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Britain preparing to transfer 400 million pounds to Iran – Telegraph newspaper

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is preparing to transfer over 400 million pounds ($527 million) to Iran as it seeks the release of a jailed Iranian-British aid worker, The Telegraph newspaper reported, citing unidentified British sources.

Same-sex marriage may be law in Australia by early December

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian lawmakers on Thursday vowed to push through laws legalizing same-sex marriage by early December, after a national survey found the majority of Australians favored the move.

Cambodia’s opposition braces for Supreme Court decision

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's Supreme Court on Thursday began its final session to decide whether to dissolve the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), thus ensuring victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen's ruling party in next year's general election.

Libyans swap jewelry for medical treatment as crisis bites

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - In a square behind Libya's central bank, black market dealers, some of them armed, carry small plastic bags filled with dollars and larger ones with dinars in and out of one of many informal exchanges.

China, Philippines agree to avoid force in South China Sea dispute

BEIJING/MANILA (Reuters) - China and the Philippines have agreed to avoid force to resolve their differences over the South China Sea, according to a joint statement issued on Thursday by China at the end of a visit to Manila by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Saudi king sacks top ministers, gives more power to crown prince

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi King Salman appointed two new ministers on Saturday to key security and economic posts, removing one of the royal family's most prominent members as head of the National Guard and boosting the kingdom's young crown prince.

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed, former ministers detained in corruption probe

RIYADH, - One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent businessmen and a former finance minister are among dozens detained in a probe by a new anti-corruption body, a senior Saudi official said on Sunday.

China to expand corruption supervision pilot scheme nationwide: Xinhua

BEIJING - China will expand a pilot project for anti-graft supervision reforms nationwide next year that will consolidate existing corruption agencies, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, as President Xi Jinping expands his signature policy drive.

Trump lands in Japan, says U.S. and allies are prepared to defend freedom

KAWAGOE, Japan (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his tough rhetoric against North Korea when he arrived in Japan on Sunday, saying that the United States and its allies are prepared to defend freedom and that "no dictator" should underestimate U.S. resolve.

China tests new dredger capable of South China Sea projects: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is testing a new dredger ship that will greatly enhance its land reclamation capabilities, a state media report said on Sunday, as the country continues to develop facilities in the South China Sea in a bid to strengthen its claims in the waters.

Riding high, Xi looks to soothe Trump as U.S. pressures China

BEIJING (Reuters) - When they met at U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in April, China's President Xi Jinping found a way to charm the mercurial former real estate mogul. Trump hailed the "good chemistry" of the sunny summit in Florida and predicted “lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away.”

U.S. warns of threat to diplomatic staff in Somali capital

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The United States' diplomatic mission in Somalia has directed all non-essential staff to leave the capital Mogadishu, saying it had received a "specific threat" against its employees.

Car bomb explosion kills, injures dozens in Syria’s Deir al-Zor: SANA

CAIRO (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded on Saturday in Syria's eastern city of Deir al-Zor, killing and injuring dozens, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported.

Lebanon PM Hariri resigns, assails Iran and Hezbollah

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned on Saturday, saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him and accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world.

U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan: U.S. military

KABUL (Reuters) - A U.S. service member was killed in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, the military said, without giving details of his identity or the circumstances of his death, which occurred as American forces have stepped up operations against the Taliban.

Liberia party submits complaint over alleged vote fraud

DAKAR (Reuters) - The Liberty Party that placed third in the first round of Liberia's presidential elections on Monday submitted a complaint to the elections commission (NEC), calling for it to annul the result won by former soccer star George Weah, the document showed.

Venezuela governors sworn in, showing opposition disunity

CARACAS (Reuters) - In another setback for Venezuela's dispirited opposition, four of its five state governors broke with their coalition's official stance on Monday to swear themselves in before a pro-government legislative superbody.

German lawmakers to face down far-right AfD in vote for vice speaker

BERLIN (Reuters) - The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is set to clash with other parties over its nomination for a senior parliamentary post when the Bundestag meets on Tuesday for its inaugural session after last month's election.

New Zealand populist to become deputy prime minister, foreign minister: media

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's populist power broker, Winston Peters, will be appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister when Cabinet positions are revealed this week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Egypt authorities challenge Reuters on casualties in western desert attack

LONDON (Reuters) - Egyptian authorities have accused Reuters and the BBC of "inaccurate coverage" of clashes in the western desert between security forces and armed militants in which police officers and conscripts were killed on Friday.

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