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U.S. military prepares for biggest Okinawa land return since 1972

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States military said on Friday it was preparing for the biggest land return in Okinawa since 1972, as it faces a surge in opposition to its presence following the arrest of one its civilian contractors for the murder of a local woman. Learn More


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Syria's Nusra Front says ending al Qaeda ties; U.S. fears for Aleppo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's powerful Syrian branch, the Nusra Front, announced on Thursday it was ending its relationship with the global jihadist network founded by Osama bin Laden, to remove a pretext used by world powers to attack Syrians. More »


Attempt at U.S.-Russia cooperation in Syria suffers major setbacks

GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's attempt to elicit Russian military cooperation in the fight against Islamic State in Syria suffered two potentially crippling blows on Thursday. More »


France had been hunting second church attacker after tip-off

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France (Reuters) - Police had been hunting the second teenager who killed a priest in a church in France this week after a foreign intelligence tip-off that a suspected jihadist might be preparing an attack, police and judicial sources said. More »


Erdogan wants army under president's control after coup: Turkish official

ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency, a parliamentary official said on Thursday, part of a major overhaul of the military after a failed coup. More »


Up to one million could flee fighting for Iraq's Mosul: ICRC

GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 1 million people could be forced to flee their homes in Iraq soon as fighting intensifies in a government offensive to retake Mosul from Islamic State militants, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Friday. More »


Exclusive: New York Fed asks Philippines to recover Bangladesh money

DHAKA (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has asked the Philippines' central bank to help Bangladesh Bank recover the $81 million that was stolen by hackers in February from its account held at the Fed, boosting Dhaka's efforts to retrieve the money. More »


Afghan government loses 5 percent of territory in 4 months: U.S. government watchdog

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Afghan government lost control or influence of nearly 5 percent of its territory between January and May, the U.S government's top watchdog on Afghanistan said in a report on Friday, an indication of the challenges its forces are facing. More »


Wing part found in Tanzania is 'highly likely' from MH370: Australia minister

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An aircraft wing part found in Tanzania is "highly likely" to be part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an Australian government minister said on Friday, in what would be the second confirmed piece of the jetliner. More »


Libya government in talks to reopen Ras Lanuf oil port: official

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan government officials were in talks with brigades holding the Ras Lanuf oil port, one of two major oil terminals shut down since December 2014, to reach a deal to reopen exports, officials said. More »


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