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Ambassadors of Western nuclear powers set to snub Nobel ceremony

Breaking with tradition, nearly all ambassadors of the world’s nuclear powers are not planning to attend this year’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, which honours efforts to ban nuclear weapons.

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World Cup 2018: Moscow ready for the final draw

Russia is already buzzing with excitement on the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that will take place at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

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Marathon draws thousands in Iraq’s devastated Mosul

More than 4,000 runners take part in a “peace marathon” in Mosul to raise funds to rebuild the war-ravaged western district of Iraq’s second city.

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HIV denial movement fuels Russian epidemic

A phenomenon of people believing that the AIDS-causing HIV virus is a myth invented by western drug companies is hindering Russia’s battle with the epidemic, as people refuse treatment for themselves and their children.

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First snowfall of the season on the Vosges mountains

The first snow of the season falls on the Vosges mountains in France, to the delight of cross-country skiers.

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Pro- and anrti-Huthi Yemenis mark different events

Huthi loyalists in the Yemeni capital Sanaa celebrate the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday while Yemenis loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh in the southern port city of Aden mark the 50th anniversary of the independence of southern Yemen from Britain.

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As many go ga-ga over royal engagement, some ask: Harry who?

Prince Harry’s marriage to US actress Meghan Markle in May 2018 promises to be the wedding of the year and this week’s engagement news made headlines around the world — but not in China and India.

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Merkel, Schulz open talks aiming to break govt impasse

Chancellor Angela Merkel opens talks with Social Democrat chief Martin Schulz hoping to end Germany’s political stalemate, but the atmosphere has already been poisoned by disobedience within her ranks. IMAGES

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The FCC Wants The Future Of Net Neutrality To Not Include Net Neutrality

On December 14, the FCC will consider and vote on Chairman Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal, which would reclassify internet service — now considered a Title II “utility” — as an “information service.” The proposal, which is expected to pass on a party-line 3-2 vote, would end a 2015 policy known as “net neutrality,” and give internet service providers significantly more power over what their customers do on the internet and how they access it.

Pai, his Republican allies, and the telecom industry promise that this will allow the internet to flourish and stimulate investment in broadband internet infrastructure. Critics and experts argue, however, that this policy change will simply remove the FCC-imposed barriers that prevent telecoms from abusing their power over the content and services delivered over their networks.

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New city of the dead takes shape underneath Jerusalem

Under the serene and silent hills of Jerusalem’s largest Jewish cemetery, a team drills into stone to create a vast underground burial site, melding modern technologies with ancient concepts.

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UN thanks Russia and Saudi Arabia for aiding Syria peace talks

UN mediator for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, thanks Russia and Saudi Arabia for helping secure the presence of a Syrian government delegation for peace talks with the UN. SOUNDBITE

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Bolivians protest as court okays fourth term for Morales

Demonstrators against Evo Morales’ reelection took to the streets in the capital La Paz, following a court decision authorizing a tilt at a fourth consecutive term.