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UN chief to Cyprus leaders: 'Do not let historic opportunity slip' UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged leaders of divided Cyprus to return to the negotiating table and clinch a deal on reuniting the island, saying "they must not let this historic opportunity slip".Ban said he will be in contact soon with the Greek and Turkish Cypriot leaders to discuss the next steps with just five weeks to go before the UN chief hands over to Antonio Guterres to lead the world body."The secretary-general urges the leaders to continue their efforts in line with their shared commitment to do their utmost in order to reach a settlement in 2016," said a statement from Ban's spokesman."Especially in a region and in a world marked by increasing tension, they must not let this historic opportunity slip," he added.UN-brokered talks held in Switzerland this month ended on Tuesday with no agreement, with the two sides still far apart on the key ...

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Trump chooses foreign policy novice as ambassador to UN PALM BEACH: Donald Trump named South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, a former critic who has little foreign policy experience, to be the next US ambassador to the United Nations on Wednesday at a time of uncertainty over America's international role under his presidency. Haley, the first woman chosen for a senior job in Trump's administration, is "a proven dealmaker, and we look to be making plenty of deals. She will be a great leader representing ...

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More hurricanes likely for northeast US PARIS: A study warned Wednesday of hurricanes hitting the US northeast coast more frequently in future due to climate change caused by fossil fuel emissions.As the planet has warmed over the last few hundred years, Atlantic hurricanes have moved gradually northward from the western Caribbean to northern North America, said a study in the journal Scientific Reports.This trend would continue if humanity keeps pumping planet-warming greenhouse gases into the atmosphere."Our results strongly suggest that future ...

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Wooing press, Trump softens climate stance WASHINGTON: Donald Trump signaled Tuesday his campaign trail dismissal of the threat of climate change may have been hot air after all, saying he was "open minded" on supporting global accords.The US president-elect emerged from cabinet-building talks in his Trump Tower headquarters and traveled ten minutes across town to The New York Times to give a wide-ranging interview on his plans.He disavowed "alt-right" activists who hailed his election as a victory for white supremacy, distanced ...

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US existing home sales hit more than 9-1/2-year high WASHINGTON: US home resales rose in October to their highest level in more than 9-1/2 years amid pent-up demand, offering more evidence of a pickup in economic growth early in the fourth quarter. While a recent surge in mortgage rates could hurt the housing market next year, the impact is likely to be modest given a labor market that is at or close to full employment. The National Association of Realtors said on Tuesday existing ...

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Trump will meet Tuesday with New York Times WASHINGTON: US President-elect Donald Trump will meet on Tuesday with journalists from The New York Times, a spokeswoman said hours after his posts on Twitter canceling the meeting. Trump planned to travel to the Times building, spokeswoman Hope Hicks told reporters without elaborating. Earlier, Trump said on Twitter he canceled the meeting after the newspaper tried to change the terms agreed upon.The Times said it was Trump who had tried to change the terms, wanting ...

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Over half of world's population does not use internet: UN GENEVA: More than half the world's population does not use the internet, with prohibitive broadband costs keeping billions off line, a United Nations report said Tuesday. The UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said that 3.9 billion people do not have home or mobile internet access and that the problem was most acute among the world's "female, elderly, less educated, lower income and rural (populations)."One problem is the cost of fixed-broadband access, which has fallen globally ...