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U.N. Chief Calls for Myanmar to Release Arrested Journalists

U.N. Chief Calls for Myanmar to Release Arrested Journalists

SUMMARY: Guterres said the international community should do everything possible to secure the journalists’ release and freedom of the press in Myanmar.

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N.Y. woman attempted to send bitcoin to Islamic State, feds say

N.Y. woman attempted to send bitcoin to Islamic State, feds say

SUMMARY: But she faces up to 30 years for the bank fraud charge and 20 years on each money laundering count.

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Australia's royal commission calls for mandatory child sex abuse reports

Australia's royal commission calls for mandatory child sex abuse reports

SUMMARY: Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse called for a systemic change in the reporting of child sex abuse in its final report on Thursday.

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US scrambles to find unified message on North Korea

US scrambles to find unified message on North Korea

SUMMARY: But administration officials insist they all share the same goal of a denuclearized North Korea.

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Vaginal mesh use should be restricted to research only, says health watchdog

Vaginal mesh use should be restricted to research only, says health watchdog

SUMMARY: :: Journalist was a 'wreck' after vaginal mesh implantImage: Campaigner Annette Power had a mesh fitted in 2002Earlier this week, New Zealand became the first country to ban the use of all types of vaginal mesh out of safety fears, following Australia, which has also imposed restrictions on mesh.

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Peru's Kuczynski says will not resign over Odebrecht scandal

Peru's Kuczynski says will not resign over Odebrecht scandal

SUMMARY: LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said late on Thursday that he would not resign over a scandal involving payments that Brazilian builder Odebrecht paid a decade ago to a company he controlled while holding public office.

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Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

Japan expands unilateral sanctions against North Korea

SUMMARY: South Korea and the US also impose unilateral sanctions on North Korea, in addition to sanctions enforced by the UN.

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South Korea cryptocurrency trading changes announced

South Korea cryptocurrency trading changes announced

SUMMARY: The statement added virtual currency exchanges with more than 2 billion won ($1.83 million) worth in assets would be allowed to operate.

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Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession

Australian abuse report calls for end to sanctity of confession

SUMMARY: The 17-volume document from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse marks the end of one of the world’s biggest inquiries into child abuse and leaves it to the government to decide whether to enact its recommendations.

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Brexit: EU leaders set to move talks on to next stage

Brexit: EU leaders set to move talks on to next stage

SUMMARY: 'Ambition and creativity'During the dinner with the 27 other EU leaders, Mrs May urged them to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase.

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Unidentified space object not alien ship, say scientists after first scans

Unidentified space object not alien ship, say scientists after first scans

SUMMARY: A mysterious cigar-shaped object in space is not an alien craft, according to initial scans carried out by scientists.

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US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

US woman used bitcoin to move cash to Islamic State, police say

SUMMARY: Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, was charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering and is being held without bail.

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Tackling loneliness isn't just for Christmas

Tackling loneliness isn't just for Christmas

SUMMARY: Jo felt strongly that loneliness was a great threat to our society and should be tackled as such.

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Venezuelan first lady's 'Narco Nephews' jailed for drug trafficking

Venezuelan first lady's 'Narco Nephews' jailed for drug trafficking

SUMMARY: Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Two nephews of Venezuela's first lady were sentenced to 18 years in prison in the United States for drug trafficking.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern

New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern

SUMMARY: New Zealand PM Ardern says 'we are a trading nation' 2 Hours Ago | 07:29The idea of a giant Pacific trade deal isn't dead yet, even if the United States has turned its back on an agreement.

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Litecoin founder Charlie Lee talks bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

Litecoin founder Charlie Lee talks bitcoin, cryptocurrencies

SUMMARY: "Bitcoin is very volatile, and litecoin is even more volatile that bitcoin," he said.

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Jo Cox commission calls for 'minister for loneliness'

Jo Cox commission calls for 'minister for loneliness'

SUMMARY: The final report of the Jo Cox Loneliness Commission calls for a national strategy for loneliness across all ages to tackle what it describes as "an urgent crisis".

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China Is Still Building on Disputed South China Sea Islands

China Is Still Building on Disputed South China Sea Islands

SUMMARY: The activity comes as China joins what are likely to be protracted negotiations with Southeast Asian nations on a “code of conduct” for South China Sea.

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James Alex Fields charged with first-degree murder for Charlottesville killing

James Alex Fields charged with first-degree murder for Charlottesville killing

SUMMARY: Fields has been described as a white supremacist and Hayer was involved in counter protests disavowing the white supremacist rally.

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Oxford Dictionaries names youthquake word of the year amid political unrest

Oxford Dictionaries names youthquake word of the year amid political unrest

SUMMARY: A climate of deepening political unrest has led to "youthquake" being named Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year.

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