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Leader of Russia-backed Crimea to visit Syria

Leader of Russia-backed Crimea to visit SyriaBEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of Crimea, annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014, is to visit Syria on Monday, the pro-government newspaper al-Watan said. Russia-backed Crimean Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov will visit Damascus for two days. Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's seven-year long conflict. The leaders of two other Russia-backed breakaway regions, Georgia's South Ossetia and Abkhazia, also visited Damascus this year. Crimea has been under Western sanctions since it was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014. …



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3 arrested in clashes following speech by far-right leader

3 arrested in clashes following speech by far-right leaderNEW YORK (AP) — Three people were arrested in New York City following violent clashes after a speech by the founder of a far-right group, and police said Saturday they were reviewing video of the clashes and could make additional arrests.



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Canada MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Canada MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenshipCanadian legislators have voted unanimously to strip Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship – granted over a decade ago – in response to alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in her country. “In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the status of honorary Canadian citizen,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Adam Austen. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he was open to stripping Ms Suu Kyi of the honour, while noting that doing so would not end the crisis in Myanmar.



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Memphis civic leader, former Pinnacle Airlines CEO shot dead

Memphis civic leader, former Pinnacle Airlines CEO shot deadMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A civic leader and former airline executive was alone when he was fatally shot in downtown Memphis, Tennessee, and authorities are investigating whether he was killed in a robbery or as part of a "personal vendetta," police said Friday.



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Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130

Tanzania leader orders arrests as ferry death toll over 130KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of solemn people watched Friday as body after body was pulled from a capsized ferry that Tanzanian authorities said was badly overcrowded and upended in the final stretch before reaching shore. The death toll was above 130 but horrified witnesses feared that would rise as a second day of searching neared an end.



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Hungary's leader rejects criticism in EU parliament debate

Hungary's leader rejects criticism in EU parliament debateBRUSSELS (AP) — Hungary's prime minister on Tuesday strongly rejected criticism of his government's policies, as European Union lawmakers debated whether to sanction Budapest for allegedly undermining the bloc's values.



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Former outlawed opposition leader returns to Ethiopia

Former outlawed opposition leader returns to EthiopiaThe popular leader of a formerly outlawed opposition group returned to Ethiopia on Sunday where he was greeted by a crowd of thousands after 11 years in exile, an AFP reporter witnessed. Berhanu Nega, the leader of the former armed movement Ginbot 7, returned with scores of other senior members of the group, after reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed removed the group from a list of “terrorist” organisations in July. Speaking at a ceremony in the capital Addis Ababa, Berhanu said he had been forced to wage an armed struggle to fight for Ethiopians’ rights, however recent political changes had convinced him to return to the country and conduct a peaceful campaign.



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Cambodian opposition leader released but put under house arrest

Cambodian opposition leader released but put under house arrest“He was released on bail and he is under monitoring by the court,” government spokesman Phay Siphan told Reuters. Kem Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, said her 65-year-old father has been placed under house arrest and was in poor health and needed medical attention. Long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen had been under pressure to release Kem Sokha following a July general election won by his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).



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Cambodia's ex-opposition leader freed awaiting treason trial

Cambodia's ex-opposition leader freed awaiting treason trialPHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The leader of Cambodia's now dissolved opposition party was freed on highly restrictive bail Monday after being jailed for a year on a treason charge, the latest government opponent to be released since Prime Minister Hun Sen's landslide election victory.



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Serbian leader says resolving Kosovo conflict 'very hard'

Serbian leader says resolving Kosovo conflict 'very hard'GAZIVODE, Kosovo (AP) — Serbia's president said Saturday that an agreement resolving his country's dispute with Kosovo will be difficult to achieve given European opposition to remaking borders in the Balkans region.



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