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German intelligence sees Russia behind hack of energy firms – media report

BERLIN (Reuters) – Russia was probably behind a widespread cyber attack on German energy providers disclosed last week, the head of Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence agency told the RND newspaper chain. FILE PHOTO: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov attends a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Grigory Dukor Hans-Georg Maassen told the newspaper […]

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NZ Prime Minister Ardern enters hospital for birth of first child

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was admitted to hospital in Auckland for the birth of her first child on Thursday, according to a statement from her office. FILE PHOTO – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a meeting at the […]

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Challenged at home, Merkel seeks emergency EU meeting on migration

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel will try on Sunday to persuade other EU leaders to further curb immigration and restrict movement of asylum seekers within the European Union, to help keep her ruling coalition from crumbling at home. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Interior minister Horst Seehofer attend an event to commemorate […]

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Trump to order end of immediate immigrant family separations at U.S. border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the immediate separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad. An administration official said Trump would sign an order that would require immigrant families to […]

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Afghan Taliban kill 30 soldiers in first major attack since Eid ceasefire

KABUL (Reuters) – Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday. The three-day Taliban ceasefire ended on Sunday. Provincial governor Abdul Ghafoor Malikzai said the Taliban attacked two […]

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Suspect in German ricin case was in touch with radical Islamists – prosecutor

BERLIN (Reuters) – A 29-year-old Tunisian arrested last week on suspicion of producing the lethal toxic ricin was in contact with radical Islamists, and twice tried unsuccessfully to reach Islamic State in Syria, Germany’s top federal prosecutor said on Wednesday. Peter Frank, head of the GBA Federal Prosecutor’s Office, told broadcaster SWR that the man, […]

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Trump to sign order on family separations at U.S. border

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said he would sign an executive order on immigration on Wednesday to end the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad. Trump, whose administration weeks ago began separating hundreds of children from their parents at the border, […]

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Lebanon minister moves to calm dispute over Iranian passport stamps

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanon’s interior minister tried on Wednesday to calm a dispute over a change in rules for entering the country, which some politicians feared reflects deepening influence of Iran and its ally Hezbollah. The move by a state security agency allows entry for Iranians at the airport without their passports being stamped. Caretaker […]

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U.S. slams rights groups, says aided its withdrawal from U.N. body

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley slammed rights groups on Wednesday for thwarting Washington’s attempts to reform the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council and said they had contributed to the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw. U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley listens as U.S. Secretary of State […]

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Slovakia delays decision to replace Russian fighter jets

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) – Slovakia will postpone a decision on whether to buy U.S.-made F-16s or Swedish Gripen fighter jets to replace its ageing Russian-made MiG-29s, Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini said on Wednesday. The defence ministry was originally expected to submit an analysis of the two options by June 29 for government approval, but Pellegrini said […]

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Tackling North Korea’s chronically poor sewage ‘not rocket science’ – U.N.

GENEVA (Reuters) – North Korea has a problem with human waste which is threatening the health of its children, according to a rare survey of family life in the reclusive country by a U.N. agency that also praised Pyongyang’s “improved openness” with data. The data, published on Wednesday by the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, was […]

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Two Iraqi policemen wounded in clash with militiaman – ministry

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Two Iraqi policemen were wounded in a shootout with a member of the Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a grouping of mostly Iran-backed paramilitarise, in Baghdad on Wednesday, the interior ministry said. The shooting started when a police patrol tried to arrest the driver of a stolen car who belonged to the PMF, […]

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Asylum seekers enter Finland from Russia using World Cup IDs – border guard

HELSINKI/ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Five people have entered Finland illegally with the help of soccer World Cup fan identity papers and then applied for asylum, the Finnish border guard said on Wednesday. Soccer Football – World Cup – Sochi, Russia – June 12, 2018 General view of a World Cup sign in Sochi REUTERS/Hannah McKay […]

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Trump says will sign something ‘pre-emptive’ on immigration border policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would sign something “pre-emptive” soon to solve the problem of immigrant families being separated at the U.S. southern border, which has sparked outrage in the United States and abroad. U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a Cabinet meeting, where he discussed immigration policy at […]

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Few Islamic State fighters return but home-grown attacks rise, Europol says

THE HAGUE (Reuters) – Europeans who went off to fight on behalf of Islamic State have not flooded back in large numbers since losing strongholds in Syria and Iraq, Europe’s police agency said on Wednesday, but they have inspired a growing number of home-grown attacks. Manuel Navarrete, head of Europol’s Counter Terrorism Centre, poses for […]

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Canada PM says splitting immigrant children from parents ‘unacceptable’

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said the U.S. practice of separating immigrant children from their parents on the southern border was unacceptable and wrong. FILE PHOTO: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo The comments were […]

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Hundreds of refugees take part in soccer tournament in Belgium

ANTWERP, Belgium (Reuters) – It may not have had the profile of the World Cup in Russia, but for the 40 teams doing battle in Belgium, the soccer tournament in honour of World Refugee Day was just as fiercely fought. Asylum seekers take part in the soccer tournament “All on the pitch” organised by NGO’s […]

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U.S. withdrawal leaves vacuum at U.N. rights forum

GENEVA (Reuters) – China, Britain and the European Union lamented on Wednesday Washington’s decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council as Western countries began looking for a substitute for the coveted seat. Borut Pahor President of Slovenia attends the Human Rights Council one day after the U.S. announced their withdraw at the United […]

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Russia’s Putin revels in soccer side’s unexpected World Cup form

MOSCOW (Reuters) – With the host team set to advance to the knockout stages for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia’s World Cup is going better than even Vladimir Putin expected. FILE PHOTO – Soccer Football – World Cup – Group A – Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Luzhniki Stadium, […]

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Danish PM to reshuffle government again as business minister steps down

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) – Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen will have to reshuffle his cabinet for the second month in a row after business minister Brian Mikkelsen said on Wednesday said he was stepping down. FILE PHOTO: Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen briefs the media at a European Union leaders informal summit in Brussels, […]