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Hundreds of Kiwis Call Police to Turn in Weapons after Ban

Hundreds of New Zealanders contacted authorities to hand in their guns within hours of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announcing a ban on military-style weapons following the Christchurch mosque massacres, police said Friday.

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Pound Up but Still Faces Pressure after Brexit Delay Deal

The pound rose Friday but was struggling to claw back its latest losses after the EU gave Britain a Brexit deadline extension, while equity markets mostly rose on a positive lead from Wall Street.

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Grenade Thrown at Russian Consulate in Greece

A grenade was thrown early Friday into the courtyard of the Russian consulate in Athens, police said, an attack typical of domestic far-left groups.

The area in the Athens suburb of Halandri was rapidly cordoned off and bomb specialists were dispatched, a police source said.

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Six Dead as Car Hits Crowd in China, Police Kill Driver

A man rammed a car into a crowd in central China Friday, killing six people and injuring eight others before he was fatally shot by police, said local officials.

The suspect, a 44-year-old named Cui Lidong, wounded his wife and daughter at home before ploughing a car into pedestrians, said the Zaoyang City government in Hubei province in an online statement.

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Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Says NATO

Two US service members were killed in Afghanistan Friday, NATO said, in the latest casualties to hit the international coalition amid ongoing peace talks between Washington and the Taliban.

NATO's Resolute Support mission would not immediately release any details about the soldiers but said they had been killed during an unspecified "operation" in the country.

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Dozens Dead in Islamist Attack in Burkina Faso

An offensive by Islamists in northern Burkina Faso has left dozens of civilians dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes, Human Rights Watch said Friday.

"Atrocities by Islamist armed groups in Burkina Faso's northern Sahel region and by security forces during counterterrorism operations have left scores dead and created widespread fear and displacement," the group said in a 62-page report.

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France Urges Iran to Free Human Rights Lawyer

France on Thursday called for Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh to be released and warned Tehran that its adherence to a nuclear accord does not give it a blank check on human rights.

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Macron, Merkel, Juncker and Xi to Meet in Paris Tuesday

French President Emmanuel Macron will hold trade and climate talks Tuesday with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The leaders will be joined by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as they seek to find "points of convergence between Europe and China", Macron's office said Thursday.

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Guaido Aide Arrested in Venezuela as Regime Defies U.S.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's regime defied the U.S. on Thursday to arrest a top aide of opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Washington recognizes as the crisis-hit country's interim leader.

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Iraq PM Visits Mosul Accident Site, Declares National Mourning

Iraq's prime minister decreed three days of national mourning Thursday as he visited the site of a river boat accident that cost at least 77 lives in the city of Mosul.

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