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U.S. lauds fragile respite between Turkey, Kurdish fighters in Syria

BEIRUT/ANKARA/WASHINGTON The United States welcomed an apparent pause in fighting between Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish militia fighters in Syria on Tuesday, both of them members of the coalition fighting Islamic State, but it was far from clear that any truce would hold.

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Indonesia's Widodo masters the politics, but reform agenda fades

JAKARTA As he heads towards the end of his second year as Indonesia's president, Joko Widodo has never looked stronger: a crowd of political parties backs him, he is riding high in opinion polls and the economy is beginning to bounce off the bottom.

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Three arrested in Malaysia over planned attacks on eve of independence day

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysian police said on Wednesday they had arrested three local supporters of the Islamic State militant group who had allegedly been planning several attacks in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, ahead of independence day celebrations.

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Trump to meet Mexican president ahead of immigration speech

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he plans to meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, hours before outlining his proposals for cracking down on illegal immigration.

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Votes mount against Brazil's Rousseff at impeachment trial

BRASILIA Votes piled up against President Dilma Rousseff at her impeachment trial on Tuesday as opponents made final arguments for her removal, not just for breaking budget rules, but for plunging Brazil into a political and economic crisis.

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Earthquake measuring 6.8 magnitude strikes off Rabaul in PNG - USGS

SYDNEY A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 struck off the town of Rabaul in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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