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ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children born in captivity have been freed in Pakistan, nearly five years after the couple was abducted in neighboring Afghanistan, Pakistani and U.S. officials said on Thursday. American Caitlan Coleman and her Canadian husband, Joshua Boyle, were kidnapped while backpacking in Afghanistan in 2012 by
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MONROVIA (Reuters) – Soccer star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai both signaled they were heading for victory in Liberia’s presidential elections, as they waited for early results on Thursday. The parties behind three other candidates alleged fraud and vowed to contest the results. But international observers said they had seen no major problems in
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GAZA/CAIRO (Reuters) – Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Western-backed mainstream Fatah
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SEOUL, (Reuters) – In 2009, a pop video from North Korea celebrated a new national hero – one that outside experts would later realize was at the heart of the secretive state’s banned nuclear and missile programs. That hero, widely available in factories across the world, was the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine. Big, grey
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SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Center-left lawmakers in Chile pledged on Wednesday to unify and support a single candidate in any eventual runoff against conservative candidate Sebastian Pinera, who is leading in polls for this year’s presidential race. While Pinera has consolidated support among the country’s political right, six left-of-center candidates will be competing in the Nov.
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s Hezbollah group dismissed multi-million-dollar rewards offered by the United States for the arrest of two of its senior members, saying on Wednesday they would have no impact. Washington has offered up to $7 million for information leading to the detention of Talal Hamiyah, head of Hezbollah’s foreign operations, and up to
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc could come close to keeping its two-thirds “super” majority in an Oct. 22 lower house election, defying some predictions of heavy losses and bolstering his grip on power, a survey published by the Nikkei business daily on Wednesday showed. Abe’s conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalonia’s leader stepped back from a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, claiming a mandate to launch secession but saying he would delay doing so to allow time for talks with Madrid on the region’s future. Carles Puigdemont’s speech to the autonomous region’s parliament disappointed thousands of pro-independence supporters gathered
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalan police tightened their guard on the region’s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have threatened to adopt a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont held a meeting of his cabinet to decide how to press an independence drive that has stirred
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CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s High Court began a three-day hearing on Tuesday to determine the eligibility of seven lawmakers who may hold dual citizenship, a case that could determine whether the government is able to maintain its razor-thin majority. Australia’s parliament was rocked by revelations in August that the seven politicians, including the deputy prime
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VIENNA (Reuters) – The far right Freedom Party (FPO), set to become kingmaker after elections on Oct. 15, wants Austria to join the Visegrad Group of central and east European states opposed to immigration. Eurosceptic leaders in Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have refused migrant quotas approved by a western-dominated majority of European
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VIELHA, Spain (Reuters) – If Catalonia declares independence from Spain this week, one community in the region’s mountainous north might declare independence from Catalonia.  Most people in the picturesque Aran Valley – a semi-autonomous community nestled among the Pyrenees – want to stay with Spain, and the area has the right to self-determination under a law passed in 2015 by
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Catalonia’s capital Barcelona on Sunday to express their opposition to declaring independence from Spain, showing how divided the region is on the issue. A crowd estimated by local police to number 350,000 waved Spanish and Catalan flags and carried banners saying “Catalonia
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ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The speaker of Ethiopia’s lower house of parliament submitted his resignation on Sunday, one of the highest-ranking officials to do so since the ruling EPRDF coalition came to power in 1991.    Abadula Gemeda did not disclose reasons behind his decision, but said he would disclose the factors once his move
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will consider the U.S. army equivalent to the Islamic State militant group if Washington designates its Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist group, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported the Guards’ commander as saying on Sunday. The news agency reported Mohammad Ali Jafari as adding that the United States was mistaken if it
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