Tension Builds In Russian Far East Region After Disputed Vote Count

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Rival contenders for the governorship in a Russian Pacific region girded for court battles, and more protests, after an unusual last-minute vote count in a runoff election gave victory to the ruling party incumbent.
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U.S. To Sharply Cut Refugee Admissions

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President Donald Trump's administration has proposed sharply cutting the number of refugees allowed into the United States next year to 30,000.
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HRW Slams Kyrgyzstan For 'Dangerously Overbroad' Crackdown On Extremism

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Human Rights Watch warned that authorities were unjustly prosecuting and jailing people of possessing materials that were only deemed "extremist" after their arrests.
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Russian Military Plane Carrying 14 Disappears Near Syrian Coast

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A Russian military surveillance plane with 14 crew members has disappeared over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and CNN reported that Syrian antiaircraft forces may have shot it down.
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Pakistan's New PM Promises Citizenship To Refugees' Children

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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged to grant citizenship to Pakistan-born children of Afghan and Bengali refugees, many of whom have lived in the country for decades.
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Greek Anarchists Target Iranian Embassy In Athens

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A group of anarchists has attacked the Iranian Embassy in Athens to protest Tehran's treatment of its Kurdish population, Greek authorities say.
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In New Claim, Moscow Says MH17 Missile Came From Ukraine; Kyiv Cries 'Fake'

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The Russian military has made a new claim about the downing of a passenger jet over the war zone in eastern Ukraine in 2014, asserting that the missile that brought Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 down was sent to Soviet Ukraine after it was made in 1986 and never returned to Russia.
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At least 12 Police Officers Killed In Attacks In Western Afghanistan

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Taliban attacks across two western Afghan provinces have left at least 12 Afghan police officers dead, officials say.
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Mattis Warns Against Russian 'Influence Campaigns' Ahead Of Macedonia Name Referendum

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Macedonia on September 17 with a warning that Russia was attempting to use its money and influence to build opposition to the upcoming referendum on changing the former Yugoslav republic’s name.
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Communists Cry Foul Over Opponent's Sudden Surge In Russian Runoff Vote

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Supporters of Russia's Communist Party are protesting after the ruling United Russia party's candidate suddenly surged ahead in the final stages of the vote count in a runoff election for governor of the Primorye region.
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Russia, Turkey Agree To Create Buffer Zone In Syria’s Idlib

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The presidents of Russia and Turkey have agreed to create a demilitarized buffer zone in Syria's Idlib region to separate government and rebel forces.
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Switzerland Demands Russia 'End Illegal Activities' After Two Suspected Spy Cases

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A diplomatic war of words between Switzerland and Russia has intensified, with the Swiss demanding that Moscow cease spying activities on its territory after two suspected espionage cases came to light in recent days.
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British Police Rule Out Novichok In Latest Salisbury Incident

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British police have ruled out the nerve agent Novichok in an incident in which two people fell ill after eating in a restaurant in Salisbury, the town where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March.
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Russian Activist Verzilov Doing 'Better' After Possible Poisoning

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Russian activist Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot and the dissident art troupe Voina, is doing better since he arrived in Berlin for treatment following a suspected poisoning, friends say.
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Thousands March In Macedonia In Favor Of Name Change, NATO, EU Membership

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Thousands of Macedonians marched in the capital, Skopje, in support of a move to change the country’s name and for eventual NATO and European Union membership.
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Tehran Accuses Twitter Of Closing Accounts Of 'Real' Iranians

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has accused Twitter of closing accounts of "real" Iranians, while allowing antigovernment ones backed by the United States.
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British Police: Two People Taken Ill In Salisbury Restaurant

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British police say that two people have fallen ill after eating in a restaurant in Salisbury, the town where former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned in March.
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Far-Right Demonstrators Rally In Eastern Germany, Monitored By 1,000 Police

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More than 1,000 far-right demonstrators marched against Germany’s immigration policies in the eastern town of Koethen, monitored by a similar number of police officers and about 500 counterprotesters.
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Iraq Elects Pro-Iran Sunni As Parliament Speaker

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Iraq's parliament has elected Sunni lawmaker Muhammad al-Halbusi as its new speaker as the country moves closer to establishing a new government after months of tense negotiations.
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Serbian Prime Minister, Belgrade Mayor Join Gay-Pride Parade

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Serbia's prime minister and the mayor of Belgrade have joined several hundred lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activists and their supporters in the center of Belgrade for a gay-pride parade.
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