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Waiting for May, Brussels eyes December Brexit deal

BRUSSELS When Theresa May visits Brussels on Friday, EU negotiators will be listening intently for signs the British prime minister is preparing to risk a domestic backlash and raise her offer to secure a Brexit deal in December.

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Cuba, North Korea reject 'unilateral and arbitrary' U.S. demands

HAVANA Cuba said its foreign minister met with his North Korean counterpart in Havana on Wednesday and both rejected the United States' "unilateral and arbitrary" demands while expressing concern about escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Cuba, North Korea 9:51pm EST

Canada data shows 10 percent of Haitian border crossers get refugee status

TORONTO Canada has granted refugee status to about 10 percent of the 298 Haitian border crossers whose applications have been processed this year, according to government data released on Wednesday.

7:28pm EST

U.S. pressed Saudis to ease Yemen blockade: sources

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked Saudi Arabia to ease its blockade of Yemen, two sources said, just days before the Saudi-led military coalition announced on Wednesday it would let aid flow through the Yemeni port of Hodeidah and allow U.N. flights to the capital.

Saudi Arabia, Yemen 5:09pm EST

Putin wins backing from Iran, Turkey for new Syria peace push

SOCHI, Russia/RIYADH Russia's Vladimir Putin won the backing of Turkey and Iran on Wednesday to host a Syrian peace congress, taking the central role in a major diplomatic push to finally end a civil war all but won by Moscow's ally, President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria, Russia, Turkey, Davos 1:13pm EST

South Korea considers scrapping exercise with U.S. for Olympics: Yonhap

SEOUL South Korea is considering scrapping a regular military exercise with U.S. forces next year to minimize the risk of an aggressive North Korean reaction during the Winter Olympics in the South, the Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday.

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