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Putin critic Navalny jailed after protests across Russia

MOSCOW Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was handed a 15-day jail sentence on Monday for his part in a big anti-government protest in Moscow which buoyed the liberal opposition's morale a year before a presidential election. | Video

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Islamic State tunnels under al-Bab point to hard fighting ahead

AL-BAB, Syria Syrian rebels who drove Islamic State from the town of al-Bab in northwest Syria this year discovered an extensive network of tunnels dug by militants as part of their defenses, a tactic that has slowed the military campaign against them.

Syria 11:11am EDT

Israel's Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on peace efforts

WASHINGTON Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.

Politics, Election 2016 11:26am EDT

Turks in Germany start voting in referendum on boosting Erdogan's powers

BERLIN Turks living in Germany began casting their ballots on Monday in a referendum which proposes changing Turkey's constitution to increase President Tayyip Erdogan's powers.

Germany, Turkey 9:05am EDT

Syria's Raqqa expected to join Kurdish-led federalism: Kurdish leader

BEIRUT The northern Syrian city of Raqqa is expected to join a decentralized system of government being set up by Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies once it is freed from Islamic State, a leading Kurdish politician told Reuters on Monday.

Syria 11:03am EDT

South Africa's Zuma recalls Gordhan from international roadshow, rand falls

JOHANNESBURG/LONDON South African President Jacob Zuma asked Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Monday to return home "immediately" from an investor roadshow abroad, reviving talk of a cabinet reshuffle and unnerving investors who see Gordhan as a emblem of stability.

Africa 10:53am EDT

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