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Turkey-U.S. start joint Syria patrols but Turkey strikes at Kurds

ISTANBUL/MANBIJ, Syria (Reuters) – Turkish and U.S. troops began joint patrols in northern Syria on Thursday aimed at averting clashes between Turkey and Washington’s Kurdish allies, but Turkey pressed on with a new threatened offensive nearby to crush the Kurds. Turkish military advances into northern Syria over the past two years have put U.S. forces directly in the path of […]

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Saudi Arabia hosts rare visit of U.S. evangelical Christian figures

RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a rare meeting with American evangelical Christians on Thursday, as the ultra-conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to open up more to the world and repair an image of religious intolerance. The delegation was led by communications strategist Joel Rosenberg and included former U.S. congresswoman Michele Bachmann, according to an emailed […]

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Amid Pittsburgh funerals, synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – Appearing defiant and swaggering, the man charged with killing 11 worshipers in a Pittsburgh synagogue, pleaded not guilty on Thursday in a federal court as the Jewish community buried three more of the dead. Robert Bowers, 46, an avowed anti-Semite, was brought before Judge Robert Mitchell in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, dressed […]

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Japanese maker of train in deadly Taiwan crash finds design flaw

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese manufacturer of a train that derailed in Taiwan killing 18 people said it had discovered a design flaw that failed to alert the central control system that an automatic safety feature had been turned off. Shares in the company, Nippon Sharyo Ltd, plunged by the daily limit in Tokyo, losing 17 percent in early trade. […]

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Suspected Boko Haram militants kill 15 in northeast Nigeria: residents

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – Suspected members of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency killed at least 15 people in an attack on a group of villages in northeast Nigeria late on Wednesday, residents told Reuters. The villages lie on the outskirts of the militarized city of Maiduguri, the heart of government in the northeast and the headquarters of efforts to defeat […]

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After Macedonia name accord, Athens and Skopje reconnect by air

ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece and Macedonia have relaunched a passenger flight route between the countries after a 12-year interruption as the nations seek to mend ties after reaching an accord in June to end a decades-old row over the ex-Yugoslav Republic’s name. The roughly one-hour route connecting Athens with Skopje will be operated by Greece’s largest carrier, Aegean Airlines, twice […]

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Bolsonaro names 'Car Wash' judge Brazil justice minister in divisive hire

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazil’s far-right president-elect has convinced crusading anti-graft judge Sergio Moro to become his justice minister, the two said on Thursday, delighting his supporters and enraging critics by hiring the jurist who jailed his chief political rival. Moro oversaw the so-called “Operation Car Wash” probe that convicted former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of […]

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Britain's Prince Charles salutes Gambia's return to Commonwealth

BANJUL (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Charles congratulated Gambia on Thursday for turning its back on “autocratic” rule at home and returning to the Commonwealth fold as he began a nine-day Africa tour. The West African former British colony rejoined the Commonwealth in February, five years after its now exiled authoritarian former leader Yahya Jammeh pulled Gambia out, dubbing the 54-member […]

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Indonesian searchers find black box from crashed jet on sea floor

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities on Thursday retrieved a flight data recorder from a Lion Air jet that crashed and broke apart in shallow sea near the capital, Jakarta, this week, killing all 189 people on board. The country’s second-deadliest air disaster since 1997 has prompted renewed concern about Indonesia’s patchy aviation safety record, and the government has said Lion […]

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Pakistani Christian woman's blasphemy ordeal highlights plight of minorities

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Until one sweltering day in 2009, Asia Bibi led a simple life with her husband and children in rural Pakistan. Hers was one of only three Christian families in her village but they’d never had much trouble from Muslim neighbors, relatives say. “She was an innocent, loving and caring ordinary woman,” said Bibi’s brother-in-law, Joseph Nadeem. “She […]

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