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Turkey's ruling party taunts opposition over early election
ANKARA, April 19 (Reuters) - Turkey's ruling AK Party taunted the main opposition party on Thursday to name a candidate to challenge Tayyip Erdogan for June elections which are expected to tighten the president's 15-year hold on power.
Iraq coordinated with Syrian government on anti-IS air strikes -military spokesman
BAGHDAD, April 19 (Reuters) - Iraq's air strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria on Thursday were carried out in coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters.
Russia says Syrian rebels preventing inspectors from reaching Douma - RIA
MOSCOW, April 19 (Reuters) - Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Thursday that Syrian rebels were preventing inspectors for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) from reaching the town of Douma, the RIA news agency reported.
China's Xi urges "objective" probe into suspected Syria chemical weapons attack
BEIJING, April 19 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping told British Prime Minister Theresa in a telephone call on Thursday that there needs to be a comprehensive, just and objective probe into a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, state television reported. (Reporting by Ben Blanchard; editing by Nick Macfie)
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As Macron heads to U.S., 'strong relationship' with Trump under test
PARIS (Reuters) - When France's ambassador to Washington told American officials last July that he was heading to Paris and would shortly see President Emmanuel Macron, one of them handed him a copy of the New York Times.
RPT-UPDATE 3-P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 bln
April 19 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) has agreed to acquire Merck KGaA's consumer health unit for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion), giving it vitamin brands such as Seven Seas and greater exposure to Latin American and Asian markets.
P&G to buy German Merck's consumer health unit for $4.2 billion
(Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co (P&G) has agreed to acquire Merck KGaA's consumer health unit for 3.4 billion euros ($4.2 billion), giving it vitamin brands such as Seven Seas and greater exposure to Latin American and Asian markets.
EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017: stats office
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017, its statistics office Eurostat said on Thursday, with Germany taking in more than 60 percent.
US hopes for success in talks with Europeans on Iran nuclear deal
GENEVA, April 19 (Reuters) - The United State is hopeful of reaching agreement with Britain, France and Germany to address U.S. concerns about the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. disarmament ambassador Robert Wood told a news conference in Geneva on Thursday.
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