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Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Baghdadi death near 100 percent certain: Ifax quotes Russian senator

Published 23/06/2017

It was from this medieval mosque that the militants' leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a self-styled ''caliphate'' spanning parts of Syria and Iraq three years ago. Al-Baghdadi proclaimed himself ''caliph,'' or ruler of all Muslims, from the pulpit of the mosque on July... REUTERS/Social Media Website via Reuters TV

The likelihood that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed is close to 100 percent, Interfax news agency quoted Viktor Ozerov, the head of the defense committee in the Russian upper house of parliament, as saying on Friday.

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Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Damascus won`t let `enemies` benefit from de-escalation zones-minister

Published 23/06/2017

Syria's Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad speaks during an interview with Reuters in Damascus June 11, 2015. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki

The Syrian government will not allow its enemies to benefit from the creation of de-escalation zones in western Syria, the Syrian deputy foreign minister has said, ahead of international talks on the zones scheduled for early July in Kazakhstan.

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Oil edges up, but still set for worst first-half performance in 20 years

Oil edges up, but still set for worst first-half performance in 20 years

Published 23/06/2017

A diesel oil pump is seen at a bus terminal in Vienna, Austria May 31, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Oil edged up on Friday, recovering some of its steep falls earlier in the week, but crude is still set for its worst first-half decline in two decades despite ongoing production cuts.

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India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers

India sends 31 satellites into space, some for foreign customers

Published 23/06/2017

India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C38, carrying Cartosat-2 and 30 other satellites, lifts off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/P. Ravikumar

India fired a rocket carrying 31 small satellites into space on Friday, several of them for European countries looking for high resolution earth images, underlining its strength as a low-cost provider of services in space.

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Russia threatens to block Telegram messaging app

Russia threatens to block Telegram messaging app

Published 23/06/2017

Two men pose with smartphones in front of a screen showing the Telegram logo in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina November 18, 2015. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

Russia's communications regulator Roskomnadzor on Friday accused the Telegram messaging app of violating Russian legislation and said it could be blocked if it did not provide the watchdog with information about the company that controls Telegram.

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Trump denies obstructing FBI probe, says has no tapes of talks with Comey

Trump denies obstructing FBI probe, says has no tapes of talks with Comey

Published 23/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) speaks in Ypilanti Township, Michigan March 15, 2017 and FBI Director James Comey testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., May 3, 2017 in a combination of file photos. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had not obstructed the FBI's probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and had not recorded his conversations with former FBI chief James Comey.

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Trump says he has not obstructed FBI`s probe Russia probe: Fox News

Trump says he has not obstructed FBI`s probe Russia probe: Fox News

Published 23/06/2017

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he had not obstructed the FBI's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion by his campaign.

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Cycling: Grand Tour teams to be reduced to eight riders from 2018

Cycling: Grand Tour teams to be reduced to eight riders from 2018

Published 22/06/2017

Cars are parked outside the World Cycling Center and headquarters of the International Cycling Union (UCI) in Aigle, Switzerland May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Teams will be reduced from nine riders to eight for next year's three Grand Tours while the 2018 Tour de France will start a week later to avoid clashing with the soccer World Cup.

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Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he`s no `snowflake`

Tough-talking Trump defense lawyer says he`s no `snowflake`

Published 22/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: Lawyer John Dowd exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File photo

The latest lawyer hired to represent U.S. President Donald Trump in the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election is an ex-Marine who likens some cases to war.

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Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

Scientists rescue samples of melting Bolivian glacier for posterity

Published 22/06/2017

FILE PHOTO: Illimani mountain is seen after a snowstorm, as pictured from El Alto, July 4, 2015. REUTERS/David Mercado/ File Photo

A team of international scientists are transporting samples of ice from a melting glacier in Bolivia to Antarctica, for study and preservation before the glacier disappears.

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