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‘Fair‘ or ‘vague‘? EU sizes up May‘s Brexit rights offer

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Theresa May said her offer to fellow EU leaders to guarantee the rights of their compatriots living in Britain after Brexit was "very fair and very serious" but her peers sounded skeptical, with Belgium‘s leader calling it "particularly vague".

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Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.

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The Mautes of the Philippines: from monied family to Islamic State

MANILA/MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Before they formed one of the most dreaded militant groups in the Philippines and pledged loyalty to Islamic State, the Mautes were a wealthy, political family in the southern region of Mindanao, largely influenced by the matriarch, Farhana.

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Arab states send Qatar 13 demands to end crisis, official says

DUBAI (Reuters) - Four Arab states boycotting Qatar over alleged support for terrorism have sent Doha a list of 13 demands including closing Al Jazeera television and reducing ties to Iran, an official of one of the four countries said.

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Trump denies obstructing FBI probe, says has no tapes of talks with Comey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had not obstructed the FBI‘s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and had not recorded his conversations with former FBI chief James Comey.

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Venezuelan soldier shoots protester dead in airbase attack, minister says

CARACAS (Reuters) - A Venezuelan military police sergeant shot dead a protester who was attacking the perimeter of an airbase on Thursday, the interior minister said, bringing renewed scrutiny of the force used to control riots that have killed at least 76 people.

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North Korea tests rocket engine, possibly for ICBM: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

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Friend of former South Korea leader jailed for three years: Yonhap

SEOUL (Reuters) - The friend of former South Korean leader Park Geun-hye who was at the center of an influence-peddling scandal that rocked the country‘s business and political elite has been sentenced to three years in jail, the Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

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Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill, but fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Thursday unveiled legislation that would replace Obamacare with a plan that scales back aid to the poor and kills a tax on the wealthy, but the bill‘s fate was quickly thrown into question as several senators voiced skepticism.

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Venezuelan troops fire on protesters at airbase, one killed

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops on Thursday fired what appeared to be rubber bullets at protesters attacking the perimeter of an airbase and a demonstrator was killed, bringing renewed scrutiny of the force used to control riots that have killed at least 76 people.

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Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of 100 Iraqis

(Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the deportation of about 100 Iraqi nationals rounded up in Michigan in recent weeks who argued that they could face persecution or torture in Iraq because they are religious minorities.

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Venezuelan troops fire on protesters; one killed

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan troops on Thursday fired what appeared to be rubber bullets at protesters as they attacked the perimeter of an airbase, and a demonstrator was killed, bringing the death toll to at least 76 in unrest since April.

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Judge in Michigan blocks deportation of more than 100 Iraqis

(Reuters) - A U.S. district court judge in Michigan has temporarily blocked the deportations of more than 100 Iraqi nationals until a decision is reached over who has jurisdiction over the matter, according to court documents filed on Thursday.

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North Korea tests rocket engine: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

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Suspect in Michigan airport stabbing attempted to buy gun before attack

(Reuters) - The man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to purchase a gun before the attack, which is being investigated as an act of terrorism, federal officials said on Thursday.

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North Korea tests rocket engine: U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the United States believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile, a U.S. official told Reuters on Thursday.

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Trump says he did not record conversations with former FBI chief Comey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not make and does not possess any tapes of his conversations with James Comey, after suggesting last month he might have recordings that could damage the former FBI director.

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Exclusive: Amazon to charge 2.8 million for NFL ad packages - sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is looking to charge advertisers 2.8 million for packages that include 30-second spots during the Thursday night National Football League games it will stream live to its Prime customers this coming season, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Anger in Mosul as Islamic State destroys historic mosque

MOSUL/BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) - The leaning al-Hadba minaret that towered over Mosul for 850 years lay in ruins on Thursday, demolished by retreating Islamic State militants, but Iraq‘s prime minister said the act marked their final defeat in the city.

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Trump says he did not tape conversations with former FBI head Comey

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he did not make and does not possess any tapes of his conversations with James Comey, after suggesting last month that he might have recordings that could damage the former FBI director.

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Exclusive: Uber hires law firm to probe how it handled India rape case - source

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] has hired a law firm to investigate how it obtained the medical records of an Indian woman who was raped by an Uber driver in 2014. The review will focus in part on accusations from some current and former employees that bribes were involved, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Paris attack was work of jihadist with gun license: prosecutor

PARIS (Reuters) - A man who died when he rammed his car into a police van in Paris this week told people he joined a gun sports club to prepare as a jihadi fighter, France‘s top public prosecutor said on Thursday.

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Mourners remember U.S. student held prisoner by North Korea

WYOMING, Ohio (Reuters) - Thousands of friends and family members gathered in suburban Cincinnati on Thursday to say goodbye to an American student who died days after returning to the United States in a coma following 17 months in captivity in North Korea.

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‘Imagine there‘s no Brexit‘: EU boss channels Lennon

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Since this month‘s election, many British voices have joined a debate on how or even if Brexit may happen; on Thursday, one EU chief added that of John Lennon, sparking a round of more and less musical replies.

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