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    Zimbabwe nurses end strike, challenge dismissal in court

    Zimbabwean nurses have called off a strike against poor working conditions and will return to work on Monday, a nurses union said on Sunday. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga last week announced the sacking of 16,000 striking nurses, accusing them of a "politically motivated" walkout. Zimbabwe

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    Armenian police break up protests after PM rejects demands to quit

    By Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenian police detained three opposition leaders on Sunday and dispersed some protesters on the 10th day of demonstrations against the appointment of former President Serzh Sarksyan as prime minister, an opposition politician and witnesses said. Protesters accuse

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    North Korea's nuclear pledge adds momentum to South's preparations for summit

    By Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's preparations for its first summit with North Korea in more than a decade are in full swing this week, officials said on Sunday, a day after the North's pledge to end its nuclear tests raised hopes but also scepticism. North Korea said on Saturday

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    France's Mont Saint-Michel evacuated after man threatens police: district prefect

    PARIS (Reuters) - French authorities said they evacuated the major tourist attraction of Mont Saint-Michel after a man threatened police on Sunday. A local bar owner heard a man uttering threats after he entered the site in the northwestern region of Normandy around 0530 GMT, district prefect Jean-Marc

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    Islamic State suicide bomber kills 31 in Afghan capital

    A suicide bomber struck a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital on Sunday, killing at least 31 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro said another 54 people were wounded in Sunday's attack, updating an earlier toll. Gen. Daud

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    Syrian military pummels IS-held districts in Damascus

    Syrian government forces used warplanes, helicopters and artillery on Sunday to pound districts of the capital held by the Islamic State group, in a bid to enforce an evacuation deal reached with the militants earlier in the week. The militants agreed to give up their last pocket in southern Damascus

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    'Nut rage' sisters leave Korean Air, father apologizes

    Korean Air Lines Co Ltd Chairman Cho Yang-ho apologized on Sunday for the behavior of his two daughters and said they would immediately step down from their positions at the company. One of the daughters, Cho Hyun-min, a senior vice-president at the airline, is under investigation by police for suspected

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    Blast at election center in Afghan capital, dozens of casualties

    By Qadir Sediqi and Sayed Hassib KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a voter registration center in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday, killing at least 31 people and wounding more than 50, most of them waiting in line to receive identity cards, officials said. Islamic State

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    Iraqi shrine tablets offer blessings, cures and a living

    By Alaa al-Marjani KERBALA, Iraq (Reuters) - For pilgrims, the clay tablets from Iraq's Shi'ite Muslim Kerbala shrine are a blessing, an aid to prayer, even a cure for sickness. The tablets, known as "turbah" or soil in Arabic, come in many shapes - round, square, lozenge, half-circle

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    Israel says 15 Hamas operatives arrested in West Bank raid

    The Israeli military says it has arrested 15 Hamas operatives in an overnight West Bank raid. The military says Sunday those captured are suspected of collaborating with a well-known Hamas operative from Gaza to spread its activities to the West Bank, which is governed by the rival Fatah movement.

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    Conservatives seen keeping power as Paraguay goes to the polls

    By Hugh Bronstein and Daniela Desantis BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Paraguay will pick a new president in Sunday's election with the ruling Colorado Party expected to keep power but lose seats in Congress, which could complicate its pro-business agenda and raise the risk of higher taxes on the country

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    Israel dismisses suggestions it killed Palestinian in Malaysia

    Israel's defence minister said on Sunday a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and "no saint", but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel's Mossad spy agency assassinated him. Two men on a motorcycle fired 10 shots at Fadi al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer

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    Air strikes pound insurgent enclave close to Damascus

    Air strikes pounded an insurgent-held area near Damascus on Sunday, footage broadcast by state TV stations showed, as the Syrian government stepped up efforts to wipe out the insurgency's last foothold near the capital. The area is part of an enclave just south of Damascus that includes the Palestinian

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    Britain's Pippa Middleton pregnant with first child: Sun on Sunday

    Britain's Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, is pregnant with her first child, The Sun on Sunday newspaper reported. Middleton, 34, gained global fame when she acted as maid of honor at the 2011 wedding of her sister Kate to Prince William, who is second in line to

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    Saudi issues drone restrictions following palace incident

    Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry on Sunday instructed drone enthusiasts to obtain permission to fly the devices until regulations were finalised, a day after security forces shot down a recreational drone near the king's palace in Riyadh. A senior Saudi official told Reuters there were no casualties

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    World's 'oldest person' dies in Japan aged 117

    A Japanese woman born in the final year of the 19th century and believed to have been the world's oldest person died on Saturday, Kyodo news agency said. Nabi Tajima, born in 1900, died from old age at a hospital on her native southwestern island of Kikaijima, Kyodo said. Guinness World Records

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    A's lefty Manaea pitches no-hitter vs streaking Red Sox

    Sean Manaea might've been the only person at the Oakland Coliseum who didn't realize he was still working on a no-hitter. After a dropped popup in the fifth inning, the Athletics lefty figured it was over. Manaea became the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Boston in almost exactly

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    Treasury chief may visit China as trade tensions simmer

    By David Lawder and Leika Kihara WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he may travel to China, a move that could ease tensions between the world's two largest economies, as international policymakers acknowledged Beijing needs to change its trade practices

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    Nicaragua's Ortega offers benefits rethink as protest death toll rises

    By Oswaldo Rivas MANAGUA (Reuters) - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Saturday he was ready to consider changing an unpopular social security overhaul that has sparked days of deadly protests and one of the biggest crises of his leadership. At least six people have died since Nicaraguans

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    Trump says he doesn't think personal lawyer will 'flip'

    President Donald Trump said Saturday that he doesn't expect Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, to "flip" as the government investigates Cohen's business dealings. Trump, in a series of tweets fired off from Florida on the morning of former first lady Barbara Bush

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    Two Chinese dragon boats capsize in river, 17 killed

    Two dragon boats practicing to race on a river in China have overturned and 17 people drowned, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Television pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where

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    World's oldest person dies in Japan at age of 117

    The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died. Nabi Tajima died of old age in a hospital Saturday evening in the town of Kikai in southern Japan, town official Susumu Yoshiyuki confirmed. Tajima, born on Aug. 4, 1900, was the last known person born in the 19th century.

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    As U.S., North Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals

    By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a "very dangerous message" that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran's foreign minister warned as U.S. and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearization talks.

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    Islamic party aims to hold the key in Malaysia's election

    By Joseph Sipalan and John Chalmers KOTA BHARU, Malaysia (Reuters) - The outcome of next month's election in Malaysia may hinge on the performance of a party that has strived for decades to turn the country into an Islamic state and enforce harsher penalties on Muslims for adultery, theft and drinking

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    Missouri lawmaker accused of calling into racist radio show

    ST. LOUIS — Fellow Democrats are calling for a Missouri lawmaker to resign after they say he repeatedly called into a St. Louis-area radio program in which the host is known for making racist and other offensive remarks.