• Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term
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    Outgoing Comoros leader Azali looks set to win new term

    Polls opened Sunday in the tiny archipelago of Comoros, with President Azali Assoumani widely expected to win a new term in an election that rivals say has been hijacked. "I hope my choice will be respected," said Allaoui Elarif, 70. It is afterwards, at the election commission where I am

  • Three of four engines on stricken Norway cruise ship restarted
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    Three of four engines on stricken Norway cruise ship restarted

    A cruise ship that broke down in rough seas off the Norwegian coast with some 1,300 passengers and crew on board has restarted three of its four engines and will be towed to port, emergency services said Sunday. "Three of the four engines are now working which means the boat can now make way on

  • Thailand's coup leader and "democratic front" face-off in long-awaited election
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    Thailand's coup leader and "democratic front" face-off in long-awaited election

    Thai voters went to the polls on Sunday in a long-delayed election following a 2014 coup, a race that pits a military junta chief seeking to retain power against a "democratic front" led by the populist party he ousted. Turnout was expected to be high among the 51.4 million Thais eligible

  • US on edge for Russia probe findings on Trump
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    US on edge for Russia probe findings on Trump

    The US public and Washington's deeply divided political class on Sunday faced another day of anxiously waiting to learn if the key findings of the Russian meddling probe will implicate President Donald Trump in serious wrongdoing. Special Counsel Robert Mueller submitted the confidential final report

  • Israeli ex-spy who helped capture Nazi mastermind Eichmann dies at 92
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    Israeli ex-spy who helped capture Nazi mastermind Eichmann dies at 92

    Rafi Eitan, a former Israeli minister and veteran spy who led the operation to capture fugitive Nazi mastermind Adolf Eichmann, died on Saturday at the age of 92. "We have lost a brave fighter whose contribution to Israel's security will be taught for generations to come," President Reuven

  • Thais vote in first general election since 2014 coup
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    Thais vote in first general election since 2014 coup

    Thais filled schoolyards, temples and government offices to vote Sunday in the first election since a 2014 coup, with a high turnout expected among a public who received a cryptic last-minute warning from the Thai king to support "good" leaders to prevent "chaos". All television

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    Syrian state media says rebels shell village with gas, injuring 21

    Syrian state media on Saturday cited a hospital in government-held Hama as saying 21 people suffered choking symptoms from poison gas after rebels shelled a village. A war monitor, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, also said 21 people were hospitalised with choking symptoms, but

  • Wife of Venezuelan opposition leader to Maduro: 'Enough already!'
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    Wife of Venezuelan opposition leader to Maduro: 'Enough already!'

    In an interview with Reuters in Peru, where she met with Venezuelan immigrants before a trip to the United States, Fabiana Rosales said the arrest of Roberto Marrero on terrorism accusations on Thursday was a "farcical" attempt by Maduro to break the opposition's morale. Venezuela plunged

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    Over 100 Central American migrants detained in northern Mexico

    Mexican police and federal officials on Saturday detained 107 Central American migrants seeking to enter the United States in the border city of Reynosa, the government of the northeastern state of Tamaulipas said. At the scene, unidentified gunmen began shooting at police, and one of the attackers

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    Earthquake of 6.3 magnitude strikes off Moluccas Islands, Indonesia - USGS

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Indonesia's Moluccas Islands on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • China will buy more US goods, top official says ahead of latest trade talks
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    China will buy more US goods, top official says ahead of latest trade talks

    China will work to boost imports and achieve a more even balance of trade with the United States, a top Chinese official said on Sunday, just days ahead of the latest round of talks aimed at bringing an end to the two countries’ punishing tariff war. Speaking at the China Development Forum in Beijing

  • Oil Execs Chortle Over  'Unprecedented' White House Access In Secret Recording
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    Oil Execs Chortle Over 'Unprecedented' White House Access In Secret Recording

    The recording was made as some 100 executives of the Independent PetroleumAssociation of America gathered at a hotel in southern California the summerof 2017 to celebrate their new federal clout

  • Turkey's ex-premier squares up for Istanbul election battle
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    Turkey's ex-premier squares up for Istanbul election battle

    If former Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim wants a reminder of how much he needs to win as Istanbul mayor in this month's election, he just has to listen to his boss. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who started his own political career as Istanbul mayor, likes to tell his Justice and Development

  • Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system
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    Traffic-choked Jakarta inaugurates mass rapid transit system

    Indonesia's capital inaugurated its first mass rapid transit system on Sunday, a $1.1 billion project seen as crucial to tackling some of the world's worst traffic congestion. President Joko Widodo and other officials joined a ceremony in Jakarta to give a green light for the 16-kilometre (10

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    At least 134 Fulani herders killed in central Mali's worst violence yet

    Gunmen killed at least 134 Fulani herders in central Mali on Saturday, a local mayor said, the deadliest such attack of recent times in a region reeling from worsening ethnic and jihadist violence. The assaults on the villages of Ogossagou and Welingara took place as a U.N. Security Council mission

  • U.S. official denounces 'choreographed' visits to China's Xinjiang
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    U.S. official denounces 'choreographed' visits to China's Xinjiang

    BEIJING (Reuters) - "Highly choreographed" tours to Xinjiang organised by the Chinese government are misleading and propagate false narratives about the troubled region, a U.S. official said, after China announced plans to invite European envoys to visit. China has been stepping up a push

  • Mexico's spectacular Popocatepetl volcano spews ash into sky
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    Mexico's spectacular Popocatepetl volcano spews ash into sky

    Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano unleashes a powerful explosion. No reporter narration.

  • Polls open for Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup
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    Polls open for Thailand's first election since 2014 military coup

    JAKARTA (Reuters) - Polls opened on Sunday for Thailand's first election since a 2014 military coup, a vote that is being seen as a contest between the country's junta leader who wants to stay on as elected leader and a "democratic front" of anti-junta parties.

  • Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri
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    Flooding impairs drinking water treatment for Kansas City, Missouri

    Record flooding along the Missouri River has impaired treatment of drinking supplies in Kansas City, raising health risks for infants, the elderly and others with compromised immune systems, the municipal water service warned on Saturday. The public health advisory came as utility crews struggled to

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    Spain's Socialists lead, short of majority - poll election

    Spain's Socialists led in a poll published on Sunday in daily El Pais, but fell short of a majority with its main ally ahead of a general election next month. The Socialists would win 27.1 percent of the vote, or 122 seats in the 350-seat parliament. Together with far-left ally Podemos they would

  • Druze protest Trump's backing of Israeli sovereignty on Golan
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    Druze protest Trump's backing of Israeli sovereignty on Golan

    Dozens of Druze Arabs, some carrying Syrian flags and pictures of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, gathered on the Golan Heights on Saturday to protest U.S. President Donald Trump’s support for Israeli sovereignty over the territory. The mountainous plateau was part of Syria until Israel captured it

  • Yemen peace hangs on fragile truce as conflict far from over
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    Yemen peace hangs on fragile truce as conflict far from over

    Four years after Saudi Arabia led a military intervention in Yemen to back the government against rebels, the only hope for peace in a country threatened by famine hangs on a fragile truce. Despite the Saudis entering the conflict on March 26, 2015 with a coalition composed of nine countries from the

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    Saudi-led coalition attacks drone storage caves in Yemen's capital - SPA

    The Saudi-led military coalition mounted raids on sites of the Iranian-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen's capital Sanaa, Saudi news agency SPA said on Saturday. Coalition spokesman Colonel Turki al-Malki said the raids targeted two caves used by Houthi forces to store drones, SPA reported. Earlier

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    Magnitude 6.1 quake hits western Colombia - USGS

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck western Colombia in the Andes on Saturday but it was deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • Thai king makes surprise pre-vote plea for "security and happiness"
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    Thai king makes surprise pre-vote plea for "security and happiness"

    Thailand's king made an unexpected call for "security" and "happiness" on the eve of the first election since a 2014 army coup, but made no mention of a poll critics say has been engineered to keep the military in power. Thailand's vote comes after nearly five years of direct