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Jamaica or bust: Merkel launching crunch German coalition talks

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday begins the first full round of talks on forming a three-way “Jamaica” coalition that she needs to work or else risk her time in power coming to an end after 12 years.

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Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State’s “emir” in Southeast Asia.

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Spain plans to force Catalonia into January elections: opposition

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has secured opposition support to dissolve Catalonia’s parliament and hold new elections there in January in an effort to defuse the regional government’s push for independence.

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Netanyahu lobbies world powers to stem Iraqi Kurd setbacks

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lobbying world powers to prevent further setbacks to Iraqi Kurds as they lose ground to Baghdad’s army, Israeli officials say.

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Raqqa to be part of decentralized Syria, U.S.-backed SDF says

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian city of Raqqa and surrounding province will be part of a decentralized federal Syria, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militia that captured the city from Islamic State (IS) said on Friday.

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Top Ugandan opposition figure charged with murder after deadly protests

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A leading Ugandan opposition figure was arrested and charged with murder, police said on Friday, after a deadly anti-government rally that security personnel broke up with teargas and bullets.

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Spanish government aims for January regional elections in Catalonia: PSOE

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

MADRID (Reuters) – The Spanish government has agreed with the opposition Socialists (PSOE) to hold regional elections in January in Catalonia as part of the extraordinary package of measures to temporarily impose direct rule on the region, Socialist politician Carmen Calvo said in an interview on national television on Friday.

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Iranian military chief visits frontline near Aleppo

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Iran’s military chief of staff visited a frontline position near the Syrian city of Aleppo, a military news outlet run by the Lebanese group Hezbollah reported on Friday, during a visit that has underlined Tehran’s deep military role in Syria.

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Moscow seeks support for Russia-Chinese roadmap on North Korea

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged world powers on Friday to get behind a joint Russian-Chinese roadmap for settling the crisis over North Korea’s weapons program.

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Go-go going as Chinese women fuel Thai tourism boom

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BANGKOK (Reuters) – For decades since the Vietnam war, the scantily clad dancers in the go-go bars of Bangkok’s Patpong red-light district have been the face of Thailand’s tourism industry.

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