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U.S. missionary thrust to the center of Turkey-U.S. crisis

IZMIR, Turkey (Reuters) - When Andrew Brunson saw a police summons on his door in late summer 2016, the U.S. evangelical pastor thought it was a routine appointment to sort out his residency papers in Turkey, his home for nearly a quarter of a century. Learn More


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Former U.N. chief and Nobel peace laureate Kofi Annan dies aged 80

ACCRA/GENEVA (Reuters) - Former U.N. Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan died on Saturday at the age of 80, his foundation said, after decades of championing efforts to try to end protracted conflicts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. More »


Kofi Annan struggled to escape the curse of history

GENEVA (Reuters) - Kofi Annan, the former United Nations Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who died on Saturday, will be remembered as a dedicated humanitarian whose career was tarnished by ugly conflicts that spun out of control. More »


Turkey's Erdogan says to challenge 'games' on the economy

ANKARA (Reuters) - A day after two major ratings agencies downgraded Turkey closer to junk status amid a currency crisis, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said he would challenge those playing "games" on the economy. More »


Rouhani to appear before Iranian parliament soon, says lawmaker

LONDON (Reuters) - An Iranian lawmaker said on Saturday that President Hassan Rouhani would appear before parliament on Aug. 28 to answer questions on his government's handling of Iran's economic struggles, but an aide to Rouhani denied a date had been set. More »


First a wedding, then hard work: Putin to visit Germany's Merkel

BERLIN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday for talks about the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project that has drawn U.S. ire. More »


Muslim pilgrims flock to Mecca ahead of haj

MECCA, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Hisham Mostafa briefly forgot the war in Syria and his financial worries as he looked upon Islam's holiest sites for the first time, standing among hundreds of thousands of white-clad Muslims gathered in Mecca ahead of the haj pilgrimage. More »


Italy mourns victims of Genoa bridge collapse with state funeral

GENOA (Reuters) - Italy mourned the victims of the collapse of a motorway bridge in the northern city of Genoa with a state funeral on Saturday, as rescue workers kept searching for the last few unaccounted people buried in the rubble. More »


More heavy rains likely in India's Kerala as flood death toll jumps

KOCHI, India (Reuters) - India deployed thousands of soldiers and dozens of helicopters to rescue people marooned by the worst floods in a century in the southern state of Kerala, where the death toll of 186 people as of Saturday could rise fast as rains continue. More »


For some Egyptians, camels make a bigger and better Eid sacrifice

BIRQASH, Egypt (Reuters) - Muslims often slaughter sheep at the annual Eid al-Adha "feast of the sacrifice" which falls next week, but some Egyptians are thinking bigger. More »


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