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German court finds Syrian guilty over U.N. peacekeeper abduction

BERLIN (Reuters) - A Syrian man living in Germany was jailed for three and a half years on Wednesday for his part in the kidnapping of a U.N. peacekeeper near Damascus four years ago.

Eerie calm hangs over Puerto Rican capital before storm

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Streets usually abuzz with diners, shoppers, and traffic stood silent, shuttered and empty in the centre of San Juan on Tuesday as the Puerto Rican capital prepared for the onslaught of a massive hurricane the following morning.

Suryo aims to breaks M’sian hearts with singles gold

SURYO Nugroho of Indonesia was obsessed with badminton legend Taufik Hidayat and wanted to be just like him during his junior days.

Big dreams: Suryo Nugroho hopes to be as successful as his hero Taufik Hidayat.

Martinique escapes brunt of Hurricane Maria, Guadeloupe takes lashing

PARIS (Reuters) - The French island of Martinique escaped Hurricane Maria largely unscathed but a communications blackout with Guadeloupe meant it would be several more hours before damage there could be assessed, a senior French Civil Protection official said on Tuesday.

Maria intensifies to rare Category 5 hurricane in Caribbean

PONCE, Puerto Rico: The fourth major Atlantic hurricane of the year, Maria, strengthened into a rare Category 5 storm, as it churned through the eastern Caribbean, bearing down on the tiny island nation of Dominica while on a likely collision course with the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Hurricane Maria is shown in the Atlantic Ocean about 137km east of Martinique in this Sept 17, 2017 NASA satellite photo.

Bank robber a credit manager in debt, say cops

KUALA LUMPUR: The man who pulled off a bank robbery in Jalan Imbi here turned out to be a credit manager mired in debt, say police.

Wolfsburg part company with coach who saved them from relegation

BERLIN (Reuters) - VfL Wolfsburg parted company with coach Andries Jonker on Monday, less than four months after he helped save the Bundesliga club from relegation, and named Martin Schmidt as his replacement.

West Brom's Livermore given time off to deal with mental fatigue

(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has been given time off to recover from mental fatigue, manager Tony Pulis has said.

Priest rescued as Philippine troops retake Marawi militant stronghold

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops rescued a catholic priest held hostage for almost four months by Islamic State-linked rebels after an offensive that captured a stronghold of the militants in southern Marawi City, defence officials said on Monday.

Philippine priest abducted by IS gunmen in May wins freedom

MANILA: A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they occupied parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and called for prayers Monday after escaping.

Teresito Suganob waves to journalists as he is presented during a press conference at the military headquarters in Manila on September 18, 2017. -AFP

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