WORLD NEWS AS REPORTED

France won't take any lessons from Rome on immigration, says minister

REUTERS - 13 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - France's minister for European affairs said international law obliged Italy to let the stranded migrant rescue vessel Lifeline dock in an Italian port and that Rome was in no position to tell Paris how to behave.

Roseanne Barr regrets becoming 'hate magnet'

BBC - 29 min 48 sec ago
In a tearful interview, she says she "never would have wittingly called any black person... a monkey".

Russia's top brass comments on recent situation in Syria's southern de-escalation zone

TASS [Russian State News] - 30 min 55 sec ago
Some 12 settlements in the southern de-escalation zone switched to the legitimate Syrian government's side

On board the train to Korea's music festival for peace

BBC - 39 min 43 sec ago
Musicians from Newton Faulkner to Sex Pistols' Glen Matlock took part in the festival between the two Koreas.

Unpredictable plot: How Russian university makes films about Arctic

TASS [Russian State News] - 55 min 10 sec ago
These films are very useful for the scientific-promotional programs, and for attracting talented students as well

Russia says 70 Syrian rebels killed in fighting in country's south: agencies

REUTERS - 1 hour 5 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Syrian army, supported by the Russian Air Force, has repelled a rebel attack in the southern "de-escalation zone," killing around 70 rebels, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying on Monday.

Russian MP comments on Erdogan’s re-election

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 16 min ago
Slutsky recalled that Russia is an important strategic partner for Turkey

Australia's Turnbull faces setback after lawmakers take aim at corporate tax cuts

REUTERS - 2 hours 48 sec ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces a fresh blow in parliament this week, with the Senate poised on Monday to reject his government's plans for a corporate tax cut after several independent lawmakers vowed to vote against the measure.

Russian lawmakers’ visit to Baku will boost inter-parliamentary ties, speaker says

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 2 min ago
A delegation of Russia’s lower house of parliament led by Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin arrived on a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan on June 24

Poland quits 2018 FIFA World Cup, Kane rewrites Team England’s history

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 26 min ago
Britain’s team secured their biggest World Cup win scoring more than three goals

Turkey's Erdogan emerges victorious, setting him up for tighter grip on power

REUTERS - 2 hours 29 min ago
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan emerged victorious on Monday from his biggest electoral challenge in a decade and a half, giving him the sweeping, executive powers he has long sought and extending his grip on the nation of 81 million until at least 2023.

Malaysia arrests Najib ex-aide in 1MDB probe-media

REUTERS - 2 hours 34 min ago
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian authorities have made the first arrest in a renewed probe into the multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, remanding a former aide of ousted prime minister Najib Razak to assist in investigations, Bernama news reported on Monday.

'Crazy' or in Love, Russia Dances to Latin World Cup Beat

VOICE OF EUROPE - 2 hours 39 min ago
Latin American countries have sprung a World Cup surprise by filling Russia's 11 host cities with tens of thousands of fans from Mexico and Colombia to Peru and Argentina. And some of the Europeans who did show up said their friends back home told them they were crazy to go. The contrasting cast of supporters at the biggest event in sport reflects Russia's progressive creep away from Europe in the 18 years of President Vladimir Putin's rule. Moscow is now embracing new allies that happen to worship football and where damning -- and often exaggerated -- media stories about Russian hooligans and poisoning cases are rare. This mix and the added ingredient of a more evenly spread-out global middle-class with the means to travel the world has the streets of Russia dancing to a decidedly Latin beat. "We didn't expect it to be this beautiful and the people are amazing," Mauricio Miranda said as she waved a Colombian flag on the edge of Red Square in Moscow. "We will definitely come back," said the 30-year-old. Belgian public relations consultant Jo De Munter does not necessarily disagree. It is his friends who do. "I think Europeans are a bit afraid," the 46-year-old said while staring in the direction of Lenin's Mausoleum. "In Belgium, everybody told me I was crazy to go to the football." By the numbers World Cups come in all shapes and sizes and comparing ticket sales rarely tells the whole tale. Europeans and Latin Americans are naturally more inclined to attend World Cups held in their regions because of the easier travel arrangements and familiarity. South Africa in 2010 may provide a better example because it was a frontier football country with specific security and logistical risks. Yet FIFA figures showed almost 50 percent more Britons bought tickets for the African continent's first World Cup than this maiden one in eastern Europe. Australians were in third place then but are just ninth in Russia. Germany and England bought the fourth- and fifth-most number of tickets. France was ninth. But France dropped out of the top 10 in Russia while Britain slipped down to last place. Germany remained fourth. The United States has long led purchases among non-hosting countries because of its massive economy and large communities from football-mad Mexico and other Central American communities. Taking the US out of the equation leaves Latin Americans accounting for two-thirds of the top 10 countries that have bought tickets for Russia. Safety net Fans banging Mexican drums and sporting the red-and-white bodypaint of the Peruvian flag encountered on a Moscow summer's day were almost all big city office workers. Colombia's Miranda is an urban planner with a new job in Canada. Alexandro Grado is a former financial consultant with Mexico's Citibanamex who now owns a plastics recycling firm. "Going to Russia is not expensive if you buy everything ahead of time," Grado said. Yet not all fans can afford to go bar hopping near the Kremlin and sociologists who study the sport say this is where Latin American football federations come in. "There are national teams which have very strong organizational support behind them. Argentina in 2010 was one example," said Ludovic Lestrelin of France's Universite de Caen in Normandy. Lestrelin said less well-off fans in Europe get far less travel and accommodation assistance from state agencies and are increasingly more likely to stay home and watch on TV. This means Europeans attending World Cups tend to be richer than the average football fan. The traveling Latin Americans are more likely to come from all types of backgrounds. "Those who travel to Russia and other places do not reflect the social makeup of French stadiums," said Lestrelin. "Those (in France) are more diverse, with a central core of lower and middle class workers." Zbigniew Iwanowski of the Institute of Latin American Studies in Moscow said Russia is further reaping the rewards of a "pink tide" that brought anti-US leaders power across the continent. "The pendulum has swung back to the right but they still have (Russian state media) like Sputnik and RT," Iwanowski said. "Russia's image is better in Latin America than it is in Europe and US." 'Not properly European' Few would argue that Russia generates a lot of negative headlines in Europe in general and Britain in particular. But the media's role in shaping public opinion -- and the reverse -- is all but impossible to gauge. What is clear is that at least some of the Europeans who ventured to Moscow and beyond did so with a degree of trepidation the voyagers from Latin America lacked. De Munter said he often travels to watch Belgium play abroad. Rarely has he seen the national team's support so small. "We are expecting 4,000 Belgian people, which is not that much. Especially now because the Red Devils are doing very well." Gherardo Drardanelli flew in from Italy to take part in one of the fan tournaments organised alongside the World Cup. "I think our concept of Russia -- we feel that Russia is far away, that it's not a properly European country," the 28-year-old said. 

Libyan coastguard picks up almost 1,000 migrants in one day

REUTERS - 2 hours 43 min ago
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan coastguards picked up 948 African migrants on inflatable boats in several operations and also recovered 10 bodies on Sunday, officials and a witness at a naval base said.

Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China's influence

REUTERS - 2 hours 50 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia promised on Monday to bolster the cyber security capability of Vanuatu as it agreed to begin negotiating a security treaty with its Pacific neighbor, ramping up diplomacy in the region to combat China's rising influence.

Floods, landslides in northern Vietnam kill 7, leave 12 missing

REUTERS - 3 hours 25 min ago
HANOI (Reuters) - Flash floods and landslides triggered by torrential rains have killed at least seven people and left 12 missing in northern Vietnam since Saturday, the government's Disaster Management Authority said on Monday.

Two Russian helicopter crews return to Russia from Syria - Defense Ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 32 min ago
It noted that the pilots and the helicopters would return to their permanent bases in Russia

Support for Japan PM Abe rises, boosting shot at historic tenure

REUTERS - 3 hours 36 min ago
TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's support rose 10 points to outstrip his disapproval rating for the first time since February, a survey showed on Monday, boosting his chance of weathering a series of scandals to become Japan's longest-serving premier.

Turkey election: Erdogan thanks voters for 'love'

BBC - 3 hours 43 min ago
The Turkish president addressed supporters in Ankara after his victory in a presidential vote.

Syrian army frees from militants part of desert on border with Iraq - SANA

TASS [Russian State News] - 5 hours 43 sec ago
During the operation, the army wiped out a large number of terrorists and destroyed their weapons

Migrants 'knock at front door' for asylum after Trump crackdown

REUTERS - 5 hours 33 min ago
TIJUANA/REYNOSA, Mexico (Reuters) - More Mexicans and Central Americans are lining up to make asylum requests at the U.S.-Mexico border as word spreads of a U.S. crackdown on families crossing illegally and the threat of brutal gangs lying in wait if they go it alone.

Saudi air defenses intercept missiles above capital, coalition says

REUTERS - 6 hours 22 min ago
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it had intercepted two missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over the capital Riyadh, as a Saudi-led coalition moved to wrest control of Yemen's main port city from the Iran-aligned group.

UK Euroskeptics Urge PM May to Prepare for 'No Deal' Brexit

VOICE OF EUROPE - 6 hours 25 min ago
Pro-Brexit politicians and business figures have urged British Prime Minister Theresa May to be ready to walk away from the European Union without a trade agreement, despite warnings from major manufacturers that a "no deal" Brexit would be an economic disaster.   In an open letter, 60 lawmakers, economists and business chiefs accused the EU of being "intransigent" in divorce talks and said Britain should threaten to withhold the $52 billion divorce bill it has already agreed to pay.   The letter released Sunday by Economists for Free Trade was signed by prominent supporters of a "hard Brexit," including ex-U.K. Treasury chief Nigel Lawson, Conservative lawmakers John Redwood and Peter Bone, and Tim Martin, chairman of the Wetherspoons pub chain.   They urged U.K. authorities "to accelerate their preparations for ‘no deal’ and a move to a World Trade Deal under WTO rules."   That would mean tariffs and other trade barriers between Britain and the EU, and many businesses say it would severely harm the U.K. economy. Airbus, Siemens and BMW have all warned recently that leaving the EU without a free-trade deal would hurt British businesses and cost jobs. Airbus alone employs nearly 14,000 workers in the U.K.   Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the warnings from businesses were "inappropriate" and undermined chances of getting a "clean Brexit."   "The more that we undermine Theresa May, the more likely we are to end up with `a fudge,' which would be an absolute disaster for everyone," he told the BBC.   May's Conservative government is divided between Brexit-backing ministers calling for a clean break so that Britain can strike new trade deals around the world, and those who want to stay closely aligned to the EU, Britain's biggest trading partner.   Hunt urged people to unite behind the prime minister, saying she would mix "cautious pragmatism" with a determination to fulfil voters' decision to leave the EU.   On Saturday, however, tens of thousands of anti-Brexit protesters marched in London to demand a new referendum on leaving the EU as Britain marked the second anniversary of its 2016 vote to quit the bloc.   "Brexit is not a done deal. Brexit is not inevitable. Brexit can be stopped," Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable told the crowd.    

Turkey's Erdogan wins presidential election, opposition yet to concede

REUTERS - 6 hours 25 min ago
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan won Turkey's presidential election on Sunday, the head of the country's electoral body said, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to his rule in a decade and a half.

European Leaders Expect No Quick Solution on Migrants

VOICE OF EUROPE - 6 hours 51 min ago
Leaders of 16 European Union countries met Sunday in Belgium, ahead of the upcoming European Council meeting on Thursday and Friday, to discuss how to best cope with huge waves of migrants landing on the continent's shores. A key issue on the table was the so-called Dublin Regulation, which says that asylum-seekers must be processed in the EU nation where they first arrive. VOA's Zlatica Hoke reports.

Turkey Elections: Erdogan Declares Victory After Early Counts Predict Win

VOICE OF EUROPE - 6 hours 51 min ago
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was declared the winner in a tightly contested ballot on Sunday. And as VOA’s Heather Murdock reports from Istanbul, this victory could continue to give the leader immense power for years to come.

Doctor on trial over Spain 'stolen babies' scandal

BBC - 6 hours 58 min ago
An estimated 300,000 babies were taken from their mothers at birth and sold during the Franco dictatorship and until the 1980s.

U.S. to give North Korea post-summit timeline with 'asks' soon: official

REUTERS - 7 hours 4 min ago
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska, (Reuters) - The United States will soon present a timeline to North Korea with "specific asks" of Pyongyang after a historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, a senior U.S. defense official said.

The Indian actresses caught in a US 'prostitution' racket

BBC - 7 hours 5 min ago
The arrest of a couple in Chicago has unveiled a sex racket that exploits actresses from south India.

Witnessing Cameroon's descent towards civil war

BBC - 7 hours 6 min ago
BBC Africa Eye analyses clips from social media showing violence and torture amid a separatist rebellion.

Noura Hussein: 'Hoping for a miracle to stop our daughter being hanged'

BBC - 7 hours 9 min ago
The parents of Sudanese teenager Noura Hussein speak for the first time about her alleged rape and death sentence.

Mexico town's entire police force detained after murder

BBC - 7 hours 20 min ago
Federal forces arrest 27 officers and their boss after a mayoral candidate is murdered in Michoacán.

Mexican leftist consolidates presidency vote lead: poll

REUTERS - 7 hours 34 min ago
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has consolidated his commanding lead over rivals in the race to become Mexico's next president with just a week to go, a voter survey by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed on Sunday.

What will Brexit mean for expat dogs?

BBC - 7 hours 39 min ago
Rocky and his Scottish owners live in Spain, but it's unclear what happens after the UK leaves the EU.

Erdogan won the election of the President of Turkey

TASS [Russian State News] - 7 hours 41 min ago
Head of Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council Sadi Guve also noted that no attempts have been made so far to challenge the results of the election

Clashes in Nigeria between farmers and herders kill 86

BBC - 7 hours 46 min ago
Violence breaks out between farmers and Fulani cattle herders in central Plateau state.

Italy Refuses to Help Migrants, Leaves Task to Libya

VOICE OF EUROPE - 8 hours 4 min ago
Italy continued its hardline stance against migrants stranded off its coast, telling European charities to stop rescuing the migrants and leave them to be picked up the Libyan coast guard instead. "Let the Libyan authorities do their work of rescue, recovery and return (of migrants) to their country, as they have been doing for some time, without the ships of the voracious NGOs disturbing them or causing trouble," Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said. "Italian ports are and will be closed to those who aid human traffickers." On Sunday, a Spanish aid group Proactiva Open Arms said the Italian coast guard had received a distress signal from six boats carrying about 1,000 people, but that Italy had told rescue groups like Proactiva that their help was not needed. Instead, the Italian coast guard alerted Libya and handed off the rescue operation to its Libyan counterpart. In recent weeks, Italy's new populist government has cracked down on foreign rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean. Salvini, who is also deputy prime minister, has repeatedly accused the charities of working alongside human smugglers in trying to get the migrants to Europe. Besides the 1,000 migrants mentioned by Proactiva, two other ships carrying hundreds of migrants -- the German NGO ship Lifeline and Danish container ship Alexander Maersk -- are currently in the Mediterranean awaiting instructions on where they will be allowed to dock.   They were denied permission by both Italy and Malta. Human rights groups have criticized the Italian practice of leaving the migrants' fate in the hands of Libya. They allege that migrants are abused in Libya and the North African country is not seen as a "safe'' port of call, as required by international law.    

Witnessing Cameroon's descent towards civil war

BBC - 8 hours 13 min ago
BBC Africa Eye analyses clips from social media showing violence and torture amid a separatist rebellion.

The $5bn tech boss who grew up without electricity

BBC - 8 hours 32 min ago
Stewart Butterfield's life as a Silicon Valley heavyweight is a world removed from his upbringing on a commune in remove Canada.

Russian senator expects Moscow, Ankara to push for closer ties after Erdogan’s win

TASS [Russian State News] - 8 hours 34 min ago
Vladimir Jabarov called Erdogan’s and his party’s victory predictable, since, in his view, the current Turkish president’s influence is very high

EU Leaders Meet, But Fail to Agree on Migration

VOICE OF EUROPE - 8 hours 38 min ago
European leaders failed to breach bitter divisions over migration during a mini-summit in Brussels Sunday, making chances increasingly slim they will reach any significant deal for managing the ongoing influx of economic migrants and asylum-seekers at a full-blown European Union meeting later this week. Still, some leaders cited modest progress on a few issues -- including a plan to set up migrant reception centers that is backed by France and Spain -- even as Italy called for a major overhaul of the EU’s current system of dealing with migration. "I think it was better than expected, there was some progress that has been achieved," Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said, echoing a similar assessment by his Spanish counterpart, with both describing frank exchanges in the afternoon meeting. French President Emmanuel Macron said the leaders discussed closer cooperation with non-EU countries, such as transit countries, in managing migration flows, as well as secondary migration movements within the bloc. "We need to improve the internal functioning [of migration] to have an approach that is above all pragmatic, efficient, which fights against illegal migration but doesn’t go against our principles," Macron said, describing what he saw as a consensus achieved during the meeting. Yet agreement on a broad, overarching migration plan appeared elusive, and the summit was handicapped from the start, after being boycotted by eastern European countries deeply hostile over pressure to take in more asylum-seekers. Their position, shared by Austria, stands in sharp contrast to a multiple-point plan outlined by Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte on Sunday that would increase responsibility for all EU countries in dealing with migrants, including handling asylum claims of those arriving on Italian and other European shores. "At this moment, the only thing that can be done is laying the groundwork of what a consensus could look like in the future," said Marie de Somer, a migration expert at the European Policy Center, a Brussels-based think-tank. "The divides are too deep to see a compromise arriving within the next few days." Stranded migrants The meeting came even as new reports came in of migrants stranded at sea, some in rickety boats off the Libyan coast and others in humanitarian rescue ships that have so far failed to be granted entrance at a European port. A recent poll shows migration tops European concerns -- even as the number of migrants arriving to European shores has plummeted in recent months -- to just 41,000 so far this year, compared to a high of 1.2 million in 2015. "The crisis now is not a migration crisis, it’s not a crisis of numbers, it’s a political crisis," de Somer said. The political stakes are indeed high across the 28-member bloc where anti-migrant sentiment has catapulted populists to power in Italy, Austria and Hungary, and helped shape the outcome of the 2016 Brexit referendum. They may be the highest for Chancellor Angela Markel of Germany, which has taken in the lion’s share of asylum-seekers. She faces intense pressure to bring home a European migration deal this week that more fairly spreads the burden, or risk possible collapse of her coalition government. Merkel left the summit saying there was "a lot of goodwill" during the meeting, and participants agreed to strengthen external borders and share the migration burden among all countries. The apparent progress Sunday on "secondary" migration movements, including those reaching Germany, may help ease the political pressure Merkel faces. Her interior minister, Horst Seehofer, has threatened to turn migrants away if EU leaders fail to reach agreement on these flows. There was also some support for screening African migrants heading to Europe in North Africa and the Balkans, an idea that has sparked some concern about migrant rights, particularly after a 2016 EU migrant deal with Turkey. Amnesty International described such reception centers as "docking platforms for refugees and asylum-seekers," and called their creation as "irresponsible as it is dangerous." Analyst de Somer called it "worrisome" that ideas such as the reception centers is "taken on when EU members states have difficulties finding solutions and compromises. So instead of looking inwards, they look outwards." No game changer There was little chance Sunday’s meeting would be a game changer -- especially after four eastern European states, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia -- announced they would boycott it. Along with Austria, the four countries strongly oppose migrant quotas that would see them taking in more migrants, citing security risks. Currently, frontline Mediterranean states, notably Italy and Greece, are grappling with the bulk of new arrivals, and asylum demands skewed toward western Mediterranean and richer northern European states.  In 2017, for example, Germany received nearly a quarter-million requests for refugee status and Italy nearly 130,000 -- compared to just over 5,000 for Poland. Analyst de Somer believes progress in forging a European migration plan might be made incrementally, for example threats of ending the open-border Schengen system, which is popular among Europeans, to get eastern European countries to accept more migrants. "Perhaps the outlook of losing Schengen can move things in the near future," she said. For his part, Macron has called for sanctions against states refusing to take in migrants -- a stance that has drawn ire from Italy’s new government and is likely to be unpopular with eastern Europeans as well. The differences have sometimes turned personal, with Italy’s new hardline Interior Minister Matteo Salvini most recently calling Macron "arrogant." "France will accept lessons from nobody," Macron responded, noting the country ranked second in the number of asylum requests so far this year. Meanwhile, the migrants themselves remained front and center in European news Sunday, as one humanitarian vessel remained stranded at sea in search of a safe harbor. Meanwhile, Italy reportedly rejected the request of another, Proactiva, to rescue several migrant boats in apparent distress, passing on the burden to the Libyan coast guard. Earlier this month, Italy’s refused to accept another migrant rescue ship, Aquarius. The vessel ultimately docked in the Spanish port of Valencia.  

Opposition candidate acknowledges Erdogan’s victory in Turkey’s election - TV

TASS [Russian State News] - 8 hours 48 min ago
The results of processing of 99,9% of ballots on elections of the head of state Muharrem Ince gaining 30.8% of the votes

In picture: Ugliest dogs compete for 2018 world title

BBC - 8 hours 57 min ago
Zsa Zsa, an English Bulldog, won this year's World's Ugliest Dog title at an event in California.

Poland eliminated after losing to Colombia in World Cup group stage match

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:33
The game was played in Kazan in front of a crowd of 42,873 fans

Nigeria imposes curfew as 70 die in escalating communal clashes

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:21
BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigeria imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Sunday in central Plateau state after least 70 people died in communal clashes between farmers and semi-nomadic herders over the weekend.

Fighting moves closer to center of Yemen's main port city, missiles fired at Riyadh

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:19
ADEN (Reuters) - The Iran-aligned Houthi movement launched missiles on the Saudi capital Riyadh on Sunday, and reinforced Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah as an Arab coalition moved closer to the city center in the largest offensive of the war.

England shines, Poland out

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:19
England shines, Poland out Group G England 6 Panama 1

Nicaragua's unlikely opposition faces rocky road to defeat Ortega

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 23:14
MANAGUA (Reuters) - Lesther Aleman, a lanky and bespectacled 20-year-old student, had never taken part in a protest until April when he became the public face of a revolt that has shaken the rule of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.

Saudi air defenses intercept missiles above capital: coalition

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:41
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, a Saudi-led coalition spokesman said on Sunday.

Turkey's Erdogan claims election victory, opposition wary

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party claimed victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary polls on Sunday, overcoming the biggest electoral challenge to their rule in a decade and a half.

Turkey’s Erdogan announces his victory at presidential polls ahead of official results

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 22:34
Аfter counting 95% of ballots that President Erdogan was scoring 53% of the vote, Anadolu Agency reported

Turkey's Erdogan claims victory in presidential election

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 21:51
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan claimed victory in Sunday's presidential election and said his ruling AK Party and its alliance partner had won a parliamentary majority.

FIFA slams repeated British media reports on Russian footballers’ alleged doping abuse

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 21:51
In response to the allegations voiced by Britain’s weekly Mail on Sunday, FIFA stated that "as usual Mr. Harris provides the public with a very selective view of the facts

Twenty-eight Mexican police held over political murder: media

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 21:41
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Twenty-eight police officers in the western Mexican state of Michoacan have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a candidate for mayor in the municipality of Ocampo, local media reported on Sunday.

Oracle she-goat from Samara predicts Russia’s win in World Cup game vs Uruguay

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 21:26
The goat was offered to pick between three bowls with carrots, cabbage and apples standing for Russia’s win, Uruguay’s win and a draw

Trump calls for deportations without judicial process

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 21:15
The US president wants to deport those who enter the US illegally, without any judicial process.

Europe migrants: Italy warns Schengen is 'at risk'

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:55
Italy, which refused to accept two rescue ships, says migration puts the Schengen zone at risk.

Saudi air defenses intercept missiles above capital: state media

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:52
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted two ballistic missiles launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, state-run al-Ikhbariya television said on Sunday.

NATO May Be Close to Adding 30th Member

VOICE OF EUROPE - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:38
NATO is on the verge of expanding its membership from 29 to 30 countries, perhaps more, when the alliance holds its annual summit next month. That’s because Greece appears close to ending its long standing dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- a country that is one of Greece’s historical regions. Three other countries have also expressed interest in joining. But what does this mean for NATO and what are the implications for Russia? VOA's Jane Bojadzievski has more.

Erdogan, ruling AK Party heading for victory in Turkish elections

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:37
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his AK Party were heading for victory in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary results, as the president sought to extend his 15-year rule.

Saudi air defenses intercept missile above Saudi capital: state media

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 20:25
DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Yemen's Houthi militia over Riyadh on Sunday, state-run al-Ikhbariya television said on Sunday.

Several loud blasts heard, bright flashes seen in sky above Riyadh: Reuters witness

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:56
RIYADH (Reuters) - At least six loud blasts were heard and bright flashes were seen in the sky over Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh on Sunday, and puffs of smoke were later visible above the city, a Reuters witness said.

Erdogan, ruling AK Party build comfortable lead in Turkish elections

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:50
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took a comfortable lead in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the president's hopes of extending his 15-year rule.

Mali Fula villagers were killed 'in cold blood'

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:42
Thirty-two civilians from the Fula ethnic group were killed in cold blood, a Fula association says.

Russia’s exports to India up by 40% in January-April 2018

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:37
According to the trade mission’s statistics, the most dramatic growth, of more than 600%, was reported in the sector of leguminous crops

Serbia FA chief investigated after BBC interview

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:23
The head of the Serbian Football Association is being investigated by Fifa over an interview he gave to the BBC in which he accused the governing body of bias.

Erdogan, ruling AK Party build early lead in Turkish elections

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 19:09
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took the lead in Turkey's presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the president's hopes of extending his 15-year rule.

FIFA slaps Poland with over $10,000 fine for fans misconduct at 2018 World Cup in Russia

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:56
A sanction of a financial penalty comes in the wake of a group stage match of the World Cup between the national sides of Poland and Senegal

At least 16 dead in central Mali ethnic clashes: government

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:55
BAMAKO (Reuters) - At least 16 Fulani herders have been killed in suspected ethnic clashes in central Mali, the government and local sources said on Sunday, underscoring the chronic instability blighting the West African nation ahead of elections next month.

Iraq plans manual election recount only for suspect ballots

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:54
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will conduct a manual recount of votes from a May election only for ballots mentioned in official reports on fraud or in formal complaints, a move likely to speed up the ratification of final results and the formation of a new government.

Russian team’s goal at 2018 FIFA World Cup ‘to go as far as possible’- striker Smolov

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:50
The very last time, when the Russian national football team cleared the group stage of the quadrennial world football championships, was at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico

Police say 30 held over Saturday grenade attack at PM's rally

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:44
ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Thirty people have now been arrested, up from six from the day before, over alleged involvement in a grenade attack at a rally in the Ethiopian capital that killed two people and left more than 150 people wounded, police said on Sunday.

Erdogan winning 60% of votes at presidential polls - YSK after counting 17.6% of ballots

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:15
The Supreme Election Board promised to announce the voting results by the end of the day

Erdogan, ruling AK Party take early lead in Turkish elections

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:14
ANKARA (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan and his ruling AK Party took an early lead in presidential and parliamentary elections on Sunday, according to preliminary partial results, boosting the president's hopes of extending his 15-year rule.

Merkel presses over migration as 'European solution' fails

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 18:05
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she would seek direct deals with separate European Union states on migration, conceding that the bloc has failed to find a joint solution to an issue threatening her government.

Police search for motive after 49 hurt in Zimbabwe election blast

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:57
HARARE (Reuters) - Police said on Sunday they were searching for a motive for an explosion at Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election rally that injured 49 people.

Japan’s Princess visits Yeltsin Center in Yekaterinburg

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:53
The center’s executive director, Alexander Drozdov, and director of the museum, Dina Sorokina, showed the Japanese delegation about the museum.

Erdogan leads after early results in Turkey

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:52
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads presidential election with a fifth of votes counted - state media

Rotterdam says 'considerable' fuel oil spilled in harbor

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:22
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Port of Rotterdam said on Sunday a clean-up operation was underway after an oil freighter punctured its hull while mooring, releasing a "considerable" amount of heavy fuel oil.

Uruguay aims at finishing 2018 FIFA World Cup’s group stage in top spot - striker Cavani

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:20
Uruguay’s forward and his team "throw our hearts into the game", Cavani said

Ukrainian army pulls tanks and howitzers to contact line in Donbass - LPR defense ministry

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:18
The Ukrainian army continues to use unmanned aerial vehicles near the contact line, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic Andrei Marochko said

Voting at Turkey’s presidential, parliamentary finish with no serious incidents reported

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:15
Incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said no serious violations of the law had been reported

Actress Brigitte Nielsen gives birth to fifth child aged 54

BBC - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:12
The Danish star has given birth to her first daughter with her fifth husband in Los Angeles.

Accustomed to Police Raids, Italy's Gypsies Fear Vigilante Attacks

VOICE OF EUROPE - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:11
They are accustomed to police raids in River Village, a litter-strewn, dusty camp of mobile homes just beyond Rome's ring-road and far from the foreign tourists and ancient sites of the Eternal City. Last April, local police raided the camp, one of 148 government-recognized camps in Italy for Roma and Sinti people. They searched for stolen vehicles and checked residency papers.Ten people were arrested, 25 cars impounded and an illegal landfill of dangerous waste was sealed off. The raid was taken as a signal by CasaPound, a neo-fascist grassroots group turned political party, to organize a demonstration a few days later to demand the camp's closure, which houses 400 people, half of them minors, saying it had become "a perfect example of abuse and illegality and degradation." That in turn in turn goaded gypsies and their supporters in anti-far-right groups to mount a counter-protest complaining of state abuse and the use of the "iron heel of fascism and Nazism." There was no violence that day, only an exchange insults. But a week after Italy's hardline interior secretary Matteo Salvini, the leader of the far-right Lega party, called for a head count of Roma people with a view to deporting those without papers, fears are growing that vigilante attacks on Roma camps, formal and informal, are only a matter of time. "The politicians blow their whistles and the dogs come barking," says Giuseppe, a Roma. Salvini has promised mass deportations of migrants in Italy illegally and has blocked the docking at Italian ports of NGO ships carrying mainly economic migrants from sub-Sahara Africa after they have been plucked from rickety dinghies in the Mediterranean. "Irregular [undocumented] foreigners will be deported via agreements with other countries, but Italian Roma unfortunately you have to keep at home," Salvini told a north Italian broadcaster last week. His remarks prompted a chorus of outrage from critics as well as disapproval from leaders of the Lega's coalition partners, the Five Star Movement. The Lega has already said it wants measures that would make it easier for authorities to remove Roma children from their families, if they are found not to be attending school. Italy's Roma and Sinti population is estimated at between 130,000 to 170,000 with almost half believed to be Italian citizens. Most of the non-Italians, originate from the Balkans and Romania, but many are considered stateless, making it legally impossible to deport them anywhere. Deporting those with other EU nationalities would be difficult, breaching the bloc's rules of freedom of movement, although not entirely impossible on grounds of national security, say legal experts. Salvini's proposal for a Roma registry would also appear to be still-born. In 2008, the government of Silvio Berlusconi proposed a Roma census to appease its Lega coalition partners, only for it to be deemed unconstitutional by the courts, notes Francesco Palermo, a leading human rights expert. But he and others fear Salvini is playing with fire. Many Italians have long resented and feared Roma people, associating them with crime. Polls suggest that two-thirds of Italians think all Roma and Sinti should be expelled. Berlusconi's embrace of a head-count fed anti-Roma hostility, prompting local police raids and creating the climate for a jump in vigilante attacks on camps of Roma and Sinti people and hate crimes towards them. A Roma camp was burned to the ground in Naples by locals with the assistance of organized crime. The police stood by and watched. The then leader of the Lega, Umberto Bossi, a minister in the Berlusconi government, declared, "The people do what the political class isn't able to do." Then as now, the "Roma question" invoked chilling memories of the Mussolini era when foreign gypsies were expelled on grounds of public health and Italian-born ones were brutally treated in internment camps. Now, Marcello Zuinisi, founder of the Associazione Nazione Rom, an organization lobbying for Roma people, has said he doesn't expect any government action to come from Salvini's pledge. "I don't think he is going to do anything.It's just talk," he told reporters. But some fear the talk itself can have unpredictable consequences.

Iraqi judges say manual election recount for suspect ballots only

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 17:03
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq will conduct a manual recount votes from a May parliamentary election only for those ballots mentioned in official reports on fraud or formal complaints, a judicial panel tasked with running the elections commission said on Sunday.

Erdogan facing major test as voting ends in Turkey elections

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:57
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turks voted on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that pose the biggest ballot box challenge to Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party since they swept to power more than a decade and a half ago.

Saudi women take victory lap as driving ban ends

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:56
RIYADH (Reuters) - Women in Saudi Arabia hit the roads on Sunday, ushering in the end of the world's last ban on female drivers, long seen as an emblem of women's repression in the deeply conservative Muslim kingdom.

Divided EU leaders hold emergency talks on migration

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:55
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel asked EU leaders on Sunday to stop asylum seekers moving freely around the bloc during emergency talks on migration, an issue that is threatening her ruling coalition.

Polls now Closed in Turkish Elections

VOICE OF EUROPE - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:54
The polls have closed in Turkey's landmark presidential and parliamentary elections in which President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is seeking re-election to a presidency with vastly expanded powers.   The elections complete Turkey's switch from a parliamentary democracy to an executive presidency, which was approved in a contested referendum last year.   Erdogan, who has been at Turkey's helm for the past 15 years, is seen as the front-runner. But he is facing a tough challenge by a robust opposition that has joined forces in a bid to unseat him.   Voters are also choosing among eight parties, including two alliances, for 600 parliamentary seats.   More than 59 million Turkish citizens, including three million living abroad, were eligible to vote.  There are no exit polls.

Uruguay’s head coach: Russian football squad shows impressive gain at 2018 FIFA World Cup

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:49
"Today we see the team with enormous potential and outstanding stamina," Oscar Tabarez said

England hammers Panama in World Cup group stage match to make to knockout stage

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:23
The goals for England were scored by defender John Stones, forward Harry Kane and midfielder Jesse Lingard

Former Tennis Champion Becker Says Diplomatic Passport is Real

VOICE OF EUROPE - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 16:02
Former tennis champion Boris Becker said on Sunday he has a genuine diplomatic passport from the Central African Republic after the country's foreign minister called it a fake. Becker, 50, has claimed diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings in London by taking up a role with Central African Republic as a sports envoy. The country's foreign minister told Reuters last week that a copy of the diplomatic passport he had seen was a "clumsy fake" and was launching an inquiry into who issued the document. But Becker, the German former world number one and a three-times winner of Wimbledon, told the BBC that he received the passport at an official ceremony. "I don't know what is internally happening within the politics of Central Africa Republic, but I have received the passport from the ambassador," he said. "I have spoken to the president on many occasions. It was an official inauguration. I believe the documents they have given me must be right." Becker was declared bankrupt by a British court in 2017 in connection with a debt to private bankers Arbuthnot Latham & Co. He has recently been pursued for "further assets," according to a statement by his lawyers. Becker claims he was approached by the Central African Republic's president in February with the offer to become a diplomat and in April he was appointed an attache to the European Union for sporting, cultural and humanitarian affairs. Although the former tennis player said he has not visited the Central African Republic, he has held three or four meetings with the president and more with the country's ambassador. He did not specify which ambassador he was referring to. Asked if he would be willing to visit the Central African Republic to resolve the dispute, he said: 'I am very happy to visit Bangui, the capital, and to speak to the people personally about how we can move forward and resolve this misunderstanding and this confusion." Becker became the first German to win Wimbledon in 1985, aged 17. He won it again in 1986 and 1989. He remains a familiar figure to British tennis fans as part of the BBC commentary team for Wimbledon which starts next week.

Jabhat al-Nusra plotting provocation in Syria’s Idlib - Russian reconciliation center

TASS [Russian State News] - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:55
According to the people living in the province of Idlib a shooting crew from a news agency of a Middle East country was seen in the province, a spokesman for the Russian Center for Reconciliation said

Egypt to extend state of emergency for three months

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:33
CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's parliament approved on Sunday the extension of a nationwide state of emergency for three months from July 14.

UK Minister Tells Companies to Stop Brexit Warnings

VOICE OF EUROPE - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:28
A British minister accused Airbus and other major companies of issuing "completely inappropriate" threats and undermining Prime Minister Theresa May in a sign of growing tensions with businesses leaders over Brexit. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus last week issued its strongest warning over the impact of Britain's departure from the European Union, saying a withdrawal without a deal would force it to reconsider its long-term position and put thousands of British jobs at risk. Other European companies with major operations in Britain have also started to speak out two years on from the Brexit vote, voicing concerns over a lack of clarity on the terms of trade when Britain leaves next March. "It was completely inappropriate for businesses to be making these kinds of threats for one very simple reason — we are in an absolutely critical moment in the Brexit discussions and what that means is that we need to get behind Theresa May," Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC. "The more that we undermine Theresa May the more likely we to end up with a fudge which will be absolute disaster for everyone," he added. German carmaker BMW has warned the company would have to make contingency plans within months if the government did not soon clarify its post-Brexit position and German industrial group Siemens said it urgently needs clarity on how its operations would have to be organized. The leaders of five major business lobby groups also warned the prime minister over the weekend that the ongoing uncertainty about Brexit could cost the economy billions of pounds. Hunt, a senior figure in the government who is viewed as a potential future prime minister, dismissed "siren voices" who say Brexit negotiations are not going well and said people should ignore them. With only nine months until Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29, little is clear about how trade will flow as May, who is grappling with a divided party, is still trying to strike a deal with the bloc. Business leaders are increasingly concerned that their concerns are being ignored and are stepping up their contingency plans in case Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal. The foreign minister Boris Johnson was quoted in the Telegraph newspaper by two sources over the weekend as dismissing business leaders' concerns about the impact of Brexit, using foul language in a meeting with EU diplomats. A spokesperson for the foreign office disputed whether Johnson had used bad language and said he had been attacking business lobbyists. Around 100,000 supporters of the EU marched through central London on Saturday to demand that the government hold a final public vote on the terms of Brexit, organizers said.

Migration fight erodes support for German conservatives; far-right AfD gains

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 15:07
BERLIN (Reuters) - Divisions in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc have weakened public support for her "grand coalition" and pushed the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party to its highest ratings, a poll published on Sunday showed.

Singapore says Trump-Kim summit cost just $12 million, after some question expenses

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:58
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore said on Sunday it spent S$16.3 million ($12 million) on hosting the summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, less than earlier reports that had angered some locals.

Czech president set to appoint new government in coming days

REUTERS - Sun, 06/24/2018 - 14:45
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech president Milos Zeman said on Sunday he may appoint a new two-party cabinet on Tuesday or Wednesday following eight months of political instability after last October's election.

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