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Zelenskiy seeks broader mandate as Ukraine holds snap parliament election

July 21, 2019 By Maria Tsvetkova and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainians voted in a snap parliamentary election on Sunday that is expected to strengthen President Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s hold on power, handing the novice ...
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Pacifist constitution reform at stake as Japan goes to polls

July 21, 2019 By Linda Sieg and Kiyoshi Takenaka TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling bloc was forecast to win a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday that could ...
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Iran warns UK against escalating tensions, says crew of seized ship safe

July 21, 2019 By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran’s ambassador to Britain warned against escalating tensions on Sunday as a UK official failed to rule out sanctions in response to Tehran’s seizure of a ...
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Hong Kong on security alert as thousands march in fresh wave of protests

July 21, 2019 By Donny Kwok and Felix Tam HONG KONG (Reuters) – Tens of thousands marched in sweltering heat in Hong Kong on Sunday as anti-government protests show no sign of let-up, with anger ...
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UK finance minister to quit over no-deal Brexit if Johnson become PM

July 21, 2019 By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) – Finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became Britain’s new prime minister because he could not support a leader happy ...
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Future relationship with EU can be changed, Ireland’s Coveney tells new UK PM

July 21, 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – The European Union would be willing to change parts of the political declaration, or agreement on a future relationship with Britain, when the new British prime minister is elected, ...
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U.S. adviser Bolton travels to Japan, South Korea amid trade dispute

July 21, 2019 (Reuters) – U.S. national security adviser John Bolton departed on Saturday for a trip to Japan and South Korea, two key allies of Washington that are embroiled in a trade dispute. A ...
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Female suicide bomber kills eight in northwest Pakistan

July 21, 2019 DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (Reuters) – A female suicide bomber in northwestern Pakistan killed at least eight people and wounded 26 more in an attack outside a local civilian hospital on Sunday, ...
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A ‘shy, talented drawer’ – mourner remembers friend lost in Japan arson attack

July 21, 2019 By Tim Kelly and Sam Nussey KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) – The two men, friends since high school, were in touch on social media a week ago about getting together for a drink ...
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Pompeo to meet with Mexico’s foreign minister to discuss immigration, trade

July 21, 2019 MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Sunday to discuss migration and trade, amid heightened bilateral tension ahead of a ...
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U.S. removing Turkey from F-35 program after its Russian missile defense purchase

July 17, 2019 By Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move long threatened and expected ...
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Croatia PM reshuffles cabinet, proposes six new ministers

July 17, 2019 ZAGREB (Reuters) – Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Wednesday ordered a reshuffle of his cabinet with six new ministers, just over a year before his government’s term in office expires in ...
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UK ministers could resign in battle over suspending parliament: BBC reporter

July 17, 2019 LONDON (Reuters) – Some British cabinet ministers could resign on Thursday to vote to block Theresa May’s successor as prime minister from suspending parliament, the political editor of BBC’s Newsnight program said ...
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UK arrests Manchester bomber’s brother after Libya extradition

July 17, 2019 By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The brother of a suicide bomber who attacked a concert in the British city of Manchester in 2017 was extradited from Libya on Wednesday and arrested ...
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Venezuela’s debts to China, Russia would be restructured through Paris Club: Guaido advisor

July 17, 2019 By Luc Cohen GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador (Reuters) – Loans to Venezuela from President Nicolas Maduro’s allies Russia and China would be renegotiated though the Paris Club if Maduro leaves power, an advisor to ...
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Hungary should move children from ‘prison-like’ transit zones: U.N.

July 17, 2019 BUDAPEST (Reuters) – A senior U.N. human rights official urged Hungary on Wednesday to move asylum-seeking families held in “prison-like” transit zones on the Serbian border to other facilities in Hungary that ...
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Russia’s Putin extends passport offer to Ukraine citizens

July 17, 2019 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order on Wednesday further expanding the number of Ukrainian citizens who can apply for fast-track Russian passports. Moscow made the move ahead of ...
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Von der Leyen cracks EU parliament nut, national leaders will prove tougher

July 17, 2019 By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ursula von der Leyen had to dangle a range of promises on migration, taxes, climate change and the rule of law to secure even a wafer-thin ...
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Iran’s Zarif says U.S. travel curbs on Iranian diplomats ‘inhuman’

July 17, 2019 By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that tight U.S. travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats and their families living in New York are ...
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From Iraq to Yemen, drones raise U.S. alarm over Iranian plans

July 17, 2019 By Babak Dehghanpisheh and Phil Stewart GENEVA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The increased use of drones by Iran and its allies for surveillance and attacks across the Middle East is raising alarms in Washington ...
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Brazil pension overhaul bill wins by resounding margin in lower house

July 11, 2019 By Maria Carolina Marcello and Lisandra Paraguassu BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s lower house of Congress approved a landmark overhaul of the country’s pension system on Wednesday by a far wider margin than ...
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U.S., Russia diplomats meet in Helsinki to discuss relations

July 10, 2019 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior U.S. diplomat David Hale met with Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, in Helsinki on Wednesday to discuss U.S.-Russian relations, the State Department said, amid tensions between the ...
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Exclusive: New chemical weapons team to launch first Syria investigations

July 10, 2019 By Anthony Deutsch THE HAGUE (Reuters) – A new team established by the global chemical weapons watchdog to attribute blame for the use of banned munitions in Syria will investigate nine alleged ...
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Against family wishes, Venezuela government buries navy captain who died in captivity

July 10, 2019 CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuelan authorities on Wednesday buried the remains of a navy captain who died in military custody last month, despite the opposition of family members who say he was tortured ...
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Italy’s Salvini denies his League party took money from Russians

July 10, 2019 ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday denied a media report that his far-right League party had sought millions of euros from Russian investors via a secret oil ...
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Green EU lawmakers oppose von der Leyen’s bid for Commission chief

July 10, 2019 By Daphne Psaledakis and Peter Maushagen BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen made her pitch to European Union lawmakers on Wednesday to become the next head of the bloc’s executive, ...
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Assad hits a wall in Syrian war as front lines harden

July 10, 2019 By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad’s assault in the northwest has been met with a painful rebel counterpunch that underlines Turkish resolve to keep the area ...
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Trump threatens to ‘substantially’ increase sanctions on Iran

July 10, 2019 By Doina Chiacu and Francois Murphy WASHINGTON/VIENNA (Reuters) – President Donald Trump warned on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran would be increased “substantially” soon, as the U.N. nuclear watchdog held an ...
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Ukraine president kicks official out of meeting over criminal record

July 10, 2019 By Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy had a regional official expelled from a meeting broadcast live on television on Wednesday because of a past criminal record. “Get out ...
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British ambassador to Washington quits after spat over leaked memos

July 10, 2019 By Michael Holden and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s ambassador to Washington quit on Wednesday after days of stinging criticism from Donald Trump, leading to accusations that Boris Johnson, the favorite ...
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At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention center: official

July 3, 2019 By Ahmed Elumami TRIPOLI (Reuters) – An air strike late on Tuesday hit a detention center for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least ...
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China condemns violent Hong Kong protests as ‘undisguised challenge’ to its rule

July 3, 2019 By Anne Marie Roantree BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) – China on Tuesday condemned violent protests in Hong Kong as an “undisguised challenge” to the formula under which the city is ruled, hours after ...
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Wanted militant blows himself up in Tunisian capital

July 3, 2019 By Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) – A wanted militant wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the Tunisian capital after being surrounded by police, the government said on Wednesday, but there ...
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‘Help, 40 days here’: Photos show migrants crammed into U.S. border facilities

July 3, 2019 By Doina Chiacu and Jonathan Allen WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Government investigators warned of dangerous overcrowding at more migrant facilities on the southwest U.S. border, publishing photos on Tuesday of packed cells ...
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EU leaders choose France’s Lagarde for ECB after marathon summit

July 3, 2019 By Gabriela Baczynska, Robin Emmott and Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS/STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed on Tuesday to name France’s Christine Lagarde as the new head of the European Central Bank and ...
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