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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 7, TV), moved, by Jolyn Rosa, 800 words)

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- USA-MISSILES/FALSEALARM-PEOPLE (PIX), moved, by Jolyn Rosa, 400 words

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

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)

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)

ASIA

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)

Rohingya insurgents say 10 found in Myanmar grave "innocent civilians"

YANGON - Rohingya Muslim insurgents say 10 Rohingya found in a mass grave in Myanmar's troubled Rakhine state last month were "innocent civilians," and not members of their group. (MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/ARSA (UPDATE 1), moved, 580 words)

For now, Australia's plans to dominate cannabis market more smoke than fire

SYDNEY - 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. (AUSTRALIA-CANNABIS/ (ANALYSIS, PIX), moved, by Colin Packham, 800 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)

Death toll rises to 19 in California mudslides, 5 still missing

LOS ANGELES - The death toll from mudslides that devastated parts of California's scenic Santa Barbara County rises to 19 on Saturday amid a massive influx of emergency crews searching for five people still missing.(CALIFORNIA-MUDSLIDES/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by Paula Lehman-Ewing, 490 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)

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 says. (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)

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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