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German finance minister Scholz to run for SPD leadership

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 14:33
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz will run for the leadership of the Social Democrats, a spokeswoman said on Friday, joining a race to revive the party's popularity sinking since it entered a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
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Schools, telephone lines to be opened in Kashmir after lockdown

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 14:27
Authorities will begin restoring some telephone lines in Indian Kashmir from Friday night, including in the main city of Srinagar where afternoon prayers went peacefully amid heavy security, the top state official said.
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A birth and a death amid Kashmir's harsh lockdown

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 14:27
Around the time Mohammad Sikander Bhat lay dying at home in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar, Shafiq Ahmed was racing to get his pregnant wife to a hospital, negotiating about 85 km (53 miles) of highways through a maze of heavily guarded checkpoints.
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Germany's Merkel and British PM Johnson to meet soon: spokesman

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 12:12
A meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planned soon, a spokesman for the German government said on Friday, adding that details would be announced later.
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Italian political standoff keeps rescued migrants stranded at sea

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 12:11
A charity rescue ship carrying 134 migrants, mostly Africans, waited off the coast of Italy on Friday as a battle between former political allies in Rome stopped it docking at the southern island of Lampedusa.
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Hong Kong on brink of recession as trade war, political protests escalate

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 12:08
Hong Kong is on the verge of its first recession in a decade as increasingly violent anti-government protests scare off tourists and bite into retail sales in one of the world's most popular shopping destinations.
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Authorities impose tight curbs in Indian Kashmir for Friday prayers

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 12:07
Indian authorities imposed strict restrictions in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar ahead of Friday prayers to prevent any protests, though the government in New Delhi said curbs on movement and communications will be lifted in the next few days.
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Foreign ministers of China, Japan, South Korea to hold talks amid trade, history tensions

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 12:04
Top diplomats of South Korea and Japan plan to meet their Chinese counterpart in Beijing next week amid a flare-up in tension over trade and history, Seoul's foreign ministry said on Friday.
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Under eye of 'fascist' government, Zimbabwe opposition scraps Harare protest

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:57
Zimbabwe's main opposition MDC party succumbed on Friday to pressure from what it labeled a fascist government, calling off a street protest as armed police set up roadblocks and barred access to its Harare offices.
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German Finance Minister Scholz to run for SPD leadership: Der Spiegel

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:54
German Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz will run for leadership of the center-right Social Democrats (SPD), a German magazine reported on Friday.
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Zimbabwe police fire tear gas, beat up MDC supporters defying protest ban

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:36
Zimbabwean police fired tear gas and beat up more than a 100 opposition supporters with batons on Friday after they defied a protest ban in central Harare, witnesses said.
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Israel to allow U.S. Rep Tlaib to visit family in West Bank

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:36
Israel will allow U.S. lawmaker Rashida Tlaib to visit her family in the occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds, the interior ministry said on Friday, after barring an official visit under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump.
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Amid crises, frayed U.S. ties give China's Xi political cover at home

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:24
To the outside world, China's ruling Communist Party - faced with an expanding trade war crimping an already slowing economy and spiraling protests in Hong Kong - is confronting some of its strongest political and economic headwinds in decades.
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'Nobody is not afraid': Chernobyl pilot recalls his fear 33 years ago

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 11:18
More than three decades after he flew his helicopter above the radioactive volcano that was Chernobyl's nuclear reactor number four, the site of the world's worst nuclear accident, Mykola Volkozub recalls how he feared for his life.
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Iran tanker may leave Gibraltar on Friday, U.S. legal bid still looms

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 10:51
An Iranian tanker whose detention exacerbated frictions between Tehran and the West could sail free from British territory Gibraltar on Friday, though a U.S. request to halt its passage could drag the saga back into court.
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Iran denies commitments in exchange for tanker release

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 10:41
Iran has made no commitments to gain the release of its tanker from detention in Gibraltar, an Iranian government spokesman was quoted as saying on Friday, reiterating that Grace 1 was never bound for Syria as alleged by its captors.
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Not for sale: Danish MPs ridicule idea of Trump buying Greenland

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 10:40
Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the notion of selling Greenland to the United States following reports that President Donald Trump had privately discussed the idea of buying the world's biggest island with his advisers.
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Malaysia set to begin biggest 1MDB trial involving ex-PM Najib

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 10:26
Malaysia's former prime minister, Najib Razak, on Monday faces the biggest of five trials linked to a multi-billion-dollar scam at state fund 1MDB, although lawyers are seeking a delay to allow time for the completion of a previous trial.
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Anti-Brexit party reveals candidates for emergency UK government

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 10:25
The leader of the anti-Brexit Liberal Democrats party said on Friday two senior lawmakers from the ruling party and opposition have indicated willingness to lead an emergency government to prevent a no-deal divorce with the European Union.
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North Korea fires missiles, derides South Korea's Moon as 'impudent'

Reuters worldNews - vr, 16/08/2019 - 09:55
North Korea launched at least two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday, South Korea's military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea's president as "impudent" and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over.
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