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Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe: sources

HARARE Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal that led to his resignation, sources close to the negotiations said on Thursday.

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Merkel ally urges Social Democrats to consider new German 'grand coalition'

BERLIN Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) should reconsider their opposition to joining a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives because Europe needs a stable government in Berlin, a senior ally of the chancellor said on Thursday.

Germany 5:09am EST

Iran Guards ready to help rebuild Syria, Hezbollah will not disarm: TV

ANKARA Iran's Revolutionary Guards are ready to help rebuild Syria and bring about a lasting "ceasefire" there, chief commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, adding that disarming Lebanon's Hezbollah is out of the question, state TV reported on Thursday.

Syria, Lebanon 6:02am EST

UK's Brexit withdrawal bill to be debated from December 4

LONDON Britain's parliament will debate the Brexit withdrawal bill on Dec. 4, and on a further four days in the month, the leader of the House of Commons said on Thursday.

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Islamic State beheads 15 of its own fighters: Afghan official

JALALABAD, Afghanistan Islamic State on Thursday beheaded 15 of its own fighters due to infighting in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar, the local government said.

Afghanistan 6:19am EST

Philippines president likely to return police to drugs war soon: spokesman

MANILA There is a "strong likelihood" Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will lift a suspension on police from his war on drugs, his spokesman said on Thursday, a move likely to alarm activists who accuse police of committing murder under the guise of drug busts.

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