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NATO contractors killed by Kabul car bomb identified as U.S. citizens
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NATO contractors killed by Kabul car bomb identified as U.S. citizens | Reuters

KABUL Three U.S. civilian contractors were among those killed by a car bomb that targeted their NATO convoy, the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan said, making the attack that killed 12 people one of the most lethal to target U.S. citizens in recent years

Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied - ex-defence chief
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Netanyahu pressed for Iran attacks, but was denied - ex-defence chief | Reuters

JERUSALEM Israel's political leaders pushed to attack Iran at least three times in the past few years but had to back down on the advice of the military and due to concerns about its ally the United States, former defence minister Ehud Barak said. In interviews to his biographers aired late on Friday by Israel's Channel Two, Barak said he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had wanted military operations against Iranian nuclear facilities in 2010, 2011 and 2012

Brazil's largest party not bolting Rousseff government
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Brazil's largest party not bolting Rousseff government | Reuters

BRASILIA Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer, a key ally of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, might end his role managing her unwieldy coalition in Congress but he is not planning to leave her government, members of his party said on Friday. "The vice president has not taken any decision on quitting the political liaison role," a spokesman for Temer told Reuters. Valor Econômico newspaper reported on Friday that the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, or PMDB, which is Brazil's largest party and controls both houses of Congress, is preparing to leave Rousseff's government due to disagreements over handling an ongoing political crisis

Swiss authorities open criminal proceedings linked to Malaysia's 1MDB
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Swiss authorities open criminal proceedings linked to Malaysia's 1MDB | Reuters

ZURICH Switzerland's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has opened criminal proceedings relating to Malaysia's troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a spokesman said on Friday. "The Office of the Attorney General confirms that, on Aug

Shots fired on Amsterdam-to-Paris train, three injured - report
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Shots fired on Amsterdam-to-Paris train, three injured - report | Reuters

PARIS Shots were fired on a Thalys high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris and three people were injured, the Voix du Nord regional newspaper said on Friday. "The situation is under control, the travellers are safe. The train stopped and the emergency services are on site," the Thalys official Twitter account tweeted in response to several online requests for comments

Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time
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Obama builds Iran nuclear deal support one vote at a time | Reuters

WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is gradually building support in the U.S. Congress for an international nuclear deal with Iran, working the phones to counter lobbying against the pact and sending a letter to lawmakers urging them to support it. Obama needs to win the backing of one-third of either the House of Representatives or the Senate to prevent Republicans from killing the nuclear deal announced in July

Former President Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain
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Former President Jimmy Carter says cancer has spread to his brain | Reuters

ATLANTA Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Thursday that his cancer has spread to his brain and he will start radiation treatment for it later in the day, adding that his fate was "in the hands of God." Carter, 90, held a news conference on his condition barely a week after announcing he had undergone surgery for liver cancer.

Australia detains 7 young citizens suspected of seeking to join militants 
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Australia detains 7 young citizens suspected of seeking to join militants | Reuters

SYDNEY Australian authorities have detained seven young nationals as they were attempting to fly to the Middle East, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday, over suspicions they wanted to join Islamist militant groups. "We have stopped at the airport, seven young Australians who were planning to travel to the Middle East it seems to join terrorist groups over there," Abbott told reporters in Canberra.

More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect
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More racial unrest in St. Louis after police kill black suspect | Reuters

St. Louis police fatally shot a black teenager they say pointed a gun at them on Wednesday, drawing angry protesters and recalling the racial tensions sparked by the killing of an unarmed African-American teen in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, a year ago.

U.S. moves on U.N. sanctions on South Sudan peace process violators 
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U.S. moves on U.N. sanctions on South Sudan peace process violators | Reuters

WASHINGTON The United States said on Tuesday it was consulting with other countries at the United Nations on imposing U.N.

In Germany, 60 conservative MPs oppose Merkel course on Greece
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In Germany, 60 conservative MPs oppose Merkel course on Greece | Reuters

BERLIN A total of 60 lawmakers in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's 311-member conservative bloc voted against or abstained in a test ballot on Tuesday over a third bailout plan for Greece before the vote in parliament, participants told Reuters. In what was nevertheless an important endorsement for Merkel, the test ballot showed there may be far fewer rebels in Wednesday's vote from her bloc over the 86 billion-euro ($95 billion) package than feared.

Thai authorities focus on suspect seen in CCTV footage at blast site
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Thai authorities focus on suspect seen in CCTV footage at blast site | Reuters

BANGKOK Thai authorities said on Tuesday they were looking for a suspect seen on closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage near a popular shrine where a bomb blast killed 22 people, nearly half of them foreigners.

Europe struggles to respond as migrants numbers rise threefold
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Europe struggles to respond as migrants numbers rise threefold | Reuters

BRUSSELS More than three times as many migrants were tracked entering the European Union by irregular means last month than a year ago, official data showed on Tuesday, many of them landing on Greek islands after fleeing conflict in Syria. While the increase recorded by the European Union's border control agency Frontex may be partly due to better monitoring, it highlighted the scale of a crisis that has led to more than 2,000 deaths this year as desperate migrants take to rickety boats. Italian police said they had arrested eight suspected human traffickers that they said had reportedly forced migrants to stay in the hold of a fishing boat in the Mediterranean as 49 of them suffocated on engine fumes.

Indonesian plane with 54 people on board missing in remote Papua as night falls
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Indonesian plane with 54 people on board missing in remote Papua as night falls | Reuters

JAKARTA An Indonesian twin-turboprop aircraft carrying 54 people lost contact with air traffic control on Sunday in the remote, forested eastern Papua region, the National Search and Rescue Agency (BASARNAS) said, with search efforts hampered by failing light as night falls. "We can't confirm it has crashed. We can say contact has been lost with the plane," BASARNAS chief Bambang Soelystyo told Reuters by telephone.

Spate of bombings kill 24 across Baghdad
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Spate of bombings kill 24 across Baghdad | Reuters

BAGHDAD A spate of bombings across Baghdad killed at least 24 people on Saturday, two days after the deadliest attack in the Iraqi capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took office one year ago. The deadliest attack took place in the Shi'ite district of Habibiya, where 15 people were killed when a car bomb exploded near an open area where cars are displayed for sale. "The investigation, based on footage from a surveillance camera, showed a man parking a white car and sneaking into a nearby tea kiosk.

Lebanon detains hardline Islamist cleric 
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Lebanon detains hardline Islamist cleric | Reuters

BEIRUT Lebanese authorities detained a hardline Sunni Islamist cleric wanted for attacks on the Lebanese army as he tried to flee the country on Saturday, security officials said. Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir, a Lebanese citizen, was arrested at Beirut airport as he tried to depart using a forged passport, the officials said. The National News Agency said he wanted to travel to Egypt

North Korea demands South halt loudspeaker broadcasts, threatens action
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North Korea demands South halt loudspeaker broadcasts, threatens action | Reuters

SEOUL North Korea on Saturday demanded that the South halt anti-North propaganda broadcasts via loudspeakers along the border or face military action, a day after it denied Seoul's accusation that it planted landmines that wounded two South Korean soldiers.

Japan PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on WW2 anniversary
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Japan PM Abe sends ritual offering to Yasukuni Shrine on WW2 anniversary | Reuters

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent an offering to a shrine for war dead on Saturday, the 70th anniversary of Japan's World War Two defeat, but had not made a personal visit to the shrine, seen in China and South Korea as a symbol of Tokyo's wartime militarism. The premier sent a cash offering of his own money, his aide Koichi Hagiuda, a lawmaker in Abe's Liberal Democratic Party, told reporters after visiting the shrine

Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba
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Kerry urges 'genuine democracy' at U.S. flag ceremony in Cuba | Reuters

HAVANA U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared a new era in relations as he celebrated restored diplomatic ties in Havana on Friday, but he also urged political change in Cuba, telling Cubans they should be free to choose their own leaders. The first U.S.