AFP - Asian markets saw further losses on Thursday, with Tokyo hit by a weaker dollar and Hong Kong coming off a 12-day surge, as the rally that greeted 2018 gives way to profit-taking.
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AFP - Chancellor Angela Merkel embarks Thursday on last-ditch talks with Germany's second biggest party to form a government, in what is also a battle to rescue her political career.
September's inconclusive elections left the veteran leader without a majority and struggling to find partners to govern Europe's biggest economy.
AFP - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that the United States could "conceivably" return to the Paris climate accord, although he stopped short of signaling any move in that direction.
AFP - Russia's Vladimir Putin employs corruption, military invasions in Europe and sprawling disinformation campaigns in attempts to undermine democracies, and US President Donald Trump has been "negligent" in countering the threats, a Senate Democratic report warned Wednesday.
AFP - South Korea said Wednesday the United States is open to talks with North Korea "at appropriate times" if Pyongyang agrees.
AFP - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos announced that he had suspended peace talks with National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels in response to what he said were guerrilla attacks earlier Wednesday.
"I have talked with the head of the government delegation in Quito to tell him to return immediately to assess the future of the process," Santos said in a televised address.
AFP - Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is seeking to win a fourth term in the Kremlin in March elections, pledged Wednesday to raise the minimum wage this year, benefitting some four million people.
AFP - Myanmar security forces took part in a massacre of 10 Rohingya in September, the army chief's office said Wednesday, as it admitted for the first time abuses during a crackdown that sparked a mass exodus of the Muslim minority.
AFP - A former Russian policeman convicted of killing 22 women went on trial Wednesday for a further 59 murders in a case that could make him Russia's most prolific serial killer in recent history.
BBC - Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th Century. William Cook looks at how the pair worked together to create designs that still inspire today.