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Exclusive: Russian civilians helping Assad use military base back home - witnesses

MOLKINO, Russia (Reuters) - The Kremlin says it has nothing to do with Russian civilians fighting in Syria but on three recent occasions groups of men flying in from Damascus headed straight to a defense ministry base in Molkino, Reuters reporters witnessed. Learn More


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Impossible dream? Unification less of a priority as Korean leaders prepare to talk

SEOUL (Reuters) - The recent detente between North and South Korea has given new life to talk of unification for the two countries divided since the 1950s. More »


China warns of more action after military drills near Taiwan

BEIJING (Reuters) - A series of Chinese military drills near Taiwan were designed to send a clear message to the self-ruled island and China will take further steps if Taiwan independence forces persist in doing as they please, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. More »


Iran pours scorn on nuclear talks, dismisses 'tradesman' Trump

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's president poured scorn on Wednesday on U.S. and European discussions over Tehran's nuclear agreement, and dismissed Donald Trump as a "tradesman" who lacked the qualifications to deal with a complex international pact. More »


Toronto police eye deadly van attack suspect's 'cryptic message'

TORONTO (Reuters) - The man accused of plowing a rental van into pedestrians on a crowded Toronto sidewalk, killing 10 people in Canada's deadliest mass killing in decades, left a "cryptic message" on social media before his attack, police said on Tuesday. More »


Thousands gather for ANZAC Day memorials around world

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of people attended dawn war memorial services on Wednesday across Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, France and in Thailand to commemorate ANZAC Day, the Gallipoli landings and the centenary of the final year of World War One. More »


Taliban announce spring offensive, dismiss peace overtures

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban announced the start of their annual spring offensive on Wednesday, dismissing an offer for peace talks by President Ashraf Ghani but pledging to focus on U.S. forces in Afghanistan. More »


Fifteen dead, dozens injured in fire at oil well in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Firefighters in Indonesia struggled on Wednesday to contain a blaze at an oil well in the northwestern province of Aceh that killed at least 15 people and injured 40, authorities said. More »


In power for 15 years, Iraq's Shi'ites split ahead of crucial vote

BASRA/NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - United in their fight against Saddam Hussein's oppression for decades, Iraq's Shi'ites have become deeply fragmented and disillusioned with their leaders after 15 years in power. More »


Armenians protests as acting leader suggests new elections

YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia's acting prime minister, Karen Karapetyan, on Wednesday suggested holding a new parliamentary election to end a political crisis which has gripped the country for almost two weeks. More »


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