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Special Report - Shattered sanctuary: In Christchurch, an imam seeks to rebuild

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - Ibrahim Abdelhalim was at his mosque last week in the Linwood neighborhood of Christchurch, New Zealand, delivering a prayer as he usually does on Friday afternoons. The 67-year-old grandfather had already spoken about "tasting the sweetness of faith" as a Muslim obedient to God and willing to serve humanity. Read More


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President's re-election pitch resonates in heartland of Ukraine's revolution

LVIV, Ukraine (Reuters) - At a cemetery in western Ukraine, a tall, gray-haired man lights candles and kisses the gravestone of his 35-year-old brother Taras, whose death, he said, changed his mind about who should win this month's presidential election. More »


New Zealand bans military type semi-automatic weapons used in mosque massacre

CHRISTCHURCH (Reuters) - New Zealand will ban military-style semi-automatic and assault rifles under tough new gun laws following the killing of 50 people in the country's worst mass shooting, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday. More »


U.S.-backed force denies report of Islamic State's final defeat

DEIR AL-ZOR, Syria (Reuters) - The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) denied a report on Thursday that all of Islamic State's final enclave has been captured after a Kurdish media outlet said the jihadist group had been finally defeated there. More »


Hunger stalks Yemen's remote villages after four years of war

HAJJAH PROVINCE, Yemen (Reuters) - As Yeman's war grinds into its fifth year with peace efforts stalling, ten-year-old Afaf's father sees little hope he will be able to give his starving daughter the food or healthcare she needs. More »


Boeing, FAA face more pressure from U.S. lawmakers over 737 MAX accidents

CHICAGO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on Boeing Co in Washington as U.S. lawmakers called for executives to testify about two crashed 737 MAX jets, even as the world's biggest planemaker worked to return the grounded fleet to the skies. More »


May has a 'good shot' of getting Brexit deal approved next week, UK junior minister

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May has a good chance of getting her twice-defeated Brexit deal approved by parliament next week, a junior Brexit minister in her government said on Thursday. More »


Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday, boosted by a possible terrorist attack this week in the city of Utrecht. More »


Mozambique death toll at 217 after cyclone: government minister

BEIRA, Mozambique (Reuters) - The death toll after a powerful cyclone in Mozambique has risen to 217 and around 15,000 people, many of them very ill, still need to be rescued, a government minister said on Thursday. More »


Asian shares rise on Fed dovishness; growth concerns linger

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Shares in Asia rose on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve abandoned forecasts for any interest rate hikes this year, More »


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