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Fighting breaks out in Yemen’s Hodeidah after truce deal: residents

ADEN (Reuters) – Fighting broke out on the outskirts of Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah on Friday, residents said, a day after a ceasefire agreement was reached by the warring parties at U.N.-sponsored peace talks. One resident told Reuters he could hear the sound of missiles and automatic gunfire in the direction of the eastern 7th July suburb of the ...

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U.N. alarmed by Congo violence as government steps up election security

KINSHASA/GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights chief on Friday called on Congolese authorities to halt violence and inflammatory speech ahead of the country’s Dec. 23 presidential election, while the government said it was beefing up security for the vote. Campaigning for the long-delayed poll to choose President Joseph Kabila’s successor had been mostly peaceful until this week, when security ...

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UK woman illegally imported python-skin products

LONDON (Reuters) – A British woman who illegally imported and sold fashion accessories made from python skin was convicted on Friday, London police said. Stephanie Scolaro, 26, was involved in the illegal import of a parcel containing 10 python-skin hats and two bags which was seized by customs in 2016 at Leipzig airport in Germany, Southwark Crown Court had heard. ...

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Priest heads to Rome after serving sentence for child abuse in Chile

(Reuters) – An Irish-born priest, who was convicted of sexually abusing a girl in his care at a religious school in Santiago but served no jail time for the offense, left Chile on Friday for Rome after serving a four-year sentence. FILE PHOTO: Irish-born Chilean priest John O’Reilly (C) of the Legionaries of Christ leaves from a court in Santiago, ...

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Iraq summons Turkish ambassador over air strikes

CAIRO (Reuters) – Iraq’s foreign ministry has summoned the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad and handed him a letter of protest over “repeated air(space) violations,” it said in a statement on Friday. “The Ministry denounces the actions of Turkish aircraft that violate Iraqi airspace and target several sites …in northern Iraq, which caused loss of life and property,” the statement said. ...

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Nigeria accuses UNICEF staff of spying, halts activities

FILE PHOTO: A banner with the UNICEF logo is seen hanging on a makeshift school at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp on the outskirts of Maiduguri, northeast Nigeria June 6, 2017. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) – The Nigerian military on Friday accused United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) staff of spying for Islamist militants in northeast Nigeria, and ...

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Yemenis in Hodeidah hope truce holds as warring parties talk peace

HODEIDAH, Yemen (Reuters) – Yemenis dared to hope on Friday that a ceasefire agreed in the contested port city of Hodeidah might bring a permanent end to fighting that has driven many from their homes and into an existential struggle for food and medical care. Members of the Houthi delegation participating in the peace talks in Sweden shake hands with ...

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