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Everything must be done for refugees to return to Syria: Putin

Everything must be done for refugees to return to Syria: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that everything must be done for Syrian refugees to return to their conflict-torn country. Speaking ahead of talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel outside Berlin, Putin said that Syria needed assistance to rebuild and to ensure that...

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Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Five biggest challenges facing new Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Pakistan's new government led by prime minister Imran Khan faces myriad challenges. The cricketing icon turned politician will have to make hard choices, and quickly. Here is a rundown of the biggest hurdles Pakistan is facing: - Economy - Analysts have warned the new...

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Woman gives birth after helicopter rescue from India floods

Woman gives birth after helicopter rescue from India floods

A heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday. Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save...

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Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship over handshake refusal

The Swiss city of Lausanne has blocked a Muslim couple's bid to become Swiss nationals over their refusal to shake hands with members of the opposite sex. The municipality said it refused to grant the couple's citizenship application over their lack of respect for gender equality,...

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Trump says DC rained on his military parade, will now go to Paris

Trump says DC rained on his military parade, will now go to Paris

US President Donald Trump said Friday he would attend a November celebration in Paris marking the end of World War I -- hours after the Pentagon announced it was postponing the much-maligned military parade that Trump had ordered. The Pentagon late Thursday said the controversial event,...

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Merkel expects tough talks with Putin

Merkel expects tough talks with Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected tough talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin Saturday on issues from the Syria and Ukraine conflicts to energy cooperation. But she stressed it was crucial to maintain a "permanent dialogue" with Moscow, especially ahead of a...

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Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic horror."...

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Military parade ordered by Trump postponed after costs spiral

Military parade ordered by Trump postponed after costs spiral

A military parade ordered by US President Donald Trump for later this year has been postponed until at least 2019, a defense official said Thursday, following reports the cost had soared to over $90 million. The announcement was seen as a setback for the president, who had ordered the...

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Brennan: Trump worked with Russia and now he’s desperate

Brennan: Trump worked with Russia and now he’s desperate

Former CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump yanked his security clearance because his campaign colluded with the Russians to sway the 2016 election and is now desperate to end the special counsel’s investigation. In an opinion piece in The New York Times,...

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New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

New Amnesty leader slams Trump for breaking up families

The new leader of Amnesty International says many world leaders, especially President Donald Trump, are rolling back gains made in respecting human rights, with the Trump administration's separation of families at U.S. borders "one of the worst atrocities" seen in a long time. "The...

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Daesh 'murderer' who entered US as refugee arrested

Daesh 'murderer' who entered US as refugee arrested

U.S. authorities have arrested an alleged Daesh (ISIS) member who entered the country as a refugee, raising questions about the strength of the government's refugee screening process. Omar Ameen, 45, was arrested Wednesday in Sacramento, California by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task...

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China to widen foreign access to A-shares

China to widen foreign access to A-shares

China's securities regulator said it will allow individual foreign investors working in the country to buy and sell yuan-dominated Chinese A-shares, the latest incremental step by Beijing to widen access to its long-cloistered equities markets. The change would go into effect on...

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Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming row

Taiwan hotel axes Marriott contract over China naming row

The owner of a Starwood-branded hotel in Taiwan said Thursday it will terminate its contract with Marriott International, in protest over the US group caving in to Beijing pressure to list the island as part of China. Marriott was strongly criticised by Chinese authorities in January...

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'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues

Paul Manafort lied to keep himself flush with cash for his luxurious lifestyle and lied some more to procure millions in bank loans when his income dropped off, prosecutors told jurors Wednesday in closing arguments at the former Trump campaign chairman's financial fraud trial. Jurors will...

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Key ruling due for women on trial in Kim Jong Nam killing

Key ruling due for women on trial in Kim Jong Nam killing

Two Southeast Asian women on trial for the brazen assassination of the North Korean leader's half brother arrived at a Malaysian court Thursday to hear a judge's decision on whether to call them to enter their defense or acquit them of murder. A defense phase of the trial could take several...

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US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

US officials: Iraqi refugee was part of terror group

A refugee from Iraq was arrested Wednesday in Northern California on a warrant alleging that he killed an Iraqi policeman while fighting for the Islamic State organization. Omar Abdulsattar Ameen, 45, and other members of ISIS killed the officer after the town of Rawah, Iraq, fell to the...

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As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change

As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change

As women line up to run for U.S. political office at historic rates, state legislatures - where some of America's most critical policy decisions get made - could see a slew of new female lawmakers after November's vote, according to a Reuters analysis of election data. In Michigan, for...

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At least 22 students drown after boat sinks in northern Sudan

At least 22 students drown after boat sinks in northern Sudan

At least 22 students drowned on Wednesday when a boat carrying more than 40 people sank while crossing the Nile in northern Sudan, state news agency SUNA said. Civil defence forces were searching the waters for the missing passengers but had not recovered the bodies, the agency added. A...

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