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- Raqqa to be part of 'federal Syria', U.S.-backed militia says
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:33:34 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.
- Iran's Guards flex muscle in Middle East despite Trump warning
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:52:39 -0400
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A week after U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a blistering speech about Iran's Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military and economic force in the Islamic Republic has shown it has no intention of curbing its activities in the Middle East.
- Having nuclear weapons 'matter of life and death' for North Korea: agency
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:55:57 -0400
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Pyongyang does not plan to hold any talks with Washington about its nuclear program, a senior North Korean diplomat said on Friday, declaring that possessing nuclear weapons was a matter of life and death for North Korea, the RIA news agency reported.
- Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Afghan capital Kabul
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:45:10 -0400
KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shi'ite mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, the latest in a string of violent attacks on the country's Shi'ite minority.
- 'Unacceptably high' number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: report
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:41:25 -0400
KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go "absent without leave" at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday.
- Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:59:56 -0400
MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State's "emir" in Southeast Asia.
- Jamaica or bust: Merkel starts crunch coalition talks
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:39:21 -0400
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself optimistic as she opened the first full round of talks on piecing together the three-way "Jamaica" coalition she needs if she is to avoid an abrupt end to her 12 years in power.
- Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:07:48 -0400
MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's push for independence.
- Britain's May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:37:52 -0400
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signaling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months.
- Russian aerobatics team joins Serbian display of air power
Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:11:26 -0400
BELGRADE (Reuters) - Russia's elite aerobatic team zoomed over Serbia's military airport on Friday as Belgrade exhibited its newest fighter jets in a display demonstrating close ties between the fellow Slavic, Orthodox Christian countries.