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Graft probe into Mexico president’s ally poses tricky challenge ahead of elections

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – With a tight general election looming next year, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces a tough choice on whether to pursue a graft probe involving a prominent ally and Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

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Researchers raise doubts over cause of Chilean poet Neruda’s death

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play.

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Venezuela Maduro warns of repeat elections in states won by opposition

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan state elections may be repeated in the five states won by the opposition if the governors-elect continue to refuse to be sworn in by a controversial pro-government legislative superbody, President Nicolas Maduro warned on Friday.

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Matchmaker Merkel seeks awkward three-way embrace

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened what promised to be marathon coalition talks on Friday, hoping to bring three opposing political camps into a stable government despite signs there would be less money to paper over differences.

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Brother identifies body of missing Argentine protester

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – The brother of a young protester who went missing in Argentina nearly three months ago identified his body on Friday, speaking to journalists after leaving the morgue.

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Canada’s Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government’s upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada’s strong economy, political observers say.

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Trump expected to pressure China’s Xi to rein in North Korea: officials

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China’s president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping’s consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

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Iraqi forces complete Kirkuk province takeover after clashes with Kurds

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces on Friday took control of the last district in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk still in the hands of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters following a three-hour battle, security sources said.

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Death toll from Somalia bombings rises to 358

/  21.10.2017  /  World 

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – The number killed in twin bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu last weekend has risen to 358, the government said late on Friday.

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Canada granting asylum to U.S. border crossers at higher rates: data

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

TORONTO (Reuters) – Asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada this year are obtaining refugee status at higher rates, new data shows, as authorities accept claims from people who say they feared being deported by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration.

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