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Greece's Syriza party only one point ahead in election race - poll 
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Greece's Syriza party only one point ahead in election race - poll | Reuters

ATHENS Greece's Syriza party is on course to win 26 percent of votes in a snap election in September, just one point ahead of the conservative New Democracy party, a poll published by the Pulse for Action 24 television channel said on Tuesday. Former premier Alexis Tsipras resigned in August to seek a new mandate for a bailout deal he clinched with the country's international creditors. But opinion polls show his Syriza party's lead is slipping, suggesting his decision to call a snap election could backfire.

N.Irish Unionists want parliament suspended for crisis talks 
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N.Irish Unionists want parliament suspended for crisis talks | Reuters

DUBLIN Northern Ireland's first minister will ask Britain's Prime Minister to suspend the Northern Irish Assembly for four weeks to facilitate talks to save the power-sharing executive threatened by a crisis over an IRA-linked murder. Peter Robinson's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) sought the permission of a parliamentary committee to extend the summer recess by a month earlier on Tuesday but their motion was voted down by the nationalist Sinn Fein, whom they share power with. The DUP last week said it wanted Sinn Fein, the one-time political wing of the IRA, thrown out of government after police said a rump of the militant group that formally disbanded in 2005 may have been involved the recent killing of a former member

New EU migrant plans ready next week: Avramopoulos
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New EU migrant plans ready next week: Avramopoulos | Reuters

BRUSSELS The EU executive will outline new plans next week to share out refugees across European states as well as to speed deportations of unwanted migrants, the 28-nation bloc's migration commissioner said on Tuesday. Dimitris Avramopoulos told Reuters that new EU systems for processing asylum claims in Italy, Greece and possibly Hungary could involve detaining those rejected until they return home, as European governments strain to balance obligations to provide refuge with hostility among the public to mass immigration

Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year
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Pope to allow all priests to forgive abortion during Holy Year | Reuters

VATICAN CITY Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church. In Church teaching, abortion is such a grave sin that those who procure or perform it incur an automatic excommunication, which can only be lifted by designated church officials. However, from Dec.

Citing God's authority, clerk defies U.S. top court on gay marriages
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Citing God's authority, clerk defies U.S. top court on gay marriages | Reuters

MOREHEAD, Ky. A Kentucky county clerk, defying a new U.S. Supreme Court decision and citing "God's authority," rejected requests for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on Tuesday in a deepening legal standoff now two months old

Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT
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Rebekah Brooks returning to News Corp as UK chief - FT | Reuters

Rebekah Brooks will return to Rupert Murdoch-controlled News Corp as chief executive of its UK division, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Colombia recalls ambassador to Venezuela amid border crisis
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Colombia recalls ambassador to Venezuela amid border crisis | Reuters

BOGOTA Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Thursday recalled the country's ambassador to Venezuela after the socialist-run country closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand Colombians. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shut the crossings last week after a shootout between smugglers and troops wounded three soldiers. He later extended the closing indefinitely and has characterized the deportations as a crackdown on paramilitary gangs

Lorry of migrant corpses, new boat sinking intensify Europe's crisis
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Lorry of migrant corpses, new boat sinking intensify Europe's crisis | Reuters

PARNDORF, Austria As many as 50 refugees were found dead in a parked lorry in Austria on Thursday, and another migrant ship sank off Libya, deepening a crisis that is overwhelming Europe and throwing up new tragedies by the day. The abandoned refrigerated lorry was found by an Austrian motorway patrol near the Hungarian border, with fluids from the decomposing bodies seeping from its back door

Turkey's Erdogan calls parliamentary election, to meet PM Davutoglu
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Turkey's Erdogan calls parliamentary election, to meet PM Davutoglu | Reuters

ANKARA Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called for fresh parliamentary elections, his office said on Monday, in a widely anticipated move after two months of coalition talks failed to produce a coalition government ahead of a deadline.

Russia orders Wikipedia page blocked over cannabis link
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Russia orders Wikipedia page blocked over cannabis link | Reuters

MOSCOW A Russian government agency on Monday ordered Internet providers block access to a page on the Russian-language version of Wikipedia for containing banned information on a type of cannabis. The move could lead to the Russian-language version of Wikipedia becoming totally inaccessible, the organisation that supports the website warned, since Wikipedia uses a protected protocol which means providers cannot block separate pages on the same site. Since President Vladimir Putin returned to the Kremlin in 2012, Russia has passed legislation banning sites that contain child pornography, drug-related or militant material, or which advocate suicide.

U.S., Turkey to launch 'comprehensive' anti-Islamic State operation
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U.S., Turkey to launch 'comprehensive' anti-Islamic State operation | Reuters

ANKARA Turkey and the United States will soon launch "comprehensive" air operations to flush Islamic State fighters from a zone in northern Syria that borders Turkey, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Monday. Detailed talks on the plans between Washington and Ankara were completed on Sunday, and regional allies including Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan, as well as Britain and France may also take part, Cavusoglu said in an interview.

Pilot killed in light plane crash at Swiss air show
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Pilot killed in light plane crash at Swiss air show | Reuters

ZURICH Two light planes collided in flight at an air show in Dittingen, Switzerland, on Sunday, killing one of the pilots, police said. The aircraft, in a German flying group of three planes, crashed at around 0915 GMT, Basel-Landschaft police said in a statement.

Belarus leader pardons six jailed opposition figures
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Belarus leader pardons six jailed opposition figures | Reuters

MINSK Belarussian President Aleksander Lukashenko has pardoned six jailed opposition figures, including Nikolai Statkevich who was imprisoned after running against him for the presidency in 2010, his administration said on Saturday. Lukashenko, who has been in power in the ex-Soviet republic since 1994 and is running for a fifth consecutive term in an election in October, had been motivated by humane principles, his press service said. Statkevich, 59, is the last to be released of about 10 politicians who were rounded up and detained after running against Lukashenko in an election in 2010 dubbed fraudulent by the West

North, South Korea on alert as talks resume in bid to end standoff
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North, South Korea on alert as talks resume in bid to end standoff | Reuters

SEOUL Top aides to the leaders of North and South Korea resumed talks on Sunday after negotiating through the night in a bid to ease tensions involving an exchange of artillery fire that brought the peninsula to the brink of armed conflict. The meeting at the Panmunjom truce village inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) began on Saturday evening, with both sides on military alert, shortly after North Korea's deadline for Seoul to halt anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts or face military action.

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

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.

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.