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JERUSALEM – Hours after the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to grant de-facto statehood to Palestine, Israel responded on Friday by announcing it was authorising 3,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
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CAIRO – Tens of thousands of Egyptians protested against President Mohamed Mursi on Friday after an Islamist-led assembly raced through approval of a new constitution in a bid to end a crisis over the Islamist leader’s newly expanded powers.
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BEIRUT – Syrian air force jets bombarded rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road and a regional airline said foreign carriers had halted flights to the capital.
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HATFIELD – President Barack Obama hit the road on Friday to turn up pressure on Republicans in the “fiscal cliff” talks, urging Americans to support his drive to raise taxes on the wealthy while extending tax cuts for the middle class.
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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate on Friday resoundingly approved new sanctions on trade with Iran’s energy, port, shipping and ship-building sectors, its latest effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme.
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PARIS – The euro zone’s crisis is far from over and its members must tighten budgets and forge a banking union to leave behind the “fairy world” that allowed problems to grow, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Friday.
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KUWAIT – Tens of thousands of people marched in Kuwait on Friday calling for a voter boycott, a day before a parliamentary election that looks unlikely to defuse tensions in the U.S.-allied, oil-producing Gulf country.
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JAKARTA – China’s plan to board and search ships that illegally enter what it considers its territory in the disputed South China Sea could spark naval clashes and hurt the region’s economy, Southeast Asia’s top diplomat said on Friday.

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DAKAR, (Reuters) – It is the stuff of a disaster movie: an outbreak of yellow fever in Congo’s capital city, full of unvaccinated people mostly huddled together in slums with too few drains and the kind of sticky, fetid climate that mosquitoes love.

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British minister denies treachery as he pitches to be next prime minister

LONDON,  (Reuters) – Justice Secretary Michael Gove pitched yesterday to be the prime minister to take Britain out of the EU, a day after he destroyed the chances of another frontrunner in what some colleagues called an act of treachery.

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In first half of 2016, record number of migrants die trying to cross Mediterranean: IOM

LONDON,  (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Nearly 2,900 migrants have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean Sea, making the first six months of 2016 the deadliest on record, according to figures published yesterday by an international migration group.

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Austrian far right gets second chance at presidency with vote re-run

VIENNA, (Reuters) – Austria’s presidential election runoff must be held again, the Constitutional Court ruled yesterday, handing the Freedom Party’s narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union.

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U.S. judge blocks law allowing religion as reason to deny service to LGBT people

(Reuters) – A federal judge has blocked a Mississippi law intended to allow people who object on religious grounds to refuse wedding and other services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

A sniper from forces aligned with Libya's new unity government shoots while his comrade uses binoculars to scan the area looking for an Islamic State position in the Zaafran area in Sirte June 30, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny

Libyan forces battle Islamic State street-to-street in Sirte

SIRTE, Libya,  (Reuters) – Crouching on a rooftop, Libyan truck driver Riyad Swaid takes aim through breeze blocks at positions held by Islamic State fighters a few hundred metres away in the city of Sirte.

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Italy’s biggest Chinese community clashes with police near Florence

FLORENCE, Italy,  (Reuters) – Violent clashes broke out this week between police and the local Chinese community in Prato near Florence in central Italy, home to one of the largest concentrations of Chinese-run industry in Europe.

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Murders in El Salvador drop by half in June

SAN SALVADOR, (Reuters) – Murders in El Salvador plunged 51 percent in June compared with the same month last year, police said on Friday, attributing the drop to new government security measures even as gangs pointed to a recent truce to explain the decline.

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