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Russian military chief criticizes U.S., Japan and South Korea drills

TOKYO (Reuters) – Russia’s military chief warned on Monday that military exercises by Japan, the United States and South Korea aimed at countering North Korea only raise hysteria and create more instability in the region. Chief of the General Staff of Russian Armed Forces, Valery Gerasimov, arrives for the opening …

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Toronto FC to hold downtown victory parade following MLS Cup championship

Toronto FC will hold its victory parade through the downtown core of the city today, two days after winning its first MLS Cup in franchise history.Toronto beat the Seattle Sounders 2-0 in the championship game at BMO Field Saturday night, becoming the first Canadian team to win the MLS Cup.READ …

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Apple, India wrangle over import tax on mobile parts: sources

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) has asked India to defer a planned increase in import taxes on mobile phone parts so it can expand its iPhone manufacturing in the country, but the government is unlikely to accede, people familiar with the matter said. FILE PHOTO: An iPhone is …

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Tower of Toys gathers thousands of donations for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous

It was four days full of Christmas spirit on the Santa Maria at West Edmonton Mall. Toys, books and other fun items piled up, as donations poured in for the 3rd annual Fresh Radio Tower of Toys.The event wrapped up at 5 p.m. Sunday night. Fresh 92.5’s Jay Hatton said …

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Seeking to extend martial law in Philippine south, Duterte says militants regrouping

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday asked Congress to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao for a year, arguing that Islamist militants have been regrouping since a five-month urban conflict ended there in October. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing a military uniform, gestures as …

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Powell faces early test of policy view as tax cuts near approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Incoming Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, chosen by U.S. President Donald Trump to keep the recovery humming, appears set to let an expected trillion=dollar tax cut run its course through the economy as weak wage growth and inflation buttress his view that the economy remains underpowered. Jerome …

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Situation on Korean Peninsula risks moving into 'hot phase': Ifax cites Russian foreign minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The situation on the Korean Peninsula risks to move into a “hot phase”, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Monday, the Interfax news agency reported. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov addresses a news conference during a meeting of OSCE Foreign Ministers in Vienna, Austria, December 8, …

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Merkel, Social Democrats seek clarity on coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) say they hope to find clarity soon on prospects for a new ruling coalition as they gear up for exploratory talks this week. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the 5th African Union – European Union (AU-EU) …

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B’nai Brith Canada upset after Israeli flag burned during Vancouver protest

A Jewish organization is calling on Vancouver’s elected officials to speak out regarding anti-Israeli protests that happened over the weekend.B’nai Brith Canada Spokesperson Aidan Fishman says some protesters spewed hate at Jews who attended to show their support for Israel.READ MORE: What does Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital mean …

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Indonesia detains 18 in pre-emptive bid to boost Christmas security

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian anti-terrorism police have detained 18 people with links to militant groups in a bid to cut the risk of attacks during Christmas and the New Year in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, police said on Monday. Near-simultaneous attacks on churches in the capital, Jakarta, and elsewhere …