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Four Britons Kidnapped in Southern Nigeria

Suspected militants have kidnapped four British nationals in southern Nigeria, police and community leaders said on Wednesday.

The four had been providing "free medical care and religious activities" in the Burutu area of Delta state, said Chief Theo Fakama, from the local Enukorowa community.

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Iran Supreme Leader Dismisses Trump's 'Rants and Whoppers'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei dismissed US President Donald Trump's aggressive criticism as the "rants and whoppers" of a "brute", in a speech on Wednesday. 

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EU Leaders Voice Frustration on UK Brexit Position, Money

EU leaders meeting this week in Brussels are still unsure what Britain wants from Brexit, Irish premier Leo Varadkar said, as the European Parliament's president warned London's financial offer was "peanuts".

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N. Korea Sends China Communist Party Faint Praise

North Korea issued an unusually short congratulatory message to China's Communist Party Wednesday as President Xi Jinping opened its five-year congress amid strained ties between the two traditional allies.

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Final Vote Set for France's New Anti-Terror Law

France's parliament is set to pass a new controversial anti-terror law on Wednesday pushed by President Emmanuel Macron which has been criticised by rights groups.

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Spain to Seek Suspension of Catalonia's Autonomy Unless Leader Backs Down

Spain will seek to suspend Catalonia's autonomy unless the region's leader abandons his push for independence, the country's deputy prime minister said Wednesday, 24 hours before Madrid's deadline.

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Amnesty: Myanmar Army Killed at Least Hundreds of Rohingya

Myanmar security forces killed hundreds of men, women and children during a systematic campaign to expel Rohingya Muslims, Amnesty International said in a new report Wednesday that calls for an arms embargo on the country and criminal prosecution of the perpetrators.

More than 580,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when Myanmar security forces began a scorched-earth campaign against Rohingya villages. Myanmar's government has said it was responding to attacks by Muslim insurgents, but the United Nations and others have said the response was disproportionate.

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Japan Complains to US Over Resumed Chopper Flights

Japan said Wednesday it was "truly regrettable" that the US military had restarted flights of a helicopter that burst into flames last week, saying it wanted further reassurances over safety.

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At Least Six Killed, Several Wounded in Pakistan Blast

At least six people were killed and many wounded in an apparent suicide blast targeting a police vehicle during the morning rush hour in Pakistan's restive southwest early Wednesday, officials said.

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Weakened Merkel Scrambles to Form Government

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, weakened by poor election results, will from Wednesday seek to forge an unlikely governing coalition from a motley crew of parties that span the political spectrum.

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