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London's Charing Cross station shut after gas leak in nearby area

Undated | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

London's Charing Cross station was closed early on Tuesday morning due to a "large" gas leak in a nearby area, rail operators and the fire brigade said, prompting the police to evacuate hundreds of pe

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Government shutdown fizzles on spending, immigration deal in US Congress

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Congress voted on Monday to end a three-day U.S. government shutdown, approving the latest short-term funding bill as Democrats accepted promises from Republicans for a broad debate later on the futur

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With Trump absent in shutdown debate, moderate US senators fill void

By Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

With President Donald Trump standing back from negotiations to end the U.S. government shutdown, it was a group of around two dozen moderate senators that took the lead in hammering out a compromise.

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More asylum-seekers to leave remote Australian camps for U.S. resettlement - source

By Colin Packham SYDNEY | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Another 58 asylum-seekers held in an Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea (PNG) will leave on Tuesday for resettlement in the United States under a controversial refugee swap deal, a so

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Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

Undated | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

US comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media, according to v

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Indonesian office workers flee as quake shakes capital

JAKARTA | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Office workers fled high-rise buildings in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday after a strong earthquake shook the city, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries. The relatively shall

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Czech president says will not let potential successor appoint PM

PRAGUE | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Czech President Milos Zeman will re-appoint Andrej Babis as prime minister regardless of whether he wins a new presidential term, he said, preventing a potential new head of state making his own appoi

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Huawei, ZTE cut lobbying spending but find other ways to spread influence

By Diane Bartz WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Chinese telecommunications equipment companies Huawei and ZTE, which face strong political headwinds in the United States, sharply cut lobbying expenditures last year, according to fourth-quarter spen

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Russian speed skater Ahn not eligible for Olympics in Feb- RIA

MOSCOW | Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 IST

Russian short track speed skater Viktor Ahn, biathlete Anton Shipulin and cross-country skier Sergei Ustyugov are not on the list of Russian athletes eligible to compete at next month's Pyeongchang Ol

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Turkey rejects military operation limited to Syria's Afrin

Ankara |Tuesday, 2018 8:15:04 AM IST

Turkey had given no guarantee to Russia or any other country that military operation will be limited to Syria's Afrin, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Monday.

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Palestinians slam Pence speech in Israel as 'gift to extremists'

Gaza |Tuesday, 2018 7:45:04 AM IST

The Palestinians on Monday slammed the speech of the US Vice President Mike Pence he addressed the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in which he expressed his country's commitment to recognise Jerusalem a

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US shutdown: Trump hails GOP win, says Democrats caved in (Second Lead)

Washington |Tuesday, 2018 3:45:04 PM IST

US President Donald Trump has hailed the end of the government shutdown as a "big win" for Republicans and hit out at Democrats saying they "caved in" following the 69-hour crisis.

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