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LAST_UPDATETue, 24 Jan 2017 4pm

Swiss Asylum Requests Plunge 31 Percent In 2016

Pic: ReutersRequests for asylum in Switzerland plunged by nearly a third to around 27,200 last year after authorities closed the Balkan land route used by thousands to flee hot spots in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, the SEM migration agency said on Monday.

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Iraq PM Orders Investigation Into Abuses Reported In Mosul Battle

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Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday ordered an investigation into allegations that members of Iraq's security forces and a Shi'ite paramilitary group had kidnapped and abused civilians in the campaign to take back Mosul from Islamic State.

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May To Defend Free Trade And Iran Deal In Talks With Trump

Pic: ReutersBritish Prime Minister Theresa May will stress the value of free trade and her support for the Iran nuclear deal when she meets U.S. President Donald Trump later this week, her spokeswoman said on Monday.

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Chance That Missing MH370 May Be North Of Last Search Zone

Pic: ReutersSYDNEY: There is a possibility missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is north of the area where investigators last week called an end to a three-year search, the head of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said on Monday, according to media reports.

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Singer Madonna Defends 'Blowing Up The White House' Remark

Pic: ReutersPop singer Madonna, who said in a profanity-laced speech at Saturday's Women's March in Washington, D.C., that she had thought about "blowing up the White House," said on Sunday that she was speaking metaphorically.

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France's Fillon Says Russia Sanctions Pointless, Dialogue Needed

Pic: ReutersEuropean Union sanctions on Russia are pointless, the frontrunner in France's presidential election Francois Fillon said on Monday during a visit to Berlin, warning of a risk that Russia and the United States forge links that exclude the EU.

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Diplomat Says China Would Assume World Leadership If Needed

Pic: ReutersChina does not want world leadership but could be forced to assume that role if others step back from that position, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Monday, after U.S. President Donald Trump pledged to put "America first" in his first speech.

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Philippines Tells Outsiders Not To Use ASEAN As 'Proxy' For Rivalry

Pic: ReutersThe Philippines told countries outside Southeast Asia on Monday not to use the region as "a proxy for their rivalry" as it wanted to preserve unity and establish a mechanism to resolve disputes in the South China Sea.

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Kremlin Says Expects To Agree Date For Trump-Putin Phone Call Soon

Pic: ReutersThe Kremlin said on Monday it expected to soon agree a date for the first phone call between President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump, but that it had no information for now about when the two men might hold their first meeting.

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South Korean Ministry Apologises For "Blacklist" Of Artists

SEOUL: South Korea's culture ministry apologised on Monday for a blacklist of artists which excluded them from government support, admitting there was a systematic effort to sideline critics of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye.

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