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Dogs helping keep SAfrica’s youth away from harm’s way

When Thobani Gasa took his puppy for obedience training a few years ago it was just for fun. But soon his own behaviour started to change thanks to his canine companion.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 15 2017

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May urges EU leaders to move on with Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand.

Reuters, Dec 15 2017

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Belgium ends case against Catalan leader

A Belgian court formally closed extradition proceedings against deposed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont on Thursday, after Spain dropped the European arrest warrant against him.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 15 2017

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Don’t sleepwalk into war over NKorea: UN chief

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned the world against “sleepwalking into war” over North Korea, as he called for diplomatic efforts to banish nuclear weapons from the Korean peninsula.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 15 2017

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6,700 Rohingya killed in first month, says MSF

At least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed in the first month of a Myanmar army crackdown on rebels in Rakhine state that began in late August, Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said on Thursday.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 15 2017

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Tasmanian tiger doomed long before humans came along

The Tasmanian tiger was doomed long before humans began hunting the enigmatic marsupial, scientists said on Tuesday, with DNA sequencing showing it was in poor genetic health for thousands of years before its extinction.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2017

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Police: NY bomber not on B’desh terror list

Bangladesh police on Tuesday were scrambling for details about New York subway bomber Akayed Ullah, but uncovered little about the extremist sympathiser who detonated a homemade pipe bomb in the underground.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2017

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MEPs for making Brexit deal binding

The European Parliament will insist on quickly making the deal reached between the European Union and Britain on divorce terms legally binding, worried London may not honour a gentleman’s agreement, the parliament’s chief Brexit coordinator said.

Reuters, Dec 13 2017

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Russia begins troop withdrawal from Syria

The first Russian troops returned home on Tuesday from their deployment in Syria, the army said, beginning a partial withdrawal announced by President Vladimir Putin.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2017

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Diphtheria kills nine in Bangladesh Rohingya camps

Bangladesh on Tuesday launched a massive drive to vaccinate Rohingya children against diphtheria after a suspected outbreak killed nine refugees and infected more than 700.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2017

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World leaders in Paris seek cash for climate crunch

World leaders met in Paris on Tuesday seeking to unlock more money to drive the global economy’s shift to green energy, exactly two years after signing a global pact to avert worst-case-scenario global warming.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 13 2017

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There’s new sense of optimism now: British PM May

British Prime Minister Theresa May will tell lawmakers on Monday there is a “new sense of optimism” around Brexit talks, despite a spat with Ireland over last week’s interim deal with the EU.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 12 2017

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Saudi to allow cinemas from 2018

Saudi Arabia said on Monday that public cinemas would be allowed in the conservative kingdom for the first time in over 35 years, and that the first ones were likely to open next March.

Reuters, Dec 12 2017

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Rahul Gandhi new prez of Indian Congress

India’s opposition Congress party named Rahul Gandhi as its new leader on Monday after years of speculation, calling it a “historic occasion”.

Agence France-Presse, Dec 12 2017

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Merkel, SPD seek clarity on coalition talks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week.

Reuters, Dec 12 2017

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