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Russia's Putin says hopes U.S. sticks to its commitments on Syria

Russia's Putin says hopes U.S. sticks to its commitments on Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he hoped the United States would stick to its commitments on Syria, adding that he believed securing a truce in that country's conflict was the common goal of both Moscow and Washington. The United States and Russia said on Friday they wanted...

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Russia and rebels cast doubt over Syria ceasefire

Russia and rebels cast doubt over Syria ceasefire

Russia and Syrian rebels cast doubt over the prospects for an increasingly shaky five-day-old ceasefire on Saturday, with Moscow saying the situation was worsening and a senior insurgent warning that the truce "will not hold out". The ceasefire is the result of an agreement between Russia,...

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Congo elections commission petitions high court for poll delay

Congo elections commission petitions high court for poll delay

Democratic Republic of Congo's elections commission on Saturday petitioned the Constitutional Court for a postponement of presidential elections, formally confirming a poll delay that has created a dangerous political impasse. President Joseph Kabila's term in office in Africa's top copper...

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Niger, Chad armies kill 38 Boko Haram fighters: Niger army

Niger, Chad armies kill 38 Boko Haram fighters: Niger army

Soldiers from Niger and Chad have killed 38 Boko Haram fighters during operations that followed attacks by the Nigerian Islamist group on two border towns in southeastern Niger earlier this week, Niger's army said on Saturday. Two soldiers from the bilateral force were lightly wounded in the...

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TNT traces on EgyptAir plane debris split investigators: Le Figaro

TNT traces on EgyptAir plane debris split investigators: Le Figaro

French investigators who found trace levels of the explosive material TNT on debris of an EgyptAir plane that crashed in May were prevented from further examining it, Le Figaro reported on Friday, a charge Egyptian officials denied. The origin of the traces remains unclear and Egyptian...

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Hanjin Shipping plan would see sale of most of its ships: WSJ

Hanjin Shipping plan would see sale of most of its ships: WSJ

South Korea's Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd, whose collapse has disrupted global trade, is considering a restructuring plan to sell more than half its ships, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. However, liquidation remained the most likely outcome for...

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US refuses to address email leaks on Israeli nukes

US refuses to address email leaks on Israeli nukes

The State Department on Friday refused to address the existence of Israeli nuclear weapons that were disclosed in emails by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. In a message regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the U.S. Congress last year, Powell wrote that...

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Pentagon: Daesh information minister killed in strike

Pentagon: Daesh information minister killed in strike

One of the “most senior leaders” Daesh leaders was killed earlier this month in Syria, the U.S. said Friday. “On Sept. 7, coalition forces conducted a precision strike near Raqqah, Syria, that targeted and killed ‘Dr. Wa'il’, also known as Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayad,”...

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Major US news outlets sue FBI

Major US news outlets sue FBI

The Associated Press, Vice Media and Gannett filed a lawsuit Friday against the FBI to force it to reveal the methods it used to breach an iPhone that belonged to an alleged U.S. terror suspect. The news organizations claim the FBI does not have a right to conceal its methods about how it...

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Australia ‘out of step’ on asylum seeker issue

Australia ‘out of step’ on asylum seeker issue

Amnesty International has taken Australia’s immigration minister to task over his statement that the processing of asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru -- currently under a cloud due to allegations of abuse, self-harm and suicide -- will “continue for decades”. “Dragging out...

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Typhoon kills at least 11 in China and Taiwan; another on the way

Typhoon kills at least 11 in China and Taiwan; another on the way

The world's strongest storm this year killed at last 10 people in China when it hit the southeast coast, the government said on Friday, as rescuers scoured flooded streets and work crews struggled to restore power to more than a million homes. Typhoon Meranti had largely dissipated by Friday...

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Malaysia: Downing mode of MH370 under investigation

Malaysia: Downing mode of MH370 under investigation

A team investigating missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will begin probing whether the commercial aircraft was deliberately ditched or experienced an uncontrolled fall while carrying 239 people, according to Malaysia's transport minister. Liow Tiong Lai told Anadolu Agency on Friday that...

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Activist: US program failed to prevent Cambodia logging

Activist: US program failed to prevent Cambodia logging

Resin trees in supposedly protected forest areas are being felled at an “alarming” rate, a leading Cambodian activist has said, alleging that a U.S.-run protection program has failed to prevent such logging. Ouch Leng, the chairman of Cambodia Human Rights Task Forces, won this year’s...

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Wells Fargo faces scrutiny over lack of sales scandal disclosure

Wells Fargo faces scrutiny over lack of sales scandal disclosure

A phantom account scandal at Wells Fargo & Co has put the U.S. bank's disclosure policies under a harsh spotlight. Despite press reports that a federal regulator and the Los Angeles prosecutor were investigating sales practices at retail branches of the San Francisco-based lender, the...

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Man shot after attacking NYC police with meat cleaver

Man shot after attacking NYC police with meat cleaver

A man was shot Thursday by New York City police (NYPD) after he attacked and maimed an off-duty officer with an 11-inch meat cleaver, law enforcement officials said. Akram Joudeh, 32, of Queens, was upset his car was immobilized in Midtown Manhattan with a wheel clamp -- a boot -- due to...

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Clinton visits North Carolina in campaign trail return; Trump up in polls

Clinton visits North Carolina in campaign trail return; Trump up in polls

Hillary Clinton got back on the campaign trail on Thursday after taking three days off for pneumonia, and the Democratic presidential candidate faced a more challenging political landscape, with Republican rival Donald Trump rising in opinion polls. Senior Clinton aides said they always...

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U.S. tax avoidance clampdown a potential headache for Apple

U.S. tax avoidance clampdown a potential headache for Apple

Apple Inc and other U.S. multinationals will face new curbs on tax loopholes under a rule imposed by Washington on Thursday, part of a scramble among governments worldwide to bolster their corporate tax bases. Acting shortly after a European Union grab for billions of dollars in back taxes...

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Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.

Japan to boost South China Sea role with training patrols with U.S.

Japan will step up its activity in the contested South China Sea through joint training patrols with the United States and bilateral and multilateral exercises with regional navies, Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said on Thursday. Inada said in a speech at Washington's Center for...

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