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U.S. returns stolen 525-year-old Columbus letter to Vatican

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:55
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A 525-year-old copy of a letter by Christopher Columbus that was stolen from the Vatican was returned on Thursday after joint sleuthing by U.S. Homeland Security agents and Holy See antiquity experts.

Assad's property law hits hope of return for Syrians in Germany

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:38
BERLIN (Reuters) - Husam Idris dreams of returning to his bakery in the Syrian city of Aleppo. But three years after escaping the war, he worries that a new law allowing the Syrian government to seize homes for redevelopment will scupper his plans.

Saudi Crown Prince tells Putin kingdom wants to keep working with Russia

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:35
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday that Saudi Arabia wants to continue cooperation with Russia on global oil markets, adding that this cooperation was beneficial for the whole world.

Four jailed for 25 years in Austria migrant death truck case

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:33
KECSKEMET, Hungary (Reuters) - Four people smugglers were jailed for 25 years on Thursday for the deaths of 71 men, women and children whose decomposing bodies were found crammed inside a truck dumped on an Austrian motorway three years ago.

Russia vows consequences after Norway invites more U.S. Marines

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:24
OSLO (Reuters) - Russia vowed on Thursday to retaliate for a plan by Norway to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed there.

Donors 'dismayed' at idea they want to keep Syrians in Lebanon

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:14
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The international community is "dismayed by repeated false accusations" that it is working to settle Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Germany's ambassador in Beirut, Martin Huth, said on Thursday.

U.S. says China will ensure diplomats' safety after illness reports

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:05
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will ensure U.S. diplomats based in the country are safe, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, amid reports that some had suffered a mysterious malady resembling a brain injury that has already hit U.S. personnel in Cuba.

German envoy denies any plan to settle Syrian refugees in Lebanon

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:02
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The international community is "dismayed by repeated false accusations" that it is working to settle Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Germany's ambassador in Beirut, Martin Huth, said on Thursday.

Russian police detain British LGBT rights campaigner in Moscow

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:55
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police detained veteran British LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell in Moscow on Thursday for what they said was an illegal protest on the first day of the soccer World Cup.

Putin invites North Korea's Kim Jong Un to visit Russia in September

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:47
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin asked North Korean official Kim Yong Nam at their meeting on Thursday to pass an invitation to visit Russia in September to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Jordan's king swears in new cabinet led by ex-World Bank economist

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:45
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday swore in a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

Germany detains Tunisian suspected of planning 'biological' attack

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - German prosecutors have obtained an arrest warrant from a judge for a Tunisian man suspected of planning an Islamist-motivated attack and the manufacturing of a "biological weapon" using ricin.

China urges U.S. to make 'wise choice' ahead of tariffs decision

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:25
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China urged the United States on Thursday to make a "wise decision" on trade, saying it was ready to respond in case Washington chose confrontation, as U.S. President Donald prepares to decide whether to activate tariffs on Chinese goods.

U.N. sees movement in Syria talks, U.S. weighing in

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:54
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. officials will join talks in Geneva later this month on forming a Syrian constitutional committee, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura told reporters on Thursday, signaling movement in a process that had appeared at risk of stalling.

Spanish government makes gesture to Catalan separatists on prisoners

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:43
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's new government on Thursday said it was open to moving jailed Catalan separatists closer to home, the latest gesture of goodwill to try to resolve the secession crisis in Catalonia through dialogue.

Hungarian court sentences four men to 25 years in prison in death truck case

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:41
KECSKEMET, Hungary (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced four members of a people-smuggling gang to 25 years in prison on Thursday for letting 71 men, women and children suffocate inside a truck in 2015 and dumping the truck with corpses at the side of an Austrian motorway.

Kenya corruption threatens to engulf government, auditor general says

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:37
NAIROBI (Reuters) - High-level corruption across all levels of government in Kenya threatens the integrity and basic functioning of the state, the auditor general told Reuters on Thursday.

Airplane, courthouses torched in Papua New Guinea riots

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:26
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Armed rioters angered over the failure of a court challenge to the election of a regional governor have burned an airplane on the tarmac in Papua New Guinea's rugged highlands, and torched houses and government buildings, police and a witness said.

Hungarian court sentences four to 25 years in prison for killing 71 migrants

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:25
KECSKEMET, Hungary (Reuters) - A Hungarian court sentenced four members of a people-smuggling gang to 25 years in prison on Thursday for letting 71 men, women and children suffocate inside a truck in 2015 and dumping the truck with corpses at the side of an Austrian motorway.

Greek opposition to file censure motion against PM over Macedonia deal

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:07
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's opposition New Democracy party will file a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in parliament over a deal to solve a decades-old name dispute with Macedonia, its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

Zimbabwe's Mnangagwa, main rival sign up for first post-Mugabe election

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:01
HARARE (Reuters) - President Emmerson Mnangagwa registered on Thursday for Zimbabwe's first national elections of the post-Mugabe era, with his main rival Nelson Chamisa hoping to rally younger voters against the generation that won independence.

Italy and France try to patch up migrant row, draw papal rebuke

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:59
ROME (Reuters) - European neighbors Italy and France tried to patch up a row over immigration on Thursday as Pope Francis urged politicians everywhere to work together on helping refugees and respect their dignity.

Greek opposition to file censure motion against PM over Macedonia

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:46
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's opposition New Democracy party will file a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in parliament over a deal to solve a decades-old name dispute with Macedonia, its leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.

Jordan's king approves new cabinet led by ex-World Bank economist

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:33
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah issued a decree on Thursday forming a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a disputed tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

Deaths by Israeli fire darken Eid al-Fitr holiday in Gaza

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:28
GAZA (Reuters) - Israel's killing of at least 125 Palestinians during protests at the Gaza border is casting a shadow in the enclave on its celebration of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

Jordan's King Abdullah issues decree forming new cabinet

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:15
AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan's King Abdullah issued a decree on Thursday forming a new government led by a former World Bank economist and mandated to review a controversial tax system after widespread protests against IMF-driven austerity measures.

Merkel struggles to avoid coalition crisis on migrant policy

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:06
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel struggled on Thursday to find a compromise on migrant policy with her Bavarian allies to avert a crisis in her loveless coalition just three months after it took power.

Russia's government proposes to raise retirement age: PM

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:55
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian government proposes to increase the retirement age to 65 years from 60 for men and to 63 years from 55 for women, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

Israel has bombed Iranian-backed militias in Syria: Netanyahu

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:45
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has attacked Iranian-backed Shi'ite Muslim militias in Syria, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday, casting such actions as potentially helping to stem a Syrian Sunni Muslim refugee exodus to Europe.

Japan eyes Kim-Abe summit but abductees' families urge caution

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:40
TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is eyeing a meeting between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, government sources said on Thursday, while the foreign minister said a summit would have to bring results on the issue of Japanese abducted by Pyongyang.

South African labor unions picket Eskom office in wage dispute

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:38
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Hundreds of union members picketed outside the headquarters of Eskom on Thursday because of a wage dispute which has hurt the cash-strapped South African power utility's ability to deliver electricity to Africa's most industrialized economy.

Taiwan charges pro-China party spokesman and others with breaching national security

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:34
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan prosecutors indicted the spokesman for a pro-China political party and two other members for allegedly seeking to recruit Taiwan military officers on behalf of China and violating the National Security Act, a court statement said.

Ex-chairman of China's insurance regulator confesses guilt to crimes: Xinhua

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:27
BEIJING (Reuters) - The former chairman of China's insurance regulator Xiang Junbo confessed his guilt to crimes in his trial in court, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday.

Mali Islamists release video of French and Colombian hostages

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:13
DAKAR (Reuters) - An al Qaeda affiliate in Mali has released a video of a French aid worker and a Colombian nun kidnapped in separate incidents in 2016 and 2017, according to SITE Intelligence Group.

Kremlin says its backing for Syrian de-escalation unrelated to World Cup

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:11
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Moscow's backing for a de-escalation of hostilities in Syria was not specifically related to the World Cup, which Russia is hosting, and was something it had long advocated.

Civilians flee bombardment as Arab states pound Yemen port

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:09
ADEN (Reuters) - Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen's Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

UK not seeking regulatory alignment to solve Irish border conundrum: minister

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:03
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is not seeking full regulatory alignment with the European Union as a solution to the post-Brexit Northern Irish border, Brexit department minister Robin Walker said on Thursday.

Putin to meet Saudi crown prince, energy minister later on Thursday: Kremlin

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 11:02
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak will meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih on Thursday, a Kremlin schedule showed.

Turkey detains 18 suspected Islamic State members: police

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:54
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish authorities on Thursday detained 18 suspected Islamic State members in Istanbul and Izmir, two of Turkey biggest cities, officials said.

Turkey's Erdogan says to lift state of emergency if re-elected

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:46
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said the state of emergency that has been in place since July 2016 will be lifted if he is elected in June 24 elections, but suggested it would be reinstated if the country faces further threats.

EU's top court upholds asset freeze for Assad's cousin

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:40
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's top court on Thursday upheld an asset freeze for a cousin of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, saying the European Union had shown him to be linked to the government.

Pope says countries must unite on migration, as Italy, France clash

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:39
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Thursday for a "change in mindset" on migration policies, saying international cooperation was vital, as Italy and France engaged in a diplomatic spat over the issue.

Trump to meet advisers on China tariffs as Beijing urges talks

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:36
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his top trade advisers on Thursday to decide whether to activate threatened tariffs on Chinese goods, a senior Trump administration official said, as China again urged talks to settle the dispute.

France's Macron told Italy's Conte no offense meant on migrants

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:31
PARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron sought to defuse tension with Italy after it criticized its refusal to accept more than 600 migrants on board the Aquarius ship earlier this week, telling the Italian leader no offense was meant.

Italy PM confirms meeting with France's Macron: statement

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:17
ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Thursday confirmed his planned Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, a statement said, after a conciliatory phone call between the two politicians.

Ugandan general arrested over police spokesman's killing: state media

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 10:15
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan authorities have arrested a former national police chief on suspicion of killing a senior police official, a state-owned newspaper said on Thursday.

Turkish, U.S. military officials reach agreement on plan for Syria's Manbij

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:48
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. military officials reached agreement on a plan for the Syrian city of Manbij at a meeting in Stuttgart this week and decided to present it to the countries' leaders ahead of further talks, the Turkish armed forces said on Thursday.

Two killed in knife attack at mosque in South Africa

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:33
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two people were stabbed to death on Thursday at a mosque in South Africa's Malmesbury in the Western Cape before the attacker was shot dead by police.

Silent vigils, prayers mark one year since London's Grenfell fire

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:31
LONDON (Reuters) - Survivors of London's Grenfell Tower fire, and friends and relatives of the 71 people it killed, held vigils and prayed together as they marked the first anniversary of a tragedy that still haunts Britain.

Poll shows support for Turkey's Erdogan eroding, vote going to second round

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:19
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Tayyip Erdogan is seen falling short of a first-round victory in Turkey's presidential election, with his support dipping 1.6 points in one week, according to a survey by pollster Gezici published on Thursday.

South Africa's Sibanye confirms all five missing miners dead

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:16
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Sibanye-Stillwater has recovered the body of the fifth and final missing mine worker after a three-day search at its Kloof Ikamva gold mine in South Africa, the company said on Thursday.

'Where is Singapore?': Trump-Kim summit a PR coup for tiny city-state

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:10
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - As images of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un strolling by revelers at a rooftop bar the night before an unprecedented meeting with President Donald Trump circulated around social media sites, U.S. citizens started asking 'Where is Singapore?'.

U.N. calls for inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:05
GENEVA (Reuters) - Indian security forces have used excessive force in Kashmir and killed and wounded numerous civilians since 2016, the United Nations said on Thursday, calling for an international inquiry into alleged violations in the disputed territory.

Two killed in knife attack at mosque in South Africa, police say

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 09:01
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Two people were stabbed to death on Thursday at a mosque in South Africa's Malmesbury in the Western Cape before the attacker was shot dead by police.

Italy still waiting for apology from France's Macron: deputy PM

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:57
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said on Thursday he still expects French President Emmanuel Macron to apologize for critical comments he made about Italian immigration policy two days ago.

Saudi-led coalition keeps up Hodeidah assault before U.N. meeting

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:53
ADEN (Reuters) - Arab warplanes and warships pounded Houthi positions in Yemen's Hodeidah for a second day on Thursday, as a Saudi-led alliance tried to seize the country's main port in the largest battle of a war that has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis.

Australia punished soldiers over Nazi flag incident in Afghanistan: PM

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:48
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian soldiers who flew a Nazi swastika flag over their fighting vehicle in Afghanistan more than a decade ago were "wrong" and punished at the time, Australia's prime minister said on Thursday, after a picture of the incident emerged.

UK to relax immigration rules for non-EU doctors and nurses: BBC

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:36
LONDON (Reuters) - The British government will loosen immigration rules to allow more doctors and nurses from outside the European Union to come and work for Britain's National Health Service (NHS), the BBC and other national media reported on Thursday.

Australia punished soldiers over Nazi flag-flying incident in Afghanistan: PM

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:18
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian soldiers who flew a Nazi swastika flag over their fighting vehicle in Afghanistan more than a decade ago were "wrong" and punished at the time, Australia's prime minister said on Thursday, after a picture of the incident emerged.

Australian Qantas A380 gets rare 'jolt' from wake turbulence

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:16
(Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd said on Thursday one of its Airbus SE A380 jets had experienced a rare "jolt" from wake turbulence after flying 20 nautical miles behind another one of its super-jumbos this week.

In boost for Australian PM, right-wing party loses power to block his bills

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:01
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A defection from Australia's most prominent right-wing political party, Pauline Hanson's One Nation, on Thursday robbed it of its ability to block Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's legislation, raising the prospect he can introduce tax cuts.

Pompeo says North Korea sanctions to remain until complete denuclearization

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:47
SEOUL (Reuters) - Tough sanctions will remain on North Korea until its complete denuclearization, the U.S. secretary of state said on Thursday, apparently contradicting the North's view that the process agreed at this week's summit would be phased and reciprocal.U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un issued a joint statement after their Singapore meeting that reaffirmed the North's commitment to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", an end to j

India's Modi hopes historic cricket match will boost ties with Afghanistan

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:40
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday he hoped a historic cricket match between India and Afghanistan would strengthen ties between the South Asian neighbors and allies in the fight against militancy in the region.

In boost for Australian PM, right-wing party looses power to block his bills

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 07:35
SYDNEY (Reuters) - A defection from Australia's most prominent right-wing political party, Pauline Hanson's One Nation, on Thursday robbed it of its ability to block Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's legislation, raising the prospect he can introduce tax cuts.

Mexico presidential front-runner denies opponent's charge of wrongdoing

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:48
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador denied any wrongdoing on Wednesday after another candidate accused him of improperly awarding government contracts to a construction mogul when he was Mexico City mayor.

Understaffing, 'shouting matches' mar Afghan poll preparations

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 04:08
KABUL (Reuters) - Infighting, a lack of expertise and unfilled vacancies within Afghanistan's election body raise doubts about whether polls planned this year can be held on time, according to Afghan and international agency officials, with one likening planning meetings to "a fish market".

Cyber attack on Mexico campaign site triggers election nerves

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 01:42
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The website of a Mexican political opposition party was hit by a cyber attack during Tuesday's final television debate between presidential candidates ahead of the July 1 vote, after the site had published documents critical of the leading candidate.

United Nations condemns excessive Israeli force against Palestinians

REUTERS - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 00:25
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly condemned Israel on Wednesday for excessive use of force against Palestinian civilians and asked U.N. chief Antonio Guterres to recommend an "international protection mechanism" for occupied Palestinian territory.

Syria's Assad says still pursuing political solution for rebel-held south

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:51
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said it is not yet decided whether the situation in Syria's rebel-held southwest will be resolved through reconciliation or military means.

West Bank Palestinians urge Abbas to ease sanctions on Gaza Strip

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:47
RAMALLAH/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian security forces on Wednesday used tear gas and batons against protesters calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to end financial sanctions on their fellow Palestinians in Gaza.

Silent vigil, prayers mark one year since London's deadly Grenfell fire

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:46
LONDON (Reuters) - A round-the-clock vigil at a London church where people sought refuge on the night of the Grenfell Tower fire, which killed 71 people, will mark the first anniversary of a tragedy that still haunts Britain.

Chile prosecutors raid Catholic Church offices amid sex abuse probe

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:45
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean police and prosecutors on Wednesday launched separate and unexpected raids on Roman Catholic Church offices to seize documents relating to mounting claims of sexual abuse and cover-up.

Weakened, UK's May defeats final Brexit challenges in parliament

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:40
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May defeated the final challenges to her Brexit blueprint in parliament on Wednesday, leaving plans for Britain's departure from the European Union still largely on track but her authority weakened.

For some Indonesian students, Ramadan means fasting and intensive study

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:33
KEDIRI, Indonesia (Reuters) - For students at one of Indonesia's oldest Islamic boarding schools, the holy month of Ramadan doesn't only mean fasting from dawn till dusk. It also means intensive study of the Koran.

Russian women should avoid sex with foreign men during World Cup: lawmaker

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:25
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian women should avoid sex with non-white foreign men during the soccer World Cup because they could become single mothers to mixed race children, a senior lawmaker in Moscow said on Wednesday.

Italy summons French envoy as migration dispute escalates

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 21:13
ROME (Reuters) - Italy summoned France's envoy on Wednesday and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies, escalating a diplomatic standoff that is widening one of Europe's main political fault lines.

Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat; Democrats doubtful

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:39
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat and his top diplomat offered a hopeful timeline for a "major disarmament," despite skepticism at home that Pyongyang will abandon its nuclear weapons following this week's summit.

Haiti withdraws Oxfam Great Britain's right to operate after misconduct scandal

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:38
PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - Haiti's government on Wednesday said it was withdrawing Oxfam Great Britain's right to operate in the Caribbean country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity's staff.

Trump says summit removed North Korean nuclear threat

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:30
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat and his top diplomat offered a hopeful timeline for a "major disarmament," despite skepticism at home that Pyongyang will abandon its nuclear weapons following this week's summit.

Venezuela migrants in Colombia tops a million over 15 months: government

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:06
BOGOTA (Reuters) - More than a million people have left Venezuela to live in Colombia during the last 15 months, with arrivals expected to continue, the Colombian government said on Wednesday, as its socialist neighbor suffers a deep economic crisis.

Spanish minister resigns over tax fine

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:49
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's culture minister resigned on Wednesday from a week-old government following local media reports that he had avoided paying taxes while working as a TV journalist 10 years ago.

Former president Maldives and chief justice sentenced for obstruction of justice

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:42
MALE (Reuters) - A court in the Maldives on Wednesday convicted former president Maumoon Abdul Gayoom and the sitting chief justice for obstruction of justice and sentenced them to 19 months in prison.

Macedonia president says won't approve name deal with Greece

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:19
SKOPJE/ATHENS (Reuters) - Macedonia's president said on Wednesday he would not sign a landmark deal reached with Greece on changing his country's name, dashing hopes of a swift end to a diplomatic dispute that has blocked Skopje's bid to join the European Union and NATO.

Spanish minister resigns after report he was found to have avoided tax

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 19:17
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's Culture Minister Maxim Huerta resigned on Wednesday from a week-old government, following local media reports he avoided taxes while he was working as a TV journalist a decade ago.

After compromise, Britain's May set to avoid parliament defeat on customs

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:55
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May looked set to avoid an embarrassing defeat in parliament on Wednesday over her post-Brexit trade plans, a day after she defused a rebellion in her party over control of Britain's departure from the EU.

French parliament approves landmark bill to reform state rail company

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:37
PARIS (Reuters) - France's National Assembly voted overwhelmingly in favor of a bill to overhaul the state-run SNCF railway company on Wednesday, backing President Emmanuel Macron's efforts to break the unions and reform the economy.

Lithuania sees fake news attempt to discredit NATO exercises

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:33
KULAUTUVA, Lithuania (Reuters) - Lithuania's defense minister said on Wednesday a report about a U.S. armored vehicle supposedly killing a boy there was fake news and an attempt to discredit NATO exercises in the Baltics.

Top Syrian Kurd hopes Assad serious about talks

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 18:06
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A top Syrian Kurdish politician said he hopes President Bashar al-Assad is serious about negotiating with Kurdish-led forces and he signaled a readiness for talks without conditions.

Chemical weapons body: Sarin was very likely used near Syria's Ltamenah

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:42
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The global chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday that lab analysis had confirmed the use of the banned nerve agent sarin and chlorine in an attack in northern Syria last year.

Georgian Prime Minister Kvirikashvili resigns

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:41
TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigned on Wednesday amid a disagreement with the leader of his ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is the richest man in the ex-Soviet republic.

Militias guarding World Cup have links to Kremlin's foreign wars

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:39
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (Reuters) - Russian paramilitary units providing security for the soccer World Cup included among their members Cossack fighters who took part in clandestine campaigns in Ukraine and Syria that Kiev and Washington condemn as backed by Moscow.

France's National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen hospitalized

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:08
PARIS (Reuters) - Jean-Marie Le Pen, the former leader of France's far right National Front party, has been hospitalized for exhaustion ahead of a trial in which he stands accused of inciting homophobia, a source to him said on Wednesday.

Georgia's prime minister Kvirikashvili resigns

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:03
TBILISI (Reuters) - Georgia's Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili resigned on Wednesday amid a disagreement with the leader of the ruling party, Bidzina Ivanishvili, who is a former prime minister and the ex-Soviet country's richest man.

Qatar extends $500 million aid package to Jordan: official

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:51
AMMAN (Reuters) - The Gulf state of Qatar has extended a $500 mln aid package to Jordan that includes investments, project finance and job opportunities for Jordanians, an official source said on Wednesday.

Russia restores Crimea power supply after blackout

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:19
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's state-controlled power grid company Rosseti said on Wednesday that it has restored power supply in Crimea after it had suffered a total blackout.

Iran re-arrests prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:58
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iranian security forces arrested prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh on Wednesday, her husband said in a Facebook post. 

Crimea suffers total power blackout after power station shuts down

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:55
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Crimea suffered a total power blackout on Wednesday after an incident at a Russian power station, the local government and the Russian Ministry of Energy said.

Poland has not addressed key concerns over court independence: EU's Timmermans

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:41
STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Poland has not addressed the key concerns of the European Commission over the independence of courts, the First Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said on Wednesday, adding he would travel to Warsaw for talks next week.

Italy summons French envoy as migration row escalates

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:38
ROME (Reuters) - Italy summoned France's envoy and angrily rejected French criticism of its immigration policies on Wednesday, escalating a diplomatic standoff between the neighboring European powers.

Furious Scots lawmakers walk out of UK parliament in Brexit row

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:28
EDINBURGH/LONDON (Reuters) - Lawmakers from the Scottish National Party (SNP) staged a dramatic walkout from the British parliament on Wednesday after their leader was ordered to leave the House of Commons in a row over Brexit.

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