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Turkey Trial Begins into 2015 Killing of Rights Lawyer

A long-awaited trial opened Wednesday of three police officers for the 2015 killing of a prominent rights lawyer in Diyarbakir, Turkey's biggest Kurdish-majority city.

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Taliban Ambush Kills at Least 25 Afghan Security Personnel

At least 25 Afghan security force personnel were killed in an ambush blamed on the Taliban in the northeast of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

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Sudan Closes Khartoum Roads amid Online Calls for Protests

Sudanese security forces closed off major thoroughfares in the heart of the capital before dawn on Wednesday following online calls for renewed protests against a worsening economic crisis.

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At Least 11 Afghan Women Killed in Stampede near Pakistan Consulate

At least 11 women were killed Wednesday in a stampede in an Afghan football stadium where thousands had gathered to apply for visas at a nearby Pakistan consulate, officials said.

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Russia Calls for Collective Security in Gulf, US Blames Iran

Russia's foreign minister called for collective efforts Tuesday to prevent a large-scale war in the Persian Gulf and got strong support from all Security Council members except the United States, which called Iran the major culprit and urged that it be held accountable for supporting terrorists and destabilizing the region.

Sergey Lavrov told a high-level virtual council meeting that a worst case scenario was avoided earlier this year following the U.S. killing of Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, and warned that "the situation remains fragile and could become dangerous and unpredictable again."

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Greece Asks EU to Suspend Customs Union with Turkey, Report Says

Greece's Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias has written to the European Union asking it to consider suspending the EU's customs union agreement with Turkey, the Greek state news agency ANA reported Tuesday.

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France Closes Paris Mosque in Clampdown over Teacher's Beheading

French authorities said Tuesday they would close a Paris mosque as part of a clampdown on radical Islam that has yielded over a dozen arrests following the beheading of a teacher who had shown his pupils a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Argentina Passes One Million Coronavirus Cases

Argentina surpassed one million coronavirus cases Monday, with areas outside the capital Buenos Aires bearing the brunt of recent infections.

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Brazil Militias Control More than Half of Rio, Study Says

Armed militia groups control more than half the territory of Rio de Janeiro, installing a reign of terror in poor neighborhoods that are home to nearly 2.2 million people, according to a study published Monday.

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Mikes to Be Muted in US Presidential Debate to Stop Interruptions

The US Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday they will mute the microphones of President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Joe Biden when they are not answering questions during their final showdown, to avoid the interruptions that disrupted their last debate.

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