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3 hours ago U.S. carries out counterterrorism strike in Somalia

The U.S. military carried out a counterterrorism strike Monday against leaders of the militant group al-Shabab in Somalia, Pentagon officials said, although it was unclear whether the operation was successful.

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3 hours ago Pakistan lawmakers rally around Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against protesters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Lawmakers in Pakistan rallied around embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, and his government said it was prepared to confront the “terrorists” who are trying to oust him from power.

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3 hours ago Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers are missing after heavy fighting. Their families want answers.

NASIRIYAH, Iraq — As Iraq hunkers down in its war against Islamist extremists, bodies stream back to the Shiite heartlands that provide an increasingly critical supply of fighters. But the coffins that don’t return are also causing fury.

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3 hours ago WorldViews: Some Chinese officials get a bit too creative with patented ‘inventions’

BEIJING — When it comes to corruption, Chinese officials have proven creative and resourceful at finding ways to wet their beaks.

Amid an anti-corruption campaign by Chinese leader Xi Jinping, every week has brought new details of the luxury paintings, antiques gifts and luxury villas used by officials to funnel their ill-gotten wealth.

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3 hours ago WorldViews: Russia’s satellite is back on earth, but all five sex lizards are dead

Five geckos who were tasked with reproducing in zero gravity on a Russian research satellite did not survive the mission, Russia's space agency said.

The now-famous sex lizards, one male and four female, were found dead when the Foton M4 satellite returned to earth on Monday.

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3 hours ago Slayings, protests, arrests vex Palestinian clan with strong U.S. ties

JERUSALEM — For many years, an old and respected Palestinian clan, the Abu Khieder family, has welcomed their American cousins to spend summers in East Jerusalem, greet their elders, learn Arabic, maybe even find a spouse.

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3 hours ago U.S. companies feel unwelcome in China, complain of unfair treatment

BEIJING — American companies in China complained Tuesday that they were being unfairly targeted by the government of President Xi Jinping, with the selective enforcement of opaque laws leading many to feel that they are no longer wanted here and causing them to reevaluate long-term investment plans.

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6 hours ago Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday denounced Ukraine’s moves to join NATO and said it would review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.

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6 hours ago Pakistan lawmakers rally around Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif against protesters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Lawmakers in Pakistan rallied around embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday, and his government said it was prepared to confront the “terrorists” who are trying to oust him from power.

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9 hours ago U.S. companies feel unwelcome in China, complain of unfair treatment

BEIJING — American companies in China complained on Tuesday they were being unfairly targeted by the government of President Xi Jinping, with the selective enforcement of opaque laws leading many to feel they were no longer wanted here and causing them to fundamentally re-evaluate long-term investment plans.

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9 hours ago Moscow will review military strategy in face of NATO plan for rapid-reaction force

MOSCOW — A top Kremlin security official said Tuesday that Moscow would now review its military strategy in the face of expected NATO plans to establish a rapid-reaction force capable of deploying quickly to Eastern Europe.

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Today Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa

The Pentagon is preparing to open a drone base in one of the remotest places on Earth: an ancient caravan crossroads in the middle of the Sahara.

After months of negotiations, the government of Niger, a landlocked West African nation, has authorized the U.S. military to fly unarmed drones from the mud-walled desert city of Agadez, according to Nigerien and U.S. officials.

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15 hours ago As battle lines shift in Iraq, Sunnis who welcomed the Islamic State fear retribution

BAGHDAD — A day after breaking through a siege by Islamic State militants on the Shiite town of Amerli, Iraqi forces and pro-government militias on Monday pushed their way into nearby villages they accuse of helping to enforce the months-long blockade.

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21 hours ago Russia calls for cease-fire with rebels, but Ukraine vows to keep up the fight

MOSCOW — Russian officials pressed Ukraine on Monday to declare a cease-fire with separatists, but Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also against Russia — on behalf of Europe.

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21 hours ago Venezuela looks set to lock away prominent opposition leader Leopoldo López

CARACAS, Venezuela — The trial of Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López has proceeded along a clear trajectory so far, seemingly driven toward a predetermined outcome.

Which, of course, is also how railroads work.

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21 hours ago As battle lines shift in Iraq, Sunnis who welcomed the Islamic State fear retribution.

BAGHDAD — A day after breaking through a siege by Islamic State militants on the Shiite town of Amerli, Iraqi forces and pro-government militias on Monday pushed their way into nearby villages they accuse of helping to enforce the months-long blockade.

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21 hours ago Pakistan’s Sharif clings to power as protesters step up assault

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was clinging to power Monday as protesters stepped up their assault on government buildings while the capital was gripped with fear and confusion about whether the country’s powerful military will step in to defuse the tension.

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Yesterday WorldViews: Modi goes to Japan, takes an indirect swipe at China

NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi loves all things Japanese.

The bonhomie between Modi and his “old friend” Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, was evident during his five-day visit that began Saturday. The two inked business deals and pledged to upgrade defense cooperation. Modi played flute with schoolchildren, attended the traditional tea ceremony and prayed at Buddhist temples.

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Yesterday Ukraine dismisses Russia’s call for cease-fire, says it is fighting on behalf of Europe

MOSCOW — Russian officials pressed Ukraine on Monday to declare a cease-fire with separatists, but Ukrainians say they are locked in a war not just against the rebels but also against Russia — on behalf of Europe.

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Yesterday Putin talks about ‘statehood’ for eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW — Seeming to be searching for the right word during a prerecorded television interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested Sunday that one of the issues to be resolved in the Ukrainian conflict is “statehood” for the eastern regions now controlled by separatists.

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Yesterday WorldViews: China’s campaign for mixed marriages spreads to troubled Xinjiang

By Simon Denyer

China is offering cash rewards for interracial marriages in its troubled Muslim-majority region of Xinjiang, according to news reports, mirroring a policy now being promoted in Tibet.

President Xi Jinping has responded to ethnic unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet with a familiar strategy: putting in place suffocating security controls and promising significant investment in development and infrastructure, the moves buttressed by the continued migration of China’s majority Han people into both regions.

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Yesterday Juvenile rapist in 2012 New Delhi assault now paints and cooks at correction home

NEW DELHI — Twenty months ago, a teenager and five adult men fatally gang-raped a young student in a moving bus in New Delhi, a horrific incident that stunned Indians, sparked unprecedented national anger and dramatically changed the public debate on women’s safety in India.

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Yesterday U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege

BAGHDAD — Iraqi troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.

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Yesterday World Digest: Aug. 31, 2014

PAKISTAN

3 killed as protesters, police clash in capital

Anti-government protesters clashed repeatedly with police Sunday in the Pakistani capital as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with top advisers to find a way out of the crisis that has triggered the biggest challenge to his authority.

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Yesterday The Mexican drug lord Chapo Guzman is in prison. But he might live by his own rules.

MEXICO CITY — Lawyers who visit their clients in the Altiplano, Mexico’s highest-security prison, say they must leave behind their wallets, pens, tie clips, shoelaces. They complain that guards check inside the men’s underwear and women must take off their bras.

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Yesterday Israel proposes taking more West Bank land for Jewish settlers

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government announced Sunday that it would appropriate almost 1,000 acres of land in the West Bank that could be used to build homes for Jewish settlers.

The Israeli group Peace Now, which opposes expansion of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, called it the largest land appropriation in 30 years.

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Yesterday China refuses to give Hong Kong right to choose leaders; protesters vow vengeance

BEIJING — China’s parliament decided Sunday against letting Hong Kong voters nominate candidates for the 2017 election, despite growing agitation for democratic reform.

The move is likely to spark long-promised protests in Hong Kong’s business district, as activists began planning and mobilizing within hours of the announcement.

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Yesterday Putin calls for talks about ‘statehood’ in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW — As European leaders delayed new sanctions against Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks that included the issue of “statehood” in eastern Ukraine, speaking in an interview that aired on Russian television Sunday.

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Aug 31, 2014 U.S. airstrikes help Iraqi forces break Islamic State’s siege

IRBIL, Iraq — Iraqi troops aided by U.S. airstrikes entered the besieged town of Amerli on Sunday, residents and Iraqi officials said, breaking a months-long blockade of the Shiite Turkmen village by Islamic State militants that raised fears of a massacre.

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Aug 31, 2014 Putin calls for talks about ‘statehood’ in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW — As European leaders draft new sanctions to warn Russia over its role in the Ukraine conflict, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for talks about political society and “statehood” in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are trying to throw off the government in Kiev.

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