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Russia, Turkey still working on Idlib deal but optimistic - U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia and Turkey told a weekly meeting of the U.N. Syria humanitarian taskforce in Geneva on Thursday that they were still working out the details of their plan to avert a major battle in Syria's Idlib province but were optimistic.

In Colombia, victims of sexual abuse speak out after peace deal

SOACHA, Colombia (Reuters) - Yeimy sobbed with her head in her hands as she described how her husband was tied to a pole, gagged and made to watch as she was raped by four fighters from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) 12 years ago.

Hungary sentences Syrian migrant to five years' jail for border riot

SZEGED, Hungary (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced a Syrian-Cypriot man to five years in prison on Thursday for crossing the border as part of a riot during the migrant crisis, in a case that has drawn criticism from the European Parliament and Amnesty International.

French police hunt suspected gang rapists after videos run on social media

TOULOUSE, France (Reuters) - French police were hunting four men on Thursday who allegedly raped a woman outside a nightclub in Toulouse after images of the apparent attack circulated on social media, the prosecutor's office said.

Shi'ite Muslims mark Ashura amid tight security

KABUL (Reuters) - Millions of Shi'ite Muslims performed mourning rituals on Thursday to mark Ashura, the holiest festival in their calendar, amid heightened measures in many places to protect against sectarian attacks.

Israel to improve coordination with Moscow over Syria after plane crash

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Thursday it would not halt strikes on Syria but would do more to "deconflict" them with Russian forces, after Moscow accused it of "irresponsible and unfriendly actions" that led to Syrian ground fire mistakenly downing a Russian plane.

North Korea's Kim wants second Trump summit to spur denuclearisation -South's Moon

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's Kim Jong Un wants to hold a second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump soon to hasten denuclearisation, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday quoted the North's leader as saying at a summit this week.

Japan PM Abe wins extended term, faces Trump trade challenge

TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won a ruling party leadership vote on Thursday, setting him on track to become Japan's longest-serving premier and try to cement his legacy, including by revising the post-war pacifist constitution.

Hurricane raises questions about rebuilding along North Carolina's coast

RODANTHE, N.C. (Reuters) - When Florence was raging last Friday on North Carolina's Outer Banks, the hurricane tore a 40-foot (12-meter) chunk from a fishing pier that juts into the ocean at the state's most popular tourist destination.

Flooding expected to worsen as Florence passes through Carolinas

CONWAY, S.C. (Reuters) - Flooding across the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which has killed 36 people, was expected to worsen over the next couple of days, forecasters said.