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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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Iranian commander issued stark warning to Iraqi Kurds over Kirkuk

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

SULAIMANIA/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – A senior Iranian military commander repeatedly warned Kurdish leaders in northern Iraq to withdraw from the oil city of Kirkuk or face an onslaught by Iraqi forces and allied Iranian-backed fighters, Kurdish officials briefed on the meetings said.

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Czechs vote for new parliament, wealthy businessman seen as likely next PM

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

PRAGUE (Reuters) – Czechs voted on Friday in an election expected to hand power to businessman Andrej Babis who has won popular support by pledging to sweep aside traditional parties, boost investment and keep out refugees, but faces a criminal probe for suspected fraud.

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Brazil’s Temer says pension reform might not pass this year

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Michel Temer said on Friday that a bill overhauling Brazil’s costly pension system might not clear Congress this year as planned, the first time that he has indicated that such a delay might happen.

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U.S. must step up support for operation against West Africa militants: France

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

PARIS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States must step up its support for a planned African force to fight Islamist militants in West Africa otherwise it could fail, leaving French troops to carry the burden alone, France’s defense minister said on Friday.

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Official candidate seen ahead in Buenos Aires Senate race: poll

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina’s ruling party candidate for Senate in the key province of Buenos Aires is 4.8 percentage points ahead of the opposition candidate, according to a poll by consultancy Management & Fit sent exclusively to Reuters on Friday.

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U.S. says 24 people harmed from recent ‘attacks’ in Cuba

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department confirmed on Friday that 24 people have suffered health effects from “attacks” in Cuba earlier this year against diplomatic personnel and that an investigation is ongoing.

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Death of a blogger casts shadow over murky Malta

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

VALLETTA (Reuters) – Daphne Caruana Galizia posted two items last Monday on her popular blog, one ridiculing Malta’s opposition leader for having rounded shoulders, the other denouncing a senior government official as a “crook”.

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‘Unacceptably high’ number of Afghans flee military training in U.S.: report

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

KABUL (Reuters) – Afghan soldiers and police brought to the United States for training go “absent without leave” at far higher rates than those of any other country, potentially imperilling efforts to assist Afghan security forces, a U.S. watchdog said on Friday.

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Jamaica or bust: Merkel starts crunch coalition talks

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself optimistic as she opened the first full round of talks on piecing together the three-way “Jamaica” coalition she needs if she is to avoid an abrupt end to her 12 years in power.

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