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In Macedonia, scepticism and hope as country set to change its name

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:09
SKOPJE (Reuters) - The "Republic of Northern Macedonia" - the proposed new name for the country once part of Yugoslavia - is meant to settle a diplomatic standoff with Greece, but will not satisfy some nationalists on either side of the border.

Russia, Iran, Turkey to meet on Syrian constitutional committee: U.N.

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:57
GENEVA (Reuters) - Senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey will meet in Geneva on June 18-19 for consultations with the United Nations about setting up a constitutional committee for Syria, U.N. Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura said in a statement on Wednesday.

Iran says will begin uranium enrichment at Fordow if nuclear deal unravels

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:26
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran will begin uranium enrichment at its Fordow plant and will install new nuclear equipment at its Natanz facility if it withdraws from a nuclear deal with major powers, said the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).

South Korea's ruling party set for landslide victory in regional polls

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:09
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's ruling party is expected to win a sweeping victory in Wednesday's regional elections, exit polls suggest, an extra boost for President Moon Jae-in following the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Europe must react 'robustly' when U.S. crosses 'red lines': Maas

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:58
BERLIN (Reuters) - Europe needs to find a "new balance" to its relationship with the United States in the light of the challenges posed by the administration of President Donald Trump, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.

Lebanon foreign minister escalates refugee row with U.N. agency

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:54
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's caretaker foreign minister escalated his row with the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR on Wednesday, accusing it at a news conference of working to stop refugees from returning to Syria.

Trump says North Korea no longer a nuclear threat; North highlights concessions

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:33
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat, nor is it the "biggest and most dangerous problem" for the United States, President Donald Trump said on Wednesday on his return from a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

UK PM May will push for enhanced sanctions against Russia

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:29
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday she would push for enhanced sanctions against Russia at a summit of EU leaders later this month.

French parliament set to approve SNCF reform in boon for Macron

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:12
PARIS (Reuters) - France's parliament will approve a bill on Wednesday overhauling the indebted state-run rail company SNCF, handing a significant victory to President Emmanuel Macron in his bid to outwit the unions and reform the economy.

Indonesian rescuers search for survivors after at least 15 die in boat capsizes

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 13:03
JAKARTA (Reuters) - At least 15 people died when two boats sank in rough waters Indonesia, authorities said, and rescue workers scrambled to search for dozens believed missing.

Court gives Spain King's brother-in-law five days to turn himself in: media

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:55
MADRID (Reuters) - A court has given Spain's King's brother-in-law five days to turn himself in after the Supreme Court ruled he must serve a five years and 10 month sentence for charges including tax fraud and embezzlement, several Spanish newspapers said on Wednesday.

Austria's Kurz says sees clear prospect for Macedonia in EU

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:47
BERLIN (Reuters) - Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Wednesday that Austria thought Macedonia had a chance of joining the European Union after Greece and Macedonia reached an agreement on Tuesday to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name.

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

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:42
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May looks 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 plans to leave the European Union.

Bulgaria PM suggests joint drone manufacture with Israel

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:07
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Bulgaria is interested in joint unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) production with Israel, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said on Wednesday.

Greek PM faces domestic backlash over Macedonia name deal

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:00
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was accused on Wednesday of surrendering part of his nation's identity, as a deal he struck to settle a name dispute with Macedonia prompted a barrage of criticism from opposition politicians and media.

UK Supreme Court rules plumber in gig economy entitled to worker rights

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:12
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that a plumber hired on a self-employed basis was entitled to workers' rights, in a case which could further pressure firms in the gig economy to change their business models.

UK police arrest man over 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:08
LONDON (Reuters) - British counter-terrorism police have arrested a man on suspicion of sending letters entitled "Punish a Muslim Day" that urged people around the country to commit violent acts.

Arab states launch biggest assault of Yemen war with attack on main port

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:02
ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led alliance of Arab states launched the largest assault of Yemen's war on Wednesday with an attack on the country's main port, aiming to bring the ruling Houthi movement to its knees at the risk of worsening the world's biggest humanitarian crisis.

Day before World Cup, Putin thanks FIFA for keeping politics out of sport

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:57
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin thanked FIFA on Wednesday for keeping politics out of sport, the day before the start of the soccer World Cup.

Spain's new government agrees to raise pensions in line with inflation

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:55
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's government has reached a preliminary deal to raise retirement pensions in line with inflation, suggesting its new Socialist leaders may take a less restrictive approach to spending after years of austerity under their predecessors.

Italy vows migrant ship cannot dock as Paris-Rome clash escalates

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:53
ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Wednesday its decision to shut its ports to hundred of migrants aboard a charity ship was firm, as a clash between Rome and Paris over migrant policy heated up.

Kremlin says all welcome when asked about U.S. World Cup invite

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:41
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be glad to host everyone in Moscow, when asked if he would invite high-ranking U.S. officials.

French farmers halt refinery, depot blockades after overnight talks

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:32
PARIS (Reuters) - France's biggest agriculture union on Wednesday told its farmers to halt a blockade of refineries and fuel depots that had entered its third day on Wednesday over palm oil imports an unfair competition, a FNSEA official said.

Russia's Putin to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, discuss oil deal: Kremlin

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:14
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to meet Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he visits Russia for the opening of the soccer World Cup, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

Arrest warrants issued for 20 over blast in Sadr's Baghdad stronghold

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:59
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council has issued arrest warrants for 20 people accused of involvement in a deadly blast in the Baghdad stronghold of Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose bloc won an election marred by fraud accusations, state TV reported.

Taliban assure Afghans of bright future once U.S. 'invaders' leave

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:56
KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban told "American invaders" to leave Afghanistan in an announcement marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, assured the people of a bright future under Islamic rule and said it had already liberated "vast areas" of the country.

Russia calls new NATO combat readiness plan blow to Europe's security: Ifax

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:48
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Wednesday that a new NATO plan to step up its combat readiness in Europe would worsen security on the continent and that Moscow would factor it into its own military planning, the Interfax news agency reported.

Philippines aims to arm community leaders to help fight crime, drugs

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:20
MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines' interior ministry said on Wednesday it plans to acquire pistols for community leaders willing to fight crime and drugs, prompting concern it could fuel even more violence in the country's notoriously bloody crackdown.

Arrest warrants issued for 20 accused in blast in Sadr's Baghdad stronghold

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:18
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Supreme Judicial Council has issued arrest warrants for 20 people accused of involvement in a blast that killed 18 people in the Baghdad stronghold of cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, whose bloc won an election marred by fraud allegations, state TV reported.

Saudi-led coalition attacks Yemen's key port of Hodeidah

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 09:02
ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition launched an assault on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah on Wednesday in the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Iran-aligned Houthis.

Australia keeps China out of internet cabling for Pacific neighbor

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:58
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia has agreed to fund underwater internet cables and a cyber security center for the Solomon Islands, forestalling plans by Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies Co Ltd that could have compromised Australian internet security.

In final debate, Mexican presidential favorite says a NAFTA fail 'not fatal'

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:43
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement would not be fatal for Mexico, the leftist presidential favorite said on Tuesday, while keeping his cool under attack from rivals in the last televised debate before the July 1 election.

U.S. sanctions Cambodia PM's top bodyguard over rights abuses

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:33
PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States has imposed sanctions on the commander of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's bodyguard unit for alleged human rights abuses, the first member of the leader's inner circle to be blacklisted by Washington.

North Korea highlights Trump concessions on war games after summit

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 07:22
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean state media lauded on Wednesday the summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, highlighting concessions by the U.S. president and the prospect of a new era of peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.

Australia to offer national apology for institutional child sex abuse

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:58
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Wednesday he will deliver a national apology to victims of institutional child sexual abuse and their families on October 22.

Malaysia's top two judges resign amid purge of top officials

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:49
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's two most senior judges have resigned from their posts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's government purges top officials seen close to the previous administration.

North Korea frames summit as a win as Trump halts war games

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:45
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean state media lauded on Wednesday the summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump as a resounding success, highlighting concessions by the U.S. president and the prospect of a new era of peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.

Saudi-led coalition launches attack on Yemen's Hodeidah

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:13
CAIRO (Reuters) - Troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition started an assault on Wednesday on Yemen's main port city of Hodeidah, which is held by the Houthi movement, Al-Arabiya television said.

Mexican presidential favorite says a NAFTA collapse 'not fatal'

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 05:09
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - It would not be fatal for Mexico if the United States provokes the collapse of the North American Free Trade Agreement, presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Tuesday in the last televised debate before the July 1 election.

Ivanka Trump's 'Chinese proverb' tweet mystifies China

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 04:00
BEIJING (Reuters) - Ivanka Trump did not accompany her father to Singapore for his summit with Kim Jong Un, but in an apparent show of support, tweeted what she described as a Chinese proverb: "Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it."

French farmers call for pursuit of fuel blockades

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:48
PARIS (Reuters) - France's main farm union called early on Wednesday for protestors to continue a blockade of refineries and fuel depots after the government failed to ease their concerns.

'Avatar' tribe poses second challenge to Vedanta after deadly India protests

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 03:41
LANJIGARH, India (Reuters) - After an Indian state shut a copper smelter run by Vedanta Resources following deadly protests, the company faces another challenge 1,000 miles away, where axe-toting tribesmen and environmentalists have joined forces to demand the closure of an alumina refinery.

Trump in surprise summit move says he will halt Korea war games

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:57
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.

Three days with the North Koreans: awkward glances and a scant smile

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 02:48
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - At the end of the second night of living in the same ritzy Singapore hotel as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a member of his security staff sat beside a Reuters reporter in the lobby and smiled.

Saudi-led alliance set for battle in biggest Yemeni port

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:31
ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition geared up on Tuesday for a military assault on Yemen's main port, preparing to launch by far the biggest battle of a three-year war between an alliance of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital.

PM May faces another day of Brexit compromise in parliament

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 01:06
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to bow to pressure from pro-Europe rebels in her party for a second day on Wednesday when lawmakers debate the government's plans for future customs relations with the European Union.

Exclusive: U.S. counterspy warns World Cup travelers' devices could be hacked

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:49
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. counter-intelligence official is advising Americans traveling to Russia for football's World Cup beginning this week that they should not take electronic devices because they are likely to be hacked by criminals or the Russian government.

Argentina biggest labor group calls strike, raising pressure on Macri

REUTERS - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 00:31
BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's leading labor federation announced plans on Tuesday to stage a one-day general strike on June 25 to protest against government economic policies, raising pressure on President Mauricio Macri as he moves to speed up spending cuts to balance the budget.

Colombia's rightist contender Duque seeks high investment to bolster growth

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:23
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Ivan Duque, the frontrunner to win Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, said tax cuts he is proposing would bolster investment in the Andean nation by a third over the next four years and help stimulate sluggish economic growth.

Italy sends migrant convoy to Spain, has words with France

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:20
ROME (Reuters) - Italy sent hundreds of migrants towards Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, sparking a war of words with France that exposed EU tensions over immigration.

In surprise summit concession, Trump says he will halt Korea war games

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 23:12
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump made a stunning concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday about halting military exercises, pulling a surprise at a summit that baffled allies, military officials and lawmakers from his own Republican Party.

Iraq's Sadr and Amiri announce political alliance

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:32
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Nationalist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr and Iranian-backed militia chief Hadi al-Amiri, who won first and second place respectively in Iraq's May parliamentary election, announced on Tuesday an alliance between their political blocs.

Mexico presidential poll shows big lead for leftist, many undecided

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 22:29
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has double the support of his nearest rival three weeks ahead of the country's presidential election, a major poll for employers' federation Coparmex showed on Tuesday.

Britain's May defuses revolt in parliament over Brexit plans

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 21:32
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May defused a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans on Tuesday but only after having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain's departure from the European Union.

'We have a deal,' say Greece and Macedonia over name dispute

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:33
ATHENS/SKOPJE (Reuters) - Greece and Macedonia have reached an historic accord to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name that has troubled relations between the two neighbors for decades.

U.S. official eyes Israel's Egypt border for Mexico wall ideas - radio

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:31
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel's fenced-off border with Egypt on Tuesday for ideas for the U.S. border with Mexico, where President Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall, Israel Radio reported.

Man arrested after hostage incident in Paris: minister

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:16
PARIS (Reuters) - Police rescued two hostages and arrested a man at a small business in central Paris on Tuesday after he demanded to be put in touch with the Iranian Embassy to deliver a message to the French government, authorities said.

Ireland to vote on removing blasphemy as an offense

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:52
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland will hold a referendum in October to remove the offense of blasphemy from its constitution, Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan said on Tuesday.

UAE says ultimatum on Yemen port of Hodeidah expires Tuesday night

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:48
PARIS (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said an ultimatum for the United Nations to convince the Iran-aligned Houthi movement to evacuate Yemen's main port of Hodeidah expired on Tuesday night.

Iran’s Rouhani asks Macron for action to save nuclear deal: IRNA

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:24
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told on Tuesday his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that it was "impossible" for Tehran to stay in the nuclear deal with world powers if it cannot benefit from the accord after the U.S. withdrawal.

UAE says ultimatum on Yemen port city expires Tuesday night: Le Figaro

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:23
PARIS (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said an ultimatum for the United Nations to convince the Iran-aligned Houthi movement to evacuate Yemen's main port of Hodeidah expired on Tuesday night.

Britain's May defeats rebellion in parliament over Brexit plans

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:19
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May defeated a rebellion in parliament over her Brexit plans on Tuesday, but not without having to compromise and hand lawmakers more control over Britain's departure from the European Union.

UAE says Yemen's Houthis must evacuate key port city

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 19:06
DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Tuesday that the Iran-aligned Houthi movement must evacuate Yemen's main port of Hodeidah as troops backed by a Saudi-led coalition geared for an assault on the city.

UK PM May wins vote in parliament on Brexit, compromises to avoid rebellion

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:51
LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May won a vote in parliament on Tuesday, winning over potential pro-European Union rebels in her party with a compromise on plans to give parliament a meaningful vote later this year on the terms of Britain's exit from the EU.

War crimes judges order release of Congolese ex-vice president Bemba

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:18
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - Judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday ordered the release of Congolese ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba following his acquittal last week on war crimes charges.

Italy prepares Spanish migrant convoy, clashes with France

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:16
ROME (Reuters) - Italy forged ahead with plans to send hundreds of migrants to Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, sparking a war of words with France that exposed EU tensions over immigration.

'We have a deal,' Greece says on decades-old Macedonian name dispute

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:08
ATHENS/SKOPJE (Reuters) - Greece and Macedonia have reached a historic accord to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's name that has troubled relations between the two countries for decades.

Greece and Macedonia reach historic accord on name row: Greek official

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:39
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece and Macedonia have reached an agreement on how to end their long-running name dispute, a Greek government official said on Tuesday.

PM Abadi says opposed to repeat of Iraq election

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:37
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday he opposed any repeat of the May 12 parliamentary election, after allegations of electoral fraud raised political temperatures.

Trump offers to end Korea war games after historic Kim summit

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:33
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a largely symbolic summit on Tuesday, and the U.S. president offered an unexpected concession to the North, saying he would halt joint military exercises with South Korea.

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:17
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad, it said on Tuesday.

Man holds two people hostage in Paris: police

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:16
PARIS (Reuters) - A man has taken two people hostage at a business in Paris, French police said on Tuesday.

Don't tie our hands in Brexit talks, UK government tells parliament

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:56
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister told parliament on Tuesday to back down in a showdown over Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union, warning lawmakers they could undermine negotiations with Brussels.

U.S. Navy recovered 12 bodies, 41 survivors from migrant boat off Libya: charity

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:41
ROME (Reuters) - An American naval vessel went to the aid of a rubber boat that was sinking off the coast of Libya, rescuing 41 people and collecting 12 bodies, a humanitarian group said on Tuesday after its ship was contacted by radio to help out.

Syrian army boosts air defenses near Golan frontier: pro-Assad commander

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:29
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army has reinforced its anti-aircraft defenses near the frontier with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, a commander in the regional alliance that backs President Bashar al-Assad said on Tuesday.

Don't tie our hands in Brexit negotiations, British government tells parliament

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:23
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's Brexit minister told parliament on Tuesday to back down in a showdown over Prime Minister Theresa May's plans to leave the European Union, warning lawmakers they could undermine negotiations.

Despite tensions with Russia, World Cup countries pitch in for tournament safety

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:07
DOMODEDOVO, Russia (Reuters) - As World Cup squads and their fans fly into Russia for the start of the tournament on Thursday, so do police officers from all the competing nations to help deter hooliganism and the threat of any militant attack.

Italy prepares Spanish migrant convoy, faces French criticism

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:00
ROME (Reuters) - Italy prepared to send hundreds of migrants to Spain in a small naval convoy on Tuesday after shutting its own ports to them, as France accused the new Italian government of cynicism and irresponsibility.

Israeli forces evict settlers in West Bank land dispute case

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:54
NETIV HA'AVOT, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli security forces on Tuesday began evicting Jewish settlers from 15 homes which Israel's highest court ruled were built illegally on privately-owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

Netanyahu questioned in German submarine case: spokesman

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:45
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was questioned by Israeli police on Tuesday for the first time in an investigation into a $2 billion sale of three German Thyssenkrupp submarines to Israel, but is not a suspect, police said.

Afghan Taliban decry radio tower bombing as attack on free speech

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:36
KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban denounced "American occupying forces" for attacking their Voice of Shariah Radio station in the central province of Ghazni, but the United States denied the charge and said Afghan air force planes had targeted a broadcasting tower.

Norway to invite more U.S. Marines, for longer and closer to Russia

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 15:33
OSLO (Reuters) - Norway will ask the United States to more than double the number of U.S. Marines stationed in the country in a move that could raise tensions with its eastern neighbor Russia.

Historic Trump-Kim summit ends with promise, light on substance

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:57
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged at a historic summit on Tuesday to move toward complete denuclearization, while the United States promised its old foe security guarantees.

Witness no-show as Reuters reporters mark six months in Myanmar detention

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:34
YANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar police investigator failed to show up at court on Tuesday to testify as a prosecution witness against two Reuters reporters who were arrested in December and accused of possessing secret government papers.

Trump surprises with pledge to end military exercises in South Korea

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:27
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's declaration on Tuesday that he intended to end joint military exercises in Korea seemed to be news to both South Korean and U.S. military officials.

Man at center of Nobel literature scandal charged with rape

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:21
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish state prosecutor has brought two charges of rape against the man at the center of a scandal that forced the Swedish Academy to cancel the award of the Nobel Prize for literature in 2018, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.

In Brexit showdown, British PM May faces challenge over 'meaningful vote'

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:10
LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a showdown on Tuesday with lawmakers who want power to force her government to go back to the negotiating table if they reject a Brexit deal, testing her plans for leaving the European Union.

Saudi-led alliance gears up for battle in key Yemeni port city

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 13:03
ADEN (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition geared up on Tuesday for an assault on Yemen's main port, preparing to launch by far the biggest battle of a three-year-old war between an alliance of Arab states and the Houthi movement that controls Yemen's capital.

Shepherds' Alpine crossing straddles history, borders

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:21
MASO CORTO, Italy (Reuters) - Around dawn, the shepherds gather near the Italian town of Maso Corto and prepare to take their sheep into Austria, along an Alpine track centuries older that the border they are crossing.

U.S. military in Korea says no guidance on cancelling war games

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:12
SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. military forces in Korea have not received any direction to cease joint military drills, a spokesman said on Tuesday, after U.S. President Donald Trump said war games would be ended amid talks with North Korea.

Trump's North Korea summit falls short of Nixon-goes-to-China moment

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:09
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Donald Trump's dramatic meeting with North Korea's leader may have been choreographed to look like a Nixon-goes-to-China moment, but the summit appears to have failed to secure any concrete commitments by Pyongyang for dismantling its nuclear arsenal.

Trump, Kim agree on denuclearization, but deal seen symbolic

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:36
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pledged on Tuesday to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula while Washington committed to provide security guarantees for its old enemy.

Trump says has good relationship with Canada's Trudeau after G7 meeting

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:20
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau just days after blasting the Canadian prime minister and other U.S. allies over trade.

Judge orders removal of investigator from Malta journalist murder case

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:07
VALLETTA (Reuters) - The lead investigator into the murder of Malta journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia must be removed from the case because of a conflict of interest, a judge ruled on Tuesday.

U.S. shows new de facto embassy in Taiwan amid China tensions

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:03
TAIPEI (Reuters) - The United States unveiled a new $256 million representative office in Taiwan's capital on Tuesday, a de facto embassy that underscores Washington's strategic ties with the democratic, self-ruled island as it faces escalating tensions with China.

Netanyahu questioned by Israeli police in telecom corruption case

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:00
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday over his alleged dealings with the country’s largest telecommunication company, Israel Radio said, one of three corruption cases weighing on his political future.

Taliban kill Afghan officials as government's ceasefire kicks in

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:55
KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban fighters killed a district governor in northern Afghanistan and kept up the pressure to seize control over some parts of Faryab province, ignoring the temporary ceasefire announced by the government that came into effect on Tuesday.

Activists protest as Italy prepares to ship migrants to Spain

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:44
ROME (Reuters) - Italy plans to transfer migrants crammed aboard a charity boat onto other vessels on Tuesday and then sail them all to Spain, despite appeals from humanitarian groups to let the group disembark immediately.

Eleven dead after river boats collide in Russia World Cup host city

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:30
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Eleven people on a river cruise were killed when their boat collided with a tugboat late on Monday in the Russian city of Volgograd, which is hosting matches in the soccer World Cup, rescue services said.

Turkish military says destroys 12 targets in northern Iraq

REUTERS - Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:12
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish military destroyed 12 targets in northern Iraq belonging to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in overnight air strikes, it said on Tuesday, as the army steps up operations against militant targets in the Qandil region.

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