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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian security forces have broken up a group linked to Islamic State which was planning attacks in religious centers in the country and trying to hide weapons in home appliances, state news agency IRNA reported on Monday,

Masako Wakamiya took up programming when she retired from her bank clerk job.

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South Africa’s parliament will vote by secret ballot on a motion of no confidence on South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, the legislative body’s speaker announced Monday.

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The German state of Lower Saxony has scheduled an early election for Oct. 15 after the center-left coalition lost its parliamentary majority.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot said plea deals currently under negotiation may contribute to investigations targeting President Michel Temer, according to an interview in the newspaper Folha de S.Paulo on Monday.

South African MPs will vote in secret on a motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday.

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KINSHASA (Reuters) – Congolese security forces killed at least 14 members of the separatist sect Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) on Monday during clashes in the capital Kinshasa and southwestern city of Matadi, police spokesman Pierrot Mwanamputu said.

Thousands of people are signing a petition to ensure the president’s wife has no official status.

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Syrian opposition activists say government warplanes have bombed a suburb of the capital Damascus where President Bashar Assad’s forces are fighting insurgents.

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A Chinese restaurant has made headlines by offering discounts to customers based on their bra size.

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LONDON (Reuters) – Thousands of commuters faced disruption to their journeys into central London on Monday due to major engineering works at Waterloo, Britain’s busiest rail station, which will last for most of August.

An official for South Sudan’s opposition says that government forces have captured the rebels’ headquarters in Pagak, along the Ethiopian border.

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(Reuters) – A Pakistani charity that the United States accuses of being a front for anti-India militant group that staged the 2008 Mumbai attacks has entered politics by forming a new party, charity officials said on Monday.

Kayleigh McEnany has become a presenter on the weekly news programme on the President’s Facebook.

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Germany had halted returns because of the precarious conditions for migrants in Greece.

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KISUMU, Kenya (Reuters) – Nervous Kenyans stockpiled food and water on Monday and police prepared first emergency aid kits as families headed to their ethnic heartlands on the eve of an election many fear could descend into violence.

The United Nations is expressing new concern about violence in northern Mali, reporting several dozen human rights violations including torture and summary executions.

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Three people were shot and killed and two others were wounded on Sunday when gunmen opened fire at a popular Mexican beach resort crowded with tourists, officials said.

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Female domestic workers arriving from abroad taken straight to their employers’ houses – for a fee.

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Two people were killed on Monday in a fire that engulfed a building housing the homeless and asylum seekers in southern Germany, police said.

The Latest on Europe’s weather (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Officials in Romania have retrieved the bodies of two teenage boys that drowned after bathing in a river to cool off during a heat wave.

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia is investigating an international atheist organization, a minister said on Monday, after a picture of the group’s local chapter went viral, sparking claims that Muslim apostates were involved.

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s negotiations over leaving the European Union have not begun well due to disagreements among Prime Minister Theresa May’s team of ministers about the kind of deal they should be seeking, a former top British diplomat said.

DENVER (Reuters) – Taylor Swift might turn up in a federal court in Denver on Monday as lawyers for the pop star and a Colorado radio personality start jury selection for dueling lawsuits over whether the former disc jockey groped her four years ago during a photo shoot.

Underwater search efforts to locate three missing marines will begin shortly, officials said.

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The team of 15 came under suspicion because they were called out more often than others.

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The United Arab Emirates’ main state oil company says it plans to divvy up its offshore oil operations and is in “advanced discussions” with multiple companies interested in stakes.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdallah will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments.

Minister Mduduzi Manana has not commented on the accusation he slapped a woman in a nightclub.

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RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) – Jordan’s King Abdallah will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Monday for the first time in five years to discuss tensions at a Jerusalem holy site and wider political developments.

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