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TOP STORIES

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 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Angus Berwick and Andrés González, 848 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), moving shortly, by John Walcott and Steve Holland, 707 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)

Nigeria’s Buhari returns home after three-month sick leave in Britain

ABUJA – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returns home from three months of medical leave in Britain where he received treatment for an unspecified ailment.(NIGERIA-BUHARI/ (UPDATE 3, PIX, TV), moved, by Felix Onuah, 460 words)

MIDDLE EAST

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

BEIRUT – Lebanese army launches offensive against an Islamic State enclave on northeast border with Syria as Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah announces assault on the militants from Syrian side of the frontier. MIDEAST-CRISIS/LEBANON-SYRIA (UPDATE 5), moved, by Tom Perry and Angus McDowall, 709 words)

UNITED STATES

Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

BOSTON – Thousands of people in Boston protested a “Free Speech” rally featuring right-wing speakers, with hundreds of police mobilized to prevent a recurrence of violence that left a woman dead at a Virginia white-supremacist protest last week.(USA-PROTESTS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX, TV), moved, by Scott Malone and Nate Raymond, 799 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)

Veteran NAFTA negotiators likely to deflect political pressures

WASHINGTON – Trade officials leading North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations are veterans in their field who will be able to resist political pressure for major rapid changes as pace of talks intensifies, trade and legal experts say. (TRADE-NAFTA/NEGOTIATORS (PIX), moved, by David Ljunggren, 682 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, further dividing oil-rich but crisis-ridden country (VENEZUELA-POLITICS, (UPDATE 1, TV, PIX), by Hugh Bronstein and Diego Ore, 420 words)

EUROPE

Several wounded in Russian knife attack, attacker shot dead

MOSCOW – From seven to eight people are injured in knife attack in Siberian city of Surgut and the attacker has been killed, Russian law enforcement officials say. (RUSSIA-STABBING/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 215 words)

AFRICA

Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe absent from regional summit after assault allegation

JOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe fails to make expected appearance at a summit of regional leaders in South Africa following allegations of assault against her by a 20-year-old model (SAFRICA-MUGABE/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 327 words).

ASIA

Train derails in India, at least 14 killed, says official

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI – Train comes off tracks in India’s northern state of Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens more as carriages slam into each other, a local official says (INDIA-RAILDERAILMENT (UPDATE 3, TV), moved, by Tommy Wilkes and Sankalp Phartiyal, 418 words)

Former workers at U.S.-owned miner Freeport Indonesia clash with police

Hundreds of former workers of Freeport Indonesia clash with security forces near company’s mines in the eastern province of Papua on Saturday and three workers are injured, company and union officials say (INDONESIA-FREEPORT/ (UPDATE 2), moved, 239 words)

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, 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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