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Brazil house speaker says Temer charges must be taken together

BRASILIA (Reuters) - The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, Rodrigo Maia, said on Monday that two new charges against President Michel Temer in a corruption case should be considered together when they reach the floor of the chamber on Tuesday.

USOC chief backs athlete protests

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Athletes should feel free to express their political opinions during next February's Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite strict Olympic rules barring such demonstrations, the head of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) said on Monday.

German conservative suggests job move for veteran finance mininster Schaeuble

BERLIN (Reuters) - A senior German conservative said on Monday that Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble would make an "ideal" president of parliament, raising the possibility of a change of roles for a man long associated with unflinching austerity in the euro zone.

Turnout high as Iraqi Kurds defy threats to hold independence vote

ERBIL/SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Kurds voted in large numbers in an independence referendum in northern Iraq on Monday, ignoring pressure from Baghdad, threats from Turkey and Iran, and international warnings that the vote may ignite yet more regional conflict.

Merkel strikes reserved tone ahead of Macron's Europe speech

BERLIN/PARIS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel struck a note of caution with respect to French calls for deeper European integration on Monday, a day before French President Emmanuel Macron lays out his plans for ambitious European reforms.

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would dissolve parliament's lower house on Thursday for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance towards a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system.

Leadership of German far right splits hours after electoral success

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leadership of Germany's far right cracked within hours of its electoral success on Monday, when the highest-profile figure in its more moderate wing stormed out of its victory news conference and abandoned its parliamentary group.

Travellers swamp Puerto Rico's main airport; dam on verge of collapse

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hundreds of stranded travellers filled the sweltering halls of San Juan International Airport on Monday anxious to know when they could leave and reconnect with families after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island.

Japan's Abe announces snap election amid worries over North Korea

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he'll dissolve parliament’s lower house for a snap election, seeking a mandate to stick to his tough stance toward a volatile North Korea and rebalance the social security system.

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Trump travel ban on more solid ground as top court cancels hearing

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Supreme Court signalled on Monday it may dismiss a challenge to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban after the White House announced tailored restrictions on eight countries that legal experts said stand a better chance at holding up in court.

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