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Today โ€” April 20th 2018Reuters World News

No time for golf as Merkel braces for tough talks with Trump

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces difficult talks next Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump at a time when Washington and Berlin are at odds over a range of issues from trade to Iran, her transatlantic coordinator said on Friday.

Myanmar police 'set up' Reuters reporters in sting: police witness

YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to "trap" a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him "secret documents", prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday.

Erdogan's shock election call brings cherished powers within reach

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan's shock announcement of snap elections in June has caught Turkey's troubled opposition off guard and brought him within reach of his cherished goal, a powerful presidency with sweeping executive powers.

South Africa's Ramaphosa flies in to try and quell northern protests

MAHIKENG, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the northern city of Mahikeng on Friday to try and quell an outbreak of violent protests that had forced him to cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit.

Soros foundation attacks 'stifling' Orban law as Hungary exit looms

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The foundation of Budapest-born financier George Soros accused Hungary's right-wing leadership on Friday of trying to stifle non-government groups, but said it would decide whether to leave the country only after parliament passes a "Stop Soros" law.

Italy's Berlusconi smears 5-Star, urges government deal with left

ROME (Reuters) - Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi branded the 5-Star Movement a danger for Italy on Friday, killing off any lingering chance of a coalition tie-up between his rightist bloc and the anti-establishment party.

Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in fourth week of protests

GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and wounded 80 in renewed unrest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday, bringing the death toll in three weeks of protests by Palestinians demanding the right to return to their former homeland to at least 33.

Britain wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth, but eyes July election

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it would strongly support Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup.

Facebook's damage limitation drive hits trouble in Germany

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook's attempt to limit fallout from a massive data breach hit trouble in Germany on Friday as a privacy watchdog opened a case against the social network and politicians accused its bosses of evasion.

Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed Queen as Commonwealth head -Sky news

LONDON (Reuters) - Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group's heads of government in Windsor on Friday, Sky News reported citing unnamed sources.

Person to person: North and South Korea get neighbourly with direct hot line

SEOUL (Reuters) - Diplomatic foes North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders on Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007 - and the connection was great, the South's presidential office said.

New home, but same worries, as NATO moves into glass and steel HQ

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Almost a year after U.S. President Donald Trump inaugurated NATO's new billion-dollar headquarters with fanfare at a special summit, alliance officials are now finally moving in, leaving their prefab 1960s base that leaked during rainstorms.

Soros body mulls future in Hungary as Orban vows migration fight

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The foundation of Budapest-born financier George Soros said on Friday it was considering its future in Hungary after enduring repeated attacks from Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who offered the liberal body an unfond farewell.

Person to person: North and South Korea get neighborly with direct hot line

SEOUL (Reuters) - Diplomatic foes North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders on Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007 - and the connection was great, the South's presidential office said.

Britain wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said on Friday it would strongly support Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup.

Facebook to roll out political ad feature in time for German state vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook said on Friday it would roll out a new feature designed to make political advertising more transparent in time for a key German regional election, as it seeks to restore trust after a massive data breach.

Boat carrying 76 Rohingya lands in Indonesia

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - A boat carrying 76 Rohingya Muslims landed in northwest Indonesia on Friday, the latest in what rights groups expect will be a wave of dangerous sea crossings by members of the persecuted minority from Myanmar.

German prosecutors investigate official for approving false asylum claims

BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors said they were investigating the former head of an outpost of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) suspected of granting asylum to people who did not qualify to receive it.

Insurgents south of Syrian capital surrender, says state TV

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Insurgents in the last area outside Syrian government control near Damascus agreed on Friday to withdraw, but the army's bombardment continued pending a full surrender deal, state media and a war monitor reported.

India police probe Twitter claim over fire at Rohingya camp

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian police are investigating a fire that destroyed a Rohingya Muslim settlement in New Delhi last weekend after a Twitter user claimed responsibility for setting the blaze.

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