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U.S. renews call for Cambodia to release opposition leader from prison

0SHARESShare PHNOM PENH (Reuters) – The United States renewed a call for Cambodia’s government to release the country’s main opposition leader Kem Sokha from prison, after parliament voted to change election laws that would re-distribute his party’s seats if it was dissolved. The government is seeking to dissolve Kem Sokha’s Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), arguing he and his party ...

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U.S. official says not ruling out eventual direct talks with North Korea

0SHARESShare TOKYO/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States is not ruling out the eventual possibility of direct talks with North Korea, Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said on Tuesday, hours after Pyongyang warned nuclear war might break out at any moment. Talks between the adversaries have long been urged by China in particular, but Washington and its ally ...

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A divided Iraq tests U.S. influence as fight against Islamic State wanes

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON (Reuters) – After years of focusing divided Iraq on a shared fight against the Islamic State group, the United States is now straining to leverage its limited influence to avoid a full-blown conflict between the Iraqi and Kurdish forces it has armed and trained. Experts say that a path toward reconciliation, in some form, exists. But it will ...

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Suicide bomber, gunmen attack police HQ in Afghan province: officials

KABUL (Reuters) – At least one suicide car bomber and a number of gunmen attacked a provincial police headquarters in Afghanistan on Tuesday, officials said. The Taliban claimed responsibility. An exact casualty toll was unclear as the attack was ongoing in Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, a police official told Reuters. The attackers targeted a police training center attached ...

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China state media attacks Western democracy ahead of Congress

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s official Xinhua news agency attacked Western democracy as divisive and confrontational on Tuesday, praising on the eve of a key Communist Party Congress the harmony and cooperative nature of the Chinese system. China’s constitution enshrines the Communist Party’s long-term “leading” role in government, though it allows the existence of various other political parties under what is ...

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Malaysia says no decision yet on new offers to search for missing MH370

0SHARESShare KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia said on Tuesday it has received proposals from three companies offering to continue the search for Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, which has been missing since 2014, but no decision has been made yet. MH370 vanished three years ago somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean en route to Beijing from Kuala Lumpur with 239 people ...

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Philippine president declares Marawi City liberated from militants

0SHARESShare MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday declared Marawi City liberated from pro-Islamic State militants who have held the heart of the city for 148 days, media and a government minister said. Duterte was visiting Marawi, a day after two leaders of the rebel alliance were killed. Reporters from CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN said Duterte made the ...

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Iraqi-backed Yazidi group takes over Sinjar after Kurdish pullout: residents

0SHARESShare BAGHDAD (Reuters) – An Iraqi Yazidi group affiliated with Iraq’s Shi‘ite-led Popular Mobilisation took full control on Tuesday of the Yazidi city of Sinjar, in the north west of the country, residents told Reuters. The Yazidi group called Lalesh, extended their control over all of Sinjar after the withdrawal late on Monday of Kurdish Peshmerga fighters who were also ...

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Suspected U.S. drone strike kills five on Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier

0SHARESShare PARACHINAR/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A suspected U.S. drone strike killed five people on the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, government and militant sources said on Tuesday, days after a Canadian-American couple held hostage by the Taliban were freed from the same area. Taliban sources said at least five members of the Pakistan-based Haqqani militants, allied to the Taliban, were killed in ...

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San Juan Mayor: It May Be Easy To Disregard Puerto Rico Because We’re A U.S. Colony

0SHARESShare SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico ― A month after Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, many of the 3.4 million citizens on the island are desperate for aid as they struggle daily to find basic necessities like food, drinking water, medicine and consistent forms of communication.  The island’s capital, San Juan, has fared better than the other 77 municipalities.  But just outside ...

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