North Korea condemns U.S. sanctions as officials gather for Olympic ceremony

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea on Sunday accused the United States of provoking confrontation on the Korean peninsula with new sanctions, while South Korean protesters tried to block North Korean officials reaching the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue after U.N. ceasefire call

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran said attacks would continue on rebel-held areas near Damascus, where clashes were reported on Sunday between insurgents and government forces despite a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across Syria.

China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office.

Weakened Merkel to give outspoken critic a cabinet job: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to the cabinet, provided a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) goes ahead, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Church leaders shut Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre in land, tax protest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land".



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