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Ban Ki-moon's brother and nephew charged with bribery

The brother and nephew of former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have been charged with conspiracy to bribe a government official. New York officials accuse Mr Ban's younger brother, Ban Ki-sang, and his nephew, Joo Hyun Bahn, of offering money to a Middle Eastern official. They allege that bribes were given to entice the official to use government funding to buy their building project.

Deadly blasts near Afghan parliament

At least 22 people have been killed and 70 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, officials say. The attack took place during rush hour, as staff were leaving the parliament complex. Minutes after the blasts, a Taliban spokesperson said the group carried out the attack, targeting members of the Afghan intelligence agency. Most of the victims are said to be civilians, including parliament staff.

Australia debates handing murderers' pensions to victims.

Murderers and other criminals would be forced to give their superannuation pension to victims' families under a proposal in Australia. The move would give victims more rights in the justice system,said Victoria's opposition leader Matthew Guy.
Mr Guy said he would take the policy to the state's next election in November 2018.If legislated it would be an Australian first, Mr Guy's office said.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, named top adviser.

President-elect Donald Trump has named his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as one of his senior White House advisers.The 35-year-old played a key role in the presidential campaign and his new White House job will cover both domestic and foreign policy.

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Assad says Aleppo bombing was justified.


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the bombing of eastern Aleppo, which his forces recaptured from rebels last month, was justified. "This is the price sometimes, but at the end, the people are liberated from the terrorists," he told French media.

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China warns US on Taiwan leader's stopover

Chinese state media has warned the US against deviating from the one-China policy, hours after the Taiwanese leader stopped briefly in Houston. Tsai Ing-wen met Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Greg Abbott during her stopover en route to Central America.

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Theresa May promises mental health care overhaul

Theresa May is pledging to help schools and companies in England deal with the "hidden injustice" of mental illness. In a speech, the prime minister will announce extra training for teachers, more online self-checking for those with concerns and a review of services for children and teenagers. She will promise to "transform" attitudes to mental health problems. Mrs May's speech comes as she outlines her plans to use the state to create a "shared society".

Deadly icy spell grips much of Europe, including Greek islands

Icy temperatures across Europe have left more than 20 people dead and blanketed even the Greek islands and southern Italy in snow. Italy saw ferries and flights cancelled and schools in the south are expected to close tomorrow.

Turkey has also been badly affected. The Bosphorus was closed to shipping as a heavy snowstorm hit Istanbul. At least 10 people died of cold in Poland. Night temperatures in Russia plunged to minus 30C.

Trump says Toyota will face tariffs on cars made in Mexico

US President-elect Donald Trump has tweeted that Toyota will face hefty tariffs on cars built in Mexico for the US market if it builds Corollas south of the border.He said the Japanese company would be hit with a "big border tax" if the plan went ahead.

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US adds Bin Laden's son to terror list.

Hamza bin Laden, a son of Osama bin Laden, has been officially designated a global terrorist by the United States. Hamza, who is now in his late 20s, was named an official member of al-Qaeda in 2015 and is seen as a possible successor to his father. Since then, he has called for attacks against western capitals. The US State Department said it was notifying the international community that "Hamza bin Laden is actively engaged in terrorism". 

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