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Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

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GUAM (Reuters) - Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That's the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control. [Source]

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Young Voices on a Targeted Island: ‘Very Lucky to Be From Guam’

While Guam’s fate may be decided by distant world leaders, its future lies in much younger, more local hands. Here’s what some of them have to say.

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Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House said on Sunday.

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Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

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NAFTA negotiators wrap up first round of talks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Trade negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Sunday wrapped up the first round of talks to revamp the 23-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, a U.S. official said.

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Merkel attacks Turkey's 'misuse' of Interpol warrants

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized Turkey's use of an Interpol arrest warrant to detain a German writer in Spain, telling an election town hall event on Sunday that this amounted to abuse of the international police agency.

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Police say cannot rule out that suspect in Barcelona attacks may have crossed to France

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The chief of police in Catalonia said on Sunday he could not rule out that the last suspect still believed to be at large in the Barcelona attacks may have crossed to France.

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Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city's judiciary.

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U.S. warship Indianapolis found 18,000 feet deep in Pacific Ocean

(Reuters) - Researchers have found the wreckage of the U.S. warship Indianapolis, which was sunk by a Japanese torpedo in the final days of World War Two, more than 18,000 feet (5.5 kilometers) below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, the Navy said on Saturday.

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Mnuchin tells Yale classmates: Trump does not equate neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Urged by his Yale University classmates to resign as treasury secretary following President Donald Trump's response to a white nationalist protest, Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he would stay in office and that Trump "in no way, shape or form" equates neo-Nazis with peaceful protesters.

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Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian jets and artillery struck rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs on Saturday a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses said.

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Israel's Netanyahu to discuss Middle East with Putin: statement

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will discuss the Middle East with Russian President Vladimir Putin when they meet in the Russian resort of Sochi next week, his office said on Saturday.

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Israeli forces shoot dead a Palestinian wielding knife

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian teen wielding a knife on Saturday in the occupied West Bank, police said.

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Regional nations plus U.S. condemn Venezuela's new constituent assembly

CARACAS/LIMA (Reuters) - A group of 12 regional nations plus the United States rejected Venezuela's new government-allied legislative superbody, saying they would continue to regard the opposition-controlled congress as the country's only legitimate law maker.

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After Charlottesville, Boston aims to avert violence at 'Free Speech' rally

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston on Saturday to deter violence at a "Free Speech" rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest.

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Spanish police searching for van driver in Barcelona attack

BARCELONA/RIPOLL, Spain (Reuters) - Spanish police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in one of two deadly attacks in Catalonia carried out by a network of suspected Islamist militants.

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Finnish knife attacks investigated as terrorism-related crimes: police

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finnish police are investigating Friday's knife attacks as crimes related to terrorism, it said on Saturday.

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Finnish police 'quite certain' about attacker's identity: local media

TURKU, Finland (Reuters) - Finnish police raided an apartment in eastern Turku and said it was "quite certain" it had identified the attacker who killed two people and wounded eight during a stabbing rampage on Friday, local media reported.

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Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to President Trump

(Reuters) - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments.

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Guam residents on missile threats || A beach resort in Syria || That and more are the best reads of the week

Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here's what you might have missed in a busy news week.

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Revived After Mosul, Iraqi Forces Prepare to Battle ISIS in Tal Afar

Iraqi forces, who suffered heavy casualties in the monthslong battle for Mosul, are ready to launch their fight to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State fighters, American officials said.

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Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

DURHAM, N.C. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue that was the focus of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.

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What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle

MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.

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White House lawyer Cobb predicts quick end to Mueller probe

(Reuters) - The White House lawyer brought in to deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election said he believed the focus of the probe was "narrow" and the aspects related to President Donald Trump should be completed before the end of the year.

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Venezuela's constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's new legislative superbody on Friday gave itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating a dictatorship.

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Tillerson condemns racism, calls for national reconciliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of "bigotry in all its forms" on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.

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Wells Fargo troubles shift from phony bank accounts to real ones

(Reuters) - After paying customers millions of dollars for opening phony accounts they did not want, Wells Fargo & Co has said it is now grappling with the possibility it harmed customers by closing real accounts they needed, leaving them without access to funds.

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Trump fires controversial chief strategist Bannon

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday fired Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in the latest high-level White House shake-up, removing a powerful and controversial figure known for far-right political views.

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Trump to push out adviser Bannon: New York Times

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has decided to push out his chief strategist Steve Bannon, but White House officials were still discussing when and how, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing two unnamed administration officials.

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South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: security source

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a security source said on Friday.

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In Charlottesville, Germans sense echoes of their struggle with history

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany (Reuters) - For the past decade, the pupils of the Manfred von Ardenne school in Berlin have been visiting a local cemetery to tend the graves of victims of the Nazis.

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Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally

BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.

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Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.

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Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku: police

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Several people were stabbed in an attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, warning people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security around the country.

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Nigeria's freed Chibok girls to return home 'fully recovered'

ABUJA (Reuters) - More than 100 girls who were kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in the Nigerian town of Chibok in 2014 are ready to return to normal life after being released and receiving psychological and medical treatment, the government said on Friday.

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BRIEF-P&G files prospectus supplement related to a potential offering of floating rate notes due 2067 - SEC filing

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Pursuits: Birders and Naturalists Ponder the Fate of the Greater Sage Grouse

The Interior Secretary recently announced that efforts to protect the handsome bird, known for an amazing mating dance, are being reviewed.

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As U.S. debates policy, Afghan pilots fear for families' lives

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - As the Trump administration debates war strategy in Afghanistan, this Afghan pilot in the U.S.-backed Afghan Air Force has more pressing concerns: He's worried the Taliban may kidnap or kill his family.

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Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

TOKYO (Reuters) - The top U.S. general repeated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us".

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Venezuela's new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said on Thursday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent.

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Trump drops plan to create infrastructure council: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has abandoned plans to create an infrastructure advisory council, the White House said on Thursday, the day after two other advisory groups were dismantled over the furor caused by Trump's remarks on white supremacists.

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Dozen U.S. sailors to be punished for June collision: Navy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About a dozen U.S. sailors are expected to face punishment for a collision in June between the USS Fitzgerald and a Philippines cargo ship, including the warship's commanding officer and other senior leaders of the ship, the Navy said on Thursday.

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Museum or dumpster? U.S. cities wrestle with Confederate statues' fate

(Reuters) - As communities across the United States redouble efforts to remove Confederate monuments from public spaces after a far-right rally in Virginia turned deadly, city leaders now face another conundrum: what to do with the statues.

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Exclusive: SEC officials' holdings, legal work, pose potential conflicts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two lawyers appointed to senior jobs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission have ties to major companies including financial firms Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Wells Fargo & Co that could complicate efforts to regulate them, according to government documents viewed by Reuters.

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U.S. to honor Japan defense pact 'without reservation': Tillerson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said the United States would honor its defense treaty agreements with Japan "without reservation" after talks in Washington with Japan's foreign and defense ministers focused on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

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Van crashes into dozens of people in Barcelona: police

MADRID (Reuters) - A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday and several people were injured, police in the Spanish city said.

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Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region.

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Trump digs in against critics of his Charlottesville violence response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Thursday at critics of his response to racial violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville, and defiantly reiterated his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil war Confederacy.

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Wal-Mart's margins fall on price cuts, spending on e-commerce

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Thursday reported lower quarterly margins after it cut prices and invested heavily on expanding its e-commerce operations, and its shares fell nearly 3 percent.

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BRIEF-Allstate says July catastrophe losses $181 mln, pre-tax​- SEC filing

* Says ‍estimated catastrophe losses for month of July 2017 of $181 million, pre-tax​ - SEC fililng

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Three young Hong Kong democracy leaders jailed for months

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong appeal court on Thursday jailed three prominent young Hong Kong democracy leaders for several months for "unlawful assembly" linked to the city's months-long pro-democracy protests in 2014.

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Hostage-taking at Dutch radio station ends peacefully

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A man held a woman hostage at a radio station in the Netherlands for a little more than an hour on Thursday before he released her and was arrested, Dutch police said.

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What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

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Assad's march east compounds West's Syria dilemma

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - Syria's war has entered a new phase as President Bashar al-Assad extends his grip in areas being captured from Islamic State, using firepower freed by Russian-backed truces in western Syria.

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Australia's Hanson wears burqa to parliament in bid to ban them

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian far-right senator Pauline Hanson wore a burqa to parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign to ban the all-enveloping garment worn by some Muslim women, drawing a quick rebuke from the government and Muslims.

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China military criticizes 'wrong' U.S. moves on Taiwan, South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - The "wrong" actions of the United States on Taiwan, its South China Sea patrols and deployment of an advanced anti-missile system in South Korea have had a large, negative influence on military trust, a senior Chinese officer said on Thursday.

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South Korea's Moon says North Korean nuclear-tipped ICBM is a 'red line'

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea would be "crossing a red line" if it put a nuclear warhead on an intercontinental ballistic missile, South Korea's president said on Thursday, but the United States had promised to seek Seoul's approval before taking any military action.

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Internet firms shift stance, move to exile white supremacists

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley joined a swelling backlash against neo-Nazi groups in the United States on Wednesday as more technology companies removed white supremacists from their services in response to weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Violence prompts U.S. Congress review of militants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, will top the agenda at a Sept. 12 U.S. congressional hearing, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, that turned deadly.

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Republicans offer few tax plan details at high-profile event

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Republican tax writers from the U.S. House of Representatives promoted their legislative goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but offered few new details about provisions that may end up in their long-sought overhaul plan.

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Fed, split by inflation, should forge on with rate hikes: Mester

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Federal Reserve policymaker on Wednesday staked out the hawkish argument for carrying on with U.S. interest rate hikes even while weak recent inflation readings have split opinions among her colleagues at the U.S. central bank.

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Asia and Australia Edition: Charlottesville, Guam, Alibaba: Your Thursday Briefing

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

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Trump's stance on Virginia violence shocks America's allies

BERLIN/LONDON (Reuters) - America's closest allies condemned U.S. President Donald Trump in unusually strong and personal terms on Wednesday after he put part of the blame for violent clashes in the state of Virginia on those marching against gun-brandishing neo-Nazis.

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Venezuela mulls 'law against intolerance,' aimed at dissenters

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelans who express "hate or intolerance" will be jailed for up to 25 years under a bill pending in the country's newly-formed constituent assembly, a measure the opposition fears will be used by the government to further crack down on dissent.

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Fed policymakers grow more worried about weak inflation: minutes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve policymakers appeared increasingly wary about recent weak inflation and some called for a halt to further interest rate hikes until it was clear the trend was transitory, according to the minutes of the central bank's last policy meeting.

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Pope, in book foreword, vows crackdown on sexual abusers and protectors

BERLIN (Reuters) - Pope Francis - in comments in the foreword of a new book - has branded sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests a "monstrosity" and pledged action against perpetrators and bishops who protected them.

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Backlash against Trump intensifies after his comments on Virginia violence

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Several leading members of Donald Trump's Republican Party and key ally Britain sharply rebuked the U.S. president on Wednesday after he insisted that white nationalists and protesters opposed to them were both to blame for deadly violence in the Virginia city of Charlottesville.

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US STOCKS-Wall St rises as consumer stocks gain; Fed minutes eyed

* Indexes up: Dow 0.32 pct, S&P 0.31 pct, Nasdaq 0.39 pct (Adds details, changes comments, updates prices)

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Russian-Germans in focus amid fears of Moscow propaganda

PFORZHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German political parties campaigning for elections next month are competing to attract 2 million voters with roots in the former Soviet Union, amid concerns that Russian propaganda could sway votes in the community.

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Kenya opposition leader will go to Supreme Court over disputed elections

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya opposition leader Raila Odinga said on Wednesday he would go to court over last week's presidential election results, ignoring calls by some election observers that he concede defeat to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Virginia city holds memorial service for woman killed in violence

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A 32-year-old woman killed when a suspected white nationalist crashed his car into anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville was being remembered on Wednesday at a memorial service in this southern U.S. college town.

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South Africa's top cop confirms Grace Mugabe dodged court hearing: report

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's top policeman confirmed on Wednesday that Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe failed to appear at a court hearing the previous day to answer accusations she assaulted a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel.

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US STOCKS-Wall St opens higher; investors eye Fed minutes

* Indexes up: Dow 0.21 pct, S&P 0.19 pct, Nasdaq 0.18 pct (Updates to open)

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Army helicopter with five aboard crashes off Hawaii: U.S. Coast Guard

(Reuters) - Emergency personnel on Wednesday were responding to reports of a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew aboard off the west coast of Hawaii, according to the United States Coast Guard.

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Futures higher ahead of Fed minutes

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday ahead of the minutes on the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting, which will offer clues on the future path of interest rate hikes.

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US STOCKS-Futures higher ahead of Fed minutes

Aug 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were higher on Wednesday ahead of the minutes on the Federal Reserve's July policy meeting, which will offer clues on the future path of interest rate hikes.

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New satellite photos show objects on water near potential MH370 crash site

Newly-discovered satellite photos may have given scientists a fresh clue as to the location of Malaysian Airlines 370, one of the world's most famous aviation mysteries.

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U.S.-Japan conduct air drills as North Korea watches "Yankees'" next move

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese jets conducted air maneuvers with U.S. bombers southwest of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday as North Korea considered whether to fire missiles towards the U.S.-administered territory of Guam.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar holds firm before Fed minutes, stocks rise

* Zinc hits highest in a decade on Chinese infrastructure demand

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China angered at U.S. criticism of religious freedom, says U.S. not perfect

BEIJING (Reuters) - China hit back on Wednesday at criticism by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of its record on religious freedom, saying the United States was not perfect and should be looking after its own affairs rather than making baseless accusations.

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Exclusive: China's Belt and Road acquisitions surge despite outbound capital crackdown

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Mergers and acquisitions by Chinese companies in countries that are part of the Belt and Road initiative are soaring, even as Beijing cracks down on China's acquisitive conglomerates to restrict capital outflows.

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Offshore drilling mergers raise hopes for sector recovery

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Mergers among offshore oil drillers are raising hopes that consolidation could bring relief to a sector struggling to emerge from an industry downturn triggered by low crude prices.

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Australian agency believes it can locate MH370 with 'unprecedented precision'

SYDNEY/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australia's main scientific agency said on Wednesday it believed with "unprecedented precision and certainty" that a missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft crashed into the sea northeast of an area scoured in a fruitless two-year underwater search.

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Trump-endorsed Senate candidate heads to Alabama run-off

(Reuters) - A Republican candidate backed by President Donald Trump for a U.S. Senate seat from Alabama is expected to finish a distant second in a primary election on Tuesday, but still have enough votes to advance to a run-off, local news projected.

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War room 2.0? U.S. Air Force upgrades Middle East command center

AL UDEID AIR BASE, Qatar (Reuters) - With its wall-sized screens simultaneously showing America's air wars in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, this war room at the heart of America's biggest military campaigns is already something of a technological marvel.

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Banish Bannon? Trump weighs his options as top aides feud

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - For months, U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser and his chief strategist have battled for influence behind the scenes, and their feud may force another shake-up at the White House.

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Trump infrastructure push rolls back environmental rules

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday rolled back rules regarding environmental reviews and restrictions on government-funded building projects in flood-prone areas as part of his proposal to spend $1 trillion to fix aging U.S. infrastructure.

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BRIEF-Fate Therapeutics files for mixed shelf of upto $100 mln

* Fate Therapeutics Inc files for mixed shelf of upto $100 million - SEC filing

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Nearly 400 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide: coroner

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as rescue operations continued and morgues struggled to find space for all the dead.

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Pence says confident of peaceful Venezuela solution, seeks trade with Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in Buenos Aires on Tuesday he was confident of reaching a "peaceable" solution for Venezuela with economic and diplomatic pressure on Nicolas Maduro's regime.

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Trump hits back at CEOs over response to Virginia violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump hit back on Tuesday at business leaders who quit a presidential advisory panel in protest over his response to a rally by far-right groups that turned deadly in Virginia, calling the executives "grandstanders."

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NAFTA negotiators aim for 'ambitious' first round of talks: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States are aiming for an ambitious first round of trade talks, a senior U.S. official said on Tuesday, as the countries try to fast-track a deal to modernize the pact by early next year.

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Republicans on track for tax reform this year: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee said on Tuesday Republicans are on track to pass tax reform this year and, unlike with healthcare, are united around a common plan even as the details are still being hammered out.

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Taliban urge Trump to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - The United States should withdraw all its troops from Afghanistan and stop listening to "stooges" in Kabul, the Taliban warned in an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday.

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Iran says its drones near U.S. vessels are safe, following rules

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) rejected U.S. criticism that it flew a drone unsafely near a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Gulf and it defended its right to carry out air patrol missions in the area.

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U.S. sanctions hit Russian hopes of a 'Trump bump' for investment

MOSCOW (Reuters) - New U.S. sanctions on Moscow have forced Russian business chiefs to accept that Donald Trump's rise to power is not about to produce a "Trump Bump" in foreign investment.

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Undeterred, U.S. cities ramp up removal of Confederate statues

(Reuters) - Undeterred by the violence over the planned removal of a Confederate statue in Charlottesville, Virginia, municipal leaders in cities across the United States said they would step up efforts to pull such monuments from public spaces.

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North Korea Says It Will Wait ‘a Little More’ Before Acting on Guam Threat

Pyongyang said that it would assess “the foolish and stupid conduct” of the United States before firing missiles toward the island as it has threatened to do.

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Britain asks for interim customs deal with EU, new trade deals post-Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain has said it wants an interim customs agreement with the European Union after Brexit to allow the freest possible trade of goods, but that it will also seek the right to negotiate other trade deals -- a possible sticking point in the talks.

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Roadside bomb blast kills eight soldiers in southwest Pakistan

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed eight soldiers in a remote district in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan, a government official said on Tuesday, the second attack within days in the troubled region.

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Flooding kills more than 160 people across South Asia

KATHMANDU/DHAKA (Reuters) - Heavy monsoon rains in Nepal, Bangladesh and India have killed more than 160 people in the last week, officials said on Tuesday, as authorities rushed to rescue those missing or stranded in flooded areas.

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Iran could quit nuclear deal in 'hours' if new U.S. sanctions imposed: Rouhani

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.

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Japan PM sends ritual offering to war dead shrine on WW2 surrender anniversary

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to a controversial shrine to war dead on Tuesday, the anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, but did not visit in person in an apparent effort to avoid increasing regional tensions.

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Merck and Under Armour CEOs resign from Trump council over Charlottesville

(Reuters) - The chief executives of Merck & Co Inc and Under Armour Inc resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday, following Trump's initially tepid response to weekend violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone as mudslide sweeps away homes

FREETOWN, (Reuters) - A mudslide killed more than 200 people on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes and leaving residents desperate for news of missing family members.

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Taylor Swift wins groping trial against DJ, awarded symbolic $1

DENVER (Reuters) - Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality on Monday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted and battered the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic $1 in damages she had sought.

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Tech companies in the crosshairs on white supremacy and free speech

TORONTO/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer had its internet domain registration revoked twice in less than 24 hours in the wake of the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, part of a broad move by the tech industry in recent months to take a stronger hand in policing online hate-speech and incitements to violence.

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Car plows into pizzeria near Paris, killing 12-year-old girl

(Reuters) - A car plowed into the outdoor terrace of a pizzeria in the small town of Sept-Sorts east of Paris on Monday, killing a 12-year-old girl and seriously injuring several other people.

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Mattis: If North Korea hits Guam 'then it's game on'

Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a strong warning to North Korea Monday: "If they shoot at the United States, I'm assuming they've hit the United States. ... If they do that, then it's game on."

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Trump orders probe of China intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday authorized an inquiry on whether to investigate China's alleged theft of intellectual property, the first direct action by the White House against a country Trump has painted as the U.S. chief trade villain.

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U.S. will take out any North Korean missile seen as hitting Guam: Mattis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday that the United States would know the trajectory of a missile fired by North Korea within moments and would "take it out" if the missile looked like hitting the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam.

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'El Chapo' Guzman allowed to meet relative in U.S. jail: lawyer

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo" who is jailed awaiting trial in the United States, may meet with a relative to discuss ways to pay for his defense, a lawyer for Guzman said on Monday.

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Venezuela's Maduro seeks to capitalize on Trump's military threat

CARACAS (Reuters) - While U.S. Vice President Mike Pence travels to Latin America tamping down concern over his boss's threat of possible military action in Venezuela, the country's leader Nicolas Maduro sought to capitalize on local outrage by holding an "anti-imperialist" protest on Monday.

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Brexit campaigners launch bid to oust pro-EU finance minister

LONDON (Reuters) - One of the most vocal pro-Brexit campaign groups launched a campaign on Monday to oust finance minister Philip Hammond from parliament, saying he is part of a plot to stop Britain leaving the European Union.

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Voters sense betrayal in Britain's Brexit heartlands

CHATHAM, England (Reuters) - There is a whiff of betrayal in the air across Britain's Brexit heartlands where many impatient voters fear Prime Minister Theresa May is going soft on implementing last year's decision to leave the European Union.

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China a sweet spot for U.S. companies’ earnings in second-quarter

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Trade tensions between Washington and Beijing may be running high but Corporate America is finding China to be a reliable source of profit growth this year.

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Between old foe and aggressive ally, no honeymoon for South Korea's Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - Just over three months in office, South Korea's president is finding little room to maneuver between old enemy North Korea and increasing combativeness from long-time ally, the United States.

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Court finds defrauding Islamic State is a crime in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - A German court has found a Syrian refugee guilty of attempting to defraud Islamic State, a court spokeswoman said on Monday, granting legal protection to a group viewed as terrorists by the European Union.

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Driver accused of murder in Charlottesville violence faces court hearing

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - A man said to have harbored Nazi sympathies as a teenager before a failed bid to join the U.S. Army was due in court on Monday to face charges he plowed his car into protesters opposing a white nationalist rally in Virginia, killing a woman and injuring 19.

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William Demant prepared to make over-the-counter hearing aids if U.S. market develops: CEO

(Reuters) - William Demant is prepared to start producing cheaper over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, if proposed legislation in the United States paves the way for devices sold over the counter, chief executive Soren Nielsen told Reuters.

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Fighters, refugees leave Lebanon enclave for Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported.

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North Korea missile re-entry technology not perfected yet: South Korea

SEOUL/BEIJING (Reuters) - North Korea still does not appear to have mastered missile re-entry technology and will take at least one or two more years to do so, although its ability to miniaturize a nuclear warhead is advancing quickly, South Korea's vice defense minister said.

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Gunmen kill at least 17 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital on Sunday, the communications' minister said, as security forces at the scene tried to end the attack.

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Thomas wins PGA Championship for first major title

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Reuters) - Justin Thomas capped off a major season that belonged to an aggressive new breed of fearless young Americans when he stormed to a two-stroke victory at the PGA Championship on Sunday.

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Canadian church welcomes pastor home from North Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - The congregation of one of Canada's largest churches welcomed their former pastor home on Sunday, the day after his return from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned for more than 2 1/2 years.

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Lebanon's Hezbollah says U.S. can't hurt it, dismisses sanctions

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Sunday the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump had no way to harm it, dismissing U.S. sanctions and threats targeting his Iran-backed group.

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CIA chief: Not surprising if North Korea tests missile again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo said on Sunday he would not be surprised if North Korea tested another missile, given that it had two tests in July.

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Kenya opposition leader defies pressure to concede defeat

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga on Sunday called for a strike to support his claim to the presidency and accused the ruling party of "spilling the blood of innocent people", despite growing pressure on him to concede election defeat.

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Britain says Brexit talks should move to next phase, as ministers show unity

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Sunday that it wants talks with the EU to move on to the next phase, as it set out details of the future relationship it envisages with the bloc and senior ministers presented a united approach to negotiations.

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Virginia police, FBI probe deadly violence at white nationalist rally

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. authorities will investigate on Sunday the violence stemming from a white nationalist rally a day earlier that killed one person, injured more than 30, and challenged U.S. President Donald Trump's leadership.

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Iran eyes more funds for missiles, Guards after U.S. sanctions

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran's missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States.

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Argentina primary vote measures appetite for populist ex-president

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentines vote on Sunday in a closely watched mid-term primary election that will test their appetite for bringing back the left-wing populism of former President Cristina Fernandez.

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Senior Islamic State commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike: U.S. military

KABUL (Reuters) - Several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

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Guam, Japan prepare for possible North Korea missile launch

North Korean military figures are putting the final touches on a plan to fire four missiles into the waters around the US-territory of Guam, to be presented to leader Kim Jong Un within days.

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Trump's threat of Venezuela military action could bolster Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's talk of possible military action in Venezuela could be a political life-line for the country's unpopular leader, who has long used the threat of U.S. aggression to justify policies that have shredded the economy.

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Canadian pastor returns home after release from North Korean prison

TORONTO (Reuters) - Pastor Hyeon Soo Lim on Saturday arrived home in Canada, where he was resting after being reunited with his family following a long trek from North Korea, where he had been imprisoned since 2015, according to a family spokeswoman.

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Guam Governor Says Trump Told Him North Korea Threats Will Increase Tourism

Gov. Eddie Calvo uploaded his phone call with President Trump to social media. Some residents of Guam were appalled at the talk about tourism amid talk of missile strikes.

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French archbishop admits failings in response to pedophile scandal

PARIS (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon acknowledged shortcomings in his response to a pedophilia scandal in his archdiocese and said more rigorous checks were in place to prevent past errors in the appointment of priests being repeated.

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Kenyan girl shot dead as post-election anger boils

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's main monitoring group backed the official result of this week's ballot on Saturday as opposition anger at the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta erupted in the western city of Kisumu and slums ringing the capital, leading to two deaths.

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Minutes from missiles, Guam islanders get to grips with uncertain fate

GUAM (Reuters) - Fourteen minutes is not long to prepare for a potential catastrophe. That's the estimated time taken from a launch of a mid-range ballistic missile in North Korea until impact on Guam, where residents seem resigned to the belief that their fate is out of their control.

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Protesters clash in Virginia city on eve of white nationalist rally

(Reuters) - Hundreds of white marchers with blazing torches clashed briefly with counterprotesters on the Charlottesville campus of the University of Virginia on Friday, the eve of a rally planned by thousands of white nationalists, media said.

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Trump to Guam governor: 'You're going to become extremely famous'

During a phone call with Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, President Donald Trump said that the US territory is "not going to have a problem" and that its people are safe.

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Uber, beset by scandal, faces battle over 'destructive' lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ride-services company Uber is facing a divided board of directors and angry shareholders after investor Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit against the company's ousted chief executive, Travis Kalanick, dealing another blow to the firm as it struggles to recover from a series of scandals and hire a new leader.

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Trump threatens Venezuela with 'military option'

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday threatened a military intervention in Venezuela, a surprise escalation in Washington's response to Venezuela's political crisis.

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Trump 'sarcastic' in thanking Putin for embassy staff cuts: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was being "sarcastic" when he thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for saving the United States money by ordering cuts in U.S. diplomatic staff in Russia, a White House official said on Friday.

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NFL warns Ezekiel Elliott of 'potential banishment'

The NFL may be without one of its biggest stars, as the league announced in a statement Friday that Commissioner Roger Goodell has suspended Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

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Peru expels Venezuelan ambassador to protest constituent assembly

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru has decided to expel Venezuela's ambassador to Peru after Caracas sent an "unacceptable" response to a new Western Hemisphere group's condemnation of the country's new legislative superbody, Peru's foreign affairs ministry said Friday.

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Asylum seekers at Canada border tents unfazed by delays, uncertainty

CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. (Reuters) - Asylum seekers, mainly from Haiti, clambering over a gully from upstate New York into Canada on Friday were undeterred by the prospect of days in border tents, months of uncertainty and signs of a right-wing backlash in Quebec.

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Take cover, avoid bomb flash. Guam issues nuclear guidelines

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Guam posted emergency guidelines on Friday to help residents prepare for any potential nuclear attack after a threat from North Korea to fire missiles in the vicinity of the U.S. Pacific territory.

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Taylor Swift's bodyguard says he saw man grope star's behind

DENVER (Reuters) - Pop star Taylor Swift's former bodyguard told a U.S. jury on Friday that a former disc jockey the singer-songwriter accuses of groping her bottom had been drinking and that he saw the man's hand go under her skirt during a photo shoot.

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It never got paid for the Volvos, but could Sweden mediate with North Korea?

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden has not yet been paid by North Korea for the hundreds of Volvo saloons it imported in the 1970s and which can still be seen on the streets of the communist country.

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HBO offered $250,000 to hackers in bid to delay data release

(Reuters) - Time Warner Inc's HBO network last month offered $250,000 to cyber criminals who hacked into its computer system, asking them to extend a deadline for paying a much larger ransom, according to an email reviewed by Reuters.

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Train crash in Egypt's Alexandria kills 24, injures dozens - sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two trains collided in Egypt's coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 24 people and injuring more than 55 others, two security sources and one medic said.

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Guam tell its citizens how to survive a nuclear attack

No one really knows how close or how far we are from a possible nuclear conflict with North Korea. But officials in Guam, the tiny island territory that Kim Jong Un has threatened to attack, aren't keeping citizens in the dark.

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Kenyan police prepare for protests before election announcement

NAIROBI/KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police beefed up security on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election, despite allegations by opposition leader Raila Odinga of vote-rigging.

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Special Report: Vladimir's Venezuela - Leveraging loans to Caracas, Moscow snaps up oil assets

Caracas/Houston (Reuters) - Venezuela’s unraveling socialist government is increasingly turning to ally Russia for the cash and credit it needs to survive – and offering prized state-owned oil assets in return, sources familiar with the negotiations told Reuters.

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North Korea Aside, Guam Faces Another Threat: Climate Change

Scientists say the island’s military installations and tourism industry could be imperiled by erosion, heat waves and harsher storms.

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After years, South Koreans worry about North: food sales up, civil drills expanded

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans are buying more ready to eat meals and the government plans to expand nation-wide civil defense drills planned for this month as rhetoric between North Korea and the United States ramps up tension.

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Exclusive: Saudi Arabia favours New York for Aramco listing despite risks - sources

DUBAI/RIYADH/LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia favours New York for the main foreign listing of state oil giant Aramco, even though some financial and legal advisers have recommended London as a less problematic and risky option, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Kenyan police prepare for protests ahead of election announcement

KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) - Kenyan police took security precautions on Friday ahead of an expected announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta has won re-election despite allegations of vote rigging by opposition leader Raila Odinga.

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'We could be gone tomorrow': Guam locals under threat

With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line.

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Hong Kong democracy activist says he was 'stapled' by Chinese agents

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A prominent member of Hong Kong's Democratic Party said on Friday he was beaten and "stapled" by mainland agents in the Chinese-controlled city before being dumped on a beach in what activists said was the latest warning to the democracy movement.

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First minutes would be critical in fight with North Korea with millions in the crossfire

It's the no-win situation that can only be imagined by US military officials tasked with preparing for a worst-case scenario -- conducting a preemptive strike on North Korea.

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U.S. wildfire preparedness raised to highest level

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. fire managers on Thursday raised the nation's wildfire readiness status to its highest level for the first time in two years, as California and several other Western states faced heightened danger from lightning storms.

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Trump administration defends travel ban in Supreme Court brief

NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration reiterated arguments defending its temporary travel ban in a filing with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, repeatedly citing the executive's broad powers to exclude foreigners from the United States.

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Trump thanks Putin for slashing U.S. diplomatic staff

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for ordering the United States to slash its diplomatic staff in Russia, remarks likely to rekindle criticism of Trump's kid-gloves handling of Putin.

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Venezuela's Maduro affirms new legislative body as all powerful

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recognized the Socialist Party-dominated constituent assembly as the country's most powerful institution on Thursday in his first appearance at the highly criticized legislative body that was inaugurated six days ago.

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Quebec border camp swells with asylum seekers from U.S., many Haitian

SAINT-BERNARD-DE-LACOLLE, Quebec (Reuters) - Dozens of army tents dotted the Canadian border on Thursday to house hundreds of asylum seekers, many from Haiti, streaming into the country from upstate New York to file refugee claims.

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Asia and Australia Edition: China, North Korea, Guam: Your Friday Briefing

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

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Snap co-founders will not sell shares, CEO says

(Reuters) - Snap Inc Chief Executive Evan Spiegel said on Thursday neither he nor co-founder Bobby Murphy would sell shares of the Snapchat parent this year, but that failed to soothe investors after quarterly results fell short of analyst expectations.

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Any new Korean war could quickly escalate to catastrophe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Any new military conflict with North Korea would likely escalate quickly to the use of nuclear weapons, bringing catastrophic casualties not seen since World War Two and an untold economic impact worldwide, former U.S. defense officials and experts say.

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Trump attacks Senate leader for second straight day on health policy failure

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump attacked his own party's Senate leader, Mitch McConnell, for a second day on Thursday, complaining from the steps of his private New Jersey golf club about Republicans' failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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Ousted Venezuelan prosecutor says she fears for her life, will keep fighting

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor said on Thursday she fears for her life and is on the run, but will keep fighting for democracy and freedom in the country after being fired by a controversial new legislative superbody.

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Aiming Missiles to Fall Near Guam, North Korea’s Kim Takes New Risk

By revealing a detailed plan to launch missiles toward Guam, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, created new concerns for himself and President Trump.

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Taylor Swift says DJ subjected her to long, 'horrifying' grope

DENVER (Reuters) - Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testified on Thursday she was subjected to a "very long" and "intentional" grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago.

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Mexican official says migration, security at stake in NAFTA talks: report

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico could pull back on cooperation in migration and security matters if the United States walks away from talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Mexican economy minister said in a newspaper report published on Thursday.

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U.S. judge deals blow to Texas’ ‘sanctuary city’ law

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S. district judge in Austin has rejected an effort by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect next month.

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Guam: A Tiny Territory Caught in a Global War of Words

The Pacific island, a U.S. territory, was thrust into the spotlight when North Korea threatened it with a strike that would create “an enveloping fire.”

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Why Guam? And 6 other questions about North Korea answered

What are the chances of a peaceful resolution between US and North Korea? Is a war really imminent? How do people in South Korea and Japan feel about the situation?

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China seethes on sidelines amid latest North Korea crisis

BEIJING (Reuters) - Angered as the United States and its allies ignore Chinese calls to calm tensions over North Korea, and distracted by domestic concerns, China is largely sitting out the latest crisis with nuclear-armed Pyongyang.

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Exclusive: U.S. destroyer challenges China's claims in South China Sea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Navy destroyer carried out a "freedom of navigation operation" on Thursday, coming within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea, U.S. officials told Reuters.

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Exclusive: Japan seeks Southeast Asia clout with chopper parts for Philippines military - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's army will give thousands of helicopter parts to keep Philippine military choppers airborne, helping Tokyo gain clout with Manila in a contest with China to secure influence over the strategic South China Sea nation, four sources said.

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Guam residents stoic in the face of North Korean missile threat

It's the tiny island in the eye of a geopolitical storm.

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North Korea Says It Might Fire Missiles Into Waters Near Guam

Gen. Kim Rak-gyom, commander of North Korean missile units, said the launching of missiles would be a warning to the United States.

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North Korea details plan for aiming missiles near Guam

North Korea is "seriously examining a plan" to launch a missile strike targeting an area near the US territory of Guam in response to President Donald Trump's warning to Pyongyang that any additional threats will be met with "fire and fury," according to a new statement from General Kim Rak Gyom published by state-run media KCNA.

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Texas bill restricting insurance coverage for abortions nears approval

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A Texas bill that would restrict insurance coverage for abortions was approved by the state's Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Wednesday, a move critics called cruel and damaging to women's health.

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FBI raided former Trump campaign manager's home in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A July FBI raid on the Virginia home of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, confirmed on Wednesday, showed that a federal investigation of possible ties between Trump's campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election was intensifying.

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Women recruits prepare to join Syria's Raqqa battle

HASAKA, Syria (Reuters) - Women fighters danced to Kurdish songs in a village in northern Syria on Wednesday after completing their military training to join the battle against Islamic State.

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North Korea’s Threat Against Guam

North Korea warned that it was considering a strike that would create “an enveloping fire” around the island of Guam.

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Islamic State still a threat as Mosul residents return to city in ruins

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Abu Ghazi stood smoking a cigarette outside what used to be his home in Mosul's Old City, where only the sound of the footsteps of a few soldiers on patrol and twisted pieces of metal and fabric flapping in the wind disturb the eery silence.

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U.S. payments firm Vantiv clinches $10 billion deal to buy Worldpay

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. credit card processing company Vantiv secured a deal to buy British-based rival Worldpay for 8 billion pounds ($10.4 billion) on Wednesday in a bid to create a $29 billion global payments powerhouse.

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Graham: US 'absolutely' prepared to act on North Korea

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, delivered a stern warning to North Korea amid escalating tensions between the US and the rogue state over its nuclear weapons program.

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Do You Live in Guam or the Marianas? We Want to Hear From You

Guam has been threatened by North Korea before. How does this situation compare? Share your thoughts.

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FBI raided former Trump campaign manager Manafort's home in July

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI agents seized documents and other material from the Virginia home of Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign manager, during a July raid as part of a special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a spokesman for Manafort said on Wednesday.

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Cash-strapped Zimbabwe plans $1 billion Robert Mugabe university

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's cash-strapped government plans to build a $1 billion university named after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, the higher education minister said on Wednesday, a move that was quickly criticized by the opposition as a waste of resources.

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Venezuelan fugitive mayor calls for resistance to Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan mayor on the run to avoid jail for allowing anti-government protests in his Caracas district called for the opposition to keep resisting leftist President Nicolas Maduro, whose powers are being expanded by a new legislative superbody.

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Qatar waives visas for 80 nationalities amid Gulf boycott

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar announced on Wednesday a program to allow visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries to encourage air transport and tourism amid a two-month boycott imposed on the Gulf state by its neighbors.

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Time is Netanyahu's ally in weathering Israel legal storm

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has described the din of criminal investigations around him as "background noise" and dismissed speculation he will be forced to resign by saying simply on Facebook: "Won't happen." He might just be right.

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Qatar Airways says evaluating air routes opened by boycotting countries

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar Airways is evaluating whether it will use air routes which media reports said were opened this week by countries embroiled in a political dispute with Qatar, the airline's chief executive said on Wednesday.