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Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

GESCHER, Germany (Reuters) – As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey.

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Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have moved into positions around the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis to visit Jordan, Turkey, Ukraine

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will travel to Jordan, Turkey and Ukraine later this month, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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Syrian army encircles Islamic State in central Syria advance

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syria’s army and its allies have encircled an Islamic State (IS) pocket in central Syria after a series of advances in the desert region, state media, a Hezbollah military media unit and a war monitor said on Friday.

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Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel and allies

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat Party and its allies were enemies of Turkey, and told Turkish voters in Germany not to vote for them in next month’s election.

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Syrian city’s rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

HOMS, Syria (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad’s victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins.

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Assad advisor says Syria war nearing its end

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – An advisor to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the six-year war is nearly over as foreign states cut backing for rebels, and vowed the government would confront any “illegitimate” forces, whether Turkish or American.

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South Africa to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity: government source

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model, a government source said on Friday.

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Afghan governor accused of assault, adding woes for Ghani

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan (Reuters) – A powerful Afghan governor is facing accusations he detained and assaulted a political rival in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif this week, the second senior Afghan official to be accused of violence in a year.

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Australia’s citizenship crisis spreads, key Senator under a cloud

/  18.08.2017  /  World 

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s widening citizenship crisis entangled a seventh politician on Friday, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate.

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