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08/17/2017 -  Van plows through crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 13 - 04:44 PM

BARCELONA (Reuters) - A manhunt is underway for the driver of a van that mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing at least 13 people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State.

08/17/2017 -  U.S., Japan step up defense cooperation to counter North Korea - 03:56 PM

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.

08/17/2017 -  U.S. soldier killed in Afghan blast, 20 U.S., Afghan troops wounded - 01:39 PM

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.

08/17/2017 -  Exclusive: U.S. forces to stay in Syria for decades, say militia allies - 08:37 AM

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.

08/17/2017 -  U.S. to honor Japan defense pact 'without reservation': Tillerson - 12:18 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday said the United States would honor its defense treaty agreements with Japan "without reservation" after talks in Washington with Japan's foreign and defense ministers focused on North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

08/17/2017 -  South African borders on 'red alert' to stop Grace Mugabe fleeing - 12:15 PM

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.

08/17/2017 -  Iran denies appeal of jailed Princeton student: university - 03:03 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have denied the appeal of a Princeton University student who had been convicted on espionage charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, the university and his wife said on Thursday.

08/17/2017 -  Hundreds of mudslide victims buried in Sierra Leone, search for hundreds missing goes on - 01:55 PM

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..

08/17/2017 -  Canada sees 'unsustainable' spike in asylum seekers at U.S. border - 04:02 PM

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.

08/17/2017 -  Peru minister warns of new drug hotspot at border with Brazil, Colombia - 04:23 PM

LIMA (Reuters) - A new cocaine-producing hotspot is taking root in Peru near its border with Colombia and Brazil, and local authorities worry that dissident FARC guerillas may join forces with drug traffickers there, Peru's defense minister said Thursday.


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