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Illinois factory gunman killed victims after being fired

AURORA, Ill. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed five fellow workers at an Illinois factory had just been fired, and the plant manager and a human resources official were among his victims, authorities said on Saturday.

Top French officer raps West's tactics against IS in Syria, faces punishment

MUNICH (Reuters) - A senior French officer involved in the fight against Islamic State in Syria faces punishment after launching a scathing attack on the U.S.-led coalition's methods to defeat the group in its remaining stronghold of Hajin, the army said on Saturday.

Socialists lead Spain's election race, set to win 115-117 seats - poll

MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Socialist Party will win the largest number of seats in a parliamentary election set for April 28, according to a GESOP opinion poll published by El Periodico newspaper on Saturday, short of a majority in the 350-seat legislature.

Islamic State claims North Sinai attack, says 20 Egyptian troops killed

CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state has claimed responsibility for an attack in North Sinai on Saturday which it said killed 20 Egyptian military troops, the group's AMAQ news agency said.

Joe Biden says will decide soon whether to run for U.S. presidency

MUNICH (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, said on Saturday he had not yet decided whether to run for president in 2020 but would do so "in the near term".

Exclusive - McCarrick defrocking shows 'bishops not above the law': top Vatican investigator

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a "very important signal" to the Catholic Church hierarchy that no one is above the law, the Vatican's top sexual crimes investigator said on Saturday.

More Venezuela aid arrives in Colombia amid uncertainty over distribution

CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine is being stored amidst uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.

Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on Saturday.

Nigeria commission says transport delays behind vote postponement

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's presidential election was delayed by a week due to delays in transporting electoral material and was not a result of external pressure, the chairman of the electoral commission said on Saturday.

Iran rejects anti-Semitism allegation by Pence

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Saturday rejected accusations of anti-Semitism levelled against it by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, saying it respected Judaism but opposed Israel, which Tehran said was acting like a "killing machine against the Palestinians".

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