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As unions turn the screws, French PM says pension reform unavoidable

PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Friday nationwide strikes in the public sector would not weaken his resolve to reform the pension system but promised workers would be spared a brutal transition to the new regime. Learn More


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Indian police kill four men suspected of rape, murder, drawing applause and concern

HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - Indian police shot dead four men on Friday who were suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old veterinarian near Hyderabad city, an action applauded by her family and many citizens outraged over sexual violence against women. More »


U.S. has not yet decided whether to hold U.N. meeting on North Korea rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States has not yet decided whether to hold a United Nations Security Council meeting to discuss human rights abuses in North Korea on Tuesday, said U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft after even the prospect of such a meeting angered Pyongyang. More »


Johnson, Corbyn wage Brexit battle in final debate before UK election

MAIDSTONE, England/LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn went head to head over Brexit on Friday in the last televised debate before next week's election that will determine the path for Britain's departure from the European Union. More »


At least eight killed in Kenya in suspected Islamist militant attack

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Several people were killed on Friday when suspected Islamist militants attacked a bus in Kenya near the border with Somalia, police and local media outlets said. More »


UK will have time to strike trade deals after Brexit: Johnson

MAIDSTONE, England (Reuters) - Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday that Britain would have enough time to strike an agreement with the European Union about future trade ties, and reach similar deals with other countries, after its scheduled departure from the EU on Jan. 31. More »


Brazil police crack down on gold smuggling on Venezuela border

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian police launched an operation on Friday to break up a smuggling ring that it said had exported 1.2 tonnes of illegal gold bought since 2017 from wildcat miners in the frontier region between Brazil and Venezuela. More »


Washington blacklists Iran-backed Iraqi militia leaders over protests

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Friday blacklisted three Iran-backed Iraqi paramilitary leaders over their alleged role in killings of anti-government protesters in Iraq and threatened future sanctions if violence against demonstrators continued. More »


Iran deal limps on as Europeans delay sanctions blow

VIENNA (Reuters) - European powers demanded at talks on Friday that Iran stop violating their nuclear deal, but stopped short of triggering a mechanism that could renew U.N. sanctions and kill the 2015 accord, officials said. More »


Socialism has worked in UK and it will work again: Labour's Corbyn

MAIDSTONE, England (Reuters) - The leader of Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said democratic socialism had improved the living standards of the country's poorest in the past and the party would turn to it again if he wins the Dec. 12 election. More »


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