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Yukon caves yield evidence of earliest humans in North America

On a limestone ridge, overlooking the upper Bluefish River in Yukon, Canada, are three small caves. Buried in the cave deposits are the bones of long-gone animals, some with marks made by stone tools wielded by possibly North America's earliest humans.

Istanbul nightclub attack suspect 'confesses'

Istanbul - A 34-year-old Uzbek man suspected of slaughtering 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve confessed to the massacre on Tuesday, hours after his capture in a police raid.

Ethics commissioner investigates vacation of Trudeau family

Ottawa - Mary Dawson, Canada's ethics commissioner said that she was satisfied that a letter to her by Conservative ethics critic Blain Calkins brought up issues regarding a Trudeau family vacation that met the requirement for an investigation.

Microsoft waves an 'early goodbye' to Windows 7

Microsoft has suggested Windows 7 is no longer a secure or supported operating system in a blog post today. The company said it's waving an "early goodbye" to the much-loved platform, even though support actually ends in 2020.

Berlin sheds tear for post-war order as Trump era looms

Berlin - US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel may have got off to a rocky start but his impending departure has sparked a wave of nostalgia and trepidation in Berlin.

Op-Ed: Trump major gaffe with China gets ominous response

Sydney - If there is one thing China will never negotiate, it’s the One China policy, which says that Taiwan and China will reunify. Donald Trump’s suggestion that the policy is negotiable has caused an extraordinarily angry reaction in Beijing.

Hungary set to turn screws on Soros-backed NGOs

Budapest - Hungarian NGOs have long felt the heat under strongman Prime Minister Viktor Orban -- but they now fear that, emboldened by Donald Trump's victory, the right-wing premier will turn the screws even tighter.

A tale of two speeches as Davos week begins

Davos - The global elite begin a week of earnest debate and Alpine partying in the Swiss ski resort of Davos on Tuesday, in a week bookended by two presidential speeches of historic import.

Mystery remains as MH370 search called off

Sydney - The massive underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was called off Tuesday, leaving unsolved one of the most enduring mysteries of the aviation age.

Fleeing Chechens stranded at door to EU

Brest - On a snowy day a commuter train leaves the Belarusian border city of Brest as usual for the town of Terespol in EU member Poland just a few kilometres away.

Over 80 false killer whales dead in Southwest Florida

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is investigating the stranding of over 80 false killer whales near Hog Key in Southwest Florida over the weekend.

Turkish-Armenian reconciliation elusive decade after journalist murder

Istanbul - Ten years after campaigning Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in Istanbul, Armenians and Turks have still not achieved the reconciliation of which he dreamt.

Gene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon dead at 82

Houston - Gene Cernan passed away on Monday at age 82. Although his family did not release details of the cause of the former astronaut’s death, he had been in ill health for several months. Cernan is being remembered as the last human to walk on the moon.

Over 180 feared dead from migrant boat disaster in Mediterranean

Rome - Four people died and nearly 180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday's migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

Turkey Kurd leader risks up to 142 years in jail: media

Istanbul - Turkish prosecutors are demanding up to 142 years in prison for pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Selahattin Demirtas on charges of links to Kurdish militants, state media said on Tuesday.

Germany's top court rejects bid to ban far-right NPD party

Karlsruhe - Germany's highest court on Tuesday threw out a bid to ban the far-right NPD party, arguing that the xenophobic fringe outfit is too insignificant to spell a real threat to the democratic order.

Maduro denounces 'hate campaign' aimed at Donald Trump

Caracas - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has denounced a "hate campaign" aimed at Donald Trump, saying the US president-elect's administration would not be "worse" than Barack Obama's."Big international media have speculated a lot," he told reporters.

Syria talks in Astana meant to 'consolidate' ceasefire: Lavrov

Moscow - Syria peace talks in the Kazakh capital next week are aimed at consolidating the frail truce in the war-torn country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.

Celebrity-in-chief Trump struggles to get A-list inauguration talent

New York - Donald Trump has spent decades palling around in the celebrity world and once dreamed of a movie career. But for his presidential inauguration, he is finding little love in return.

Ukraine files 'terrorism' case against Russia at world court

Den Haag - Ukraine has filed a case at the UN's top court accusing Russia of sponsoring "terrorism" and demanding Moscow pay damages for the shelling of civilians and the downing of flight MH17, officials said Tuesday.
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