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by August 18, 2017 General

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Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona

BARCELONA – Spain launches a sweeping anti-terrorism operation, shooting dead five would-be attackers after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people and wounding scores. (SPAIN-BARCELONA/ (UPDATE 9, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), expect by 1500 GMT/11 AM ET, by Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano, 900 words)

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– SPAIN-BARCELONA/SECURITY (UPDATE 1, PIX TV), moving shortly, 690 words

Statue of 19th century slavery advocate removed in Maryland

WASHINGTON – Authorities in Maryland remove a statue of a 19th century chief justice who wrote the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision in the latest example of action over memorials that have sparked protests across the United States. (USA-PROTESTS/(WRAPUP 1, PIX), moving shortly, by Susan Heavey, 500 words)

South Africa to grant Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity – government source

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, allowing her to return to Harare and avoid prosecution for an alleged assault on a 20-year-old model, a government source says. (SAFRICA-MUGABE/ (UPDATE 2, PIX), by Ed Cropley, 600 words)

Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid N.Korea tension

TOKYO – The top U.S. general restates Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, amid regional tension over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that “an attack on one is an attack on both of us”. (NORTHKOREA MISSILES/ (WRAPUP 3, PIX, TV, GRAPHICS), moved, by Tim Kelly, 860 words)

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– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/NUCLEAR (ANALYSIS, GRAPHICS), moved, by Christine Kim and David Brunnstrom, 890 words


Forest rangers, fire crews brace for eclipse watchers to descend on U.S. West

SALMON, Idaho – Forest rangers and fire managers across the U.S. West will be on high alert as motorists flock to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming for next week’s total solar eclipse, clogging roads and straining scarce resources at the height of summer wildfire season. (SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-TOURISM (UPDATE 1, PIX), by Laura Zuckerman, 706 words)

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– SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-COST (GRAPHIC, TABLE), moved, by Kimberly Chin, 530 words

– SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-PROJECTS (UPDATE 1, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Irene Klotz, 610 words

– SOLAR-ECLIPSE/USA-HOLLYWOOD (PIX, TV), moved, by Lisa Richwine, 400 words

U.S. Navy, citing poor seamanship, removes commanders of warship in deadly crash

WASHINGTON/TOKYO – The U.S. Navy removes the two senior officers and the senior enlisted sailor on a U.S. warship that almost sank off the coast of Japan in June after it was struck by a Philippine container ship, the Navy says. (USA-NAVY/ASIA (UPDATE 3), moved, by Idrees Ali and Tim Kelly, 655 words)


Syrian city’s rebel districts still in ruins years after Assad victory

HOMS – President Bashar al-Assad’s victory in Homs is still evident in the rubble of Baba Amr, a former symbol of the rebellion where five years later only a handful of people live among ruins. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA-HOMS (PIX, TV), by Dahlia Nehme, 880 words)

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL – Five weeks after declaring victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces have completed their deployment around the city of Tal Afar, the next target of the U.S-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-TALAFAR (PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Rasheed, 1,000 words)


Lourenço, the quiet man leading Angola’s changing of guard

MALANJE, Angola – Angolans will almost certainly be calling João Lourenço their president after Wednesday’s election, the first new head of state in oil-producer Angola in 38 years.(ANGOLA-POLITICS/ (PIX), by Stephen Eisenhammer, 780 words)

Devolution gives Kenyans a taste of power as they vote governors out

NAIROBI – As disputes raged over the presidential results from Kenya’s election last week, a little-noticed democratic revolution blossomed in the layer of government directly underneath. (KENYA-ELECTION/DEVOLUTION (PIX), by Katharine Houreld, 820 words)

Towns across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone’s

DAKAR – Villages and cities across West and Central Africa face a worsening threat of landslides such as the one that killed over 400 people in Sierra Leone this week, due to a combination of natural and human factors, experts say.(LEONE-MUDSLIDE/AFRICA (PIX), moving shortly, by Edward McAllister, 400 words)


Several people stabbed in Finnish city of Turku – police

HELSINKI – Several people have been stabbed in the Finnish city of Turku, say police. Suspect shot, motive unknown. (FINLAND-STABBING/ (UPDATE 1, moving shortly, 150 words)

Erdogan tells Turks in Germany to vote against Merkel

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan says German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats are enemies of Turkey and called on Turks in Germany to vote against major parties in next month’s election. (GERMANY-TURKEY/ (UPDATE 2, TV), by Bulent Usta, 390 words)

Frankfurt and Dublin make bankers feel wanted in battle for Brexit jobs

LONDON/DUBLIN – Frankfurt and Dublin are emerging on top in the battle to draw highly paid banking jobs – and the tax revenue that they bring – away from London before Britain’s departure from the European Union in March 2019.(BRITAIN-EU/BANKS-CITIES (TV, PIX, GRAPHIC), by Anjuli Davies and Padraic Halpin, 1385 words)


Venezuela’s new chief prosecutor vows to jail protest leaders

CARACAS – Venezuela will hunt down and jail leaders of violent protests that have rocked the country since April, its new top prosecutor says, a day before a hate crimes law is expected to be approved despite fears that it will be used to crush dissent. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Hugh Bronstein, 430 words)


Hong Kong legal chief denies political motive in jailings as criticism mounts

HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s legal chief denies any “political motive” in seeking jail for three young pro-democracy activists, responding to a Reuters report that he overruled legal officials who had initially advised against pursuing the case. (HONGKONG-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by James Pomfret and Venus Wu, 675 words)

Australia’s citizenship crisis spreads, key senator under a cloud

CANBERRA/SYDNEY – Australia’s widening citizenship crisis entangles a seventh politician, a key independent senator whose support is critical for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to pass legislation through a hostile Senate. (AUSTRALIA-POLITICS/ (PIX), moved, by Colin Packham and Tom Westbrook, 482 words)

“Guardian angel” need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

KABUL – Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armoured vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers. The need to balance the force with more advisers is a driving factor behind the military’s request for more troops, which has met with scepticism in Washington. (AFGHANISTAN-ADVISERS/ (PIX), moved, by Josh Smith, 830 words)

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