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EU leaders want to ‘responsibly’ cut Turkey pre-accession aid: Merkel

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The human rights situation in Turkey is unacceptable, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Thursday, adding European Union leaders had asked their executive arm to look at cutting pre-accession aid to Ankara in a “responsible way”.

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North Korea warns threats a ‘big miscalculation’ in letter to Australia lawmakers

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – North Korea has sent a letter to Australia’s parliament, warning it is a nuclear power and will not be cowed by U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats to destroy it, according to a copy of the letter published in an Australian newspaper on Friday.

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NZ Prime Minister-elect Ardern focuses on final touches in coalition deal

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister-elect Jacinda Ardern said she would spend Friday ironing out issues and ministerial posts with coalition partner New Zealand First, one day after becoming the Pacific nation’s youngest leader in more than 150 years.

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Britain’s May asks EU to help her end Brexit sniping at home

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to European Union leaders to help her silence critics at home by signaling a willingness to break the deadlock in Brexit talks.

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Ending Iran nuclear deal would worsen North Korea situation: Kerry

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

GENEVA (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump risks driving Iran toward nuclear proliferation and worsening a standoff with North Korea if Washington ends a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

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Winnie Mandela ‘in high spirits’ after minor surgery: spokesman

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, is “in high spirits” after being admitted to hospital for minor surgery, her spokesman said on Thursday.

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Italy’s Renzi pledges to hike budget deficit if he wins election

/  20.10.2017  /  World 

ROME (Reuters) – Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Thursday that if he wins next year’s election he will slash taxes and sharply raise Italy’s budget deficit rather than lower it as European Union rules require.

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Exclusive: New data shows race disparities in Canada’s bail system

/  19.10.2017  /  World 

TORONTO (Reuters) – Black people in Canada’s most populous province spent longer behind bars awaiting trial than white people charged with many of the same categories of crimes in each of the past five years, according to data obtained by Reuters.

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Soccer star Weah to face vice president in Liberian presidential run-off

/  19.10.2017  /  World 

MONROVIA (Reuters) – Former soccer star George Weah won the first round of Liberia’s presidential election with 38.4 percent of the vote, 10 points ahead of Vice President Joseph Boakai who will face him in a run-off next month, the electoral commission said on Thursday.

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Kurdish officials say thousands flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover

/  19.10.2017  /  World 

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Kurdish officials said on Thursday thousands of their people had fled Kirkuk region fearing persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook it following a referendum on Kurdish independence that was rejected by Baghdad.

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