• Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine's president announces re-election bid

      Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko announced on Tuesday he will run for a second five-year term in March elections. The 53-year-old confectionary magnate and one of Ukraine’s richest men has steered the country on a pro-Western and pro-NATO course since coming to power in the aftermath of the 2014 Maidan protests and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, news wires reported.

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    • Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      Trump to deliver his State of the Union speech next week

      US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday invited President Trump to deliver the State of the Union address on 5 February. The invitation for the annual speech, given by the president to outline the administration's priorities for the coming year, comes after the previously scheduled 29 January date was postponed due to the partial government shutdown.

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    • Death toll in Mexican pipeline fire rises to 109

      Death toll in Mexican pipeline fire rises to 109

      The death toll in a massive fire at an illegally tapped pipeline in Mexico has risen to 109 after 10 more injured people died at hospitals this week. According to Mexico's Health Secretary Jorge Alcocer the latest victims were severely burned and died between Wednesday and early Friday, despite all the medical efforts. Other 40 injured victims are still treated in hospitals with a very little chance to survive, too.

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    • Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      Trump concedes to temporarily end shutdown

      US President Trump suffered an astonishing retreat on Friday as he publicly announced he had signed a three-week stop-gap spending bill, approved by both the House and Senate that would end the 35-day-old partial government shutdown. The temporary funding measure, however, does not secure him any of the the $5.7bn he had demanded from Congress for a border wall.

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    • Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

      Malaysia elects new king after shock abdication

      Sultan Abdullah ibni Sultan Ahmad Shah, the ruler of the Malaysia state of Pahang, was named the country's new king Thursday following the unprecedented abdication of Sultan Muhammad V earlier this month. The 59-year-old Sultan Abdullah was elected to a five year term by the leaders of Malaysia's royal houses, known as the Conference of Rulers under a system of rotational monarchy that is unique to the country.

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    • Greek parliament passes Prespes agreement

      Greek parliament passes Prespes agreement

      Greek lawmakers ratified on Friday the controversial deal with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) settling a name dispute that has separated the two neighbors for nearly 30 years. The so-called Prespes agreement was passed with 153 votes in favour and 146 against, despite rancorous protests taking place in Athens and the northern city of Thessaloniki.

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    • Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Maduro rival claims Venezuela presidency

      Venezuela’s crisis escalated shockingly on Wednesday as Opposition Leader Juan Guaido declared himself country's interim president amid nationwide protests, trying to oust sitting leader Nicolas Maduro. Guaido, the 35-year-old recently elected head of Venezuela's National Assembly, took the oath of office on an outdoor podium in Caracas, flanked by yellow, blue and red Venezuelan flags. He raised his right hand as a crowd erupted in cheers. He promised to serve as interim leader and call for general elections.

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    • UN partly lifts sanctions on North Korea

      UN partly lifts sanctions on North Korea

      In a major relief to North Korea, the UN Security Council has allowed humanitarian agencies to work in the country, media reports said Wednesday. The Security Council has granted exemptions from sanctions to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), Eugene Bell Foundation, Christian Friends of Korea, and the Canadian NGO First Steps Health Society to work in the country facing sanctions for its nuclear program since 2006.

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