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Trudeau Saddened by 'Backsliding' after Alabama Abortion Ban

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said he was gravely saddened by "backsliding" on women's rights seen in several U.S states, after Alabama agreed the toughest abortion ban in the country.

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Sweden to Host International Meeting on IS Tribunal

Sweden will host an international meeting on June 3 aimed at setting up a tribunal to judge militants who fought with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the government said Thursday.

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Tunisia Rejects U.N. Immunity Claim for Arms Expert

Tunisia on Thursday rejected a United Nations claim that an arms expert arrested in the North African country has diplomatic immunity and should be released.

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Trump to Unveil Radical Immigration Overhaul

President Donald Trump will propose a radical overhaul of U.S. immigration Thursday to favor applicants with high skills and good English, while cutting back on family based arrivals and asylum seekers -- even if the initiative stands little chance in Congress.

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Iraqi Airways to Resume First Flights to Syria since 2011

Iraqi Airways is to resume flights to the Syrian capital Damascus for the first time since the war there erupted in 2011, a spokesman for the national carrier said Thursday.

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Gulf Standoff: Iran Calm in Face of U.S. Pressure

In face of soaring tensions with the United States, Iran has so far steered clear of inflammatory rhetoric, its leaders insisting the Islamic republic is not seeking a war with its arch-enemy.

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Turkey Ends Ban on Lawyer Visits to Kurd Rebel Chief Ocalan

Turkey has lifted a ban on lawyer visits to imprisoned Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan, the justice minister said on Thursday.

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Madonna Confirmed for Eurovision in Tel Aviv after Boycott Calls

Madonna has signed a contract to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest in Israel, ending uncertainty after calls for her to boycott the event, Israeli public broadcaster KAN said Thursday.

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Iran to Increase Uranium, Heavy Water Production

Iran is preparing to increase enriched uranium and heavy water production as part of its decision to stop some commitments made under the nuclear deal, an official said Thursday.

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Russia Praises Council of Europe amid Bitter Row

Russia on Thursday praised its membership in the Council of Europe ahead of a key summit suggesting Moscow had no immediate plans to quit the continent's top rights watchdog following a bitter row.

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