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German officials receive threatening letters, fake anthrax, police say

Berlin (Reuters) - Five top German politicians received envelopes on Thursday that contained threatening letters and a white powder the letters said was anthrax, which turned out to be harmless, Berlin police said.

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Ukraine President says Trump shares vision on 'new level' of defense cooperation

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko met U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and said afterwards that they had a shared vision on a "new level" of defense cooperation, but not whether this included the U.S. provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil rate future yields fall on rate-cutting bets

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Yields paid on Brazilian interest-rate futures fell on Thursday as traders bet the central bank could cut rates below 7 percent after it reduced inflation forecasts for this year and the next. In its quarterly inflation report, the central bank forecast inflation at 3.2 percent in 2017 and 4.3 percent in 2018, down from 3.3 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively, even as it revised upward its estimate for economic growth this year.

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U.S., Russian generals talk face-to-face on Syria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. and Russian generals held a face-to-face meeting this week in an effort to avoid accidental clashes as both sides fight to retake what is left of Islamic State's territory in Syria, U.S. military officials said on Thursday.

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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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Illinois high court upholds former cop Peterson's murder conviction

(Reuters) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the conviction of former Chicago-area police officer Drew Peterson for murdering his third wife.

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Ukraine President says Trump backs U.N. deployment along border with Russia

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said U.S. President Donald Trump had expressed his support for the deployment of U.N. peacekeepers across Ukraine's eastern conflict zone and along its whole border with Russia.

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Syrian army fights IS in Deir al-Zor as U.S.-backed forces loom

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria (Reuters) - The Syrian army field commander standing by the Euphrates River predicted that Islamic State militants would very soon be "purged" from its opposite bank.

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U.S. government watchdog calls for changes in Afghan training effort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as thousands of additional American troops head to Afghanistan, a U.S. government watchdog is warning that tens of billions of dollars could be wasted unless changes are made in the training of Afghan security forces.

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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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Syria's Kurds to hold historic vote in 'message' to Assad

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led regions of northern Syria will hold elections on Friday, a historic expression of free will and a message to President Bashar al-Assad as he seeks to reassert control over the whole country, a senior Syrian Kurdish politician said.

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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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Pope candidly admits Church 'arrived late' in confronting abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in some of his most candid and personal comments on the sexual abuse of children by priests, said on Thursday that the Catholic Church had "arrived late" in dealing with the problem.

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South Korea's Moon says North Korea crisis must be handled in 'stable' manner

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Thursday for the North Korean nuclear crisis to be handled in a stable manner, so that peace was not destroyed.

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Thai activists ordered to pay $16 million for occupying airports

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thirteen activists were ordered to pay a total of $16 million in compensation on Thursday for shutting down Bangkok's two main international airports during protests in 2008.

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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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Thousands rally in Philippines, warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

MANILA (Reuters) - Thousands of Filipinos rallied on Thursday to denounce Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and warn of what they called an emerging dictatorship, in a major show of dissent against the controversial but hugely popular leader.

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Fearing far-right surge, Merkel tells Germans to vote on Sunday

BERLIN (Reuters) - Fears in Germany that voter apathy could boost the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) in Sunday's election have driven Chancellor Angela Merkel and her main rival in final days of the campaign to urge their backers to go out and vote.

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Siemens to decide within days on rail talks with Bombardier or Alstom -source

MUNICH, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Siemens will decide within days whether to continue negotiations on a potential rail combination with either Canadian group Bombardier or with French peer Alstom, a person close to the matter said.

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French union boss: we won't beat Macron reforms if we are divided

PARIS (Reuters) - Public anger at French President Emmanuel Macron's economic and social reforms is growing, but the "corporate bosses" will triumph if trade unions fail to pull together, the hard-left CGT union warned on Thursday ahead of nationwide street protests.

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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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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures little changed; oil prices slip

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a third interest rate hike for the year and as oil prices slipped.

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Futures flat after Fed signals third rate hike this year

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it could raise interest rates for the third time this year despite low inflation and disclosed plans to shrink its balance sheet.

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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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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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Leaked memo fuels accusations of ethnic bias in Afghan government

KABUL (Reuters) - A leaked memo from an staff member in Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office this week has set off a storm of criticism and accusations that the note lays bare systematic favoritism to Ghani's own Pashtun ethnic group.

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France's National Front number two quits as far-right party in turmoil

PARIS (Reuters) - The right-hand man of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen quit the party on Thursday, raising the prospect of a split in the far-right's ranks after Le Pen's defeat in the May presidential election and months of internal feuding.

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Merkel's party dips in poll but still way ahead before Sunday vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gained two points.

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From new tax office, Catalonia hopes to grab billions from Madrid

BARCELONA (Reuters) - In a glass building overlooking Barcelona's port, empty desks and computers wait for new workers of Catalonia's tax agency.

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Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'

MANILA (Reuters) - Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader.

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France's National Front number two quits as tensions split Le Pen's anti-euro party

PARIS (Reuters) - The right-hand man of French National Front leader Marine Le Pen said he was quitting the party, raising the prospect of a split in the far-right's ranks after Le Pen's defeat in the May presidential election and months of internal feuding.

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Beijing government pulls winter construction ban from website

BEIJING (Reuters) - Beijing's city authorities have taken down from their website a policy document put up just a few days ago that looked to help improve the city's notorious air quality by banning construction during winter months.

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British police make sixth arrest in Tube bomb investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives have arrested a 17-year-old youth in connection with a bomb attack on an underground train in London last week that injured 30 people, bringing the total number of arrests to six, police said on Thursday.

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China says 'good preparations' should be made for Trump's visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - "Good preparations" should be made by China and the United States to ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China later this year is a success, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

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Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand parliament

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand's parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday.

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As Congo refugees pour over border, Angola's backing for Kabila in doubt

DUNDO, Angola (Reuters) - Captured by militia and accused of being married to a Congolese government official, Kimpanga Caro could smell the fire she was told would be used to burn her decapitated head to ash.

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Malaysia arrests seven suspected of involvement with Abu Sayyaf militant group

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has arrested seven Philippine men suspected of involvement in activities of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, police said on Thursday, as concern grows in Southeast Asia over the possible expansion of militant Islamist activity.

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Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing into the air.

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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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China top graft buster says corruption fight 'world class hard'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Fixing the corruption problem in China's ruling Communist Party is "world class hard" and the battle will never end, the country's top graft-buster told Singapore's prime minister in a rare meeting with a visiting foreign leader.

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Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine

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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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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Palestinian President Abbas says peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas expressed optimism on Wednesday about reaching a peace agreement with Israel this year and said U.S. President Donald Trump's commitment to the issue would help create the "deal of the century" in the region.

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'Flaming feminist litigator' Ruth Bader Ginsburg sets up Supreme Court term

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg looked out at the first year law class she was about to address at Georgetown Law on Wednesday and smiled broadly after being told the majority of the class were women.

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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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More than 60 years on, Japan's mercury-poison victims fight to be heard

MINAMATA, Japan (Reuters) - Shinobu Sakamoto was just 15 when she left her home in the southern Japanese fishing village of Minamata to go to Stockholm and tell the world of the horrors of mercury poisoning.

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Togo security forces clash with protesters in north, killing boy

LOME (Reuters) - Security forces in Togo used batons, tear gas and live bullets against protesters seeking an end to President Faure Gnassingbe's rule on Wednesday, killing a child and injuring several other people, according to Amnesty International.

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Toys 'R' Us CEO sees future with smaller shops

NEW YORK, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc will shrink its stores and revamp its bigger outlets through its bankruptcy process, which may end with the company's return to the public markets, Chief Executive David Brandon said on Wednesday.

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Brazil Supreme Court sends new Temer graft charges to Congress

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A majority of the judges on Brazil's Supreme Court voted on Wednesday to send new graft charges against President Michel Temer to the lower house of Congress, which must authorize any trial of a sitting president.

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Spanish police raid Catalan government to halt banned referendum

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish police raided Catalan government offices and arrested officials on Wednesday to halt a banned referendum on independence, an action the regional president said meant Madrid had effectively taken over his administration.

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'It's not over yet,' Merkel warns supporters before vote

HAMBURG (Reuters) - Returning to her birthplace, Chancellor Angela Merkel urged supporters to mobilize undecided voters before Sunday's election, telling them not to take her conservatives' solid lead in opinion polls for granted.

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Unveiling new Libya plan, U.N. sees opportunity for peace

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations launched a roadmap on Wednesday for a renewed international effort to break a political stalemate in Libya and end the turmoil that followed the country's 2011 uprising.

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Cycling: Europe to decide UCI election, says former chief McQuaid

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - France's David Lappartient will beat incumbent Brian Cookson to be elected president of the International Cycling Union (UCI) if the body's European delegates vote as one, former UCI chief Pat McQuaid told Reuters.

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Vote plus marathon spells super-busy Sunday for Berlin police

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 1,500 police will be on duty in Berlin on Sunday, when Germany's capital faces the logistical challenge of organising an election expected to draw a large turnout - while ensuring its annual marathon also runs smoothly.

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Afghan president says Trump war plan has better chance than Obama's

(Reuters) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that U.S. President Donald Trump's strategy to win the war in Afghanistan will work where his predecessor's failed because the Afghan army is stronger and Trump wants a regional approach and a harder line with Pakistan.

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Abbas: U.N. must try to end Israeli occupation 'within set timeframe'

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas called on the United Nations on Wednesday to pursue efforts to "bring an end to Israeli occupation of the state of Palestine within a set timeframe."

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Trump urges 'strong and swift' U.N. action to end Rohingya crisis

UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is urging the U.N. Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to bring Myanmar's Rohingya crisis to an end, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, calling the violence there a threat to the region and beyond.

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Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

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Fake letters tell Germans the web has worked out their vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating letters telling voters that their political preferences had already been worked out from their internet postings and there was no need to go to the polls on Sunday.

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We want it in writing: Scotland and Wales seek clarity on post-Brexit powers

LONDON (Reuters) - Scotland and Wales proposed changes on Wednesday to the central UK government's Brexit bill in an attempt to bed down their current powers which they fear could be weakened after Brexit.

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Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

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U.S. urges Congolese security forces' restraint, probe into violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians affected by violence in the country's east, and urged its security forces to refrain from excessive force.

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Kenya Court Says It Nullified Election Over Possible Hacking

It said the electoral commission had failed to instill confidence in the results, but the justices stopped short of calling the vote rigged.

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Abbas says Middle East peace closer with Trump engaged

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said his meeting with Donald Trump on Wednesday attested to the U.S. president's seriousness about reaching a Middle East peace deal soon.

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Once 'kittens' in cyber spy world, Iran gaining hacking prowess: security experts

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Hackers likely linked to Iran's government are behind attacks on Saudi and other Western aerospace and petrochemical firms, signaling a rise in Iranian cyber-spying prowess, U.S. security firm FireEye said on Wednesday.

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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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Russia rebukes Trump over Iran, North Korea, accuses U.S. of missile treaty breach

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is "extremely concerned" by U.S. President Donald Trump's comments questioning the Iran nuclear deal and suspects that Washington itself may have violated a landmark arms control treaty, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

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U.S. must suffer 'painful responses' from Iran after Trump speech: Guards chief

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Wednesday that the United States should experience "painful responses" following President Donald Trump's harsh criticism of Tehran at the United Nations.

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Saudi university to dismiss suspected Brotherhood-linked academics

RIYADH (Reuters) - A large Saudi public university announced it would dismiss employees suspected of ties to the banned Muslim Brotherhood, adding to concerns that the government is clamping down on its critics in academia and beyond.

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Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar's Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

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Russia becomes Iraq Kurds' top funder, quiet about independence vote

LONDON (Reuters) - Russia, the only major power that has not called on Iraq's Kurds to cancel a referendum on independence next week, has swiftly become the top funder of Kurdish oil and gas deals, with as much as $4 billion pledged in less than a year, industry sources say.

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Belarus plays down Western fears of aggression stirred by joint war games with Russia

BORISOV FIRING RANGE, Belarus (Reuters) - Belarus said on Wednesday the West had no reason to fear attack by its close ally Russia or that Moscow could leave behind forces after war games it is holding with Minsk for a possible occupation of Western neighbors.

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Austrian bank BAWAG PSK expects to decide on IPO next week

VIENNA/FRANKFURT, Sept 20 (Reuters) - BAWAG PSK, the Austrian bank majority owned by U.S. private equity group Cerberus Capital Management, expects to formally announce next week whether it will go ahead with a share offer, two people familiar with the matter said.

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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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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures edge higher; Fed meet in focus

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index futures were trading slightly higher on Wednesday, as investors were cautious ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that may give clues on whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Futures flat as investors focus on Fed meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited clues from the Federal Reserve meeting on whether the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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US STOCKS-Futures flat as investors focus on Fed meeting

Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited clues from the Federal Reserve meeting on whether the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Raqqa campaign in final stages, SDF says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

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Fire in Bangladesh textile factory kills six

DHAKA (Reuters) - A fire in a textile factory in Bangladesh killed six workers on Wednesday before it was extinguished, police said, renewing fears about safety in the multi-billion dollar industry.

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After election rout, split stalks France's National Front

PARIS (Reuters) - Four months after a resounding electoral defeat, France's far-right National Front party is on the brink of a split, with simmering differences between leader Marine Le Pen and her chief deputy appearing irreconcilable.

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UK police arrest three in Wales over London train bomb attack

NEWPORT, Wales (Reuters) - British police arrested three men in south Wales over last week's bombing of a busy commuter train in west London, meaning five people are now being questioned by detectives over the attack which injured 30 people.

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Kenya Supreme Court criticizes election board in verdict on polls

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police tear-gassed opposition supporters demonstrating near the Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges began to deliver a detailed ruling that criticized the election board for its performance in last month's annulled presidential election.

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U.S.-backed SDF says Raqqa campaign in final stages

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said on Wednesday its campaign to capture Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) was in its final stages and its fighters had seized 80 percent of the city.

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Hindus fleeing Myanmar violence hope for shelter in Modi's India

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Caught in the crossfire between Myanmar's military and Rohingya insurgents, hundreds of Hindus who have fled to Bangladesh are placing their hopes on the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighboring India.

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British police arrest third man in London bomb attack investigation

LONDON (Reuters) - British police have arrested a third man over the bombing of a busy commuter train in west London last week which injured 30 people.

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South Korea says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

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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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Kenya tightens security as country waits for Supreme Court verdict

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Police sealed off roads near Kenya's Supreme Court on Wednesday as judges prepared to deliver a detailed ruling laying out their reasons for annulling last month's presidential election.

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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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New Zealand's ruling National Party regains wide lead over Labour: poll

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling National Party regained a wide lead over the opposition Labour party in an opinion poll released on Wednesday, the latest twist in a volatile campaign for a general election at the weekend.

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UPDATE 1-Australia court upholds appeal against Tabcorp's $4.9 bln buyout of Tatts

* Federal Court upholds appeal from antitrust regulator (Adds comment from Tabcorp, Tatts and the ACCC, adds shares)

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South Korea president says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'

SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would "totally destroy" North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.

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Australia court upholds appeal against Tabcorp's $4.9 bln buyout of Tatts

SYDNEY, Sept 20 (Reuters) - An Australian court upheld on Wednesday an appeal against betting firm Tabcorp Holdings Ltd's agreed A$6.15 billion ($4.9 billion) buyout of lotteries operator Tatts Group Ltd.

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Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint ahead of Kurdistan independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

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China's Xi demands 'strong hands' to maintain stability ahead of Congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - Stability is an absolute principle that needs to be dealt with using "strong hands", Chinese President Xi Jinping has told security officials ahead of next month's key Congress of the ruling Communist Party.

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Argentina's Macri deploys popular governor against Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri's main bulwark against a comeback by his populist predecessor, Cristina Fernandez, in October's legislative elections is someone whose name is not even on the ballot.

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Cuba calls Trump's U.N. address 'unacceptable and meddling'

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba on Tuesday slammed U.S. President Donald Trump's latest comments about the island as "disrespectful, unacceptable and meddling," while reiterating it was not involved in the alleged incidents that had harmed U.S. diplomats in Havana.

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Central African president pleads to U.N.: Don't forget us

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The president of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadera, on Tuesday pleaded with the world to not forget his country and urged the U.N. to bolster its peace-keeping force amid growing violence that threatens to spin the country out of control.

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Iran nuclear deal must change if U.S. to stay: Tillerson

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The Iran nuclear deal must be changed if the United States is to remain in it, the top U.S. diplomat said on Tuesday, suggesting its key limits on the Iranian nuclear program must be extended.

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Nigerian air force deploys aircraft to restive southeast

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigeria's air force on Tuesday said it was deploying aircraft to the southeast of the country where unrest related to a campaign for secession has escalated in an area formerly known as Biafra.

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At U.N., Trump's tough talk opens door for Macron's diplomacy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the United Nations on Tuesday, a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

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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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Qatar emir again urges dialogue, Trump says dispute to be resolved quickly

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting Qatar against four Arab states while U.S. President Donald Trump said he expected the dispute to be resolved quickly.

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British police arrest third man in London tube attack investigation

(Reuters) - British police said on Tuesday they made a third arrest linked to Friday's tube attack in Parsons Green, London, that injured 30 people.

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Russia to pay damages for Beslan school siege after European court ruling, Ifax reports

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will abide by a European Court of Human Rights ruling requiring it to pay nearly 3 million euros ($3.6 million) in damages for the 2004 Beslan school siege, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday, citing the Russian justice ministry.

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Merkel dismisses hecklers as polls point to fourth term

WISMAR, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel is on track to win a fourth term in Sunday's national election despite a dip in support for her conservatives, a poll showed on Tuesday, and she shrugged off calls to quit from far-right hecklers.

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Qatar's emir renews call for dialogue over Gulf crisis

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Tuesday renewed a call for "unconditional dialogue" to end a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states.

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Iran says Trump's U.N. remarks 'shameless, ignorant': Fars news agency

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran denounced U.S. President Donald Trump's U.N. remarks as "shameless and ignorant" and said his speech on Tuesday showed his lack of knowledge about Tehran's fight against terrorism, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

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U.S. appeals court blocks San Francisco ordinance on soda health warnings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court sided with the beverage industry on Tuesday, granting its request to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks.

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Senate confirms Trump's pick for top Supreme Court lawyer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to serve as his administration's top advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court, overcoming united Democratic opposition.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. appeals court blocks San Francisco ordinance on soda health warnings

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court sided with the beverage industry on Tuesday, granting its request to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda and other sugary drinks.

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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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Hamas asks Abbas to lift Gaza sanctions after disbanding shadow government

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Hamas called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday to respond to the disbanding of its shadow government in the Gaza Strip by ending his sanctions on the impoverished enclave.

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Brazil's new top prosecutor reshuffles 'Car Wash' investigation team

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's new top federal prosecutor on Tuesday reshuffled the team of investigators in charge of pursuing the biggest corruption probe yet conducted in Latin America's largest nation.

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Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived: U.S. court

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter over a now-retracted article describing a gang rape.

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UPDATE 2-Lawsuit over debunked Rolling Stone rape article revived-U.S. court

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday revived a defamation lawsuit by three University of Virginia graduates against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher and a reporter over a now-retracted article describing a gang rape.

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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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Rohingya Muslims trapped after Myanmar violence told to stay put

SITTWE, Myanmar (Reuters) - Thousands of Rohingya Muslims trapped by hostile Buddhists in northwestern Myanmar have enough food and will not be granted the safe passage they requested from two remote villages, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Appeals court blocks San Francisco's ordinance for soda health warnings

Sept 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday sided with the beverage industry, granting a preliminary injunction to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda.

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Turkey not in direct talks for return of intelligence officers from Iraq: minister

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish minister appeared to confirm for the first time that two Turkish intelligence officers have been captured in northern Iraq, saying the government was not in direct talks with the Kurdish militant PKK group to bring them back.

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Cuba delays municipal elections due to Irma devastation

HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba is postponing municipal elections by a month to Nov. 26 because of the devastation wrought on the Caribbean island by Hurricane Irma, its Council of State said in an electoral notice published in the ruling Granma Party newspaper on Tuesday.

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Appeals court blocks San Francisco's ordinance for soda health warnings

Sept 19 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday sided with the beverage industry, granting a preliminary injunction to block a San Francisco ordinance mandating health warnings for soda.

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Peru farmer sues miner Newmont in U.S. court over alleged abuse

LIMA, Sept 19 (Reuters) - A farmer in Peru is suing Newmont Mining Corp in U.S. federal court over allegations the miner used violence and threats to try to evict her from her home to make way for a gold project, the environmental group representing her said Tuesday.

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Theft at burned London tower adds to police's grueling work

LONDON (Reuters) - Already facing the grim task of sifting through debris to find human remains at Grenfell Tower, the London social housing block where a fire killed about 80 people, police are now also having to investigate suspected thefts from survivors' apartments.

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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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Qatar, Kuwait stop renewing visas for North Korean workers

DOHA/KUWAIT (Reuters) - North Korean workers will start leaving Qatar and Kuwait after the Gulf Arab states said they would stop renewing visas, cutting off a source of foreign income for Pyongyang after U.N. Security Council sanctions and pressure from the United States.

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Argentina's Macri weaponizes popular governor to fight Fernandez

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri's main defender against a comeback by his populist predecessor Cristina Fernandez in October's legislative elections is someone whose name is not even on the ballot.

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Catalan mayors exercise right to remain silent in referendum questioning

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

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London's Leadenhall market briefly evacuated after reports of suspect package

LONDON (Reuters) - Leadenhall market in London's financial district was briefly evacuated on Tuesday after reports of a suspicious package in the area.

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Kenyan police fire teargas at Supreme Court protesters

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan police fired teargas on Tuesday at supporters of President Uhuru Kenyatta who were protesting outside the Supreme Court against the invalidation of his Aug. 8 re-election, Reuters witnesses said.

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Sudan's Bashir visits Darfur ahead of U.S. sanctions decision

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the war-torn Darfur region on Tuesday in an effort to show his country is ready to have 20-year-old sanctions lifted by the United States just weeks before Washington is expected to issue a decision.

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Taking back control? Britain's May to make high-stakes Brexit speech

LONDON (Reuters) - After months of Brexit talks that have made little progress and deepened rifts in her party, British Prime Minister Theresa May will try this week to put the negotiations on track and reassert her authority.

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Helicopter mistakenly fires on parked vehicles in Russia war games: media

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A military helicopter on a rural training exercise in western Russia mistakenly fired rockets at a group of parked vehicles, knocking at least one person to the ground, footage posted by Russian news sites and on social media showed.

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Manslaughter charges possible in London tower block fire disaster: police

LONDON (Reuters) - The criminal investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire that killed about 80 people in London in June could result in manslaughter charges, but any prosecutions could be months away due to the complexity of the forensic work, police said.

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Israel says shoots down drone over Golan Heights frontier with Syria

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel shot down a pilotless aircraft that tried to enter its airspace at its Golan Heights frontier with Syria on Tuesday, the Israeli military said.

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Waving German flag, far-right and anti-Islam groups rally together before vote

DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - In the shadows of a Dresden church, hundreds of Alternative for Germany party members rallied with anti-Islam activists, counting down the days to a vote set to make the AfD the first far-right group in parliament in more than half a century.

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Futures slightly higher ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which would give investors clues on the timing of the next U.S. interest rate hike.

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Egypt's Sisi, Israel's Netanyahu meet for first time in public

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have met for the first time in public in what Egypt said was part of an effort to revive the Middle East peace process.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures lifted by higher oil prices

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were higher on Tuesday as heavyweight energy sector was boosted by oil prices trading near five-month highs.

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US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which would give investors clues on the timing of the next U.S. interest rate hike.

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Review: iPhone 8 cuts cord and preps for future

Apple has put its new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in a tight spot.

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China, Singapore look to put difficulties behind them

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and Singapore on Tuesday sought to put recent difficulties in their relationship over Taiwan and the disputed South China Sea behind them as Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong began a trip to Beijing.

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Rebels say U.S. evacuates base in southern Syrian desert

AMMAN (Reuters) - U.S. troops and allied Arab fighters have evacuated a garrison set up in June in the Syrian desert near the border with Iraq and relocated to their main Tanf base, rebel sources said on Tuesday.

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Turkish tanks trained on northern Iraq in show of force ahead of vote

SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops dug in on the country's southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons toward Kurdish-run northern Iraq, where authorities plan an independence referendum in defiance of Ankara and Western powers.

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5-Star's young, popular Di Maio charts course to be Italy PM

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement looks poised to name Luigi Di Maio as its candidate for prime minister in elections early next year and, if opinion polls are to be believed, the earnest 31-year-old has a good chance of winning.

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Afghan Air Force receives first Black Hawk helicopters

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Air Force took delivery of its first four U.S.-made UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters on Tuesday as part of a planned replacement of its aging fleet of Russian-made Mi-17 helicopters, officials said.

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Kremlin: U.S. lethal weapons supplies to Ukraine won't promote stability

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Tuesday that possible supplies of lethal weapons to Ukraine by the United States will not promote stability in eastern Ukraine.

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Well-preserved wreck of WWI German submarine found off Belgian coast

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The well-preserved wreck of a World War One German submarine, possibly still containing the bodies of 23 crew members, has been found off the Belgian coast, Belgian broadcaster VRT said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-EU to decide "shortly" on Bayer request for Monsanto extension

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Rescued migrants say lucky to dodge Libyan coastal clampdown

ABOARD AQUARIUS RESCUE SHIP (Reuters) - Migrants rescued in the Mediterranean last week said they had been lucky to dodge increased sea and police patrols along the Western coast of Libya that have dramatically reduced arrivals in Italy since July.

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Jihadists launch big attack on Syrian government near Hama

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgent groups launched a big attack on government-held areas in northwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.

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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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Insurgents attack Syrian-government areas near Hama: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgent groups launched a big attack on Syrian government-held areas north of the city of Hama on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a media outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported.

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China's highest-profile fugitive assailed by businessman who says he was framed for crimes

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, is under attack from a former business partner who claims Guo got him framed for crimes he says he did not commit.

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U.N. peacekeepers pressed to do more with less as further cuts loom

JOHANNESBURG/NAIROBI (Reuters) - On June 29, Maman Sidikou, head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, received a cable from headquarters in New York in which his bosses laid out in no uncertain terms that the world's largest peacekeeping mission had to make cuts, and fast.

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Indonesian police detain 22 over violent anti-communist protest

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities detained 22 people late on Monday after a violent mob clashed with police at an anti-communist protest in the capital Jakarta.

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Panama authorizes extradition of former Mexican governor on corruption charges

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Panama has agreed to extradite a former state governor from Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who is wanted in his homeland on corruption charges, the two countries said on Monday.

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Panama's president says switching China ties not 'checkbook diplomacy'

BEIJING (Reuters) - Panama's decision to ditch long-standing ties with self-ruled Taiwan and switch recognition to China had nothing to do with "checkbook diplomacy", its president has told Chinese state television.

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Trump campaign adviser was wiretapped under secret court orders: CNN

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the 2016 election, CNN reported on Monday.

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Trump says democracy must be restored in Venezuela soon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he wanted democracy restored soon in Venezuela and warned that the United States might take additional measures to apply pressure on the oil-producing nation.

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France defends Iran nuclear deal, which Trump calls deeply flawed

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France made a new plea on Monday for the United States to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and suggested its provisions expiring after a decade could be strengthened, as U.S. President Donald Trump again criticized the agreement as "deeply flawed."

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Mexico says Panama authorizes extradition of ex-governor

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Panama has agreed to extradite a former state governor from Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) who was arrested earlier this year on corruption charges, the Mexican government said on Monday.

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Venezuela opposition blames Maduro for detained activist's death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition blamed President Nicolas Maduro's government on Monday for the death of a sick activist in detention, saying he was framed and then denied medical help.

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Many GOPers undecided on health care bill

Senate Republicans are coming back to Washington Monday night to find a new effort to revamp Obamacare is in full swing. And many of the key votes say they're undecided.

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'Disaster looms,' says head of UK's anti-Brexit party

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Liberal Democrats are to set out on Tuesday their plan to stop Brexit, with party leader Vince Cable appealing to opponents in all parties to put aside "tribal differences" and fight a divorce from the European Union.

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Syrian army sends more troops across Euphrates, near U.S.-backed forces

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates in Deir al-Zor on Monday, state media and a monitoring group said, increasing their presence in an area where U.S.-backed militias have also advanced.

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Brazil's new top prosecutor is sworn in, says will maintain graft fight

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The new prosecutor general tasked with leading Brazil's anti-corruption drive was sworn in on Monday, and said she would continue her predecessor's campaign against graft in Latin America's biggest nation.

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Venezuela opposition blames Maduro for activist's jail death

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition blamed President Nicolas Maduro's government on Monday for the death of a sick activist in jail, saying he was framed and then denied medical help.

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France defends Iran nuclear deal, Trump to decide soon

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - France made a fresh plea on Monday for the United States to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and suggested its provisions expiring after a decade could be strengthened, as U.S. President Donald Trump said he would decide on the matter soon.

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Trump says giving Mideast peace 'an absolute go'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he believed "we really have a chance" to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Syrian army sends more troops across Euphrates, close to U.S.-backed forces

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian troops crossed to the eastern side of the Euphrates river in Deir al-Zor on Monday, state media and a monitoring group reported, increasing their presence in an area where U.S.-backed forces have also advanced.

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Syria investigator del Ponte signs off with a sting

GENEVA (Reuters) - Veteran prosecutor Carla del Ponte signed off from the United Nations Syria investigation on Monday by criticizing the U.N. Security Council and telling Syria's ambassador his government had used chemical weapons.

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Trump says he will make decision 'very soon' on Iran nuclear deal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he believed "we really have a chance" to make peace between Israel and the Palestinians and said he would unveil a decision on the Iran nuclear deal "very soon."

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Saudi Shura Council to vote on curbing autonomy of morality police

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Shura Council, an influential advisory body to the government, will vote on a proposal to merge the religious police into the ministry of Islamic affairs, local media reported, further curbing the force's authority.

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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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Mexican leftist Obrador leads ahead of 2018 election: poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who leads the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party, is the front-runner ahead of next year's presidential election, according to a newspaper poll published on Monday.

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In German rustbelt, Merkel challenger's social justice pitch falls flat

DUESSELDORF/DUISBURG, Germany (Reuters) - The steelworks in Duisburg employed 3,000 people when it was closed in 1985. Today, the disused factory, now a park showcasing the city's industrial heritage, gives work to dozens of curators, artists and athletes.

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People smugglers test new migrant sea route through Romania

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - About 500 migrants from the Middle East reached Romania across the Black Sea from Turkey in about a month, coastguards said on Monday, in a sharp increase the European Union says shows smugglers are testing alternative routes into Europe.

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French IT firm says its tech won't be ready for re-run of Kenya poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in Kenya's nullified election last month has told the election commission its technology will not be ready to use again by the Oct. 17 date set for a re-run of the vote.

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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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French IT firm says its technology won't be ready for Oct. 17 re-run of Kenya poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A French IT company that supplied the electronic system used in Kenya's nullified election last month has told the country's election board that its technology would not be ready to use again by the Oct. 17 date set for a re-run of the vote.

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BRIEF-Court dismisses JMB Capital Partners Master Fund vs. Jason Industries lawsuit

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Six civilians killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb in Afghanistan's southern province of Kandahar killed at least six civilians traveling in a car that hit the device, officials said on Monday.

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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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U.S. Navy fires two commanders after Asia sea accidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command.

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Merkel silent on finance ministry speculation at Schaeuble's birthday bash

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel lauded her veteran finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble at a birthday party in his honor on Monday, as a potential coalition partner laid claim to his ministry as their price for keeping her in power.

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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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French unions and left-wing plan 10 days of action to rattle Macron

PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron may have won the first round of his battle to overhaul France's economy, but the coming 10 days promise to bring far more protests and unrest to the streets as labor unions and the political left step up their opposition.

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China to amend party constitution at October congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's ruling Communist Party is expected to amend its constitution at a key party congress next month, state media said on Monday, in a sign that President Xi Jinping aims to enshrine his guiding ideological doctrine in the charter.

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Iceland sets snap election for Oct. 28: president

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Iceland will hold a snap parliamentary election on Oct. 28, President Gudni Johannesson said on Monday, after the current government collapsed last week due to a scandal involving the prime minister's father.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures edge higher ahead of Fed meeting

Sept 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures edged higher on Monday ahead of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting and as investors breathed a sigh of relief that the weekend passed with no new provocation from North Korea.

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Futures higher as North Korea tensions ease

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Monday, indicating a continuation of last week's winning streak, as investor appetite for riskier assets increased on easing tensions on the Korean peninsula and ahead of Federal Reserve's rate-setting meeting.

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Duterte invites U.N. rights body to open Philippine office as drug killings climb

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday invited the United Nations' human rights monitor to set up office in the country and join all anti-narcotic operations, amid growing public and global criticism of his bloody war on drugs.

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China Communist Party complains about 'fabricated' Twitter account

BEIJING (Reuters) - The youth wing of China's ruling Communist Party on Monday said it had complained to social network Twitter about a fake account set up in its name that has tweeted sarcastic comments about the Communist Party.

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Rohingya refugees tell of new violence; call for Myanmar sanctions

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya Muslims fleeing a Myanmar military offensive arrived in Bangladesh on Monday with fresh accounts of violence and arson as a rights group called for sanctions and an arms embargo to stop what the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.

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Japan PM Abe says to decide timing of election on return from U.N. trip

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he will decide on the timing of a snap general election after he returns on Friday from a trip this week to address the United Nations.

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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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Malaysia scraps beer festival following Islamists' objections

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities scrapped an annual beer festival on Monday after an Islamist party objected to the event that had been planned for the first weekend of October in the country's capital.

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Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises on Monday ahead of a U.N. General Assembly meeting this week where North Korea's nuclear threat is likely to loom large.