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Gambia arrests top Jammeh generals after they return from exile

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BANJUL (Reuters) - Military authorities in Gambia arrested two of ex-strongman Yahya Jammeh's generals after they returned unexpectedly from exile over the weekend, the army said in a statement on Monday.
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Seven killed in bar shooting in drug-producing Colombian province

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 23:35
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Gunmen killed seven people on Sunday in a bar in Colombia's Antioquia province, where the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group and the Gulf Clan drug gang are locked in a dispute over territory, police said.
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U.S. aid chief visits Raqqa amid stabilization push

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 23:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's aid chief, Mark Green, made an unannounced visit to Raqqa in Syria on Monday, the most senior U.S. civilian official from the Trump administration to visit the war-struck northern city months after it was retaken from Islamic State.
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'Put Trump in his place': nationalism awakens in Mexican presidential race

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 22:31
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump's habit of slapping down Mexico is feeding nationalist sentiment in the country's presidential election campaign, prompting contenders to defy him and strengthening the hand of the frontrunner, who is courting the anti-establishment vote.
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Pakistani principal shot dead by student over blasphemy dispute

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 22:23
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani student shot and killed his school principal on Monday, in a dispute over the student skipping classes to attend rallies supporting the country's strict blasphemy laws, a police official said. 
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Sudanese authorities release Reuters, AFP journalists

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 21:57
CAIRO (Reuters) - Sudanese authorities on Monday released a Reuters journalist and an Agence France-Presse (AFP) reporter who were detained while covering protests in Khartoum on Wednesday last week.
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U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 21:55
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.
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Treaty opposing violence against women will lead to 'moral decay', Bulgarian church says

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 21:46
SOFIA (Reuters) - The Bulgarian Orthodox Church on Monday urged lawmakers not to ratify a treaty designed to combat violence against women and domestic violence, saying it was opening the door to "moral decay".
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U.S. aid chief makes unannounced visit to Syrian city of Raqqa

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 21:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government's aid chief, Mark Green, made an unannounced visit to Raqqa in Syria on Monday, the most senior U.S. civilian official to visit the war-struck city months after American-backed militia retook the area from Islamic State.
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U.N. Yemen mediator to step down end-February: U.N. spokesman

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:59
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Yemen mediator Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed will step down when his current contract finishes at the end of February after nearly three years in the job, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on Monday.
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Pakistani PM says 'committed' to seizing Islamist charities

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:41
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said his government will push ahead with plans to seize control of charities run by an Islamist designated a terrorist by Washington, and warned the United States not to weaken Pakistan.
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In Gaza, UNRWA chief says U.S. aid cut risks more Mideast instability

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:35
GAZA (Reuters) - The head of the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees said on Monday that U.S. plans to cut funding to the body were abrupt and harmful and risked destabilizing the Middle East.
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South Africa's ANC says deciding whether to remove Zuma as president

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:21
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in the process of deciding whether to cut short President Jacob Zuma's tenure as head of state, the party's secretary general told a news conference on Monday.
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U.S., EU discordant notes on Jerusalem underline Mideast policy rift

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:15
JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state.
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U.S. to send diplomatic team to Europe to discuss Iran

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 20:10
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to send a diplomatic team to Europe to discuss the Iran nuclear deal and countering Iranian activities in the Middle East, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday according to a U.S. pool reporter.
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Abbas wins renewed EU backing for Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 19:55
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union assured President Mahmoud Abbas it supported his ambition to have East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state, in the bloc's latest rejection of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
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Egypt's former supply minister cleared in wheat buying scandal

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 19:44
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's public prosecutor has closed a case against former supply minister Khaled Hanafi for corruption in wheat buying, judicial sources said, clearing him of charges related to a high profile scandal that rocked the world's biggest grain buyer.
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Assange team hopes U.K. could declare him persona non grata

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:56
London (Reuters) - Julian Assange and his advisers are preparing to try to use Ecuador's decision to grant him diplomatic status to force Britain to declare him persona non grata and expel him, a source close to Assange said.
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Contrite pope apologises for sexual abuse comments that 'wounded many'

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 18:12
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis, in an extremely rare act of self-criticism, apologised to victims of clerical sex abuse on Sunday, acknowledging he had "wounded many" in comments defending a Chilean bishop who is under scrutiny.
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ILO to investigate employers' complaint against Venezuela government

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 17:50
GENEVA (Reuters) - The International Labour Organization will send a mission to Caracas next week to investigate a complaint by Venezuela's leading business group against the government, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder told a news conference in Geneva on Monday.
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