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U.N. chief calls Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video 'outrageous'

U.N. chief calls Netanyahu's 'ethnic cleansing' video 'outrageous'

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday lambasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's "ethnic cleansing" video as an "unacceptable and outrageous" portrayal of people who oppose Israeli settlements in the West Bank, home to more than 2.7 million Palestinians. Ban told the...

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Weak U.S. retail sales, factory data dampen rate hike prospects

Weak U.S. retail sales, factory data dampen rate hike prospects

U.S. retail sales fell more than expected in August amid weak purchases of automobiles and a range of other goods, pointing to cooling domestic demand that further diminishes expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate increase next week. Other data on Thursday showed the labor market...

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Turkish, Russian military chiefs meet on Syria

Turkish, Russian military chiefs meet on Syria

Turkey and Russia’s top generals met in Ankara on Thursday, a Turkish military source said. Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar and Gen. Valery Gerasimov held a closed-door meeting following a ceremony at the General Staff Headquarters in Ankara, the source said on condition of...

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Kerry, Lavrov agree to 48-hour extension of Syria truce

Kerry, Lavrov agree to 48-hour extension of Syria truce

Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, on Wednesday agreed to a 48-hour extension for a truce in Syria that began Monday, the U.S. said. The top diplomats agreed the seven-day cessation of hostilities that was brokered Friday is "worth extending" for an...

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Storm Rai kills 5 in Vietnam; 10 people missing

Storm Rai kills 5 in Vietnam; 10 people missing

Five people are confirmed dead and another ten are missing in Vietnam after a tropical storm powering through Southeast Asia battered the country's central coastline. The National Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention and Control said in a statement Thursday that after making landfall...

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Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip

Global stocks struggle for footing after bond slip

World stocks steadied at two-month lows on Thursday though bond markets stayed firmly in the red, as eight years on from the collapse of Lehman Brothers two of Europe's top central banks prepared to keep their interest rates pointing down. Europe's main stock markets in London .FTSE,...

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4 killed in Pakistan train collision

4 killed in Pakistan train collision

At least four people were killed and dozens injured late Wednesday when a passenger train collided with a freight train in central Pakistan, an official said. The collision around 25 kilometers (15 miles) from the city of Multan in the Punjab region happened when a Karachi-bound passenger...

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Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

Apple says initial quantities of iPhone 7 Plus sold out

Initial quantities of the iPhone 7 Plus have sold out globally as Apple Inc prepares to roll out its new gadget in stores, the company said Wednesday. Supplies of the larger size of Apple's new phone have been exhausted in all shades, and the smaller iPhone 7 has also sold out in the new jet...

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Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon awkwardly treads on new terrain

Aligned with Russia in Syria, Pentagon awkwardly treads on new terrain

For Pentagon officers who cut their teeth during the Cold War, the prospect of U.S. battlefield cooperation with Russia in Syria is not only uncomfortable. It's also unprecedented. Against that background, the reactions of U.S. military officials range from caution to outright skepticism...

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Boko Haram video reinforces schism with Daesh

Boko Haram video reinforces schism with Daesh

A faction within Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group released an Eid al-Adha video message Wednesday that further underlined tensions within the group and its movement away from Daesh. The group is led by Abubakar Shekau, who in March last year pledged allegiance to Daesh and its leader Abu...

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Bond sell-off keeps investors on edge

Bond sell-off keeps investors on edge

Rising bond yields, sparked in part by deepening worries over the difficulty of the world's major central banks to stimulate growth, kept investors in broadly risk-off mode on Wednesday The possible spillover effects of rising bond yields into stock and commodity markets has hit financial...

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New US military aid deal for Israel complete

New US military aid deal for Israel complete

The U.S. and Israel have concluded an agreement to increase Washington's military aid to Tel Aviv, the State Department announced Tuesday. The new Memorandum of Understanding "constitutes the single largest pledge of bilateral military assistance in U.S. history," the State Department said...

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U.S. sees stronger median household income, less poverty

U.S. sees stronger median household income, less poverty

The median U.S. household income rose last year, its first significant annual increase since 2007, and helped push down the number of people living in poverty to 43.1 million, federal government data released on Tuesday showed. About 29 million people did not have health insurance in 2015,...

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Muslim pilgrims stone devil in last Hajj ritual

Muslim pilgrims stone devil in last Hajj ritual

Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims continued Tuesday the symbolic stoning of the devil, the last major ritual of the Hajj pilgrimage.  Crowds of the pilgrims converged on the Jamrat Bridge in the tent city of Mina to perform the stoning ritual.  Pilgrims hurl seven pebbles for...

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Hungary should be excluded from EU, Luxembourg FM says

Hungary should be excluded from EU, Luxembourg FM says

Luxembourg's foreign Minister Jean Asselborn has demanded that Hungary should be excluded from the European Union for its "massive violation of EU fundamental values". In an interview with German daily Die Welt on Tuesday, Asselborn criticized Hungary's treatment of refugees as well as Prime...

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Fed looks unlikely to hike next week after Brainard warning

Fed looks unlikely to hike next week after Brainard warning

The Federal Reserve should avoid removing support for the U.S. economy too quickly, Fed Governor Lael Brainard said on Monday in comments that solidified the view the central bank would leave interest rates unchanged next week. Brainard said she wanted to see a stronger trend in U.S....

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Asia stocks gain, dollar sags on Fed governor's dovish comments

Asia stocks gain, dollar sags on Fed governor's dovish comments

Asian stocks rose on Tuesday after Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard calmed global markets with remarks that appeared to reduce the prospects of a near-term interest rate hike. The dollar, on the other hand, nursed losses against its peers after Brainard reiterated her dovish views and...

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Selloff gathers pace as stimulus pullback fears deepen

Selloff gathers pace as stimulus pullback fears deepen

European stocks and bonds fell in a volatile market on Monday, hit by growing concerns that global central banks' commitment to the post-crisis orthodoxy of super-low interest rates and asset purchase programs may be waning. German Bund yields DE10YT=TWEB rose further above zero to as high...

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