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The Latest on the wildfires blazing in France and elsewhere in Europe (all times local): 11:50 a.m.

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing.

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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother’s alleged sexual assault of another girl.

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The European Commission is announcing a new emergency support package for Greece to help it deal with the refugee crisis that has seen tens of thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in the country.

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Beijing police have detained 67 people involved in a suspected pyramid scheme after its members held a rare, large-scale demonstration in China’s capital this week to protest the government’s investigation.

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Suspended Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar resigns as vice-president of Uefa and Fifa.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Muslim elders urged worshippers to return to pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on Thursday after Israel backed down in the face of 10 days of often-violent protests and removed all security measures it had installed at the site.

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Two women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea’s ruler in a bizarre airport assassination are expected to plead innocent when they appear in a Malaysian court on Friday, their lawyers said.

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Amazon has introduced express delivery in Singapore in its first direct effort to win over Southeast Asian digital natives and new internet users.

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Singaporean founder of a volunteer group providing hot meals to the poor is among this year’s six winners of the Philippines’ Magsaysay awards, the foundation responsible for the awards said on Thursday.

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LONDON (Reuters) – More than 300 UK-based charities have had their bank accounts closed in the last two years after being caught up in a global crackdown on illegal money flows, forcing the government to explore how to allow them easier access to the financial system.

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LONDON (Reuters) – More than 300 UK-based charities have had their bank accounts closed in the last two years after being caught up in a global crackdown on illegal money flows, forcing the government to explore how to allow them easier access to the financial system.

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The security measures had caused Palestinian uproar and led to a boycott of the site by worshippers.

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Georgia’s ex-leader vows to fight against the move by President Petro Poroshenko, a one-time ally.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Freedom of movement of workers between Britain and the European Union will end when Britain withdraws from the bloc, immigration minister Brandon Lewis said on Thursday.

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British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that he supports a proposed free trade agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, as his country looks to strengthen its relationships with allies ahead of Britain’s departure from the European Union.

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel overnight removed all security infrastructure it had put in place this month at Muslim entrances to the Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City, stepping up its efforts to diffuse political and religious tension.

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Christmas has come early for Lapland zoo polar bears with snow in July.

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BEIJING (Reuters) – A knife-wielding man killed three people and injured four in central China on Thursday following a work dispute, police said, the latest in a series of knife attacks in the country.

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The Latest on developments on a contested shrine in Israel (all times local): 8:50 a.m.

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Xinhua news agency accused fugitive tycoon Guo Wengui of using “fabricated and distorted information to mislead the public”, the latest salvo in a campaign to discredit the billionaire who has made accusations of Communist Party corruption.

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A conservation group says nearly a fifth of the forest belonging to an orangutan sanctuary on the Indonesian part of Borneo has been occupied and damaged by people living near the area, threatening efforts to rehabilitate the critically endangered great apes for release into the wild.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) – A ceasefire took effect on Thursday in a mountainous area of the Lebanese-Syrian border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, where Hezbollah has been fighting jihadist militants since last week, Hezbollah’s al-Manar TV reported on its website.

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Four of six Japanese citizens detained in China since March on suspicion of “illegal activities” have been released, Japan’s top government spokesman said on Thursday.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Russian intelligence agents attempted to spy on President Emmanuel Macron’s election campaign earlier this year by creating phony Facebook personas, according to a U.S. congressman and two other people briefed on the effort.

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Israel has removed an overhead metal bridge and the the railings it had recently installed near a contested Jerusalem holy site, meeting a demand by Muslim protesters and causing thousands of Palestinians to celebrate in the streets.

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan has lodged a protest against Cambodia’s decision to send suspects in a telecoms fraud scheme, including seven Taiwanese nationals, to China for investigation, the self-ruled island’s foreign ministry said on Thursday.

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A Chinese transgender man says a court has ruled that he was unjustly dismissed by a former employer, in the country’s first such discrimination lawsuit.

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