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Nigeria's president meets head of senate as sick leave continues

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari met the country's senate head in London on Sunday evening, the presidency's official Twitter account said, amid concern over the leader's month-long absence for undisclosed medical reasons.

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France's Melenchon says he would hike spending by 273 billion euros

PARIS (Reuters) - French hard-left presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon would raise spending by 273 billion euros ($290 billion), his team said in a presentation online on Sunday.

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Box Office: 'Lego Batman' flies high over 'Great Wall,' 'Fist Fight'

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - "The Lego Batman Movie" is dominating the North American box office with an estimated $44 million this President's Day weekend -- nearly matching the combined haul of "Fifty Shades Darker" and "The Great Wall."

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U.S. senators look to new sanctions against Iran for missile development

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanctions on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilise" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

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Sweden asks the U.S. to explain Trump comment

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by President Donald Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday.

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Ecuador transgender people vote for first time according to chosen gender

QUITO/GUAYAQUIL (Reuters) - Ecuadorean transgender people on Sunday voted for the first time according to their chosen gender, in what activists say are signs of progress in the socially conservative and Catholic Andean nation.

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Biathlon: Russians sing anthem alone as organizers play wrong tune

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (Reuters) - Russian biathletes sang the correct version of their national anthem without any musical accompaniment after the wrong version was played out at a medal ceremony on Saturday.

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Maltese stage protest against proposed Internet news law

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Several thousands people took to the streets of the capital of Malta on Sunday to protest against a new bill that will force Internet news sites to register with the government.

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Florida middle schooler threw block at Trump motorcade, sheriff says

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida middle school student may face criminal charges after confessing to throwing a wooden block at a vehicle in U.S. President Donald Trump's motorcade as it drove through West Palm Beach on Friday, the local sheriff's office said.

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Kraft withdraws offer to merge with Unilever

(Reuters) - U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co has agreed to withdraw its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc , the companies said on Sunday.

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Trump's national security candidates promised autonomy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's next pick for national security adviser will have autonomy over staffing and key decisions, the White House said on Sunday as it scrambles to fill the post following the turbulent departure of Michael Flynn.

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Priebus denies collusion between Trump campaign and Russian officials

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus said Sunday there was no collusion between anyone involved in President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian officials.

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Islamic State posts video of man it says was Egypt church bomber

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State published a video on Sunday threatening Egyptian Christians and showing the last statement of a man it said was responsible for the deadly bombing in December of a Coptic cathedral in Cairo.

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The cleric who altered the course of modern history

Omar Abdel-Rahman, the Egyptian cleric who inspired terrorist plots in New York during the early 1990s and who died in an American prison on Saturday, was also the spiritual guide of key 9/11 plotters.

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UPDATE 1-Kraft withdraws offer to merge with Unilever

Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. food company Kraft Heinz Co has agreed to withdraw its proposal for a $143-billion merger with larger rival Unilever Plc, the companies said on Sunday.

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Kraft Heinz Withdraws $143 Billion Offer to Merge With Unilever

The American packaged food giant said on Friday that it had offered to acquire Unilever, but Unilever quickly rejected the deal.

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Speaker Ryan to take quiet border trip

Rep. Paul Ryan's secretive trip to the border, President Donald Trump's moves on Obamacare and Steve Bannon's media victory -- those stories and more fill out this week's Inside Politics forecast.

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-With stocks at highs, investors eye consumer results

NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock investors may look to a host of results from consumer-facing companies including Wal-Mart Stores Inc next week for signs on whether the recent market rally has more room to run.

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A Back-Channel Plan for Ukraine and Russia, Courtesy of Trump Associates

Amid scrutiny of President Trump’s possible ties to Russia, his personal lawyer advances an opposition Ukrainian lawmaker’s sealed plan to the White House.

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Texas Oil Fields Rebound From Price Lull, but Jobs Are Left Behind

The industry is embracing technology and finding new ways to pare the labor force. But as jobs go away, what of presidential promises to bring them back?

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Sweden asks the U.S. to explain Trump comment on Sweden

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The Swedish embassy in Washington has asked the U.S. State Department for an explanation of a comment made by President Donald Trump that suggested there had been some sort of security incident in Sweden on Friday.

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Explosion near Bogota bullring injures at least 31 people

BOGOTA (Reuters) - An explosion near Bogota's bullring injured at least 31 people, most of them police officers as they prepared for protests in Colombia's capital on Sunday, the mayor's office said.

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Trump's defense chief says has no problems with media

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press.

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Trump's Sweden comment raises questions

President Donald Trump's reference to "what's happening last night in Sweden" during a Saturday rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and around the internet about what he really meant.

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Tennis: Tsonga beats Goffin to win Rotterdam title

(Reuters) - Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga claimed his first title since 2015 as he recovered to beat David Goffin 4-6 6-4 6-1 in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament final in Rotterdam on Sunday.

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UK PM May orders officials to examine Kraft Heinz bid for Unilever: FT

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked top officials to examine U.S. food company Kraft Heinz's proposed takeover of Unilever Plc , the Financial Times reported on Sunday without citing any sources.

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SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

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UPDATE 3-SpaceX launches rocket from historic NASA pad in Florida

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb 19 (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a Florida launch pad once used to send NASA astronauts to the moon, a step forward for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk and his company's goal of ferrying astronauts to the International Space Station. The 229-foot tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 soared off a seaside launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 a.m. ET (1439 GMT) carrying a Dragon cargo ship bound for the station.

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Suicide Bombing at Market in Somalian Capital Kills Dozens

The attack occurred hours after the country’s new president, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, announced an offensive against the Shabab militant group.

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UK PM May orders officials to examine Kraft Heinz bid for Unilever -FT

LONDON, Feb 19 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May has asked top officials to examine U.S. food company Kraft Heinz's proposed takeover of Unilever Plc, the Financial Times reported on Sunday without citing any sources.

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Georgians rally for 'fair justice' in broadcaster's court battle

TBILISI (Reuters) - Thousands of Georgians rallied on Sunday in the capital Tbilisi in support of the country's biggest independent television station Rustavi 2, which is fighting court battles over its ownership.

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Political Memo: With Coverage in Peril and Obama Gone, Health Law’s Critics Go Quiet

As lawmakers hear an outcry from supporters of the Affordable Care Act, there is no longer a clamor for dismantling it, Republicans say.

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Bernstein: Trump press attacks worse than Nixon

Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that President Donald Trump's attacks on the media are "more treacherous" than those by former President Richard Nixon.

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'Carnival mask' attackers throw petrol bombs at Greece's Syriza offices

ATHENS (Reuters) - People wearing carnival masks hurled petrol bombs at the offices of Greece's ruling Syriza party in central Athens on Sunday, causing slight damage, police said.

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Schaeuble denies 'Grexit' threat, says Greece on right path

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble denied in an ARD television interview on Sunday that he had said Greece would have to leave the euro zone if it failed to implement reform measures.

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Italy's Renzi defies foes, opens way for party leadership battle

ROME (Reuters) - Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi resigned as head of the ruling Democratic Party (PD) on Sunday, opening the way for a leadership fight when he will take on foes who are threatening to rip apart the center-left group.

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Germany dominate medals in team, two-man bobsleigh races

KOENIGSSEE, Germany (Reuters) - Germany's Francesco Friedrich beat Canada for the gold medal in front of his home crowd on Sunday to clinch a fourth straight world championship title in the two-man bobsleigh as the hosts dominated the podium.

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U.S. embassy in Kiev critical of Moscow order on Ukrainian documentation

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The United States embassy in Kiev voiced concern on Sunday over Russia's decision to recognize civil registration documents issued in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, saying that it threatens the Minsk peace process.

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SpaceX launches and lands another rocket

SpaceX is back in action and has successfully completed a historic launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

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SpaceX launches rocket from NASA pad in Florida, completes relanding

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - A SpaceX Falcon rocket blasted off on Sunday from a historic NASA launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, then succeeded in landing itself back on the ground nine minutes later.

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U.S. defense secretary scraps Afghan trip due to weather

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's defense secretary said bad weather had forced him to scrap a visit to Afghanistan on Sunday but added he was reviewing next steps in the war after discussions with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and the top U.S. commander.

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Pence visits former Nazi concentration camp

A day after delivering the first major foreign policy address of the Trump administration, US Vice President Mike Pence toured the spare gray prison yards here where Jews and others assembled for daily roll call during the Holocaust.

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Kasich will fight repeal of key part of Obamacare

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he won't "sit silent" and watch the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion get "ripped out" as Republicans work to repeal the law.

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Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 39

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president.

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Putin critic leaves Russia for treatment after alleged poisoning

A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hospitalized this month after suspected poisoning, has left the country to seek further treatment, the man's lawyer said Sunday.

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Kasich: World leaders 'just not sure' where Trump stands

Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that European allies were "begging" the United States and Trump to lead during a major security conference in Munich.

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Top Vale shareholders plan to end holding company -report

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The largest shareholders of Vale SA have decided to dissolve an investment holding company through which they controlled the world's biggest iron ore producer for 20 years, newspaper O Globo reported on Sunday.

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Market attack in Somalia kills dozens

It was the first attack in the capital since a new Somali-American president was elected this month.

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Australia and UAE to explore deeper defense ties, A$1 billion in sales

Abu Dhabi (Reuters) - Australia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will explore closer defense ties after a meeting on Sunday between a senior Australian government minister and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.

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Trump's defense chief, unlike boss, says has no issues with media

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Sunday distanced himself from President Donald Trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the American people," saying during his first trip to the Middle East that he had no problems with the press.

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Ford sees big Russia gamble vindicated as sales finally turn corner

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ford has become the first major foreign carmaker in Russia to see sales grow after three bad years, potentially vindicating its decision to double down on a notoriously volatile market when rivals decided to cut and run.

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SpaceX Launches Rocket Carrying Space Station Cargo

The company used a new pad for the first rocket launch to take place at Kennedy Space Center in five and a half years.

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Chile's SQM sees lithium demand growing 8-10 pct this year - paper

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Chile's SQM expects demand for lithium to grow between 8 percent and 10 percent this year and is working to improve financial performance by 2020, an executive told local paper El Mercurio on Sunday.

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Kasich: World leaders unsure about Trump

Ohio Gov. John Kasich called for consistency within President Donald Trump's administration, saying that world leaders at the Munich Security Conference are "not sure" about where the US will stand in times of crisis.

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A Worried Europe Finds Scant Reassurance on Trump’s Plans

The vice president and the defense secretary spoke to European defense and security officials but took no questions, leaving anxiety behind them.

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Wilders calls Moroccan immigrants 'scum'

Dutch populist leader Geert Wilders said "there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe" while speaking in Spijkenisse, Netherlands.

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Saudi gamers get together at kingdom's first-ever Comic Con

JEDDAH (Reuters) - In a country where the use of magic is a crime punishable by beheading, it's not every day that young Saudis wander down the street dressed as the Hulk or Doctor Doom.

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Winter mountain wonderland for Anya Hindmarch at London fashion week

LONDON (Reuters) - British designer Anya Hindmarch offered a colorful Scandinavian-inspired selection of women's accessories for next winter at London Fashion Week on Sunday, presenting a luxurious...

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Dominant Hirscher takes Alpine skiing slalom gold

ST MORITZ, Switzerland (Reuters) - Favorite Marcel Hirscher of Austria provided a spectacular climax to the alpine skiing world championships by storming to victory in the men's slalom on Sunday to claim his second gold medal of the event.

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Is 'Russiagate' another Watergate?

Julian Zelizer says some Washington scandals have fizzled while others have resulted in big change. It's too early to tell where this one will wind up, he says.

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Hope for Syrian peace, again

The UN's envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, says the latest ceasefire in the war-ravaged country is holding better than previous ones and that the pause in fighting should pave the way for talks toward a political solution.

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Democrat member of Federal Election Commission to make early exit: NYT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democrat who sits on the U.S. Federal Election Commission (FEC) is planning to resign before her term expires amid frustrations about partisan gridlock, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

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Graham: '2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress'

During a panel at the Munich Security Conference, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham called on President Donald Trump to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election and sharply rebuked Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov for that interference.

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Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 18, wounds 25

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A blast from a suicide car bomb ripped through a market in Somali capital Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 18 people and wounding at least 25, a local official said, days after the country elected a new president.

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PSA pledges to keep Opel's four German sites running: Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - PSA Group has pledged to the German government to continue operating all four of Opel's German production sites as part of the French carmaker's planned takeover of General Motors' European arm, German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported.

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Bank of Singapore to use Dubai as base to attract Middle East, Africa wealth

DUBAI (Reuters) - The private banking arm of Singapore’s second-biggest lender OCBC is targeting annual growth of assets of more than 20 percent from its new office in Dubai, which it aims to use to attract wealthy clients from the Middle East and Africa, its chief executive told Reuters on Sunday.

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PSA pledges to keep Opel's four German sites running - Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT, Feb 19 (Reuters) - PSA Group has pledged to the German government to continue operating all four of Opel's German production sites as part of the French carmaker's planned takeover of General Motors' European arm, German Sunday paper Bild am Sonntag reported.

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Democratic Member Quits Election Commission, Setting Up Political Fight

Ann M. Ravel of the Federal Election Commission believes a stalemate among the panel’s members offers little hope of curbing campaign finance abuses.

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UPDATE 1-Iran minister who oversaw plane deals survives no-confidence vote

ANKARA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Iran's transport minister survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Sunday, state media reported, defeating a motion which could have derailed Iran's landmark deals with planemakers Boeing and Airbus .

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Man dies after rushing security at Honolulu Airport

A man forced his way into a secure area at Honolulu International Airport and died after he was detained, the Hawaii Department of Transportation said.

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UAE expects to award $5.4 billion deals at defense fair: expo says

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates (UAE) awarded 4.5 billion dirhams ($1.2 billion) in military procurement deals on Sunday, part of a total of 20 billion dirhams worth of purchases it expects to make at an arms fair this week, a spokesman for the expo said.

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Malaysia Seeks to Question 7 in Killing of Kim Jong-nam

The South Korean government also formally accused North Korea of carrying out the attack on the half brother of Kim Jong-un.

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Gambia leader heralds new dawn for minister jailed 22 times

DAKAR (Reuters) - For one Gambian government minister, the ceremonial swearing in of President Adama Barrow marked the new dawn of a democracy he was jailed 22 times for trying to defend - once for every year autocratic ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh was in power.

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Germany aims to deport record number of rejected asylum seekers in 2017

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany deported a record 80,000 migrants denied asylum last year and that figure will rise again in 2017, a top official said, as Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to win back conservative voters before elections in September.

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UPDATE 1-China's Sun Art's 2016 profit up 5.2 pct, beats forecast

HONG KONG, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group Ltd on Sunday posted a 5.2 percent rise in 2016 net profit, beating forecasts, as steady demand from lower-tier cities helped offset growing pressure from the rapidly growing e-commerce sector.

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Dahlmeier queen of the biathlon worlds after mass start win

HOCHFILZEN, Austria (Reuters) - German Laura Dahlmeier claimed her fifth gold medal in six races at the biathlon world championships when a strong finish earned her the title in the 12.5-km mass start event on Sunday.

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Iranian minister who oversaw plane deals survives no-confidence vote

ANKARA, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Iran's transport minister survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Sunday, state media reported, defeating a motion which could have derailed Iran's landmark deals with planemakers Boeing and Airbus .

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RPT-Trump administration drafts plan to raise asylum bar, speed deportations

(No changes to text) By Julia Edwards Ainsley WASHINGTON, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The Department of Homeland Security has prepared new guidance for immigration agents aimed at speeding up deportations by denying asylum claims earlier in the process. The new guidelines, contained in a draft memo dated February 17 but not yet sent to field offices, directs agents to only pass applicants who have a good chance of ultimately getting asylum, but does not give specific criteria for establishi

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More rain in store after 5 killed in California storms

A drenched Northern California will get another round of heavy rainfall through until Tuesday, sparking flooding concerns in the region.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe says party, people see no replacement for him at 2018 election

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was quoted as saying on Sunday that his ZANU-PF party and the people saw no viable successor to him for general elections in 2018.

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Germany's SPD moves ahead of Merkel's party in poll

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's center-left Social Democrats (SPD) have moved ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in an opinion poll by the Emnid institute for the first time since 2006, Bild am Sonntag newspaper said.

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‘Last Night in Sweden’? Trump’s Remark Baffles a Nation

The president seemed to be suggesting, falsely, that the Scandinavian country had been attacked by terrorists.

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China's Sun Art's 2016 profit up 5.2 pct, beats forecast

HONG KONG, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group Ltd on Sunday posted a 5.2 percent rise in 2016 net profit, beating forecasts, as steady demand from lower-tier cities helped offset increasing pressure from the country's rapidly growing e-commerce sector.

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A year ago, Israel, Jordan and Egypt secretly met for peace: report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met secretly a year ago with the leaders of Egypt and Jordan in a failed attempt by the Obama administration to convene a wider regional summit on Israeli-Palestinian peace, Israel's Haaretz daily said on Sunday.

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U.S. senators consider sanctions against Iran for missile development

MUNICH (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators plan to introduce legislation to impose further sanction on Iran, accusing it of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions by testing ballistic missiles and acting to "destabilize" the Middle East, a U.S. senator said Sunday.

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Britain's exit from EU irrevocable once triggered: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - The process of Britain leaving the European Union is irrevocable once it has been triggered, a government minister said on Sunday.

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‘You’re Always in Control of Your Belongings’

Kseniya and Ryan Merritt live in a 400-square-foot apartment in Manhattan. Explore their bright, minimalist space with custom, convertible furnishings.

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4 North Koreans sought in mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam

Malaysian police are looking for four more North Korean suspects in connection with the mysterious death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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The Fix: The Convertible, Tiny Apartment

A 400-square-foot studio is remade into a space that can be constantly transformed.

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Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

MUNICH (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region.

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Turkish PM, U.S. vice president discuss improving ties: sources

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim that Washington was keen for a new start in relations between the two countries, sources in Yildirim's office said, after ties soured during the Obama administration.

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Syrian government forces press attack on Damascus outskirts: monitors, medic

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces fired rockets at a rebel-held area on Damascus's outskirts on Sunday, pressing an attack that began the day before and has killed up to 16 people, a medical worker and war monitors said.

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Suppressing free press is 'how dictators get started': Senator McCain

MUNICH (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, defending the media against the latest attack by President Donald Trump, warned that suppressing the free press was "how dictators get started".

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'Crocodile Hunter' son freaks out Fallon

Robert Irwin, the son of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, appeared on "The Tonight Show" to introduce Jimmy Fallon to his menagerie.

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Iran pushes for dialogue with Gulf Arab states

MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Sunday stepped up efforts to improve ties with Gulf Arab Sunni states urging them to work with their Shi'ite rival to address "anxieties" and violence across the region.

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Golf: Rumford wins first World Super 6 title in final shootout

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Brett Rumford beat Thai teenager Phachara Khongwatmai two and one in the six-hole matchplay final to win the inaugural World Super 6 title in Perth on Sunday.

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China bans North Korean coal as tensions grow

China says it will halt all coal imports from North Korea from Sunday for the rest of 2017, amid growing tensions on the Korean Peninsula following Pyongyang's most recent missile test last week.

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Suicide bombing kills one in east Mosul, security sources say

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide bomber detonated an explosive belt on Sunday in the "My Fair Lady" neighborhood of Mosul that was retaken recently from Islamic State, killing one and wounding nine others, security sources said.

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Iraqi forces advance toward Mosul airport in push to capture city

BAGHDAD, SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Iraqi forces began moving on Sunday toward Mosul's airport, the first target of a ground offensive to capture the western side of the city that remains under control of Islamic State, the Iraqi military said.

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Iran's Zarif says use of chemical weapons in Syria cannot be condoned

MUNICH (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif, pointing to Sunni Islamist militants in Syria fighting against its allies in Damascus, told the Munich Security Conference that the use of chemical weapons can never be condoned.