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Istanbul nightclub attacker says was directed by Islamic State - report

ISTANBUL An Uzbek gunman who killed 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day told police he had to change target at the last minute to avoid heavy security and acted with direct orders from Islamic State in Syria, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

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Suicide blast kills 33 at north Mali military camp

GAO, Mali At least 33 people were killed and dozens injured on Wednesday when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives near a military camp in Mali's northern city of Gao, witnesses and a United Nations peacekeeping source said.

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Iran's Zarif wants cooperation with Saudi over Syria and Yemen

DAVOS, Switzerland Iran and Saudi Arabia should be able to work together to help end conflicts in Syria and Yemen, after successfully cooperating over Lebanon last year, Iran's foreign minister said.

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German AfD rightist triggers fury for assailing Holocaust memorial

BERLIN A senior member of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) has triggered outrage on social media for verbally attacking Berlin's Holocaust and saying that Germany must rewrite its history books to focus more on its own victims.

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China urges U.S. to bar Taiwan delegation from Trump inauguration

BEIJING/TAIPEI The United States should not allow a delegation from Taiwan to attend U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, China's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, raising a new bone of contention in Beijing's relations with the incoming government.

10:32am GMT

Elder ex-president Bush recovering in hospital after breathing problems

Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been hospitalized in Houston since the weekend after he experienced a shortness of breath, a family spokesman said on Wednesday. | Video

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar steady after Trump-led dip

LONDON, Jan 18 Stock markets steadied and the dollar recovered some ground on Wednesday after unease over how U.S. policy will develop under Donald Trump's presidency drove the currency to its weakest since early December.