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Spanish police searching for van driver in Barcelona attack

BARCELONA/RIPOLL, Spain – Spanish police are searching for the driver of a van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in one of two deadly attacks in Catalonia carried out by a network of suspected Islamist militants. (SPAIN-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moving shortly, by Andrés González and Angus Berwick, 500 words)

Finnish knife attacks investigated as terror crimes – police

HELSINKI – Finnish police are investigating Friday’s knife attacks that killed two and wounded eight in the city of Turku as crimes related to terrorism, they said. (FINLAND-STABBING/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), moving shortly, by Jussi Rosendahl, 400 words)

Trump dumps chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN – President Donald Trump fires his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda. (USA-TRUMP/ (UPDATE 8, PIX, TV), moved, by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, 1111 words)

Nigeria’s Buhari to return home after sick leave in Britain

ABUJA – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, 74, will return home from medical leave in Britain where he has been since May 7, a presidential spokesman says. (NIGERIA-BUHARI/ (UPDATE 2), expect by 1400, by Felix Onuah, 400 words)

MIDDLE EAST

Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border

BEIRUT – The Lebanese army launches an offensive against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announces an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier. MIDEAST-CRISIS/LEBANON-SYRIA (UPDATE 3), moved, by Tom Perry and Angus McDowall, 500 words)

UNITED STATES

After Charlottesville, Boston aims to avert violence at ‘Free Speech’ rally

BOSTON – Hundreds of police officers will hit the streets of Boston to deter violence at a “Free Speech” rally with right-wing speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist protest. (USA-PROTESTS/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Scott Malone, 600 words)

Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages

RICHMOND, Va. – Mayor of Charlottesville calls for special session of Virginia’s legislature to let localities decide fate of Confederate monuments like statue at center of far-right rally that turns deadly. (USA-PROTESTS/ (WRAPUP 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Brandon Shulleeta, 681 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 (PIX, TV), moved, by Steve Gorman, 500 words)

AMERICAS

Venezuela faces outrage after new assembly claims it can pass laws

CARACAS/BOGOTA – Venezuela’s new legislative superbody is criticized by South American governments and Washington after giving itself the power to pass laws, superseding the opposition-led congress, while ex-top prosecutor Luisa Ortega flees the country. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (WRAPUP 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons, 450 words)

EUROPE

Eight stabbed in Russian city, police kill attacker

MOSCOW – Eight people were injured in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut and the attacker has been killed, Russian law enforcement officials say. (RUSSIA-STABBING/ (UPDATE 2), moving shortly, 400 words)

AFRICA

South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity – source

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa grants diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for alleged assault of 20-year-old model, security source says. (SAFRICA-MUGABE/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by Ed Cropley, 670 words)

ASIA

Seventh Australian senator referred to High Court as citizenship crisis deepens

MELBOURNE – A crisis engulfing Australia’s parliament has widened after an independent senator became the seventh parliamentarian referred to the High Court to determine if his dual citizenship makes him ineligible to sit in parliament. (AUSTRALIA-POLITICS/ (PIX), moved, by Joseph Hinchliffe, 409 words)

Keyboard warriors: S.Korea, U.S. gear up for war games to counter N.Korea threat

SEOUL – In air conditioned bunkers and at military bases across South Korea, it is with keyboards – not tanks – that South Korean and the U.S. forces will launch military exercises on Monday, denounced by North Korea as a rehearsal for war. (NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/SOUTHKOREA-DRILLS (moved), by Christine Kim and Heekyong Yang, 728 words)

No gambling, sex please: China widens crackdown on overseas deals

SHANGHAI – A recent crackdown by China on overseas investments has been assumed to be mainly focused on high-profile acquisitions of things like hotels and football teams around the world. However, Chinese regulators also appear to have their eyes on two other lower-profile industries: gambling and sex. (CHINA-ECONOMY/ODI (moved), moved, 527 words)

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

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