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Istanbul Nightclub Suspect 'Received Orders from IS'

The man suspected of killing 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Eve has claimed he received the order to attack from Islamic State jihadists in Syria, local media reported Wednesday.

Turkish authorities on Monday detained Abdulgadir Masharipov, 34, who spent 17 days on the run following the attack which was claimed by the extremist group. They also arrested an Iraqi man and three women from Egypt, Senegal and Somalia.

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Suicide Attack on Pro-Govt Militia Camp in Mali Kills 37 Fighters

A suicide bomb attack on a camp housing former rebels and pro-government militia in northern Mali on Wednesday killed 37 fighters, a UN peacekeeping source and a local official told AFP.

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Merkel to Face German Voters on September 24

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election in which she will seek a fourth term, facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx.

The date, adopted by Merkel's right-left coalition cabinet, must still be formally approved by President Joachim Gauck.

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Orlando Shooter's Wife Charged in Relation to Attack

The widow of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen was formally charged Tuesday with a terror-related offense and obstruction of justice in connection with the attack.

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US Contributes $500-Million to UN Green Climate Fund

The outgoing Barack Obama administration announced Tuesday a contribution of half a billion dollars to the UN Green Climate Fund, just three days before Donald Trump takes over the White House.

The $500 million payment, announced by State Department spokesman John Kirby in a statement, is the second from the United States to support the United Nations Green Climate Fund, which aims to mitigate the effects of climate change in the world's poorest countries.

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Families Duel in Decadent Era in Met's 'Romeo et Juliette'

In an era of intense political division, the new production of "Romeo et Juliette" at New York's Metropolitan Opera brings the classic tale of warring families to a universe of palpable power and ostentation.

Director Bartlett Sher's vision for the opera, written in 1867 by Charles Gounod, keeps the action in Verona but shifts from the Renaissance to the 18th century -- a decadent world of puffed-up wigs that recall Marie Antoinette and ball gowns in royal reds and purples.

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Hong Kong Regulator Sues Standard Chartered, UBS over IPO

Hong Kong's stock market regulator has filed a lawsuit against major banks Standard Chartered and UBS along with consultancy firm KPMG over a 2009 initial public offering on the city's bourse.

The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) on Monday filed documents to the High Court alleging "market misconduct" in connection with China Forestry Holdings's IPO, worth $217 million, and the firm's financial statements for 2009 to the first half of 2010.

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Italy Toasts its Real-Life Sherlock Holmes

With his Sherlock Holmes-style penchant for using multiple disguises to help crack his cases, Giuseppe Dosi was no ordinary policeman.

And nearly 36 years after his death, Italians are still discovering the secrets of the "artist detective".

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China Tells Local Meteorological Bureaus to Stop Smog Alerts

China is suspending local meteorological bureaus from issuing smog alerts, media reported Wednesday, raising suspicions the government is attempting to suppress information about the country's air pollution as public anger over the issue grows.

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Russia Says Snowden Can Stay Two More Years

Russian authorities have extended US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden's Russian residency permit by two years, the foreign ministry said Wednesday. 

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