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World 13 Dec 2017 | 1:32 AM

NATO chief Stoltenberg wins extended term to late 2020

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NATO allies extended Jens Stoltenberg's term as secretary-general of the Western military alliance until late 2020 on Tuesday, giving the former Norwegian prime minister a rare six-year mandate in the top job.

World 13 Dec 2017 | 1:23 AM

Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out

PARIS (Reuters) - About 20 companies including Unilever, EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming.

AseanPlus News 13 Dec 2017 | 12:00 AM

US defector to N. Korea in 1965 dies at 77

TOKYO: A US soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 11:43 PM

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents - Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 11:42 PM

German gas grid group FNB says Austria incident won't affect supply

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - An explosion at an Austrian gas hub disrupting European natural gas supply should not affect German flows, German long-distance gas network operator group FNB said on Tuesday, showing that Europe's biggest economy is relatively shielded from a serious energy crisis in winter.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 11:27 PM

EU to agree extending economic sanctions on Russia until mid-2018

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will agree on Thursday to prolong for another six months the bloc's economic sanctions on Russia, imposed over the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and Moscow's support for rebels in east Ukraine.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 11:26 PM

Deadly blast at Austrian pipeline hub slashes gas flow to Italy

VIENNA/MILAN (Reuters) - An explosion and fire that ripped through Austria's main gas pipeline hub on Tuesday killed one person and injured 21 others, prompting Italy to declare a state of emergency as flows from the strategic site were cut off for most of the day.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 10:45 PM

Trump denies accusations of sexual misconduct, attacks Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he did not know the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and alleged their claims were a political attack pushed by Democrats, rejecting renewed calls to look into his behaviour.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 8:30 PM

War-scarred neighbourhoods in Ukraine's rebel-held Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name.

World 12 Dec 2017 | 7:13 PM

Russian credit to cover part of S-400 missile deal with Turkey - agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will offer Turkey partial financing for Ankara's purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems, the Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a Russian presidential aide.