Reuters: World News, 17-18 Jan 2019

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UK’s Prince Philip, 97, escapes unhurt after road crash near royal estate

Queen Elizabeth’s husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, 97, was involved in a traffic accident while driving on Thursday near the Sandringham estate in eastern England, Buckingham Palace said. He was not hurt.
Trump missile defense review calls North Korea ‘extraordinary threat’

President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that called North Korea an ongoing and “extraordinary threat,” seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated.
North Korea deemed ‘extraordinary threat’ in Trump missile defense review

President Donald Trump unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy on Thursday that singles out North Korea as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat,” seven months after he declared the threat posed by Pyongyang had been eliminated.

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Sudan protesters, police clash as anti-Bashir unrest spreads

Stone-throwing Sudanese demonstrators battled security forces in Khartoum on Thursday, witnesses said, and a child and a doctor were reported killed at the start of a fifth week of protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s 30-year rule.
North Korea envoy in U.S. for talks with Pompeo, possibly Trump

A North Korean envoy arrived in Washington on Thursday for expected talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a possible encounter with President Donald Trump aimed a laying the groundwork for a second U.S.-North Korea summit.
Brazil’s Bolsonaro pledges action to ‘restore democracy’ in Venezuela

Brazil’s far-right President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday he would do all he could to “to re-establish order and democracy” in Venezuela, while his foreign minister met with Venezuelan opposition leaders.
Venezuela to receive 2,000 Cuban doctors pulled from Brazil: Maduro

Venezuela will receive 2,000 Cuban doctors who left Brazil following a dispute between the Communist-run island and the government of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who ordered an end to their stay after taking office this year.
North Korea’s top envoy arrives in Washington: South Korea’s Yonhap

North Korea’s top envoy, Kim Yong Chol, arrived at Washington D.C.’s Dulles International Airport to discuss a second summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported on Friday.
Ex-mistress of ‘El Chapo’ says she was ‘traumatized’ by tunnel escape

A former mistress of accused Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman told jurors in his U.S. trial on Thursday she was “traumatized” after a harrowing 2014 escape from one of his safehouses with Mexican marines in hot pursuit.
African Union cites ‘serious doubts’, urges delay to final Congo election result

The African Union on Thursday called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election due to its doubts over the provisional results.
At Bolsonaro son’s request, Brazil top court suspends probe of his ex-driver

Brazil’s supreme court on Thursday ordered Rio de Janeiro state prosecutors to temporarily suspend a probe into suspicious payments made by the former driver of President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, whose lawyers requested the injunction.
China’s envoy to Canada says Huawei 5G ban would have repercussions

China’s envoy to Canada on Thursday warned Ottawa there would be repercussions if it banned technology firm Huawei Technologies Co Ltd [HWT.UL] from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks, the latest blast in a deepening bilateral dispute.
Car bomber kills 10 in Colombia police academy attack

A car bomb exploded at a police academy in Colombia’s capital Bogota on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding over 50 in an attack that prompted fears of a return to the country’s violent past.
Death toll in militia clashes in Libya’s capital rises to 10

The death toll from clashes between rival militias in the Libyan capital Tripoli has risen to 10 killed and 41 wounded, the health ministry said on Thursday.
Norway’s PM Solberg forms majority center-right government

Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg struck a deal on Thursday to form a center-right majority government by adding the small Christian Democratic Party to her minority three-party coalition.
U.S. believes Islamic State likely responsible for Manbij blast: sources

The U.S. government believes the Islamic State militant group is likely responsible for Wednesday’s attack in northern Syria that killed four Americans, although it has not reached a firm conclusion, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday.
U.S. believes Islamic State likely carried out Manbij blast: sources

The U.S. government believes the Islamic State militant group, which claimed Wednesday’s attack in northern Syria that killed four Americans, is likely responsible, although it has not reached a firm conclusion, two U.S. government sources said on Thursday.
African Union calls on Congo to delay release of final vote

The African Union on Thursday called on Democratic Republic of Congo to suspend the release of the final results of its disputed presidential election due to its doubts over the provisional results.
Morocco foils 89,000 illegal migration attempts in 2018: interior ministry

Morocco stopped 89,000 people from illegally migrating in 2018, up 37 percent compared to a year earlier, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as the country became the main launchpad in the Mediterranean for Europe-bound migrants.
U.N. members owe $2 billion in debt to peacekeeping, U.S. owes a third

U.N. member states owe nearly $2 billion in peacekeeping funds, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres has warned, with the United States responsible for more than a third of that.
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