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by August 20, 2017 General

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Barcelona attack suspect still sought as investigation expands to other countries

BARCELONA, Spain – Spanish police search for the man behind the wheel in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people, amid growing signs members of the militant group had connections elsewhere in Europe. (SPAIN-SECURITY/ (UPDATE 2, PIX, TV, GRAPHIC), moved, by Angus Berwick, 708 words)

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Trump to lay out U.S. strategy for Afghanistan on Monday night

BRIDGEWATER, N.J./WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump will lay out his long-awaited U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan in a prime-time television address to the American people on Monday night, the White House says. (USA-TRUMP/AFGHANISTAN (UPDATE 1), moved, by Steve Holland and John Walcott, 685 words)

Syria’s Assad says war not won, but West’s plots foiled

AMMAN – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says while his country had foiled Western designs to topple him, his army had not won Syria’s war and the fight was continuing to crush a six-year-old insurgency. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA (UPDATE 3), moved, by Suleiman Al-Khalidi, 500 words)

Initial NAFTA talks conclude amid signs schedule could slip

WASHINGTON – The United States, Canada and Mexico wrap up their first round of talks to revamp the NAFTA trade pact, vowing to keep up a blistering pace of negotiations that some involved in the process say may be too fast to bridge deep differences. (TRADE-NAFTA/ (UPDATE 3, PIX), moved, by David Lawder and Anthony Esposito, 596 words)


Jerry Lewis, king of low-brow comedy and charity fundraiser, dies at 91

LOS ANGELES – Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, dies at the age of 91, his family says. (PEOPLE-JERRY LEWIS/ (UPDATE 4, PIX), moved, by Steve Gorman, 1,038 words)

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Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

WASHINGTON – Two prominent religious conservatives defend U.S. President Donald Trump after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend’s violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists. (USA-TRUMP/ (PIX, TV), moved, by Doina Chiacu and Sarah N. Lynch, 691 words)


Iraq starts offensive to take back Tal Afar from Islamic State

BAGHDAD/ERBIL, Iraq – Iraqi security forces launch an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar, their next objective in the U.S.-backed campaign to defeat Islamic State militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says. (MIDEAST-CRISIS/IRAQ-TAL AFAR (UPDATE 3, TV), moved, by Raya Jalabi and Phil Stewart, 955 words)

Israeli opposition says Abbas tried to resume security ties with Israel

JERUSALEM – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tells Israeli opposition lawmakers that he had proposed rolling back his month-old suspension of security coordination with Israel, but that it did not respond to the overture, the delegation says. (PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL (UPDATE 1), moved, 387 words)


Nearly 500 dead pulled from Sierra Leone mudslide -coroner

FREETOWN – Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week’s devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, the city’s chief coroner tells Reuters. (LEONE-MUDSLIDE/ moved, 263 words)

Grace Mugabe returns to Zimbabwe after South Africa assault allegation

HARARE – Zimbabwe’s first lady, Grace Mugabe, returns home from South Africa, state media says, pursued by demands she face prosecution over the alleged assault of a 20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room.(SAFRICA-MUGABE/ (UPDATE 4), moved, by Kuda Chideme, 490 words)


Finnish police search new sites, talk to suspect in knife rampage probe

HELSINKI – Police search premises in the city of Turku and interview the chief suspect as part of an investigation into Finland’s first suspected Islamist militant attack. (FINLAND-STABBINGS/SUSPECTS (UPDATE 1, PIX), moved, by Jussi Rosendahl and Lefteris Karagiannopoulos, 430 words)

Britain calls on EU to move Brexit talks forward

LONDON – Brexit minister David Davis calls on European Union to relax its position that the two sides must first make progress on a divorce settlement before moving on to discussing future ties in Brexit talks (BRITAIN-EU/DAVIS (PIX), moved shortly, 399 words)

Britain will not rule out EU oversight of UK borders after Brexit

LONDON – Britain will not rule out the possibility that the European Union may retain oversight of customs controls at UK borders after it leaves the bloc, as the country seeks ways to retain unhindered access to EU markets following Brexit. (BRITAIN-EU/CUSTOMS), by Tom Bergin, moved, 800 words)

Germany bets on second time lucky with migrant workers

GESCHER, Germany – As Germany struggles to absorb more than a million migrants from the Middle East and Africa, the government is hoping to avoid the mistakes it made half a century ago when it brought in a generation of guest workers from Turkey. (GERMANY-ELECTION/MIGRANTS (INSIGHT, TV, PIX, GRAPHIC), moved, by Joseph Nasr, 1,000 words)


Thousands protest in Hong Kong over jailing of democracy activists

HONG KONG – Thousands of people take to the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the jailing of three young democracy activists, with many questioning the independence of the Chinese-ruled city’s judiciary. (HONGKONG-POLITICS/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, by Venus Wu, 635 words)

India investigates after fourth major train accident in past year kills 23

NEW DELHI – India investigates a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world’s fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment and over-crowding. (INDIA-RAILDERAILMENT/ (UPDATE 1, PIX, TV), moved, 400 words)

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