Defiant Erdogan casts Turkey currency crisis in religious, patriotic terms

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:58
President Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday an attack on Turkey's economy was no different from a strike against its flag or the Islamic call to prayer, responding to a recent currency sell-off in stark religious and nationalist terms ahead of a major Muslim holiday.
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Death toll nears 400 in India's flood-hit Kerala, dozens missing

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:56
The death toll in India's southern state of Kerala rose on Monday to nearly 400 after its worst flood in a century, as authorities handed out medicine and disinfectants to ward off disease in thousands of relief camps.
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Argentina's Macri to report Venezuela to ICC over human rights

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:55
Argentina's President Mauricio Macri plans to report Venezuela's government to the International Criminal Court at The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity, according to an interview broadcast on CNN's Spanish service on Sunday night.
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Ugandan police disperse protesters demanding lawmakers' release

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:47
Ugandan police fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration in the capital on Monday as protests against the beating of detained lawmakers continued for a second day.
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Melania Trump addresses cyberbullying summit

Associated Press - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:47
First lady Melania Trump spoke to representatives from social media companies and government agencies at the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) Cyberbullying Prevention Summit.
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Pope vows no more cover ups on sexual abuse in letter to Catholics

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:45
Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out "this culture of death" and vowing there would be no more cover ups.
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German defense minister upbeat on chance for more weapons procurement

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:42
German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen said on Monday she was optimistic that negotiations with the finance ministry and German lawmakers would result in additional funds for major procurement programs.
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Joy, disbelief as Korean families separated by war meet after 65 years

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:41
About 90 families from North and South Korea wept and embraced on Monday as the neighbors held their first reunion events in three years for relatives wrenched apart by the Korean War for more than six decades.
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Russia says U.S. refusal to rebuild Syria a ploy to slow refugee return

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:35
Russia will help Lebanon return refugees to neighboring Syria, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, accusing the United States of impeding the general repatriation process by declining to assist in Syria's reconstruction.
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Russia says will not deploy arms in space first: Ifax

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:33
Russia does not plan to put weapons in space first and considers this to be an important signal that Washington should not ignore, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency on Monday.
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Empty hotels, idle boats: What happens when a Pacific island upsets China

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:22
Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.
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Trump's WH is making Orwell's worst nightmares look tame

Associated Press - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 16:14
War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength.
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Family sailing around the world: 'We are living on a field trip'

Associated Press - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:58
When married couple Behan and Jamie Gifford plotted to set sail around the world with their children 10 years ago, there was only one problem.
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Mother and son separated by Korean War meet after 68 years

Associated Press - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:16
"Sang Chol!" 92-year-old Lee Keum-seom exclaimed, as she fell into her long lost son's arms at a holiday resort in North Korea Monday.
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Merkel sees no urgent need to help Turkey financially

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:12
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her Christian Democrats (CDU) at a meeting that she saw no urgent need to offer financial aid for Turkey to ease its currency crisis, the conservative party's general secretary said on Monday.
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Russia's Putin, despite sanctions, still hopes for better U.S. ties: Kremlin

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:10
Russian President Vladimir Putin still hopes to pull Moscow's ties with Washington out of a deep crisis, but nobody will go into mourning if this ambition is not reciprocated by the United States, the Kremlin said on Monday.
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U.S.-led coalition service member killed in Iraq crash

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:09
A member of the U.S.-led military coalition fighting Islamic State militants was killed and several injured when their helicopter crashed on a counter-terrorism mission in Iraq late on Sunday, the coalition said.
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Spanish police treat attempted knife attack as terrorist act

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:07
A man, wielding a knife and shouting "Allah is great", lunged at an officer in a police station near Barcelona, Spain, on Monday in what police said was a terrorist act, and was shot dead.
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Accused Russian in U.S. faces 'borderline torture': Moscow

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 15:03
Russia accused the United States of trying to break the spirit in jail of Maria Butina, a woman U.S. authorities say is a Russian government agent, and complained she was being subjected to "borderline torture."
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As Philippines' Duterte starts to flag, his daughter reaches out to a Marcos

Reuters - Mon, 20/08/2018 - 14:41
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte thinks political dynasties are bad. But the way the prevailing political winds are blowing, it looks like a dynasty of his own might be taking shape.
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