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First a wedding, then hard work: Putin to visit Germany’s Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday for talks about the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire. FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a joint news conference following their meeting in the ...

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U.N. chief suggests options for improved Palestinian protection

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The protection of Palestinian civilians could be improved by the deployment of U.N.-mandated armed forces or unarmed observers, a beefed-up U.N. civilian presence or expanded U.N. assistance, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote in a report on Friday. FILE PHOTO – U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, speaks to the media after a meeting with Costa Rica’s President Carlos ...

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U.S. raises $300 million from allies for Syria stabilization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Friday it had secured $300 million from coalition partners to help stabilize parts of Syria retaken from Islamic State, after President Donald Trump demanded that allies help carry the costs of the war. FILE PHOTO: People walk through debris in the center of Afrin, Syria March 24, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi/File Photo The ...

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U.S. judge approves plan to reunite separated immigrant families

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday approved a plan to reunite hundreds more families who were separated by border officials after they entered the United States from Mexico. Men from Honduras and Mexico place their hands on a Border Patrol vehicle after they were apprehended for illegally crossing into the U.S. border from Mexico in Los Ebanos, Texas, U.S., ...

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China’s top diplomat says cooperation with Iran to continue: Xinhua

(Reuters) – China will continue its cooperation and relations with Iran, state news agency Xinhua reported on Friday, citing a statement from Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi. FILE PHOTO – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi shake hands at a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Singapore, August ...

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Peru says no sign of Venezuelans sought by Maduro over drone blasts

LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s top immigration official said Friday that two Venezuelan civilians whom Caracas alleges were involved in recent drone blasts during a speech by President Nicolas Maduro do not appear to have set foot in Peru. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela August 13, 2018. Miraflores Palace/Handout ...

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Turkey’s lira weakens 4 percent, Trump says won’t take pastor’s detention ‘sitting down’

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s battered lira weakened 4 percent on Friday after a Turkish court rejected an American pastor’s appeal for release, drawing a stiff rebuke from President Donald Trump, who said the United States would not take the detention “sitting down”. The case of Andrew Brunson, an evangelical Christian missionary from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for ...

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Israeli troops kill two on Gaza border, Jerusalem stabber shot dead

GAZA (Reuters) – Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and wounded scores of others taking part in weekly Gaza border protests on Friday, medics said, as Egyptian mediators tried to clinch a truce deal that would calm the impoverished enclave. A wounded Palestinian girl reacts during a protest demanding the right to return to their homeland at the Israel-Gaza border, in ...

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