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10:23 PM

Venezuela top court to assume congress role; opposition decries 'dictatorship'

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela's Supreme Court said it would take over the opposition-led Congress's role because the legislature is in "contempt," sparking accusations that President Nicolas Maduro's administration is becoming a dictatorship.

10:11 PM

Southampton's Puel hopeful Van Dijk will play again this season

(Reuters) - Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk could play again before the season ends as he recovers from a long-term ankle injury, manager Claude Puel has said.

10:10 PM

SpaceX to launch first reused rocket, testing cost-cutting model

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - SpaceX is aiming for another space industry first on Thursday when it plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket that has flown before, a key step in billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's quest to cut the cost of space flight.

10:05 PM

Indonesian found dead after being swallowed by python

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian farmer has been found dead inside a 7-meter (23-foot) python after being reported missing on his failure to return home from work on a palm plantation.

10:01 PM

Trump says 'we must fight' Freedom Caucus, Democrats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump had fighting words on Thursday for conservatives in his own Republican Party who helped block a healthcare bill last week, saying he would oppose House Freedom Caucus members in 2018 elections if they did not get on board.

9:56 PM

Cousin of Pakistan's first Nobel laureate killed in sectarian attack

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A prominent member of Pakistan's minority Ahmadi community and relative of its first Nobel Prize winner was gunned down on Thursday in an attack claimed by banned militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

9:56 PM

Germany deporting more 'potential attackers' after Berlin attack

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has deported 10 potential attackers since January as part of a tougher approach towards failed asylum seekers after one of them killed 12 people in an attack on a Berlin Christmas market, security sources said on Thursday.

9:52 PM

Bangladesh storm Islamist hideout, find up to eight bodies

Dhaka (AFP) - Bangladesh security forces found the scattered remains of up to eight people, including women and possibly children, in a "horrific scene" when they stormed an Islamist hideout on Thursday, police said.

9:51 PM

Russian, Belarusian leaders to meet next week: Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is to meet his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko in the Russian city of St Petersburg on April 3, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

9:47 PM

US astronaut breaks record for most spacewalks by a woman

Miami (AFP) - American astronaut Peggy Whitson made history when she floated outside the International Space Station on Thursday, breaking the record for the most spacewalks by a woman.

9:26 PM

Vatican urges Trump to reconsider climate change position

ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican urged U.S. President Donald Trump to listen to "dissenting voices" and reconsider his position on climate change on Thursday, saying the United States risked being supplanted by China as leader in environmental protection.

9:17 PM

Militants kill themselves with grenade in Bangladesh

DHAKA (Reuters) - As many as eight militants blew themselves up with a grenade north of the Bangladeshi capital rather than surrender, police said on Thursday, the latest clash in the South Asian country that has seen a rise in Islamist violence.

9:04 PM

Everton's Funes Mori may miss rest of season with knee injury

(Reuters) - Everton's Ramiro Funes Mori could miss the rest of the campaign after the Merseyside club confirmed that the defender suffered an injury to his left knee while on international duty with Argentina.

9:04 PM

Self-taught sculptor defends grinning Ronaldo bust

(Reuters) - Self-taught sculptor Emanuel Santos defended his grinning bust of Cristiano Ronaldo on Thursday, telling his thousands of online detractors he had followed the soccer star's instructions down to the last wrinkle.

8:55 PM

Merkel's political allies vow united front on Brexit

ST JULIAN'S, Malta (Reuters) - Pro-European allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday set out a firm line on Britain's exit negotiations, including an exit bill for London among the main priorities of the EU's overall stance.

8:31 PM

Najib: Nine Malaysians stranded in North Korea on their way home

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak confirmed that the nine Malaysians who were barred from leaving North Korea have been allowed to return and are on their way home.

8:29 PM

India privately took Amazon to task over insulting flag doormat

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's reaction to an Amazon.com website selling doormats resembling the country's flag involved an unprecedented public and private offensive against the U.S. company by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, a document shows.

8:25 PM

China says Xi to meet with Trump April 6-7

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping will travel to the United States to meet President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago retreat in Florida on April 6-7, China's Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, its first official confirmation of the highly anticipated summit.

8:20 PM

Putin says Russia has many friends in the United States

ARKHANGELSK, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that his country had many friends in the United States and that its troubled relations with Washington would get back on track at some point.

8:20 PM

Syrian rebels seize swathes of south as Islamic State retreats

AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels have seized large areas from Islamic State in southern Syria in the last two weeks as the jihadist group prepares to defend its Raqqa stronghold in the north from a U.S.-backed assault, rebel commanders say.

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