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China says 'no such thing' as man-made islands in South China Sea

BEIJING (Reuters) - There was "no such thing" as man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea, China's Defence Ministry said on Thursday, and reiterated that any building work was mainly for civilian purposes. Learn More


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Malaysia releases Kim Jong Nam's body in deal ending spat with North Korea

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia put the body of the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a plane to Pyongyang on Thursday, in a deal that secured the release of its citizens there and ended a drawnout diplomatic spat. More »


Exclusive: South Africa's Zuma considers stepping down early in deal to oust Gordhan

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Jacob Zuma is considering offering to step down next year, at least 12 months before his term as South African president ends, under a deal with opponents in his ruling party that would see Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan leave office now, two senior party sources said. More »


Warplanes strike near Syria's Hama as army counter-attacks

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Warplanes pounded rebel-held areas north of the Syrian city of Hama on Thursday in an escalation of air strikes, a rebel official and a monitor said, as government forces fought to reverse the insurgents' biggest assault in months. More »


Tillerson tells frustrated Turks: U.S. faces tough choices in Syria

ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged on Thursday that Washington faced difficult choices in the fight against Islamic State in Syria but sought to downplay differences with NATO ally Turkey over support for Kurdish militia fighters. More »


Netanyahu set to approve first West Bank settlement for 20 years

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he expected to sign off on Thursday on building the first new settlement in the occupied West Bank for two decades, even as he negotiates with Washington on a possible curb on settlement activity. More »


Investigators suspect UK killer was lone wolf radicalized on internet

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former violent criminal who converted to Islam and kept out of trouble for more than a decade, the killer who struck Britain's parliament last week was probably a "lone wolf", self-radicalized by material on the internet, investigators say. More »


EU open to May's bid for early post-Brexit trade talks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is wary of Prime Minister Theresa May's call for swift negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade deal while Britain is still settling its withdrawal terms, but the bloc is not ruling out early talks. More »


Conservative ex-banker vies with Correa ally for Ecuador presidency

QUITO (Reuters) - An ally of leftist President Rafael Correa and a right-wing former bank boss are battling to become Ecuador's next president in Sunday's election after a tense and tight campaign in the historically volatile Andean nation. More »


Turkey set for close vote on boosting Erdogan's powers, polls suggest

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Less than three weeks before Turkey votes on sweeping new powers sought by President Tayyip Erdogan, opinion polls suggest a tight race in a referendum that could bring the biggest change to the system of governance in the country's modern history. More »


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