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Turkey doubles tariffs on some U.S. imports; lira rallies

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey doubled tariffs on some U.S. imports including alcohol, cars and tobacco on Wednesday in retaliation for U.S. moves, but the lira rallied further after the central bank's liquidity moves had the effect of…

UPDATE 6-Anger at Italy bridge operator as hunt for survivors goes on

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Italian rescuers searched for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage in Genoa on Wednesday after a bridge collapse killed 39 people and sparked a furious government reaction against the viaduct's operator.

U.S. targets Chinese and Russian firms with breach of North Korea sanctions

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The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions aimed at pressuring North Korea to…

Brazil's Lula to register as presidential candidate from jail

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Imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Wednesday will be registered as a candidate for this year's presidential election despite his 12-year sentence for corruption and facing several more graft trials.

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Italy bridge operator in spotlight as collapse death toll rises

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Rescuers hunted for survivors among towering slabs of wreckage on Wednesday after a bridge collapse that killed 39, as furious government ministers rounded on the viaduct's operator, saying it should pay fines and compensation and lose its…

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Scores killed in Kabul blast as Afghanistan reels from attacks

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A suicide blast in a mainly Shi'ite area of Kabul killed at least 48 people on Wednesday, the latest in a wave of attacks that have killed hundreds of civilians, soldiers and policemen over recent days.

Anger at Italy bridge operator as hunt for survivors goes on

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GENOA, Italy (Reuters) - Italian rescuers searched for survivors among towering slabs of concrete wreckage in Genoa on Wednesday after a bridge collapse killed 39 people and sparked a furious government reaction against the viaduct's…

Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country's foreign minister to speak to his U.S. counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement.

Iran Supreme Leader admits mistake over nuclear talks

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(Reuters) - Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has admitted he made a mistake in allowing the country's foreign minister to speak to his U.S. counterpart during negotiations that led to a 2015 international nuclear agreement.

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Migrant rescue ship arrives in Malta, ending standoff

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VALLETTA (Reuters) - The Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius arrived at Valletta harbour in Malta on Wednesday to allow 141 migrants to get off, ending a five-day tug-of-war among European Union countries which had seen the vessel banned…

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UPDATE 2-Anger grows as Italy bridge collapse kills 37, race to find survivors

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Rescuers searched for survivors amid the debris of Italy's bridge collapse on Wednesday as the death toll climbed to 37 and the government blamed the bridge's operator, demanding resignations and moving to strip its toll concession.

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Australian politicians condemn call for a 'final solution' to ban Muslim migration

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and all major political parties on Wednesday condemned a speech by a minor senator who used the term "final solution" in calling for a revival of a "White Australia" restrictive immigration policy.

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Man arrested after suspected UK parliament attack named - source

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A man detained on suspicion of carrying out a terrorist attack outside Britain's parliament is Salih Khater, a British citizen of Sudanese origin, a European security source told Reuters on Wednesday.

U.S. pastor in Turkey appeals for release, lifting of travel ban: lawyer

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An American Christian pastor standing trial in Turkey on terrorism charges has appealed again to a Turkish court to release him from house arrest and lift his travel ban, his lawyer told Reuters on Tuesday.

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'When can we meet?': Koreans divided by war find little peace 65 years later

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Retired South Korean farmer Hwang Rae-ha would love to see his mother again, but nearly 70 years after he last set eyes on her, he says he would settle for a photograph.

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Search for survivors after Italian motorway collapse kills at least 26

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GENOA, Italy (Reuters) - Firefighters searched into the night on Tuesday for survivors and bodies amid the rubble of a motorway bridge that collapsed in the northern Italian port city of Genoa, killing at least 26.

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Cubans cheer as internet goes nationwide for a day

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HAVANA (Reuters) - Cuba's government said it provided free internet to the Communist-run island's more than 5 million cellphone users on Tuesday, in an eight-hour test before it launches sales of the service.

Lebanese Hezbollah leader says group stronger than ever

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The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Tuesday his group was stronger than ever and would "very soon" celebrate victory in Syria, where it has been fighting alongside President Bashar al-Assad.

Chile asks Vatican for information on sex abuse cases

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The Chilean government asked the Vatican on Tuesday for documents related to sex abuse accusations against clergy in Chile, as local prosecutors raided another office of the Roman Catholic Church in Santiago.

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U.S. official warns of more actions against Turkey if pastor not freed

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The United States is warning more economic pressures may be in store for Turkey if it refuses to release a jailed American pastor, a White House official said on Tuesday, in a dispute that has further strained relations between the NATO…

Tuesday, Aug 14

Car hits pedestrians at UK parliament in suspected terrorist attack

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A man deliberately drove a car into London pedestrians and cyclists on Tuesday before ramming it into barriers outside Britain's parliament in what police said appeared to be the second terrorist attack at the building in just under 18…

Erdogan says Turkey will boycott U.S. electronics

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan announced a boycott of U.S. electronic products on Tuesday, amid a crisis over the national currency.

'Hijab is like a key': Myanmar blogger battles bias with beauty campaign

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Muslims in Buddhist-majority Myanmar usually keep a low profile for fear of intimidation, but Win Lae Phyu Sin, one of the community's rare bloggers on beauty care, has gone the other way.

China angered at new U.S. defense act, to assess content

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China on Tuesday condemned measures targeting it in a new U.S. defense act, saying it exaggerated antagonism and that Beijing would take a close look at aspects that beef up the role of a U.S. panel that reviews foreign investment…

Monday, Aug 13

Trump aide Bolton met Turkish envoy to discuss U.S. pastor: White House

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White House national security adviser John Bolton met on Monday with Turkey's ambassador to the United States to discuss Turkey's detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson, the White House said.

Erdogan vows action against 'economic terrorists' over lira plunge

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ANKARA (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused "economic terrorists" of plotting to harm Turkey by spreading false reports and said they would face the full force of the law, as authorities launched investigations of those…

Iran's Khamenei rejects talks with Trump

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Iran's Supreme Leader on Monday rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's offer of unconditional talks to improve bilateral ties.

Iran's Khamenei says mismanagement hurts economy more than U.S. sanctions: TV

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Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the government on Monday of economic mismanagement and said it needed to improve its performance to help the country better weather newly reimposed U.S. sanctions.

Sunday, Aug 12

Intense fighting as Taliban presses to take Afghan city

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Taliban insurgents attacked police headquarters and other government buildings in Ghazni in central Afghanistan on Sunday, killing dozens of soldiers and police and threatening to seize control of the city, officials and residents said.

Corrected: U.N. says it has credible reports that China holds million Uighurs in secret camps

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(In AUG 10 story, corrects name of expert in paragraph 12, fixes typographical error in paragraph 3)

U.S. ambassador urges Britain to ditch support for Iran nuclear deal

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The United States urged Britain on Sunday to ditch its support for a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and instead join forces with Washington to counter the global threat it says Tehran poses.

Iran Supreme Leader calls for action to face "economic war" - state TV

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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday called for "swift and just" legal action from new courts after the head of the judiciary said the country faced an "economic war", state television reported.

Saturday, Aug 11

Turkey is a 'target of economic war', Erdogan says

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President Tayyip Erdogan denied on Saturday that Turkey is in a currency crisis, dismissing a plunge in the lira as 'fluctuations' which have nothing to do with economic fundamentals.

Erdogan says U.S. 'wrong' to threaten Turkey after Trump doubles tariffs

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said it was wrong of the United States to try to bring Turkey into line with threats, a day after President Donald Trump doubled tariffs on Turkish metal imports as the row between the two NATO…

Erdogan tells Turks to buy crumbling lira as Trump turns the screws

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ISTANBUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told Turks on Friday to sell their gold and U.S. dollars to support the country's currency which plunged after U.S. President Donald Trump escalated a feud with NATO ally Turkey by…

China says business ties with Iran no harm to any other country

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China's business and energy ties with Iran do not harm the interests of any other country, the country's Foreign Ministry said, after U.S. President Donald Trump said companies doing business with Iran would be barred from the United…

Friday, Aug 10

Russia says targeting banks would be 'economic war'

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Russia warned the United States on Friday it would regard any U.S. move to curb the activities of its banks as a declaration of economic war which it would retaliate against, stepping up a war of words with Washington over spiralling…

Iraq's Sadr retains election victory in recount

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Populist Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-.Sadr retained his lead in Iraq's May parliamentary election, results of a nationwide recount of votes showed on Friday (August 10), positioning him to play a central role in forming the country's next…

Dozens killed, including children on a bus, in Yemen air strikes

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Saudi-led coalition air strikes on Thursday killed dozens of people, including children traveling on a bus through a market, in Yemen's Saada province, a Yemeni health official and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said.

China's state firms cementing lucrative role in South China Sea, new research shows

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HONG KONG/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Beijing's giant state-owned enterprises are playing an increasing role in China's build-up in the South China Sea and could seek to cement their dominant position in coming years, according to new research.