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Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Japan wants pressure

WASHINGTON/SEOUL U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. | Video

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Poland's new government wins vote of confidence in parliament

WARSAW Poland's new government led by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki won a vote of confidence in parliament just before midnight on Tuesday, voting records showed, opening the way for the Cabinet to start functioning.

1:40am EST

U.S. criticizes Poland for fining U.S.-owned broadcaster TVN

WARSAW The United States criticized a decision by Poland's media regulator to slap a $415,000 fine on TVN, a U.S.-owned private broadcaster, saying the ruling appeared to undermine media freedom.

3:21am EST

Mexico's presidential front-runner vows more welfare, formalizes bid

MEXICO CITY Mexican front-runner for next year's election, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, formalized his bid for the presidency on Tuesday and promised his government would spend on the young, elderly and farmers.

Mexico Dec 12 2017

Turkey says world must recognise East Jerusalem as Palestinian capital

ISTANBUL Muslim nations must press the world to recognise East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state, Turkey said on Wednesday as it opened an Islamic summit called in response to a U.S. decision to recognise the city as Israel's capital.

Turkey, Davos 2:23am EST

Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

Indonesia 2:37am EST

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