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Trump's U.N. pick to echo his criticism of world body, offer some praise

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's pick for U.N. ambassador will echo his condemnation of the world body's treatment of Israel at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, although offering some praise for an organization the president-elect has disparaged. Nikki Haley, a rising star in the Republican Party, will face tough questioning from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about her lack of experience in foreign policy and the federal government. Haley, who turns 45 on Friday when Trump takes office, has been governor of South Carolina since 2011.

Britain to leave EU market as May sets 'hard Brexit' course

By Kylie MacLellan and William James LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will quit the EU single market when it leaves the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday in a decisive speech that set a course for a clean break with the world's largest trading bloc. Setting out a vision that could determine Britain's future for generations and the shape of the EU itself, May answered criticism that she has been coy about her strategy with a 12-point plan for what has been dubbed a "hard Brexit". May promised to seek the greatest possible access to European markets but said Britain would aim to establish its own free trade deals with countries far beyond Europe, and impose limits on immigration from the continent.

Xi says world needs China, U.S. to have stable relationship

The world needs China and the United States to have a stable and cooperative relationship, Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, just days before new uncertainty looms with Donald Trump taking office as president. Meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Xi told Biden that he "positively appraised" his efforts to increase friendship and mutual understanding between the two countries, China's Foreign Ministry said late on Tuesday.

US, Mexico, Cuba ready to sign 'Doughnut Hole' deal in Gulf waters

By Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States, Mexico and Cuba aim to sign an agreement determining territorial water limits before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20, three diplomatic officials familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The accord will cover the Eastern Gap of the Gulf of Mexico, an area believed to be rich in oil and gas deposits. Cuba and the United States last week sealed an agreement to jointly prevent, contain and clean up oil and other toxic spills in the Gulf of Mexico, as the two sides seek to conclude deals that will make it harder for Trump to reverse a thaw in relations begun two years ago.

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 243 military members in post-coup probe: Anadolu

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 243 members of the military in 54 provinces across the country, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, in a probe following July's failed coup. Anadolu said the suspects were being sought on suspicion they were using Bylock, an encrypted smartphone messaging app that the government says was used by the network of Fethullah Gulen, the U.S.-based cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the attempted coup. (Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk; Editing by David Dolan)

Hong Kong has 'no room' for independence from China: HK leader

Hong Kong's chief executive said on Wednesday in his annual policy blueprint that the city couldn't become independent or separate from China. Addressing recent growing calls from activists for Hong Kong to become independent from China, Leung Chun-ying told the city's legislature that "there is no room for independence or any kind of separation" from China. Leung was delivering his final policy address before he steps down after a five-year tenure leading the financial hub.

Bouchard's comeback gathers pace at Australian Open

Eugenie Bouchard's return to form gathered pace Wednesday when she dispatched tricky Chinese Peng Shuai in straight sets to blast into the Australian Open third round. Bouchard became one of the most bankable assets in women's tennis in 2014 when she stormed to the Wimbledon final as well as the semi-finals of the Australian and French Opens. The experienced Peng, a two-times Grand Slam doubles champion and a US Open singles semi-finalist, was always going to be a difficult test.

Europe announces changes to Ryder Cup qualifying system

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) ? Europe will have four captain's picks in its team for the 2018 Ryder Cup as part of a revamp of the qualifying system in the wake of the heavy loss to the United States at Hazeltine last year.

Global warming could steal postcard-perfect weather days

WASHINGTON (AP) ? Global warming is going to steal away some of those postcard-perfect weather days in the future, according to a first-of-its-kind projection of nice weather.

Power shortages leave Gaza in the dark

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ? At night, large swaths of the Gaza Strip plunge into darkness ? the result of chronic and worsening power outages. In crowded city streets, the only source of light comes from the headlights of passing cars.

Richie Porte wins 2nd stage of Tour Down Under

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) ? Australian cyclist Richie Porte won the second stage of the Tour Down Under Wednesday, giving him the overall lead in the opening event on the 2017 UCI WorldTour.

Seoul court considers arrest of Samsung de facto head

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) ? A South Korean court is considering whether to approve the arrest of Samsung Electronics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, one of the country's wealthiest business leaders, on charges of bribery and other offenses.

The Latest: Bouchard beats Peng, reaches 3rd round at AO

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) ? The Latest on Wednesday from the Australian Open (all times local):

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