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Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia as secessionists accept elections

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:39
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's direct rule over Catalonia took hold smoothly on Monday as employees ignored calls for civil disobedience to turn up for work, and secessionist parties agreed to stand in new elections, implying acceptance that the regional government was dissolved.
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Convoy rolls into Damascus suburbs with aid for 40,000: U.N.

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - A convoy from the United Nations and Syrian Arab Red Crescent entered towns in the besieged Damascus suburb of eastern Ghouta on Monday, bringing aid to 40,000 people for the first time since June 2016, the United Nations said.
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Saudi Arabia to extract uranium for 'self-sufficient' nuclear program

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 11:13
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia plans to extract uranium domestically as part of its nuclear power program and sees this as a step towards "self-sufficiency" in producing atomic fuel, a senior official said on Monday.
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Trump, Japan's Abe agree to work together on North Korea before Asia visit

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 10:47
TOKYO (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to work together on steps to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile development, ahead of the U.S. leader's visit to Asia, the Japanese government said late on Monday.
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Second woman enters Russian presidential race, campaigning for single mothers

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 09:43
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A journalist became the second woman to enter Russia's presidential race, saying on Monday she wanted to use the election to campaign for the rights of single mothers and children.
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Dutch begin trial over 1970s Ethiopian war crimes

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 09:34
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A man faced war crimes charges at a Dutch court on Monday accused of the incarceration, torture and murder of opponents of former Ethiopian leader Mengistu Haile Mariam in the 1970s.
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Kenyans anxiously await results of presidential vote

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 08:13
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Riot police fired teargas at opposition supporters in a slum in Kenya's capital on Monday, as the country awaited official confirmation of a landslide win for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in re-run elections.
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Work resumes normally in Catalonia as Spain enforces direct rule

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:56
BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) - Work resumed normally in Catalonia and calm reigned on the streets on Monday despite calls for civil disobedience from secessionist politicians, in early signs the direct rule imposed to stop an independence bid was taking hold.
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Japan pledges to help Philippines rebuild Marawi

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:51
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan said on Monday it will help the Philippines rebuild conflict-torn southern Marawi city as well as other infrastructure in a deepening of ties to counter China's regional influence.
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Russian-backed Syria congress may happen next month, focus on constitution: RIA

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:33
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Moscow-backed congress of all Syria's ethnic groups could take place in Russia as soon as next month and launch work on drawing up a new constitution, the RIA news agency reported on Monday, citing a source familiar with the situation.
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Opposition activists confront police before Kenyan vote results

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:24
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Opposition supporters faced off against riot police firing teargas in a slum in Kenya's capital on Monday, hours before the official announcement of an expected landslide win for incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta in re-run elections.
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Iran fulfilling nuclear deal commitments: IAEA chief

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 07:10
ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Iran is fulfilling its commitments under the nuclear deal with world powers and U.N. inspectors are facing no problems in their verification efforts, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general said on Monday.
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Iran to lift border curbs with Iraq's Kurdish region in coming days: ISNA

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 05:32
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran will lift border restrictions with Iraq's Kurdistan region "in the coming days following a closure after last month’s Kurdish vote in favor of independence, the Iranian armed forces chief of staff said.
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Philippines police chief hints at possible run for presidency

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 05:17
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' top police chief who oversaw a bloody war on drugs that has killed thousands of Filipinos hinted on Monday at a possible run for the presidency.
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Deadline nears for Northern Ireland power-sharing deal, direct rule looms

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 04:59
BELFAST (Reuters) - Britain will bring in legislation to set a budget for Northern Ireland if no last-minute deal can be struck on Monday to restore a power-sharing government in the province 10 months after it collapsed.
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Afghan Taliban say kidnapped U.S. professor is seriously ill

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 04:33
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said on Monday that Kevin King, one of two professors from the American University of Afghanistan who were kidnapped at gunpoint in Kabul last year, is seriously ill and needs urgent medical attention.
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Saudi Arabia to let women enter sports stadiums in 2018

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 03:30
DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia will for the first time allow women to attend sports events in three selected stadiums from early next year, the General Sports Authority said in a statement.
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Russia hopes Turkey can stabilize situation in Syria's Idlib: RIA

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 03:27
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia hopes that Turkey can stabilize the situation in Syria's Idlib Province where Moscow believes there is a high threat of attacks by militants, a senior Russian diplomat said on Monday, the RIA news agency reported.
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Spain's control over Catalonia to be tested on Monday as work resumes

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 03:03
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's control over Catalonia will be tested on Monday when politicians and civil servants return to work amid uncertainty over whether they will accept direct rule imposed by the central government to stop the region's independence bid.
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Taiwan to boost defense spending, U.S. concerned over possible military imbalance: official media

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 02:08
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan will increase future defense spending by two percent each year, President Tsai Ing-wen said during a visit to Hawaii where the United States expressed concern over a possible military imbalance in the Taiwan Straits, Taiwan media reported.
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