September 8, 2017 / 2:02 AM / a year ago


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Monstrous hurricane Irma kills 14 in Caribbean, heads for Florida

CAP-HAITIEN - The “extremely dangerous” Hurricane Irma rages offshore vulnerable Haiti after devastating a string of Caribbean islands and killing at least 10 people as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in a century heads for the Turks and Caicos islands and Florida. (STORM-IRMA/ (WRAPUP 4, TV, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Makini Brice, 1,086 words)

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- STORM-IRMA/NUCLEARPOWER (UPDATE 3), moved, by Timothy Gardner, 413 words)

- STORM-IRMA/LATAM (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Marianna Parraga, 730 words

- STORM-HARVEY/PRESIDENTS (moved), 243 words

Trump embraces Democrats again on debt ceiling, immigration

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump embraces the idea raised by the Senate’s top Democrat of ending the need for Congress to periodically raise the U.S. debt ceiling, a day after stunning fellow Republicans by striking a major debt limit and spending deal with the opposition party. (USA-CONGRESS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker, 787 words)

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- USA-CONGRESS/VOTE (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Amanda Becker, 348 words


- USA-TAX/ (PIX), moved, by Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey, 592 words

Trump: ‘Sad day’ for North Korea if U.S. takes military action

WASHINGTON/BEIJING - U.S. President Donald Trump says he would prefer not to use military action against North Korea to counter its nuclear and missile threat but that it would be a “very sad day” for the leadership in Pyongyang if he did. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 7, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by James Oliphant and Christian Shepherd, 907 words)

+ See also:

- NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/DETERRENCE (UPDATE 1), moved, by Arshad Mohammed and Phil Stewart, 711 words

- NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/PUTIN-TRUMP (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX), moved, by Oksana Kobzeva and Denis Pinchuk, 480 words

- NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/EU (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Gabriela Baczynska and David Mardiste, 380 words

Suu Kyi says Myanmar trying to protect all citizens in strife-torn state

YANGON/COX’S BAZAR - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi says her government is doing its best to protect everyone in the strife-torn state of Rakhine, as the estimated number of Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh leapt by 18,000 in one day, to 164,000. (MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Shoon LeiWinNaing and Simon Lewis, 886 words)

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- MYANMAR-ROHINGYA/INSURGENTS (INSIGHT, PIX, TV), moved, by Wa Lone and Antoni Slodkowski, 1,490 words)


Mongolian parliament ousts prime minister in latest reshuffle

ULAANBAATAR - Mongolia’s parliament votes to oust Prime Minister Jargaltulga Erdenebat, after his ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) was defeated in a July presidential election. (MONGOLIA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Terrence Edwards, 370 words)


U.S. appeals court rejects Trump’s bid to bar most refugees

NEW YORK - A U.S. appeals court rejects the Trump administration’s effort to temporarily bar entry to most refugees, ruling that those who have relationships with a resettlement agency should be exempt from an executive order banning refugees. (USA-IMMIGRATION/RULING (UPDATE 2), moved, by Mica Rosenberg and Jonathan Stempel, 480 words)

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- USA-IMMIGRATION/TRUMP-DURBIN (EXCLUSIVE, PIX), moved, by Richard Cowan, 655 words

U.S. charges former Turkish minister with Iran sanctions evasion

ISTANBUL - U.S. prosecutors have charged a former Turkish economy minister and the ex-head of a state-owned bank with conspiring to violate Iran sanctions by illegally moving hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on Tehran’s behalf. (USA-TURKEY/IRAN (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Daren Butler and David Dolan, 810 words)

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- USA-TURKEY/CARGO (UPDATE 1), moved, by David Shepardson, 239 words

Trump’s son met Russian lawyer for damaging information on Clinton

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest son tells Senate investigators that he had set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer because she might have had damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Patricia Zengerle and Karen Freifeld, 471 words)


Israel hits Syrian site said to be linked to chemical weapons

BEIRUT/JERUSALEM - Israel attacks a military site in Syria’s Hama province, the Syrian army says, and a war monitoring group says the target could be linked to chemical weapons production. MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-ISRAEL (UPDATE 6, TV), moved, by Sarah Dadouch and Jeffrey Heller, 740 words)


Pope says Colombia must confront inequality to secure lasting peace

BOGOTA - Pope Francis urges Colombians to shun vengeance after a bloody 50-year civil war but says leaders must adopt laws to end the “darkness” of injustice and social inequality that breeds violence. (POPE-COLOMBIA/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Philip Pullella and Helen Murphy, 653 words)

+ See also:

- POPE-COLOMBIA/VICTIMS (TV, PIX), moved, by Nelson Bocanegra, 496 words


Spain blocks Catalan independence vote, threatens charges

MADRID - Spain’s central authorities move to crush plans by the northeastern region of Catalonia to hold an independence referendum and takes steps to prosecute regional lawmakers backing the ballot. (SPAIN-POLITICS/CATALONIA (UPDATE 3), moved, by Inmaculada Sanz and Tomás Cobos, 477 words)

Macron hurls challenge to Europe: reform or decline

ATHENS - Europe risks subjugation to China and the United States unless it becomes more sovereign and democratic, French President Emmanuel Macron says in a speech underlining the scale of his ambition to reform the European Union. (GREECE-FRANCE/MACRON (PIX, TV), moved, by Michel Rose, 345 words)

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- EU-TURKEY/ (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Gabriela Baczynska and John Irish, 690 words

- GERMANY-TURKEY/TRIAL, moved, 267 words

Germany disputes size of Russian war games, predicts 100,000 troops

TALLINN - Germany says Russia is planning to send more than 100,000 troops to war games on NATO’s eastern flank this month, disputing Moscow’s version that only 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen will participate. (RUSSIA-NATO/WARGAMES (UPDATE 1, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Robin Emmott, 480 words)


Protesters mass for second day to demand exit of Togo’s leader

LOME - Thousands of Togolese march for a second day against President Faure Gnassingbe’s 50-year family dynasty despite a near blackout in communications. (TOGO-PROTESTS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moved, by John Zodzi, 636 words)

Gbagbo allies behind attacks in Ivory Coast - interior minister

ABIDJAN - A group of allies of Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo, including at least one living in exile in neighbouring Ghana, are behind a wave of attacks on security installations this year, the interior minister says. (IVORYCOAST-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Loucoumane Coulibaly, 394 words)

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