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U.S. charges Russians with 2016 U.S. election tampering to boost Trump

A Russian propaganda arm oversaw a criminal and espionage conspiracy to tamper in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to support Donald Trump and disparage Hillary Clinton, said an indictment released on Friday that revealed more details than previously known about Moscows purported effort to interfere. The office of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three Russian comp...


Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea dies at 91
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Ingvar Kamprad, founder of Ikea dies at 91

Billionaire IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, who turned a business he launched as a teenager into one of the worlds best known furniture brands, has died at the age of 91, the Swedish company said on Sunday. IKEAs simple but sturdy designs and self-assembly products are now familiar in homes around the globe and the retailer is aiming to generate 50 billion euros ($62 billion) in annual revenues by...


More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention center on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a source familiar with the plan told Reuters. The asylum-seekers are the third and largest group to be given U.S. resettlement, ending a three-month hiatus in a transfer program that had been described...


With Trump absent in shutdown debate, moderate U.S. senators fill void

With President Donald Trump standing back from negotiations to end the U.S. government shutdown, it was a group of around two dozen moderate senators that took the lead in hammering out a compromise. Congress voted on Monday to end the three-day closure of federal agencies by approving the latest short-term bill to fund the government. Trump signed the bill late on Monday. Democrats had init...


Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire
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Australia's plans for cannabis market dominance are more smoke than fire

When Australia said this month it would allow exports of medicinal cannabis in a bid to dominate a global market set to be worth $55 billion by 2025, investors scrambled to buy shares in marijuana companies - pushing several of them, and the sector as a whole, to record highs. But convoluted and restrictive licensing demands, substantial finance requirements and a guarded medical profession mea...


Blast rips through supermarket in Russia's St Petersburg, 10 hurt

A blast ripped through a supermarket in Russias St Petersburg on Wednesday evening, injuring at least 10 shoppers, investigators said. The explosion was caused by a homemade bomb packed with pieces of metal with a force equivalent to 200 grammes of TNT, they said. They have opened a criminal case on the grounds of attempted murder. Nobody was killed in the explosion, and it was not immediate...


Tamang Lhosar with Bijay Lama in Sydney

Nepalis may be away from their home country, but their culture never leaves them they strive to promote and celebrate their cultural practices. In a bid to do the same, on January 27, Nepali Tamangs are going to celebrate Sonam Lhosar with a musical concert. As per the information provided by Dil Tamang of Tamang Society of Sydney, this year Bijay Lama will be coming from Nepal to perform in the ...


Topless Femen activist tries to snatch Jesus statue from Vatican crib

A topless activist from the feminist group Femen tried to snatch the statue of the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene in St. Peters Square on Monday but was stopped by police as she grabbed it. A Reuters photographer said the woman jumped over guard rails and rushed onto the larger-than-life Nativity scene shouting God is woman. She had the same slogan painted on her bare back. A Vatican gen...


Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message
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Mideast needs two-state solution, Pope says in Christmas message

Pope Francis used his Christmas message on Monday to call for a negotiated two-state solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after U.S. President Donald Trump stoked regional tensions with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Francis spoke of the Middle East conflict and other world flashpoints in his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and the world) address, four days after more t...


U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say
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U.S. helped thwart major attack in St. Petersburg: U.S., Russia say

The United States provided intelligence to Russia that helped thwart a potentially deadly bomb attack in St. Petersburg, U.S. and Russian officials said on Sunday, in a rare public show of cooperation despite deep strains between the two countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday to thank him for the tip-off, which the Kremlin said helped preven...


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