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by August 18, 2017 General

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Trump fires controversial chief strategist Bannon

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. – President Donald Trump fires Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist in latest high-level White House shake-up, removing powerful and controversial figure known for far-right political views. (USA-TRUMP/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, 700 words)

+ See also:

– USA-TRUMP/BANNON-PROFILE, moving shortly, by Jim Oliphant, 400 words

– USA-TRUMP/BANNON (UPDATE 2), moved, by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, moved, 224 words

Barcelona van attacker among five killed by police-Spanish media

BARCELONA – Driver of van that plowed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring about 100 others, is one of five men shot by police in Catalan seaside resort hours later, two Spanish newspapers report. (SPAIN-BARCELONA/ (UPDATE 10, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moving shortly, by Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano, 700 words)

+ See also:

– SPAIN-BARCELONA/CITIES (PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Emma Rumney and Sudip Kar-Gupta, 785 words

– SPAIN-BARCELONA/INDEPENDENCE (PIX TV), moved, by Blanca Rodríguez and Sarah White, 415 words

– SPAIN-BARCELONA/SECURITY (UPDATE 1, PIX TV), moved, by Andrés González, 696 words

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

TOKYO – Top U.S. general restates Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to 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 4, PIX, TV, GRAPHICS), moving shortly, by Tim Kelly, 800 words)

Another statue removed amid debate over symbols of U.S. slave past

WASHINGTON – Maryland authorities take down statue of 19th century chief justice who wrote infamous pro-slavery decision, latest example of action across United States over memorials that trigger racially charged protests. (USA-PROTESTS/ (WRAPUP 3, TV, PIX), expect by 2000 GMT/4 PM ET, by Susan Heavey, 600 words)

Germans watching Charlottesville sense echoes of their own history

BERLIN/WEIMAR, Germany – In few countries is public opinion so shocked by events in Charlottesville, Va., as in Germany, where sight of skinheads marching by torchlight and chanting anti-Jewish slogans has historical resonance. (USA-TRUMP/GERMANY (TV, PIX), moved, by Thomas Escritt and Noah Barkin, 853 words)

AMERICAS

NAFTA negotiators hone in on origin rules, dispute settlement

WASHINGTON – U.S., Canadian and Mexican negotiators begin digging into some of the thornier issues in modernizing North American Free Trade Agreement, including rules of origin for goods produced in region, services trade and controversial dispute settlement system. (TRADE-NAFTA/ (UPDATE 1, PIX), expect by 2100 GMT/5 PM ET, by David Ljunggren and Anthony Esposito, 500 words)

EUROPE

Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers

GESCHER, Germany – As Germany struggles to absorb more than million migrants from Middle East and Africa, government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey. (GERMANY-ELECTION/MIGRANTS (INSIGHT, TV, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Joseph Nasr, 1,293 words)

Two dead, at least six hurt in knife attack in Finland

TURKU, Finland – Man with knife kills two people and wounds at least six in stabbing rampage in market square in Finnish city of Turku, police say. (FINLAND-STABBING/ (UPDATE 3, TV, PIX), moving shortly, by Tuomas Forsell, 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), moving shortly, by Ed Cropley, 600 words)

Cities across Africa face threat of landslides like Sierra Leone

DAKAR – Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone’s capital vulnerable to landslide that killed more than 400 people: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides. Those vulnerabilities are mirrored in villages and cities across West and Central Africa – among world’s poorest and wettest regions – that face worsening threat from landslides, researchers say. (LEONE-MUDSLIDE/AFRICA (PIX), moved, by Edward McAllister, 510 words)

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

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

MIDDLE EAST

Iraqi forces prepare to retake Tal Afar from Islamic State militants

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq – Five weeks after securing victory in Mosul, Iraqi forces move into positions around city of Tal Afar, their next objective in U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Iraqi military commanders say. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-TALAFAR (PIX, TV), moved, by Raya Jalabi and Ahmed Rasheed, 1,057 words)

ASIA

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 Reuters report that he overrules legal officials who initially advised against pursuing case. (HONGKONG-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by James Pomfret and Venus Wu, 674 words)

Furor erupts over killing of teenager as Philippines drugs war escalates

MANILA – Philippines police come under pressure to explain killing of high-school student after 17-year-old becomes one of at least 91 people shot dead this week in escalation of President Rodrigo Duterte’s ruthless war on drugs. (PHILIPPINES-DRUGS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Erik De Castro and Manuel Mogato, 709 words)

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

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