Tue12122017

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Nigerian Police Official Defends Unit Against Brutality Accusations

ABUJA - A police official defended a unit of the Nigeria Police Force that has been accused of human rights violations, saying many claims of brutality were unfounded and the country needed to be defended against violent crime.

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Magnitude 6.0 Earthquake Hits Western Iran: State Media

BEIRUT - A magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit western Iran on Monday, state media reported.

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Kuwait Replaces Oil And Finance Ministers In Cabinet Reshuffle

DUBAI - Kuwait replaced its oil, finance and defense ministers in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, state news agency KUNA reported.

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UK Govt. Accepts Lawmakers' Demands For Scrutiny Of Brexit Law Changes

LONDON - The British government will grant lawmakers more oversight of the process of severing ties with the European Union, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday.

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Iran Foreign Minister Defends Missile Program, Asks European Support

Mohammad Javad Zarif

BEIRUT - Iran’s foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump’s confrontational policy towards Tehran.

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Rahul Gandhi Becomes Congress President

Rahul Gandhi

NEW DELHI -- India's opposition Congress party has named Rahul Gandhi as its new president, a move that is expected to give it leadership stability in taking on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in national elections in 2019.

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Assad Meets Putin In Syria As Russian Forces Close To Withdrawing

DAMASCUS -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in Syria on Monday, China’s Xinhua news agency reported citing the presidential media office report.

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EU's Top Diplomat Reaffirms Support To Two-State Solution To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Federica Mogherini

BRUSSELS -- The European Union (EU)'s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Monday reiterated that the bloc backs a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Jerusalem as the capital of both parties along 1967 lines, China’s Xinhua news agency reported.

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Saudi Arabia To Grant Cinema Licenses Early Next Year

Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia announced on Monday its plan to grant licenses to open cinema early next year, China’s Xinhua news agency reported according to Al Arabiya local news.

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First ASEAN Film Festival Held In The Netherlands

HANOI -- The first ASEAN film festival was held in the Dutch city of Utrecht recently as part of the celebrations for the 50th founding anniversary of ASEAN, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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