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Israel lifts restrictions on building more homes in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told senior ministers he is lifting restrictions on settlement building in East Jerusalem, a statement said on Sunday, immediately after the city's municipal government approved permits for the building of hundreds of new homes in the area. | Video

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North Korea nuclear threat means South must not delay anti-missile system

SEOUL Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said on Monday the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile defense system can not be delayed in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear missile threat and despite Chinese hostility to the move.

South Korea, North Korea Jan 22 2017

Malaysian transport minister to meet with MH370 families in Perth

SYDNEY Malaysia's transport minister said he will meet relatives of passengers from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth on Monday, after being lobbied by a group representing families of those lost when the plane vanished in 2014.

Jan 22 2017

Netanyahu says Trump invites him to Washington in February

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump had invited him to a meeting in Washington in February.

Jan 22 2017

Syria's warring sides gather for new attempt to break deadlock

ASTANA Syria's warring sides meet in Kazakhstan's capital on Monday with Russia, Turkey and Iran, sponsors of the talks, trying to make progress towards a goal others have repeatedly failed to reach: an end to the six-year-old conflict.

China's Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping will head a new commission overseeing joint military and civilian development, state media said, as the country continues with an ambitious military modernization program.

Jan 22 2017

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