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Islamic State Forces Syria Rebels To Retreat From Border Area

Civilians inspect a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib, Syria June 29, 2016. REUTERS/AMMAR ABDULLAH

U.S.-backed Syrian rebels were pushed back from the outskirts of an Islamic State-held town on the border with Iraq and a nearby air base on Wednesday after the jihadists mounted a counter- attack, two rebel sources said.

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Myanmar Should Dismantle Laws Blocking Free Speech: Human Rights Watch

Linda Lakhdhir, legal consultant at Human Rights Watch, talks during a news conference in Yangon, Myanmar June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun Linda Lakhdhir, legal consultant at Human Rights Watch, talks during a news conference in Yangon, Myanmar June 29, 2016. REUTERS/SOE ZEYA TUN

Myanmar's government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD), should amend and abolish laws that threaten freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Wednesday.

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China Defends FX Policies After Trump Vows To Label Beijing A Currency Manipulator

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in St. Clairsville, Ohio June 28, 2016. REUTERS/AARON JOSEFCZYK

China's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said the yuan's exchange rate was not the reason for unbalanced trade ties with the United States, after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he would label Beijing a currency manipulator.

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Putin And Erdogan Hold First Phone Talk Since Jet Downing

 

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday sought to heal ties in their first phone call since Ankara downed one of Moscow’s jets in Syria last year.

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China's Xi Urges Caution Over U.S. Missile Deployment In South Korea

South Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn (L) is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, China June 29, 2016. REUTERS/GREG BAKER/POOL

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged South Korea to pay attention to China's concerns about the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to the country and "cautiously" address the plan.

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Syria Rebels Battle IS At Iraqi Border, Aim To Cut 'Caliphate' In Two

Civilians inspect a site hit by an airstrike in the rebel-controlled city of Idlib, Syria June 29, 2016. REUTERS/AMMAR ABDULLAH

Syrian rebels advanced into an Islamic State-held town at the border with Iraq on Wednesday, a rebel commander told Reuters, in a new U.S.-backed offensive aimed at cutting the jihadists' self-declared caliphate in two.

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Islamic State Prime Suspect After Suicide Bombers Kill 41 At Istanbul Airport

Workers repair the damaged parts of the terminal building at Turkey's largest airport, Istanbul Ataturk, Turkey, following Tuesday's blast, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/MURAD SEZER

Turkish investigators pored over video footage and witness statements on Wednesday after three suspected Islamic State suicide bombers opened fire and blew themselves up in Istanbul's main airport, killing 41 people and wounding 239.

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EU's Juncker To Meet Scotland's First Minister After UK Says Leaving EU

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is welcomed by European Parliament President Martin Schulz ahead of a meeting at the EP in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2016. REUTERS/ERIC VIDAL

The European Commission rolled out the red carpet for Scotland's first minister on Wednesday, hours after outgoing British Prime Minister David Cameron told an EU summit his country would be leaving the European Union following last week's referendum.

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Exclusive: U.S. To Upgrade Thailand In Annual Human Trafficking Report - Sources

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during the National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks during the National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, June 6, 2016. REUTERS/CHAIWAT SUBPRASOM

The United States has decided to remove Thailand from its list of worst human trafficking offenders, officials said, a move that could help smooth relations with Bangkok’s military-run government.

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India's Top Court Refuses To Hear Gay-Sex Ban Challenge

A gay rights activist pins a badge onto another during a gathering in Mumbai, India, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/DANISH SIDDIQUI

India's Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to hear a petition challenging a law criminalizing gay sex, a setback for gay rights activists battling in the country's courts to get the ban overturned.

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