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IS-Aligned Militant Jailed over Plot to Bomb Indonesian Presidential Palace

An Indonesian militant was jailed for 11 years on Wednesday for orchestrating a plot inspired by the Islamic State group to stage a suicide bomb attack on the presidential palace.

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Iran in UN Spotlight as Trump Threatens Nuclear Deal

Tehran will defend itself on the world stage on Wednesday with President Donald Trump threatening to trigger a new international crisis by pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord.

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Major Battlefronts against IS in Syria and Iraq

The Islamic State group has lost swathes of territory in its self-declared caliphate in recent months, including its former Iraq hub Mosul and 90 percent of its onetime Syria bastion Raqa.

Here are the main battlefronts where IS is under attack in Syria and Iraq:

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Fire Kills Six People in Bangladesh Clothing Factory

Six people were killed Wednesday when fire swept through a clothing factory outside Dhaka, police said, just the latest fatal industrial accident to hit Bangladesh's $30 billion garment industry.

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Trump Meets Qatari Emir, Predicts Quick End to Crisis

President Donald Trump predicted a rapid end to the diplomatic and economic standoff between Qatar and its neighbors Tuesday, during a meeting with the country's emir at UN headquarters.

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Afghanistan Arms Civilians to Protect Mosques during Holy Month

Afghanistan is arming hundreds of civilians nationwide to help protect mosques during one of the holiest months on the Islamic calendar after several deadly attacks on Shiite religious sites. 

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Iran Publicly Hangs Man for Rape, Murder of Young Girl

A man was hanged in front of cheering crowds in Iran on Wednesday after being convicted of the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl which had outraged the nation. 

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ThyssenKrupp, Tata to Merge European Steel Operations

German heavy industry giant ThyssenKrupp and Indian group Tata agreed Wednesday to merge their steel operations in Europe, taking second place in the continent's market behind ArcelorMittal.

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Spain Police Search Catalan Govt Headquarters amid Referendum Row

Spain's Guardia Civil police on Wednesday searched several headquarters in Barcelona of Catalonia's regional government, a Catalan government spokesman said.

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First Wave of Refugees to US from Pacific Camps Imminent

A first wave of refugees will leave remote Pacific detention camps and be resettled in the United States in coming weeks, Australian authorities said Wednesday, under a deal that has rankled President Donald Trump.

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