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U.S. wants quarter cut to U.N. Congo troop cap, others warn wrong time

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States wants to cut by a quarter the troop cap for the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Democratic Republic of Congo, said diplomats, despite warnings by France and others against drastic changes to the world body's largest and most expensive operation.

Civilian deaths, Old City fight force Mosul battle rethink

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MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Perched in bombed-out apartments overlooking west Mosul, Iraqi police snipers have in the last few days advanced to within a few hundred meters of the mosque where Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al—Baghdadi declared his caliphate nearly three years ago.

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

BERLIN (Reuters) - 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's 'Schulz effect' fails to deliver in first election test

BERLIN (Reuters) - It was the German Social Democrats' first electoral test under their new leader, Martin Schulz. They failed. Instead, voters in the state of Saarland flocked to Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives on Sunday for fear of a new left-wing alliance.

Russian opposition leader Navalny jailed for 15 days over protest

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A court on Monday sentenced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 15 days in prison, saying he had disobeyed a police officer during an anti-government protest in Moscow the previous day.

Israel urges citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai, citing IS threat

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Monday urged citizens vacationing in Egypt's Sinai peninsula to leave immediately, saying the threat of attacks inspired by Islamic State and other jihadi groups was high.

UK to conduct major counter-terrorism exercise in October: PM May

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will conduct a major counter-terrorism training exercise in October across parts of Scotland and northern England, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, days after a lone attacker killed four people in London.

U.S.-backed Syrian militias say pause operations near Tabqa dam

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they temporarily halted military operations near the hydroelectric Tabqa Dam on the Euphrates river on Monday to allow government engineers access to carry out work.

Syrian rebels resume withdrawal from last Homs bastion: monitor

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Hundreds of rebels left their last bastion in Syria's Homs city on Monday, resuming an evacuation expected to be among the largest of its kind under a Russian-backed deal with the government, state media and a monitor said.

Kremlin rejects U.S., EU calls to free detained opposition protesters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin on Monday rejected calls by the United States and the European Union to release opposition protesters detained during what it said were illegal demonstrations the previous day and accused organizers of paying teenagers to attend.

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

BEIRUT (Reuters) - 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.

Kenyan forces kill 31 al Shabaab militants in Somalia: statement

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan troops in Somalia killed 31 Islamist al Shabaab militants in a raid on two of their bases in the southern Somali region of Jubbaland, the Kenyan military said on Monday.

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

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has instructed Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to return immediately from an investor roadshow to Britain and the United States, the presidency said on Monday, without giving a reason for the decision.

'Now or never' for Europe, French think tank warns

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of France and Germany must use the window of opportunity that opens up after elections in both countries to inject new momentum into their single currency project or risk its failure, a leading French think tank warned on Monday.

Hong Kong protest leaders ominously told they face charges day after new leader chosen

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong police on Monday told at least nine organizers of 2014's pro-democracy demonstrations they will face charges, protest leaders said, an ominous sign just a day after a new Beijing-backed leader was chosen, vowing to unite society.

Philippines rescues three Malaysians held hostage by Abu Sayyaf

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops have rescued three Malaysians held captive by Abu Sayyaf rebels, the military said on Monday, the second such operation in four days as security forces step up offensives against the notorious Islamist group.

U.S.-backed forces capture Islamic State-held airport near Euphrates dam

BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed Syrian alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias on Sunday took a military airport in northern Syria held by Islamic State, close to the country's largest dam that may be in danger of collapse.

Pakistan says starts fencing Afghanistan border in 'high-threat zones'

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has begun building a fence on its disputed 2,500 km (1,500 mile) border with Afghanistan to prevent incursions by militants, Pakistan's army chief said, in a move likely to further strain relations between the two countries.

Spanish minister says government will have enough support on budget

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish budget minister Cristobal Montoro said on Monday he was convinced his centre-right minority government would garner enough support from opposition parties to approve budget plans for this year.

Islamic State warns Syrian dam at risk of collapse

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State has warned that the Tabqa dam, which a U.S.-backed Kurdish and Arab militia is trying to capture from the militant group, is at imminent risk of collapse because of airstrikes and increased water lev...

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