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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi silent

BEIJING - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the public remarks to another senior official.

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.

Tillerson says U.S. ready to talk to North Korea; Kim promises more weapons

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.

North Korea's Kim Jong Un fetes rocket scientists, promises more weapons

SEOUL - North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un vowed to develop more nuclear weapons on Tuesday while personally decorating scientists and officials who contributed to the development of Pyongyang's most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, the Hwasong-15.

U.S. wary of Putin's declaration of military victory in Syria

WASHINGTON - The United States is voicing skepticism about Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a major withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria and is arguing that his declaration of victory against Islamic State was premature.

Tillerson overture to North Korea: U.S. ready to talk without pre-conditions

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

U.S. aid chief says no sign Yemen port blockade easing to allow aid in

WASHINGTON - There are no signs that a blockade of Yemen's ports by a Saudi-led military coalition has eased to allow aid to reach communities increasingly at risk of starvation, the head of the U.S. government's aid agency said on Tuesday.

UK's May faces parliamentary showdown with Brexit rebels

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May's control of the Brexit process will undergo its stiffest parliamentary test yet on Wednesday, when she faces a showdown with rebels in her own party over the laws that will take Britain out of the European Union.

Latest fire in Chinese capital kills five despite safety blitz

BEIJING - A fire in a southern neighborhood of the Chinese capital Beijing early on Wednesday killed five people, the government said, just weeks after another deadly blaze in the city prompted a crackdown against migrant workers sparking widespread anger.

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.

Brazil appeals court schedules early decision on Lula appeal

BRASILIA - A Brazilian appeals court on Tuesday said it would decide on Jan. 24 on an appeal by former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva against a corruption conviction that could bar him from running in the 2018 presidential race.

U.S.'s Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be based on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

U.S. ready to talk but North Korea must be ready to change course: Tillerson

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday the United States was prepared to talk to North Korea whenever it is ready but Pyongyang must come to the negotiating table willing to make choices to change course on its nuclear and missile programs.

World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

U.N. warns of new Syrian refugee wave to Europe if aid dries up

GENEVA - Syrian refugees could again seek to reach Europe in droves if aid programs are not sustained in five neighboring countries hosting the bulk of them, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

World is losing the battle against climate change, says Macron

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a bleak assessment on the global fight against climate change to dozens of world leaders and company executives on Tuesday, telling them: "We are losing the battle".

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin

MOSCOW - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Partial power-share can end German political dilemma, some in SPD say

BERLIN - Wary of renewing a coalition with conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany's Social Democrats are instead contemplating a so-called "cooperation" arrangement that would see them agree on a minimal program but leave contested matters up for debate.

South Africa's Zuma rejects reports his office is drafting emergency laws

JOHANNESBURG - South African President Jacob Zuma has rejected local news reports that his office has started drafting regulations for a state of emergency, the president's office said on Tuesday.

Liberia to hold run-off vote on December 26: electoral commission

MONROVIA - Liberia will hold a delayed presidential run-off vote on Dec. 26, the electoral commission chief said on Tuesday.

Venezuela to open criminal probe of ex oil czar Ramirez: prosecutor

CARACAS - Venezuela will open a criminal investigation of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, the country's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday, as part of a broad shakeup of the OPEC nation's oil industry that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of executives.

'We are one': Palestinian Christians and Muslims unite against Trump's Jerusalem call

JERUSALEM - Less than an hour after U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Palestinians protested by turning off the lights on the Christmas tree outside Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity, the traditional birthplace of Jesus.

Tillerson to back North Korea diplomacy, reject Syria's Assad: U.S. official

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in remarks later on Tuesday, plans to say that he is optimistic about North Korea denuclearization talks and that there is no role for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's future, a U.S. official said.

Tight race as South Africa's ANC prepares to elect Zuma successor

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds an election this weekend to replace Jacob Zuma as party leader in a closely fought contest whose winner is likely to emerge as the nation's next president.

'Fierce and formidable' Dlamini-Zuma eyes South Africa's presidency

JOHANNESBURG - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a fierce campaigner against racial inequality whose hostility to big business has rattled investors in South Africa. She is also one of two front runners to be the country's next president.

Two dead in Gaza blast, Israeli military denies it carried out an attack

GAZA - Two Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants riding on a motorcycle in Gaza were killed in an explosion on Tuesday which the group implied was caused by an accidental detonation during preparations for an attack.

France expects slow but massive impact from labor reforms: minister

PARIS - President Emmanuel Macron's labor reforms will be slow to bear fruit but eventually have a massive impact on France's stubbornly high unemployment, his labor minister said Tuesday after data showed a slowdown in new job creation.

Turkey chides Arabs for 'weak' reaction ahead of Jerusalem summit

ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Turkey criticized what it said was a feeble Arab reaction to the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying on the eve of Wednesday's Muslim summit in Istanbul that some Arab countries were scared of angering Washington.

Macron seeks climate action after U.S. withdrawal from Paris accord

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron is urging wealthy countries and global companies to commit more funds to combating global warming and help poorer nations deal with the impact of climate change.

Be careful, murdered Iranian activist's daughter tells European exiles

THE HAGUE - The daughter of an Iranian Arab activist killed in the Netherlands last month linked his death to political conflict in the Middle East, and warned other exiles in Europe to be on their guard.

Two dead in Gaza blast, Israeli military denies it carried out an attack

GAZA - Two Palestinian Islamic Jihad militants riding on a motorcycle in Gaza were killed in an explosion on Tuesday, health officials said. Israel's military denied accounts by local residents that they were killed in an air strike.

Hundreds of thousands in Israel mourn 104-year-old ultra-Orthodox rabbi

BNEI BRAK, Israel - Hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews crammed into the streets of a Tel Aviv suburb on Tuesday to mourn a 104-year-old rabbi who had significantly influenced a succession of Israeli coalition governments.

Make EU gentleman's agreement with Britain binding: EU lawmakers

BRUSSELS - The European Parliament will insist on quickly making the deal reached between the European Union and Britain on divorce terms legally binding, worried London may not honor a gentleman's agreement, the parliament's chief Brexit coordinator said.

War-scarred neighborhoods in Ukraine's rebel-held Donetsk

DONETSK, Ukraine - Ruined houses, shell craters and deserted streets - this is a typical scene in the Oktyabrsky district of Donetsk, the largest city of Ukraine's pro-Russian rebel region that bears the same name.

Kremlin: We see Trump's tweets as official statements

MOSCOW - Tweets by U.S. President Donald Trump are viewed in Moscow as his official position and read by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday.

Japan air force drills with U.S. bombers, stealth fighters near Korean peninsula

TOKYO - Japanese F-15 fighters on Tuesday held drills with U.S. B1-B bombers, F-35 stealth aircraft and F-18 multirole combat jets

Kremlin says widespread Russian forces no longer needed in Syria

MOSCOW - There is a no longer the need for widely-deployed Russian military forces in Syria, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.

Thai PM says no trade with North Korea, ahead of U.S. envoy's visit

BANGKOK - No trade takes place between Thailand and North Korea, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Tuesday, ahead of an expected visit by a U.S. envoy seeking to step up pressure on North Korea over its weapons programs.

Cuba tells U.S. suspension of visas is hurting families

HAVANA - Cuba told senior U.S. officials during talks on migration in Havana on Monday that the U.S. decision to suspend visa processing at its embassy on the island was "seriously hampering" family relations and other people exchanges.

Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties would reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a divided opposition.

Tillerson set to meet Trudeau for North Korea crisis talks: source

OTTAWA - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to meet Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau next week for talks on how to address the crisis over North Korea's nuclear weapons program, an Ottawa source said on Monday.

Turkey, Russia will meet to finalize S-400 defense deal in coming week

ANKARA - Turkish and Russian officials will meet to finalize Turkey's S-400 surface-to-air missile systems deal in the coming week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday.

Exclusive: Detained Saudi billionaire al-Sanea seeks to end debt dispute

DUBAI - A detained Saudi billionaire who led the collapsed Saad Group is seeking to repay part of a multi-billion dollar debt to creditors under a deal that could allow his release, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Britain's May hails new optimism in Brexit talks after deal

LONDON - Prime Minister Theresa May hailed "a new sense of optimism" in Brexit talks, telling parliament on Monday an agreement to move negotiations on to future trade ties is progress and will reassure those concerned Britain may leave with no deal.

Ukrainian judge frees Saakashvili from detention

KIEV - Ukrainian opposition figure Mikheil Saakashvili was freed from detention on Monday, after a Ukrainian judge turned down the prosecutors' request to place him under house arrest - the latest twist in his dramatic standoff with the authorities.

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS/CAIRO - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but met a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

BRUSSELS - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process.

Buoyed by mayoral votes, Venezuela socialists eye presidency race

CARACAS - President Nicolas Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela's 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral polls with the help of a partial boycott by a crumbling opposition.

Putin, in Syria, says mission accomplished, orders partial Russian pull-out

MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin flew into Syria and ordered "a significant part" of Moscow's military contingent there to start withdrawing on Monday, declaring their work largely done.