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World News Update, what you need to know

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016

Russia and Turkey have taken a big step towards normalising relations, with their leaders announcing an acceleration in trade and energy ties at a time when both countries have troubled economies and strains with the West.

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BERLIN - German police arrested a 24-year-old Syrian refugee last Friday after receiving a tip that the man was planning a possible Islamic-motivated attack, state officials in North-Rhine Westphalia have revealed.

BEIRUT - Syrian government forces and their allies bombarded insurgents in southwestern Aleppo, close to where rebels recently opened a corridor into the city's opposition-held eastern sector, pro-Damascus media reports.

LOS ANGELES - Blake Lively is stranded on a rock 180 metres from shore at a secluded surfing spot that also doubles as a feeding ground for great white sharks.

NEW YORK - Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead over Republican rival Donald Trump increased to more than seven percentage points in a Reuters/Ipsos poll, from less than three points last week.

LONDON - Wealthier countries including the United States and Australia score behind Latin America and African nations when it comes to laws protecting indigenous land rights, according to the first analysis of an online global map of land ownership.

BRASILIA - Police are investigating the possibility that a nine-year-old boy who drowned in a river in southern Brazil was playing Pokemon Go at the time and say they'll sue the maker of the popular mobile game if that's the case.

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