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U.S. troop reduction in exercise not due to North Korea concerns – Mattis

Reuters Staff 2 Min Read AMMAN (Reuters) – A reduction in U.S. troops taking part in a joint exercise with South Korean forces this year simply reflects a need for fewer personnel and is not because of tensions with North Korea, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday. About 17,500 U.S. service members are participating in the exercise this month, ...

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Austria joins Germany in condemning Erdogan interference

Reuters Staff 3 Min Read BERLIN (Reuters) – Austria has joined neighbour Germany in its criticism of the Turkish President over inflammatory comments ahead of the European Union members’ forthcoming elections. Relations between Turkey and the European Union have been under growing strain since last year’s failed military coup in Turkey, with European-Turkish nationals among the 50,000 people since detained ...

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Syria's Assad says war still not won but West's plots foiled

AMMAN (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday that while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not won defeated insurgents and the fight was continuing. In an televised address, Assad said that even though there were signs of victory after six-and-a-half years of civil war, the “battle continues, and where we go ...

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Joint Taliban, Islamic State raid killed disarmed Afghan fighters, civilians – U.N.

KABUL (Reuters) – A combined force of Taliban and “self-proclaimed” Islamic State militants killed at least 36 people in what may amount to war crimes during a raid on a northern Afghan town this month, the United Nations said on Sunday. The dead in the town of Mirza Olang included civilians and pro-government fighters who had been disarmed before they ...

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Finnish police search new premises in knife attack probe

Reuters Staff 1 Min Read HELSINKI (Reuters) – Finnish police said on Sunday they had conducted searches of further premises in the city of Turku in their investigation into the country’s first suspected Islamist militant attack, but had made no new arrests. An 18-year-old Moroccan asylum seeker was arrested for allegedly killing two women in a knife rampage and wounding ...

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Qatar to build World Cup stadium shaped like Arabian cap

DOHA (Reuters) – Qatar will build a stadium shaped like an Arabian skull cap for the 2022 World Cup, organisers said on Sunday, as the Gulf state moves ahead with preparations for the tournament despite a diplomatic rift with its neighbours. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates imposed sanctions on fellow U.S. ally Qatar in June and ...

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New warning as Yemen warring parties face internal strife

DUBAI (Reuters) – Internal strains afflicting both sides in Yemen’s conflict have deepened, as the U.N. warned that the failure of the country’s political elites to settle their differences has prolonged the suffering of millions already beset by famine and disease. In a briefing on Sunday, U.N. envoy to Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said the intractable two-year-old conflict was exposing ...

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Police says one man still sought after Barcelona attacks

Reuters Staff 1 Min Read MADRID (Reuters) – The Catalonia police on Sunday said investigators were still working on the hypothesis of 12 suspects in the Barcelona attacks that took place on Thursday and that one man was still sought. Speaking to local radio, spokesman Albert Oliva said this man was Moroccan-born 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub. He also said he could ...

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Anger simmers in Philippines over Duterte's drug war

MANILA (Reuters) – Mourners at the funeral of a Philippine man who police shot dead protested his innocence on Sunday, the latest sign of rising anger over President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody campaign to stamp out drugs. More than 12,500 people, many small-time drug users and dealers, have been killed since Duterte took office in June 2016. Police say about 3,500 ...

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Britain calls on EU to move Brexit talks forward

Reuters Staff 3 Min Read LONDON (Reuters) – Brexit minister David Davis called on the European Union on Sunday to relax its position that the two sides must first make progress on a divorce settlement before moving on to discussing future relations. After a slow start to negotiations to unravel more than 40 years of union, Britain is pressing for ...

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