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Iran Vying For Leadership Of Shi'Ites In Iraq

FILE PHOTO: Shi'ite Muslims attend a religious ritual at the Imam Ali shrine in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad December 6, 2009

NAJAF, Iraq - In early September, Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, a senior Iranian official and cleric, flew to the holy city of Najaf in southern Iraq. His entourage included a sizable security detail and the former head of the Revolutionary Guards, the most powerful military force in the Islamic Republic.

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Britain Says Expects Most EU Citizens Can Stay After Brexit

LONDON - The British government said on Tuesday that most European Union citizens currently living in Britain will be allowed to remain in the country after Brexit in 2019.

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Two Children Killed As Car Crashes Into Australian Classroom

New South Wales emergency services personnel and police inspect a vehicle that crashed into a primary school classroom in the Sydney suburb of Greenacre in Australia November 7 2017

SYDNEY - A car crashed into a Sydney school classroom on Tuesday, killing two eight-year-old boys and seriously injuring three children, Australian police said.

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South Sudan Commander Defects To Rebels Amid Showdown With Ex-Army Chief

MOYO, Uganda - A South Sudanese military commander said he had defected with more than 200 soldiers to the country’s largest rebel group, amid a showdown between President Salva Kiir and his former military chief.

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New York Mayor De Blasio Cruises Toward Re-Election, Polls Show

NEW YORK - New York City voters head to the polls on Tuesday to choose between Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio and Republican challenger state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, with polls showing the incumbent with a large lead.

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Hard-Fought Virginia Governor's Race To Test Trump's Clout

WASHINGTON - A bitterly fought governor’s race in Virginia leads a slate of state and local elections on Tuesday that offer an early test of President Donald Trump’s political influence and possible strategies for both parties in next year’s midterm elections.

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From Chilean Refuge, Venezuelan Congress Deputy Defies Maduro

CARACAS - From his refuge at the Chilean ambassador’s home, Venezuela’s deputy congressional leader has defended “civil disobedience” against President Nicolas Maduro and urged demoralized opponents to unite and oust him in a presidential vote.

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Britain's Johnson Seeks To Clarify Remarks On Jailed Aid Worker In Iran

LONDON - British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that his remarks last week about a jailed Iranian-British aid worker could have been clearer, and said he had not wanted to add credence to Iranian allegations against her.

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Turkish Court Upholds 25-Year Jail Term For Opposition Lawmaker

Imprisoned opposition lawmaker Enis Berberoglu of Republican Peoples Party CHP attends a funeral ceremony in Istanbul Turkey June 23 2017

ANKARA - A Turkish court rejected on Tuesday an appeals court order to retry a lawmaker from the main opposition party, upholding his 25-year jail term, CNN Turk reported.

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Lebanon's Hariri Visits UAE As Home Crisis Escalates

Saad al Hariri

BEIRUT - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri visited the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, his first trip outside Saudi Arabia, as regional tensions aggravated by his surprise resignation escalated into a domestic crisis.

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