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Malaysia's royals call for religious tolerance in rare public intervention

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s royals made a rare intervention into public affairs on Tuesday, calling for unity and religious harmony after what they described as “excessive actions” in the name of Islam. Source: Reuters World News

Catalonia nears possible independence proclamation despite Madrid's warnings

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalan police tightened their protective ring around the region’s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have pledged a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures. Source: Reuters World News

Iran hardliners, pragmatists show unity in response to Trump

LONDON (Reuters) – A tough line from President Donald Trump has been met by a show of unity from both sides of Iran’s political divide, uniting hardliners who cast the United States as an implacable enemy with pragmatists… Read More

Libyans flee by boat amid 'terrible' violence at home

ABOARD SEEFUCHS RESCUE SHIP (Reuters) – Just before the sun dipped into the Mediterranean on Saturday, rescuers spotted a tiny wooden boat on the horizon. It turned out to contain five young Libyans fleeing violence and turmoil who… Read More

Spanish court suspends Catalan parliament session, throwing independence call in doubt

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Constitutional Court on Thursday ordered the suspension of Monday’s session of the regional Catalan parliament, throwing its plans to declare unilateral independence from Spain into doubt. Source: Reuters World News

Syria fighting worst since Aleppo, air strikes deadly: aid agencies

GENEVA (Reuters) – Syria is in the throes of its worst fighting since the battle for eastern Aleppo last year, with heavy air strikes causing hundreds of civilian casualties, aid agencies said on Thursday. Source: Reuters World… Read More

Somalia's al Shabaab militants attack military base outside Mogadishu, say kill 17 soldiers

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s al Shabaab fighters attacked a military base outside the capital Mogadishu using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town, the group said on Friday…. Read More

More than 50 Rohingya missing as U.S. steps up pressure on Myanmar

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – More than 50 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are missing after their boat capsized, with 19 confirmed dead, Bangladesh police said on Friday, as a new surge in the numbers fleeing a Myanmar… Read More

Looming election may be nail in coffin for Japan's fiscal reform

TOKYO (Reuters) – Even as a new party under a populist female leader scrambles the outlook for Japan’s general election next month, one thing is clear: the winner will loosen a grip on the government’s runaway debt as… Read More

Japan calls snap election as new party roils outlook

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday called a snap election as the main opposition Democratic Party threw its support behind a fledgling party led by Tokyo’s popular governor, Yuriko Koike, in the Oct. 22… Read More