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Promise of relaxed gun laws casts shadow over Tasmania’s state election

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia’s smallest state Tasmania began voting on Saturday in a local assembly election, with the incumbent conservative Liberal Party stirring controversy...
Kremlin rejects U.S. charge Russia in breach of arms control treaties

Kremlin rejects U.S. charge Russia in breach of arms control treaties

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Friday rejected a U.S. allegation that Russia had been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade in...
Majority of SPD members seen backing re-run of German coalition

Majority of SPD members seen backing re-run of German coalition

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading Social Democrat on Saturday predicted 55 percent or more of SPD members would back a renewed coalition with Chancellor...
BRIEF-Barclays pre-tax profit rises 10 percent to 3.54 Billion pounds

Mexico prepares to make arrests in disappearance of student teachers

(Reuters) - Mexican authorities are preparing to arrest dozens of people implicated in the kidnapping and alleged murder of 43 student teachers in southern...
Honduras arrests alleged mastermind behind activist's murder

Honduras arrests alleged mastermind behind activist’s murder

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduran authorities on Friday said they arrested a high-ranking executive of a hydroelectric company on Friday on charges of helping plan...
At U.N., China delays U.S. bid to blacklist ships, companies over North Korea

At U.N., China delays U.S. bid to blacklist ships, companies over North Korea

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China delayed a U.S. request for a United Nations Security Council committee to blacklist 33 ships, 27 shipping companies, and...
Italy's 5-Star rallies voters as rivals fret

Italy’s 5-Star rallies voters as rivals fret

ROME (Reuters) - Italy’s 5-Star Movement told roaring supporters it was close to winning a looming election at the end of campaigning on Friday...
Drastic staff cuts at U.S. Embassy in Cuba now permanent

Drastic staff cuts at U.S. Embassy in Cuba now permanent

HAVANA (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it was making permanent its decision last year to slash staffing at its Havana embassy...
Trump, Merkel and Macron concerned about Putin's nuclear comments: White House

Trump, Merkel and Macron concerned about Putin’s nuclear comments: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump spoke in separate phone calls on Thursday with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel...
Attack on French embassy, army in Burkina Faso kills eight

Attack on French embassy, army in Burkina Faso kills eight

OUAGADOUGOU (Reuters) - Attackers in Burkina Faso’s capital killed eight people and wounded dozens more in a coordinated assault on the army headquarters and...

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Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control

Baghdad gun shops thrive after Iraqi rethink on arms control

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - In the middle of Baghdad’s busy commercial neighborhood of Karrada, where most retail outlets sell home appliances, shoppers can now also...
Iran says it is seeking solution to sell oil and transfer revenues: IRNA

Iran says it is seeking solution to sell oil and transfer revenues: IRNA

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s vice president said on Sunday the government was seeking solutions to sell oil and transfer its revenues after the United...
Iraqi parliament approves budget, Kurdish lawmakers boycott vote

Italy to launch infrastructure plan in September – official

The government will launch a plan aimed at making Italy's infrastructure safe, a government official said in a newspaper interview on Sunday, after the collapse of...