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U.S. ultimatum on Iran nuclear deal, new sanctions draw Iran threat

MOSCOW - Iran says it will retaliate against new sanctions imposed by the United States after President Donald Trump set an ultimatum to fix "disastrous flaws" in a deal curbing Tehran's nuclear program. (IRAN-NUCLEAR/ (PIX), moved, by Andrey Ostroukh, 749 words)

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- IRAN-NUCLEAR/DECISION (UPDATE 6, PIX), moved, by Steve Holland, 1,000 words

Ballistic missile warning sent in error by Hawaii authorities

HONOLULU - An emergency alert was sent mistakenly to Hawaii's residents warning of an imminent ballistic missile attack when an employee at the state emergency management agency pushed the "wrong button," Hawaii's governor says. (USA-MISSILES/FALSEALARM (UPDATE 6, TV), moving shortly, by Jolyn Rosa, 860 words)

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- USA-MISSILES/FALSEALARM-FCC (UPDATE 2), moved, By David Shepardson 310 words

S.Korea and N.Korea to hold working-level talks on Jan. 15

SEOUL - North Korea and South Korea have agreed to hold working-level talks at the Tongil Pavilion on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom on Jan. 15, South Korea's unification ministry says. (NORTHKOREA-SOUTHKOREA/TALKS (UPDATE 1), moved, 315 words)

Pro-Russian Czech president faces challenge from newcomer in runoff election

PRAGUE - Russia-friendly Czech President Milos Zeman wins the first round of voting to retain his job, but pro-Western runner-up Jiri Drahos will be a formidable opponent in the second round vote in two weeks, nearly complete results show. (CZECH-ELECTION/PRESIDENT (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moved, by Jan Lopatka, 550 words)

AFRICA

South Africa "open for investment" - ANC leader Ramaphosa

EAST LONDON - South Africa is open for investment and wants to offer policy certainty as it seeks to increase economic growth and eradicate poverty, the new leader of the ruling African National Congress said on Saturday. (SAFRICA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, 600 words)

Tunisia to increase aid for poor in response to protests

TUNIS - Tunisia plans to increase support for poor families and needy people, a government minister says, after protests broke out in the North African country. (TUNISIA-PROTESTS/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), by Ulf Laessing and Tarek Amara, moved, 350 words)

UNITED STATES

Top U.S. diplomat for refugees to quit post -email

WASHINGTON - The U.S. diplomat in charge of refugee issues plans to quit his post within days, according to an email seen by Reuters, becoming the third senior U.S. official to leave or be re-assigned from refugee work in recent weeks. (USA-DIPLOMACY/REFUGEES moved, by Yeganeh Torbati, 393 words)

Crews ramp up effort to rescue live victims of California mudslide

LOS ANGELES - A massive influx of search and rescue crews scour parts of California's Santa Barbara County for seven people still missing following mudslides that killed at least 18. (CALIFORNIA-MUDSLIDES/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Paula Lehman-Ewing, 418 words)

Trump, Lighthizer discuss China, NAFTA trade talks - White House

PALM BEACH - President Donald Trump is briefed by U.S. trade envoy Robert Lighthizer on U.S. trade with China and talks on revising the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, a White House spokeswoman says, as the administration considers several new tariff moves in coming weeks. (USA-TRADE/NAFTA (UPDATE 1), by Steve Holland, moved, 392 words)

AMERICAS

Guatemala congressman arrested, accused in murders of 2 journalists

MEXICO CITY - The Guatemala attorney general's office confirms the arrest of congressman Julio Juarez Ramirez, who is accused of plotting the murders of two journalists in 2015. (GUATEMALA-CORRUPTION/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, 263 words)

Chile government guarantees Pope's safety despite church attacks

SANTIAGO - Pope Francis will not be at risk during his trip to Chile this week, despite a series of attacks at Catholic churches in the capital Santiago, Interior Minister Mario Fernandez says. (POPE-CHILE/SAFETY (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, 238 words)

EUROPE

No Grand Coalition! Opponents of Merkel alliance hit the road

WERNIGERODE, Germany - Opponents of a renewed German "grand coalition" take to the road, hoping to persuade members of their Social Democratic Party (SPD) to vote against governing with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for another four years. (GERMANY-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), by Thomas Escritt, 675 words)

Anti-Trump demonstrators march in Swiss capital

ZURICH - Anti-globalization demonstrators take to the streets of the Swiss capital on to protest against a planned visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to the World Economic Forum this month. (WEF-DAVOS/TRUMP-PROTEST (PIX), moved, 146 words)

ASIA

U.S. and allies must work more closely on N.Korea - Japan expert

GENEVA - The United States, South Korea and Japan must coordinate more closely on North Korea, with whom they are engaged in a "pre-negotiation bargaining process," a former Japanese defense official tells Reuters. (NORTHKOREA-UNITED STATES/MISSILES, moved, by Stephanie Nebehay, 300 words)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi says army admission on killings a positive step

YANGON - Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi says it was "positive" that the country's military was taking responsibility for the actions of troops, after the army said soldiers were involved in killing 10 captured Rohingya Muslims. MYANMAR-JAPAN/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, 430 words

BUSINESS

Carillion could enter administration on Monday unless UK backs rescue -Sky

LONDON - British building and services company Carillion could enter administration on Monday unless Britain's government backs a rescue plan, Sky News reported on Saturday, citing sources. (CARILLION-RESTRUCTURING/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, 205 words)

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