North Korea rebuffs U.S. offer of December talks

North Korea said on Thursday it has been offered a fresh meeting with the United States, but is uninterested in more talks aimed at “appeasing us” ahead of a year-end deadline Pyongyang has set for Washington to show more flexibility in their negotiations.div class=”feedflare”
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Iraq’s young protesters: ‘We’re not leaving, even if this lasts 40 years’

Wearing surgical masks, motorcycle helmets and clothes stained with blood and grime, they populate the protest barricades of Baghdad, chanting for the government to fall.div class=”feedflare”
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MH17 investigators say phone taps reveal Russian political ties

Investigators released a series of phone intercepts on Thursday which they said revealed Moscow’s influence over pro-Russian rebels accused of downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine five years ago.div class=”feedflare”
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Lebanon bank staff to strike until security plan agreed: union

Lebanon’s bank staff union called on Thursday for employees to stay on strike until it receives details of a security plan, especially on how to deal with customers.div class=”feedflare”
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Macron faces ghost of ‘Yellow Vest’ past in Christmas run-up

Agosthino Bareto has stowed away his neon yellow vest and stopped occupying road junctions in protest against the burden of high French taxes. But the garage owner still seethes with anger at the mention of President Emmanuel Macron.div class=”feedflare”
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EU seeks to work around no British commissioner in new executive

Busy with a Brexit-focused election campaign, Britain will not nominate a representative for the new European Union executive until after its Dec. 12 vote, leaving the bloc seeking to hedge against any legal challenges arising from going without London.div class=”feedflare”
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No more surrender for Brexit Party’s Farage in British election

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage on Thursday rejected demands to further help British Prime Minister Boris Johnson by pulling out of contests with the opposition Labour Party, saying his aim was to win enough parliamentary seats to hold Johnson to account.div class=”feedflare”
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India’s top court delays ruling on ban on women entering Hindu temple

India’s top court on Thursday delayed a verdict on the lifting of a centuries-old ban on women of menstruating age entering a Hindu temple, asking more judges to consider the case involving gender discrimination and religion that has divided opinion.div class=”feedflare”
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Hong Kong students arm themselves for showdown as police take breather

Pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways as students built barricades and stockpiled makeshift weapons, setting the stage for campus showdowns.div class=”feedflare”
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Hong Kong students arm themselves for showdown amid talk of curfew

Pro-democracy protesters paralyzed parts of Hong Kong for a fourth day on Thursday, forcing schools to close and blocking highways as students built barricades and stockpiled makeshift weapons, setting the stage for campus showdowns.div class=”feedflare”
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