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US Ambassador to Panama resigns
Reuters, Washington
US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley, a career diplomat and former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, has resigned, telling the State Department he no longer feels able to serve President Donald Trump.
"As a junior foreign service officer, I signed an oath to serve faithfully the president and his administration in an apolitical fashion, even when I might not agree with certain policies," Feeley said, according to an excerpt of his resignation letter read to Reuters on Friday.

N Korea offers talks on sending art troupe to Olympics
AFP, Seoul
North Korea has proposed talks next week to discuss its plan to send a performing art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Saturday.
The North confirmed it would attend next month's Olympics in the South at a rare inter-Korean meeting last week, following months of tensions over its nuclear weapons programme.
The ministry said the hermit state is apparently keen to discuss logistics of the performers' trip to the South before planning its athletes and supporters' attendance at the Games.

Five killed in Western India fire
Xinhua, New Delhi
At least five members of a family were charred to death Saturday in a devastating fire in India's western state of Rajasthan, police said. The fire broke out in Jaipur city, the capital of Rajasthan.
"Early today at around 4:00 a.m. (local time) in a tragic fire incident five members of a family were killed," a police official said. "The fire broke out inside a house at Vidhyanagar locality."

Czechs vote for new President
AFP, Prague
Czech President Milos Zeman appeared Saturday to be heading for a run-off as voting began on day two of a presidential election pitting the pro-Russian incumbent against a flock of more liberal pro-European rivals.
Opinion surveys show the divisive 73-year-old ex-communist, who is also staunchly anti-Muslim and pro-Chinese, leading the pack of nine candidates ahead of Jiri Drahos, 68-year-old pro-European former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences.

Indian helicopter missing with 7 on board
AP, New Delhi
India's navy says it is searching for a helicopter missing over the Arabian sea that had taken off from a Mumbai airfield with two pilots and five employees of a state-owned oil company on board.
Navy spokesman Capt. D. Sharma says a plane and some ships have been deployed to search for the missing helicopter, which was taking workers from the Oil and Natural Gas Commission to an oil rig.
The Press Trust of India news agency says the pilot lost contact with the air traffic control soon after take-off on Saturday from Mumbai's Juhu airport.

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