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by August 20, 2017 General

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Spain hunts for driver in van rampage, says Islamist cell dismantled

RIPOLL/BARCELONA – Police search for driver of van who killed 13 people in Barcelona, killing 13 people as they try to pin down whether up to two other suspected Islamist militants connected to the attack had died or were at large. (SPAIN-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Angus Berwick and Andrés González, 848 words)

– SPAIN-SECURITY/RIPOLL (TV, PIX), moved, by Angus Berwick, 700 words

Bannon’s exit unlikely to herald Trump shift to center

WASHINGTON/BRIDGEWATER, N.J. – U.S. President Donald Trump’s ouster of former chief strategist Steve Bannon is unlikely to mark the abandonment of the “America First” agenda that has unnerved investors and trade partners and split the White House into nationalist and globalist camps. (USA-TRUMP/ (PIX), moved, by John Walcott and Steve Holland, 707 words)

– USA-TRUMP/VOTERS, moved, by Robert Chiarito, 480 words

Moroccan asylum seeker “targeted women” in Finland knife attack

HELSINKI/TURKU, Finland – Eighteen-year-old Moroccan man arrested after knife attacks that killed two people in the city of Turku appears to have specifically targeted women, say police; incident being treated as terrorism-related. (FINLAND-STABBING/ (UPDATE 5, TV, PIX), moved, by Jussi Rosendahl and Tuomas Forsell, 787 words)

Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

ERBIL – Iraqi security forces launch an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-TAL AFAR (UPDATE 2, TV), epxpect by 1000 GMT/6 AM ET, by Maher Chmaytelli, 582 words)

ASIA

India investigates after fourth big train accident in past year kills 23

NEW DELHI – India begins investigating a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world’s fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment and over-crowding. (INDIA-RAILDERAILMENT/ (PIX, TV), moved, 306 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Syrian army pounds rebel areas near Damascus after Russian brokered truce

AMMAN – Syrian jets and artillery strike rebel-held eastern Damascus suburbs a day after a Russian sponsored ceasefire with a rebel group agreed a halt of fighting in the last opposition enclave in the capital, rebels and witnesses say. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-CEASEFIRE (moved), by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, 517 words)

UNITED STATES

Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

BOSTON – Tens of thousands of people take to the streets of Boston to protest a “free speech” rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. (USA-PROTESTS/ (UPDATE 7, PIX, TV), moved, by Scott Malone and Nate Raymond, 783 words)

Millions of Americans to gaze upon once-in-lifetime eclipse

Twilight will fall at midday on Monday, stars will glimmer and birds will roost in an eerie stillness as millions of Americans and visitors witness the first total solar eclipse to traverse the United States from coast to coast in 99 years. (SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Steve Gorman, 761 words)

AMERICAS

Venezuelan “congress in resistance” rejects new super-assembly

CARACAS -Venezuela’s opposition-controlled Congress rejects self-proclaimed law-making authority of new legislative superbody elected at behest of President Nicolas Maduro, widening political divide in the crisis-hit country. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS, (UPDATE 2, TV, PIX), moved, by Hugh Bronstein and Diego Ore, 420 words)

(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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