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  • U.S. spending bill would halt transfer of F-35s to Turkey

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed a spending bill on Thursday including a provision to block Turkey's purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets unless it drops a plan to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

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  • U.S. spending bill would halt transfer of F-35s to Turkey

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate committee passed a spending bill on Thursday including a provision to block Turkey's purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets unless it drops a plan to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.

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  • Survivors report 220 migrants drown off Libya in recent days

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Survivors have reported that about 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in the last few days while trying to reach Europe, putting the death toll this year on that route to more than 1,000, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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  • Kushner meets with Egypt, Qatar leaders about Mideast plan

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House adviser Jared Kushner met separately on Thursday with the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, two in a series of meetings Kushner has held in the Middle East over a much-anticipated U.S. plan for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

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  • Malala Yousafzai Fast Facts

    View Malala Yosafzai Fast Facts at CNN to learn more about the young activist and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • Survivors report 220 migrants drown off Libya in recent days: UNHCR

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Survivors have reported that about 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in the last few days while trying to reach Europe, putting the death toll this year on that route to more than 1,000, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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  • Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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  • East Libyan forces reclaim key oil ports

    BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.

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  • OPEC strives for deal to raise oil output as Iran resists

    VIENNA (Reuters) - OPEC was struggling on Thursday to agree on raising oil output, with Saudi Arabia warning of supply shortages and price rallies but Iran holding out against a deal at the group's meeting the following day.

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  • Syria shells rebel-held areas ahead of possible offensive

    Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held areas in the south on Thursday, further undermining an international "de-escalation" agreement backed by the United States ahead of a threatened offensive, prompting a warning from the U.S. of "serious repercussions" for the violations. The U.S.,...

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  • Turkish court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court ruled on Thursday to keep the local chair of Amnesty International in jail as his trial on terror charges continues, the group said, extending a year-long detention that has prompted global outrage.

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  • Trump's foreign policy will make Europe stronger, U.S. official says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tough stance on Iran, new tariffs on European Union metal imports and U.S. demands for higher defence spending in Europe are part of a strategy to strengthen the West, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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  • Trump's foreign policy will make Europe stronger, U.S. official says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tough stance on Iran, new tariffs on European Union metal imports and U.S. demands for higher defense spending in Europe are part of a strategy to strengthen the West, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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  • Trump's foreign policy will make Europe stronger, U.S. official says

    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tough stance on Iran, new tariffs on European Union metal imports and U.S. demands for higher defense spending in Europe are part of a strategy to strengthen the West, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

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  • Saudi Arabia could turn rival Qatar into an island by digging new canal

    Saudi Arabia intends to literally carve up the Arabian Peninsula to spite its tiny neighbour Qatar, inviting companies to construct a canal that would turn the emirate into an island, according to Saudi media reports.

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  • Italy and Germany clash as migration rows split EU

    BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday a draft EU accord on migration had been withdrawn after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel over an issue that is splitting Europe.

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  • Italy and Germany clash as migration rows split EU

    BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday a draft EU accord on migration had been withdrawn after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel over an issue that is splitting Europe.

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  • Algerian prime minister urges Bouteflika to seek fifth term

    ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has urged 81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in 2019 ending speculation that he might himself be interested in the job.

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  • Turkish opposition plans half a million election vote monitors

    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's main opposition parties and NGOs said they plan to deploy more than half a million monitors and volunteers at ballot boxes across the country to prevent fraud in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

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  • Turkish court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail: Amnesty

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court ruled on Thursday to keep the local chair of Amnesty International in jail, the rights group said on Twitter, one of several high-profile cases that have raised concern about Ankara's record on free speech and protection of human rights.

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  • Iranian women celebrate landmark moment as they're allowed into Tehran stadium for World Cup

    Iranian female football fans were allowed into the main national stadium for the first time in 37 years on Wednesday after the government finally relaxed its ban on women at sporting events.

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  • South Sudan’s armed opposition rejects ‘imposition’ of peace

    South Sudan’s armed opposition on Thursday rejected any “imposition” of a peace deal and asked for more time after the first face-to-face meeting between President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar in almost two years.

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  • Merkel pledges $100 million loan for troubled Jordan

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday promised a $100 million loan to troubled Jordan, where mass protests over austerity measures forced the prime minister to resign earlier this month.

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  • The Latest: US warns Russia, Syria on cease-fire violations

    The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 8 p.m. The United States is warning Russia and Syria's President Bashar Assad of "serious repercussions" for violations of an unraveling ceasefire in southwest Syria. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says the U.S....

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