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U.S. lawmakers reach deal for Senate Russia sanctions vote

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers reached an agreement on Wednesday paving the way for the U.S. Senate to pass a bill as soon as this week to impose new sanctions on Russia and bar President Donald Trump from easing sanctions on Moscow without Congress' approval.

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Lord: Viagra not a necessity in US Military

CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord tells CNN's Anderson Cooper he thinks the federal government should stop funding Viagra in the US Military, which costs an estimated $46 million per year.

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Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

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Opinion: Trump's tweets are an affront to the military

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump's decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service.

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Australia urges China to do more on North Korea threat

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on China on Thursday to do more to contain the threat of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

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UK commissions EU migration impact study, promises no Brexit cliff-edge

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain commissioned an independent study on Thursday of what role European Union nationals play in the British economy, saying that Brexit would mean new immigration rules, but that there would be no sudden cut-off for workers or employers.

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Trump’s Transgender Military Ban Prompts Pushback

In a move that caught many in Washington by surprise, President Trump issued via Twitter a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

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Israel's Netanyahu threatens to shut Al-Jazeera Jerusalem office

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday said he would work to close the Jerusalem offices of Qatar-based al-Jazeera, accusing the television news network of inciting recent violence in the city.

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EU court keeps Hamas on terrorism list, removes Tamil Tigers

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union's top court kept Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on the EU terrorism blacklist on Wednesday and removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers.

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Canadian military tweets welcome as Trump bans transgender personnel

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's military took to Twitter to welcome recruits from all gender identities on Wednesday, hours after U.S. President Donald Trump said he would ban transgender people from the U.S. military.

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Mexico Congress backs motion defending NAFTA dispute mechanism

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Congress backed a non-binding motion on Wednesday urging the government to reject the Trump administration's proposal to scrap the Chapter 19 dispute settlement mechanism in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Germany says no indications Mali copter crash caused by attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is no indication any outside forces were involved in the military helicopter crash in Mali in which two German peacekeepers were killed on a U.N. mission on Wednesday, a German military officer said.

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Asia and Australia Edition: White House, Jeff Sessions, North Korea: Your Thursday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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Nigerian Senate backs plans to reduce power of presidency

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's upper house of parliament backed a series of constitutional amendments on Wednesday that could weaken the presidency and boost the legislature, the latest twist in a two-year power struggle between the two institutions.

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Kidnapped Pakistani diplomatic staff recovered in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Afghan security forces on Wednesday recovered two Pakistani diplomatic officials who were kidnapped in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangahar, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said.

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Hezbollah says nearing victory in battle at Lebanon-Syria border

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Wednesday that the group was close to scoring a "very big military victory" in the battle against militants along the Syrian-Lebanese border.

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Egypt sets up national council to fight terrorism

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt established a national council for combating terrorism on Wednesday, giving it broad authority to set policies aimed at "fighting extremism," a presidential decree stated.

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What transgender celebrities say about Trump's military ban

Two of the biggest voices in the transgender community are speaking out against President Trump's plan to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. armed forces.

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Drought hits parts of North Dakota spring wheat prospects: tour

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) - Spring wheat crops in central and northwestern North Dakota were showing the effects of hot, dry conditions and yield prospects were down sharply from a year ago, scouts on an annual crop tour said Wednesday.

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British judge rejects legal challenge to counter-terrorism strategy

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge rejected on Wednesday a case brought against the government's counter-terrorism strategy, according to lawyers for the claimant, a Muslim activist.

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Trump transgender military policy 'unclear,' McCain says

Sen. John McCain objected to the Trump administration's decision to reinstate the US ban on transgender people serving in the military Wednesday, saying an announcement by President Donald Trump on Twitter was "unclear."

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Ukraine president strips one-time ally Saakashvili of citizenship

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has stripped one-time ally Mikheil Saakashvili of his Ukrainian citizenship, the migration service said on Wednesday, spelling the likely end of the former Georgian president's political aspirations in Ukraine.

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Canada top court throws out permits for seismic testing in north

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's top court handed aboriginals a partial victory on Wednesday, ruling there was not adequate consultation on plans to conduct seismic testing for oil and gas in the north of the country, but dismissing a separate attempt to quash permits for changes to an Enbridge Inc pipeline.

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Relatives of Swedish war hero Wallenberg sue Russia's FSB

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Relatives of Swedish war hero Raoul Wallenberg filed a lawsuit in a Moscow court on Wednesday against Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), seeking access to uncensored documents which they say could provide clues to Wallenberg's fate.

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French President Macron's popularity ratings drop - poll

PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron's popularity dropped in July to the lowest rating for a French president two months into his term, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, in a sign that controversy over spending cuts and tax reform are taking a toll.

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US: N. Korea could launch reliable nuclear-capable missile by 2018

The US believes that North Korea will be able to launch a reliable nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) by early 2018, a US official familiar with the latest intelligence assessment confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

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See how much transgender services really cost the military

President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he plans to reinstate a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the US armed forces.

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Mexico says seven of its citizens died in sweltering San Antonio truck

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's foreign ministry on Wednesday raised the number of its citizens who died or were hospitalized after enduring sweltering conditions in the back of a truck in San Antonio, Texas, saying seven Mexicans died and 27 remain in hospital.

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How U.S. Military Policy on Transgender Personnel Changed Under Obama

President Trump has reversed an Obama administration policy that evolved rapidly. Here is how The Times covered the issue.

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Trump says transgender people will be banned from U.S. military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not permit transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption," an action condemned by critics as "raw prejudice" and a political stunt.

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Trump bans transgender people from the U.S. military, via Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.

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Exclusive: Group of nations urge U.N. Security Council to take action to ensure access for Syrian aid

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States, Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and other nations are demanding the U.N. Security Council takes action to ensure aid convoys reach millions of needy Syrians as violence diminishes, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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Czech woman stabbed in Egypt attack on verge of death

PRAGUE (Reuters) - A Czech stabbed in an Egyptian holiday resort earlier this month is on the verge of death after suffering multiple organ failure, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: U.S. sanctions 13 senior Venezuelan officials - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 13 senior officials of Venezuela's government, military and state oil company PDVSA on Wednesday, U.S. officials said, seeking to ratchet up pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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Trump: Transgender individuals can't serve military

Donald Trump tweeted that transgender people will not be allowed to serve in the military.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Israel damaging Jerusalem's 'Islamic character'

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel on Wednesday of inflicting damage on Jerusalem's "Islamic character", in comments likely to further inflame regional tensions in a dispute over the Al-Aqsa mosque.

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Trump: no transgender people will serve in U.S. military - Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not allow transgender individuals to serve in the U.S. military in any capacity.

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Qatar says new terror list is "disappointing surprise"

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar said on Wednesday a decision by four Arab states to add 18 groups and individuals allegedly linked to Doha to their "terrorist" lists was "a disappointing surprise" and that it was doing all it could to fight extremism.

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Trump Says That Transgender People Will Not Be Allowed in the Military

In a morning tweet, President Trump said that the military cannot be burdened “with the tremendous medical costs.”

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Kremlin calls new U.S. sanctions 'sad news' for U.S.-Russia ties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Proposed new U.S. sanctions against Russia are an extremely unfriendly act and sad news for Russia-U.S. relations and their further development, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

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Hungary dismisses top EU court adviser's statement on migrant quota challenge

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's government said on Wednesday that a statement by an adviser to the top European Union court dismissing a Hungarian and Slovak challenge to the bloc's migrant quotas was a political statement which is short on legal arguments.

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Rouhani says Iran will respond to any new U.S. sanctions

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran will reciprocate if the United States imposes new sanctions on it, president Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday according to state media, casting further doubt over the outlook for the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

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South Korean shelter dog basks in presidential glory as 'First Dog'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday welcomed a rescue dog to his official Blue House residence, delivering on a campaign promise to boost awareness of the fast-growing...

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BRIEF-Pointer Telocation Cellocator division signs ongoing supply agreement in North America

* Pointer Telocation Ltd - deliveries will start in 2018 and revenues from agreement are expected to reach about $2 million-$3 million on annual basis

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Algeria busts Islamic State cell led by veteran militant: security source

ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algerian police have broken up an Islamic State militant cell led by a former al Qaeda commander convicted in France more than a decade ago for planning an attempted bombing in Strasbourg, a security source said on Wednesday.

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Booby-traps plague north Iraq as Islamic State targets returning civilians

SHEIKH AMIR, Iraq (Reuters) - As people return home to Mosul and other areas of northern Iraq freed from Islamic State, homemade bombs and explosives laid on an industrial scale by the insurgents are claiming hundreds of victims and hampering efforts to bring life back to normal.

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EU steps up legal cases against east European states over migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it had stepped up its legal case against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over their reluctance to take in migrants from other EU countries.

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Weapons maker Northrop's quarterly profit rises 6.8 percent

July 26 (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp, the maker of Global Hawk surveillance planes, reported a 6.8 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by strong demand for its manned aircraft.

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BRIEF-Northrop Grumman Q2 earnings of $3.15‍​ per share

* Q2 aerospace systems sales $2,970 million versus $2,600 million

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EU executive to start legal action against Poland over judiciary reform

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Wednesday it would start legal action against Poland over a law reforming the judiciary that undermines the independence of judges and therefore breaks EU treaty rules.

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Spain's Rajoy denies slush fund in unprecedented court testimony

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (Reuters) - Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party (PP) as he became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial.

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Why our cities need butterflies

Threatened by loss of habitat, industrial agriculture and climate change, butterfly populations have been dwindling in recent years in the UK.

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Republican Party, Jeff Sessions, North Korea: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

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BRIEF-Noble Group updates on proposed disposal of remaining North American Gas And Power Business

* Proposed disposal of noble group's remaining north american gas and power business

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U.S. pledges $140 million to Lebanon in Syrian refugee aid

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The United States will give Lebanon an additional $140 million to assist Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, the State Department said on Wednesday, during a state visit by the Lebanese Prime Minister.

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China steps up warning to Botswana over Dalai Lama visit

BEIJING (Reuters) - China stepped up its warning to Botswana on Wednesday over a planned visit by exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama next month, demanding the African nation respect China's core interests.

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Moscow warns new U.S. sanctions take ties into uncharted waters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia warned on Wednesday that new U.S. sanctions against Moscow approved by the House of Representatives take already battered ties into uncharted waters and said it was close to taking retaliatory measures of its own.

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Spain's Rajoy denies knowledge of party slush fund in court

SAN FERNANDO DE HENARES, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party (PP) and said he not taken any illicit payments, as he testified in court in a long-running corruption case.

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Top EU court's adviser dismisses Slovakia, Hungary refugee challenge

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The top EU court's adviser said on Wednesday that a case brought by Slovakia and Hungary challenging the obligatory relocation of asylum seekers across the bloc should be dismissed.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah faces tough terrain in border battle

JUROUD ARSAL, Lebanon (Reuters) - The barren, rocky hilltops that form Hezbollah's new front line with jihadists at the Syrian-Lebanese border were tough to capture and supply. Hezbollah commander Hajj Abu Ali says the experience could prove useful in future battles.

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Top EU court says Canada passenger data deal cannot be concluded as is

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - An agreement between the European Union and Canada to share airline passenger data that the two sides say is vital to fighting terrorism cannot be concluded in current form as parts of it are not in line with fundamental EU laws, the EU's top court said on Wednesday.

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Thai king's birthday celebrations mark consolidation of power

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Authorities in Thailand are going all out to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week as part of wider moves to consolidate his power and build his reputation as he emerges from his late father's shadow.

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In Chongqing, Bo Xilai's support endures in face of Beijing's new assault on his legacy

CHONGQING, China (Reuters) - In this steamy metropolis of more than 30 million people on the banks of the Yangtze River, it doesn’t take much to find people who still talk in reverential terms about Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s incarcerated and disgraced former Communist Party head who was removed from office more than five years ago.

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After IS, Mosul rebuilds monuments, mosques - and society

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Faisal Jeber arrested and interrogated suspected Islamic State militants during the battle for Mosul. Now he is taking up a new fight that could be just as crucial to the city's future.

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UK judge to decide whether baby Charlie Gard can go home to die

LONDON (Reuters) - A British judge will rule on Wednesday on where terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will spend his last moments before his life support system is switched off, unless a last-ditch attempt by his parents to bring him home is successful.

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Thais turn to 1,066 turtles to celebrate new king's birthday

CHONBURI, Thailand (Reuters) - Hundreds of people gathered at a beach in Thailand on Wednesday to release 1,066 turtles into the sea as part of celebrations to mark the birthday of new King Maha Vajiralongkorn this week.

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Does US-North Korea sanctions bill risk China relationship?

The US may target Chinese companies as part of new North Korea sanctions, an administration official said this week, even as diplomats are working with Beijing at the UN to reach a new international agreement.

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnap oil survey team in northeast Nigeria: NNPC

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram insurgents have kidnapped 10 members of a geological research team from the University of Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, the state oil company, which contracted the work, said on Wednesday.

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Airplane maker leads Czech arms industry revival

PRAGUE (Reuters) - During the last days of the Cold War in 1988, Czechoslovakia's Aero Vodochody's factory outside Prague produced a record 250 of its Albatros L-39 training jets for Soviet bloc air forces.

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Feature: The Majestic Marble Quarries of Northern Italy

Fueled by insatiable demand in the gulf states, the Italian marble trade is booming. A look at how the stone is wrenched from the earth.

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Venezuela opposition to start two-day anti-Maduro shutdown

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro's adversaries are to stage a two-day national strike from Wednesday in a final push to pressure him into abandoning a weekend election for a super-congress they say will institutionalize autocracy in Venezuela.

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Death toll in Mumbai building collapse rises to 17 as rescuers search rubble

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The death toll from the collapse of a four-storey building in the suburbs of India's financial capital, Mumbai, more than doubled overnight to 17 as rescuers removed debris searching for those still trapped, a police official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Visa expands global transaction processing with facilities in Singapore and UK

* Visa expands global transaction processing with facilities in Singapore and United Kingdom

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BRIEF-Retail Properties of America declared Q3 dividend for its 7 pct Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock at $0.4375 per share

* Declared third quarter dividend for its 7.00% Series A cumulative redeemable preferred stock at $0.4375 per share

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican stocks hit record high, Brazil stocks lifted by commodities

(Adds details from Mexico on bourse record high) By Sheky Espejo and Bruno Federowski MEXICO CITY/SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Mexico's stock market hit a fresh record high on Tuesday, boosted by expectations of good earnings, while Brazil's stocks hit a one-month high as commodity price gains lifted shares of local blue-chips Vale SA and Petróleo Brasileiro SA. Mexico's S&P/BMV IPC stock index rose for the third straight session, inching up by 0.09 percent from Monday, as data sh

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Intelligence Agencies Say North Korean Missile Could Reach U.S. in a Year

The estimate significantly shortens the time that analysts believed it would take the regime to develop a weapon capable of reaching the continental United States.

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At Ohio rally, Trump rails against sanctuary cities

The Trump administration opened up a new salvo against sanctuary cities on Tuesday -- moving to make immigration enforcement a pre-condition for receiving key law enforcement grants.

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Trump warns Iran to adhere to terms of nuclear deal or face problems

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned Iran on Tuesday to adhere to terms of a nuclear deal with world powers or "there will be big, big problems" for Tehran.

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Fairy tales overcome nightmares at South Korea’s militarized border town

SEOUL (Reuters) - A half-hour's drive north of Seoul, along a highway lined with barbed wire, lie two shopping malls the size of several football stadiums, a stone's throw from the world's most militarized border.

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Human Rights Watch: French police use excessive force on Calais migrants

PARIS (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch (HRW) pressed the French government on Wednesday to end what it described as police violence against migrants in the northern town of Calais, where hundreds have returned despite the demolition of a sprawling camp known as "the jungle".

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Vatican treasurer Cardinal Pell to face Australia court on historical sex charges

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell arrived at a court in his native Australia on Wednesday for his first appearance to face historical sex charges as the most senior Roman Catholic official to face such accusations.

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Panama opens embassy in Beijing after break with Taiwan

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama has opened an embassy in China, the Central American country's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, deepening its links with the world's No. 2 economy after its diplomatic break with longtime ally Taiwan.

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Sessions sets limits on U.S. federal funding for sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday released a memo restricting Justice Department grants from going to so-called sanctuary cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration agents.

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North Korea could carry out missile test soon: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials said on Tuesday they have seen increased North Korean activity at a site in the western city of Kusong that could be preparations for another missile test within days.

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N. Korea threatens nuclear strike on 'heart of the US'

North Korea threatened a nuclear strike on "the heart of the US" if it attempts to remove Kim Jong Un as Supreme Leader, Pyongyang's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported Tuesday.

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Two more German women identified among group held in Iraq: source

BERLIN (Reuters) - A total of four German citizens are among a group of women who were captured by Iraqi forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul last week, a foreign ministry source said on Tuesday.

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SEC declares digital assets can be 'securities' under U.S. law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Tuesday declared that the offer and sale of digital assets, such as initial coin offerings, are securities - a determination that could pave the way for...

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New militia attack in Central African town kills two peacekeepers

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Suspected Christian militiamen killed two Moroccan peacekeepers from the United Nations mission in Central African Republic on Tuesday, the mission said, in the second deadly attack on Moroccan forces this week.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Jeff Sessions, North Korea, Iran: Your Morning Briefing

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U.S. likely to target more Chinese entities over North Korea 'fairly soon': official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions aimed at curbing North Korean's weapons programs, including measures aimed at Chinese entities and financial institutions, can be expected "fairly soon," a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday.

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Italy seeks 'code of conduct' for charity ships as death toll rises

ROME (Reuters) - The Italian government on Tuesday threatened to shut humanitarian groups that operate migrant rescue ships in the Mediterranean out of the country's ports if they do not sign a "code of conduct".

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Trump says U.S. aid to Lebanon can help fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised Lebanon's efforts to guard its borders to prevent Islamic State and other militant groups from gaining a foothold inside their country and promised continued American help.

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Hawaii Wants to Be Prepared for a Nuclear Attack by North Korea

The Pacific state updated its emergency preparedness guidelines to include information on a blast that officials say is unlikely.

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Zimbabwe parliament restores Mugabe's authority to name chief justice

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's parliament on Tuesday changed the constitution to give back to President Robert Mugabe sole power to appoint the country's top three judges, a move the main opposition said could undermine the independence of the judiciary.

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Rescued from Islamic State, Yazidi boy longs to rejoin mother in Canada

DUHOK, Iraq (Reuters) - A Yazidi boy rescued from the battlefield in Mosul after three years in Islamic State captivity has asked to be reunited with his mother, who was granted asylum in Canada after escaping from the militants herself.

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Libya's PM, eastern commander commit to ceasefire, election

CELLE-SAINT-CLOUD, France (Reuters) - Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and the divided country's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar committed to a conditional ceasefire and to work towards holding elections next spring in talks chaired by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund says Q2 royalty income $8.2 mln vs $7.9 mln

* A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund announces second quarter 2017 results

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Russia's Putin, Iraqi VP discuss tanks supply deal

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iraqi Vice President Nuri al-Maliki discussed supplies of Russian T-90 battle tanks at a meeting in St Petersburg on Tuesday, according to a Russian military official present at the meeting.

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EU to Turkey: respect for rights 'imperative' to join bloc

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union on Tuesday delivered its most public criticism yet of Turkey's security crackdown since last year's failed coup, saying there could be no progress on Ankara's bid to join the bloc without an end to human rights abuses.

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Lebanese army chief: 50 militants held in raids on Syrian camps

AMMAN (Reuters) - Lebanon's army chief said on Tuesday the army had 50 "dangerous terrorists" in custody among hundreds of detainees arrested in recent security raids on Syrian refugee camps on the border between the two countries.

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U.S. says progress with China on N.Korea U.N. sanctions, true test is Russia

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States is making progress in talks with North Korean ally China on imposing new U.N. sanctions on Pyongyang over its latest missile test, but the "true test" will be what measures Russia agrees to, U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Tuesday.

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Venezuela's main business guild urges government to abort congress vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's main business guild Fedecamaras demanded on Tuesday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro abort a controversial congress vote scheduled for Sunday.

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U.S. Navy ship fires warning shots near Iranian vessel: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy ship fired warning shots when an Iranian vessel in the Gulf came within 150 yards (137 meters) on Tuesday in the first such incident since President Donald Trump took office in January, a U.S. official told Reuters.

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Rescue ship collects 13 bodies from migrant boat off Libyan coast

ROME (Reuters) - A humanitarian rescue ship on Tuesday found 13 dead bodies on a rubber boat off the coast of Libya that was carrying more than 160 migrants, charity group Proactiva Open Arms said.

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Iran-linked cyber spies use simple yet effective hacks: report

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - A cyber spying group with links to Iran and active for the past four years is targeting countries including Israel, Saudi Arabia, Germany and the United States, security researchers said on Tuesday.

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Pro-Kurdish party launches protests against Turkish crackdown

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey's pro-Kurdish parliamentary opposition launched three months of protests on Tuesday against a state crackdown which has seen dozens of lawmakers and mayors jailed over suspected links to militant separatists.

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Gang offering $1 million bounty for Colombia's FARC rebel leaders: lawyer

BOGOTA (Reuters) - A criminal gang is offering bounties of $1 million to assassins who kill leaders from Colombia's Marxist FARC rebel group, a lawyer for the guerrillas said on Tuesday, as the group prepares to take seats in Congress as part of a peace deal.

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Swiss chainsaw attacker still on loose in international manhunt

SCHAFFHAUSEN, Switzerland (Reuters) - Police with search hounds hunted on Tuesday for a chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods, a day after he stormed into an insurance office in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen and wounded two staff members.

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Jordanians protest against Israel at funeral of shot teenager

AMMAN (Reuters) - Several thousand Jordanians urged their government on Tuesday to close the Israeli embassy in Amman and scrap an unpopular peace treaty during the funeral of a young Jordanian shot dead by an Israeli security guard in the embassy.

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Syria says U.S. halting aid to rebels is step toward ending war

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria views a U.S. decision to halt CIA support to rebel groups fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad as a "start" toward ending the six-year conflict, a government minister told Reuters.

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Egypt court sentences 43 anti-government protesters to life: sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - An Egyptian criminal court sentenced 43 activists to life in prison on Tuesday, judicial sources said, in a retrial of anti-government protesters who clashed with authorities in late 2011.

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Trump, without evidence, cites Ukraine ties to ex-rival Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's U.S. election and raised questions, without offering evidence, about Ukrainian support for his Democratic presidential rival.

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Turkey's Erdogan rails against 'agents', fuelling Germany dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan stoked a dispute with NATO ally Germany on Tuesday, warning of Western agents "roaming free" in Turkey and telling those who threaten the country with embargoes to be ready for the consequences.

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Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard to return to court: Daily Mail

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of terminally ill baby Charlie Gard will return to the London High Court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether their son should have his life support withdrawn at home or in hospital, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on its website.

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Man jailed for life in Britain after beating child to death over lost shoe

LONDON (Reuters) - A man who beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son to death in a British park because the child had lost a shoe was sentenced to life imprisonment on Tuesday.

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UK courts must keep jurisdiction over EU citizens' rights in Britain: Davis

PRAGUE (Reuters) - British courts should protect the rights of European Union citizens living in the country after it leaves the bloc, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday, defending Britain's rejection of the EU's position.

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Turkey's Erdogan says Israel will suffer most from Aqsa dispute

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Israel would pay a price for a dispute over security measures it imposed at the entrance to Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

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Arrested Russian's wife denies U.S. charge he is global hacking mastermind

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - The wife of an alleged Russian hacker facing extradition from Spain to the United States has told Reuters he is being held in solitary confinement and that he denies the accusation that he masterminded one of the world's biggest spam networks.

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Amazon has no problem hiring in UK despite Brexit uncertainties

LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon has had no problem hiring staff in Britain and plans an extra 450 high tech jobs, its UK boss said, despite the uncertain status of non-British European Union nationals.

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Uber ties up with AXA for drivers' accident cover in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber and insurance group AXA have joined forces in France to offer accident cover for drivers who work for the ride hailing service after it faced criticism over their treatment.

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Turkey's Erdogan says signatures signed on Russian defense system

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey has made progress in plans to procure an S-400 missile defense system from Russia and signatures have been signed, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

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Indonesia speed boat capsizes, killing at least 10 - police

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A speed boat capsized off Indonesia's Borneo island on Tuesday, killing at least 10 people with several others believed missing, police and rescue officials said.

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China urges halt to oil drilling in disputed South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Foreign Ministry has urged a halt to oil drilling in a disputed part of the South China Sea, where Spanish oil company Repsol had been operating in cooperation with Vietnam.

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Myanmar reports outbreak of H5N1 bird flu on poultry farm: OIE

PARIS (Reuters) - Myanmar has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu on a farm in the southern Tanintharyi Region, the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday, citing a report from Myanmar's livestock ministry.

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China backs joint energy development with Philippines in disputed sea

MANILA (Reuters) - China's foreign minister on Tuesday said he supported the idea of joint energy ventures with the Philippines in the disputed South China Sea, warning that unilateral action could cause problems and damage both sides.

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Spanish policeman attacked on Morocco border, man arrested

MADRID (Reuters) - A man was detained on Tuesday after attacking a policeman on the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla with a large knife, a source from the local government said.

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India swears in Ram Nath Kovind as 14th president

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in on Tuesday as India's 14th president, becoming the first member of a powerful Hindu nationalist movement to assume the highest public office in the world's largest democracy.

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Chinese officials to enforce mainland laws in Hong Kong train station

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong announced on Tuesday a controversial plan to allow mainland officials to enforce Chinese laws inside a Hong Kong train station, an immigration set-up critics say will encroach on the city's autonomy and put existing freedoms in danger.

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Mumbai building collapse kills at least four, many feared trapped

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A four-storey building housing a nursing home in the suburbs of the Indian city of Mumbai collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least four people with more than 30 feared trapped, fire and police officials said.

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Car bomb kills seven civilians in Egypt's North Sinai: army

CAIRO (Reuters) - Seven civilians, including two young children, were killed by a car bomb that exploded at a security checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday, Egypt's army spokesman said.

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Sri Lanka cabinet approves revised port deal with China: spokesman

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's cabinet approved a revised port deal with China Merchant Port Holdings on Tuesday, cabinet spokesman Dayasiri Jayasekera told Reuters, after terms of the first agreement sparked widespread public anger.

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Polish president signs bill giving justice minister power to hire court heads

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda has signed a bill adopted by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party giving the justice minister the power to hire and fire the heads of courts of general jurisdiction in the country.

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Migrant deal with Turkey working well, says EU official

VIENNA (Reuters) - An EU deal with Turkey to stem the westward flow of migrants is working well, and day-to-day bilateral ties are better than rhetoric might suggest, the bloc's top official for relations with neighboring states said.

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Uber ties up with AXA for workers' accident cover in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Uber and insurance group AXA on Tuesday announced a partnership to offer accident cover for drivers who work for the ride hailing service in France.

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UPDATE 1-Refresco to buy Cott's bottling activities for $1.25 bln

AMSTERDAM, July 25 (Reuters) - Netherlands-based drinks bottler Refresco said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy the bottling activities of Canada-based Cott Corp for $1.25 billion, a move that will increase its capacity in the United States.

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Syrian Observatory says eight killed in Ghouta air strikes

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said overnight air strikes killed at least eight people in the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

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Refresco to buy bottling activities of Cott for $1.25 billion

July 25 (Reuters) - Dutch drinks bottler Refresco said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy the bottling activities of Canada-based Cott Corp for $1.25 billion.

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China reinforcing its border with N. Korea

China is further fortifying its border with North Korea, new reports show, amid continued tensions on the peninsula and concerns over potential US military action against Pyongyang.

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After spate of Chinese patrols, Taiwan says it's prepared to defend itself

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan is prepared to defend itself against China if necessary, the self-ruled island's defense ministry said on Tuesday, in a strongly worded response to recent flybys by Chinese warplanes near the island China claims as a wayward province.

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Japan PM revises when he knew about friend's vet school application

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday revised when he first knew about a friend's application to open a veterinary school at the center of a suspected cronyism scandal, saying he only became aware of the plan after it was approved.

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Now showing at a disputed South China Sea island not very near you

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has opened its southernmost cinema on a disputed island in the South China Sea, state media said, part on an on-going effort to build up civilian infrastructure and assert Beijing's sovereignty.

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Australian currency brokerage says Shanghai staff freed, aiding police

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - An Australian currency brokerage said three staff members in Shanghai, who were being held against their will by a group of investors that intruded into its offices last week, had been released and were now helping with a local police investigation.

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Vietnam police arrest dissident for attempt 'to overthrow government'

HANOI (Reuters) - Police in Vietnam have arrested a prominent dissident they have accused of conducting activities aimed at overthrowing the government, in what appeared to be latest effort by the Communist-ruled country to crack down on critics.

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China police warn against illegal gatherings after rare Beijing protest

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have warned against illegal gatherings after they shut down part of a major road when demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

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Why I Visited North Korea

In light of the United States barring Americans from traveling to North Korea, recent visitors shared their stories of visiting the reclusive nation.

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Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Tuesday decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a cabinet statement said.

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Gulf Arab states blacklist nine individuals, nine organizations: SPA

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi's state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday.

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Mattis bristles at Pentagon waste of $28 million on Afghan uniforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has criticized Pentagon officials for wasting as much as $28 million by making a questionable choice of forest camouflage-patterned uniforms for Afghan National Army soldiers.

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'Pharma bro' Shkreli says he will not testify in securities fraud trial

(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur vilified as the "pharma bro" for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, said on Monday in federal court that he would not testify in his securities fraud trial.

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Kansas man gets 30-year sentence for foiled bomb plot targeting U.S. military base

(Reuters) - A Kansas man was sentenced on Monday to 30 years in federal prison for plotting a failed suicide bombing at a U.S. military base on behalf of Islamic State, federal prosecutors said.

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Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis.

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Kenyan president fails to show up for election debate

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition presidential candidate Raila Odinga on Monday fielded questions alone on stage after his rival, President Uhuru Kenyatta, failed to show up for a debate between the two.

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How the Trump-Sessions ties fell apart

Playing pundit again on Monday morning, President Donald Trump delivered a bleak assessment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' standing in his administration.

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US sees more signs North Korea is preparing another missile test

North Korea appears to be preparing for another missile test, according to a US Defense official. The official said that transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving in Kusong, North Korea on Friday.

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Italian state plan for Colosseum gets thumbs-up after court fight

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top administrative court awarded victory to the government in a dispute over the management of the Colosseum amphitheatre on Monday, rejecting objections from Rome's anti-establishment mayor.

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BRIEF-American Campus Communities Q2 FFO per share $0.50

* American Campus Communities, Inc. Reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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Street signs warning of 'easily startled' police posted around Twin Cities

One week after an unarmed Minneapolis woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting, street signs criticizing "easily startled" police have popped up in the Twin Cities.

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Maldives opposition says blocked from entering parliament for impeachment vote

(Reuters) - Two opposition leaders accused soldiers and police in the Maldives of roughing up opposition lawmakers on Monday, using pepper spray to prevent them from entering parliament to take part in an impeachment vote against the speaker.

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BRIEF-TA Realty says sold a portfolio to Colony Northstar for $201 mln

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Rights group calls for probe into Libyan forces after execution video shown

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya officials should investigate and dismiss forces involved in atrocities, a human rights group said on Monday, after a video appeared on social media purportedly showing a military unit executing 20 suspected militants.

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Turkey's Erdogan ends Gulf tour with no progress reported on Qatar crisis

DOHA (Reuters) - Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar on Monday after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress.

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Penguin pulls 'Mandela's Last Years' off shelves after family complains

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Publisher Penguin on Monday pulled a book about Nelson Mandela off the shelves after the widow and family of South Africa's former president complained that the doctor who wrote the book had not been given permission to do so, local media said.

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Russia ready to help mediate in Qatar row if asked: Lavrov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia is ready to help mediate in the dispute between Qatar and Arab states if approached, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview released on Monday.

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BRIEF-Northwest Bancshares Inc. says Q2 earnings per share $0.30

* Northwest Bancshares Inc. Announces second quarter 2017 earnings and quarterly dividend

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Four shot dead, 11 hurt in drug-related Paraguay disco shooting

ASUNCION (Reuters) - Two men and two women were shot dead early on Monday as they sat in front of a discotheque in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, an attack that police said appeared to be related to drug trafficking.

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Pope's treasurer faces sex abuse charges in Australia, a grim reminder for his home town

BALLARAT, Australia (Reuters) - One of the pope's top advisers, Cardinal George Pell, makes his first court appearance in Australia this week on charges of historic sex crimes, a bitter reminder for his home town reeling from more than a dozen abuse cases.

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Libya coastguard rescues nearly 300 migrants off the coast: official

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's coastguard rescued an estimated 278 migrants including women and children on Monday off the shores of two different towns west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman said.

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France's Macron faces grassroots court challenge over party rules

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron faced the first grassroots revolt from within his own camp on Monday when hundreds of activists asked a court to halt voting on new rules for the political party that helped him win power in May.

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane - U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

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India arrests Kashmir separatists for terror funding

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India's federal counter-terrorism agency arrested seven members of Kashmir's main separatist alliance on Monday on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan-based militant groups to wage attacks, the agency said, the first such case against the group.

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Philippine leader says drugs war 'trivialized' by human rights concerns

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday promised an unrelenting war on drugs, defying critics who were "trivializing" his campaign with human rights concerns and unjustly blaming the authorities for the bloodshed.

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Thailand approves 'reconciliation social contract', but some skeptical

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A reform panel headed by Thai junta chief Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha on Monday approved a "reconciliation social contract", part of a plan aimed at healing years of political division, but critics of the military were not impressed.

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Just as German election heats up, Merkel takes holiday break

BERLIN (Reuters) – - With a comfortable lead in opinion polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the stage for a quiet three-week summer holiday shrouded in secrecy - even though just two months remain before the election.

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North American strength helps Halliburton smash profit view

(Reuters) - Halliburton Co swung to a quarterly profit and handily beat analysts' expectations on higher demand in North America, sending the world's No.3 oilfield services provider's shares up 2.5 percent.

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Philippines' Duterte warns miners: 'I will tax you to death'

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he wanted to stop exporting mineral resources and might close the mining sector completely and tax miners "to death" if damage to the environment persisted.

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Two killed in blast in Pakistani city of Lahore: rescue service

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - An explosion killed two people and wounded 19 in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Monday, a rescue service spokesman said, but it was not clear what caused the blast.

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Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition planned to plaster election centers with banners and rally in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress.

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At least five hurt in rampage in Swiss town of Schaffhausen

ZURICH (Reuters) - At least five people were hurt, two of them seriously, in an attack by an unidentified man in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen on Monday, police said.

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UK government to discuss Brexit implementation period later this year: minister

BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Britain's business minister said the government will discuss later this year how a transitional period after Brexit might work, a key demand for businesses worried about a cliff-edge exit at the end of two-year talks in March 2019.

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Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens.

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North Korea cancels annual beer festival, firms say

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Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicization of the courts.

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Former party boss of China's Chongqing under investigation: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - The former Communist Party boss of the Chinese city of Chongqing, Sun Zhengcai, is under investigation for suspected serious violations of discipline, the official Xinhua news agency said on Monday.

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Turkish journalists go on trial accused of waging 'asymmetric war'

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Seventeen employees of a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial on Monday accused of supporting a terrorist group, a case seen by government critics as a further sign that freedom of expression is under attack.

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Thailand seizes $21 million in assets from dead founder of dark net marketplace AlphaBay

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police have seized nearly $21 million worth of assets, from cars to cryptocurrency, belonging to the late founder of dark web marketplace AlphaBay, who died in a Bangkok jail this month, they said on Monday.

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Philippines' Duterte says drugs war will go on, despite criticism

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vowed to forge on with his controversial war on drugs and said no amount of criticism or international pressure would deter him.

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Polish president unexpectedly vetoes judiciary reform

WARSAW (Reuters) - Polish President Andrzej Duda said on Monday he will veto two of three bills reforming the country's judiciary system, easing worries that the ruling Law and Justice party will undermine the division of powers.

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Olympics: Door to Pyeongchang still open for North Korea, says Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said on Monday the North will be given until the very last minute to decide on its participation at next year's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

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Myanmar floods kill two, displace tens of thousands

YANGON (Reuters) - Flooding across large parts of Myanmar has displaced more than 100,000 people, causing two deaths, while dramatic riverbank erosion has washed away a Buddhist pagoda, officials, residents and state media said on Monday.

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UNHCR accuses Australia of backtracking on asylum seeker deal

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The U.N. refugee agency accused Australia on Monday of reneging on an agreement to settle some vulnerable asylum seekers held in controversial offshore detention centers, but Canberra said no such agreement existed.

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Head of Polish constitutional court sees no threat in judicial reform

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's Constitutional Tribunal President Julia Przylebska said that she sees no threat to the division of powers in an overhaul of the judicial system that has brought tens of thousands of people into the streets in protest.

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Parents of Charlie Gard return to London High Court

LONDON (Reuters) - The parents of critically-ill British baby Charlie Gard, whose fate has captured global attention, return to London's High Court on Monday where a judge is set to hear final arguments as to why a hospital should not turn off the boy's life support.

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China says it wants to 'maintain stability' in disputed South China Sea

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday Beijing wanted to maintain stability in the South China Sea as it seeks alliances in the region amid tensions in the disputed waters.

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Top lawmaker pushes for same-sex unions, divorce in Catholic Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top ally in Congress proposed new bills to legalize divorce and same-sex unions on Monday, a move almost certain to meet fierce resistance from bishops in the mainly Catholic country.

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Hezbollah wages multi-pronged attack on militants at Syrian border: media unit

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Hezbollah launched attacks against Sunni jihadist militants on Monday as part of an offensive to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, a military media unit of the group said.

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Erdogan gambling with centuries-old ties to Germany: Schaeuble

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk his country's centuries-old ties to Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in a newspaper interview, as tensions escalate between the NATO allies.

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Why Ukrainian forces gave up Crimea without a fight - and NATO is alert

KIEV/SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (Reuters) - The career of Sergei Yeliseyev helps to explain why Ukraine's armed forces gave up Crimea almost without a fight - and why NATO now says it is alert to Russian attempts to undermine military loyalty in its eastern European members.

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Israel cites immunity for guard in deadly Amman embassy shooting

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who attacked him with a screwdriver at Israel's embassy compound in Amman and a second Jordanian also died, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

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Two H1N1 flu cases suspected at Myanmar hospital

YANGON (Reuters) - A hospital in Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, is treating two patients suspected to have contracted H1N1 influenza, a doctor said on Monday, as the government began responding to a potential new outbreak of the virus known as swine flu.