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Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a coalition government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor in an election which saw her support slide and the far right making significant…

WRAPUP 3-China urges restraint amid war of words between Trump and N.Korea

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BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China on Monday called for all sides in the North Korea missile crisis to show restraint and not "add oil to the flames" amid an exchange of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and…

Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to stage independence referendum

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ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Voting began in northern Iraq on Monday in an independence referendum organized by Kurdish authorities, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from neighboring Turkey and Iran, and international…

Kurds vote in historic referendum on independence

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About five million people in Kurdish-held areas of northern Iraq are taking part in a non-binding referendum on Independence from Iraq. Reuters Emily Wither explains why the vote is controversial from Erbil.

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Chastened Merkel looks for coalition partners after vote

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a coalition government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor in an election which saw her support slide and the far right making significant…

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social…

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China urges restraint amid war of words between Trump and North Korea

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BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - China on Monday called for all sides in the North Korea missile crisis to show restraint and not "add oil to the flames" amid an exchange of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between U.S. President Donald Trump and…

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Outside quake stricken Mexico City, most kids going back to school

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Most schools in Mexico City remained closed on Monday after last week's deadly earthquake, but children outside the capital were set to return to their classrooms, although aftershocks were still jolting the country.

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One week to cross a street - how IS pinned down Filipino soldiers in Marawi

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MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - With a grimace, Brigadier General Melquiades Ordiales of the Philippines 1st Marine Brigade recounted the painful gains made against Islamist militants in Marawi City.

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Amid protests AfD pledge to hound Merkel

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Protestors have gathered to demonstrate against a surge in support for Germany’s far right AfD party, who are set to be the third largest party in parliament after federal elections.

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Trump slaps travel restrictions on N.Korea, Venezuela in sweeping new ban

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Sunday slapped new travel restrictions on citizens from North Korea, Venezuela and Chad, expanding to eight the list of countries covered by his original travel bans that have been derided…

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Weakened dam looms as latest threat to Puerto Rico after hurricane

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - A dam in Puerto Rico weakened by heavy rains from Hurricane Maria was in danger of failing on Sunday, posing a flood threat to thousands of homes downstream as the storm-battered U.S. island territory…

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Merkel hangs on to power but bleeds support to surging far right

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term in office on Sunday but Europe's most powerful leader will have to govern with a far less stable coalition in a fractured parliament after her conservatives haemorrhaged…

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Kurds stick with independence vote, 'never going back to Baghdad' - Barzani

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ERBIL, Iraq/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Iraq's Kurds will go ahead with a referendum on independence on Monday because their partnership with Baghdad has failed, Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani said on Sunday, shrugging…

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Myanmar says bodies of 28 Hindu villagers found in Rakhine State

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YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar government forces found on Sunday the bodies of 28 Hindu villagers who authorities suspected were killed by Muslim insurgents last month, at the beginning of a spasm of violence that has sent 430,000 Muslim…

Chancellor Angela Merkel votes in election her conservatives are expected to win

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Angela Merkel on Sunday cast her vote in election her Christian Democratic party is expected to win. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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INSIGHT: Prince Harry opens Invictus Games

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Prince Harry has opened the Invictus games in Toronto. Harry, 33, who is fifth in line to the British throne, set up the Invictus Games three years ago. More than 550 injured and wounded servicemen and women from 17 allied nations are…

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Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Turnout slipped slightly in Germany's election despite politicians warning that apathy could boost the far-right, expected to return to parliament after a half century's absence, overshadowing Chancellor Angela Merkel's…

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U.S. allied Syrian groups form civilian council to run Deir al-Zor

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Deir al Zor, SYRIA (Reuters) - U.S.-allied militias in northern Syria announced on Saturday the formation of a civilian council to govern the oil rich eastern province of Deir al Zor where they are racing with the Syrian army to capture…

Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote

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DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also…

Sunday, Sep 24

Trump tweets threats against North Korea after U.N. speech

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U.S. President Donald Trump says North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer” if Ri echoed the thoughts of “Little Rocket Man”, an apparent reference to Kim. Samantha Vadas reports.

Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop.

Fears of dam collapse add to Puerto Rico's misery after hurricane

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Puerto Rico's governor met mayors from around the ravaged island on Saturday after surveying damage to an earthen dam in the northwestern part of the U.S. territory that was threatening to collapse from…

Iran successfully tested new ballistic missile - state media

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Iran has successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km. Report by Pascale Davies.

Saturday, Sep 23

North Korea says rockets to U.S. 'inevitable' as U.S. bombers fly off North Korean coast

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UNITED NATIONS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday targeting the U.S. mainland with its rockets was inevitable after "Mr. Evil President" Donald Trump called Pyongyang's leader "rocket man", further escalating rhetoric over…

Latest Mexico quake spreads alarm, some rescue efforts suspended

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.2 earthquake that shook southern Mexico on Saturday spread fear in the capital and frustrated rescuers, some of whom were forced to suspend the search for survivors of an earlier, bigger tremor.

Facing far-right gains, Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote

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BERLIN/GREIFSWALD, Germany (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, and her centre-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of…

Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities - Rouhani

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Iran will strengthen its missile capabilities and will not seek permission from any country to do so, President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday (September 22) in an undisguised snub to demands by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Friday, Sep 22

U.S. challenged by rising North Korea tensions, Russia urges calm

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia urged "hot heads" to calm down on Friday as the United States admitted it felt "challenged" by North Korea's warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific and President Donald Trump and Kim…

North Korea may consider H-bomb test in Pacific, Kim calls Trump "deranged"

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SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the reclusive country, with leader Kim Jong Un promising to make Trump pay dearly for…

Mexico quake efforts continue amid calls for political austerity

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescuers swarmed over rubble with shovels and picks on Thursday in a torturous search for survivors two days after Mexico's deadliest earthquake in a generation, while politicians sought to outdo each other in…

North Korea's Kim says will make 'deranged' Trump pay dearly for U.N. speech

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SEOUL/NEW YORK (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un blasted U.S. President Donald Trump as "mentally deranged" on Friday and vowed to make him pay dearly for threatening to destroy his country, hours after Trump ordered fresh…

Thursday, Sep 21

Trump orders new sanctions to tighten screws on North Korea nuclear program

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions on Thursday that open the door wider to blacklisting people and entities doing business with North Korea, further tightening the screws on Pyongyang's nuclear and…

Iran nuclear deal cannot be renegotiated: Rouhani

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's president said on Thursday its nuclear accord with world powers cannot be renegotiated, after the Trump administration warned it was weighing whether the deal signed by its predecessor served U.S. security…

U.S. weighs whether to stay in Iran nuclear deal

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States said on Wednesday it is weighing whether the Iranian nuclear deal serves its security interests even as Iran said it did not expect Washington to abandon the agreement.

Iran says it does not expect U.S. to leave nuclear deal

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran said on Wednesday it did not expect the United States to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal as U.S. officials sent mixed signals on what they plan to do about the international accord.

Wednesday, Sep 20

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel: North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at…

China offers support for strife-torn Venezuela at United Nations

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China believes that the Venezuelan government and people can resolve their problems within a legal framework and maintain national stability, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Venezuelan counterpart at the…

Trump rattles U.N. with threat to destroy North Korea

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President Trump warned that the U.S. will be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea unless Pyongyang backs down from its nuclear standoff, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "rocket man."