Analysis: What does the Adana deal mean for Turkey and Syria?

Agreement resulted from mediation efforts by Egypt and Iran to satisfy Turkish demands that Syria end support for PKK. Turkey and Syria signed an agreement in the Turkish city of Adana in 1998 that defused tension that brought the two nations to the brink of war. The Syrian-Turkish relationship had been tense since the end of WWI and the demarcation of […]

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Appeals court set to hear arguments over Trump’s tax returns

President Donald Trump’s lawyers are ready to urge a federal appeals court to reverse a lower-court’s conclusion that his tax returns can be turned over to state prosecutors. The lawyers will appear before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan on Wednesday morning to urge a three-judge panel to reject the judge’s conclusions that Trump can’t stand in […]

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Malaysia, Goldman discuss smaller penalty over 1MDB scandal: Bloomberg

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia has discussed a $2 billion to $3 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs over the U.S. bank’s alleged role in the 1MDB scandal, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, less than half the sum the Southeast Asian nation had demanded earlier. Investigators in Malaysia and the United States say about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from the now-defunct state […]

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Brazil's Bolsonaro heralds 'great day' as Senate approves pension reform

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday hailed the Senate’s approval of a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s pension system as a launch pad for the wider economy, although voting on the last few remaining amendments was delayed to the following day. Pension reform is seen by the government and many economists as crucial to stabilizing Brazil’s public […]

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Fire still burning at New Zealand convention center, APEC hosting in doubt

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A massive fire at a convention center under construction at a casino complex in Auckland was still spewing thick smoke across New Zealand’s largest city on Wednesday, forcing road closures and keeping workers away almost 24 hours after it started. The fire had prompted an evacuation of SkyCity Entertainment Group’s entire complex, including hotels, casinos and restaurants […]

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Amazonian fertility statuettes stolen from church hurled into Tiber

Rome: Pope Francis's landmark conference on Catholicism in the Amazon has taken a vindictive twist after indigenous Amazonian fertility statuettes were stolen from a church near St Peter's Basilica and hurled into the Tiber. The Tiber River in the Vatican, in Rome,Credit:AP The theft was carried out by ultra-conservative Catholics who viewed the female fertility figures as being pagan. One conservative […]

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