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Turkish forces push into Syria, battle Kurdish militia

AZAZ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil war. Amid U.S. calls for restraint, Turkish artillery pounded YPG positions, while rockets fired from inside Syria slammed into two Turkish border towns, wounding ...

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Heavy casualties after overnight battle at Kabul hotel

KABUL (Reuters) – Gunmen in army uniforms who stormed Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel late on Saturday and battled Afghan Special Forces through the night killed more than 30 people and wounded many more, although the final toll of dead and wounded may still be higher. Wahid Majroh, a spokesman for the ministry of public health, said that 19 bodies had been ...

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Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a U.S. government shutdown in its second day. Democrats demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump negotiate on immigration issues as part of any agreement to resume government funding and accused him of reneging on ...

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Pope warns Latin America about corruption, mentions Odebrecht

LIMA (Reuters) – Pope Francis wrapped up his trip to Chile and Peru on Sunday by warning that Latin America was in a deep crisis from corruption, with politics in most countries “more sick than well.” Speaking in improvised remarks to bishops, he mentioned the scandal involving construction company Odebrecht, which has admitted to paying billions in bribes, as an ...

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Republicans, Democrats dig in for fight as shutdown enters second day

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans and Democrats appeared to harden their positions on Sunday as both sides hunkered down for what could be a prolonged fight, with a U.S. government shutdown in its second day. Democrats demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump negotiate on immigration issues as part of any agreement to resume government funding and accused him of reneging on ...

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Pope brings down the house, joking with cloistered nuns

LIMA (Reuters) – Pope Francis brought down the house, or more precisely the church, on Sunday when he addressed cloistered nuns who were given special permission to leave their convents to see him. At the start of his last day in Peru Francis addressed some 500 nuns, known as “contemplatives,” who usually live a life of prayer and rarely leave ...

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Cambodia PM berates media at correspondents' dinner

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – Cambodia’s long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen berated journalists on Sunday at a dinner his government hosted for correspondents and accused some of spreading fabricated stories. Hun Sen regularly accuses outlets that are critical of his government of spreading fake news. In recent months his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) has gone after critics including members of ...

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Colombian negotiator returning to Ecuador for talks with ELN rebels

BOGOTA (Reuters) – The Colombian government’s head negotiator at peace talks with the ELN rebel group will return to Ecuador to seek a new ceasefire, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday, after being recalled to Bogota following a surge in guerrilla attacks. The National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group and the government have been in formal peace talks ...

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German SPD backs coalition talks, leader vows tough approach

BONN (Reuters) – Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) voted on Sunday to begin formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, moving Europe’s economic powerhouse closer to a stable government after months of political deadlock. SPD delegates voted 362 to 279, with one abstention, to press ahead with negotiations. The centre-left party’s leaders had agreed a preliminary coalition blueprint with Merkel’s ...

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Pence arrives in Israel on visit overshadowed by Trump's Jerusalem declaration

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence began a visit to Israel on Sunday after being praised as a “great friend” by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and shunned by the Palestinians over U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. It is the highest-level U.S. visit to the region since President Donald Trump made his declaration on Dec. 6 and ...

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