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Strong quake off Turkish and Greek coasts kills two, injures dozens

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ANKARA/KOS, Greece (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake killed two people on the Greek holiday island of Kos in the early hours of Friday, also causing disruption in the Turkish tourist hub of Bodrum.

No Korean military talks after North snubs South's call

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SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's proposed military talks aimed at easing tension between the two Koreas planned for Friday failed to happen after the North snubbed the call, a setback for new President Moon Jae-in's hopes for dialogue.

Hezbollah, Syria army launch offensive at Syrian-Lebanese border

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Syrian army launched an offensive to drive insurgents from their last foothold at the Syrian-Lebanese border on Friday, a pro-Damascus military commander said.

Merkel may win election, but lose her finance minister

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SASBACHWALDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Wolfgang Schaeuble has won his parliamentary seat a dozen times, survived an attempt on his life and guided Angela Merkel through the euro zone crisis. Now, the German chancellor may have to sacrifice him…

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Tour operators say U.S. to ban citizens from travel to North Korea

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Two tour agencies that arrange trips to North Korea said on Friday the U.S. government will soon ban its citizens from traveling there, after the death of a U.S. student arrested there while on a tour.


Jerusalem on alert as religious tensions rise over holy site


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel bolstered security in the Old City of Jerusalem on Friday and prepared for possible clashes with Muslim worshippers after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided metal detectors at a sensitive holy site would…


Millions heed anti-Maduro shutdown in Venezuela

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CARACAS (Reuters) - Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand elections and the scrapping of plans for a new congress they fear would consolidate…


Anti-Maduro strike paralyzes parts of Venezuela

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Many Venezuelan streets were barricaded and deserted on Thursday for a strike called by foes of President Nicolas Maduro to demand a presidential election and the abandonment of a plan for a new congress they fear would institute…


U.S. general says allies worry Russian war game may be 'Trojan horse'

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BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. allies in eastern Europe and Ukraine are worried that Russia's planned war games in September could be a "Trojan horse" aimed at leaving behind military equipment brought into Belarus, the U.S. Army's top general in…


First U.S. anti-aircraft missiles deploy to Baltics


U.S. forces present a battery of anti-aircraft Patriot missiles deployed in Lithuania, as part of a two-week exercise -- the first time such capability has been made available in Baltic states. Matthew Larotonda reports.


Few compromises at Brexit talks, minister says UK can survive without deal

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BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union and Britain offered few compromises at their first full round of Brexit talks which ended on Thursday, and the pound fell on worries that British ministers were prepared to walk away without a…

Burundi teenage robotics team goes missing after U.S. contest - police

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six teenagers from a Burundi robotics team have been reported missing after an international competition in Washington and two of them were seen entering Canada, police said on Thursday.


UPDATE 5-Germany steps up economic pressure on Turkey in rights row

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany told its citizens on Thursday to exercise caution if traveling to Turkey and threatened measures that could hinder German investment there, in a sign of growing impatience with a NATO ally after the detention of…


Germany escalates Turkish feud amid arrests


German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel announced a range of steps against Turkey in response to the detention of a German human rights activist, signalling a more confrontational stance to the NATO ally after an escalation in tensions.…

Israel faces mounting Palestinian anger over holy site metal detectors

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered removing on Thursday metal detectors at a Jerusalem holy site after their installation following a deadly attack last week stirred up Palestinian protests and threats of…

U.S. Navy chief asks Chinese counterpart for help on North Korea

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Navy's top officer asked his Chinese counterpart to exert influence on North Korea to help rein in its advancing nuclear and missile programs, a U.S. official said on Thursday.


Qatar crisis strains Saudi-led Arab alliance in Yemen war

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DUBAI (Reuters) - A crisis between Qatar and four Arab countries is straining a Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's government in a two-year war against Iranian-aligned Houthis and slowing the alliance's military advances.


Nigeria catches global craft beer bug


Nigeria's first craft brewery has opened, but the high price of imported ingredients could stand between it and success.


Human history pushed back by Australian outback rocks


New excavations show humans reached Australia thousands of years earlier than previously thought. As Reuters Tom Westbrook explains, it's a big moment in our understanding of when early humans left Africa.

China targets VPNs in latest cyberspace crackdown

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Telecom firms in China are taking on new filtering roles in a move that could further Beijing's ability to shutter access to overseas sites. Cate Cadell reports.

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Trump and Putin did not have a secret G20 meeting - Kremlin

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Thursday that U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin did not have "a secret meeting" at the G20 summit earlier this month, but confirmed they did chat informally over dinner.

After Mosul, Islamic State digs in for guerrilla warfare

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MOSUL (Reuters) - Islamic State militants began reinventing themselves months before U.S.-backed Iraqi forces ended their three-year reign of terror in Mosul, putting aside the dream of a modern-day caliphate and preparing the ground for a…

Russia, U.S. duel at U.N. over whether North Korea fired long-range missile

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States and Russia are waging rival campaigns at the United Nations Security Council over the type of ballistic missile fired by North Korea earlier this month as the U.S. pushes to impose stronger…

Wednesday, Jul 19

Addiction and intrigue: Inside the Saudi palace coup

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(Reuters) - On Tuesday June 20 Mohammed bin Nayef, a powerful figure in Saudi Arabia's security apparatus for the past two decades and the next in line to the throne, was summoned to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz on the fourth floor of…

Trump, Putin had previously undisclosed visit at G20 dinner

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had a previously undisclosed conversation during a dinner for G20 leaders at a summit earlier this month in Germany, a White House official said on…

U.S. readies Venezuela sanctions, Maduro defies threat

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WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing sanctions against several senior Venezuelan government figures, U.S. officials said on Tuesday, to pressure President Nicolas Maduro to abort plans for a controversial…

U.S. puts new sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile programme

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States slapped new economic sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile programme and said Tehran's "malign activities" in the Middle East undercut any "positive contributions" coming from…

Tuesday, Jul 18

U.S. prepares sanctions against senior Venezuelan officials - sources

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing sanctions against several senior Venezuelan officials, including the country's defence minister and a ruling party leader, for alleged human rights violations and could announce…

Russia says ready to retaliate after U.S. talks end without deal

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday that it reserved the right to retaliate against the United States after a meeting in Washington ended without an agreement to return Russian diplomatic property the U.S. had seized.

U.S. student imprisoned in Iran is scholar, not spy - colleagues

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PRINCETON, N.J. (Reuters) - By the time Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang arrived in Iran to conduct research for his doctorate in history, he had already spent years living and working in politically turbulent countries.

Trump says Iran complying with nuclear deal but remains dangerous threat

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration on Monday declared that Iran was complying with its nuclear agreement with world powers, but warned that Tehran was in default of the spirit of the accord and that Washington…

Monday, Jul 17

Grandmas, grandpas from travel ban states now welcome -U.S. cable

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Grandparents of U.S. citizens from six Muslim-majority countries are now eligible to receive U.S. visas, according to a State Department memo seen by Reuters that reflects the latest court ruling on U.S. President…

U.S. allows more seasonal workers as Trump pushes 'hire American'

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government cleared the way on Monday for thousands more foreign workers to enter the country under temporary seasonal visas, just as President Donald Trump declared this "Made In America" week and pledged to…

Islamic State's Baghdadi alive - Kurdish official

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A top Kurdish counter-terrorism official said on Monday he was 99 percent sure that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was alive and located south of the Syrian city of Raqqa, after reports that he had been killed.

Venezuela opposition says 7 million vote in anti-Maduro poll

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CARACAS (Reuters) - More than 7 million Venezuelans voted in Sunday's unofficial referendum held by the opposition to heap pressure on President Nicolas Maduro and repudiate his plan to rewrite the OPEC nation's constitution, monitors said.

Sunday, Jul 16

Defiant Erdogan attacks EU, backs restoring death penalty

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday defiantly stepped up his attacks on the European Union, saying Turkey had to go its own way and vowing to bring back the death penalty if parliament passed it.

Five Congo rangers killed in joint army operation to rescue U.S. journalist

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KINSHASA (Reuters) - Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official…

In shadow of crackdown, Turkey commemorates failed coup

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Turkey marking the first anniversary Saturday of the attempted overthrow of President Tayyip Erdogan- even as the country still remains in a state of emergency.

Exclusive: Australia-U.S. refugee swap again in doubt as officials exit Nauru

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SYDNEY/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. officials interviewing refugees held in an Australian-run offshore detention centre left the facility abruptly, three detainees told Reuters on Saturday, throwing further doubt over a plan to resettle…