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Toymakers Mattel, Hasbro held talks on possible merger

US toymakers Mattel and Hasbro have held talks about a possible merger, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.   Mattel's shares rose as much as 8.2 per cent to a 16-month hig

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UN launches Syria peace talks despite opposition boycott

The first Syria peace talks for two years were a "complete failure" before they started on Friday, a Western diplomat said, after the United Nations announced it would press ahead with them despite an opposition boycott.

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Saudi-Iran dispute jeopardises Yemen peace talks

Worsening enmity between rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran is jeopardising peace prospects in Yemen where a nine-month-old war has given Islamist militants a foothold in Riyadh's backyard.   Yemen's principal

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Major overhaul of Bahrain chamber on way

A major overhaul of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry could be on the way, to better serve businessmen. An urgent meeting of the association has been called for today (January 14) to resolve major rifts, said a report in the Gulf Da

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Pakistan's military helped revive talks with India

The quiet involvement of Pakistan's powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 y

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Yemen's foes agree prisoners swap at UN peace talks

Yemen's warring parties agreed on Wednesday to exchange hundreds of prisoners in a move aimed at supporting UN-sponsored peace talks which resumed for a second day in Switzerland, as reported fighting and air strikes appeared to violate a ce

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UN climate talks to last an extra day into Saturday

Talks on a global accord to combat climate change are taking longer than planned to overcome disputes and will last an extra day into Saturday (December 12), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday.  

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Saudi-led talks with Syrian opposition make progress, says Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday that Saudi-led talks to try to unite Syrian opposition groups had made progress, an important step for advancing political talks on ending the Syrian conflict. Saudi Arabia, a strong sup

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Iran signals readiness to compromise before Syria talks

On the eve of an international conference aimed at ending Syria's four-year-old civil war, Iran signalled it might be willing to back away from its insistence that President Bashar Al-Assad remain in power.  

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Iran invited to Syria talks

Iran will be invited to participate in talks in Vienna on Friday to discuss ending the conflict in Syria, a dialogue aimed at finding a framework for political transition in Damascus, the US State Department said on Tuesday. An of

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