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Sharif Loyalist Abbasi Elected Pakistani Prime Minister

Pakistani lawmakers have elected a new prime minister to replace Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party used its commanding majority in the National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, to install Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in an August 1 vote in ...

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Syrian rebels say U.S., allies sending more arms to fend off Iran threat

By Tom Perry, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and Maher Chmaytelli BEIRUT/AMMAN/BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Syrian rebels say the United States and its allies are sending them more arms to try to fend off a new push into the southeast by Iran-backed militias aiming to open an overland supply route between Iraq and Syria. ...

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‘Shocked’ South Korea leader Moon orders probe into U.S. THAAD additions

By Heekyong Yang and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe after the Defence Ministry failed to inform him that four more launchers for the controversial U.S. THAAD anti-missile system had been brought into the country, his spokesman said on Tuesday. The Terminal ...

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Trump’s communications aide steps down as president grapples with Russia issue

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director is leaving the job, the White House said on Tuesday, as the president considers wider staff changes to try to prevent more political damage from probes into Russia and his presidential campaign. Mike Dubke confirmed reports he had ...

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Tiger Woods asleep at wheel of car before Florida arrest – police

By Zachary Fagenson JUPITER, Fla. (Reuters) – Tiger Woods was asleep at the wheel of a Mercedes-Benz stopped on a Florida road and did not know where he was, said a police report released on Tuesday, a day after the former world No. 1 golfer was arrested on a charge ...

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Thousands flee Philippine city after rebel rampage claimed by IS

By Romeo Ranoco PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) – Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops tried to fend off Islamist militants who took over large parts of a city, capturing Christians, seizing and torching buildings and setting free scores of prisoners. Islamic State claimed responsibility for ...

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Merkel wants to foster India ties, softens message on U.S. as Trump scolds

By Michelle Martin and Thomas Escritt BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany wants to develop its ties with India but this should not be at the cost of its trans-Atlantic relationship, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday after meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Merkel, trying to repair damage after shocking Washington ...

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Merkel sees EU, Gulf states making progress on free trade deal

By Andreas Rinke ABU DHABI (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she hopes the European Union and the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries can finally complete a free trade agreement and that she would discuss the issue with Abu Dhabi’s crown prince. Germany, which relies on ...

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U.S. President Donald Trump wants South Korea to pay for the $1 billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system.

By James Pearson SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defence system would be an “impossible option,” a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday. Trump told Reuters in an interview on Thursday ...

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U.S. President Donald Trump will either renegotiate or terminate free trade deal with South Korea

By Stephen J. Adler, Jeff Mason and Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters on Thursday he will either renegotiate or terminate what he called a “horrible” free trade deal with South Korea and said Seoul should pay for a U.S. anti-missile system that he priced ...

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