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Special U.S. targeting force ‘now in place’ in Iraq: U.S.

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A new U.S. force of special operations troops has arrived in Iraq and is preparing to work with Iraqi forces to go after Islamic State targets, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Wednesday.

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U.S. court struggles over Iran bank’s bid to block payout to attack victims

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court’s chief justice on Wednesday expressed strong concern about a U.S. law that virtually dictated to courts that nearly $2 billion in frozen Iranian funds be turned over to families of Americans killed in attacks blamed on Iran, while other justices signaled support for the victims.

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EU takes on Poland, launches rights probe over court, media

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union began an unprecedented inquiry on Wednesday into whether Poland’s new conservative, Eurosceptic government has breached the EU’s democratic standards by taking more control of the judiciary and public media.

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Iran Arak reactor’s core vessel has been removed: Kerry

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Iran has removed the calandria, or central vessel, of its nuclear reactor at Arak, and it will be filled with concrete within hours, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday.

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi avoids ‘rocking boat’ with military ahead of handover

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) – Myanmar election winner Aung San Suu Kyi will not press for an immediate change to the constitution that bars her from becoming president, and will instead appoint a ceremonial head of state, a senior official in her party said on Wednesday.

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Anti-immigrant ‘Soldiers of Odin’ raise concern in Finland

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Wearing black jackets adorned with a symbol of a Viking and the Finnish flag, the “Soldiers of Odin” have surfaced as self-proclaimed patriots patrolling the streets to protect native Finns from immigrants, worrying the government and police.

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Venezuela opposition seeks to unblock congress deadlock

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

CARACAS (Reuters) – Three Venezuelan opposition lawmakers were giving up their seats on Wednesday to unblock a power dispute between President Nicolas Maduro’s government and the newly opposition-led National Assembly.

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Europe turns to Morocco in Paris attacks investigation

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

AIT OURIR, Morocco (Reuters) – A few weeks before she was killed in a raid by French special forces beside the suspected ringleader of last November’s Paris attacks, Hasna Ait Boulahcen packed her bags and said her last farewells to relatives in Morocco.

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U.S. leads 24 strikes in Syria, Iraq against Islamic State: statement

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and its allies staged two dozen strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday, the military coalition leading the operations said in a statement.

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Iran scorns ‘nouveau-riche’ critics after UAE tweet

/  13.01.2016  /  World 

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the “arrogant nouveau-riche” should stay out of diplomacy after the United Arab Emirates mocked his criticism of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

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