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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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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will return to the London High Court on Tuesday for a hearing to decide whether their son should have his life support withdrawn at home or in hospital, the Daily Mail newspaper reported on its website.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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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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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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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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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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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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Even with new message, Dems struggle to break through

The leaders of the Democratic Party drove more than an hour west of Washington on Monday to unveil the economic agenda that was supposed to help them win back the voters who have abandoned them in droves.

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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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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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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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Turkey Opens Trial of 17 Journalists on Terrorism Charges

The trial is being seen as a test case for the freedom of the press in Turkey, now the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

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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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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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Mexico's Pemex says $5 bln bond deal covers needs through 2018

MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Reuters) - Mexico's national oil company Pemex said on Monday that recent bond placements totaling about $5 billion would cover its minimum financing needs through the end of 2018.

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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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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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'Diana, Our Mother' examines legacy through her sons' eyes

The 20th anniversary of Princess Diana's death is an irresistible TV milestone, one that will be recognized in an assortment of programming. HBO seeks to stand apart from that wave with "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," an intimate but gauzy look back, its most salient aspect being that her sons, William and Harry, participate in the reminiscing.

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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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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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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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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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China warns India not to harbor illusions in border stand-off

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's defense ministry on Monday warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory, amid a festering border dispute.

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Car bomb in Afghan capital kills at least 12: Kabul officials

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb in the western part of Kabul on Monday, killing at least 12 people and wounding 10, and the death toll could rise, an Interior Ministry spokesman in the Afghan capital said.

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Beijing police on manhunt after deadly hit-and-run: Xinhua

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Beijing police are hunting for a man suspected of stabbing five people and then ploughing into a group of nine others with a van, killing one and injuring eight, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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Japan PM Abe faces parliament grilling after support drops further

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe faces a grilling in parliament on Monday over a suspected scandal that has cut his ratings to their lowest since taking office in 2012 and after a candidate from his ruling party lost a mayoral election.

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Militias renew attacks in Central African town, kill peacekeeper

DAKAR (Reuters) - Christian militias in Central African Republic have launched several attacks in the town of Bangassou in recent days, attempting to seize a cathedral housing displaced Muslims and killing a Moroccan peacekeeper, the United Nations said on Sunday.

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Five killed in Mexico City shootings

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Five people were killed and nearly a dozen injured in separate shootings in Mexico City on Sunday, authorities said, adding to a growing death toll in the capital which has largely been spared the criminal violence plaguing the country.

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Nigeria releases first photo of ailing president in almost 80 days

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria released a photograph of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, the first in almost three months after he left the country on May 7 for medical leave in Britain.

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'I just want to go home', says German girl who joined IS: media

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German teenager who joined Islamic State is now being held in detention in Iraq and says she regrets joining the jihadist group and just wants to come home to her family, media reported on Sunday.

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Israel says Jerusalem mosque metal detectors to stay

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Sunday it would not remove metal detectors whose installation outside a major Jerusalem mosque has triggered the bloodiest clashes with the Palestinians in years, but could eventually reduce their use.

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Trump open to signing Russia sanctions legislation: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Sunday that U.S. President Donald Trump was open to signing legislation toughening sanctions on Russia after Senate and House leaders reached agreement on a bill for stronger action against Moscow.

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Venezuela congress going ahead despite 'imperial' threat: Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - Defying pressure from abroad and at home, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that an election would go ahead next weekend for a controversial new congress his foes fear will institutionalize dictatorship.

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One Jordanian killed, one Israeli wounded at Israeli embassy in Jordan: police

AMMAN (Reuters) - One Jordanian was killed and two people were wounded, including an Israeli, in a shooting incident on Sunday in a building within the Israeli embassy complex in Jordan's capital Amman, a police statement said.

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One dead in shooting incident at Israeli embassy in Jordan: security source

AMMAN (Reuters) - At least one person was killed on Sunday in a shooting incident at the Israeli embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman, a Jordanian security source said.

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Jihadist group consolidates control of Idlib province: rebels

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian jihadists linked to a former al Qaeda affiliate consolidated their grip over large parts of the northwestern province of Idlib on Sunday after their main rival evacuated a major border crossing with Turkey, rebels and residents said.

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Turkish police detain 61 protesters in Ankara

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish police detained 61 protesters in the capital Ankara on Sunday demonstrating in support of two teachers jailed two months ago for going on hunger strike, private broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

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Mexico ruling party well behind upstart leftist in voter poll

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party is running in third place with less than a year to go before the next presidential election, well behind the new party of leftist hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an opinion poll showed on Sunday.

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Malaysia's PM Najib offers aid to palm oil farmers ahead of election

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Prime Minister Najib Razak gave cash handouts and offered debt waivers on Sunday to Malaysian palm oil farmers, a key voter base for the scandal-hit leader who is preparing to seek re-election.

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Merkel's Bavarian ally signals open to tie-up with Greens after Sept vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian ally has signaled it could back a coalition between their conservative bloc and the opposition Greens after a national election due in September.

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Erdogan kicks off Gulf crisis diplomacy with Saudi visit

DUBAI (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan arrived in Saudi Arabia and met King Salman on Sunday, Saudi state news agency SPA reported, his first stop on a Gulf diplomatic tour aimed at healing an Arab rift with Ankara's ally Qatar.

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Mali confirms arrest of key jihadist near Timbuktu

BAMAKO (Reuters) - Malian and French troops have arrested a close associate of a preacher whose jihadist group has claimed dozens of attacks against Western and Malian targets, Mali's security minister said on Sunday.

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Iran and Iraq sign accord to boost military cooperation

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran and Iraq signed an agreement on Sunday to step up military cooperation and the fight against "terrorism and extremism", Iranian media reported, an accord which is likely to raise concerns in Washington.

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French President Macron's popularity rating drops

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron's popularity rating has slumped by 10 percentage points this month, according to an Ifop poll on Sunday - the biggest decline for a new president since 1995.

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Japanese PM Abe's support slides again before parliament appearance

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support slid 10 points to 26 percent in a poll published on Sunday, a day before Abe will be grilled in parliament over a suspected scandal that is cutting his ratings to the lowest since taking office in 2012.

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Top Merkel aide says Turkey's conduct 'unacceptable'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's behavior is "unacceptable" and Germany has a duty to protect its citizens and companies but also wants to maintain strong ties with Ankara, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff said on Sunday.

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Syrian army, allies advance against Islamic State east of Raqqa

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their allies have recaptured territory from Islamic State in countryside southeast of its stronghold Raqqa after air strikes in the area, a pro-Damascus military media unit and war monitors reported.

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Libya eastern commander Haftar, U.N.-backed premier Serraj to meet in Paris on Tuesday: source

CAIRO (Reuters) - Libya's eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and the head of the U.N.-backed government Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj plan to meet on Tuesday for French-organised talks on a deal to resolve the country's crisis, a diplomatic source said on Sunday.

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Spain's business leaders worried about Catalan secession

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Almost three quarters of Spanish business leaders fear Catalonia's plans for an independence referendum on Oct. 1 could harm the country's economy, according to a study by Deloitte published in Spanish newspaper El País.

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China's Guangzhou halts construction projects after deadly accident

BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern China city of Guangzhou on Sunday suspended all construction projects after a crane at a construction site collapsed on Saturday killing seven people.

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Marawi standoff enters third month, underlining crisis in Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - Two months after Islamist militants launched an assault on one of the biggest southern cities in the Philippines, the fighting is dragging on, and President Rodrigo Duterte says he is prepared to wait for a year for it to end.

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Syrian warplanes strike near Damascus despite ceasefire - Syrian Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government warplanes carried out several air strikes in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus on Sunday, a day after the Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the area, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

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Mexican former state governor to be tried for organized crime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A former state governor from Mexico's ruling party will stand trial for engaging in organized crime and handling funds of illicit origin after a judge reviewing evidence approved the case, the attorney general's office said on Saturday.

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Senior Australian minister calls for postal vote on same-sex marriage

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - One of Australia’s most senior ministers on Sunday reignited debate on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised, proposing a national postal vote on the issue.

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Germany says Crimean turbine scandal souring relations with Russia: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany has warned Russia that breaches of sanctions including the relocation to Crimea of four gas turbines delivered to Russia by Siemens are straining political relations between the two countries, Bild am Sonntag reported on Sunday.

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France's far-right National Front party reaffirms anti-EU stance

PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-right National Front party reaffirmed on Saturday its anti-European Union stance while admitting voters' concerns over its policy to quit the euro, at the end of a two-day meeting aimed at analyzing its defeat in this year's election.

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Hundreds of Islamic State corpses await repatriation from Libya

MISRATA, Libya (Reuters) - Seven months after Libyan forces defeated Islamic State in the coastal city of Sirte, hundreds of bodies of foreign militants still lie stored in freezers as authorities negotiate with other governments to decide what to do with them, local officials say.

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Violence flares in Caracas at anti-Maduro march, violinist hurt

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers on motorbikes fired teargas at hundreds of masked and stone-throwing youths in Caracas on Saturday during the latest protest against President Nicolas Maduro.

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Israel raids home of Palestinian attacker in West Bank

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel sent extra troops into the occupied West Bank on Saturday and raided the home of the Palestinian attacker who stabbed to death three Israelis on Friday, the military said.

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South Africa's Sisulu says ANC must return to its roots, fight graft

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African housing minister Lindiwe Sisulu launched her bid on Saturday to succeed scandal-hit President Jacob Zuma as leader of the African National Congress (ANC) by vowing to help save the ruling party from infighting and corruption.

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UAE minister: no dialogue with Qatar until it revises policies

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates, one of four Arab countries that have imposed sanctions on Qatar, said on Saturday that Doha needed to change its policies before a dialogue could take place.

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Turkey Sees Foes at Work in Gold Mines, Cafes and ‘Smurf Village’

The government has seized more than 950 companies, from a baklava chain to a major construction firm, over suspected ties to a failed coup attempt last year.

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Macron to discuss Ukraine next week with Putin, Merkel and Poroshenko

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron will call the leaders of Russia, Germany and Ukraine on Monday to discuss the conflict in eastern Ukraine, his office said in a statement.

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Thousands dance through Berlin to promote gay and lesbian rights

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thousands of revelers danced through the streets of Berlin on Saturday, many of them waving rainbow-colored flags, as they promoted lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights in...

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Eastern commander's forces battle resistance in Libya's Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Fighting between the self-styled Libyan National Army and rival armed groups in Benghazi killed six troops and wounded eight as the LNA advanced into the last pockets of resistance in eastern Libya's largest city, a commander said on Saturday.

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Syrian military declares cessation of hostilities east of Damascus: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities in the Eastern Ghouta region just outside Damascus, which it said began at 12:00 pm local time (5.00 a.m. ET) on Saturday, state TV reported.

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Polish court overhaul meets growing wave of criticism, protests

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's ruling party on Saturday dismissed a growing wave of criticism from abroad and worries at home that an overhaul of the Supreme Court would undermine judicial independence.

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Hungarian PM offers support to Poland in row with EU

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday that Budapest would defend Poland as the European Union threatens Warsaw with sanctions over its plans to extend government control over its courts.

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Turkey’s Alevis, a Muslim Minority, Fear a Policy of Denying Their Existence

Members say President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government is reinforcing Sunni Islam as the state religion and marginalizing Alevism.

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Egypt court sentences 28 to death over 2015 prosecutor killing

CAIRO (Reuters) - A Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced to death 28 people over the 2015 killing of Egypt's top prosecutor and handed 15 others jail sentences of 25 years each.

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Indonesian President orders officers to shoot drug traffickers

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo has instructed law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with a narcotics emergency facing the country.

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Man plays guitar through brain surgery

A musician played the guitar while undergoing brain surgery to fix cramping in his fingers, according to the surgeon who conducted the operation in India.

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The Battle for Venezuela, Through a Lens, Helmet and Gas Mask

These photographs, taken over four weeks, capture the daily turmoil that antigovernment protests have brought to the streets of Caracas.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah, Syrian army advance in border offensive: reports

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Shi'ite militia Hezbollah and the Syrian army advanced against Sunni militants on Saturday, the second day of an assault to drive them from their last foothold along the Syria-Lebanon border, pro-Damascus media reported.

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Son of Afghan Taliban leader dies carrying out suicide attack

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The son of Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada died on Thursday carrying out a suicide attack in the province of Helmand in southern Afghanistan, one of the insurgent movement's main spokesmen said.

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Syrian military says jets attack Islamic State east of Raqqa: state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian warplanes carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State in an area of countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported, citing a military source.

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East Timorese form long lines to vote in parliamentary election

DILI (Reuters) - Voters in East Timor queued up on Saturday to cast their vote in the country's fourth parliamentary elections since independence in a ballot where campaigning has focused on development and jobs in Asia's youngest democracy.

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Chinese government official sues exiled tycoon Guo for defamation

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese government housing vice-minister has lodged a $10 million defamation lawsuit against controversial billionaire Guo Wengui in New York over claims made by the exiled tycoon that she had engaged in graft and provided sexual favors.

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MSF reopens first Kunduz clinic since deadly hospital air strike in 2015

KABUL (Reuters) - Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a hospital in 2015.

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Australia says Chinese spy ship near war games

(Reuters) - A Chinese spy ship has been detected off the Australian coast near joint war games underway between the United States, New Zealand and Australian militaries, the Australian Defense Force (ADF) said on Saturday.

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Mexico City spike in crime, violence sparks fears of cartel warfare

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The sight of vehicles set ablaze by cartels has mostly been confined to lawless stretches of Mexico's provinces, so the appearance of burning buses in Mexico City this week has stoked fears that the drug gangs' violence is spreading to the capital.

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Trump warns Iran over detained Americans: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly detained American citizens were released and returned, the White House said in a statement on Friday.

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Miners call off strike in Peru after deal with government

LIMA (Reuters) - Striking mining workers in Peru agreed to return to work by Monday after the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski promised to name a task force to discuss labor laws with them, the Labor Ministry said on Friday.

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Egypt says 30 suspected militants killed in Sinai raids

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian security forces killed 30 suspected militants in ground and air raids in North Sinai conducted over the past four days, the military said in a statement on Friday.

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'You belong here,' Gabriel tells Germany's Turks

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will stand by the three million people with Turkish roots living there, its foreign minister said, offering assurances that they were not Berlin's targets in a rapidly escalating political row with Ankara.

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Exclusive: U.S. presses Myanmar to cease military ties with North Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military has maintained ties with North Korea, even though the civilian-led government denies any cooperation, and the Trump administration is pressing for a complete break-off of remaining links, current and former U.S. officials said.

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Six dead in worst Israeli-Palestinian bloodshed for years

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Six people were killed on Friday in the bloodiest spate of Israeli-Palestinian violence for years, prompted by new security Israeli measures at Jerusalem's holiest site.

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Qatar's ruler: time to resolve differences in talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's emir called for dialogue on Friday to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks must respect national sovereignty.

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Russia not reason for U.S. ending CIA arms to Syria rebels: general

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A U.S. decision to halt a CIA program equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad ally Russia, a top U.S. general said on Friday.

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Trump to host Lebanon's Hariri on July 25: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will host Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the White House on July 25, the White House said in a statement.

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Qatar's ruler: it is time to resolve differences through talks

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruling emir said on Friday that it was time for negotiations to resolve differences between Doha and four Arab states which have severed diplomatic ties with it.

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Saudi source gives more detail on crown prince's dismissal

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A source close to Saudi Arabia's rulers has given further details of how Mohammed bin Nayef, the former crown prince, was summarily removed from his post last month.

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U.S. special envoy to visit eastern Ukraine

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The envoy tapped to lead U.S. diplomacy on the Ukraine crisis will embark on a trip to eastern Ukraine and European nations on Friday for talks with officials, conflict monitors and "those who have been affected by Russian aggression," the State Department said on Friday.

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Islamists surround rivals at Syria-Turkey crossing, truce agreed

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian jihadist fighters and rival Islamist insurgents agreed a ceasefire on Friday to end days of infighting, a statement said, after al Qaeda-linked militants surrounded the other rebels near a Syria-Turkey border crossing.

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U.S., seven allies map joint F-35 jet operations in Europe

BERLIN (Reuters) - The United States and seven allies have held their first meeting to map out plans for joint operations of the new Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 stealth jet fighter in Europe in coming years.

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Tajik opposition, rights group say government threatens activists' families

ALMATY (Reuters) - Authorities in Tajikistan have threatened to confiscate the property of people linked to opposition activists living in exile, a leading opposition politician said on Friday.

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Tear gas scene from Jerusalem's 'Day of Rage'

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - When Muslim elders called for a "Day of Rage" on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures at Jerusalem's holiest site, photographer Ammar Awad knew where he had to be.

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U.S. air strike kills Afghan forces in friendly-fire incident

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghan security forces were killed on Friday in a U.S. military air strike in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province, the U.S. military said, calling the friendly-fire deaths "unfortunate" and pledging an investigation.

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After Syria sarin attack, doctors train to treat chemical weapons victims

GAZIANTEP, Turkey (Reuters) - Wearing chemical suits and gasmasks, Syrian doctors rush to a house where white smoke wafts over a group of people choking and coughing, some calling out for help.

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Venezuela opposition congress to name parallel Supreme Court judges

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's opposition-led congress said on Friday it will appoint 13 alternative judges to the country's Supreme Court, whose current pro-government members have been a bedrock of support for leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

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Ford to petition to avoid recall of 2.2 million vehicles

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will petition to avoid an immediate recall of about 2.2 million vehicles with Takata air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said Friday.

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U.N envoy complains of state surveillance, access restrictions in Myanmar

YANGON (Reuters) - Activists and journalists in newly democratic Myanmar continue to be followed and questioned by state surveillance agents, a U.N. envoy said on Friday, at the conclusion of a visit she said was beset by official snooping and access restrictions.

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Ford to petition to avoid recall of 2.2 mln vehicles

WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will petition to avoid an immediate recall of about 2.2 million vehicles with Takata air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said Friday.

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Senior U.S. counterterror official says can't confirm Baghdadi killed

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - A senior U.S. counterterrorism official said on Friday that he has seen no information confirming that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi has been killed.

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Putin says yet to decide whether to run for president again

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he had not yet decided whether to run for re-election in 2018, but promised not to change the constitution to allow him to keep on running for Russia's top political post indefinitely.

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U.S. to ban its citizens' travel to North Korea: U.S. official

SEOUL (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ban U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour, a U.S. official and tour agencies that arrange trips to the country said on Friday.

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Daughter of slain Putin critic Nemtsov wants crime reclassified as political: Ifax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The daughter of murdered Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov has appealed the jail sentence of a man found guilty of killing her father and four accomplices, the Interfax news agency reported on Friday.

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A new dawn: South Korea seeks new talks with Pyongyang

(Reuters) - Earlier this month South Korea proposed military talks with the North. The formal initiative from Seoul's new government could lead to the first high-level discussions between the rival states since 2015.

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Turkey seeks to cool row with Germany as Berlin reviews arms requests

BERLIN (Reuters) - Turkey's economy minister sought to calm rising tensions with Germany on Friday as Berlin said it was reviewing all applications for arms projects from Ankara.

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Mosul morgue workers struggle to cope with 'river of blood'

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - The fridges are nearly full at the morgue in Mosul where the casualties of war with Islamic State are stored.

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U.S. will not pay Pakistan for military reimbursements: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon will not make military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 after U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress that Islamabad had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a U.S. official said on Friday.

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UAE welcomes Qatari decision to amend anti-terrorism laws

DUBAI (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates on Friday welcomed Qatar's decision to amend its anti-terrorism laws, one of the first positive responses since the UAE and three other Arab countries imposed sanctions on Doha last month.

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Far-right millennials set out to sea to 'defend Europe' from migrants

CATANIA, Italy (Reuters) - A dozen far-right millennials from Europe and North America plan to set sail next week to "defend Europe" from what they call a migrant invasion from Africa, using social media as their weapons.

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Turkey has over 680 German firms on terrorism black list- security source

BERLIN, July 21 (Reuters) - Turkey has provided German authorities with a list of over 680 German firms it suspects of supporting terrorism, a German security source said on Friday, ten times the number initially reported by German media.

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Support for Catalan independence slips as referendum nears

MADRID (Reuters) - Support for Catalonia's independence from the rest of Spain has fallen to its lowest level since a separatist campaign gained traction in 2012, but still remains a close call ahead of an October referendum on secession, a survey showed on Friday.

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Czech judges denounce Poland's legal overhaul as attack on freedom

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Senior Czech judges denounced a judicial overhaul in Poland as an attack on the rule of law on Friday, saying they could no longer stay silent over the changes in their neighbor.

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Taiwan says Chinese aircraft flew near island in military exercise

TAIPEI (Reuters) - China flew several fighter and reconnaissance aircraft near Taiwan in a training exercise, the self-ruled island's defense ministry said on Friday.

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U.S. general urges more German spending to ease military transit

BERLIN (Reuters) - Citing lessons learned from recent big military exercises, the U.S. Army's top general in Europe urged Germany to spend more on transportation and missile defense to help it meet its NATO target of 2 percent of economic output.

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More attacks likely in Southeast Asia after Marawi: report

JAKARTA (Reuters) - As a lengthy, urban battle drags on between Philippine forces and Islamist militants in the southern city of Marawi, a new report by a think-tank has warned of more attacks by radicals in Southeast Asia, including on foreigners.

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Australian brokerage says staff being held in Shanghai office

SHANGHAI/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Up to 50 investors have intruded into the central Shanghai offices of an Australian currency brokerage and are holding some of its staff against their will, in protest against losses made on currency trades, the brokerage said on Friday.

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Wounded National Front seeks way back after French poll failures

PARIS (Reuters) - Top officials from France's far-right National Front gather on Friday to find a way back from successive election failures, and senior members said everything from the party's name to its vow to restore the franc currency were up for review.

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Ex-China's securities regulator assistant chairman to be prosecuted: graft watchdog

BEIJING (Reuters) - The former assistant chairman of China's securities regulator, Zhang Yujun, will be prosecuted for serious violations of discipline, the country's graft watchdog said on Friday.

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Polish senate set to back judicial overhaul, defying protesters and EU

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's senate was expected to back new powers letting politicians appoint supreme court judges, defying protesters massed in the streets overnight against what they see as a move toward authoritarian rule.

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Tepco spots possible nuclear fuel debris at another Fukushima reactor: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), the operator of Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, may have found nuclear fuel debris below the damaged No. 3 reactor, one of three that had meltdowns in the 2011 disaster, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

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Philippine leader to go after Maoist rebels after scrapping talks

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he was no longer interested in peace talks with Maoist-led guerrillas and planned to hunt down the insurgents once the military has retaken a southern city from Islamist rebels.

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Turkey is acting like former Communist East Germany, Schaeuble says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted on Friday as comparing Turkey with the former communist East German state and saying Berlin might have to tell Germans traveling there that they did so at their own peril.

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Exclusive: Tanzania tells foreign Acacia Mining staff to leave

LONDON (Reuters) - Tanzania has asked foreign employees of London-listed Acacia Mining to leave the country in an escalation of a dispute that began in 2016 over allegations of tax evasion, a company spokesperson said on Friday.

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Free movement of people to continue for at least two years after Brexit: media

LONDON (Reuters) - The free movement of European Union citizens to Britain will continue for at least two years after Brexit as part of a transitional deal, British media reported on Friday.

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Cheers for former Thai PM Yingluck as her trial enters last hearing day

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Hundreds of supporters cheered as Thailand's former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday arrived for the final hearing in her trial on charges she was negligent in overseeing a rice subsidy scheme which wasted billions of dollars.

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Blast in China's Hangzhou city kills two, injures 55

BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion on Friday at a shop by a busy street in the Chinese city of Hanghzou killed two people and injured 55, authorities in the area said.

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Hezbollah, Syrian army attack militants at Lebanese-Syrian border: pro-Assad commander

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Lebanese group Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an operation on Friday against militants in an area of the Syrian-Lebanese frontier, a commander in the military alliance fighting in support of President Bashar al-Assad said.

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Brazil's Lula says he is being persecuted in court as supporters protest

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a leftist leader who is topping polls for the 2018 election, on Thursday told supporters protesting his conviction for corruption charges that his political opponents were persecuting him in the courts.

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No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tensions between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to take place after the North snubbed a call by the South, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hope of engaging Pyongyang in dialogue.

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Magnitude 6.7 quake off Turkish and Greek coasts kills two: USGS

ANKARA (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 killed two people when it struck near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Agean Sea on Friday, Turkish and Greek officials said.

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Turkey quake to cause small tsunami: EMSC

(Reuters) - A 6.7-magnitude earthquake off the southwestern coast of Turkey could cause a small tsunami in the area, European quake agency EMSC said, although Turkish officials said large waves were more likely than a tsunami.

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Magnitude 6.9 quake hits off Turkey: USGS

(Reuters) - A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck off the southwestern Turkish coast on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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U.S. lawmakers want fresh sanctions on Hezbollah

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican and Democratic U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday seeking to increase sanctions on Hezbollah, accusing the powerful Shi'ite Muslim political group of violence in Syria and amassing rockets along Israel's border.

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U.N. rights chief seeks meeting with China over Liu Xiaobo's widow

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Thursday he plans to seek a meeting with Chinese officials to urge freedom of movement for the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died of cancer while in custody.

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Qatari emir amends laws to bolster fight against terrorism: agency

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar's ruler has amended the country's anti-terrorism laws in a royal decree issued on Thursday, state news agency QNA reported, in a move that appears aimed at countering charges the Gulf Arab state supports terrorism.

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Exclusive: Russia, Venezuela discuss Citgo collateral deal to avoid U.S. sanctions - sources

CARACAS/HOUSTON (Reuters) - Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is negotiating to swap its collateral in Venezuelan-owned, U.S.-based refiner Citgo for oilfield stakes and a fuel supply deal - a move to avoid complications from U.S. sanctions, two sources with knowledge of the negotiations told Reuters.

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Saudi king overhauls security services following royal shakeup

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman on Thursday decreed the consolidation of counter-terrorism and domestic intelligence under a new body, in a major overhaul of the security apparatus weeks after the interior minister was ousted from the royal succession.

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Egypt says it is 'shameful' that Qatar not held accountable at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Egypt accused Qatar on Thursday of adopting a "pro-terrorist" policy that violated United Nations Security Council resolutions and described it as "shameful" that the 15-member body had not held Qatar accountable.

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Moroccan police fire tear gas to disperse protests in north

AL-HOCEIMA, Morocco (Reuters) - Police fired tear gas and used truncheons to scatter hundreds of protesters in northern Morocco, a Reuters witness said on Thursday, part of the biggest wave of demonstrations in the kingdom since Arab Spring-inspired rallies in 2011.

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Libya's eastern forces deny reports of summary executions

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The Libyan National Army, the main military force in eastern Libya, on Thursday denied accusations that its troops were involved in torture and killing of prisoners after the United Nations urged the LNA to investigate.

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Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest -police

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.

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Top adviser to Puerto Rico governor resigns, 'in no way pressured'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Elias Sanchez, Governor Ricardo Rosselló’s liaison to Puerto Rico’s financial oversight board who has been criticized over his financial disclosures, resigned on Thursday.

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Syria rebels blindsided by U.S. move, say jihadists to benefit

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Thursday a U.S. decision to halt a covert CIA program of military aid would mark a big blow to the Syrian opposition and risked allowing jihadists to tighten their grip over the insurgency.