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Fake letters tell Germans the web has worked out their vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said on Wednesday they were investigating letters telling voters that their political preferences had already been worked out from their internet postings and there was no need to go to the polls on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia does not believe Iran abiding by nuclear deal - minister

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia does not believe that Iran is abiding by the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and six world powers, the kingdom's foreign minister said on Wednesday, without elaborating.

Inspired by 'blasphemy killer', new Pakistani party eyes 2018 vote

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The head of a new Pakistani Islamist party that lionizes the killer of a provincial governor said it would take its rallying cry of "death to blasphemers" to next year's general election, after its surprisingly strong showing in a recent vote.

Russia's air force killed 850 militants in Syria in last 24 hours - Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force has killed about 850 militants in Syria's zone of de-escalation in Idlib in the last 24 hours, Interfax news agency quoted Russia's Defence Ministry as saying on Wednesday.

U.S. urges Congolese security forces' restraint, probe into violence

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday called on the Democratic Republic of the Congo to protect civilians affected by violence in the country's east, and urged its security forces to refrain from excessive force.

Japan's Abe says time for talk is over on North Korea

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday that countries need to unite to enforce sanctions and apply pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

Record number of states punishing human-rights activism, U.N. says

(U.N. corrects to say the list includes nine, not 11, current members of the Human Rights Council)

Exclusive: From Russia with fuel - North Korean ships may be undermining sanctions

MOSCOW (Reuters) - At least eight North Korean ships that left Russia with a cargo of fuel this year headed for their homeland despite declaring other destinations, a ploy that U.S. officials say is often used to undermine sanctions.

Dutch government seeks to overturn court ruling on Srebrenica

THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The Dutch government has asked the country's supreme court to overturn a ruling that the Netherlands was partly responsible for the death of 300 Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacres.

France's Macron says mistake to pull out of Iran nuclear deal

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said it would be a mistake to pull out of the 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and world powers after the Trump administration indicated it had objections to aspects of the deal.