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Gunman opens fire at Texas church, killing at least 20 Monday, November 6th, 2017

Lisa Maria Garza, SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters): A gunman entered a small church in southeast Texas and opened fire, killing at least 20 worshipers and wounding many others in the latest mass shooting to plague the United States, according to authorities and media reports. The shooting..

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Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge Sunday, November 5th, 2017

RIYADH, (AFP): Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom's young crown prince consolidates power.  Separately, the head of the Saudi National Guard, once a leading contender..

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IS executed 741 civilians during Mosul battle: UN Friday, November 3rd, 2017

GENEVA, (AFP): The Islamic State group executed 741 civilians in the battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul, the UN said Thursday, accusing the jihadists of perpetrating "international crimes" during the nine-month military campaign.  A total of 2,521 civilians were killed, mostly by IS attacks,..

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Bangladesh arrests pilot accused of plot to hijack plane Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

DHAKA, (AFP): Bangladesh on Tuesday arrested a pilot from the national airline accused of plotting with Islamist militants to hijack or crash a plane in a spectacular attack, police said.  Sabbir Emam, a pilot with state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines, was detained in Dhaka with three others..

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Mass unity rally in Barcelona Sunday, October 29th, 2017

BARCELONA, (AFP): Chanting "Viva Espana", thousands of protesters gathered in the Catalan capital Barcelona Sunday, furious at a move by the region's now deposed leaders to break away from Spain.  "In my town, I am unable to leave my house with the Spanish flag," fumed 19-year-old student Marina..

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China accuses Xi rivals of vote rigging Saturday, October 28th, 2017

BEIJING, (AFP): China's ruling Communist Party says three of its top former officials rigged votes during earlier party congresses, in a move that sheds light on the fall of members of Xi Jinping's rival factions.  The senior figures were removed from office over the last few years as part of..

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Spain readies to roll back Catalonia’s regional autonomy Friday, October 27th, 2017

MADRID, (AFP): Spain's premier urged senators Friday to adopt radical measures to impose direct rule on rebel Catalonia and depose its president in a bid to halt the region's independence bid.  Prime minister Mariano Rajoy asked parliament's upper house, where his party holds a majority, to..

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Pakistan court issues arrest warrant for ex-PM Sharif: lawyer Thursday, October 26th, 2017

ISLAMABAD, (AFP): A Pakistani court on Thursday issued arrest warrants for ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in two cases of corruption spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, his lawyers said.  Sharif is currently in London with his wife Kalsum as she undergoes cancer treatment, and has not..

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Israel arrests 51 Palestinians in east Jerusalem raid Monday, October 23rd, 2017

JERUSALEM, (AFP): Israeli police raided a Palestinian neighbourhood in annexed east Jerusalem overnight and arrested 51 people accused of violent protests against security forces, authorities said Monday.  The 51 Palestinian suspects from Issawiya were arrested for participating in recent "riots..

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Mattis to discuss N. Korea threat on Asia trip

CLARK, Philippines, (AFP): US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Monday that curbing military threats from North Korea would be high on the agenda on his Asian tour this week, ahead of a visit by Donald Trump. Tension has been high on the divided peninsula for months with Pyongyang staging its..

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Abe eyes fresh term as Japan votes under N. Korea threats Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

TOKYO, (AFP): Millions of Japanese braved typhoon conditions Sunday for a snap election likely to hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a fresh mandate to revive the world's third-largest economy and press his hardline stance on North Korea.  If pre-election surveys prove correct, Abe's conservative..

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2 former presidents break with tradition to denounce Trump Saturday, October 21st, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AP): Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief — but without mentioning him by name. Remarks on the same day by former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack..

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