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New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State
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New Afghan president warns of 'terrible threat' from Islamic State

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Afghanistan's new president, Ashraf Ghani, warned U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday of the "terrible threat" the Islamic State poses in central and western Asia, and said the militant group is already sending fighters to his country

German Airbus crashes in French Alps with 150 dead, black box found
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German Airbus crashes in French Alps with 150 dead, black box found

SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France (Reuters) - An Airbus operated by Lufthansa's Germanwings budget airline crashed in a remote area of the French Alps on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren. Germanwings confirmed its flight 4U 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf went down with 144 passengers and six crew on board.

UK's Cameron: Alternatives to Iran nuclear deal 'not attractive'
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UK's Cameron: Alternatives to Iran nuclear deal 'not attractive'

LONDON (Reuters) - The alternatives to striking a nuclear deal with Iran are not attractive, British Prime Minister David Cameron warned on Monday, while saying a pact with Tehran should not be reached at any price. "Obviously we should not do a deal at any price, but I do think the alternatives to doing a deal are not alternatives that are attractive and frankly they are not attractive for Iran," Cameron told the British parliament. "The sanctions that we have put in place ...

UN watchdog says 'progress limited' on Iran nuclear inquiry
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UN watchdog says 'progress limited' on Iran nuclear inquiry

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog has had limited progress in its inquiry into possible military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program, although Iran has cooperated with the agency in implementing an interim deal reached with world powers, the agency's chief said on Monday. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating allegations of explosives tests and other activity by Iran that could be used to develop nuclear bombs

Afghan intelligence agency says it foiled attempt to kill vice-president
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Afghan intelligence agency says it foiled attempt to kill vice-president

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's intelligence agency said on Saturday it had foiled an attempt to assassinate Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum in the northerly Jawzjan province. The assassination was to have been carried out by a suicide bomber who had hidden a bomb on the back of his horse as he attended a game of buzkashi, a national sport

Iran voices mistrust as Kerry meets with European counterparts
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Iran voices mistrust as Kerry meets with European counterparts

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran's top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of U.S. efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington spoke of "genuine progress" towards an outline accord. With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei denounced U.S.

Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop "mothers' tears"
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Pope asks Naples mobsters to repent and stop "mothers' tears"

NAPLES, Italy (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on members of organised crime to turn away from violence and exploitation and stop the "tears of the mothers of Naples" after he visited one of the city's most violent and drug-infested neighbourhoods on Saturday. Francis, on a day-long trip to the southern city, also spoke out against political corruption in a morning address to a crowd in the notorious Scampia neighbourhood, a stronghold of clans of the Camorra, the Naples version of the Sicilian mafia. He was speaking in the shadow of a dilapidated sail boat-shaped housing project known as Le Vele, so dangerous that even police are sometimes afraid to enter, residents say.

Top South Korea, Japan, China envoys discuss North Korea, regional bank
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Top South Korea, Japan, China envoys discuss North Korea, regional bank

SEOUL (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of South Korea, Japan and China meet on Saturday for the first time in three years, to try and improve frosty ties and restore a regular three-way summit of their leaders, stalled because of tension over history and territory. The three officials also held bilateral meetings in which they agreed to cooperate in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes. Arriving for a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, China's Wang Yi said he would discuss all the issues of interest to Beijing, signalling the subjects of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the THAAD missile defense system were not off the table.

One person shot, two stabbed at New Orleans airport - police and eyewitness
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One person shot, two stabbed at New Orleans airport - police and eyewitness

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - One person was shot at a New Orleans airport on Friday night, the local sheriff's office said, while two people, at least one them a Transportation Security Administration agent, suffered what appeared to be non-life threatening stab wounds, an eyewitness told Reuters. Four shots were fired around 8 p.m. in Concourse B of the airport, said Brent Long, a resident of Austin, Texas, who was there with his family while waiting for a connecting flight.

At least one person shot at New Orleans airport
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At least one person shot at New Orleans airport

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - At least one person was shot at a New Orleans airport on Friday night, the local sheriff's office told Reuters. No further information was available about the victim at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport in Louisiana, said Colonel John Fortunato, spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.

Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved
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Netanyahu backs away from rejection of Palestinian state; White House unmoved

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel's chief ally the United States. But the White House, unmoved by Netanyahu’s post-election effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against the Israeli leader and signalled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding Israel from international pressure at the United Nations.

Islamic State says it killed tourists in Tunisia
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Islamic State says it killed tourists in Tunisia

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia said it would deploy the army to major cities and arrested nine people on Thursday after 20 foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack on a museum which Islamic State militants called "the first drop of the rain". Japanese, Italian, Spanish and British visitors, as well as three Tunisians, were among the victims of the attack, which took place in the heavily guarded parliament compound of a country largely spared the violent aftermath of the Arab Spring

Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow
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Putin to meet top aide to Chinese president in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin will meet on Thursday with a close aide to Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, underlining Russia's increased effort to establish closer ties with Beijing as its relations with the West have deteriorated. The meeting with Li Zhanshu, head of the General Office of the Communist Party of China, will take place with relations between Moscow and the West at their worst since the Cold War.

Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill two Tunisians, 17 foreign tourists
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Gunmen storm Tunisian museum, kill two Tunisians, 17 foreign tourists

TUNIS (Reuters) - Gunmen in military uniforms stormed Tunisia's national museum, killing 17 foreign tourists and two Tunisians on Wednesday in one of the worst militant attacks in a country that has largely escaped the region's "Arab Spring" turmoil. Visitors from Italy, Germany, Poland and Spain were among the dead in the noon assault on the Bardo museum near parliament in central Tunis, Prime Minister Habib Essid said

Netanyahu's chief challenger, Zionist Union's Herzog, says "everything open"
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Netanyahu's chief challenger, Zionist Union's Herzog, says "everything open"

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main challenger, Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog, disputed Netanyahu's victory claim in Israel's election on Tuesday, saying "everything is open".

Pugnacious Netanyahu fights for survival as Israelis vote
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Pugnacious Netanyahu fights for survival as Israelis vote

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was locked in a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict he could lose to his centre-left opponents. After a bitterly contested campaign, the election has turned into a referendum on "Bibi" Netanyahu, 65, who has been in power for a total of nine years spread over three terms. Netanyahu took extraordinary steps to drum up support from right-wing voters, reversing policy on the eve of the election with an announcement that he would never allow a Palestinian state.

Cattle herders kill 82 in Christian village in central Nigeria
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Cattle herders kill 82 in Christian village in central Nigeria

ABUJA Mar 17 (Reuters) - Cattle herders killed 82 people and wounded 25 in a village in central Nigeria over grazing rights, police said on Tuesday, less than two weeks before a national election in which political and ethnic tensions are running high. Police went on Monday to investigate the attack by Muslim Fulani herdsmen on the mostly Christian Egba ethnic group at the weekend in the remote village Agatu Iga in Benue state, in the flashpoint "Middle Belt" of Africa's most populous nation

Syria must ensure chemical weapons programme completely dismantled - NATO
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Syria must ensure chemical weapons programme completely dismantled - NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The Syrian government must ensure its chemical weapons programme is completely and irreversibly dismantled, a NATO official said on Tuesday. "The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has already announced that the last declared chemical weapons have been removed from Syria," the official said, asked for comment after a group monitoring the Syrian civil war said government forces carried out a poison gas attack that killed six people. "Having said that, the Assad regime must ensure that its chemical weapons programme is completely and irreversibly dismantled, including the remaining production facilities," the official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said

Rescue teams reach cyclone stricken Vanuatu islands, official toll lowered
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Rescue teams reach cyclone stricken Vanuatu islands, official toll lowered

TANNA (Reuters) - International aid agencies began emergency flights on Tuesday to some of the remote outer islands of Vanuatu, which they fear have been devastated by a monster cyclone that tore through the South Pacific island nation.

Russia accuses Kiev of tightening blockade on rebel east
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Russia accuses Kiev of tightening blockade on rebel east

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Monday that Kiev was stepping up a "blockade" of eastern Ukrainian regions controlled by pro-Russian rebels and accused Kiev of violating ceasefire agreements. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said during a visit to Berlin he wanted European Union leaders to make clear they would impose further economic sanctions against Russia if Moscow did not implement a ceasefire agreed in Minsk in February. But Russia insisted it was Ukraine that was fomenting tensions by increasing human suffering.