mohammed Saad was killed on Sunday when a suicide bomber rammed his car into the governor’s convoy in the western part of Aden city, residents and a local official said. Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack. In a statement posted on a messaging

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Six Syrians Arrested in Argentina for Traveling With Fake Greek Passports

By Hugh Bronstein BUENOS AIRES, Dec 5 (Reuters) – Authorities in Argentina arrested six Syrians who flew into the South American country on false Greek passports, a spokesman for the federal police told Reuters on Saturday, adding that the bogus travel documents were probably obtained in Turkey. The six, including one minor, were taken into

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Galactic Hopes for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

By Lisa Richwine LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 – The new installment in the Star Wars movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers. Can The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the celebrated

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U.N.-Backed Yemen Peace Talks to Convene on Dec. 15

ADEN, Yemen, Dec 5 (Reuters) – United Nations-backed peace talks aimed at ending eight months of civil war in Yemen between an Iranian-allied militia group and the embattled Saudi-backed government will convene on Dec. 15, Saudi-owned TV quoted Yemen’s foreign minister as saying. “Consultations on the implementation of Resolution 2216 will be held on Dec.

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Iran Says Future of Syria’s President Assad a ‘Red Line’

DUBAI, Dec 6 (Reuters) – A top advisor to Iran’s Supreme Leader on Sunday said the future of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad could only be determined by the Syrian people and this was a “red line” for Tehran. Assad’s fate is a sticking point in talks between world powers aimed at finding a political solution

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