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Canada Hajj pilgrims, Saudi students face uncertainty due to diplomatic row

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 8:06am
Canadian Muslims traveling to the Hajj pilgrimage face delays coming back due to a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia that is also prompting thousands of students from the kingdom to scramble to sell their assets and return home to meet a month-end deadline.
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Ex-CIA boss Brennan says won't be scared into silence after Trump slap

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 7:52am
Former CIA Director John Brennan fired back at President Donald Trump on Thursday with an op-ed published in the New York Times one day after the president revoked the Obama-era official's security clearance, saying he would not be scared into silence.
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Walmart's U.S. e-commerce, comparable sales growth strong, shares jump

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 7:40am
Walmart Inc on Thursday posted a 40 percent rise in U.S. e-commerce sales, higher than the 33 percent growth witnessed in the previous quarter, and its comparable sales grew the most in a decade, sending its shares up 9 percent in premarket trade.
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El Salvador probes alleged cases of child abuse in U.S. detention centers

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 7:21am
El Salvador is investigating three alleged cases of sexual abuse of minors in U.S. immigrant detention centers, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.
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Serbia turns to tech industry to fight economic stagnation

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 7:15am
Serbia, a country that claims inventor Nikola Tesla as one of its most famous sons, is looking to technology to help lift itself out of decades of economic stagnation following the Balkan wars of the 1990s.
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China's student activists cast rare light on brewing labor unrest

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:48am
When Shen Mengyu graduated with a master's degree from a top Chinese university in 2015, she could have landed a comfortable job in government or at one of China's internet giants.
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U.S. hits Chinese and Russian firms over North Korea sanctions breach

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:44am
The United States imposed sanctions on a Russian port service agency and Chinese firms for aiding North Korean ships and selling alcohol and tobacco to Pyongyang in breach of U.S. sanctions.
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U.N. agency says schools for Palestinian refugees to open on time despite U.S. cut

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:37am
Schools teaching half a million Palestinian refugees will reopen across the Middle East as planned later this month, a U.N. agency said on Thursday, despite funding cuts by its biggest donor the United States.
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If rupee slump persists, it can hurt India's Modi

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:29am
The rupee's plunge to a record low has worried a wide cross-section of India's society: companies, importers, those going on vacation and students planning to study overseas. But if the weakness persists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's job could become a lot harder just before big state and national elections.
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Mali president Keita wins re-election with 67 percent of vote

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:21am
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday.
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Tonga PM fears asset seizures as Pacific debts to China mount

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:18am
Pacific island nations are holding talks which could lead to a coordinated request that China forgive mounting debts in the region amid concerns Beijing may start seizing strategic assets, Tonga's Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva said on Thursday.
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Jury to begin weighing U.S. charges against ex-Trump aide Manafort

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:11am
A jury on Thursday will begin weighing the fate of Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman standing trial on bank and tax fraud charges that could put him behind bars.
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Investors shun Italy bridge operator after disaster

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 6:00am
Italy's biggest toll-road operator came under heavy stock-market attack on Thursday after Rome criticized it for a deadly bridge collapse this week, moving to revoke its concession and accusing it of failing to ensure the viaduct's safety.
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Newspaper editorials across U.S. rebuke Trump for attacks on the press

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:53am
Hundreds of U.S. newspapers devoted print space on Thursday to a coordinated defense of press freedom and a rebuke of President Donald Trump for saying some media organizations are enemies of the American people.
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Turkish lira firms before finance minister's presentation

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:49am
The Turkish lira strengthened three percent on Thursday before a presentation by Finance Minister Berat Albayrak to investors, shrugging off U.S. comments ruling out the removal of steel tariffs on Turkey even if it frees a U.S. pastor.
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Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:47am
A suicide bomb attack on a group of teenagers studying for university exams in Kabul on Wednesday shocked Afghanistan but it was only the latest in a series of attacks on schools which have proved an easy target for militant groups.
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Mali president Keita wins re-election with 67 percent of vote: official result

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:44am
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won re-election with 67 percent of the vote in a run-off against opposition rival Soumaila Cisse, the Ministry of Territorial Administration said on Thursday.
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China, U.S. to hold lower-level trade talks in late August

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:40am
China will hold a fresh round of trade talks with the United States in Washington later this month, Beijing said on Thursday, offering a glimmer of hope for progress in resolving a conflict that has set world financial markets on edge.
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Shares, emerging market currencies steady after fresh mauling

Reuters News - August 16, 2018 - 5:34am
Bruised world shares and emerging market currencies fought to regain their footing on Thursday, after China said it will hold trade talks with the United States later this month and Turkey’s lira continued its recovery run.
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Kim Jong-nam murder: 'Enough evidence' for women to go on trial

BBC News - August 16, 2018 - 5:31am
The two women are accused of killing Kim Jong-un's half brother in a bizarre airport ambush.
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