UPDATE 9-Nations to consider more N.Korea sanctions, U.S. warns on military option
VANCOUVER, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not choose negotiations.
Syrian Kurdish PYD urges action against Turkish bombing of Afrin: statement
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The main Syrian Kurdish political party called on world powers to stop Turkey's bombardment of the Afrin region in northern Syria.
Russia calls for talks between Afghan government and the Taliban
MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Russia called on Wednesday for urgent talks between the government in Afghanistan and the Taliban, its Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding Russia could host such talks.
Vietnam oil executives apologize to Communist Party in corruption trial
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese executives on trial for losses at a scandal-hit state oil firm used their final statement in court on Wednesday to apologize to the ruling Communist Party, media said, as Vietnam's biggest corruption trial for years draws to a close.
After 950 years, France to lend Bayeux Tapestry to Britain -reports
LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - France is set to lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the tale of how William the Conqueror came to invade England in 1066, several national British media reported on Wednesday.
North Korea to send cheerleaders to Olympics but Japan sees little to celebrate
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics in the South next month, Seoul said on Wednesday after both sides held talks amid a thaw in inter-Korean ties and as Japan urged caution over the North's "charm offensive".
Muslim county in China bans children from religious events over break
BEIJING (Reuters) - A mostly Muslim county in western China has banned children from attending religious events over a winter break, an education bureau said in a notice posted online, as authorities step up control of religious education.
China says Canada meeting on N.Korea showed "Cold War" mentality
BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - China said on Wednesday a just concluded meeting in Canada about North Korea showed a Cold War mentality and would only undermine a settlement of the North Korea issue.
Scandal-hit KPMG South Africa appoints new chairman
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The South African arm of global audit firm KPMG [KPMG.UL] said on Wednesday it had appointed veteran public servant and former chairman of the Development Bank of Southern Africa Wiseman Nkuhlu as its chairman.
Indonesia sends military to help fight health crisis in Papua
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia is deploying military paramedics to carry food and vaccines to a remote part of its easternmost province of Papua, where reports say at least 61 infants died from malnutrition and diseases such as measles.
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