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by August 18, 2017 General

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Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. – President Donald Trump fires his chief strategist Stephen Bannon in latest White House shake-up, removing far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalization agenda. (USA-TRUMP/ (UPDATE 5, PIX, TV), moving shortly, by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland, 1,500 words)

+ See also:

– USA-TRUMP/BANNON (NEWSMAKER, TV, PIX), moved, by James Oliphant, 578 words

– USA-TRUMP/TILLERSON, moved, by Yeganeh Torbati, 556 words

– USA-TRUMP/RUSSIA-LAWYER (UPDATE 1), moving shortly, by Karen Freifeld, 400 words

– USA-TRUMP/STAFFING (FACTBOX), moved, 616 words

Barcelona van attacker among five killed by police – Spanish media

BARCELONA – Driver of van that plowed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, is one of five men shot dead by police in Catalan seaside resort hours later, Spanish newspapers report. (SPAIN-BARCELONA/ (UPDATE 12, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Andrés González, Angus Berwick and Carlos Ruano, 835 words)

+ See also:

– SPAIN-BARCELONA/BLAST (PIX), moved, by Andrés González, 541 words

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), moved, by David Ljunggren and Anthony Esposito, 570 words)

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

TOKYO – Top U.S. general restates Washington’s “ironclad commitment” to security of its close Asian ally, Japan, amid regional tensions 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), moved, by Tim Kelly, 778 words)

+ See also:

– NORTHKOREA-MISSILES/UKRAINE (TV, PIX), moved, by Alessandra Prentice, 755 words

Venezuela’s constituent assembly assumes power to legislate

CARACAS – Venezuela’s new legislative superbody gives itself power to pass laws, superseding opposition-led congress and fueling criticism by government adversaries that socialist President Nicolas Maduro is consolidating dictatorship. (VENEZUELA-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV), moved, by Brian Ellsworth and Corina Pons, 386 words)

U.S. formally launches probe of China’s intellectual property practices

WASHINGTON – United States formally launches investigation of China’s alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property, widely expected move after call from President Donald Trump to determine whether one is needed. (USA-TRUMP/TRADE-CHINA (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, 192 words)

UNITED STATES

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)

+ See also:

– USA-PROTESTS/MAYORS (PIX, TV), moved, Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert, 787 words

– USA-PROTESTS/SCHOOL (PIX, TV), moved, by Fatima Bhojani, 887 words

– USA-TRUMP/GERMANY (TV, PIX), moved, by Thomas Escritt and Noah Barkin, 853 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, six wounded in knife attack in Finland

TURKU, Finland – Man with knife kills two people and wounds six others in stabbing rampage in market square in Finnish city of Turku, police say. (FINLAND-STABBING/ (UPDATE 4, TV, PIX), moved, by Tuomas Forsell, 490 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, 666 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)

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

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