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Malta offers 1 million-euro reward to find journalist's killers

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Malta's government said on Saturday it was offering a reward of 1 million euros ($1.2 million) for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for the death of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.

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Turkey bank regulator dismisses 'rumors' after Iran sanctions report

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's banking regulator urged the public on Saturday to ignore rumors about financial institutions, in an apparent dismissal of a report that some Turkish banks face billions of dollars of U.S. fines over alleged violations of Iran sanctions.

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Ramping up rhetoric, Turkey's Erdogan chastises U.S. over democracy

ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan showed no retreat from a diplomatic row with the United States on Saturday, castigating Washington for what he said an "undemocratic" indictment against his security detail.

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Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker rammed a car full of explosives into a bus leaving Afghanistan's top military training center in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, including cadets and their trainers, officials said.

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Israel says it will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the Syrian war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

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Gunmen kill 13 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen on pick-up trucks and motorcycles coming from Mali killed 13 gendarmes and wounded five more in an attack on their base in western Niger, security sources said on Saturday.

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Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday at the start of a six-day trip which will also take him to Qatar, a fellow Gulf Arab state which is in a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia.

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Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: defense ministry

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives on Saturday outside Afghanistan's top military training center in Kabul, killing at least 15 soldiers, a military spokesman said.

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Car bomb kills 15 Afghan army personnel in Kabul: defense ministry spokesman

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attacker detonated a car full of explosives outside an Afghan military training centre in Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 15 soldiers, a military spokesman said, the latest attack in a particularly deadly week for Afghanistan's security forces.

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Turkish banks could face big U.S. fines over Iran: report

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Six Turkish banks face billions of dollars of fines from U.S. authorities over alleged violations of sanctions with Iran, the Haberturk newspaper reported on Saturday, citing senior banking sources.

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German police rule out terrorism in Munich knife attack

MUNICH (Reuters) - German police ruled out a political or religious motive behind a knife attack in the city of Munich on Saturday and said a detained man suspected of injuring eight people had mental health problems.

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U.N. torture watchdog ends trip to Rwanda, citing obstruction

KIGALI (Reuters) - The U.N. subcommittee on torture prevention has suspended a visit to Rwanda, citing obstructions imposed by the government that compromised its fact-finding mission.

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Gunmen kill 12 Niger gendarmes in attack near Mali border

NIAMEY (Reuters) - Gunmen mounted on pick-up trucks and motorcycles killed 12 gendarmes and wounded several in an attack on their base in western Niger, near the Mali border, on Saturday, two security sources said.

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German police detain suspect in Munich knife attack

MUNICH (Reuters) - A man injured four people with a knife in the German city of Munich on Saturday and police detained a suspect matching descriptions by witnesses.

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India cenbank says linking national ID number to bank accounts mandatory

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's central bank on Saturday dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts.

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Kremlin says Putin, Erdogan discuss Syria in phone call

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan discussed an upcoming meeting of the Astana process on the Syrian conflict in the Kazakh capital in late October, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

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Knife-wielding man wounds five people in Munich

BERLIN (Reuters) - A man wounded five people with a knife in the southern German city of Munich on Saturday and was being hunted by police, police and the fire department said.

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Israel says will intensify response to Syrian fire

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Five projectiles from Syria set off air raid sirens in Israeli towns on Saturday, prompting the Israeli military to say it would step up its response to stray fire from the civil war that has repeatedly spilled over the border.

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Death toll from Egypt gun battle rises to 52 killed - sources

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 52 Egyptian police and conscripts were killed and six more wounded in a gun battle on Friday during a raid on a suspected militant hideout in the western desert, three security sources said on Saturday.

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China says no excuses for foreign officials meeting Dalai Lama

BEIJING (Reuters) - Foreign leaders can't think they can get away with meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama just because they are doing it in a personal capacity, as they still represent their government, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday.

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Thailand rehearses lavish $90 million funeral for late king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Drums and a band played as officials in black tops and ancient costumes rehearsed on Saturday for the funeral procession of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose cremation next week is expected to be attended by a quarter of a million mourners.

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Fighting in southern Philippine city may end imminently - military

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippines is preparing to declare the end of fighting in a southern city seized for five months by pro-Islamic State rebels, a top military commander said on Saturday, as troops continued a phased withdrawal from the devastated lakeside city.

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Rockets strike downtown Kabul, no casualties reported

KABUL (Reuters) - As many as two rockets landed near the international military headquarters in downtown Kabul early on Saturday morning, Afghan security officials said.

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Researchers raise doubts over cause of Chilean poet Neruda's death

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play.

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Venezuela Maduro warns of repeat elections in states won by opposition

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a controversial pro-government legislative superbody, President Nicolas Maduro warned on Friday.

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Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs there would be less money to paper over differences.

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Turkish hunger striker released for remainder of trial

ANKARA (Reuters) - A Turkish teacher who has been on hunger strike for months to protest about losing his job in the government's purge since a failed coup attempt last year, has been released from jail pending her trial on terrorism-related charges.

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Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

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Death toll from Somalia bombings rises to 358

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The number killed in twin bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu last weekend has risen to 358, the government said late on Friday.

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Czechs vote for new parliament, wealthy businessman seen as likely next PM

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czechs voted on Friday in an election expected to hand power to businessman Andrej Babis who has won popular support by pledging to sweep aside traditional parties, boost investment and keep out refugees, but faces a criminal probe for suspected fraud.

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Brazil's Temer says pension reform might not pass this year

BRASILIA (Reuters) - President Michel Temer said on Friday that a bill overhauling Brazil's costly pension system might not clear Congress this year as planned, the first time that he has indicated that such a delay might happen.

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In Kirkuk, Kurds' joy turns to fear after Iraqi army takeover

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkmen and Arab shoppers stroll through an open-air food market in an ethnically mixed area of Kirkuk, haggling over the price of tomatoes and gossiping about their neighbors.

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Official candidate seen ahead in Buenos Aires Senate race: poll

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's ruling party candidate for Senate in the key province of Buenos Aires is 4.8 percentage points ahead of the opposition candidate, according to a poll by consultancy Management & Fit sent exclusively to Reuters on Friday.

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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk

SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said.

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Suicide bombers attack two Afghan mosques, at least 72 dead

KABUL (Reuters) - Suicide bombers attacked two mosques in Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 72 people including children, officials and witnesses said.

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Death of a blogger casts shadow over murky Malta

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Daphne Caruana Galizia posted two items last Monday on her popular blog, one ridiculing Malta's opposition leader for having rounded shoulders, the other denouncing a senior government official as a "crook".

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Pair of mosque attacks kill at least 50 in Afghanistan

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, and a separate bombing killed at least another 20 at a mosque in the middle of the country.

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'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: report

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go "absent without leave" at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday.

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Jamaica or bust: Merkel starts crunch coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself optimistic as she opened the first full round of talks on piecing together the three-way "Jamaica" coalition she needs if she is to avoid an abrupt end to her 12 years in power.

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Russian aerobatics team joins Serbian display of air power

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Russia's elite aerobatic team zoomed over Serbia's military airport on Friday as Belgrade exhibited its newest fighter jets in a display demonstrating close ties between the fellow Slavic, Orthodox Christian countries.

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Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.

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In Mexican slum, a decades-long wait for quake relief

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - I first visited Camp No. 3 a few days after the Sept. 19 earthquake.

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Thousands of Somalis gather to mourn bomb victims

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Thousands of Somalis prayed in Mogadishu on Friday at a symbolic funeral for more than 300 people killed by the country's deadliest truck bombing.

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EU will cut some money for Turkey as ties sour

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will cut some of the money earmarked for Turkey to join the bloc, reflecting increasingly sour ties with Ankara but stopping short of killing membership bid of the country it still sees as a strategic partner.

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South Sudan commander on trial for rape, murder of aid workers found dead

JUBA (Reuters) - A South Sudanese army commander on trial for his role in an attack on aid workers has been found dead in military custody, an army spokesman said on Friday.

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Austrian coalition talks set to begin, far right likely partner

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's president gave the green light to conservative leader Sebastian Kurz on Friday to form a government, but Kurz gave little away about his coalition plans, leaving a tie-up with the far right the most likely outcome.

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Zuma spokesman dismisses reports South African deputy president may be sacked

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma's spokesman said on Friday there was no basis for reports that the country's leader would axe his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa, speculation about which has weighed on the currency and bonds.

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Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, say Kurdish-led militia

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its future to Kurdish-led plans to set up autonomous regions in the north.

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Russia says continues dialogue with Washington on North Korea, Iran: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow and Washington are continuing a dialogue on North Korea and the future of the international deal on Iran's nuclear program, RIA news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Friday.

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Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State's "emir" in Southeast Asia.

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Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad's army, Israeli officials say.

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Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, U.S.-backed SDF says

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian city of Raqqa and surrounding province will be part of a decentralized federal Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia that captured the city from Islamic State (IS) said on Friday.

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Jamaica or bust: Merkel launching crunch German coalition talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday begins the first full round of talks on forming a three-way "Jamaica" coalition that she needs to work or else risk her time in power coming to an end after 12 years.

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Kenyan police say four people killed during opposition demonstrations in past two weeks

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya's police said on Friday that four people had died as result of police intervention during opposition protests in the past two weeks, amid concerns violence will break out in next week's repeat presidential vote.

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Former Nazi death camp guard charged with accessory to murder

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German public prosecutors have charged a 96-year-old former guard at a Nazi death camp with having been an accessory to murder, as Germany races against time to bring elderly suspects from the Hitler era to trial before they die.

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Iraqi forces complete takeover of Kirkuk province after clashing with Kurds

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces took control on Friday of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

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Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran's deep military role in Syria.

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Pakistan militant group finds likely replacement after U.S. drone strike kills leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Senior militant commander Asad Afridi has emerged as the favorite to become the new leader of a deadly Pakistani Taliban faction, militant sources said on Friday, days after a U.S. drone strike killed the group's chief.

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Iraqi and Kurdish forces clash near Kirkuk: security sources

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces clashed on Friday with Kurdish forces at Altun Kupri, 35 kilometers (22 miles) north west of Kirkuk, on the road between the city and Kurdish capital Erbil, security sources said.

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Attack on workers at key Pakistan port for Chinese project; 26 hurt

QUETTA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Unidentified men threw a grenade into a laborers' hostel in the Pakistani port of Gwadar wounding 26 of them, police said on Friday, in an attack likely to raise concern about security for the Pakistani section of China's "Belt and Road" initiative.

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Kenya election board CEO rejected by opposition goes on leave ahead of poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The chief executive of Kenya's election board, who the opposition has demanded must be fired before a repeat presidential election scheduled for Oct. 26, said on Friday he was taking three weeks of leave.

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Last gasp touchdown sees Raiders stun Chiefs

(The Sports Xchange) - Derek Carr threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree with no time remaining on Thursday, lifting the Raiders to a stunning 31-30 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs that just may have saved Oakland's season.

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Go-go going as Chinese women fuel Thai tourism boom

BANGKOK (Reuters) - For decades since the Vietnam war, the scantily clad dancers in the go-go bars of Bangkok's Patpong red-light district have been the face of Thailand's tourism industry.

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Russian warships dock in Philippines as Manila cultivates new ties

MANILA (Reuters) - Three Russian warships, including two anti-submarine vessels, docked in Manila on Friday to unload what navy officials said was weaponry and military vehicles donated to the Philippines as part of a new defense relationship.

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Singapore PM Lee says ready to step down in couple of years; no successor picked yet

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he was ready to step down in a couple of years time and his successor is likely already in the cabinet but a clear choice has yet to emerge

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NZ Prime Minister-elect Ardern focuses on final touches in coalition deal, NZ dollar sinks

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said she would spend Friday ironing out issues and ministerial posts with coalition partner New Zealand First, one day after becoming the Pacific nation's youngest leader in more than 150 years.

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Asian shares edge higher, Fed chief speculation tempers appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares inched slightly higher on Friday, but grappled for firmer leads as speculation about who the next U.S. central bank chief will be kept global investors wary.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge higher, Fed chief speculation tempers appetite

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares inched slightly higher on Friday, but grappled for firmer leads as speculation about who the next U.S. central bank chief will be kept global investors wary.

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Merkel sends positive signal to May on Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered one of her most positive assessments of Brexit talks in months on Thursday, saying she believed negotiations between the EU and Britain were moving forward and dismissing the prospect of a breakdown.

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Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state: UNICEF

GENEVA (Reuters) - Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

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Britain seeks new ways to detect explosives in airports

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a fund on Friday to support new technology to screen hand-luggage in airports in a bid to detect concealed explosives without passengers having to remove electrical items from their bags.

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EU leaders want to 'responsibly' cut Turkey pre-accession aid: Merkel

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Thursday, adding European Union leaders had asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a "responsible way".

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NZ Prime Minister-elect Ardern focuses on final touches in coalition deal

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said she would spend Friday ironing out issues and ministerial posts with coalition partner New Zealand First, one day after becoming the Pacific nation's youngest leader in more than 150 years.

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Britain's May asks EU to help her end Brexit sniping at home

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to European Union leaders to help her silence critics at home by signaling a willingness to break the deadlock in Brexit talks.

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Brazil's former Olympic chief to stand trial in Rio 2016 bribes case

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman will stand trial for his role in a corruption case involving alleged bribery aimed at making Rio de Janeiro the host of the 2016 Games, a Brazilian judge decided on Thursday.

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Winnie Mandela 'in high spirits' after minor surgery: spokesman

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, is "in high spirits" after being admitted to hospital for minor surgery, her spokesman said on Thursday.

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Italy's Renzi pledges to hike budget deficit if he wins election

ROME (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday that if he wins next year's election he will slash taxes and sharply raise Italy's budget deficit rather than lower it as European Union rules require.

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White House chief of staff says he advised President on what to say and was 'stunned' by the criticism

White House chief of staff John Kelly said Thursday he advised President Donald Trump on what to say before he called the families of the four fallen soldiers who died during an ambush in Niger.

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EU leaders agree stronger support for Italy over Libya migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders agreed to provide "stronger support" to Italy for its work in Libya aimed at curbing immigration to Europe, their summit chairman Donald Tusk said after talks in Brussels on Thursday.

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Brazil court orders release of former Olympic committee chief

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A Brazilian court ordered the release from jail of former head of the national Olympics committee Carlos Arthur Nuzman on Thursday, according to the court's press office.

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Soccer star Weah to face vice president in Liberian presidential run-off

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Former soccer star George Weah won the first round of Liberia's presidential election with 38.4 percent of the vote, 10 points ahead of Vice President Joseph Boakai who will face him in a run-off next month, the electoral commission said on Thursday.

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Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad.

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CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian couple held for five years in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the CIA said on Thursday a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed.

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'A long way to go' in German coalition talks, liberal FDP says

BERLIN (Reuters) - There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) said after meeting the environmentalist Greens on Thursday.

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CIA chief says U.S.-Canadian hostages held for five years in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the CIA said on Thursday that a U.S.-Canadian couple kidnapped by Islamist militants in Afghanistan were held inside neighboring Pakistan for five years before being freed last week.

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'Save the dung beetle!' Global science chief says biodiversity vital

OSLO (Reuters) - Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday.

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Washington 'trying to squeeze Russian gas out of Europe': Putin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Thursday of trying to squeeze Russia out of European energy markets, saying the latest round of U.S. sanctions was designed to force Europe to buy U.S. liquefied natural gas instead.

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Britain's new concessions are not enough, EU leaders tell May

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders welcomed a proposal by British Prime Minister Theresa May aimed at unblocking Brexit talks, but said concessions to ease the fears of EU citizens living in Britain were not enough.

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Merkel presses allies to cut funds for Turkey's EU bid

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged her fellow leaders on Thursday to cut European Union funds to Turkey that are linked to Ankara's bid to join the bloc due to concerns about the country's growing authoritarianism.

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Germany's FDP, Greens try to find common ground at first talks

BERLIN (Reuters) - A first meeting between Germany's pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) and the Greens about joining a coalition led by conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel focused on finding out common points of agreement, FDP General Secretary Nicola Beer said on Thursday.

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Russia's Putin accuses U.S. of failing nuclear, chemical weapons treaties obligations

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday accused Washington of not fulfilling its obligations under nuclear and chemical weapons treaties.

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Tillerson to visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India, Switzerland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will visit Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Pakistan, India and Switzerland in a week-long trip starting on Friday, the State Department said in a statement released on Thursday.

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Afghan Army Unit Nearly Wiped Out as New Taliban Tactic Takes Toll

Forty-three soldiers were killed after militants drove stolen Humvees packed with explosives into an army base, mirroring a tactic used in two recent attacks.

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Britain's May urges EU to break deadlock in Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union on Thursday to break the deadlock and move forward with Brexit talks, asking the bloc's leaders to respond with "urgency" on easing the fears of their citizens living in Britain.

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Iranian general, Assad discuss joint military strategy: report

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.

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U.S.-backed forces in Syria holding foreign Islamic State leaders

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria have detained senior foreign Islamic State leaders in months of fighting for Raqqa, but it is not yet clear if they will be repatriated after facing trial, a spokesman said on Thursday.

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100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover: Kurdish officials

ERBIL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk for fear of sectarian reprisals since Iraqi government forces took over the city after a Kurdish independence referendum condemned by Baghdad, regional Kurdish officials said on Thursday.

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Fewer migrants entitled to join family in Germany: study

BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of foreigners who qualify to join loved ones granted asylum in Germany is much smaller than government estimates, a study showed on Thursday, potentially removing an obstacle in

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France criticizes Russian stance on Syria toxic gas probe

PARIS (Reuters) - France criticized Russia on Thursday for calling into question an international inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Japan finance sector to reap digital currency benefits, says MUFG chief

TOKYO (Reuters) - The chief executive of Japan's largest bank expects new business opportunities to appear as digital currencies allow collection of data on how people use their money.

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EU leaders to recommit to Iran nuclear deal whatever Trump decides

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will on Thursday reaffirm their full commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, regardless of whether an increasingly critical United States pulls out.

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My Interview With a Rohingya Refugee: What Do You Say to a Woman Whose Baby Was Thrown Into a Fire?

I’ve covered genocide in Sudan and children being blown apart in Iraq. I’ve been dispatched to earthquakes, hurricanes and famines. But Rajuma’s story stopped me.

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Ardern to be next New Zealand PM, spelling changes for economy, immigration

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand will get its youngest prime minister in more than 150 years after the small, nationalist New Zealand First Party agreed to form a new government with Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, ending the National Party's decade in power.

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As battle rages, devastated Philippine city starts its long cleanup

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - War might still be raging in the ruins of the Philippine city of Marawi, but the cleanup has already began.

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Ardern to be next New Zealand prime minister, spelling big change for economy

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's next prime minister will be Jacinda Ardern, whose Labour party won the support of a small nationalist party to form the government, spelling big changes for a small but open economy, whose currency hit a 4-1/2-month low on the news.

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U.S. carrier patrols off Korean peninsula in warning to Pyongyang

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN, Sea of Japan (Reuters) - The USS Ronald Reagan, a 100,000-ton nuclear powered aircraft carrier, patrolled in waters east of the Korean peninsula on Thursday, in a show of sea and air power designed to warn off North Korea from any military action.

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Malaysia in talks with U.S. firm Ocean Infinity to resume MH370 search

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is negotiating with U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity to resume the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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FBI opens investigation into South Africa's Guptas: FT

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The FBI has opened an investigation into U.S. links to South Africa's Guptas, escalating a scandal over the family's alleged use of a friendship with President Jacob Zuma to control state businesses, the Financial Times said on Thursday.

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Trying to unblock Brexit impasse, May to make offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May, seeking to unblock stalled talks on Brexit, promised on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after it leaves the bloc.

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About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk since Monday: Kurdish officials

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk, fearing unrest, since Monday's takeover of the region by Iraqi forces, officials from the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Thursday.

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Kenya president snubs vote crisis meeting, presses ahead with campaign

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta snubbed a crisis meeting called by the chairman of the election board for Thursday, saying he would instead spend the day campaigning for next week's presidential vote re-run.

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South Africa's cabinet replaces Zuma ally as head of national airline

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's government has named Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza as chairman of loss-making state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA), replacing Dudu Myeni, who was an ally of President Jacob Zuma, the finance minister said on Thursday.

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Turkey's Erdogan says may shut Iraqi border any moment: Hurriyet

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey may shut its border with northern Iraq "at any moment" after closing its air space to the region, Hurriyet newspaper reported on Thursday, reviving a threat first made after Kurds there voted for independence.

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'We're not Catalonia': Italy's separatists tread softly toward autonomy

MILAN, Italy (Reuters) - As nervous investors retreat from Catalonia, afraid the wealthy region may secede from Spain, another European region whose politicians once campaigned for independence is looking to attract some of them -- by talking of autonomy, not secession.

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Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city, kills one

YANGON (Reuters) - One person was killed on Thursday in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels, sending dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

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New Zealand First says supports Labour Party for government

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said on Thursday he would support the Labour Party to form government after an inconclusive Sept. 23 election, making Jacinda Ardern the country's third female prime minister.

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Peace gives Colombian coffee an extra shot

SAN CARLOS, Colombia (Reuters) - Farmers who fled war in the Colombian Andes are returning to revive their abandoned land, cultivating coffee trees that are boosting global supplies of the highest-quality beans.

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Turkish police detain leading civil society figure: media

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish police have detained the prominent civil society figure and businessman Osman Kavala at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport as part of a secret investigation, the T24 news website and other media said on Thursday.

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Philippines says 'big possibility' Malaysian militant leader killed

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a "big possibility" that a top Malaysian militant tipped to become Islamic State's point man in Southeast Asia has been killed in an overnight battle.

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Fire destroys landmark hotel in Myanmar's largest city

YANGON (Reuters) - One person was injured in a massive fire that destroyed one of Yangon's best-known hotels on Thursday, sending clouds of dark smoke billowing over the center of Myanmar's largest city and triggering an hours-long battle to put out the flames.

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UPDATE 2-Woodside on track for Myanmar development plan by end-2018 - CEO

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Philippines says 'big possibility' key Malaysian militant killed in Marawi

MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - The Philippine military said on Thursday there was a "big possibility" that top Malaysian operative Mahmud Ahmad was killed in a battle overnight in Marawi City, during which 13 rebels were killed.

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Colombia's FARC say six ex-members murdered in restive province

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Armed gunmen this week killed six former fighters from Colombia's FARC rebels, the now-demobilized group said, reiterating its fears about attacks targeting former guerrillas.

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Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says

CAIRO (Reuters) - The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview.

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Thailand's Buddhist monks order reforms ahead of royal transition

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Under growing pressure from Thailand's military government, and their own religious bodies, Buddhist monks have launched a fresh round of reforms in recent weeks to clean up temples and overhaul a religion stalked by scandal.

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Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties.

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Lawmakers urge U.S. to craft targeted sanctions on Myanmar military

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - More than 40 lawmakers urged the Trump administration on Wednesday to reimpose U.S. travel bans on Myanmar's military leaders and prepare targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown on the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

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New Zealand kingmaker set to announce which party it will back for government

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - The small New Zealand party holding the balance of power after inconclusive elections will announce on Thursday which party it will back in government, ending weeks of political limbo that have hurt the currency and business sentiment.

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Brazil's Temer escapes corruption charges in committee vote

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A congressional committee voted 39-26 on Wednesday to reject charges against Brazilian President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case involving the world's largest meatpacker.

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Canada's Trudeau defends finance minister amid ethics questions

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister on Wednesday amid criticism that Bill Morneau did not place his assets in a blind trust, moving to dampen a growing controversy that threatens to overshadow the government's agenda.

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Trying to unlock Brexit, Britain's May to make offer on EU citizens

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will promise on Thursday to make it as easy as possible for European Union citizens living in Britain to stay after Brexit, trying to unlock stalled talks that have spurred calls for her to walk away.

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Brazil congressional committee votes to shelve Temer charges

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A congressional committee voted 39-26 on Wednesday to reject charges against Brazilian President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case involving the world's largest meatpacker.

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Congresswoman, Describing Call to Army Widow, Criticizes Trump for His Comments

“That is not what you say to a grieving widow,” congresswoman says of president’s comment that soldier “knew what he was signing up for.”

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Chile presidential hopeful Pinera vows to double economic growth

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday promised to double economic growth and by 2025 make the country the first in Latin American to achieve "developed nation" status.

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American Express Chief Executive Ken Chenault to Step Down

Mr. Chenault will retire next year and will be succeeded by another American Express executive, Stephen Squeri.

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Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health.

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Canada's Quebec province to ban face coverings in public sector

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (Reuters) - Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province.

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Catalonia to formally declare independence if Spain suspends regional autonomy: source

MADRID (Reuters) - Catalonia's regional president told a meeting of his party he would formally declare independence if Spain starts the process of suspending the region's autonomy on Thursday, a Catalan government source said on Wednesday.

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UK lawmakers vent anger at PM May's fragile government over welfare reform

LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers from Britain's ruling Conservative Party vented their anger on Wednesday against Prime Minister Theresa May's pursuit of welfare reforms, reinforcing doubts about her authority over a party divided by Brexit.

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Tech firms improve cooperation on extremism but more needed, U.S. security chief says

LONDON (Reuters) - Technology firms have improved cooperation with the authorities in tackling online militant material but still must act quicker to remove propaganda fuelling a rise in homegrown extremism, acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke said on Wednesday.

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Norway to appoint first woman foreign minister: reports

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide will on Friday be named minister of foreign affairs, making her the first woman to hold the post, local media reported on Wednesday.

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Maltese prime minister promises reward to uncover journalist killer

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Joseph Muscat offered on Wednesday a major reward to anyone with information about the killing of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, saying no expense would be spared in solving the crime.

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EU leaders to call for end to North Korea's weapons program: draft

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will demand on Thursday that North Korea end its nuclear and ballistic weapons program, according to the draft final statement of an EU summit.

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Pentagon chief asks Congress to not hinder cyber defense

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis this week asked Congress to halt pending legislation that would compel the U.S. to alert foreign governments when the Pentagon has decided to combat certain cyber attacks, according to a letter sent to lawmakers.

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EU looks for 'big pot of money' to handle migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will promise during talks in Brussels "sufficient and targeted funding" for migration projects in Africa and elsewhere, according to a draft statement that shows they have yet to put their money where their mouth is.

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U.N. says still determining if Myanmar crisis is genocide

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations has yet to decide if violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar constitutes genocide, Jyoti Sanghera, Asia Pacific chief at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday.

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One dead at protest against extending Ugandan president's rule

KAMPALA (Reuters) - At least one person died as police fired bullets and teargas to disperse a crowd of opposition supporters rallying on Wednesday against plans to extend Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's rule.

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Italy breaks up Libyan fuel smuggling ring involving mafia

ROME (Reuters) - Sicilian police on Wednesday sought the arrest of nine people, including a suspected mobster, for running a Libyan fuel-smuggling ring in which at least 30 million euros ($35 million) of diesel was sold in gas stations in Italy and Europe.

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U.S. says holds Myanmar military leaders accountable in Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States held Myanmar's military leadership responsible for its harsh crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority.

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Zimbabwe First Lady sues in dispute over $1.35 million ring: state media

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace has sued a Belgium-based businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35 million ring she ordered for a wedding anniversary, state media reported on Wednesday.

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'Fake news!': Ireland rebukes Trump over corporate tax claim

DUBLIN (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that he had heard Ireland was going to cut its already low corporate tax rate is "fake news", Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday.

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EU's Tusk proposes opening internal preparations of next phase of Brexit talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday noted promising progress in Brexit talks and said he would propose to 27 EU leaders to open internal preparations for the second phase of negotiations about ties between London and the bloc after Britain leaves in March, 2019.

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Tillerson: U.S. holds Myanmar military leaders accountable for Rohingya crisis

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States was "extraordinarily concerned" by what was happening to Myanmar's Rohingya minority and held Myanmar's military leadership accountable.

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Four Britons kidnapped in Nigeria's Delta state: police

YENAGOA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Four Britons have been kidnapped in Nigeria's southern Delta state, a police official said on Wednesday.

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Brazil's former Olympic chief charged in 2016 Games bribes investigation

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors charged the former head of the national Olympics committee (COB), Carlos Nuzman, and five other people on Wednesday with corruption based on an investigation of alleged bribery to have Rio de Janeiro host the 2016 Games.

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PM praises Italy's migrant policy as U.N. cites humanitarian crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Wednesday that Italy was a model for Europe on how to reduce migrant arrivals, a day after U.N. agencies said its policies had trapped tens of thousands of people in dire conditions in Libya.

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Pakistan, Afghanistan in angry tangle over chicken-wire border fence to keep out militants

Angoor Adda, PAKISTAN (Reuters) - Pakistan is betting that a pair of nine-foot chicken wire fences topped with barbed wire will stop incursions by Islamist militants from Afghanistan, which opposes Islamabad's plans for a barrier along the disputed frontier.

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Khamenei says Iran will "shred" nuclear deal if U.S. quits it

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear accord with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred" the deal if Washington pulled out, state TV reported.

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U.S. knew of Indonesian anti-communist massacre as it unfolded

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The U.S. government had intimate knowledge of the mass killing of alleged communists in Indonesia in the mid 1960s even as it failed to publicly reveal the slaughter, newly declassified U.S. documents show.The documents also reveal that Indonesian army intermediaries told Western embassies they were considering toppling then president Sukarno less than a fortnight after the killing of six generals by rebel military personnel that sparked the bloodletting.

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Return of Bangladesh opposition chief could herald more active politics

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's opposition leader, former prime minister Khaleda Zia, returned home on Wednesday to a rapturous welcome from her supporters after more than three months away for medical treatment in Britain.

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At least 1,300 Dutch girls per year trafficked, exploited

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - At least 1,320 underage Dutch girls between the ages of 12 and 17 fall victim to sexual exploitation in the Netherlands each year, a report on human trafficking published on Wednesday showed.

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Austria's far-right stakes claim to interior ministry ahead of coalition talks

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) on Wednesday named control of the interior ministry as its price for joining a future coalition government following its strong showing in a parliamentary election.

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Vote may have put independence out of reach for Iraqi Kurds

ERBIL (Reuters) - The Kurdish independence vote championed by their leader Masoud Barzani was a gamble that may have made his quest for a homeland more elusive than ever.

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Trump Denies Telling Army Widow Her Husband ‘Knew What He Signed Up For’

A Democratic representative from Florida said she overheard a phone call the president made to the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson, a Green Beret who was killed in an ambush in Niger.

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Spain asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly' as direct rule deadline nears

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy urged Catalonia's leader on Wednesday to "act sensibly" and renounce an independence bid to head off a threat by Madrid to impose direct rule, a prospect that has sent shock waves across the country.

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Russian, Israeli leaders discuss Iran nuclear program, Syria, Iraq

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to discuss the Iran nuclear program, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

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Austria's far-right sets interior ministry as price for joining next coalition

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) will only join the next coalition government if it can run the interior ministry, its leader said on Wednesday, following the party's strong showing in a parliamentary election.

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Vietnam arrests dissident for attempt to overthrow government

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnamese police have arrested a dissident accused of attempting to overthrow the government, the communist state's official website said on Wednesday, bringing to at least 17 the number of dissidents arrested this year.

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Weakened Merkel warns of compromise as talks on coalition start

BERLIN (Reuters) - A chastened Angela Merkel warned her conservatives they must compromise to forge a nationally untested alliance in Germany as she heads into talks with other parties on Wednesday after suffering losses in last month's election.

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Spain asks Catalan leader to "act sensibly" as direct rule deadline approaches

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, just 24 hours before a government deadline for the region to renounce a bid for independence.

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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus on Wednesday, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said.

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Qatar emir says open to dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

BOGOR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Qatar is "open to dialogue" in resolving a dispute that has seen the Gulf state isolated from its Arab neighbors, its emir said during a visit to Indonesia on Wednesday.

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Spanish PM asks Catalan leader to 'act sensibly'

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy appealed to Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont to "act sensibly" on Wednesday, as a government deadline approached for the northeastern region to renounce a bid for independence.

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Philippines arrests militant widow for trying to recruit fighters

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine law enforcement agents have arrested a woman who tried to spread radical ideas and recruit hundreds of foreigners to reinforce pro-Islamic State rebels occupying a southern city, the justice minister said on Wednesday.

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Son of Thailand's ex-PM Thaksin charged with money-laundering

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The only son of fugitive former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra has been formally charged with money-laundering, the Department of Special Investigations told Reuters on Wednesday.

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Defiant Kurds shrug off risk of trade war after independence vote

ZAKHO, Iraq (Reuters) - More than three weeks after Iraq's Kurds voted for independence, it's business as usual at the bustling Ibrahim Khalil border crossing with Turkey.

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Kenyan election official flees country ahead of presidential poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A top Kenyan election commissioner has quit and fled the country a week before a re-run of the presidential vote, citing political intimidation and saying the election would be a "mockery" of democracy.

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Kenyan election official quits, says board not ready for credible poll

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A senior Kenyan election official resigned from her job a week before a repeat presidential election, saying the election board was under siege and could not hold a credible election.

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Swiss man stands trial in Germany on spying charges

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A Swiss man accused of spying on a German tax authority to find out how it obtained details of secret Swiss bank accounts set up by Germans to avoid tax is due in court on Wednesday for the start of his trial on espionage charges.

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New Zealand's kingmaker party sets Thursday to unveil result of talks to form government

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's small nationalist party, which holds the balance of power after last month's inconclusive elections, will make an announcement on Thursday on the result of talks with the two major parties to form the next government.

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Iraqi forces take control of Kurdish-held areas in Mosul's Niveveh's province

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces took control on Tuesday of areas previously held by Kurdish forces in Mosul's Nineveh province, in northern Iraq, a military statement said on Wednesday.

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Explosion damages Swedish police station, none injured

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - An explosion overnight in the southern Swedish town of Helsingborg caused extensive damage to the entrance of a police station, authorities said on Wednesday.

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Underdog center-left party may outperform expectations in Japan snap poll

TOKYO (Reuters) - A new center-left party pledging to bring "bottom up" democracy to Japan may prove the surprise success story of an election on Sunday, although the party is forecast to win a mere sliver of seats compared to Prime Minister Shinto Abe's ruling bloc.

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Panama to send immigration envoys to China as visa limits lifted

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - Panama's government will send an immigration and security delegation to China, the country's president said on Tuesday, as part of the lifting of visa restrictions for Chinese visitors.

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Japan ruling coalition seen winning around two-thirds majority: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition is on track for a roughly two-thirds majority in Sunday's general election, a survey by Kyodo news agency showed, as its conservative rival led by Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike appeared to lose momentum.

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BRIEF-Qualcomm appoints Penny Baldwin as chief marketing officer

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Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment allegations

(Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following allegations that he harassed a producer and took no action when an actress told him she was sexually assaulted by producer Harvey Weinstein.

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Qatar suggests Gulf crisis hurts fight against Islamic State: CNBC

(Reuters) - Qatar's foreign minister suggested on Tuesday that measures taken by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states in their dispute with Qatar had hurt the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State, according to the text of an interview with CNBC.

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Japan Inc wants Abe election win, but smaller majority

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese companies overwhelmingly want Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition to stay in power in this Sunday's national election but about two-thirds want it to lose seats, a Reuters poll found.

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UPDATE 2-Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment reports

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress's allegation of sexual assault by producer Harvey Weinstein.

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New Zealand's kingmaker holds caucus meeting amid talk decision is close

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's small nationalist party, which has a key role in deciding the next government, is holding a meeting of its caucus on Wednesday as they near a decision on which party to back in a coalition.

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White man charged with hate crime in black Army officer's murder in Maryland

(Reuters) - A white man was indicted on a hate crime charge on Tuesday in the stabbing death of a newly commissioned black U.S. Army officer on the University of Maryland campus in May, a county prosecutor said.

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Jailed British-Iranian charity worker received letter from ex-UK PM Cameron: prosecutor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A British-Iranian charity worker serving a jail sentence in Tehran received a letter from ex-prime minister David Cameron that showed she had ties to the British government, a prosecutor said on Tuesday, according to Mizan, the news site of the Iranian judiciary.

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A 100-Car Army of Sound in Los Angeles

A new composition by Ryoji Ikeda created a wash of sound — car stereos blaring variations on the note A — as part of the Red Bull Music Academy festival.

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Amazon Studios chief resigns after harassment reports

Oct 17 (Reuters) - Amazon Studios chief Roy Price has resigned, a company spokeswoman said on Tuesday, following reports that he harassed a producer and ignored an actress' allegation of sexual assault by disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein.

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U.S. condemns killing of Malta journalist, says FBI assisting probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday condemned the slaying of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia and said the FBI had responded to Malta's request for assistance in investigating the car bomb attack that killed her.

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Catalonia refuses to renounce independence, separatist protesters rally

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalonia refused on Tuesday to bow to the Spanish government's demand that it renounce a symbolic declaration of independence, setting it on a political collision course with Madrid later this week.

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May to pitch on Brexit at EU summit dinner

LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May will make a pitch to fellow EU leaders in Brussels on Thursday as she tries to break a deadlock in Brexit talks that has left Britain's future trading position up in the air.