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Risking flames and mines, Iraq oil workers battle to cap burning wells

QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - His face blackened and helmet coated in soot, Hussein Saleh watched the oil fields of his home town in northern Iraq burn, belching up thick smoke that blotted out the sun.

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U.S., China agree on new North Korea U.N. sanctions, Russia has issues - diplomats

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and China have agreed on new U.N. sanctions to impose on North Korea over the nuclear test it conducted in September, but Russia is delaying action on a draft resolution, a senior Security Council diplomat said on Wednesday.

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Venezuela's Maduro says OPEC output pact 'imminent'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Wednesday an OPEC deal to cut output and hike oil prices was "imminent," and dispatched his oil minister to Russia to help bring other producers on board.

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Sudan security forces arrest opposition leaders amid protests

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan arrested four opposition leaders on Wednesday including veteran politician Sadiq Youssef as part of a crackdown on protests, the country's opposition coalition said.

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French PM urges taxes on imports from countries snubbing climate pact

PARIS (Reuters) - Europe should impose tariffs on imports from countries that do not implement a global agreement for fighting climate change, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in an opinion piece published on Wednesday.

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Venezuela opposition says Vatican-brokered talks 'frozen'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition said on Wednesday talks with the government were "frozen" after officials failed to attend meetings, throwing cold water on Vatican-brokered attempts to bridge the country's deep political crisis.

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Four workers dead in Cuba bridge collapse -Canada miner Sherritt

TORONTO (Reuters) - Four workers at a Sherritt International Corp joint venture in Cuba died on Tuesday, when a municipal bridge they were repairing collapsed, the Canadian miner said on Wednesday.

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Factbox - Contenders, picks for key jobs in Trump's administration

(Reuters) - Donald Trump on Wednesday picked South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as his U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and wealthy Republican donor Betsy DeVos as education secretary.

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Exclusive: Russian tankers defy EU ban to smuggle jet fuel to Syria - sources

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian tankers have smuggled jet fuel to Syria through EU waters, bolstering military supplies to a war-torn country where Moscow is carrying out air strikes in support of the government, according to sources with knowledge of the matter.

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Italy to push Iran trade ties, undaunted by Trump

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's industry minister pledged on Tuesday to support business deals with Iran potentially worth billions of dollars, undeterred by fears U.S. President-elect Donald Trump could put slowly thawing international relations back on ice.