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Britain to bid to host 2020 U.N. climate talks

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain said on Tuesday it would bid to host United Nations’ climate talks in 2020, with Italy holding the preliminary talks preceding it. Next year is the year the landmark 2015 Paris...

Uganda clears three experimental Ebola treatments, watches for spread

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Health workers have got the all-clear to use three experimental Ebola treatments in Uganda, a week after the deadly disease spread over the border from Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said on Tuesday. Two people who had travelled from Congo died in Uganda last week, the World Health Organization said. A three-year-old...

Exclusive: Banks face new challenges in Italian diamond scandal

MILAN (Reuters) – A long-running criminal probe into diamond sales by Italian banks has uncovered what prosecutors say is further evidence of corruption by officials at UniCredit, Italy’s largest lender, and smaller rival Banco BPM. The allegations, some previously unreported, are laid out in documents used by prosecutors when they sought a magistrate’s order seizing...

From poo to food: Kenyan toilet waste key for new animal feed

NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan farmer Victor Kyalo’s chickens have doubled the number of eggs they are laying. The reason: Human excrement. He is feeding them food from a Nairobi-based organics recycling company. Sanergy harvests waste from toilets it operates in a franchise network in Nairobi’s sprawling slums and feeds it to fly larvae, which become...

Trump says U.S. agency will begin removing millions of illegal immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Monday that U.S. authorities would begin next week removing millions of immigrants who are in the United States illegally. “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States,” Trump tweeted, referring to...

German interior minister warns of far-right threat after politician’s murder

BERLIN (Reuters) – The murder of a prominent politician by a suspected right-wing radical is an assault on Germany’s democratic system and should serve as a wake-up call, the interior minister said on Tuesday, pledging to combat all forms of extremism. The arrest of a right-winger over the shooting two weeks ago of Walter Luebcke,...

State cyber-attack poses big danger for UK banks: Bank of England

LONDON (Reuters) – A state-backed cyber-attack could secretly corrupt the records of British financial institutions over a period of months, posing a risk that banks would probably struggle to guard against on their own, a senior Bank of England policymaker said. Banks have focused mainly on stopping service outages, but the falsification of transaction records...

Sotheby’s snapped up by French tycoon Drahi for $3.7 billion

PARIS/BOSTON (Reuters) – Franco-Israeli cable magnate Patrick Drahi made a surprise move into the art world by snapping up Sotheby’s in a deal worth $3.7 billion, marking the art auction house’s return to private ownership after 31 years. The acquisition allows Drahi to join French billionaire Francois Pinault – who owns Sotheby’s main rival Christie’s...

Captain in fatal Budapest boat crash was sober at the time – police

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungarian police said on Tuesday they had found no evidence of alcohol or drug abuse by the captain of a cruise ship that struck and sank a small tourist vessel last month, killing 28 mostly Korean people on board. The Mermaid boat sank in seconds on May 29 after the Viking Sigyn...

Teenager who called UK’s Prince Harry ‘race traitor’ is jailed

LONDON (Reuters) – A teenage neo-Nazi who called for Britain’s Prince Harry a race traitor months after his marriage to U.S. actress Meghan Markle and suggested he should be shot was jailed for more than four years on Tuesday, the BBC reported. Michal Szewczuk, 19, posted far-right online propaganda which included an image of Harry,...

Southeast Asia should ban imports of foreign trash: environmentalists

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Environmental groups called on Tuesday for Southeast Asian countries to ban waste imports from developed countries to help tackle a plastic pollution crisis, as regional leaders prepare to meet this week in Bangkok. Southeast Asia has seen a staggering spike in imports of plastic and electronic waste from developed countries after the...

‘Sing Hallelujah to the Lord’ an unlikely anthem of Hong Kong protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – The Christian hymn “Sing Hallelujah to the Lord” has emerged as the unlikely anthem of Hong Kong’s protests against an extradition bill that have drawn millions of people onto the streets. Protests around the world often develop their own soundtrack, usually songs with lyrics of defiance and solidarity, aiming to keep...

Poverty in Italy stops growing for first time since 2015

ROME (Reuters) – The number of Italians living in absolute poverty held steady in 2018 after three straight years of growth, though the problem remains at a record high, data showed on Tuesday. About 5 million people or 8.4% of the population live in absolute poverty, defined as those unable to buy goods and services...

U.S. military releases new images from oil tanker attacks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. military on Monday released new images it says showed Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) removing an unexploded limpet mine from a Japanese-owned tanker that was attacked on June 13 in the Gulf of Oman, as Washington blames Tehran for the attack. “Iran is responsible for the attack based on video evidence...

French court sees no ‘clear and illegal disruption’ in Gulf sports piracy case

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court has ruled that pirated sports content belonging to the Qatar-based broadcaster beIN was accessible via a Saudi-based satellite operator, but said it had not found evidence of “clear and illegal disruption”, court documents seen by Reuters showed. BeIN Media Group filed a complaint in France against Saudi-based Arabsat to...

White House will not invite Israeli officials to Bahrain event: senior U.S. official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will not invite Israeli government officials to a Bahrain conference devoted to gaining support for a Palestinian economic plan in order to keep the event apolitical, a senior administration official said on Monday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Palestinian business representatives are expected to attend the...

Nationalist group condemns Myanmar sedition case against Buddhist monk

YANGON (Reuters) – Myanmar’s most prominent group of nationalist Buddhist monks on Monday condemned sedition charges against one of its leading members, Wirathu, ahead of a hearing in the fugitive monk’s case expected on Tuesday. Police issued an arrest warrant for Wirathu last month, but he has evaded arrest. The monk is the best-known proponent...

Britain’s Hammond ‘prepared to resign’ over May’s spending plans: ITV, citing PA

(Reuters) – British finance minister Philip Hammond is “prepared to resign” over Prime Minister Theresa May’s legacy spending plans, ITV said on Tuesday, citing the Press Association. Senior government sources told the Press Association that tension between officials at the Treasury and the prime minister’s office had reached boiling point over May’s spending intentions, according...

76 MEPs back Catalan separatists blocked from collecting European Parliament credentials: letter

BARCELONA (Reuters) – The Spanish government has violated the rights of three Catalan leaders elected to the European Parliament by blocking them from collecting their credentials, 76 MEPs said in a letter sent to the governing body of the European legislature on Monday. The legal rights of those Catalan separatists elected to office while on...

Salvini proclaims Italy to be Washington’s best EU ally

ROME (Reuters) – Italy is the United States’ most reliable ally in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday, keen to present himself as a strong, trustworthy statesman during a flying visit to Washington. Fresh from his triumph in last month’s European parliamentary election, when his League party came top of the polls...

Venezuela frees jailed opposition lawmaker ahead of U.N. rights chief’s visit

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Monday freed opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro, who was detained in April in what allies said was a violation of his parliamentary immunity, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Twitter. The move by President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which faces a challenge to its legitimacy from National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, comes...

Brazil leader signs law allowing foreign carriers to operate domestic flights

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday signed a bill into law allowing foreign airlines to operate domestic flights in Latin America’s largest air market. Bolsonaro vetoed a section of the bill that would have banned carriers from charging customers certain baggage fees. The proposed measure had been opposed by the airline industry.

Israel urges snapback sanctions on Iran if it breaches uranium limit

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged world powers on Monday to step up sanctions against Iran swiftly should it go through with a plan to exceed an enriched uranium limit set by a 2015 nuclear deal. Locked in a stand-off with Washington after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear agreement, Tehran...

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France’s Macron urges more dialogue with Iran, regrets announcements on enrichment

PARIS (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he regretted Iran’s announcement that it would exceed the allowed enriched uranium limit, but that Paris would hold talks with Iran and its partners to avoid any further escalation in the region. “I regret the Iranian announcements made today, but as the IAEA (International Atomic...

Exclusive: U.S. preparing to send more troops to Middle East – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is preparing to send additional troops to the Middle East in response to mounting concerns over Iran, which Washington blames for attacks on oil tankers last week, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity. The officials did not say how many troops would be...

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric warns politicians to form government within 10 days

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr urged political blocs on Monday to pressure the prime minister to form a complete cabinet within 10 days, warning that his supporters would take a “new stance” if they failed to do so. Sadr, who leads a large parliamentary bloc, has rallied his supporters to stage mass...

EU at odds over Albania, Macedonia joining; Cyprus threatens veto over Turkey

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) – European Union states were at loggerheads on Monday over starting talks with Albania and North Macedonia to enter the bloc, while Cyprus threatened to veto any agreement on future enlargement unless the EU toughens its line on Turkish drilling. EU ministers from the bloc’s 28 states meet in Luxembourg on Tuesday to...

Boris Johnson gets boost in race to become Britain’s new PM

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson got a boost in his campaign to replace British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday when one of his former rivals and EU supporter Matt Hancock backed him saying he was almost certain to win the contest. Johnson, a former London mayor and foreign minister, is way out in front...

China stands by Hong Kong leader after days of street protests

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China redoubled its support for Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Monday after days of protests against a planned extradition bill, and a source close to Lam said Beijing was unlikely to let her go even if she tried to resign. Lam’s attempts to pass a bill that would allow people...

‘Systemic failure’ of U.N. ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: review

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – There was a “systemic failure” of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee...

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