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    Nations agree global climate pact rules, but seen as weak

    Reuters . Katowice | Updated at 11:01am on December 16, 2018

    Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree on rules for implementing a landmark global climate deal, but critics say it is...

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    Meghan’s father asks Queen to get his daughter back in touch

    Reuters . London | Updated at 04:10pm on December 17, 2018

    Meghan Markle’s father appealed to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth on Monday to intercede to end his estrangement from his daughter, the wife of Prince Harry. The...

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    Singapore allows gay man to adopt son

    Reuters . Singapore | Updated at 01:24pm on December 17, 2018

    Singapore’s high court on Monday allowed a gay doctor to adopt his biological son, a landmark ruling in the socially conservative city-state that comes almost...

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    Bethlehem church mosaics sparkle in time for Christmas

    Agence France-Presse . Bethlehem | Updated at 11:30am on December 16, 2018

    Masked for centuries by the soot of candles and lately by scaffolding, the mosaics of Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity have been restored to their...

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    Australia endorses west Jerusalem as capital of Israel

    Agence France-Presse . Sydney/ Ramallah | Updated at 12:00am on December 16, 2018

    Australia now recognises west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, prime minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved...

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    US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 11:56am on December 15, 2018

    A federal judge in Texas ruled Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional — a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed...

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    Trump says US in no hurry over N Korea nuke negotiations

    Agence France-Presse . Washington | Updated at 01:25am on December 16, 2018

    President Donald Trump played down hopes Friday for any imminent deal to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear arsenal....

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    11 die after eating toxic rice at Indian temple

    Agence France-Presse . New DelhiAgence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 11:26am on December 15, 2018

    Eleven people have died after eating rice that had likely been contaminated with a toxic substance at a Hindu temple ceremony, a health official said Saturday....