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  • Ethiopia releases Egyptian nationals detained during recent unrest: Ministry

    Egypt's foreign ministry says Ethiopia has released three Egyptian nationals detained for months during a recent wave of violent protests that left hundreds dead in the East African country.


    The foreign ministry secured the three men's release after a months-long effort, the ministry said in a statement late on Wednesday. The nationals departed Ethiopia's Addis Ababa for Cairo Wednesday night. They were not charged with any wrongdoing, the ministry added.

    Egypt's Foreign minister Sameh Shoukry traveled to Addis Ababa in November to discuss the release of the men with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

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  • In parting shot at Israel, Kerry warns Middle East peace in jeopardy

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Israel's building of settlements on occupied land was jeopardizing Middle East peace, voicing unusually frank frustration with America's longtime ally weeks before he is due to leave office.

    In a swiftly issued statement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Kerry of bias. He said Israel did not need to be lectured to by foreign leaders and looked forward to working with President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to pursue more pro-Israeli policies.

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  • In 2017, France and Germany will split Europe in two

    As Donald Trump prepares to move into the White House and Theresa May braces the UK for a hard Brexit, the EU is next in line to reap 2016's bumper crop of political upset.

    From the Rust Belt of America to Europe's populist insurgencies, the "re-nationalization" of politics -- or a rejection of globalization and international cooperation that has defined the post-1945 world order -- has become the new vogue. Read more »
  • India Supreme Court orders all movie theaters to play national anthem

    Movie theaters across India must play the national anthem before every film, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

    The anthem -- "Jana Gana Mana" -- will be accompanied by an image of the Indian flag.
    "All present in the (cinema) hall are obliged to stand up to show respect to the national anthem," Justices Dipak Misra and Amitava Roy wrote.
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  • The president's diet and what it says about America

    Thomas Jefferson may have been America's first foodie. The Founding Father developed a taste for French cuisine, grew a vast vegetable garden and cherished a farm-to-table diet.

    Abraham Lincoln was more of a modest eater. According to historians, the 16th president "liked apples and hot coffee," and didn't demand much in a meal. Read more »