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08/16/2018 -  Murders, killings by cops rise in Rio de Janeiro, six months into intervention - 07:14 PM

Six months after Brazil sent in federal forces to take control of security in Rio de Janeiro state, both murders and the number of people killed in police confrontations have risen, official data shows, raising questions about the strategy.


08/16/2018 -  U.S. Secretary of State names special representative for Iran - 07:08 PM

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo named Brian Hook, the top diplomat's senior policy adviser, the special representative for Iran on Thursday. Hook will lead the Iran Action Group, which was also announced on Thursday and will coordinate the State Department's actions against Iran.


08/16/2018 -  Turkey will emerge stronger from lira crisis despite row with U.S.: minister - 07:04 PM

Finance Minister Berat Albayrak assured international investors on Thursday that Turkey would emerge stronger from its currency crisis, insisting its banks were healthy and signaling it could ride out a dispute with the United States.


08/16/2018 -  Turkey does not wish to have problems with U.S.: foreign minister - 07:03 PM

Turkey does not wish to have problems with the United States and the two NATO allies could easily overcome their differences but not with the current U.S. approach, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday.


08/16/2018 -  Swede held in Albania says he was taking 19 pistols home to pay school fees - 06:55 PM

A 21-year-old Swede arrested in Albania with 19 pistols told a court on Thursday he agreed to pick them up in Kosovo and take them home to turn over to a prearranged buyer for cash to pay his school fees.


08/16/2018 -  Gunmen attack intelligence service center in Afghan capital Kabul - 06:24 PM

Gunmen attacked an area around a security base and training center for Afghanistan's intelligence service in the capital Kabul on Thursday, holding off security forces for hours before being killed.


08/16/2018 -  Egypt finalizing details of long-term Hamas-Israel truce: source - 06:16 PM

Egypt is finalizing details of a long-term truce deal between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, an Egyptian security source said on Thursday, amid easing tensions on the border of the enclave where some two million Palestinians live.


08/16/2018 -  Facing far-right protest, Merkel pledges action over failed asylum seekers - 06:10 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday her government would step up efforts to deport rejected asylum seekers faster, after hundreds of far-right protesters called on her to resign over her migration policy.


08/16/2018 -  Italy vows action over bridge collapse, investors shun road operator - 06:09 PM

Investors dumped shares in Italy's biggest toll-road operator on Thursday and the government said it could impose a heavy fine or revoke its concession over a bridge collapse that killed at least 38 people.


08/16/2018 -  Italy highway operator scraps tolls for ambulances after bridge collapse - 06:09 PM

Under fire from the government after a highway bridge collapsed two days ago, killing dozens, Italy's biggest toll-road operator said on Thursday that ambulances no longer would have to pay to use its network.


08/16/2018 -  Ugandan lawmakers, others charged with treason over stoning of Museveni convoy - 05:50 PM

Three Ugandan lawmakers and dozens of others critical of President Yoweri Museveni have been charged with treason over their alleged role in the stoning of his convoy earlier this week.


08/16/2018 -  Israeli minister sees end to 'stupid' airport grilling of leftists - 05:30 PM

An Israeli security cabinet minister on Thursday denounced the interrogation of left-wing activists at the country's main airport, and predicted that it would end after the singling-out of a visiting U.S. Jewish columnist stirred controversy.


08/16/2018 -  U.S. says ready with more sanctions if Turkey does not free pastor - 05:21 PM

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday the United States was ready to put further economic sanctions on Turkey if detained American pastor Andrew Brunson was not released.


08/16/2018 -  Canada's Trudeau rules out early election this fall - 05:16 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dismissed speculation on Thursday that he would call an early election this fall, a year ahead of schedule, saying his Liberal government remains focused on renegotiating NAFTA and strengthening the economy.


08/16/2018 -  Iraq bombs Islamic State 'operations room' in Syria - 05:15 PM

Iraq launched an air strike on a gathering of Islamic State fighters in neighboring Syria, killing members of the hardline militant group who planned cross-border attacks, its military said on Thursday.


08/16/2018 -  Free fish for forex: Istanbul restaurant joins currency campaign - 04:56 PM

Istanbul's beloved fish sandwiches, a staple street food in the Bosphorus city, are being offered for free to Turks who heed President Tayyip Erdogan's call to sell their dollars for lira.


08/16/2018 -  Exclusive: As Syria looks to rebuild, Finance Minister sees trade boost from forex deposits - 04:23 PM

Syria will use new foreign currency certificates of deposit to help fund trade operations, its finance minister said, as the government takes tentative steps towards reconstruction following seven years of war.


08/16/2018 -  Afghan schools hit as militants seek soft targets - 04:21 PM

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.


08/16/2018 -  Genoa, Sampdoria games called off in wake of bridge collapse - 04:19 PM

The Serie A matches involving Genoa and Sampdoria on Sunday have been postponed at the request of the two clubs in the wake of Tuesday's motorway bridge collapse in their city which killed at least 38 people.


08/16/2018 -  Poland's president vetoes changes to election rules - 04:16 PM

Poland's president said on Thursday he would veto a law proposed by the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party that would benefit bigger parties, including the eurosceptic PiS and the main opposition grouping, in European Parliament elections next year.


 


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