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Pompeo warns Iran on nuclear arms; hopes military force will never be needed

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday warned Iran not to pursue nuclear weapons, saying it would face the "wrath of the entire world" if it did so, but added that he hoped it would never be necessary for…

Turkey's Erdogan, main rival stage final election rallies

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan and his main challenger, Muharrem Ince, made a final push for support at rival rallies in Istanbul on Saturday, a day before presidential and parliamentary elections widely viewed as the most…

EU supporters march in London to call for Brexit deal referendum

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LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of supporters of the European Union gathered in central London on Saturday to call on the British government to hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit.

Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa unhurt after blast at rally

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HARARE (Reuters) - An explosion rocked a stadium in Zimbabwe where President Emmerson Mnangagwa was addressing a political rally on Saturday, his spokesman said, adding the head of state was unhurt and taken to safety.

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UPDATE 3-Ethiopian prime minister escapes rally grenade attack that kills one, wounds scores

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed escaped a grenade attack on Saturday at a rally in the capital that killed one person and left scores wounded, officials and witnesses said.

Saudi women gear up for new freedom as driving ban ends

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RIYADH (Reuters) - Women will hit the roads in Saudi Arabia on Sunday with the lifting of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the conservative kingdom.

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Container ship picks up 113 migrants from boat south of Italy

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COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - The container ship Alexander Maersk picked up 113 migrants from a boat off southern Italy early on Friday, Maersk Line, part of A. P. Moller-Maersk, said on Saturday.

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UPDATE 2-Ethiopian prime minister escapes grenade attack at rally, several wounded

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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Ethiopia's new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed escaped a grenade attack on Saturday at a rally in the capital although scores of people were wounded, officials and witnesses said.

Turkey's master campaigner, Erdogan faces biggest election challenge

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ANKARA (Reuters) - After dominating Turkish politics for a decade and a half, President Tayyip Erdogan now faces his biggest electoral challenge, from a combative former teacher who has revitalised a dispirited opposition in less than two…

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Pentagon indefinitely suspends some training exercises with South Korea

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to indefinitely suspend two exchange program training exercises, the Pentagon said on Friday, in the aftermath of the summit earlier this month between U.S. President…

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UPDATE 6-Parted at U.S. border by Trump policy, migrants seek their children

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SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lilian Merida-Galicia and her 7-year-old daughter were apprehended after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and separated by U.S. officials in mid-May.

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Identifying U.S. troops returned from North Korea may be challenging - experts

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will face a difficult task in identifying the remains of soldiers missing from the Korean War as the Pentagon prepares to receive them from North Korea in coming days, officials and experts said.

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Assad defies United States, presses assault in southwest Syria

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government helicopters dropped barrel bombs on opposition areas of the country's southwest on Friday for the first time in a year, a war monitor and rebel officials said, in defiance of U.S. demands that President…

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Soccer: Russia accused of using World Cup to bury bad news

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Opposition politicians accused the Kremlin of using Russia's World Cup as a cover to avoid dissent while it pushes through unpopular measures, while all eyes are on the country's sporting successes and a de facto ban in…

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Italy says Malta not taking in migrant ship is 'inhumane'

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Friday Malta had refused to take in a Dutch-flagged ship carrying more than 200 rescued migrants and said the decision was "inhumane", 10 days after shutting its own ports to a migrant vessel.

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As Hodeidah battle grinds on, residents suffer lack of clean water, electricity

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DUBAI (Reuters) - Residents unable to flee Hodeidah face constant bombardment, lack of clean water and power cuts as an Arab coalition battles to capture Yemen's main port from Iran-aligned Houthis in the biggest battle of a three-year war.

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Release of 'Wolf Pack' behind Spanish sex assault sparks protests

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MADRID (Reuters) - Five men convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman at the Pamplona bull running festival in 2016 were released on bail on Friday, re-igniting outrage over the case which has led to mass protests calling for tougher…

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Merkel plays down chances of breakthrough in EU migration talks

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel played down expectations of any major breakthrough at hastily-arranged talks among European Union leaders on Sunday on the migration dispute dividing Europe and threatening her own…

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World Cup helps Putin step up his diplomacy

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin hosted the first official visit by a South Korean president to Russia since 1999 on Friday, in the latest of a series of meetings he has secured with international guests on the sidelines of the…

U.S. must find alternatives to detaining children, migrants - U.N

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GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations called on the Trump administration on Friday to overhaul its migration policies and find alternatives to detention, saying that migrant children and their parents should not be treated like criminals.

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North and South Korea agree to round of reunions of divided families

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SEOUL (Reuters) - Delegations from North and South Korea agreed on Friday to arrange the first reunions in three years of some of the families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

EU leaders set to prolong Russia sanctions again

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will next week extend until the end of January economic sanctions against Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, diplomats and officials said.

UPDATE 3-Chinese media says US has 'delusions' as impact of trade war spreads

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - U.S. protectionism is self-defeating and a "symptom of paranoid delusions" that must not distract China from its path to modernization, Chinese media said on Friday as Beijing kept up with its war of words with…

Trump: North Korea 'total denuclearisation' started; officials see no new moves

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of "total denuclearisation ... has already started," but officials said there was no such evidence…

Thursday, Jun 21

North Korea 'total denuclearisation' started; officials see no new moves - Trump

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of "total denuclearisation ... has already started," but officials said there was no such evidence…

Despite Trump order, border child separations could go on - legal experts

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(Reuters) - The much-vilified U.S. policy of separating children from parents who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border could continue under certain circumstances because of ambiguous language in President Donald Trump's order meant to…

Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli…

U.S. identifies North Korea missile test site it says Kim committed to destroy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The missile engine test site that President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had committed to destroy is a major facility in the western part of the country that has been used for testing engines for…

Wednesday, Jun 20

Saudi-led coalition seizes Yemen's Hodeidah airport, fears for population grow

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ADEN (Reuters) - Fears of a humanitarian crisis in Yemen's main port city Hodeidah grew as fighting spilled into residential districts on Wednesday after Arab coalition forces seized the airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Special Report: Trump's catch-and-detain policy snares illegal immigrants long in U.S

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OCILLA, Georgia (Reuters) - Morena Vasquez didn’t want to drive that February night last year, but a co-worker at her job cleaning offices near Atlanta needed some keys dropped off.

Exclusive - Pope criticises Trump administration policy on migrant family separation

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has criticised the Trump administration's policy of separating migrant families at the Mexican border, saying populism is not the answer to the world's immigration problems.

UPDATE 8-Trump says would back both U.S House immigration bills as separation crisis grows

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he would back either of the immigration bills making their way through the House of Representatives, as the outcry grew over his administration's…

Tuesday, Jun 19

U.S. to pull out of U.N. human rights body - source

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump…

WRAPUP 3-China slams U.S. 'blackmailing' after Trump makes new trade threat

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BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Tuesday of "extreme pressure and blackmailing" and vowed to retaliate after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese…

China's Xi praises North Korea's Kim for Trump summit, promises support

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BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping offered high praise to visiting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, lauding the "positive" outcome of his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and promising unwavering…

Russia welcomes suspension of U.S.-South Korean military drills - Interfax

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian foreign ministry welcomed on Tuesday a decision by the United States and South Korea to suspend a major joint military exercise, Interfax news agency reported.

Monday, Jun 18

Arab coalition bombs Houthis around Hodeidah airport, urges them to withdraw

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ADEN (Reuters) - Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters dug in at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped U.N. diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the…

South Korea unfazed by Swedish spy game

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong on Sunday shrugged off spying by World Cup opponents Sweden, who apologized on the eve of their Group F clash after initially trumpeting their subterfuge.

Arab coalition bombs Houthis at Hodeidah airport, urges them to withdraw

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ADEN (Reuters) - Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped U.N. diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the…

Magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan's Osaka area kills three, stops factories

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.1 earthquake shook Osaka, Japan's second-biggest metropolis, early on Monday, killing three people, halting factory lines in an industrial area and bursting water mains, government and company officials said.