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Raqqa to be part of 'federal Syria', U.S.-backed militia says

BEIRUT Raqqa will be part of a decentralized federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the U.S.-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

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Doubts about smoking gun as Duterte lauds China role in rebel killing

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was eager to credit new ally Beijing in the death of militant leader Isnilon Hapilon, saying it was a Chinese rifle that fired the bullet that finished off Islamic State's "emir" in Southeast Asia.

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Britain's May wins Brexit reprieve, faces tough weeks ahead

BRUSSELS British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signaling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. | Video

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Jamaica or bust: Merkel starts crunch coalition talks

BERLIN German Chancellor Angela Merkel pronounced herself optimistic as she opened the first full round of talks on piecing together the three-way "Jamaica" coalition she needs if she is to avoid an abrupt end to her 12 years in power.

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Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid: opposition

MADRID The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to defuse the regional government's push for independence. | Video

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Death of a blogger casts shadow over murky Malta

VALLETTA Daphne Caruana Galizia posted two items last Monday on her popular blog, one ridiculing Malta's opposition leader for having rounded shoulders, the other denouncing a senior government official as a "crook".

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