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Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Erdogan invokes patriotism, Islam as lira remains under pressure
President Tayyip Erdogan appealed to Turks' religious and patriotic feelings ahead of a major Muslim holiday on Monday, promising they would not be brought "to their knees" by an economic crisis that has battered the lira currency.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Islamic State claims attacks on police targets in Russia's Chechnya
Militants in the Russian region of Chechnya staged a series of attacks on police targets on Monday, the leader of the region and law enforcement officials said, and Islamic State claimed responsibility, without providing evidence.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Thousands of Brazilian soldiers swarm Rio slums in anti-drug war
Thousands of Brazilian soldiers swept into slums in northern Rio de Janeiro on Monday, the army said, targeting drug gangs in violent shootouts that killed at least eight people and trapped terrified local residents in their homes.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Talks with India the way forward, says Pakistan's new foreign minister
Dialogue is the only way forward for ties between Pakistan and India, the foreign minister in Islamabad said on Monday, fuelling hopes of a thaw in relations between the arch-foes following Imran Khan's July election victory.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Taliban reject Afghan ceasefire, kidnap nearly 200 bus passengers
The Taliban rejected on Monday an Afghan government offer of a ceasefire and said they would persist with their attacks, militant commanders said, while insurgents ambushed three buses and nearly 200 passengers traveling for a holiday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Brazilian border state asks supreme court to halt entry of Venezuelans
The government of the northern Brazilian state of Roraima on Monday asked the country's supreme court to halt the entry of Venezuelan immigrants, as the border state struggles to cope with a flow that has already sparked violent confrontations.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Brazil poll shows jailed Lula extending lead for October election
Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by almost 5 percentage points and would win Brazil's October presidential election if he is allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Pakistan to ban jailed ex-PM Sharif from traveling abroad
Pakistan will bar jailed former leader Nawaz Sharif from traveling abroad, the government said on Monday, in one of the first decisions taken by new Prime Minister Imran Khan's cabinet.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Trump has responsibility towards media, U.N. rights boss says
The U.N. rights chief said on Monday that U.S. President Donald Trump bears "a heavy responsibility" for how the media is portrayed and that his remarks could have a knock-on effect that make the situation for journalists more difficult in other countries.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

One detained in relation to shooting outside U.S. Embassy in Turkish capital: Anadolu Agency
One person was detained in relation to the shooting outside the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital Ankara, the state-run Anadolu news agency said on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Irish abuse survivors await Pope's arrival with scepticism
Andrew Madden became the first victim of clerical child sex abuse in Ireland to speak out publicly in 1995 when he detailed how, as a 12-year-old altar boy, he suffered two-and-a-half years of abuse at the hands of his parish priest.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Factbox: Reports into abuse in the Irish Catholic Church
Pope Francis travels to Ireland this week for the first papal visit in almost 40 years and since a series of clerical sex abuse scandals rocked the church's standing in a once staunchly Roman Catholic country.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Thousands arrive to collect food supplies in South Sudan's Nyal
At the muddy airstrip in Nyal, an opposition-held town in war-ravaged South Sudan, thousands of people have come to collect the first food supplies to have been dropped there in three months.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Zuma influence-peddling inquiry opens; judge seeks more witnesses
The judge leading an inquiry into claims of influence-peddling against former South African president Jacob Zuma on Monday urged more witnesses to come forward, as public hearings began in a case that could last two years.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Argentina's Macri to report Venezuela to ICC over human rights
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela's government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN's Spanish service on Sunday night.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Ugandan police disperse protesters demanding lawmakers' release
Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration in the capital on Monday as protests against the beating of detained lawmakers continued for a second day.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

German defense minister upbeat on chance for more weapons procurement
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday she was optimistic that negotiations with the finance ministry and German lawmakers would result in additional funds for major procurement programs.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return
Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria's reconstruction.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Russia says will not deploy arms in space first: Ifax
Russia does not plan to put weapons in space first and considers this to be an important signal that Washington should not ignore, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics
Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Death toll nears 400 in India's flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing
The death toll rose on Monday to nearly 400 in India's southern state of Kerala, reeling under its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Uganda police disperse protesters in capital as unrest goes on
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Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Merkel sees no urgent need to help Turkey financially
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a meeting that she saw no urgent need to offer financial aid for Turkey to ease its currency crisis, the conservative party's general secretary said on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

U.S.-led coalition service member killed in Iraq crash
A member of the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants was killed and several injured when their helicopter crashed on a counter-terrorism mission in Iraq late on Sunday, the coalition said.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Spanish police treat attempted knife attack as terrorist act
A man, wielding a knife and shouting "Allah is great", lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Accused Russian in U.S. faces 'borderline torture': Moscow
Russia accused the United States of trying to break the spirit in jail of Maria Butina, a woman U.S. authorities say is a Russian government agent, and complained she was being subjected to "borderline torture."

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

As Philippines' Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Mali's top court confirms Keita as presidential election winner
Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's re-election in a run-off ballot, rejecting fraud accusations by the opposition candidate.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Uri Avnery, first Israeli to meet Arafat, dies at 94
Uri Avnery, a left-wing peace activist who in 1982 became the first prominent Israeli to meet in public with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, died on Monday in a Tel Aviv hospital. He was 94.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Pope vows no more cover ups in letter to all Catholics on sexual abuse
Pope Francis, facing simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries, on Monday wrote an unprecedented letter to all the world's Catholics asking each of them to help uproot "this culture of death".

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Mali court confirms Keita as winner of presidential election
Mali's constitutional court on Monday confirmed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita's re-election in this month's run-off election, rejecting fraud accusations by the opposition candidate.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Russia's Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties: Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to pull Moscow's ties with Washington out of a deep crisis, but nobody will go into mourning if this ambition is not reciprocated by the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Zuma influence-peddling inquiry opens; judges seeks more witnesses
The judge leading an inquiry into claims of influence-peddling against former South African president Jacob Zuma on Monday urged more witnesses to come forward, as public hearings began in a case that could last two years.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Police treating attempted assault in Catalonia as terrorist attack
Spanish police said on Monday they were treating as a terrorist attack an attempted assault on a police station near Barcelona by a man armed with a large knife who was then shot dead.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

China says will keep providing aid to Pacific for sustainable development
China will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Pope writes to Catholics on clergy sexual abuse, vows no more cover up
Pope Francis, facing simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries, on Monday wrote an unprecedented letter to all the world's Catholics promising that no effort will be spared to prevent abuse and its cover up.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

India's Modi calls for talks with Pakistan in letter to new PM Khan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for dialogue with Pakistan in a letter to its newly elected leader and Pakistan also saw talks with its old rival as the "only way forward", Pakistan's foreign minister said on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Three people injured as car mounts pavement in Spain, driver flees
Three people were injured when a car mounted a pavement in the northern Spanish town of Casetas on Monday, before its driver fled, a Civil Guard police spokesman said.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Attack on U.S. Embassy in Turkey an attempt to 'create chaos', Erdogan spokesman says
The attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital was a clear attempt to "create chaos", the spokesman for President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday, condemning the early morning drive-by attack.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Joy, disbelief as Korean families separated by war meet after 65 years
About 90 families from North and South Korea wept and embraced on Monday as the neighbors held their first reunion events in three years for relatives wrenched apart by the Korean War for more than six decades.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

UK parliament attack suspect appears in court, charged with attempted murder
A Sudanese-born British man appeared in court on Monday to face two charges of attempted murder after a car careered into people and a barrier at Britain's parliament last week.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Reuters journalists face verdict next week on Myanmar secrets charges
The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on Aug. 27, in a case seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

One member of U.S.-led coalition killed in Iraq plane crash: statement
One member of a U.S.-led military coalition was killed and several injured when their plane crashed on a counter-terrorism mission in Iraq late on Sunday, the coalition said.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria ploy to slow refugee return
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday a U.S. refusal to take part in the reconstruction of Syria was designed to impede the return of Syrian refugees to the country.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Defiant Erdogan casts Turkey currency crisis in religious, patriotic terms
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday an attack on Turkey's economy was no different from a strike against its flag or the Islamic call to prayer, responding to a recent currency sell-off in stark religious and nationalist terms ahead of a major Muslim holiday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to Syria: Lavrov
Russia will help Lebanon return Syrian refugees there return to their country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday after talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil in Moscow.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Repentant Muslims gather on Mount Arafat for haj climax
More than two million Muslims gathered at Mount Arafat on Monday for a vigil to atone for their sins and ask God's forgiveness as the annual haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia approached its climax.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Taliban kidnap dozens of bus passengers in Afghanistan despite ceasefire
Taliban insurgents kidnapped dozens of passengers after stopping three buses in northern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said, a day after the government announced a ceasefire with the Islamist militants.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Turkey's Erdogan says attack on economy no different from attack on flag
President Tayyip Erdogan on Monday cast a recent currency crisis as an attack on Turkey's economy, no different from a strike against the flag or call to prayer, taking a defiant tone in his address at the eve of the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Italy's deputy PM not aware of ad-hoc law to revoke Autostrade concession
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Monday said he was not aware of a plan to write a law to revoke concessions held by Autostrade per l'Italia to operate toll highways after the collapse of a bridge in Genoa last week.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Tears, joy as Korean families separated by war reunite briefly after 65 years
Some 90 families from the two Koreas were reunited in the North on Monday, weeping and embracing each after being torn apart for more than six decades by the 1950-53 Korean War.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties
Amid a period of tense relations between Ankara and Washington, several gunshots were fired on Monday from a vehicle at the U.S. Embassy in the Turkish capital, causing no casualties.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Iran tells EU to speed up efforts to save nuclear deal
Iran said on Monday that Europe should accelerate its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned in May.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

UK government takes control of crisis-hit prison run by G4S
The British government has taken over the running of a major prison from contractor G4S after an inspection found that staff locked themselves in offices to avoid prisoners who were using drugs and violence with near impunity.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Australian PM waters down energy bill to dampen leadership pressure
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday averted a possible leadership challenge by dropping targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions to appease his critics, say local media, as a poll showed his government losing voter support.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Spanish police shoot man trying to attack police station
Spanish police said on Monday they had shot a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Myanmar verdict in Reuters reporters' case August 27: judge says
The judge in the trial of two Reuters reporters jailed in Myanmar on accusations of obtaining secret state documents said on Monday he will deliver his verdict on August 27, in a case that is seen as a test of press freedom in the fledgling democracy.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

India's flood-hit Kerala faces huge clean-up, fear of disease
Indian health authorities prepared defenses against the spread of disease in flood-hit Kerala state on Monday as water receded and a huge clean-up gathered pace after the worst floods in a century killed more than 200 people.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Taliban kidnap dozens in Afghanistan's north despite ceasefire
Taliban insurgents kidnapped dozens of passengers after stopping three buses in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province, a government official said on Monday, a day after the government announced a ceasefire with the Islamist militants.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Radioactive material reported missing in Malaysia
Malaysia is hunting for an industrial device containing radioactive material that is reported to have gone missing from a pickup truck on Aug 10, police and media said on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Brexit vote could 'in theory' be reversed: EU minister Moscovici
Britain's vote to leave the European Union could "in theory" be reversed although there is a still a strong probability it will go ahead, said the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Turkey lifts travel ban on German journalist
Turkey has reversed its decision to ban a German journalist from leaving the country while she awaits trial on charges of being a member of a terrorist organization, the journalist said on her Twitter account on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Indonesia relief efforts in Lombok stepped up as new quakes kill 10
At least 10 people were killed by strong tremors that rocked Indonesia's holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, authorities said following the latest in a series of earthquakes that killed hundreds and forced thousands to flee their homes in recent weeks.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Mahathir says China will sympathize with Malaysia's problems
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday he believed China would sympathize with his country's "internal fiscal problems" as he seeks to renegotiate, or potentially cancel, more than $20 billion in Chinese-funded projects.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Yemen's Houthi group says it fired missile at Saudi Arabia's Najran province
Yemen's Houthi group fired a Badr-1 missile at the Saudi Arabian province of Najran, the Houthis' Masirah TV said in a tweet on Monday.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Shots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkish capital, no casualties: police
Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, hitting a window in a security cabin but causing no casualties, police and broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Gunshots fired at U.S. embassy in Turkey, no casualties: CNN Turk
Several gunshots were fired from a vehicle at the U.S. embassy in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Monday, hitting a window in a security post but causing no casualties, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

China, Malaysia to push forward bilateral ties
China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday his government is willing to promote bilateral ties and economic cooperation with Malaysia as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited China to discuss trade and investment.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

Thailand's Queen Mother admitted to hospital
Thailand's 86-year-old Queen Mother Sirikit is being treated for influenza at a Bangkok hospital, the Royal Household Bureau said in a statement on Monday in a rare statement on her health.

Reuters World News
Aug 20, 2018

China envoy says no accurate figure on Uighurs fighting in Syria
There is no accurate figure of the number of ethnic Uighurs who have gone to fight with militant groups in Syria, China's special envoy for the Syrian issue said on Monday, adding he hoped to return to Syria to gain a clearer picture.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

China's Premier Li says willing to push bilateral ties with Malaysia
China's Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday his government is willing to promote bilateral ties and economic cooperation with Malaysia as Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad visited China to discuss trade and investment.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

China, Malaysia sign MOU on bilateral currency swap agreement: Reuters witness
China and Malaysia signed a memorandum of understanding on a bilateral currency swap agreement on Monday, as part of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's visit to China.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Korean families separated by war to reunite briefly after 65 years
Some 180 families torn apart by the 1950-53 Korean War will be temporarily reunited in North Korea starting Monday after the two Koreas renewed exchanges this year following a standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Australian PM Turnbull plays down risk of leadership challenge
Embattled Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull played down speculation on Monday of an imminent leadership challenge within his own party, saying he enjoyed the confidence of his Cabinet and party room.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Britain to stop some aid for Syrian opposition in rebel-held areas
The UK government said on Monday it was ending funding for some aid programs in rebel-held areas of Syria.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Australian PM under pressure as voter support slides
Voter support for Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull crashed to its lowest level since December, an opinion poll published on Monday showed, further stoking leadership speculation in his ruling centre-right coalition.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rains
As more than 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved stormy weather in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country's health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

At least 19 killed by Islamists in northeast Nigeria - survivor
At least 19 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, a survivor of the attack said.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

At least 19 killed by Islamists in village in northeast Nigeria: survivor
At least 19 people were killed in an Islamist militant attack on a village in northeast Nigeria in the early hours of Sunday, a survivor of the attack said.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Desperate Venezuelans defy Ecuador's passport rules and cross border
Dozens of furious Venezuelan migrants fleeing economic misery in Venezuela for a new life elsewhere on Sunday defied rules requiring they hold a valid passport to cross the border from Colombia into Ecuador, and authorities appeared to be allowing it.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

New Pakistan PM Khan calls for austerity; wants bullet-proof cars sold
Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan called on Sunday for the rich to start paying taxes and said the country will begin an austerity drive to reduce debt, a campaign he will kick-start by selling his office's fleet of bullet-proof cars.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Pompeo says 'time for peace' as Afghanistan announces ceasefire with Taliban
The United States is ready to support and facilitate direct peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday, welcoming a Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire announced by President Ashraf Ghani.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Netanyahu and Bolton discussions focus on Iran nuclear program
White House national security adviser John Bolton arrived in Israel on Sunday on the first leg of an overseas trip, and met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with Iran the focus of talks.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Tense calm on Brazil-Venezuelan border after anti-immigrant riot
Fearful Venezuelan immigrants lined up in smaller numbers to enter Brazil on Sunday at the only border crossing between the two countries one day after violent protests by Brazilian residents drove hundreds back across the frontier.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Muslims begin annual haj pilgrimage amid heavy rain
As nearly 2 million pilgrims from around the world braved heavy rain in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to begin the annual haj ritual, the country's health minister said there was no sign of any outbreaks of disease.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

U.S. Catholics 'sickened' by sex abuse report, stand by their faith
Many churchgoers said they were sickened and saddened by a grand jury report detailing widespread sexual abuse by hundreds of priests in Pennsylvania but they would not let the Roman Catholic Church's cover-up dissuade them from their faith.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

One dead as Ugandan police quell protest over mistreatment of lawmakers
One person died and five others were wounded in Uganda on Sunday, police said, as security forces used teargas and live bullets to disperse a demonstration against the beating of arrested lawmakers in response to the stoning of a presidential convoy.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Iran lawmakers target Rouhani's finance minister as sanctions bite
Iranian lawmakers launched impeachment proceedings against the finance minister on Sunday, ramping up pressure on the president who is already facing attacks from hardliners over his handling of the economy in the face of new U.S. sanctions.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Bodies of family found five days after Genoa bridge collapse, death toll hits 43
Rescue workers found the bodies of three members of a family in the wreckage of Genoa's collapsed motorway bridge early on Sunday - the last people reported missing in the disaster, bringing the death toll to 43.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Series of quakes rocks Indonesia's Lombok, causing panic
A series of quakes including a powerful 6.9 magnitude tremor struck the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, killing one person and causing others to rush out of buildings in panic.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

President Buhari returns to Nigeria after two-week leave
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country on Saturday evening after two weeks of leave in Britain, according to the presidency's official Twitter account, which on Sunday shared pictures of the leader disembarking from his plane.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Egyptian monks sent to trial over killing of bishop
Two Christian monks have been sent to trial over the killing of a bishop in an Egyptian desert monastery last month, Alexandria's public prosecutor said on Sunday.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes NNE of Indonesia's Lombok - USGS
A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck in the sea 124 km (75 miles) north-northeast of the holiday island of Lombok, Indonesia, on Sunday at a very shallow depth of 1 km, the United States Geological Survey said.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Afghanistan announces Muslim Eid holiday ceasefire with Taliban
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday announced a ceasefire with Taliban insurgents from Monday to mark the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, despite the heavy fighting seen over recent days in the central city of Ghazni.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Focus shifts to rescues as rain abates in India's flood-hit Kerala
Torrential rain finally let up in India's flood-hit Kerala state on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, but authorities feared an outbreak of disease among around 725,000 people crammed into relief camps.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Italian minister calls for sanctions on Malta over migrants
Italian Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli on Sunday called for sanctions against Malta, accusing it of not rescuing migrant boats in the Mediterranean and leaving the burden to Italy, in the latest row between the two countries over the issue.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Eight years late, Palestinian mail arrives in West Bank
Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are about to receive a special delivery of more than 10 tons of mail that has been delayed by Israel for the past eight years.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control
In the middle of Baghdad's busy commercial neighborhood of Karrada, where most retail outlets sell home appliances, shoppers can now also buy handguns and semi-automatic rifles legally for the first time in decades.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

China's Xi says military must resist 'corrosion' of corruption
China's military must resist the "corrosion" of corruption and ensure the fight against graft is deepened, President Xi Jinping told senior officers, state media said on Sunday, offering a renewed warning against a deep-seated problem.

Reuters World News
Aug 19, 2018

Vroom! Indonesia president a hit on social media after motorbike stunt
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has created a buzz on social media after a video sequence shown at the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games culminated with the 57-year-old leader roaring into Jakarta's main stadium on a powerful motorbike.

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