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MOSCOW -- Russia is not interested in keeping reciprocal sanctions with Ukraine indefinitely, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.

"We do not want any sanctions confrontations, but it was not us who started this sanction story," Medvedev said in an interview with Russian television channels.

"But if their restrictions remain, we will naturally keep our limitations," he added.

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Theresa May told media on Thursday that her Brexit deal delivers the results of the 2016 referendum.

She told BBC's radio program that she was talking to her colleagues about their concerns over the Northern Irish backstop, on which experts say the Dec. 11 parliament vote on the Brexit deal would hinge.

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STOCKHOLM -- Peace talks between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, coordinated by the UN, kickstarted in Sweden on Thursday.

"The people of Yemen, not least children, have already been waiting for peace for a long time," said Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom during a morning press conference ahead of the talks.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday denied that his company has sold user data to third-party developers after a British lawmaker disclosed internal Facebook emails alleging it had traded user privacy for its own growth.

"We've never sold anyone's data," Zuckerberg said in response to British lawmaker Damian Collins, chairman of a British parliament committee tasked with probing disinformation and fake news, who released a trove of emails between Facebook and other tech companies on how user data could be accessed through Facebook system.

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday pressed General Motors (GM) to reconsider its plans to close several factories and cut up to 14,000 jobs, urging it not to follow through on the decision.

After a closed-door meeting with GM CEO Mary Barra, Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown told reporters that they asked the auto giant to either move production from Mexico to Ohio or build electric vehicles there. Enditem

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