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  • U.S.-backed forces in Syria holding foreign Islamic State leaders

    BEIRUT, Oct 19 (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias in Syria have detained senior foreign Islamic State leaders in months of fighting for Raqqa, but it is not yet clear if they will be repatriated after facing trial, a spokesman said on Thursday.

  • Nissan to suspend domestic production of cars for Japan market

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd <7201.T> is suspending domestic production of vehicles for the Japanese market for at least two weeks to address misconduct in its inspection procedures that led to a major recall, it said on Thursday.

  • With tears and song, China welcomes Xi as great, wise leader

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese officials on Thursday heaped praise on President Xi Jinping's political ideology, unveiled a day earlier at a key Communist Party Congress, a sign that it could be enshrined in the party's constitution and further cement his power.

  • Stocks stumble off all-time highs, kiwi takes a dive

    LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks set a fresh record high before stalling in Europe on Thursday, as the longest winning streak for Japanese stocks since 1998 and the first close above 23,000 for Wall Street's Dow index helped to offset nerves about Spain.

  • UPDATE 2-OPEC seeking consensus on oil supply cut extension before meeting

    LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Oil producers are working to build consensus on extending their deal to reduce supplies, OPEC's secretary general said on Thursday, with the potential for continuation throughout 2018 forming a basis for talks.

  • UPDATE 1-Turkey's Erdogan says 3 more mayors to quit, including Ankara chief

    ANKARA, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that three more mayors, including the high-profile mayor of the capital Ankara, are to resign soon, as he pushes to revitalise his ruling party ahead of 2019 elections.

  • 100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover -Kurdish officials

    ERBIL/BAGHDAD, Iraq, Oct 19 (Reuters) - About 100,000 Kurds have fled Kirkuk for fear of sectarian reprisals since Iraqi government forces took over the city after a Kurdish independence referendum condemned by Baghdad, regional Kurdish officials said on Thursday.

  • TSMC sees on-quarter revenue growth at 10 pct ahead of iPhone X launch

    TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd (TSMC) said demand from mobile device makers is likely to push October-December revenue growth to 10 percent from three months prior, in a quarter when client Apple Inc begins sales of its iPhone X.

  • UPDATE 1-Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq - KRG

    CAIRO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The ‭Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, head of the KRG department of foreign relations, told broadcaster CNN in an interview. ‭ There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq so as to reach a common understanding, Bakir said, according to a transcript of the interview published on KRG's website, adding the dispute was not about oil or the national flag but about the future of two nations.

  • Pakistani anti-corruption court indicts ousted PM Sharif

    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani anti-corruption court on Thursday indicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter over allegations linked to ownership of London properties, opening a trial that could see the former leader jailed.

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