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After Somalia's deadliest bombing, a brother's desperate search

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - When Somalia's deadliest truck bomb exploded on Saturday, Abdi Ali Ibrahim raced to the smoking crater just meters from where his beloved sister Asha had a small business selling fuel.

Syrian refugees should return to calmer areas: Lebanon president

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon can no longer handle vast numbers of Syrian refugees, its president said on Monday, urging world powers to help them return to the calmer parts of their war-torn homeland.

Israel approves building plans for 31 settler homes in West Bank's Hebron

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel on Monday approved building plans for 31 settler homes in Hebron in the West Bank, a spokeswoman said, a first such move in the Israeli-occupied area for some 15 years.

Anti-corruption blogger killed by huge bomb in Malta

VALLETTA (Reuters) - Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed on Monday when a powerful bomb blew up her car, police said, in a case that stunned the small Mediterranean island.

Iraqi forces seize oil city Kirkuk from Kurds in bold advance

BAGHDAD/KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country.

U.S.-backed forces in final push against Islamic State Raqqa

RAQQA, Syria (Reuters) - U.S.-backed militias battled foreign fighters defending the last pocket of Islamic State's one-time Syrian capital of Raqqa on Monday, bringing their four-month offensive for the city to the brink of victory...

Kosovo urges U.S. involvement in Belgrade, Pristina talks

PRISTINA (Reuters) - Kosovo's newly appointed prime minister, Ramuch Haradinaj, on Monday urged the United States, his country's main ally, to become involved in EU-sponsored talks between Kosovo and Serbia aimed at settling their differences.

Congo elected to U.N. rights council; Britain, U.S. unhappy

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo was among 15 countries elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council for a three-year term on Monday, a moved criticized by Britain, the United States and rights groups after the vote by the 193-member General Assembly.

South Sudan opposition groups meet in Kenya to 'harmonize voices'

KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudanese opposition groups tried to forge a united front on Monday ahead of an expected resumption of peace talks, in the first such meeting since the start of their country's civil war nearly four years ago, attendees told Reuters.

EU demands 'expensive dinner' with May to unlock Brexit talks

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May is unlikely to offer new concessions to Brussels over the terms of Britain's divorce from the European Union when she meets European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker over dinner on Monday, her spokesman indicated.

From Haider to Strache - the FPO's march to respectability in Austria

VIENNA (Reuters) - Founded by former Nazis six decades ago, Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) long ago left the political fringes to establish itself as a mainstream party that could now return to power following a strong showing in Sunday's election.

Russia's Putin signs decree imposing restrictions on North Korea

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed a decree imposing restrictions on North Korea in order to comply with a United Nations Security Council resolution.

Significant gaps remain in bid to restore Northern Irish power-sharing: UK PM May's office

LONDON (Reuters) - Significant gaps still remain between parties attempting to restore Northern Ireland's power-sharing administration, British Prime Minister Theresa May's office said on Monday after she spoke with Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar.

EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

Explosion in southeast Turkey kills two soldiers: CNN Turk

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two Turkish soldiers were killed on Monday in the southeastern province of Hakkari after an improvised explosive device detonated, Turkish broadcaster CNN Turk said.

On TV, France's Macron looks to style, viewers question substance

PARIS (Reuters) - Never let it be said that President Emmanuel Macron doesn't care about how he comes across.

Austria's conservative shift opens path to power for far right

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's shift to the right in a parliamentary election has paved the way for young conservative star Sebastian Kurz to become the country's next leader and opened a path for the resurgent far right to return to power.

Jakarta governor sworn in amid calls from hardliners for 'Islamic lifestyle'

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo swore in a former education minister as Jakarta's governor on Monday, months after an election that opened up religious and ethnic divisions in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country.

Iraq forces seize Kirkuk outskirts in advance on Kurdish-held territory

BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's central government forces launched an advance early on Monday into territory held by Kurds, seizing a swathe of countryside surrounding the oil city of Kirkuk in bold military response to a Kurdish vote last month on independence.

Merkel: Strong result for Austria's FPO 'big challenge' for other parties

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that the strong showing of Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party (FPO) in Sunday's election was a "big challenge" for other parties.

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