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Iraqi general says 30 percent of west Mosul recaptured from Islamic State

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi forces have retaken around 30 percent of west Mosul from Islamic State militants, a commander of the elite Counter Terrorism Service (CTS) said on Sunday, as soldiers pushed into more districts.


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South Korea's ousted Park leaves Blue House in disgrace

SEOUL (Reuters) – Disgraced South Korean leader Park Geun-hye left the presidential Blue House on Sunday, two days after a court dismissed her over a corruption scandal, bound for her private home and facing the possibility of prosecution and jail.


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South Korea liberals likely to win power, may bring softer North Korea stance

SEOUL (Reuters) – The liberal politician expected to succeed disgraced Park Geun-hye as South Korea’s next president could significantly soften Seoul’s stance toward North Korea and possibly delay deployment of a U.S. missile-defense system that has enraged China.


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Philippines says condemns extrajudicial killings, but none during drugs war

MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines on Saturday said it was committed to human rights and condemned extrajudicial killings but said those were “not to be confused” with incidents in its war on drugs, after a U.S. State Department report voiced concern about such deaths.


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China's 2017 defense budget rise to slow again

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s defense budget will rise about 7 percent this year, the spokeswoman for China’s parliament said on Saturday, its slowest pace since 2010 and the second year in a row it will not log a double-digit percentage increase.


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U.S. secretary of state to visit Japan, South Korea, China: Kyodo

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to visit Japan, South Korea and China this month to discuss North Korea on his first trip to the region since he took up his post, Japanese media reported on Saturday.


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Carnival float crushes spectators at Rio samba parade, 20 hurt

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The spectacular Carnival parade of Rio’s top samba troupes was marred by the injury of 20 people who where pushed against a wall by a faulty float at the start of the famed Sambadrome show, organizers said on Monday.


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Show respect, avoid insults: U.N. envoy gets strict at Syria talks

GENEVA (Reuters) – Like a headmaster addressing rowdy pupils, the United Nations envoy for Syria began peace talks in Geneva last week by telling the warring parties to behave and show respect.


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Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia on Sunday declared its international airport a “safe zone” after completing a sweep of the terminal where the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assaulted with a deadly chemical last week.


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Republicans more concerned by leaks than Trump team Russian ties: Reuters/Ipsos poll

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rank-and-file Republicans are more concerned about leaks to the media of conversations between Trump advisers and the Russian government than they are about the conversations themselves, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released Wednesday.


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