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Taliban says talks with the US enter fourth day in Qatar

Kabul - Negotiations between the Taliban and US officials in Qatar entered a fourth straight day Thursday, according to the insurgents, as the two sides pursue a potential deal to bring an end to Afghanistan's 17-year conflict.

UN chief urges dialogue in Venezuela to avert 'disaster'

Davos - UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed for dialogue in Venezuela to avoid the political crisis spiralling out of control, after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president.

Ghosn resigns as Renault boss as French group enters new era

Paris - Arrested car boss Carlos Ghosn resigned his position as chief executive and chairman of Renault, ending his leadership roles in the auto industry and signalling the start of new era for the French manufacturer.

Sudan protesters plan new march on palace in nationwide demos

Khartoum - Sudanese anti-government protesters plan to make a new attempt to march on the presidential palace as they step up pressure on President Omar al-Bashir to resign with nationwide rallies on Thursday.

Taiwan entertainer faces jail for slapping minister over history row

Taipei - A retired Taiwanese entertainer could face jail after she slapped a minister to protest government moves to address the controversial legacy of late leader Chiang Kai-shek, officials said Thursday.

UN chief warns 'we are losing the race' on climate change

Davos - UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday warned that the world is "losing the race" on climate change as he demanded that governments make bolder commitments beyond the Paris accord."Climate change is the defining issue of our time.

Pakistan's top court to decide on Bibi appeal Jan 29: lawyer

Islamabad - Pakistan's Supreme Court will decide on January 29 whether to allow an appeal against its acquittal of a Christian woman at the centre of a blasphemy row, a lawyer involved in the case said Thursday.

S. Korean's #MeToo initiator welcomes jailing of man she accused

Seoul - The woman who started South Korea's #MeToo movement said Thursday she hoped other victims will take heart from the jailing of the senior prosecutor she accused of assault.

Greek lawmakers to vote on Macedonia name change

Atenas - Greek lawmakers are expected to vote Thursday on a deal to change the name of neighbouring Macedonia and end one of the world's longest diplomatic disputes.

Trump delays speech until government shutdown ends

Washington - US President Donald Trump backed down late Wednesday in a spat with Democrats over his State of the Union address, agreeing to delay it until a government shutdown ends, although the more than month-long impasse dragged on.

'History on our side,' Macedonia FM says of name change

Skopje - Supporters of Macedonia's name-change deal with Greece are "on the right side of history" and their critics will eventually agree, Macedonia's foreign minister told AFP as the accord approaches the final step of ratification.

Canada acquires rare book previously owned by Adolf Hitler

Ottawa - Library and Archives Canada announced Wednesday it had acquired a rare 1944 book that once belonged to Adolf Hitler.

Sports-loving sultan picked as Malaysian king after shock abdication

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's royal families on Thursday picked a sports-loving sultan as the country's new king after the last monarch abdicated in a historic first following his reported marriage to a Russian ex-beauty queen.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama: Jakarta's ex-governor jailed for blasphemy

Jakarta - Jakarta's ex-governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, who was released from prison Thursday after serving nearly two years for blasphemy, won praise for his efforts to clean up the traffic-choked megacity and clamp down on corruption.

Renault to chart course for post-Ghosn era with new bosses

Paris - Renault is expected Thursday to appoint a new leadership duo to drive the French carmaker into an era without lynchpin Carlos Ghosn, who remains in a Japanese jail on financial misconduct charges.

Key players in the Ghosn saga

Apo - The rollercoaster saga of former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn has gripped Japan and the business world since the tycoon was arrested out of the blue on November 19 as his private jet taxied into a Tokyo airport.

DR Congo set for historic political transition

Apo - Felix Tshisekedi is to be sworn in on Thursday as president of Democratic Republic of Congo, marking the country's first-ever peaceful handover of power after chaotic and bitterly-disputed elections.

John King talks 'Try Saying Goodbye,' technology and Maren Morris Special

Country singer-songwriter John King chatted with Digital Journal about his new single "Try Saying Goodbye," which will be released on January 25, 2019.

Tesla says no deal has been made to source batteries from Lishen

Juicy news and rumors don't take long to spread on the Internet, so when the first reports came out that Tesla had signed a preliminary agreement with Chinese battery maker Tianjin Lishen, they reverberated rather quickly.

Parade to mark wartime siege stirs anger in Saint Petersburg

Sanktpeterburg - Plans for a military parade in Saint Petersburg marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the siege of Leningrad have provoked an outcry in the city, including among survivors.
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