Turkey opposition stages sit-in to protest changes to parliamentary procedure

ANKARA (Reuters) – Turkey’s main opposition staged a sit-in on Thursday to protest against proposed changes to parliamentary procedure that it says will restrict lawmakers’ ability to challenge President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party in the assembly. The move comes amid mounting concerns among opposition parties, human rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies that Erdogan is using a crackdown on ...

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U.S.-trained Iraqi army unit committed war crimes in Mosul: HRW

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – A U.S.-trained Iraqi army division allegedly executed several dozen men in the final throes of the battle against Islamic State militants in Mosul’s Old City, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday. The watchdog urged the U.S. government to suspend all support for the 16th Division of the Iraqi army pending an investigation into what it called ...

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EU warns of possible delays to Brexit talks, London confident of schedule

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Talks between Britain and the European Union on their future relationship are now less likely to start in October, the EU’s top negotiator has said, because of lack of progress on Brexit divorce issues so far, EU officials said. The EU’s top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier on Wednesday briefed ambassadors from the 27 countries that will remain ...

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Putin signs Syria base deal, cementing Russia's presence there for half a century

MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying a deal with the Syrian government allowing Russia to keep its air base in Syria for almost half a century, official documents show. The original deal, signed in Damascus in January, sets out the terms under which Russia can use its Hmeymim air base in Latakia Province which it ...

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Clashes kill three during Venezuela’s anti-Maduro general strike

CARACAS (Reuters) – Three people died during clashes on the first day of an opposition-led strike against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, the state prosecutor’s office said on Thursday. More than 100 people have died in total during anti-government unrest convulsing the South American OPEC nation since April. The 48-hour shutdown was in its second day on Friday. Writing by Andrew ...

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Top Saudi appeals court upholds death sentences of 14 Shi'ites: paper

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s top court has upheld the death sentences of 14 men convicted of armed attacks, all of them from the Sunni-ruled kingdom’s Shi’ite Muslim minority, a local newspaper reported on Thursday. The Arabic-language Okaz newspaper also reported that another appeals court upheld the death sentences of 15 people convicted of spying for Iran. Spokesmen for the ...

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