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Turkmenistan halts gas flow to Iran in arrears row

Tehran (AFP) - Turkmenistan halted gas supplies to Iran Sunday amid tensions between the two countries over arrears, the Iranian National Gas Company was quoted by oil ministry news agency Shana as saying.
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China plans 'toilet revolution' to boost tourism

China said it will boost investment in tourism, with plans to develop rustbelt regions and upgrade public toilets high on its to-do list as it looks to lift the sector's contribution to economic growth....
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Chinese carrier enters South China Sea amid renewed tension

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A group of Chinese warships led by the country's sole aircraft carrier entered the top half of the South China Sea on Monday after passing south of Taiwan, the self-ruled island's Defense Ministry said of what China has termed a routine exercise....
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All 92 on Syria-bound Russian military jet killed in crash, including 60 from Red Army Choir

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian military plane carrying 92 people, including dozens of Red Army Choir singers, dancers and orchestra members, crashed into the Black Sea on its way to Syria on Sunday, killing everyone on board, Russian authorities said....
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A look at Bill English, New Zealand's new prime minister

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bill English was sworn in Monday as New Zealand's 39th prime minister after John Key resigned. Here's a glance at English's life:...
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Philippines' Duterte gets Trump White House invite during 'animated' call

MANILA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump invited Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte to the White House next year during a "very engaging, animated" phone conversation, a Duterte aide said on Friday, amid rocky relations between their two countries....
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Crown prince formally becomes Thailand's new king

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand has a new king, with the country's crown prince formally taking the throne to succeed his much-revered late father, who reigned for 70 years....
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China to tighten control on domestic firms' foreign investment: WSJ

China plans to tighten controls on Chinese companies looking to invest abroad, in an effort to slow a surge of capital fleeing offshore, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing documents it reviewed and sources familiar with the matter....
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Malaysia arrests pro-democracy leader ahead of anti-PM rally

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian police arrested the head of the pro-democracy group Bersih and several opposition leaders on Friday, widening a crackdown on government critics a day before a rally calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down....
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Australian prime minister did not tell Trump of refugee deal

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian prime minister on Monday confirmed that he did not tell President-elect Donald Trump that the United States had agreed to resettle an unspecified number of refugees languishing at Australia's expense in Pacific island camps....
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