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Syrian migrant tells Germans - Cherish your democracy, go vote!

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AACHEN, Germany Social Democrat Martin Schulz on Saturday read out a message he received via Facebook from a young Syrian migrant who called on Germans to exercise their right to vote in Sunday's national election.

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Iran tests new missile after U.S. criticises arms programme 12:00am BST

DUBAI Iran said on Saturday it had successfully tested a new ballistic missile with a range of 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and would keep developing its arsenal despite U.S. pressure to stop. | Video

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National celebrations open Saudi sports stadium to women for first time 23 Sep 2017

RIYADH Saudi Arabia is celebrating the 87th anniversary of its foundation this weekend with a big programme of concerts and performances, including a pageant operetta on Saturday evening which allowed women to enter the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh for the first time.

U.S.-backed forces capture big gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor - senior commander 23 Sep 2017

AMMAN U.S.-backed forces said on Saturday they had seized a major natural gas field in Syria's Deir al-Zor province from Islamic State militants in rapid advances since the start of an operation earlier this month to capture areas east of the Euphrates river.

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Turkey extends troop deployment mandate, pressures Iraqi Kurds on vote 23 Sep 2017

ISTANBUL/BAGHDAD Turkey's parliament voted on Saturday to extend by a year a mandate authorising the deployment of Turkish troops in Iraq and Syria, stepping up pressure against an independence referendum in northern Iraq's Kurdish region in two days' time. | Video

Kurdish government holds meetings in Baghdad on eve of independence vote 23 Sep 2017

ERBIL, Iraq A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government held talks with the Iraqi ruling Shi'ite coalition in Baghdad on Saturday, two days before a planned referendum on secession from Iraq.

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Somalia's Puntland region captures weapons-laden boat from Yemen 23 Sep 2017

BOSASO, Somalia Somalia's semi-autonomous region of Puntland seized a boat loaded with weapons from Yemen in Saturday's early hours, the regional maritime police chief said.

Greek court's rejection of asylum appeals sets bad precedent - Amnesty 23 Sep 2017

ATHENS A ruling by Greece's top administrative court that two Syrian asylum seekers can be safely returned to Turkey sets a dangerous precedent for thousands of refugees, according to Amnesty International.

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India, at U.N., calls Pakistan 'pre-eminent export factory for terror' 23 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS India responded with irritation on Saturday to Pakistani allegations of brutality in Kashmir, saying that while India had made substantial progress since independence, all Pakistan had achieved was a reputation as the "pre-eminent export factory for terror."

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Syria's Moualem says victory within reach, de-escalation zones temporary 23 Sep 2017

UNITED NATIONS Syria's foreign minister said on Saturday that victory was within reach in the country and that Damascus hoped de-escalation zones will help reach a cessation of hostilities.

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