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Options fade for last Hong Kong campus protesters as U.S. bill angers China

HONG KONG (Reuters) - The last band of anti-government protesters trapped inside a besieged Hong Kong university were weighing a narrowing range of options early on Wednesday as police outside appeared ready to simply wait them out. Learn More


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Sweden drops Assange rape investigation after nearly 10 years

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish prosecutor dropped a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, ending the near decade-old case that had sent the anti-secrecy campaigner into hiding in London's Ecuadorian embassy to avoid extradition. More »


U.S. support for Israeli settlements renews focus on core issue in Mideast conflict

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's ruling right-wing government on Tuesday moved swiftly to embrace Washington's backing for Israeli settlements, even as Palestinians and Arab leaders said it was a threat to the international rule of law. More »


Trump shift on Israeli settlements fulfills wish list of evangelical base

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. decision effectively backing Israel's building of settlements in the occupied West Bank, long a cherished item on conservative Christians' wish list, is expected to strengthen evangelicals' support for Donald Trump as he seeks re-election in 2020, according to a leader of the president's evangelical advisory group. More »


Israel says attacks military targets in Syria in retaliation for Tuesday rockets

CAIRO (Reuters) - Israel attacked Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria on Wednesday in what it said was retaliation for rockets fired toward Israel the day before, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Avichay Adraee said. More »


Dead-end: Rohingya in Malaysia warn against fleeing from Bangladesh

PENANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Before he flew to Thailand on a fake Bangladeshi passport and then crossed into Malaysia, Mohammed Imran was one of the most influential Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. He headed an 18,000-strong camp and represented them on the big stage. More »


More than 100 protestors killed in Iran during unrest: Amnesty International

DUBAI (Reuters) - Amnesty International said on Tuesday that more than 100 protestors had been killed in 21 cities in Iran during unrest that broke out over a rise in fuel prices last week. More »


A hospital and clean water: China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

POLONARRUWA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers. More »


U.S. Senate passes HK rights bill backing protesters, angers Beijing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation on Tuesday aimed at protecting human rights in Hong Kong amid a crackdown on a pro-democracy protest movement, drawing condemnation from Beijing. More »


Chile's police chief suspends use of rubber bullets

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's police chief said on Tuesday he has suspended the use of rubber bullets to quell national unrest after a university study revealed they could be made up of as little as 20% rubber and contain harmful substances such as lead. More »


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