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Iran welcomes Syria deal, urges political solution

Iran welcomes Syria deal, urges political solution

Iran, a close ally and military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, welcomed a U.S.-Russian deal for a truce in Syria, saying on Sunday the conflict should be ended through politics. The agreement, by the powers that back opposing sides in the five-year-old war, promises a nationwide...

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North Korea says U.S. Obama's push for sanctions laughable

North Korea says U.S. Obama's push for sanctions laughable

North Korea said on Sunday that the United States' push for sanctions following its fifth nuclear test was "laughable" and the country would continue to strengthen its nuclear power. "The group of Obama's running around and talking about meaningless sanctions until today is highly...

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Dozens dead in Bangladesh explosion, blaze

Dozens dead in Bangladesh explosion, blaze

At least 24 people died in a factory boiler blast and fire in Tongi, a township to the north of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka, on Saturday, police said. Deputy Insp. Malek Khasru Khan said 74 were injured in the 6.15 a.m. local time (0015GMT) explosion at the Tampaco Foils packaging plant in...

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U.S.-Russian Syria peace deal raises rebel doubts as fighting rages

U.S.-Russian Syria peace deal raises rebel doubts as fighting rages

The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal early on Saturday to put Syria's peace process back on track, though the war-torn country's rebels said they doubted it would hold and violence raged on in Aleppo. The agreement reached by the powers backing opposing sides in the...

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US finally sees the FETO danger: Turkish Deputy PM

US finally sees the FETO danger: Turkish Deputy PM

Washington is finally waking up to the threat of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Turkey, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Friday, fresh back from a trip to the United States. Speaking on CNN Turk, Kurtulmus reiterated Ankara expects Washington to extradite the...

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US, Russia announce truce deal on Syria

US, Russia announce truce deal on Syria

The U.S. and Russia have agreed to take steps to reduce violence in war-torn Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry announced on early Saturday. In a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, Kerry said a truce would commence with the start of the Muslim holiday...

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Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in U.S. diesel emissions probe

Volkswagen engineer pleads guilty in U.S. diesel emissions probe

A Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) engineer pleaded guilty on Friday to helping the German automaker evade U.S. emission standards, and his lawyer said he would cooperate with federal authorities in their criminal probe. James Liang, who has worked for VW since 1983 and was part of a team of...

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Iranian court jails British-Iranian aid worker for five years

Iranian court jails British-Iranian aid worker for five years

An Iranian Revolutionary court has sentenced Iranian-British aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to five years in prison on charges that remain secret, her family said on Friday. Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained in early April as she tried to leave Iran after a visit with her two-year-old...

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NATO says welcomes Turkey's increased fight against Islamic State

NATO says welcomes Turkey's increased fight against Islamic State

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday welcomed Turkey's increased efforts to fight Islamic State militants in Syria and said training local forces was the key to battling the hardline Sunni Muslim group. At a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu,...

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U.N. says U.S.-Russia talks on Syria crucial as aid stops rolling in

U.N. says U.S.-Russia talks on Syria crucial as aid stops rolling in

The Syrian government has effectively stopped aid convoys this month and the besieged city of Aleppo is close to running out of fuel, making U.S.-Russian peace talks in Geneva on Friday even more urgent, the United Nations said. "Convoys are not rolling at the moment in Syria," the U.N....

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Iranian oil output stagnates for third month amid OPEC bargaining

Iranian oil output stagnates for third month amid OPEC bargaining

Iran's steep oil output growth has stalled in the past three months, new data showed, suggesting Tehran might be struggling to fulfill its plans to raise production to new highs while demanding to be excluded from any OPEC deals on supply curbs. Iran's oil output soared to 3.64 million...

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NKorea confirms nuke test, Seoul says biggest ever

NKorea confirms nuke test, Seoul says biggest ever

North Korea conducted a fifth ever nuclear test Friday morning, described by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff as the reclusive state’s “biggest-ever” with a yield reaching 10 kilotons. The amount is almost double what Pyongyang claimed was a hydrogen bomb earlier this year....

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US sees record warm nights during summer

US sees record warm nights during summer

Evenings across the U.S. this summer were balmier than any other summer since records began in 1895, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said in a report Thursday. NOAA defines summer as the three-month period between June and August in which the average low...

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Kerry tries again with Lavrov on Syria

Kerry tries again with Lavrov on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Geneva on Friday for a new round of talks with Russia on a Syrian ceasefire, with U.S. officials saying they believed a deal was still possible, but warning that the talks could not go on forever. Senior State Department officials briefing...

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Bomb attacks injure 2 police officers in Thai south

Bomb attacks injure 2 police officers in Thai south

Bomb attacks in Thailand's south have injured two police officers and a villager two days after the killing of a four-year-old girl and her father provoked domestic and international indignation. The incidents were the latest in a series of violent incidents in the three majority Muslim...

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Asia shares hug one-year high, China imports revive

Asia shares hug one-year high, China imports revive

Asian shares held within one-year peaks on Thursday as Chinese trade data topped forecasts and imports recorded their first annual rise since late 2014, a promising sign for global demand that gave the Australia dollar a lift. Beijing reported imports rose 1.5 percent in August from a year...

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New venue, old answers from Trump, Clinton to veterans

New venue, old answers from Trump, Clinton to veterans

Presidential candidates of the two major parties, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, stepped on the same stage to answer questions from American military veterans during a unique televised forum that left a lot to be desired on specifics. Confronted by a rapid-fire round of questions from...

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Somalia's khat ban leaves Kenyan farmers in despair

Somalia's khat ban leaves Kenyan farmers in despair

Kenyan workers involved in supplying khat were left wondering if their livelihood would ever return Thursday following Somalia’s sudden and unexplained ban on the mildly narcotic plant. The farmers, packers, transporters and wholesalers of khat, known as miraa in Kenya, were shocked Monday...

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