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Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, says foils bomb plot

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation on Friday after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. Learn More

 

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U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter N.Korea

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Japan will step up their defense cooperation to deal with the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea as tensions in East Asia remain high, officials from the two allies said on Thursday. More »

 

Venezuela's new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor said on Thursday, a day before a hate crimes law was expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent. More »

 

U.S. soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 U.S., Afghan troops wounded

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - One U.S. soldier was killed and around 20 U.S. and Afghan troops were wounded during a push against Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, officials said on Thursday, as Washington wrestled with a months-long debate about the 16-year-old war. More »

 

Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - Washington's main Syrian ally in the fight against Islamic State says the U.S. military will remain in northern Syria long after the jihadists are defeated, predicting enduring ties with the Kurdish-dominated region. More »

 

'Guardian angel' need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

KABUL (Reuters) - Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armored vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers. More »

 

South African borders on 'red alert' to stop Grace Mugabe fleeing

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police have put a "red alert" on the country's borders to prevent any attempted flight by Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe, who is accused of assaulting a model in a Johannesburg hotel with an electric cable. More »

 

Exclusive: Lee Kuan Yew's grandson left Singapore because friends feared he would be detained

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A grandson of Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore‚Äôs late founding father and ruler for more than three decades, said he left the city state in July after friends expressed concerns he might be detained by the authorities in a contempt of court case. More »

 

Hundreds of mudslide victims buried in Sierra Leone, search for hundreds missing goes on

FREETOWN, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Burials began on Thursday for 300 people killed in Sierra Leone's mudslide while the search for hundreds of others missing.. More »

 

Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border

TORONTO/MONTREAL (Reuters) - The number of asylum seekers who illegally crossed the U.S. border into Canada more than tripled last month, according to Canadian government data released on Thursday, as migrants worried about the U.S. administration's immigration crackdown head north. More »

 

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