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What's happening in Sri Lanka? All questions answered

Here's how the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka has unfolded, what's at stake if it drags on, and what to expect next.

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Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled 'attack'

Iranian intelligence unit accused of 'planning an attack in Denmark', Tehran strongly denies allegations.

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As midterms marred by violence, experts point finger at Trump

Experts and monitors say this could be one of the most violent election seasons in living memory.

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South Sudan: Riek Machar to return to Juba for peace ceremony

Machar fled South Sudan's capital two years ago under a hail of gunfire when an earlier peace deal collapsed.

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Egypt releases author and publisher held over book on economy

Court orders the economist and his publisher's release pending investigation into accusations of publishing 'fake news'.

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Is Saudi Arabia protecting whoever ordered Khashoggi's killing?

Turkish President Erdogan says the kingdom's investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist must reveal all.

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N Ireland: KKK incident at Islamic centre probed as hate crime

Investigation under way after several people dressed in costumes of white supremacist group pose outside Islamic centre.

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Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737 MAX jets after Lion Air crash

Lion Air currently operates 10 737-MAX jets in its fleet while national carrier Garuda has one.

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US midterms: The House of Representatives races you need to watch

With the Democratic Party vying to take back Congress, Al Jazeera breaks down the key House races you need to watch.

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Nigerian police 'open fire' at Shia protesters amid Abuja clashes

At least one protester wounded in latest round of violence amid protests by supporters of jailed cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky.

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Turkey ship to begin drilling for oil, gas in Mediterranean

The Turkish move is likely to reignite tensions with Cyprus and Greece over jurisdiction on disputed territories.

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Imagining a Bolsonaro Brazil

While Bolsonaro has offered no concrete political and economic plans for Brazil, I cannot but fear for our future.

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Suicide bomber strikes outside Kabul prison, kills seven people including prison workers and security personnel

Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish says the attacker early on Wednesday targeted a bus carrying prison workers outside the Kabul prison. The sprawling Pul-e-Charkhi prison houses hundreds of inmates, including scores of Taliban.

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UN chief Antonio Guterres plans to appoint Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen as new envoy to Syria

UN chief Antonio Guterres has informed the UNSC that he wishes to appoint Norwegian diplomat Geir Pedersen as the next special envoy to Syria. Pedersen is currently Norway's ambassador to China and has previously served as its envoy to the UN.

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Chinese novelist Jin Yong passes away at 94 after long illness; author of Condor trilogy sold over 300 million copies on martial arts

Louis Cha, also known as Jin Yong, a Hong Kong journalist and best-selling Chinese martial arts novelist, has died at age 94 after a long illness.

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UN rights chief wants 'international experts' to help probe Jamal Khashoggi murder, calls on Riyadh to reveal whereabouts of body

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain paperwork ahead of his upcoming wedding. His body has not yet been found.

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Indonesia military identifies possible location of crashed Lion Air jet fuselage, army chief says team sent to confirm

A massive search effort has identified the possible seabed location of the crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesia's military chief said Wednesday, as experts carried out the grim task of identifying dozens of body parts recovered from a 15 nautical mile search area.

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Pakistan's Supreme Court to rule on Christian woman facing death sentence over blasphemy allegations

Asia Bibi was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim. Her case has outraged Christians worldwide and been a source of division within Pakistan, where two politicians who sought to help Bibi were assassinated.

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Typhoon Yutu hits Philippines: Six dead, three dozen people feared buried under landslide; thousands evacuated

Cutting a path just south of last month's Typhoon Mangkhut, which killed dozens, Typhoon Yutu hit the country's most populous island, sparking multiple deadly landslides and shearing off roofs with its fierce winds.

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Indian couple who fell off cliff at Yosemite National Park had warned readers against 'daredevil attempts' for photos, selfies

More than 10 people have died at Yosemite this year, some from natural causes and others from falls, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.

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US defence secretary calls for ceasefire in Yemen, asks warring parties to meet with UN envoy in November to resolve crisis

The Pentagon chief said the US had been watching the conflict in Yemen "for long enough" and said he believes Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who are in a US-backed coalition fighting Shiite Huthi rebels, are ready for talks.

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German nurse Niels Hoegel admits to killing 100 patients as trial opens; prosecutors say serial killer was motivated by vanity, boredom

German nurse Niels Hoegel has already spent nearly a decade in prison on a life term for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment.

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U.S.'s Pompeo calls for end of fighting in Yemen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called for a cessation of hostilities in Yemen and said U.N.-led negotiations to end the civil war should begin next month. In a statement, Pompeo said missile strikes by Iran-allied Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should stop, and the Saudi-led coalition must cease air strikes in all populated areas of Yemen

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Trump visits Pittsburgh to console but stirs anger among protesters

By Jessica Resnick-Ault and Steve Holland PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, shrugging off thousands who protested his visit as unwelcome, offered condolences on Tuesday at the Pittsburgh synagogue where 11 Jewish worshippers were shot to death during Sabbath prayers. The presidential visit, which sources said congressional leaders of both parties declined to join, came as thousands of mourners attended the first funerals for victims of Saturday's massacre, the deadliest attack ever on American Jewry

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Italian police investigate human remains found at Vatican's Rome embassy

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Workers have discovered human bones at the Holy See Embassy to Italy and police are investigating the matter, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

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Britain plans expansion of diplomatic network after Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is to hire nearly 1,000 more diplomatic staff as it looks to expand its links with countries around the world after Brexit, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will announce on Wednesday. They will comprise 335 new positions overseas, 328 in London and 329 new local staff around the world. It will also create 12 new posts, either embassies or missions, with a new embassy in Djibouti and the upgrading of the office in Chad to a full embassy

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Boston gangster James 'Whitey' Bulger killed in prison

By Bill Trott and Sarah N. Lynch (Reuters) - James "Whitey" Bulger, who lived a double life as one of Boston's most notorious mobsters and as a secret FBI informant before going on the run for 16 years, was killed at a federal prison in West Virginia, sources said on Tuesday

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Donald Trump threatens to end birthright citizenship for babies born in US to non-citizens: All you need to know

Donald Trump the flamethrower launched a fresh attack on what he calls America's "ridiculous" immigration system saying he plans to follow through on one of his campaign promises by ending via executive order birthright citizenship to children of non citizens - a Constitutional law that grants US citizenship to anybody born on US soil.

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U.S. charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese intelligence officers conspired with hackers and company insiders to break into private companies' computer systems and steal information on a turbo fan engine used in commercial jetliners, according to a U.S.

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Trump visits synagogue in Pittsburgh attack as protesters march

By Jessica Resnick-Ault PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - U.S.

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Venezuela a threat to regional stability, security -senior U.S. official

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Venezuela poses a clear threat to regional stability and its economic collapse could drag down key U.S. allies in Latin America such as Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, a senior Treasury Department official warned on Tuesday.

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Trump targets U.S. birthright citizenship as elections loom

By Lawrence Hurley and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With congressional elections a week away, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he will seek to scrap the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants as he tries again to dramatically reshape immigration policies.

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Blast kills three Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims in Iraq - police

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Three Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims were killed by a roadside bomb as they walked to a holy site near the northeastern Iraqi city of Khanaqin on Tuesday, police said. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's news agency Amaq reported

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Trump arrives in Pittsburgh as synagogue victims mourned, protesters gather

By Jessica Resnick-Ault PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Pittsburgh on Tuesday to show support as thousands of mourners attended the first funerals for victims of a mass shooting at the city's Tree of Life synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath. The Republican president said he would visit hospitalized police officers and other people wounded in the attack.

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Pittsburgh synagogue victims mourned; Trump to face protests

By Jessica Resnick-Ault PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - Thousands of mourners on Tuesday attended the first funerals for victims of a mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, as protesters prepared to greet U.S. President Donald Trump amid accusations his rhetoric had encouraged anti-Semitic extremists. More than 1,800 people from across the United States came to offer condolences to the relatives of David Rosenthal, 54, and Cecil Rosenthal, 59, at the Rodef Shalom synagogue in the Pennsylvania city as police officers stood outside

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Venezuela a threat to regional stability, security: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Venezuela poses a clear threat to regional stability and could drag down key U.S. allies like Brazil, Argentina and Colombia, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday.

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Rupee falls 40 paise to 74.06 against US dollar in morning trade; rift between govt-RBI weighs in on currency

Forex traders said the US dollar's strength against some currencies overseas and concerns around the rift between the government and the RBI also weighed on rupee

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Narendra Modi govt must not trigger chaos in economy and put India on the backfoot by invoking Section 7; Hold on Urjit Patel

Urjit Patel has never been a darling of the media unlike his predecessor Raghuram Rajan

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Will govt invoke Section 7 of RBI Act? All you need to know about this never-before-invoked Act

Section 7 empowers the central government to give directions to the RBI, after consultation with the Governor of the central bank, as it may consider necessary in the public interest.

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EU launches in-depth probe into Tata-Thyssenkrupp steel merger; to assess if it will reduce competition

In June, India-headquartered Tata Steel had confirmed that it has agreed on the terms of a 50-50 joint venture with ThyssenKrupp to create Europe's second-largest steel company after Lakshmi Mittal's ArcelorMittal.

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Arun Jaitley holds high-level meeting to discuss liquidity issues; no discussion on RBI-govt differences, says report

Unlike in the past, all the four RBI deputy governors attended Tuesday's FSDC meeting along with Patel.

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Court rejects Vijay Mallya's plea against Enforcement Directorate's proceedings for fugitive economic offender tag

Special judge MS Azmi rejected Vijay Mallya's plea and said the court will hear arguments on the main ED plea to declare the beleaguered industrialist an FEO on 22 November

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Reserve Bank of India to inject Rs 12,000 cr liquidity in system on 1 November; to purchase govt securities

The RBI had announced last week that it would inject Rs 40,000 crore into the system in November as it looks to meet festive season demand for funds.

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Oil prices rise for first time in three days, but trade war fears drag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed for the first time in three days on Wednesday, but rising supply and fears over the outlook for demand amid the U.S.-China trade war kept pressure on the market. Brent crude futures had gained 36 cents, or 0.5 percent, to $76.27 a barrel by 0110 GMT. They fell 1.8 percent on Tuesday, at one point touching their lowest since Aug

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Asia stocks tentative after a merciless October for global equities

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks pulled away from 20-month lows to eke out small gains on Wednesday, thanks to a rebound on Wall Street though investors remained cautious after a torrid October month that saw trillions of dollars wiped out of global equity markets.

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After tragedies and big losses, Hyundai looks to reverse North Korea fortunes

By Ju-min Park and Heekyong Yang SEOUL (Reuters) - For Hyundai, the South Korean conglomerate, North Korea has been a story of lost opportunities - and tragedy. In 2003, months before Hyundai was set to open an industrial complex in North Korea, the executive behind the project committed suicide amid accusations his company had made a secret $500 million payment to the North. Five years later, a Hyundai-run resort in the North was closed after a North Korean soldier shot a South Korean tourist

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Facebook's rise in profit outweighs slow user, sales growth

By Munsif Vengattil and Paresh Dave SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Tuesday beat profit estimates but missed targets for growing monthly users and reported its slowest revenue growth in about six years in a quarter some investors feared would be hit harder by defections from the social media site. Facebook is keeping costs in check better than some investors anticipated but is facing challenges growing users, causing shares to swing in both directions after the third-quarter results

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Facebook shares stung by slow user, sales growth

By Munsif Vengattil and Paresh Dave (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Tuesday beat analysts' profit estimates but missed targets for growing monthly users and reported its slowest revenue growth in about six years. The social network is keeping costs in check better than some investors anticipated but is facing challenges growing users, causing shares to swing in both directions after the third-quarter results. Shares of Facebook were up about 3 percent to $146.22 after initially falling as much as 5 percent following the bell, when they had closed up 2.9 percent at $146.22.

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Facebook misses estimates for monthly users, revenue

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Tuesday missed estimates for quarterly user growth and revenue but topped profit expectations as the social network tries to recover from privacy and content scandals. Shares of the company were down 5.2 percent at $138.65 in extended trading. Net income attributable to Facebook shareholders rose to $5.14 billion, or $1.76 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept.

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Gold industry sees prices rising to $1,532/oz over 12 months

BOSTON (Reuters) - The price of gold is expected to rise to $1,532 an ounce by October next year, delegates to the London Bullion Market Association's annual gathering predicted on Tuesday. A poll of delegates at the LBMA conference in Boston also predicted higher prices in a year's time for silver, platinum and palladium. Spot gold has had a difficult few months, falling from a high of $1,366.07 in January to as low as $1,159.96 in August as the dollar strengthened and the U.S.

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Wall Street rebounds as chip, transport shares surge

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S.

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Wall St rebounds as chip, transport shares surge

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S.

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Exclusive: Apollo in advanced talks to acquire Arconic -sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in advanced negotiations to acquire aluminium products maker Arconic Inc for more than $11 billion, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Apollo could reach a deal with Arconic as early as next week after a competing buyout consortium comprising Blackstone Group LP , Carlyle Group LP , Onex Corp and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board indicated it may need three more weeks to complete due diligence on the company, the sources said

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Exclusive: Petrobras could divest another $20 billion in assets through 2019 -source

By Alexandra Alper and Marta Nogueira RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's Petroleo Brasileiro SA could sell an additional $20 billion in assets through next year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, indicating that the state-run oil company expects to maintain its robust pace of divestments despite recent setbacks. Planned sales of its Pasadena refinery in Texas and two oilfield clusters in the Campos basin could be inked by year end, the source said, declining to be named given the sensitivity of the topics

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Exclusive: Buyout firms Bain, CVC compete to acquire Papa John's - sources

By Joshua Franklin and Harry Brumpton (Reuters) - Bain Capital and CVC Capital Partners are among the private equity firms competing to acquire Papa John's International Inc , the world's third-largest pizza delivery company, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The buyout interest in Papa John's comes amid a battle for control with its founder John Schnatter, who owns about 30 percent of the company.

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Oil prices down more than one percent on rising supply, trade war

By Stephanie Kelly NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices dropped more than 1 percent on Tuesday on signs of rising supply and concern that global economic growth and demand for fuel will fall victim to the U.S.-China trade war.

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Exclusive: Buyout firms Bain, CVC compete for Papa John's -sources

(Reuters) - Bain Capital and CVC Capital Partners are among the private equity firms competing to acquire Papa John's International Inc , the world's third-largest pizza delivery company, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The buyout interest in Papa John's comes amid a battle for control with its founder John Schnatter, who owns about 30 percent of the company

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Wall Street edges back, helped by bargain hunters

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. stock indexes posted modest gains on Tuesday, helped by gains for chip stocks as investors took advantage of cheaper prices following a steep recent pullback for equities

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Mastercard shares slide as quality of revenue growth disappoints

By Aparajita Saxena (Reuters) - Mastercard's shares reversed course to fall sharply in afternoon trading on Tuesday as investors worried the company's third-quarter revenue growth was largely being driven by rebates and incentives and not by transaction volumes. The payments processor said its revenue rose 14.7 percent to $3.90 billion in the quarter, out of which rebates and incentives accounted for $1.74 billion

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U.S. leads equities higher on hopes of U.S.-China trade deal

By David Randall NEW YORK (Reuters) - Broad gains in the U.S. equity market turned global stocks higher on Tuesday after President Donald Trump said a "great deal" could be struck with China that would relieve fears of a growing trade war between the world's two largest economies. The euro wallowed near a 10-week low of $1.1352 as the dollar climbed to a 2 1/2-month peak against a basket of the world's top six currencies

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Army helicopter crashes in Afghanistan, killing 25 on board: Officials

An official said the helicopter crashed due to bad weather. Meanwhile, a Taliban spokesman claimed the militants shot it down.

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Suicide bomber kills 7 outside Kabul prison, several injured

According to officials, “The attacker walked towards a vehicle that was parked outside Afghanistan’s largest prison, for security clearance. He blew himself up before the vehicle could enter the prison premises.”

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Human remains found at Vatican property could crack 1983 mysteries

A police investigation is underway to establish the age and gender of the body and date of death.

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Pakistan SC acquits Christian woman on death row since 2010 for blasphemy

Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, the Christian woman facing execution for blasphemy in a landmark 2010 case.

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US president Donald Trump may end birthright citizenship for US-born babies of ...

Revoking birthright citizenship would spark a court fight over whether the president has the unilateral ability to change an amendment to the Constitution.

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Boston gangster Whitey Bulger found dead in prison at 89

James “Whitey” Bulger, the model for Jack Nicholson’s ruthless crime boss in the 2006 Martin Scorsese movie, “The Departed,” led a largely Irish mob that ran loan-sharking, gambling and drug rackets.

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Pakistan school principal gets 105 years in prison for child abuse, rape

One of the charges against Attaullah Marwat was that he had forced, persuaded, coerced and enticed girl students under the age of 18 to engage in sexual activities and was involved in explicit sexual conduct and abuse of minor schoolgirls.

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10 dead as storms batter Italy, motorists and tourists stranded in inclement weather...

Roads were blocked and thousands of people left without power in parts of Europe, as rains and violent winds sparked flooding, uprooted trees and whipped debris into the air. Thick snow has also cloaked mountains, trapping commuters and tourists.

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Bodies of two sisters found duct-taped together on New York river bank

The two young women, identified as Rotana Farea, 22, and her sister Tala, 16, were found on the banks of the Hudson last week with no visible signs of trauma, dressed all in black, with fur-trimmed coat collars, and bound together at the ankles and waist by duct tape.

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Man kills mother, three others over family dispute in Pakistan

Syed Jamal opened fire from a rifle, killing his mother, sister-in-law, nephew and a local reporter, said police.

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Sacked Sri Lankan PM's supporters stage massive rally in Colombo, tear up President's...

Tens of thousands of supporters of sacked Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe blocked roads in Colombo on Tuesday, stepping up a showdown with the country’s newly appointed leader Mahinda Rajapakse, a former strongman accused of grave rights abuses.

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German nurse admits to killing 100 patients out of 'boredom'

Niels Hoegel, has already spent nearly a decade in prison for other patient deaths, and is accused of intentionally administering medical overdoses to victims so he could bring them back to life at the last moment.

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Venice inundated by exceptional high tide; flooding hits Italy

According to city officials, 70 percent of the lagoon city has been flooded by waters rising 149 centimeters above sea level.

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Bangladesh court doubles 5-year jail term of ex-PM Khaleda Zia

In February, Khaleda, her son and aides were convicted of stealing 21 million taka ($253,000) in foreign donations for an orphanage trust set up when she was last prime minister, from 2001 to 2006.

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Suspect who sent pipe-bomb to opponents of Donald Trump had hit list of targets:...

The official said authorities had recovered soldering equipment, a printer, and stamps similar to those used on the package bombs in the investigation into Cesar Sayoc, who was arrested last week in Florida.

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Indonesia plane crash: Wreckage of Lion Air jet believed found

Armed forces chief says possible seabed location of the downed aircraft may have been found after 189 were killed.

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Pacific Rim trade pact dumped by Trump nears take-off

Deal reduces tariffs in economies that together amount to more than 13 percent of global GDP - a total of $10 trillion.

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Modi unveils towering statue of India's independence leader

The $430m Statue of Unity is being seen as PM Narendra Modi's bid to undermine rivals in Nehru-Gandhi family.

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Pakistan acquits Christian woman Bibi in iconic blasphemy case

Supreme Court frees Aasia Bibi after she spent nine years on death row for allegedly blaspheming the Prophet Muhammad.

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Suicide bomber kills at least 7 outside Kabul prison

Detonated explosives near a vehicle of employees from the Pul-e-Charki prison on the outskirts of the Afghan capital.

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'Leave Pittsburgh': Protesters greet Trump after synagogue attack

Trump visits city where a gunman killed 11 in one of the worst acts of anti-Semitic violence in the US in recent memory.

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US defence chief demands Yemen ceasefire; peace talks in 30 days

James Mattis says the US has watched the bloody conflict 'long enough' and he wants 'dropping of bombs' to stop.

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US charges Chinese intelligence officers for jet engine data hack

Malware and phishing techniques allegedly used to target computers and remove data on jet engines and parts from firms.

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Students call for NYU to cancel Milo Yiannopoulos lecture

The far-right writer is slated to talk about the 'politics of Halloween' on Wednesday, prompting student ire.

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Mobster 'Whitey' Bulger killed in prison at 89 years old: reports

James 'Whitey' Bulger was serving two consecutive life sentences for 11 murders, racketeering and other charges.

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US midterms: Georgia's early voting marred by suppression claims

An estimated 53,000 voter applications are being held up by Georgia's Secretary of State.

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US midterm elections: What are the key issues?

As US midterms approach, the issues topping voters' minds include healthcare, the economy and the judiciary.

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What's happening in Sri Lanka? All questions answered

Here's how the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka has unfolded, what's at stake if it drags on, and what to expect next.

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Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled 'attack'

Iranian intelligence unit accused of 'planning an attack in Denmark', Tehran strongly denies allegations.

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As midterms marred by violence, experts point finger at Trump

Experts and monitors say this could be one of the most violent election seasons in living memory.

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South Sudan: Riek Machar to return to Juba for peace ceremony

Machar fled South Sudan's capital two years ago under a hail of gunfire when an earlier peace deal collapsed.

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Egypt releases author and publisher held over book on economy

Court orders the economist and his publisher's release pending investigation into accusations of publishing 'fake news'.

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Is Saudi Arabia protecting whoever ordered Khashoggi's killing?

Turkish President Erdogan says the kingdom's investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist must reveal all.

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N Ireland: KKK incident at Islamic centre probed as hate crime

Investigation under way after several people dressed in costumes of white supremacist group pose outside Islamic centre.

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Indonesia to inspect all Boeing 737 MAX jets after Lion Air crash

Lion Air currently operates 10 737-MAX jets in its fleet while national carrier Garuda has one.

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US midterms: The House of Representatives races you need to watch

With the Democratic Party vying to take back Congress, Al Jazeera breaks down the key House races you need to watch.

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Nigerian police 'open fire' at Shia protesters amid Abuja clashes

At least one protester wounded in latest round of violence amid protests by supporters of jailed cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky.

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Turkey ship to begin drilling for oil, gas in Mediterranean

The Turkish move is likely to reignite tensions with Cyprus and Greece over jurisdiction on disputed territories.

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Imagining a Bolsonaro Brazil

While Bolsonaro has offered no concrete political and economic plans for Brazil, I cannot but fear for our future.

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Is a US-China war in Asia inevitable?

Chinese and American officials increasingly talk about war over Taiwan and the South China Sea - could it really happen?

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Khashoggi's fiancee speaks about 'death squad' killing

Hatice Cengiz tells Saudi leaders to return her fiance's remains, warns Trump not to 'pave the way for a cover-up'.

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How worrying is the rise of right-wing extremism in America?

Another mass shooting in the United States has claimed the lives of 11 in a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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Trump 'not welcome' in Pittsburgh after synagogue shooting

City's Jewish leaders publish open letter to US president demanding that he stops rhetoric against minorities.

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Clashes in Nigeria between security forces and Shia protesters

Supporters of jailed pro-Iranian cleric Ibrahim Zakzaky were marching in Abuja to call for the release of their leader.

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Erdogan inaugurates Istanbul Airport, one of world's largest

Once completed in 2028, the new facility in the Turkish megacity is expected to handle up to 200 million passengers.

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UK eyes higher growth and spending in budget for Brexit year

British finance secretary revealed plans to increase spending if Brexit deal agreed and introduce tax on tech giants.

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Iranian official: President Rouhani's cellphone tapped 'recently'

Senior official charged with fighting sabotage also says that Iran recently neutralised a new version of Stuxnet.

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Honduran killed in Mexican border crackdown on migrant caravan

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas as more than 1,000 migrants and refugees attempted to cross border into Mexico.

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Nine people wounded in Tunis suicide bomb attack

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives near a shopping centre on busy Habib Bourguiba Avenue, officials say.

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Angela Merkel: 'This is my last term as German chancellor'

German leader Angela Merkel says won't seek 'any further political offices' after her term as chancellor ends in 2021.

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Sri Lanka: Warnings of 'bloodbath' as political tensions rise

Sacked prime minister's party calls for protests as speaker warns of possible violence over parliament's suspension.

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Will Saudi Arabia hold a fair trial in Khashoggi murder case?

Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

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Gabon President Ali Bongo hospitalised in Saudi Arabia

Bongo's office says president admitted to hospital with 'severe fatigue', while sources tell Reuters he suffered stroke.

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'Arrogant' Cricket Australia slammed in damning report

Administrators partly to be blamed for ball-tampering scandal that led to the suspension of three players, says review.

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Circus lion slashes four-year-old girl's face in Russia; director detained, committee to investigate safety breaches

Amateur footage broadcast on television showed the animal, held on a lead by a lion tamer, pouncing suddenly on the child. Such attacks are a regular occurrence in Russia, where acts using wild animals remain common and numerous poorly regulated circuses travel the provinces.

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Donald Trump accuses media houses of purposely reporting his 'fake news media' comment inaccurately

President Donald Trump escalated his rhetoric against the media on Monday accusing them of misinterpreting his tweet on "fake news media" and reporting it "purposely inaccurately".

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Synagogue massacre suspect appears in court, faces death penalty; Donald Trump to visit Pittsburgh to pay condolences

Shackled to a wheelchair, the man accused of shooting 11 worshippers to death at a Pittsburgh synagogue made a stony-faced and largely silent appearance on Monday in a federal courtroom, where he was ordered held without bond for the deadliest attack ever on America's Jewish community.

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Germany's Angela Merkel will not contest elections for Chancellor post in 2021; announces decision to step down as CDU leader

Germany's Angela Merkel said that her fourth term as chancellor would be her last and that she would step down as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), heralding the end of a 13-year era in which she has dominated European politics.

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Turmoil in Sri Lanka: India makes urgent effort to regain lost ground with with pro-China PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

India, caught flatfooted by the appointment of Mahinda Rajapaksa as Sri Lanka's premier, has opened urgent diplomatic and political contacts with the strongman who drew close to China during his previous tenure as president, officials said on Monday.

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Typhoon Yutu batters Philippines

MANILA (Reuters) - A typhoon that has caused devastation in some Western Pacific islands made landfall in the Philippines on Tuesday, bringing strong winds and a risk of floods, storm surges and landslides in some northern provinces. With wind speeds of 140 km per hour (87 mph) and gusts of up to 230 kph, Typhoon Yutu was moving across the main island of Luzon and was due to exit the country during the afternoon on Tuesday, state meteorologist PAGASA said in a report at 8 a.m.

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Donald Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale unleashes glossy $6 million TV spot for 6 Nov midterms

Although he's not on the ballot, US president Donald Trump is closing out his 2018 midterm campaign with a 2020 pitch - a glossy $ 6 million television ad that plays on the red meat of grim contrasts between the great financial crash in Barack Obama's time and the booming US economy of 2018. Trump's norm busting 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale is hoping will connect with voters at an "emotional" level.

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Trump sends 5,200 troops to Mexico border as caravan advances

By Phil Stewart and Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it will send over 5,200 troops to help secure the border with Mexico, a far larger-than-expected deployment as President Donald Trump hardens his stance on immigration ahead of Nov. 6 mid-term elections. The deployment will create an active-duty force comparable in size to the U.S

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Brazil's far-right president-elect eyes close U.S. ties

By Ricardo Brito and Rodrigo Viga Gaier RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Jair Bolsonaro, a far-right former Army captain who won Brazil's presidential election by a comfortable margin, received a supportive call from U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday and began planning trips to Washington and a conservative ally in Chile.

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South Korean court to rule on war survivors' claim against Japanese firm

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's top court is due to rule on Tuesday on a damages lawsuit against a Japanese company filed by South Koreans forced into labour during Japan's 1910-45 occupation, a decision that could unsettle ties between the uneasy neighbours. Japan and South Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan's 35-year occupation of the peninsula and the use of comfort women, Japan's euphemism for women - many of them Korean - forced to work in its wartime brothels. Four former labourers initiated a suit in 2005 against Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp., seeking compensation and unpaid wages

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UK academic charged with spying in UAE released on bail - sources