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In just over an hour from now, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade will return to India after being charged for visa fraud and making false statements. But the diplomatic tussle is far from over with Delhi asking Washington to withdraw one of its diplomats in what is being seen as a tit-for-tat response.

Man jumps White House fence, sparks brief evacuation

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Man jumps White House fence, sparks brief evacuation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man jumped over the White House fence and ran for several seconds towards the executive mansion on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Ba...


Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

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Catalonia call independence vote despite Scottish 'no'

BARCELONA (Reuters) - The leader of Spain's Catalonia region said on Friday he would defy Madrid to hold a non-binding independence vote in less than two months, saying his people deserved the same ri...

EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

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EU relief at Scotland's "no" tinged with fear of nationalism

BRUSSELS/PARIS (Reuters) - European Union and NATO officials expressed undisguised relief on Friday at Scotland's clear vote against independence from Britain, but some fretted that the genie of separ...

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

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German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Muslims condemned the actions of Islamic State in a nationwide day of prayer on Friday and vowed to stem the tide of youngsters heading to join radical militants in Syria and...

Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

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Russian vote monitor denounces London pressure in Scottish "no" vote

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The director of a pro-Kremlin vote monitoring agency which sent observers to Scotland's referendum denounced the result on Friday, saying Scots were pressured into rejecting indepen...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...

Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

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Sarkozy returns to politics, offers France new start

PARIS (Reuters) - Nicolas Sarkozy announced his political comeback on Friday, saying he would seek the leadership of France's main rightist party, opening the way for a possible return to the Elysee P...