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Tropical Storm Matthew has formed in the eastern Caribbean and is lashing the Windward Islands with heavy rain and wind.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey told a House of Representatives panel on Wednesday that the police tactic known as “stop and frisk” is an important tool when used right.

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South African media say police fired rubber bullets during clashes with university students protesting for free education.

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WARSAW (Reuters) – Polish Prime Minister Beata Szydlo said on Wednesday she had dismissed Finance Minister Pawel Szalamacha, saying a government reshuffle was needed to make her cabinet’s wide-reaching economic stimulus plan more effective.

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South Sudan’s government is making its first public response to a rebel leader’s call for a return to armed conflict, saying Riek Machar is placing his own ambition above peace.

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A British man filmed with pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine has been charged with terrorism offenses.

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A Turkish court sentenced five men on Wednesday to three consecutive life sentences each for the murder of three Christians, including a German national, nearly a decade ago.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia will work with Germany to resolve a dispute over stalled exports of gun parts by arms maker Heckler & Koch, and the issue will not damage relations, a senior Saudi military official said on Wednesday.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – A Saudi-led coalition will not accept a Yemeni peace deal unless it requires the Houthi movement to disband its armed wing, a spokesman said on Wednesday, in effect rebuffing an offer by the Iran-allied group for a truce made three days earlier.

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US airstrikes in Somalia killed four al-Shabab fighters in “self-defense,” military officials confirmed to Fox News on Wednesday.

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The Latest on the probe into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine in 2014 (all times local): 4:50 p.m.

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HANOI (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that an upcoming military joint exercise with the United States would be the last between them but he pledged to honor existing treaties.

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Hundreds of people have fallen victim to an onslaught of airstrikes linked to Russia and the Syrian government in the wartorn city of Aleppo over the past week — but a video released by Syrian state media suggests that it’s still a place for young people to party the night away.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Kremlin said on Wednesday that preparations were under way for President Vladimir Putin to visit Turkey in October, a further sign that Moscow is keen to restore full political, trade and economic ties with Ankara.

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World leaders will attend the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who has died at the age of 93.

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A medal-winning Paralympian from South Africa lost part of his right leg in a great white shark attack a decade ago.

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German prosecutors have opened an investigation into allegations of vote-rigging in an election for Berlin’s Jewish community parliament.

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BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Islamic State militants no longer control any oil wells in Iraq after being ousted by government forces last week from an area near Kirkuk, the oil ministry said on Wednesday.

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His long career had plenty of dark moments, but Shimon Peres goes to his grave as one of the greatest of Israel’s founders and statesmen, writes Jeremy Bowen.

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Drone use is on the rise in Africa but regulators are unsure if they are a good or bad thing for the continent.

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The Latest on the civil war in Syria (all times local): 3:45 p.m.

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Croatia’s president has launched formal consultations with political parties in a step toward forming a new government after a snap election earlier this month.

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(Reuters) – U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday as a rise in oil prices helped energy shares and ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s testimony before a Congressional committee.

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The news agency of the Trans-Dniester separatist region in Moldova says Russian troops have begun another round of military exercises in the territory.

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ZURICH (Reuters) – The Swiss Air Force canceled flights with Airbus Super Puma helicopters after a fatal crash on Wednesday that killed two pilots and injured a crew member, the defense ministry said.

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Popular meme Pepe the Frog has been added to the Anti-Defamation League’s database of hate symbols alongside the Swastika, since it was taken up by “racists and haters”.

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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Socialist party descended into open warfare on Wednesday as calls to remove the party leader grew in a bid to break a political deadlock which has left the country without a new government for nine months.

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 40 people to life in prison over alleged ties to the Islamic State group and for helping recruit youth to join the extremists in Syria and Iraq.

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ANKARA/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – A concrete wall being built to stop illegal crossings along the length of Turkey’s 900-km (560-mile) border with Syria will be finished by the end of February, an official at a Turkish state institution with knowledge of the project said on Wednesday.

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(Reuters) – Testimony by a former ally of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that the Republican knew about the “Bridgegate” traffic scandal as it was going on could endanger his best chance at a political future: a role in a Trump administration.

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