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Honduras to analyze any U.S. safe third country migration plan

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Honduras will analyze any U.S. plan to have the Central American country act as a so-called safe third country to help contain migration north, but it has yet to receive any official proposal, the Honduran foreign minister said on Saturday. U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is pictured during a news conference at the Presidential House in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge CabreraCentral America has come under pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to stop migrants reaching the U.S. border, and last month Washington struck a deal with Guatemala that requires migrants to seek asylum there rather than the United States. After…

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North Korea says no talks with South due to drills, Kim oversaw test of ‘new weapon’: KCNA

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected Saturday’s test of a new weapon, state media KCNA said on Sunday, as a senior diplomat dismissed the possibility of inter-Korean talks in protest against South Korea-U.S. military drills. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides the test firing of a new weapon, in this undated photo released on August 11, 2019 by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA via REUTERSNorth Korea fired two short-range missiles on Saturday, its fifth within two weeks, in what South Korea called a show of force against joint new military drills with the United States. The allies kicked off…

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Yemen’s southern separatists agree to Saudi call for ceasefire in Aden

DUBAI (Reuters) - Yemen’s southern separatists agreed on Sunday to a Saudi-led coalition’s calls for an immediate ceasefire in Aden, seat of the internationally recognized government, they said in a statement. “The spokesman of the Southern Transitional Council (STC) confirmed its adherence to the ceasfire called for by the leadership of the Saudi-led coalition,” the statement said. Reporting by Tuqa Khalid; editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favors Gotabaya Rajapaksa

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans, angered by the government’s inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth. FILE PHOTO: Sri Lanka's former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa greets his supporters after his return from the United States, in Katunayake, Sri Lanka April 12, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/File PhotoMany are rooting for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who despite fighting allegations of war crimes, is expected to be announced as the presidential candidate of the opposition nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) party, as early as Sunday. The Rajapaksa brothers, Gotabaya…

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Car bomb explodes in Libya’s Benghazi, killing three U.N. staff

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A car bomb explosion in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi killed three U.N. staff members and two other mission members on Saturday, the United Nations said.The attack came as the United Nations was brokering a truce in the capital Tripoli, where the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA) force launched a surprise attack in April, part of the chaos in Libya since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. A security official inspects the site where a car bomb exploded in Benghazi, Libya August 10, 2019. REUTERS/StringerU.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday condemned the attack, a spokesman said in a statement. “The U.N.…

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North Korea says no inter-Korean talks unless South Korea, U.S. end military drills

FILE PHOTO - A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PictureSEOUL (Reuters) - There will not be inter-Korean talks unless South Korea and the United States end joint military exercises that set North Korea as an “enemy,” a senior official at Pyongyang’s foreign ministry said on Sunday. Kwon Jong Gun, director-general for American affairs at the ministry, said South Korea talked “nonsense” by urging the North to stop missile tests which served its right to self-defense. “Given that the military exercise clearly puts us as an enemy in its concept,” Kwon said…

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Norway mosque shooter may have killed family member first: police

OSLO (Reuters) - The man suspected of a shooting at a mosque in Norway may also have killed a relative before launching the attack, police said late on Saturday. A man is seen near the site after a shooting in al-Noor Islamic center mosque, near Oslo, Norway August 10, 2019. NTB Scanpix/Terje Pedersen via REUTERS“A young woman was found dead at the suspect’s address,” assistant chief of police Rune Skjold told a news conference, adding that the man was suspected of murder. Police earlier said a “young white man” had been apprehended following an armed attack at the al-Noor Islamic Centre near the country’s capital, adding that…

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Democratic presidential contenders demand action on guns

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contenders on Saturday urged Congress to take action to curb gun violence following mass shootings last weekend in Texas and Ohio that left 31 dead. 2020 Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris speaks during the Presidential Gun Sense Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S., August 10, 2019. REUTERS/Scott MorganSpeaking at a hastily convened forum in Iowa, they called for the imposition of universal background checks on gun buyers, so-called “red flag” laws, and ultimately a ban on military-style assault weapons. They also said they believed the long-standing debate on gun violence in America was shifting in favor…

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North Korea’s Kim oversaw Saturday’s test of ‘new weapon’: KCNA

FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un smiles as he guides missile testing at an unidentified location in North Korea, in this undated image provided by KCNA on August 7, 2019. KCNA via REUTERSSEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected Saturday’s test of a new weapon, which was developed to suit the country’s terrain, state media KCNA said on Sunday. North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range missiles on Saturday, South Korea said, calling it a show of force against joint new military exercises with the United States. Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; editing by Jonathan OatisOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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A week after Texas massacre, El Paso marchers condemn racism

EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rouke on Saturday joined a march in the Texas border city of El Paso to condemn last week’s mass shooting there, telling the crowd that President Donald Trump was partly responsible for the hatred that inspired it. The gunman, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, killed 22 people, most of them Hispanic, when he opened fire at a Walmart store last Saturday. He confessed while surrendering and told police he was targeting “Mexicans,” according to an El Paso police affidavit released on Friday. Before the rampage, the suspect posted a manifesto online that was rife with anti-immigrant…

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