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In Germany, 60 conservative MPs vote no on Greece bailout in test ballot - sources
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In Germany, 60 conservative MPs vote no on Greece bailout in test ballot - sources | Reuters

BERLIN A total of 60 lawmakers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's 311-member conservative bloc voted against or abstained in a test ballot on Tuesday evening over a third bailout plan for Greece ahead of the vote in parliament on Wednesday, participants told Reuters. That indicated there were far fewer rebels from her conservative ranks opposing the 86-billion-euro ($95 billion) package than had been feared. The mass circulation Bild newspaper had reported that up to 120 conservative members of parliament might vote against the bailout package Greece agreed with its creditors, or abstain

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.

Plane with 54 on board crashes in remote Indonesian region
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Plane with 54 on board crashes in remote Indonesian region | Reuters

JAKARTA An aircraft with 54 people on board crashed in Indonesia's remote and mountainous region of Papua on Sunday, a government official said, the latest in a string of aviation disasters in the Southeast Asian nation. "The latest information is that the Trigana aircraft that lost contact has been found at Camp 3, Ok Bape district in the Bintang Mountains regency," Air Transportation Director General Suprasetyo told reporters. "Residents provided information that the aircraft crashed into Tangok mountain." There was no immediate word on whether anyone survived.

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.

Lebanese authorities detain militant Islamist leader
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Lebanese authorities detain militant Islamist leader | Reuters

BEIRUT Lebanese authorities have detained a hardline Sunni Islamist leader wanted for militant activity, including attacks on the Lebanese army, a senior security official said on Saturday. The Lebanese National News Agency reported that Ahmed al-Assir was detained at Beirut airport as he was trying to leave the country. (Reporting by Laila Bassam; Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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.

Ghana's doctors extend strike in challenge to government
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Ghana's doctors extend strike in challenge to government | Reuters

ACCRA Doctors in Ghana decided on Friday to strike for two more weeks, their union said, in a protest that is emptying hospitals and posing a stiff challenge to the government of President John Mahama. Doctors are refusing to see out-patients or admit new in-patients, despite pressure from government, religious and cultural leaders to go back to work. They want better pay and conditions, a problem for a government that is trying to cut a large budget deficit in order to stick to the terms of a $918 million aid programme from the International Monetary Fund

Suspect in shooting of New York firefighter is dead after standoff
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Suspect in shooting of New York firefighter is dead after standoff | Reuters

NEW YORK The man who shot and wounded a firefighter after setting his home ablaze in a standoff with New York authorities is dead, police said on Friday.

Chinese official defends fire fighters after Tianjin blasts, experts focus on response
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Chinese official defends fire fighters after Tianjin blasts, experts focus on response | Reuters

TIANJIN, China A senior Chinese official defended fire fighters who initially hosed water on a blaze in a warehouse in northeast China where volatile chemicals were stored, a response foreign experts said could have contributed to two huge blasts that killed 54 people. More than a dozen firefighters were among those killed by the massive explosions at the busy port in Tianjin city on Wednesday night, state media said. About 700 people were injured, 71 seriously.

Obama's beach reads span climate change to race relations
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Obama's beach reads span climate change to race relations | Reuters

EDGARTOWN, Mass. The White House on Thursday released a list of six books President Barack Obama will be reading over his vacation in Martha's Vineyard

Indonesia court to free teachers charged with sexually abusing students
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Indonesia court to free teachers charged with sexually abusing students | Reuters

JAKARTA An Indonesian court will free two international school teachers who were jailed for sexually abusing students, the pair's lawyer and the brother of one the teachers said on Friday, in a case that critics say was fraught with irregularities. "The previous verdict has been overturned by the Jakarta high court because there was no evidence of sodomy," the pair's lawyer Hotman Paris Hutapea told reporters

China investigates Tianjin blasts, experts focus on chemicals stored at port
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China investigates Tianjin blasts, experts focus on chemicals stored at port | Reuters

TIANJIN, China Investigators searched for clues on Friday to identify what caused two huge explosions at a warehouse storing volatile chemicals at a busy port in northeast China, as foreign and local companies assessed the damage to their operations.

Britain says to protest to Ecuador over Assange asylum
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Britain says to protest to Ecuador over Assange asylum | Reuters

LONDON Britain said on Thursday it would make a formal protest to Ecuador over its decision to provide asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in its London embassy and so prevent his extradition to Sweden over alleged sex crimes. "Ecuador must recognise that its decision to harbour Mr Assange more than three years ago has prevented the proper course of justice," British Foreign Office minister Hugo Swire said in a statement

Huge explosions rock Tianjin in northeast China
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Huge explosions rock Tianjin in northeast China | Reuters

LONDON Huge explosions hit an industrial area in the northeast Chinese port city of Tianjin late on Wednesday, triggering a blast wave felt kilometres (miles) away and injuring scores of people, Chinese media reported. State broadcaster China Central Television reported that blasts had erupted in a shipment of explosives at around 11.30 p.m.

Huge explosion rocks Tianjin in northern China
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Huge explosion rocks Tianjin in northern China | Reuters

LONDON A huge explosion hit an industrial area in the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin late on Wednesday evening, triggering a blast wave felt several kilometres away and injuring at least 50 people, domestic media reported.

Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal - John Kerry
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Dollar could suffer if U.S. walks away from Iran deal - John Kerry | Reuters

NEW YORK If the United States walks away from the nuclear deal with Iran and demands that its allies comply with U.S. sanctions, a loss of confidence in U.S.

U.S. denies reaching agreement with Turkey on Syria 'safe zone' 
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U.S. denies reaching agreement with Turkey on Syria 'safe zone' | Reuters

ANKARA Turkey said on Tuesday it had agreed with the United States on terms for setting up a "safe zone" inside northern Syria as part of their campaign against Islamic State militants, but the U.S. State Department denied there was any such agreement. The two NATO allies have been working on plans to provide air cover for Syrian rebels and to sweep Islamic State from land along the Turkish border.

Turkish air strikes hit 17 Kurdish militant targets, military says
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Turkish air strikes hit 17 Kurdish militant targets, military says | Reuters

ANKARA/DIYARBAKIR The Turkish military ratcheted up pressure on Kurdish militants with a fresh round of air strikes in the southeast of the country on Tuesday as the rebels claimed responsibility for the bombing of a police station in Istanbul. Warplanes pounded 17 targets in the province of Hakkari on Monday and Tuesday, the military said, part of a renewed crackdown on the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) which has waged a three-decade insurgency for Kurdish autonomy. NATO member Turkey started what it called a "synchronised war on terror" last month, attacking PKK fighters in northern Iraq and, less frequently, Islamic State militants in northern Syria