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Powerful quake hits off coast of Chile, evacuations ordered
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Powerful quake hits off coast of Chile, evacuations ordered | Reuters

SANTIAGO A magnitude 8.3 earthquake hit off the coast of Chile on Wednesday, shaking buildings in the capital city of Santiago and generating a tsunami warning for Chile, Peru and French Polynesia. Chile's government urged residents to evacuate the coastline.

Warning shots heard near Burkina presidential palace - witnesses
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Warning shots heard near Burkina presidential palace - witnesses | Reuters

OUAGADOUGOU Soldiers fired warning shots outside Burkina Faso's presidential palace on Wednesday as hundreds of people gathered to protest the detention of government leaders inside by the elite presidential guard, witnesses said. The warning shots, fired by unidentified soldiers as night fell on the capital, caused the crowd to retreat slightly but not to disperse

Netanyahu to Russia next week for talks on Syria - Israeli official
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Netanyahu to Russia next week for talks on Syria - Israeli official | Reuters

JERUSALEM Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Russia next week for talks with President Vladimir Putin on the expanding Russian military presence in Syria, an Israeli official said on Wednesday. "The prime minister will present the threats to Israel emanating from the increased flow of advanced weaponry to the Syrian arena and from the transfer of lethal weaponry to Hezbollah and other terrorist groups," the official said. Moscow has come under international pressure to explain its moves in Syria, where the Kremlin has been supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a 4-year-old civil war

Merkel calls for European unity, summit on refugee crisis
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Merkel calls for European unity, summit on refugee crisis | Reuters

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday called for a special EU refugee summit, urging unity after an angry reaction to a suggestion by one of her ministers that states that did not take in their share of asylum seekers could face financial penalties. The proposal by interior minister Thomas de Maiziere was forcefully rejected by the Czech Republic and Slovakia, which are among eastern European states that have resisted European Union plans to share out refugees.

Burkina Faso presidential guard should be disbanded, panel says
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Burkina Faso presidential guard should be disbanded, panel says | Reuters

OUAGADOUGOU Burkina Faso's powerful presidential guard should be dismantled, according to a commission charged with proposing reforms after a popular uprising toppled the West African nation's longtime president. The elite unit, known locally as the RSP, was a key pillar of President Blaise Compaore's regime before mass demonstrations forced him to flee the country last October, ending 27 years of rule

Egyptian forces mistake Mexicans for militants, kill 12 in air raid  
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Egyptian forces mistake Mexicans for militants, kill 12 in air raid | Reuters

CAIRO Egyptian Army aircraft hunting for militants in the desert mistakenly bombed a convoy of mostly Mexican tourists, killing 12 people and wounding 10, authorities said on Monday. Survivors said their group was bombed from a plane and helicopters. As members of the tourist convoy tried to flee, additional forces on the ground fired on them, Egyptian security sources said.

Embattled Australian PM dismisses speculation over leadership, election
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Embattled Australian PM dismisses speculation over leadership, election | Reuters

SYDNEY Conservative Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott dismissed mounting speculation on Monday that his position is in danger, playing down talk that he may call a snap election to stem off a leadership coup from within his own party. Abbott emerged badly weakened from a leadership challenge by lawmakers in his own Liberal Party in February, which came about after weeks of infighting and dismal poll numbers, and pledged a new spirit of conciliation. He and his government have since consistently lagged the centre-left opposition Labor Party in opinion polls, helping to fuel speculation over how long his party would give him to turn things around.

Twenty eight refugees drown off Greek island 
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Twenty eight refugees drown off Greek island | Reuters

ATHENS Twenty eight refugees drowned off a Greek island on Sunday when their boat sank, the coastguard said, thought to be the largest recorded death toll from any single accident in Greek waters since the refugee crisis began. "A wooden vessel carrying them overturned about three miles east of Farmakonisi early Sunday," a coastguard spokeswoman told Reuters. The accident coincided with a plea from Greek caretaker Prime Minister Vasiliki Thanou for the European Union to agree a more comprehensive policy for dealing with the increasing numbers fleeing to the region to escape war and poverty

At least 65 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane
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At least 65 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane | Reuters

RIYADH At least 65 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said, in an accident that came just weeks before Islam's annual haj pilgrimage. The civil defence said on its Twitter account 154 people were also injured in the accident. Al Arabiya television earlier said the crane had fallen because of strong storms - western Saudi Arabia has been hit by strong sand storms in the last few days

At least 62 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane 
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At least 62 dead in Grand Mosque in Mecca from falling crane | Reuters

DUBAI At least 62 people were killed when a crane crashed in Mecca's Grand Mosque on Friday, Saudi Arabia's Civil Defence authority said on its Twitter account, an accident that came just weeks before the Muslim annual haj pilgrimage.

China, U.S. can cooperate on cyber security: Chinese official
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China, U.S. can cooperate on cyber security: Chinese official | Reuters

SHANGHAI China and the United States can cooperate on cyber security and could work together with other countries on global cyber security rules in a spirit of respect, China's top diplomat was quoted on Friday as saying. The comments from State Councillor Yang Jiechi were published in the English-language China Daily after U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told a congressional committee on Thursday the United States must beef up security against Chinese hackers.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls on supporters to vote for real change
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls on supporters to vote for real change | Reuters

DEMOSO, Myanmar Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday urged voters to opt for "real change" and back her party in the first general election since the end of military rule, as she took her campaign into the backyard of a close presidential ally. Thousands of supporters gave Suu Kyi a rapturous welcome in Demoso in the sparsely populated state of Kayah on the Thai border.

British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas, two minor injuries 
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British Airways plane catches fire in Las Vegas, two minor injuries | Reuters

A British Airways plane caught fire at an airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday, but the flames were extinguished and just two people among the 159 passengers and 13 crew onboard suffered minor injuries, McCarran International Airport said on Twitter. Pictures from the scene showed flight 2276, bound for London Gatwick, engulfed in flames and thick black smoke after an aborted takeoff. McCarran International said the fire had been put out, and that flight operations continue on its three other runways.

Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for free and fair election
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Myanmar's Suu Kyi calls for free and fair election | Reuters

YANGON Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi said on Tuesday that the Nov.

Cameron says UK drone killed British IS fighters in Syria 
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Cameron says UK drone killed British IS fighters in Syria | Reuters

LONDON Britain has killed two of its nationals in Syria, suspected of fighting for Islamic State (IS), with a drone strike, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday, despite the government not having a parliamentary mandate to take military action in the country. Britain conducts regular attacks in neighbouring Iraq and flies drones over Syria to gather intelligence on the hardline IS group. But unlike some other coalition partners it does not target IS positions in Syria as Cameron failed to get the go-ahead from parliament to do so in 2013

Morocco's Islamists win key urban posts in local election
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Morocco's Islamists win key urban posts in local election | Reuters

RABAT Morocco's ruling Islamist party won most of the country's key cities during Friday's local elections, further expanding its reach after four years of leading a coalition government that undertook major fiscal reforms. The Justice and Development party, known by its French acronym PJD, came to power on an anti-corruption ticket in 2011, tapping into a desire for greater freedom when "Arab Spring" protests forced King Mohammed to devolve some royal powers

Migrants enter Austria, swept west by overwhelmed Hungary
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Migrants enter Austria, swept west by overwhelmed Hungary | Reuters

BUDAPEST Migrants trickled across Hungary’s border into Austria on Saturday, swept west on buses by an overwhelmed government that had vowed to stem their tide but gave up in the face of defiant crowds that set out on foot for western Europe.

Kentucky clerk's resistance to gay marriage lands her in jail
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Kentucky clerk's resistance to gay marriage lands her in jail | Reuters

ASHLAND, Ky. A Kentucky county clerk was jailed on Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but a full day of court hearings failed to put an end to her two-month-old legal fight over a U.S