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Russia Condemns Claims it Aided Taliban Attacks on U.S. Troops

Russia on Saturday denounced as "baseless" and dangerous a newspaper report claiming that Moscow's spies had offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan.

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Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan Agree to Delay Filling Dam

Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed that Addis Ababa will delay filling a mega-dam as part of a comprehensive deal on the project that has raised tensions between the three countries, the Egyptian presidency said Friday.

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Report: U.S. Thinks Russia Spies Aided Taliban Attacks

US intelligence has concluded that a Russian unit offered rewards to Taliban-linked militants to kill troops of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan, The New York Times reported Friday.

The purported bounties gave incentives to the guerrillas to target US forces, just as President Donald Trump tries to withdraw troops and end America's longest war.

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Sahel Leaders and France's Macron to Talk as Violence Spirals

France and its allies in the Sahel next week will discuss the region's mounting struggles with a jihadist insurgency and ethnic bloodshed.

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U.S. Restricts Visas in Latest Move on Hong Kong

President Donald Trump's administration said Friday it was restricting US visas for a number of Chinese officials for infringing on the autonomy of Hong Kong, announcing action as Congress seeks tougher sanctions.

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Iceland President Set for Landslide Election Win

Iceland votes in a presidential election on Saturday, the second European country to hold polls since coronavirus lockdowns were lifted, with incumbent Gudni Johannesson widely expected to win a second four-year mandate.

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U.N. Experts Denounce 'Repression' of Freedom in China

Dozens of independent U.N. experts voiced alarm Friday over the repression of fundamental freedoms in China, demanding urgent action from the U.N. Human Rights Council.

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Denmark Jails Man over Iran-Backed Assassination Plot

Danish judges jailed an Iranian-Norwegian man for seven years on Friday for his part in a plot to assassinate an opponent of the Tehran government.

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Cop among Many Hurt in Scotland Stabbing Attack

A police officer was reported to have been stabbed Friday, and several others injured, in a "serious incident" that shut down central Glasgow.

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Turkey Court Sentences 121 to Life in Coup Trial

A Turkish court on Friday handed down life  sentences to 121 people for taking part in the 2016 attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media reported.

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