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Macedonian vote opens way for historic deal, Greek PM says

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday the approval by Macedonia's parliament of a proposal to change the country's name paves the way for an historic deal between the two countries.

Saudi senior scholars praise king's decisions on Khashoggi death

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's highest religious body, the Council of Senior Scholars, on Saturday said the king's decisions on the death of Jamal Khashoggi "achieve justice and equality in accordance with Islamic law", according to a statement on state news agency SPA.

Trump a reluctant critic of Saudi Arabia despite pressure to act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six days after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, U.S. President Donald Trump tried to play down the crisis, saying "hopefully that will sort itself out".

Australia withdraws from Saudi investment summit over Khashoggi death

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has pulled out of an investment summit in Saudi Arabia in protest at the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Australian government minister said on Saturday.

Slovakia threatens to freeze relations with Vietnam over kidnapping case

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia has threatened to freeze relations with Vietnam over the case of a Vietnamese businessman who Germany says was kidnapped by Vietnamese agents and smuggled back home through Slovakia, the Slovak foreign ministry said on Saturday.

Thousands rally in Taiwan, call for referendum on independence from China

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Several thousand pro-independence demonstrators rallied in Taiwan's capital on Saturday to protest against Beijing's "bullying" and called for a referendum on whether the self-ruled island should formally declare independence from China.

Afghanistan extends election to Sunday due to chaos at polling stations

KABUL (Reuters) - Voting in Afghanistan's parliamentary election will be extended to Sunday in some constituencies after technical and organizational problems stopped voters casting their ballot in some polling centres on Saturday, government officials said.

Six Sweida hostages freed from Islamic State - Syrian state media, Observatory

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Six hostages were freed on Saturday from Islamic State, which has held several women and children captive since it attacked Syria's Sweida city three months ago, state media and a monitor said.

U.S., China, others tentatively agree to multilateral air encounter code

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Several countries including the United States and China agreed "in principle" on Saturday to multilateral guidelines to manage unexpected encounters between their military aircraft, joining 10 Southeast Asian nations already in the pact.

India's Punjab state chief minister says train accident killed 59

AMRITSAR,India (Reuters) - India's northern state of Punjab's chief minister said 59 people were killed and 57 injured in a railway accident on Friday in which a train ran over scores of people gathered on the railway tracks for a festival in the city of Amritsar.

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