Moroccan Teenager Admits Killing Two in Finland Knife Rampage

HELSINKI, Aug 22 (Reuters) – A teenage Moroccan asylum seeker admitted on Tuesday killing two people and wounding eight in a knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku, his lawyer said. In a closed-door court hearing, 18-year-old Abderrahman Mechkah confessed to carrying out Friday’s attack but did not admit to having terrorist motive, lawyer

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More Talks Likely on Kurdish Independence Vote, Negotiator Says

By Ahmed Rasheed and Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq, Aug 22 – A delegation representing Iraq’s ruling Shi’ite coalition may meet Kurdish politicians again next week to try to convince them to delay or cancel a plan to hold an independence referendum, a negotiator said. A first round of talks, held last week in Baghdad, brought

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Muslim Divorce Law “Unconstitutional”, Rules India’s Top Court

By Suchitra Mohanty and Rupam Jain NEW DELHI, Aug 22 – India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality. The law allows Muslim men to divorce their wives simply by uttering the word

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Trump Reverses Course, Commits U.S. to Open-Ended Afghanistan War

By Steve Holland and Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON, Aug 22 – President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America’s longest war in “a fight to win.” Trump offered few specifics in a speech on Monday but

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Who Owns Mars?

By Chris Arsenault TORONTO, Aug 21 – Can anyone claim the red planet or natural resources on asteroids? Business leaders and legal experts say the question has become more than philosophical as a growing number of firms, often backed by capital and technology from Silicon Valley, have set their sights on the resources of outer

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The Victor, the Spoils? Trump Eyes Afghanistan’s Elusive Mineral Riches

By James Mackenzie KABUL, Aug 21 – U.S. President Donald Trump is eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral wealth to help pay for a 16-year war and reconstruction efforts that have already cost $117 billion. Investors who have studied the country, one of the world’s most dangerous, say that is a pipe dream. Ever since a United States

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Gaza Fisherman Finds Message in a Bottle from Greek Island

GAZA, Aug 21 – For Palestinian fisherman Jihad al-Soltan, it was a surprise summer catch — a message in a bottle that he netted off a Gaza beach. It had bobbed its way in the Mediterranean for nearly 800 km (500 miles) from the Greek island of Rhodes, placed in the water by a vacationing

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Mosques Speak Out in Indian City to Stop Sale of Brides to Arab Men

By Roli Srivastava MUMBAI, Aug 21 – Mosques in the Indian technology hub of Hyderabad are joining a growing campaign to stop schoolgirls being sold as brides to elderly Arab men, authorities said on Monday, amid an outcry about a new spate of cases. India launched an investigation last week into the marriage of a

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Raqqa Families Make Daring Escapes from Daesh Stronghold

By John Davison RAQQA, Syria, Aug 21 – As Shawakh al-Omar huddled with 16 relatives in a single room in house in Daesh Syrian stronghold Raqqa, a mortar round slammed into the home next door, killing four people and shaking the building. The 57-year-old decided they should make a run for it. “We didn’t even have

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Saudi Plane for Qatari Pilgrims Waits on Doha for Landing Rights

DUBAI, Aug 20 – Saudi Arabia’s state carrier said on Sunday it had been unable to send planes to transport Qatari pilgrims to the kingdom because it had been unable to get permission to land at Doha airport amid a diplomatic dispute between the two countries. Qatar and Saudi Arabia, along with three other Arab

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