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Hong Kong chooses new Beijing-backed leader amid political tension

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A Beijing-backed civil servant, Carrie Lam, was chosen to be Hong Kong's next leader on Sunday amid accusations that Beijing is meddling and denying the financial hub a more populist leader perhaps better able to defuse political tension. Learn More

 

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Iran sanctions 15 U.S. firms, citing human rights and Israel ties

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday. More »

 

Iran denies harassing U.S. warships in Gulf, warns of clashes

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran denied on Saturday U.S. accusations that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route. More »

 

Iraqi military says 61 bodies found in collapsed Mosul building

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi's military said on Sunday 61 bodies were recovered from a collapsed building that Islamic State boobytrapped in west Mosul, but there was no sign it had been hit by a coalition strike although a large vehicle bomb was discovered nearby. More »

 

U.S. strike kills an al Qaeda 'leader' in Afghanistan: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Saturday a U.S. air strike in Afghanistan this week killed an al Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009. More »

 

Communal strife in home state of India's Modi kills one, 14 hurt

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - One person was killed and about 14 injured when violence erupted following a scuffle between Muslim and Hindu school students in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat, a senior administrative official said on Sunday. More »

 

French center-right senators back Macron's presidential bid

PARIS (Reuters) - The frontrunner in France's presidential election, Emmanuel Macron, received yet another boost to his candidacy on Sunday when nine lawmakers from a center-right party allied with conservative rival Francois Fillon decided to rally behind him. More »

 

Snap election to test Bulgaria's divided loyalties

SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgarians were voting in a snap general election on Sunday, with the center-right GERB party challenged for power by Socialists who say they will improve ties with Russia even if it means upsetting the country's European Union partners. More »

 

Vietnamese detainee dies in Japan's immigration center: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man held in a Japanese immigration detention center died on Saturday, six people told Reuters, drawing fresh attention to conditions in the country's detention system. More »

 

UK police still believe London attacker was acting alone

LONDON (Reuters) - British anti-terrorism police said on Saturday they still believe the man who launched a deadly attack outside parliament this week was acting alone but conceded they may never understand his motive. More »

 

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