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26/09/2017

Merkel tries to build coalition after vote that puts far right in parliament


BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel began the tough task of trying to build a government on Monday after securing a fourth term as chancellor, urging the center-left Social Democrats not the shut the door on a re-run of their “grand coalition”.


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Iraqi Kurds shrug off threats to hold independence vote


​ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurds voted in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict.


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Game over for 'discredited' Catalan referendum, Spanish officials say


MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spanish authorities have done enough to discredit and prevent a planned referendum this Sunday on independence in Catalonia, two senior government officials told Reuters on Monday, though they may now let a secession “party” happen.


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25/09/2017

Trump cranks up North Korea threats as Pyongyang holds anti-U.S. rally


SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dialled up the rhetoric against North Korea again at the weekend, warning the country’s foreign minister that he and leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer”, as Pyongyang staged a major anti-U.S. rally.


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Car bomber hits NATO convoy in Afghanistan, civilians wounded


KABUL (Reuters) - A car bomber attacked a Danish convoy belonging to the NATO-led military mission in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, wounding a number of civilians but leaving international forces unharmed, security officials said.


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Iran halts flights to Iraq's Kurdish region in retaliation for independence vote


​DUBAI/ISTANBUL/ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iran halted flights to and from Kurdish regions in northern Iraq on Sunday in retaliation to a plan by the autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to hold a referendum on independence. It also started wargames at the Kurdish border.


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21/09/2017

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Strong quake near Mexico City kills at least 226, rescuers dig through collapsed buildings


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Rescue crews and ordinary citizens searched through rubble for survivors as night fell on Tuesday on battered cities in central Mexico, including the capital, where the death toll from a major earthquake grew to at least 226.


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Myanmar's Suu Kyi denies going 'soft' on military


YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has rejected a suggestion she is soft on the military, which the United Nations has accused of ethnic cleansing, saying her relationship with the generals was normal and her objective was national reconciliation.


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South Korea president says Trump's warning to North Korea 'firm and specific'


SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations, where he warned he would “totally destroy” North Korea if threatened, reinforced the need for Pyongyang to realize it must give up its nuclear weapons, South Korea said on Wednesday.


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19/09/2017

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Criticized by Trump, Iran nuclear deal faces tough scrutiny in U.N. talks


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers faces a stern test at the United Nations this week as Europeans try to persuade a skeptical Trump administration to keep it, while Israel lobbies to turn up the pressure on its regional rival.


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