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Ankara mayor quits in Erdogan purge of local government
ANKARA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - The mayor of Ankara said on Monday he will step down this week, the fifth mayor from the ruling party to quit in recent weeks in the face of demands for a purge of local politics by President Tayyip Erdogan.
Tillerson arrives in Iraq after rebuke from Baghdad over paramilitaries
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived on Monday in Iraq, hours after the government rebuked him for calling on it to send home Iranian-backed paramilitary units that helped defeat Islamic State and capture the Kurdish-held city of Kirkuk.
U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson makes unannounced visit to Baghdad
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made an unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday, meeting Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hours after his office accused Tillerson of interfering in Iraqi affairs.
New school offers education 'salvation' for Syrian girls in Lebanon
BAR ELIAS, Lebanon (Reuters) - A new girls' school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon's poor Bekaa region is aiming to give girls from conservative backgrounds the chance at a formal education.
UPDATE 2-Austrian conservative Kurz says needs more time on coalition
VIENNA, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Austrian conservative leader Sebastian Kurz said on Monday he needs more time to decide which party he will hold coalition talks with but did nothing to dampen expectations that he will turn to the far right.
RPT-Israel accuses Hezbollah of Golan shelling to spark war with Syria
JERUSALEM, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Israel accused Hezbollah on Monday of orchestrating shelling across the Golan Heights frontier in order to stoke Israeli-Syrian fighting, and called on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his big-power ally Russia to curb the Lebanese guerrillas.
US Secretary of State Tillerson makes unannounced visit to Baghdad
BAGHDAD, Oct 23 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson made a previously unannounced visit to Baghdad on Monday, for a second meeting in as many days with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. Tillerson is also to meet Iraqi President Fuad Masum, a Kurd, in an apparent reaffirmation of U.S. support for unified Iraq after the Kurdish independence referendum held last month in northern Iraq. (Reporting by Jonathan Landay, editing by Larry King)
Oil steady, supported by Iraq disruptions and drop in U.S. rigs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices were little changed on Monday as supply disruptions in Iraq dented exports out of OPEC's second largest producer and amid signs of a decline in U.S. drilling rates.
Rohingyas must go home but to safety, Bangladesh says
GENEVA (Reuters) - Bangladesh called on Myanmar on Monday to allow nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslim refugees to return home under safe conditions, saying that the burden had become "untenable" on its territory.
Syria's Assad meets once dissident footballers in Damascus
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met two former dissident footballers who returned to the national team for its World Cup qualifying campaign after years in exile, photographs posted by his office showed on Monday.
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