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World 25 Jun 2017 | 12:58 AM

Iran arrests IS-linked group planning attacks - state TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian security forces have arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centres, state television reported on Saturday.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 1:35 AM

Saudi, most Gulf Arabs start Eid al-Fitr on Sunday

DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam, and most other Gulf Arab states will celebrate the Muslim Eid al-Fitr feast on Sunday to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, regional media said on Saturday.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 8:50 AM

OAS chief offers to resign if Venezuela holds free vote

CARACAS (Reuters) - Organization of American States President Luis Almagro offered on Saturday to resign if Venezuela holds free elections and enacts reforms to protect democracy in the troubled South American nation.

Rugby 25 Jun 2017 | 9:24 AM

Hurricanes boosted by All Blacks for Lions clash

AUCKLAND (Reuters) - All Blacks backs Jordie Barrett, Julian Savea and Ngani Laumape have been released to play for the Wellington Hurricanes against the British and Irish Lions on Tuesday.

Economy 25 Jun 2017 | 9:42 AM

Qatar's emir meets Exxon Mobil Corp CEO

DOHA: The emir of Qatar met with Exxon Mobil Corp chairman and CEO Darren Woods in Doha on Saturday for talks on "cooperation," state news agency QNA reported, following a rift between four Gulf states and Qatar that has raised worries about energy supplies.

Rugby 25 Jun 2017 | 2:47 PM

Best to lead Lions against Hurricanes

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Ireland hooker Rory Best will lead the British and Irish Lions for a second time on the tour after being named captain in Warren Gatland's team to play the Wellington Hurricanes on Tuesday.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 3:04 PM

More blood but no victory as Philippine drug war marks its first year

MANILA (Reuters) - Launched a year ago, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs has resulted in thousands of deaths, yet the street price of crystal methamphetamine in Manila has fallen and surveys show Filipinos are as anxious as ever about crime.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 3:19 PM

Syria's more confident Assad gives Eid prayers in Hama

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad delivered prayers for Islam's Eid al-Fitr holiday in Hama on Sunday, the furthest he has travelled inside Syria in years, showing his growing confidence.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 3:57 PM

Turkey's Erdogan says Arab demands on Qatar unlawful

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday dismissed calls for Turkey to close a military base in Qatar and said a wider list of demands issued by four Arab states was an unlawful intervention against the Gulf state's sovereignty.

World 25 Jun 2017 | 5:52 PM

Merkel's conservatives widen lead three months before German vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives widened their lead over the Social Democrats (SPD) to 15 points in a weekly opinion poll by the Emnid institute published on Sunday, three months before the Sept. 24 election.