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Macron to urge euro zone reform on trip to Greece next month

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron will travel to Athens next month to send a message to fellow euro zone leaders about the need to strengthen the currency union, at a time when Greece is emerging from years of economic crisis, French officials said.

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Exclusive: Rohingya villagers blockaded amid fresh tensions in Myanmar’s Rakhine – residents

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

YANGON (Reuters) – Hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been blockaded inside their area by their Buddhist neighbors in a western Myanmar village, residents say, as religious tensions in troubled Rakhine state spread to a more ethnically mixed part of the region.

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Barcelona cell planned big bomb attack, suspect tells court: source

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

MADRID (Reuters) – An alleged member of an Islamist group that carried out the Barcelona van attack told a Spanish court on Tuesday that the group had been planning a much bigger strike using explosives, a judicial source said.

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Trump talks tough on Pakistan’s ‘terrorist’ havens, but options scarce

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Outlining a new strategy for the war in Afghanistan, U.S. President Donald Trump chastised Pakistan over its alleged support for Afghan militants – an approach analysts say probably won’t change Pakistan’s strategic calculations and might push it in directions Washington does not want it to go.

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No longer an also-ran, British opposition leader hits campaign trail

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

REDRUTH, England (Reuters) – British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is back on the campaign trail just weeks after losing an election, betting that Prime Minister Theresa May’s minority government will soon collapse.

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U.S.-led strikes kill more than 170 Raqqa civilians, monitor, sources say

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

AMMAN (Reuters) – More than 170 civilians have been killed by U.S.-led strikes on Islamic State in Raqqa city in the past week, a spike in casualties since an offensive to oust the militants began more than two months ago, a war monitor and sources said.

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Kenyan opposition to tell court that technology enabled election fraud

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition will argue before the Supreme Court that technology enabled rather than curbed election fraud, as it seeks to overturn a vote this month won by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Minsk cultural hub becomes haven from authorities

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

MINSK (Reuters) – In the shadow of disused Soviet-era factories in Minsk, a street lined with eclectic bars, art galleries and yoga studios has become a haven from the vigilant eyes of the Belarussian authorities.

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Britain wants to mirror current dispute system with EU after Brexit

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will press for close cooperation with the European Union to resolve cross-border civil disputes after Brexit and hopes to mirror much of the current system to offer certainty to citizens and businesses, a government paper said on Tuesday.

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Vatican upbeat on possibility of Pope Francis visiting Russia

/  22.08.2017  /  World 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said on Tuesday that there was “positive momentum” behind the idea of Pope Francis visiting Russia, but suggested there was more work to be done if it were to happen.

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