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Want to be Danish? You'd better shake hands
COPENHAGEN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Afghan-born Sakandar Khan, 30, was among the first nine new Danish citizens who shook hands with Denmark's immigration minister under a new law that makes a handshake the final step in the naturalization process.
Before start of new oil pact, OPEC made progress averting glut
LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC cut oil output sharply in December before a new accord to limit supply took effect, it said on Thursday, suggesting that producers have made a strong start to averting a glut in 2019 as a slowing economy curbs demand.
French military to continue Islamic State fight in Levant: Macron
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the death of four Americans in Syria this week showed that the battle against Islamic State militants would continue and he vowed that France would keep its troops in the region this year.
North Korea deemed 'extraordinary threat' in Trump missile defense review
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing and "extraordinary threat," seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated.
NBA's Kanter urges Trump to act on Turkey's human rights record
NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Knicks player Enes Kanter urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be more vocal about human rights in Turkey, after prosecutors in Istanbul requested the basketball player's arrest and extradition over his ties to a U.S.-based cleric.
French military to continue Islamic State fight in Levant - Macron
PARIS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday the death of four Americans in Syria this week showed that the battle against Islamic State militants would continue and he vowed that France would keep its troops in the region this year.
BRIEF-China Offers Iran $3 Bln Oil-Field Deal - WSJ
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UPDATE 2-Head of UN team in Yemen's Hodeidah safe after shooting incident -UN
ADEN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The head of a U.N. mission tasked with overseeing a peace deal in Yemen's Hodeidah port city is safe after a reported shooting incident, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Oil slides on increased U.S. output and U.S.-China trade fears
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices fell about 2 percent on Thursday, extending recent weakness on concerns over surging U.S. crude production and slack global demand, particularly in light of the ongoing trade dispute between the United States and China.
Preoccupied Western powers fall silent on human rights: rights group
BERLIN (Reuters) - Global powers have become so diverted by populism and domestic discontent that they lack the capacity or inclination to defend human rights or even investigate suspected war crimes, global pressure group Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
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