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World 14 Dec 2017 | 6:14 AM

Canada says defence firms can now sell small arms to Ukraine

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday that defence contractors would be allowed to sell weapons such as automatic firearms and electric stun guns to Ukraine, a move the government in Kiev has long pressed for.

World 14 Dec 2017 | 5:54 AM

Despite Tillerson overture, White House says not right time for North Korea talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No negotiations can be held with North Korea until it improves its behaviour, a White House official said on Wednesday, raising questions about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's offer to begin talks with Pyongyang any time and without pre-conditions.

World 14 Dec 2017 | 5:45 AM

Trump 'dossier' firm: Republicans leaked bank records in retaliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A firm that commissioned a "dossier" detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes.

World 14 Dec 2017 | 4:56 AM

Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war.

Indonesia 14 Dec 2017 | 4:23 AM

Indonesia’s asbestos ‘time bomb’

JAKARTA: The symptoms were mild and seemingly innocuous at first: mostly coughing and fatigue. But it wasn’t long before Sriyono got a grim diagnosis -- he had asbestosis -- an incurable scarring of the lungs that often leads to cancer.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 10:35 PM

Russia and China discuss coordination on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov had held talks with China's ambassador to Russia Li Hui about Moscow and Beijing coordinating action on North Korea at the U.N. Security Council.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 9:20 PM

Russia says U.S. 'muscle flexing' in South Korea fraught with grave consequences

MOSCOW (Reuters) - "Muscle flexing" by U.S. armed forces in South Korea is fraught with grave consequences for the entire region, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Wednesday.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 8:34 PM

Backed by Putin, Russian military pushes into foreign policy

MOSCOW (Reuters) - From Damascus to Doha, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has been showing up in unexpected places, a sign of the military's growing influence under Vladimir Putin.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 6:25 PM

Give us time, EU pleads on 'historic' defence pact

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - To critics who say the EU's new defence pact is little more than an alphabet soup of extra bureaucracy for Brussels, EU officials have their riposte: give us time before you judge us.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 5:09 PM

Russia ready to consider easing arms embargo for Libya - Ifx cites diplomat

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to consider easing an arms embargo for Libya, the Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov as saying on Wednesday.