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Key Islamic State leader killed in apparent U.S. strike in Syria

BEIRUT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State said on Tuesday one of its most prominent and longest-serving leaders was killed in what appeared to be an American air strike in Syria, depriving the militant group of the man in charge of directing attacks overseas. Learn More

 

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Russia questions report blaming Syrian government for gas attacks

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Russia questioned on Tuesday a report by the United Nations and a global chemical weapons watchdog that blamed Syrian government forces for two chlorine gas attacks, saying the U.N. Security Council could not use the conclusions to impose sanctions. More »

 

U.S. lauds fragile respite between Turkey, Kurdish fighters in Syria

BEIRUT/ANKARA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States welcomed an apparent pause in fighting between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on Tuesday, both of them members of the coalition fighting Islamic State, but it was far from clear that any truce would hold. More »

 

North Korea makes progress on missiles, but no evidence of nuclear weapons yet

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has made considerable progress this year on weapons technology, including testing a submarine-launched missile for the first time, but it's still not clear if the isolated nation has developed a nuclear warhead. More »

 

Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan hit by suspected suicide car bomb

BISHKEK (Reuters) - A suspected suicide car bomber rammed the gates of the Chinese embassy in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek on Tuesday, killing the attacker and wounding at least three other people, officials said. More »

 

Car bomb outside Somali President's Palace kills at least 10

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 10 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in Somalia's capital Mogadishu on Tuesday when a car bomb claimed by al Shabaab exploded outside the Presidential Palace and also damaged two nearby hotels, an official said. More »

 

Venezuela arrests opposition activists ahead of anti-government rally

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela has arrested several opposition activists accused of plotting violence during an anti-government rally scheduled for Thursday, President Nicolas Maduro said on Tuesday, and opposition leaders slammed the arrests as intimidation. More »

 

Italy rescues 3,000 migrants from Mediterranean as arrivals surge

ROME (Reuters) - Some 3000 migrants were saved in the Strait of Sicily in 30 separate rescue missions on Tuesday, the Italian coastguard said, bringing the total to almost 10,000 in two days and marking a sharp acceleration in refugee arrivals in Italy. More »

 

Day of the Disappeared: South Asia's torturous wait for the missing

NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Shova Bhatta vividly remembers the morning 16 years ago, when five men came to her grocery shop on the outskirts of the Nepali capital and took her husband Shyam. More »

 

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