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China's Xi tells Hong Kong he seeks 'far-reaching future' for its autonomy

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Thursday China would work to ensure a "far-reaching future" for Hong Kong's autonomy, but he faces a divided city with protesters angered by Beijing's perceived interference as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule. Learn More


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Syria says U.S. chemical attack warning untrue, aims to justify new attack

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian government said a U.S. warning this week to Damascus not to carry out a new chemical weapons strike were baseless and a ploy to justify a new attack on the country, state television said. More »


U.S. lays out criteria for visa applicants from six Muslim nations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Visa applicants from six Muslim-majority countries must have a close U.S. family relationship or formal ties to a U.S. entity to be admitted to the United States under guidance distributed by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday. More »


Iraq declares end of caliphate after capture historic Mosul mosque

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government troops on Thursday captured the mosque in Mosul from where Islamic State proclaimed its self-styled caliphate three years ago, the Iraqi military said. More »


France sees Syria opportunity through closer dialogue with Russia

PARIS (Reuters) - France said on Thursday it saw a chance to break the stalemate in Syria's war as Russia now seemed to accept there could be no military solution and preconditions set by some opponents of President Bashar al-Assad had been dropped. More »


Vatican's Cardinal Pell charged with sex abuse, vows to defend himself in Australia

VATICAN CITY/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Thursday charged Cardinal George Pell, a top adviser to Pope Francis, with multiple historical sex crimes, bringing a worldwide abuse scandal to the heart of the Vatican. More »


After lynchings, India's Modi condemns violence in name of cow worship

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday broke his silence over a wave of attacks on people accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows, saying that killing in the name of an animal sacred to majority Hindus was wrong. More »


Trump, South Korea's Moon to show united front despite trade differences

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in may present a unified front over North Korea at the White House on Thursday and Friday, but tension over trade could puncture their effort to strengthen the U.S.-South Korea relationship. More »


U.S. approves sale of Black Hawk helicopters to Thailand: army chief

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The United States plans to sell four Black Hawk helicopters to Thailand after initially suspending their sale following a 2014 military coup, Thailand's army chief said on Thursday. More »


Former Israeli PM Olmert, 71, wins early release from prison

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who is serving a 27-month prison term for corruption, won parole on Thursday, one of his lawyers said. More »


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