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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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Death toll from Hurricane Maria rises as storm heads north

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Deadly Hurricane Maria flooded parts of the Dominican Republic on Thursday and continued to dump heavy rain on the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico after destroying buildings and knocking out power to the entire island.

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U.N. chief asks Iran president to release former U.N. official

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appealed to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday for the release of U.S. citizen and former U.N. official Baquer Namazi, a U.N. spokesman said after they met on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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U.N. team to collect evidence of Islamic State crimes in Iraq

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday approved the creation of a U.N. investigative team to collect, preserve and store evidence in Iraq of acts by Islamic State that may be war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide.

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Russia says will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia warned the United States it would target areas in Syria where U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them, which it said on Thursday had already happened twice.

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Trump to make North Korea sanctions announcement, not on oil: official

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will make a sanctions-related announcement regarding North Korea later on Thursday, a senior administration official said.

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Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated: Rouhani

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security interests.

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Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated: president Rouhani

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers cannot be renegotiated.

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Spanish crackdown has undermined Catalan independence bid, regional leader says

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leaders acknowledged on Thursday that plans to hold a referendum independence from Spain on Oct. 1 were now in doubt following the arrest of senior regional officials and the seizure of campaign material by national police.

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Italy's 5-Star Movement votes for leader, Di Maio seen winning

ROME (Reuters) - Members of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, which leads most opinion polls before a national election early next year, began voting on Thursday to elect their leader and candidate for prime minister.

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North Korea says sanctions threaten survival of its children

GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea told a U.N. rights panel that international sanctions imposed on it over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs would endanger the survival of North Korean children.

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Special Report: More power and a quiet exit for Taser’s best-selling product

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The X26 is in a class by itself.

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CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UK retail sales surge in August, likely to boost BoE rate hike bets

(Corrects paragraph 6 on likelihood of flat Q3 retail sales, after ONS corrects estimate given to media) By David Milliken LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - British retail sales unexpectedly surged in August, official figures showed on Wednesday, boosting the chance that the Bank of England will raise interest rates in November. Last week the BoE said it was likely to raise interest rates in the coming months if the economy and inflation pressures strengthen as expected. Wednesday's

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Turkey, Iran, Iraq consider counter-measures over Kurdish referendum: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey, Iran and Iraq have agreed to consider counter-measures against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence referendum, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Africa to get state-of-art HIV drugs for $75 a year

LONDON (Reuters) - Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year.

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Former Hong Kong student leader escapes jail sentence for campus protest

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The former leader of the Hong Kong University student union on Thursday received a court sentence of community service for his role in a campus protest, escaping the fate of a growing list of young activists put behind bars.

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Public Health: The G.O.P. Bill Forces States to Build Health Systems From Scratch. That’s Hard.

Every state would need to make political choices and build brand-new systems in only two years. Remember what happened with HealthCare.gov?

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Russia warns U.S. it will target U.S.-backed fighters in Syria if provoked

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Thursday it had warned the United States it would target areas in Syria where U.S. special forces and U.S.-backed militia were operating if its own forces came under fire from them, something it said had already happened twice.

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Mexico searches for earthquake survivors against increasing odds

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against long odds into the dawn on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and untold other survivors who may be trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

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South Korea approves aid to North Korea, North calls Trump 'barking dog'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued.

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South Korea’s Leader Will Be Odd Man Out in Meeting With Trump and Shinzo Abe

As he meets President Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Moon Jae-in appears isolated in opposing military options against North Korea.

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Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an Islamic State-held region near oil city Kirkuk

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, an area located west of the oil city of Kirkuk.

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First look at island devastated by Category 5 Maria

CNN's Michael Holmes flies over the island of Dominica, which has been hit badly by Hurricane Maria.

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North Korea's foreign minister calls Trump's U.N. address 'sound of dog barking'

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called U.S. President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea.

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Republicans plan healthcare vote; Obama and TV host denounce bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republicans announced plans to vote next week on their latest bid to scuttle Obamacare even as a popular comedian who has become part of the U.S. healthcare debate denounced the bill and former President Barack Obama on Wednesday warned of "real human suffering."

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 billion: source

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement.

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Islamists lure youngsters in the Philippines with payments, promise of paradise

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - When he saw his commander holding the severed head of one of his neighbors, teenage Islamist fighter Jalil knew it was time to escape from Marawi City.

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Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine state

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and harming innocent civilians.

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Manafort Working on Kurdish Referendum Opposed by U.S.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman has continued soliciting international business even as his past international work is under investigation.

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Florida Nursing Home Listed Dead Resident as ‘Resting in Bed,’ State Says

State officials said a nursing home made late and “dubious” entries in medical records on the morning eight residents died in the post-hurricane heat.

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U.S. 'strongly opposes' Iraqi Kurdish independence vote: State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States "strongly opposes" the planned independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds and urges Iraqi Kurdish leaders to engage in negotiations with the Baghdad government instead, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

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Washington state sues over $1/day wages paid to immigrant detainees

(Reuters) - Washington State's Attorney General on Wednesday sued private prison company Geo Group Inc for violating the state's minimum wage laws by paying detained immigrants a one dollar a day or less for work they do while in detention at one of the company’s federal facilities.

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Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the Iran nuclear deal and said it did not expect the United States to abandon it despite President Donald Trump's fierce criticism.

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U.S. home sales hit 12-month low, Harvey weighs on Houston

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a persistent shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers.

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Hurricane Maria hammers Puerto Rico, causes wide destruction

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria rampaged across Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in nearly 90 years, causing major flooding, damaging homes and knocking out power to the whole island after killing at least nine people in the Caribbean.

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Brazil cancels Abengoa's power transmission licenses -official

SAO PAULO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Brazil's Mines and Energy Ministry has canceled nine licenses to build transmission lines that had been granted to Spain's Abengoa SA after the company abandoned construction works in 2015, a senior official said on Wednesday.

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Chuck Grassley preparing subpoenas for two FBI officials

The Senate legal counsel is preparing subpoenas for two senior FBI officials the Justice Department is preventing the committee from interviewing, Senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley said Wednesday.

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Republican leader plans Senate vote on healthcare next week: media

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell plans to bring his party's latest legislative effort to replace Obamacare up for a vote in the Senate next week, a number of media outlets reported on Wednesday.

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Iran says it will not be the first to violate nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran vowed on Wednesday not to be the first nation to violate the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar flat as investors brace for Fed statement

* Oil prices pare gains after inventory data (Updates with early U.S. market activity; changes dateline, previous LONDON)

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Trump made decision on Iran nuclear deal but does not reveal it

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he had made his decision on whether or not the United States will remain in a 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers, but he declined to reveal it.

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Queen of Jordan: Global leadership matters

This weekend, I picked up Nelson Mandela's "Long Walk to Freedom" and reread parts of this well-thumbed tome. The last time I read it, the world was a very different place; this time, I found that its themes of social inequality, injustice, resilience and courage resonated in new ways.

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Rescuers in harrowing school search as Mexico quake toll hits 225

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue workers scrabbled through piles of rubble on Wednesday in a harrowing search for dozens of children feared buried under a Mexico City school, among hundreds of buildings destroyed by the country's most lethal earthquake in a generation.

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U.S. existing home sales fall to 12-month low

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home resales fell to their lowest in a year in August as Hurricane Harvey depressed activity in Houston and a perennial shortage of properties on the market sidelined buyers.

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Total working with Brazil agency to clear Amazonas drilling -official

SAO PAULO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Oil major Total is working with Brazil's environmental agency Ibama to resolve the last questions regarding the process to obtain a license to drill at Foz do Amazonas area, Maxime Rabilloud, head of Total's Brazil unit, said on Wednesday. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper; Writing by Marcelo Teixeira)

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Fed conflicted by weak U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.

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Health care state of play: Behind closed doors

It's all behind the scenes now.

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Dozens of states sign nuclear weapons ban treaty at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Dozens of countries signed a treaty to ban nuclear weapons on Wednesday amid tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile tests, although the United States, Britain, France and others boycotted the event at the annual United Nations gathering of world leaders.

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Powerful Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hurricane Maria roared ashore in Puerto Rico on Wednesday as the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in about 90 years after lashing the U.S. Virgin Islands and devastating a string of tiny Caribbean islands, killing at least one person.

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Turkey threatens sanctions over Kurdish independence vote

HABUR BORDER CROSSING, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan threatened to impose sanctions against Kurdish northern Iraq over a planned independence vote, piling economic pressure on Kurdish authorities after Turkish troops deployed near the main commercial border crossing.

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Special Report: The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt.

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Exclusive: From Russia with fuel - North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

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At least 10 dead, 92 missing in eastern Congo floods: local official

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least 10 people have died and another 92 are missing in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo due to flooding after torrential rains caused a river to overflow its banks, a local official said on Wednesday.

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Senate intel leaders send a blunt message to Trump team

Senate intelligence committee leaders had a larger goal in mind when they abruptly scrapped a closed-door interview on Tuesday morning with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen: Stop Trump officials from talking about their testimony.

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Trial opens for American in Islamic State-linked police beheading plot

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man charged with plotting to behead police officers in an effort to help Islamic State was due in court on Wednesday for the start of his trial on charges including conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.

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GOP offers states: More flexibility, less funding

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Live Briefing: At U.N., Global Leaders to Speak After Trump Takes Center Stage

The American president vowed to “destroy” North Korea and condemned Iran, whose president will address the General Assembly.

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MOVES-BAML promotes O'Neil in Europe leadership reshuffle

LONDON, Sept 20 (IFR) - Bank of America Merrill Lynch has promoted Jim O'Neil, who previously ran the UK government body that managed the taxpayers' holdings in bailed out banks, to co-head its corporate and investment bank in Europe.

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Fed conflicted by tepid U.S. inflation, global economic rebound

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caught between a lull in U.S. inflation and a stronger global economy, the Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to signal whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year or back off until prices rise more briskly.

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Erdogan says Turkey to consider sanctions over Kurdish independence vote: Anadolu

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey will consider imposing sanctions on Kurdish northern Iraq over its planned independence referendum, President Tayyip Erdogan was cited by state-run Anadolu news agency as saying.

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China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations

BEIJING (Reuters) - China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the United Nations.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.

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Buffett calls pessimists about United States 'out of their mind'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uncertainty about how the United States will cope with growing tumult in the world has not dampened Warren Buffett's optimism for the country's prospects over the long term -- even 100 years into the future.

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Oil rises after Iraq signals possible OPEC cut extension

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Iraq's oil minister said OPEC and other crude producers were considering extending or even deepening a supply cut to curb a global glut, while a report showed a smaller-than-expected increase in U.S. inventories.

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Trump's U.N. speech shows nationalist instincts firmly intact

Among the many signals that Donald Trump sent in his speech to the United Nations on Tuesday, one was especially clear: former chief strategist Steve Bannon's White House departure has not muted the president's "America First" foreign policy instincts.

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White House weighs abandoning estate tax repeal in Republican tax push

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration may abandon its promise to repeal the U.S. estate tax on inherited assets in an effort to make a still-evolving Republican tax cut framework more...

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Republican Leaders Defy Bipartisan Opposition to Health Law Repeal

Senator Lamar Alexander gave up on his effort to shore up health care markets as his fellow Republicans pressured lawmakers to back the latest Affordable Care Act repeal.

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After protests, St. Louis mayor says address racism

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - The legacies of racism, not only the violent protests that gripped St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of murdering a black man, must be addressed, the city's mayor said on Tuesday.

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Suu Kyi silence on Myanmar ethnic cleansing charge draws cool response

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday condemned rights abuses in Rakhine state and said violators would be punished, but she did not address U.N. accusations of ethnic cleansing, drawing cool international responses and calls for action to help minority Muslims.

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Navy Leaders Pledge to Solve Problems Stretching Limits of Sailors

Navy officials cited extended deployments and 100-hour workweeks as among factors plaguing sailors as senators demanded answers for deadly accidents this year.

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Leaders clash at U.N. over Iran's regional activism, nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western leaders clashed on Tuesday over how to stop what they view as destabilizing behavior by Iran as the United States and Israel denounced an international nuclear accord with Tehran while France defended it.

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UPDATE 1-Allstate CEO calls for revamping U.S. flood insurance system

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Allstate Corp's Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson on Tuesday called on U.S. lawmakers to overhaul a government subsidized flood insurance program, calling for a more streamlined system that does not overburden taxpayers.

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Dozens dead as major earthquake strikes near Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 60 people in several states, toppling buildings in the heavily populated capital and forcing thousands of people into the streets in panic.

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If threatened, U.S. will 'totally destroy' North Korea, Trump vows

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man."

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Allstate CEO calls for revamping U.S. flood insurance system

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Allstate Corp Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson on Tuesday called on U.S. lawmakers to overhaul a federal program that subsidizes flood insurance for homeowners, calling it a "bad" system that overburdens taxpayers.

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Fires reported in buildings in Mexico City after quake, people trapped -official

MEXICO CITY, Sept 19 (Reuters) - People were trapped inside various buildings that caught fire in Mexico City after a powerful quake violently shook the capital on Tuesday, a civil protection official told local TV.

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Trump vows if threatened to 'totally destroy' North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump escalated his standoff with North Korea over its nuclear challenge on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the country of 26 million people and mocking its leader, Kim Jong Un, as a "rocket man."

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Watch leaders react to Trump's speech

UNGA delegates donned their best poker faces during President Trump's sometimes biting speech in New York on Tuesday.

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Wisconsin appeals court upholds state's 'right-to-work' law

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A Wisconsin appeals court on Tuesday upheld the state's "right-to-work" law, which bars mandatory union membership and prohibits unions or employers from requiring non-members to pay dues.

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WH official: Trump would sign Graham-Cassidy repeal bill

President Donald Trump would sign the Graham-Cassidy bill if the legislation to repeal Obamacare makes it to his desk, an administration official told CNN Tuesday.

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Black cops in St. Louis stuck between public, fellow officers

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - During a peaceful protest moments before St. Louis would erupt into three nights of racially charged riots, five people confronted a black police officer alone in his Jeep.

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Turkish warplanes kill three Kurdish militants in northern Iraq: army

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes struck Kurdish militant targets in northern Iraq on Tuesday, killing three militants, the military said, as part of a widening campaign against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).

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FIFA says bans Caribbean soccer official Gordon Derrick

ZURICH (Reuters) - World soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday that the president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), Gordon Derrick, had been banned for six years from all soccer-related activities for violating several articles of FIFA's ethical code.

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U.S. homebuilding weakens again, hurricanes muddy outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in August as a rebound in the construction of single-family houses was offset by persistent weakness in the volatile multifamily home segment.

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Massachusetts sues Equifax for not protecting state residents

(Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax Inc following a breach that exposed the personal data of as many as 143 million people, including 3 million in the state.

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Trump says if threatened, U.S. will 'totally destroy' North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday vowed to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

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Massachusetts sues Equifax for failing to protect state residents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax following a breach that exposed personal data about up to 143 million people, 3 million in Massachusetts.

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At U.N., Trump says U.S. may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the United States will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear challenge, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man" on a suicide mission.

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Police deploy in Iraqi oil city as tensions rise before Kurdish independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Police deployed in the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk to prevent any outbreak of ethnic violence ahead of an independence referendum strongly opposed by the central Baghdad government and Western and regional powers.

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Trump to single out North Korea, Iran in first speech at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will urge United Nations member states on Tuesday to turn up the pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, using his maiden speech to the world body to address what he considers the top global challenge.

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U.S. housing starts fall for second straight month; outlook murky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell for a second straight month in August as a rebound in the construction of single-family houses was offset by persistent weakness in the volatile multifamily home segment.

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Watch Live: World Leaders Speak at U.N. General Assembly

World leaders are addressing nuclear weapons, climate change and more at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine but silent on army role

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military.

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St. Louis mayor to meet with protesters after nights of violence

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Activists in St. Louis plan to voice their concerns directly to the mayor on Tuesday over the acquittal of a white policeman who shot a black man to death, a verdict that sparked four night of violent protest.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine, but rights groups critical

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military.

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State of the Art: The iPhone 8: A Worthy Refinement Before the Next Generation

Apple’s new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have a ring of familiarity. But the phones may feel like a solid upgrade from older models because of their new processor.

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Hurricane Maria Does ‘Mind Boggling’ Damage to Dominica, Leader Says

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the Caribbean island nation had sustained “widespread devastation” from the storm, which is now at Category 5 strength.

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Democrats Mount Effort to Recruit Women as State Attorneys General

Few Democratic state officeholders are women, a shortfall the party is seeking to fix.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine but rights groups skeptical

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday any human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State and said anyone responsible would face the law, and that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there.

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South Africa's court to hear state's appeal against Pistorius in November

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) will hear the state's appeal against Paralympic gold medalist Oscar Pistorius' six-year murder sentence on Nov. 3, the National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns rights abuse, decries suffering in Rakhine

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday any human rights violations in troubled Rakhine State and said anyone responsible would face the law, and that she felt deeply for the suffering of everyone caught up in the conflict there.

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Hong Kong leader demands end of independence talk, warns ties with Beijing at risk

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's leader urged an immediate end to independence debates in the Chinese-ruled global financial hub on Tuesday, warning that the issue was harming the city's relationship with Beijing's Communist Party leaders.

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns all rights violations in Rakhine State

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations on Tuesday and said anyone responsible for abuses in troubled Rakhine State would face the law.

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In first speech at U.N., Trump to single out North Korea, Iran

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will urge United Nations member states on Tuesday to turn up the pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, using his maiden speech to the world body to address what he considers the top global challenge.

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World leaders, help us out here

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Exclusive: Bangladesh PM says expects no help from Trump on refugees fleeing Myanmar

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said she spoke to U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday about Rohingya Muslims flooding into her country from Myanmar, but she expects no help from him as he has made clear how he feels about refugees.

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Anti-Assad nations say no to Syria reconstruction until political process on track

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and other countries opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will not support the reconstruction of the country until there is a political transition "away from Assad," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Monday.

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Mexico's Puebla state revokes Cabify permit after woman's death

MEXICO CITY, Sept 18 (Reuters) - The central Mexican state of Puebla said on Monday it had revoked the operating license of ride-hailing firm Cabify after one of its drivers was arrested on suspicion of murdering a female passenger.

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State Department Tightens Rules for Visas to U.S.

If applicants do something they failed to mention in their application in their first three months in the United States, it would jeopardize their status.

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Georgia Tech Student Leader Is Shot Dead by Campus Police

Scout Schultz, 21, the president of the gay and transgender student group, left behind suicide notes, was carrying a knife and yelled “shoot me” at the officers. One did.

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St. Louis police probe whether officers chanted, 'Whose streets? Our streets'

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - St. Louis police are investigating whether some of its officers chanted, "Whose streets? Our streets" during protests by people upset over the acquittal of a white former policeman who killed a black man.

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Mattis hints at military options on North Korea but offers no details

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis hinted on Monday about the existence of military options on North Korea that might spare Seoul from a brutal counterattack but declined to say what kind of options he was talking about or whether they involved the use of lethal force.

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Leaders line up to meet with Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Trump is back in her native New York City and stepping out on her own for meetings at the United Nations General Assembly this week.

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St. Louis protests enter fourth day in wake of ex-cop's acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Protesters took to the streets of downtown St. Louis on Monday after three nights of arrests and scuffles with police during demonstrations against the acquittal of a former police officer for killing a black man in 2011.

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Bomb blast hits Syrian town of Qamishli, injuries reported: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A motorbike exploded in the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli on Monday, wounding at least four people, Syrian state television reported.

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U.S. cracks down on debt collection of private student loans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said on Monday it had ordered National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts and their debt collector, Transworld Systems, Inc to pay at least $21.6 million in penalties and restitution for illegally filing debt collection lawsuits.

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Putin watches as Russia intensifies war games that have rattled West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin observed Russia's biggest war games in years on Monday, watching as his forces successfully repelled an imaginary enemy and launched a tank-led counter offensive, part of an exercise that has rattled the West.

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In first visit, Trump urges reform so U.N. can meet full potential

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for "truly bold reforms" so it could be a greater force for world peace.

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Turkish tanks drill on Iraqi border week before Kurdish vote

ANKARA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Turkish tanks carried out drills at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week before a referendum across that frontier on Kurdish independence that Ankara has called a threat to its national security.

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Interior chief urges action at 10 U.S. monuments: Washington Post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of Department of the Interior called for changes to 10 U.S. monuments that would lift restrictions on activities such as logging and mining, and shrink the footprints of at least four of the sites, the Washington Post reported.

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New York governor says Equifax, other credit reporting companies must register with state

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a statement on Monday that all credit reporting agencies must register with the state and comply with its cyber security rules.

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Syria's Deir al-Zor air base working again: state media, monitors

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Deir al-Zor military airport in eastern Syria, which the Syrian army recaptured this month from Islamic State, began functioning again on Monday for the first time in nearly a year, Syrian state media and a monitoring group said.

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Putin to watch parachute drop, part of war games that have rattled West

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin arrived at a remote army training ground on Monday to watch a military parachute drop, part of Russia's biggest war games since 2013 that have the West looking on nervously.

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Exclusive: 10,000 UK finance jobs affected in Brexit's first wave - Reuters survey

LONDON (Reuters) - Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europe's single market, according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers in international finance.

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Iraqi authorities confirm relocating Islamic State families to new site north of Mosul

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi authorities on Monday confirmed having relocated about 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants to a new site north of Mosul, dismissing the concern of aid organizations who were not warned about the move.

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U.S. and Iran argue over inspections at nuclear watchdog meeting

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States and Iran quarreled over how Tehran's nuclear activities should be policed at a meeting of the U.N. nuclear watchdog on Monday, in a row sparked last month by Washington's call for wider inspections.

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Reuters survey: 10,000 UK finance jobs affected in Brexit's first wave

LONDON (Reuters) - Around 10,000 finance jobs will be shifted out of Britain or created overseas in the next few years if the UK is denied access to Europe's single market, according to a Reuters survey of firms employing the bulk of workers in international finance.

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U.S. Interior chief seeks changes at 10 U.S. monuments: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Department of the Interior urged President Donald Trump to lift restrictions on activities such as logging and mining in or to shrink the footprints of 10 national monuments, according to the Washington Post.

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Soccer-Ronaldo returns as Madrid aim to pressure leaders Barcelona

MADRID (Reuters) - Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo will return to action against Real Betis on Wednesday after serving a five-match suspension, as the champions look to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

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Kuwait tackles another offshore oil spill: state news agency

DUBAI (Reuters) - Major oil exporter Kuwait is dealing with another crude oil spill off its southern coast, state news agency KUNA said on Monday, the latest in a series of unexplained leaks in the Gulf Arab state in recent months.

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Turkey holds military drill on Iraqi border before Kurdish vote: army

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish armed forces carried out military exercises at the Iraqi border on Monday, the army said, a week ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence in northern Iraq which Turkey wants canceled.

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Maria is expected to get stronger in a hurry as it takes aim at the Caribbean islands devastated by Irma

Hurricane Maria is forecast to rapidly strengthen over the next two days as it takes aim at Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Irma just days ago.

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More than 80 arrested as riot police break up St. Louis protest over officer's acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - More than 80 people were arrested on Sunday night as protests in St Louis over the acquittal of a white policeman who had shot a black man turned violent for a third night running.

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'SNL,'Big Little Lies,' 'Handmaid's Tale' rule at Trump-flavored Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Handmaid's Tale" and political comedy "Veep" won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, but satirical sketch show "Saturday Night Live" won the most Emmys overall on the back of a season of Donald Trump spoofs.

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Hurricane Maria seen strengthening into major hurricane in next two days

(Reuters) - A second powerful storm in as many weeks was bearing down on a string of battered Caribbean islands on Sunday, with forecasters saying Maria would strengthen rapidly into a major hurricane in the next two days and rip into the Leeward Islands on Monday night.

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Chinese space official promoted as part of military reshuffle

BEIJING (Reuters) - A senior Chinese space official and military officer has been promoted to run the People's Liberation Army's key equipment development department, the military said on Monday, part of a reshuffle ahead of next month's Communist Party congress.

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Riot police break up St. Louis protest over officer's acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - St. Louis police in riot gear broke up a protest that turned rowdy on Sunday night with property damage including broken storefront windows, ordering protesters to disperse and detaining several people including news photographers.

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On third night, St. Louis protest of police acquittal turns rowdy

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A largely peaceful protest in St. Louis of the acquittal of a white police officer in the 2011 shooting death of a black man turned rowdy on Sunday as a handful of demonstrators threw bottles in response to a police officer making arrests.

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St. Louis protesters march for third time after police acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A third day of protests began peacefully in St. Louis on Sunday, after violent clashes erupted between police and demonstrators the previous two nights over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man.

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Third St. Louis protest of police acquittal begins peacefully

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A third day of protests started peacefully in St. Louis on Sunday after violent clashes between police and demonstrators the previous two nights over the acquittal of a white former police officer in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man.

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As North Korea threat looms, Trump to address world leaders at U.N.

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea's nuclear threat looms large this week over the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, where diplomats are eager to hear U.S. President Donald Trump address the 193-member body for the first time.

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Tillerson, Russia's Lavrov to meet on Sunday: U.S. State Dept

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in New York on Sunday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the U.S. State Department said in a brief statement.

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U.N. chief: Northern Iraq vote would detract from Islamic State fight

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Sunday that a planned Sept. 25 independence referendum in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdish region "would detract from the need to defeat" Islamic State and to reconstruct regained territories.

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Third day of protests expected in St. Louis over police acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - A third day of protests were expected in St. Louis on Sunday after the acquittal of a white former policeman in the fatal shooting of a black man, demonstrations that evoked memories of riots following the 2014 shooting of a black teenager by a white officer in nearby Ferguson.

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Battered Caribbean islands threatened by another powerful storm

(Reuters) - Tropical Storm Maria is likely to reach hurricane strength on Sunday, prompting U.S. weather forecasters to issue warnings and watches for a string of Caribbean islands, some of which were battered by powerful Irma less than two weeks before.

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Week of clashes in eastern Ethiopia kill 50, displace 50,000: officials

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Clashes along the border of Ethiopia's Oromiya and Somali regions have displaced around 50,000 people, a senior regional official said on Sunday, in violence that has prompted the government to send the military in.

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Turkey's Erdogan, Iraq's Abadi to discuss Iraqi Kurdish referendum

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi this week to discuss their concerns about an independence referendum in Iraq's Kurdish region.

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Aid officials 'gravely concerned' over fate of relocated Islamic State families in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Aid officials in Iraq said they were "gravely concerned" about the fate of about 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants relocated by Iraqi authorities, who did not warn aid organizations.

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Third day of protests set over police acquittal in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Protests were to resume in St. Louis on Sunday in the wake of the acquittal of a white former policeman in the fatal shooting of a black man, after a second night of sporadic violence between a small group of demonstrators and riot police.

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Iran's Khamenei warns U.S. against 'wrong move' on nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any "wrong move" by Washington on Tehran's nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.

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Aid officials 'gravely concerned' over fate of relocated IS families in Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Aid officials in Iraq said they were "gravely concerned" about the fate of about 1,400 foreign wives and children of suspected Islamic State militants relocated by Iraqi authorities, who did not warn aid organizations.

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U.S. Ambassador Haley: U.N. has exhausted options on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

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Exclusive: 'We will kill you all' - Rohingya villagers in Myanmar beg for safe passage

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims in violence-racked northwest Myanmar are pleading with the authorities for safe passage from two remote villages that are cut off by hostile Buddhists and running short of food.

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American tourists attacked with acid at French train station

MARSEILLE (Reuters) - A woman threw acid at four female American tourists at a train station in the French city of Marseille on Sunday, an attack police said they did not believe was terrorism-related.

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Trump hits back at Clinton, with a golf ball, on Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday retweeted a doctored video of himself taking a golf swing and hitting former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton, who then stumbles as she boards a plane.

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Official: 4 US Tourists Attacked With Acid in Marseille

The Marseille prosecutor's office says four young female U.S. tourists have been attacked with acid in Marseille's main train station by a woman who has been arrested.

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Haley says U.N. has exhausted options on North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the U.N. Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

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Iran leader Khamenei warns U.S. against 'wrong move' on nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran will not be bullied by the United States and will react strongly to any "wrong move" by Washington on Tehran's nuclear deal, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday.

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Far-right party likened to Nazis to shake up German parliament

FRANKFURT AN DER ODER, Germany (Reuters) - The first far-right party set to enter Germany's parliament for more than a half a century says it will press for Chancellor Angela Merkel to be "severely punished" for opening the door to refugees and migrants.

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Syrian army and allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State, a Syrian military source said.

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Iran leader Khamenei warns against U.S. 'wrong move' on nuclear deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday Iran would react strongly to any "wrong move" by the United States on Tehran's nuclear accord with world powers, days after President Donald Trump said Iran violated the agreement's "spirit".

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Russia rejects allegation it bombed U.S.-backed fighters in Syria

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian Defence Ministry on Sunday denied it had bombed U.S.-backed militias in Syria, saying its planes only targeted Islamic State militants and that it had warned the United States well in advance of its operational plans.

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British police arrest second man over London train bombing

LONDON (Reuters) - A second man has been arrested over Friday's bombing of a London commuter train that injured 30 people and Britain remained on its highest level of alert on Sunday with soldiers helping provide security.

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Boris Johnson's Brexit plan is not a leadership bid: minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday that Boris Johnson was not starting a leadership bid by setting out his plans for Brexit in a newspaper article, adding that his intervention was "absolutely fine".

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Syrian army, allies close in on Islamic State in Deir al-Zor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Islamic State militants, a military source said.

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British police arrest second man over London train bomb

LONDON (Reuters) - A second man has been arrested over Friday's bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said on Sunday, as Britain remained on its highest level of alert with soldiers helping provide security.

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Second man arrested over London train attack: police

LONDON (Reuters) - A second man has been arrested over Friday's bomb attack on a London underground train that injured 30 people, police said.

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St. Louis protest turns violent after peaceful rallies against police acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Clashes between demonstrators and riot-clad police marred the end of what had been a largely peaceful second day of protest rallies in St. Louis following the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

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South Korea says Moon and Trump agree on need for stronger North Korea sanctions

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests, South Korea's presidential office said following a telephone call between the two leaders on Sunday.

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Palestine's Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, elections: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestine's Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections as a way to implement a deal to end their long-running feud, the group said in a statement on Sunday.

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Palestine's Hamas ready for talks with Fatah, to hold elections: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) - Palestine's Hamas group has agreed to talks with rival Fatah movement, to dissolve the Gaza administrative committee and hold general elections, the group said in a statement on Sunday.

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Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Activists marched through two upscale shopping malls and into the streets of St. Louis on Saturday, marking a second day of demonstrations against the acquittal of a white police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.

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More protests erupt in St. Louis after acquittal in police shooting

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Activists marched peacefully through a suburban St. Louis-area shopping mall on Saturday, hours after police clashed with a crowd protesting the acquittal of a white former policeman accused of murdering a black man.

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Iraq Leader Says He Will Use Force if Kurdish Referendum Turns Violent

If Iraq is “threatened by the use of force outside the law,” Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in an interview, “then we will intervene militarily.”

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Wife of Princeton scholar jailed in Iran calls on U.S. to do more to free him

PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - When Xiyue Wang sleeps in his cell in Iran's Evin Prison, he sometimes dreams he is back at Princeton University, working in the school's main library on his dissertation comparing governance systems in Central Asia.

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Turkey summons German envoy over Kurdish rally in Cologne

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey summoned the German ambassador to Ankara on Saturday over what it said was a Kurdish militant rally in Cologne, the foreign ministry said, in a further sign of strained relations between the NATO allies.

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Jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

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British police arrest London bomb suspect at Dover border point

LONDON (Reuters) - Police arrested an 18-year-old man in the departure lounge of the port of Dover on Saturday in what they said was a "very significant" step in the hunt for whoever planted a bomb on a London commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.

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Venezuela's Maduro upbeat on talks, opposition fear 'show'

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro has predicted a new foreign-led effort to mediate Venezuela's political crisis would produce a deal soon, but the opposition said on Saturday it would not accept another time-wasting "show".

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More protests break out in St. Louis after acquittal in police shooting

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Protesters marched through an upscale St. Louis-area shopping mall on Saturday and the rock group U2 canceled a concert hours after police clashed with a crowd outraged over the acquittal of a white former policeman accused of murdering a black man.

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Police arrest man at Dover port, search house in London bomb manhunt

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the port of Dover and raided a house in a small town outside London on Saturday as they hunted for whoever planted a bomb on a commuter train that injured 30 people a day earlier.

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Jets strike U.S.-backed forces in eastern Syria: SDF

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias said they came under attack on Saturday from Russian jets and Syrian government forces in Deir al-Zor province, a flashpoint in an increasingly complex battlefield.

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Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

BARCELONA (Reuters) - More than 700 mayors from across Catalonia gathered in Barcelona on Saturday to confirm their support for a planned independence referendum that Madrid has declared illegal.

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UK's Boris Johnson reignites leadership speculation with Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson set out his plans for a "glorious" Brexit on Saturday that angered colleagues and reignited speculation he would challenge Prime Minister Theresa May for the leadership of the Conservative party.

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British police arrest man in hunt for London bombers

LONDON (Reuters) - British police arrested an 18-year-old man in the southern port of Dover on Saturday in a "significant" development in the hunt for the people behind a London commuter train bombing that injured 30 people a day earlier.

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Iraqi forces attack Islamic State in Syria border area

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi armed forces said on Saturday they had started an offensive to dislodge Islamic State from a border area holding some of the militants' last towns in the country.

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UK's Boris Johnson reignites leadership speculation with Brexit plan

LONDON (Reuters) - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson set out his plans for a "glorious" Brexit in a lengthy newspaper article on Saturday that angered colleagues and reignited speculation he would challenge Prime Minister Theresa May for the leadership of the Conservative party.

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Protest seeks shutdown of Atlantic salmon farms in Washington state

(Reuters) - Activists in Washington state plan to launch a protest flotilla on Saturday in the Pacific Ocean's Puget Sound over the accidental release of tens of thousands of farm-raised Atlantic salmon that they say threaten dwindling stocks of wild fish.

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British police arrest 18-year-old in hunt for London train bomber

LONDON (Reuters) - British police hunting those behind a bomb which injured 29 people on a London train on Friday said they had arrested an 18-year-old man in a move described as significant.

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Defying Trump, California lawmakers vote to become 'sanctuary state'

(Reuters) - California lawmakers voted on Saturday to make the most populous U.S. state a so-called sanctuary by banning police from asking for the immigration status of people who have been arrested and limiting their cooperation with immigration officers.

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Iraq announces offensive on Islamic State in Syria border area

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi armed forces said on Saturday they had started an offensive to dislodge Islamic State from an area on the border with Syria south of the Euphrates river.

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British police hunt for London train bomb suspects

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain deployed hundreds of soldiers at strategic sites on Saturday to free up police to hunt those behind a bomb which injured 29 people on a packed commuter train in London and triggered the country's highest security level.

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Police, protesters clash in St. Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Eight police officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators in St Louis when a largely peaceful protest turned violent in the early hours of Saturday after a Missouri judge acquitted a former white police officer of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man suspected of dealing drugs.

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Protesters fill St. Louis streets after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters poured into St. Louis streets on Friday, and some briefly scuffled with police, after a Missouri judge acquitted a former white police officer of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man suspected of dealing drugs.

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Protesters fill St. Louis streets after cop acquitted of murdering black man

ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters poured into St. Louis streets on Friday, and some scuffles erupted, after a Missouri judge acquitted a former white police officer who was charged with murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man.