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EU vows to save Iran deal, fears for North Korea mediation

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union vowed on Monday to defend a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers and urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions after President Donald Trump chose not to certify Tehran‘s compliance with the accord.

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White House pitches corporate tax cut as win for workers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration said in an analysis released on Monday that middle-class Americans would see incomes eventually rise more than 4,000 if President Donald Trump‘s corporate tax cuts were enacted, seeking to counter Democratic criticisms that its tax proposals overwhelmingly benefit the rich.

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Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain‘s government set the clock ticking on Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region‘s leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence.

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Jockeying for cash: North Korea allows racetrack gambling as sanctions bite

SEOUL (Reuters) - Punters in North Korea who once risked three years hard labor for gambling are now able to bet on local horse races as the isolated country scrambles to unearth new sources of hard currency amid intensifying international sanctions.

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Austrian vote gives mandate to far right to enter coalition talks

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrians shifted to the right in Sunday‘s parliamentary elections, giving the far-right Freedom Party a mandate to enter coalition talks with young conservative victor Sebastian Kurz, who fell short of a parliamentary majority.

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EU foreign policy chief expects strong EU backing for Iran deal

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday she expected strong backing from EU foreign ministers for the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that the U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized.

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Asia oil buyers turn to U.S. in hunt for cheap supply

SINGAPORE/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Asia is set to ramp up crude oil imports from the United States in late 2017 and early next year, with buyers searching out cheap supplies after hurricanes hit U.S. demand for the commodity at a time of rising production in the country.

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Death toll from Somalia bomb attacks tops 300

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - More than 300 people died after twin bomb explosions in Mogadishu, an official said on Monday, as locals packed hospitals in search of friends and relatives caught up in Somalia‘s deadliest attack in a decade.

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Death toll from Somalia bombings jumps to over 300

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - The number killed in twin bombings in the Somali capital Mogadishu over the weekend has risen to more than 300, the head of the city‘s ambulance service said on Monday.

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Catalan leader fails to spell out independence stance, calls for talks

MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont failed to clarify on Monday whether he had declared Catalonia‘s independence from Spain last week, paving the way for the central government to take control of the region and rule it directly.

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Iraq says captures positions south of Kirkuk including airbase

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi forces captured several positions south of Kirkuk from Kurdish fighters on Monday in their bid to regain control of the oil-rich city, which is part of a region that declared itself independent at a referendum last month.

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Death toll in Somalia bombing jumps to 263: medical workers

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least 263 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in the hear of Somalia‘s capital Mogadishu, doctors said on Monday, confirming the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007.

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Venezuela vote dispute risks rekindling unrest, sanctions

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s opposition refused on Monday to recognize a surprise win for the ruling socialists in a weekend regional election, potentially rekindling protests and fresh foreign sanctions on the oil-rich country‘s moribund economy.

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Thousands of new Rohingya refugees flee violence, hunger in Myanmar to Bangladesh

COX‘S BAZAR (Reuters) - Hungry, destitute and scared, thousands of new Rohingya refugees crossed the border into Bangladesh from Myanmar early on Monday, Reuters witnesses said, fleeing attacks by Buddhist mobs and hunger that the United Nations has called ethnic cleansing.

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Venezuela socialists win regional vote, opposition sees fraud

CARACAS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Maduro‘s government won a majority of governorships in Sunday‘s regional election, according to official results, drawing fraud suspicions from the opposition whom polls had shown was poised for a big win.

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Venezuela socialists win most governorships in vote: electoral body

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s electoral body said the leftist government of Nicolas Maduro took a majority of governorships in Sunday‘s regional election, sparking accusations of fraud from the opposition.

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Venezuela opposition says ‘suspicious‘ vote results coming

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s opposition said the pro-government election board was about to announce dubious results of Sunday‘s regional polls to favor President Nicolas Maduro‘s ruling Socialist Party, paving the way for a potential fraud dispute.

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Iraq says vast areas taken from Kurds in Kirkuk, Kurds deny gains

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi government forces took control of "vast areas" in the region of Kirkuk, including oilfields west of the city, in the early hours of Monday, Iraqi state TV said, but the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) disputed the assertions.

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Firefighters gain edge in battle with deadly California blazes

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters gained ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history on Sunday as winds eased while searchers combed charred ruins for more victims of the blazes that have claimed at least 40 lives.

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Venezuela opposition sees ‘gigantic victory‘ in state vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leaders on Sunday hailed a "gigantic victory" in gubernatorial elections against President Nicolas Maduro‘s government after failing to dislodge him in protests earlier this year.

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China‘s precedent-breaking Xi Jinping gets set to bolster his power

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to amass even greater power at a Communist Party Congress this week, promoting close allies, having his guiding thought enshrined in the party constitution and possibly assuming a title to put him on par with Mao Zedong.

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Venezuela opposition seeks election victory over Maduro

CARACAS/PUERTO ORDAZ (Venezuela) (Reuters) - Venezuela‘s political crisis shifted from barricades to ballots on Sunday with nationwide gubernatorial elections likely to hand the demoralized opposition a major victory against President Nicolas Maduro‘s government.

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Easing winds give firefighters edge on deadly California conflagration

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters gained some ground on the deadliest wildfires in California history on Sunday as lower winds and more manpower gave an edge on blazes that have killed at least 40 people and turned whole neighborhoods in the state‘s wine country into ash.

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Trump Obamacare move seen harming Americans, bipartisan prospects

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will hurt low-income Americans by doing away with Obamacare subsidies and make it harder for him to engage in bipartisan talks with Democrats as Congress edges toward a possible government shutdown, lawmakers said on Sunday.

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