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Trump calls top aide Kellyanne Conway’s spouse ‘husband from hell’ in Twitter brawl

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Young/File Photo WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, not one to shy away from a Twitter fight, intensified an online battle with senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway’s husband on Wednesday, calling George […]

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Rescue teams race to save hundreds trapped by Mozambique cyclone

MAPUTO/HARARE (Reuters) – Aid workers scrambled to save hundreds trapped by floods around the Mozambican port city of Beira on Wednesday, after a powerful cyclone killed hundreds of people and left a trail of destruction across swathes of southeast Africa. Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique’s port city of Beira with winds of up to 170 kph […]

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Billionaire Indian remanded in custody after London court appearance

LONDON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, wanted by Indian authorities over a $2 billion (1.5 billion pounds) loan fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB) was remanded in custody after appearing before a British court on Wednesday. Indian journalists are seen outside the Westminster Magistrates court in London, Britain March 20, 2019. […]

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EU leaders to warn of cyber, fake news threat to May elections

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will sound the alarm this week over the threat of EU elections in May being undermined by a coordinated campaign of fake news and disinformation by foreign powers. FILE PHOTO: European Union flags fly outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, March 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman/File Photo A […]

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Italy’s 5-Star hit as Rome party figure arrested for graft

ROME (Reuters) – A senior figure in Italy’s ruling 5-Star Movement was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of corruption, dealing an embarrassing blow to group that has always tried to project a squeaky clean image. Marcello De Vito, the president of Rome’s city council and de facto deputy mayor, is under investigation for allegedly taking […]

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Youngest captain, loving son: Ethiopian pilots honoured in death

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – The dreams of the two young men soared as high as the Ethiopian Airlines planes they proudly flew. Handsome, cosmopolitan Yared Getachew was to marry another plane captain this year. Studious, serious Ahmednur Mohammed rented his first apartment with his maiden paycheck in February. Their lives, along with 155 others, ended […]

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Jeweller Modi arrested in London on India’s request

LONDON/NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday, prompting an Indian minister to declare that “all looters will be brought back”. A Nirav Modi showroom is pictured in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi The arrest […]

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An immigrant’s tale: Leaving Britain to escape Brexit hostility

LONDON (Reuters) – A few months after Britain voted to leave the European Union, Maria was waiting to see a doctor at a London hospital when an elderly English woman told her to go back to her native Romania. Maria, 31, holds her baby daughter Ioana, who is less than a week old, at their […]

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Algeria general praises public’s noble aims in sign of distance from Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria’s army chief declared that the public has expressed “noble aims” during weeks of demonstrations against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, his strongest signal yet that the military is distancing itself from the long-serving ruler. FILE PHOTO: Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gaid […]

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Russian tycoon Kerimov back under investigation in France over tax

NICE, France (Reuters) – A French judge placed Russian tycoon Suleiman Kerimov back under formal investigation on suspicion of complicity in aggravated tax fraud, the prosecutor in the southern city of Nice said on Wednesday. French investigators allege that Kerimov, whose family controls Russia’s largest gold producer Polyus, deceived the tax man over the true […]

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German conservatives float compromise to defuse EU row with Hungary’s Orban

BRUSSELS/BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s conservatives floated a compromise in a long-running dispute between Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the EU’s centre-right grouping that could avert his party’s expulsion over concerns about Budapest’s authoritarian drift. FILE PHOTO: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during Hungary’s National Day celebrations in Budapest, Hungary, March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi […]

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Chasing youth vote, Indian parties blitz smartphones with political cartoons

PUNE, India (Reuters) – Ganesh Bhalerao is a cartoonist hoping to go viral in the battle to secure Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s re-election when India votes over the next two months. Ganesh Bhalerao, a cartoonist hired by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, draws a political cartoon inside his home in Pune, India, February 28, 2019. […]

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Air strike kills four people in Somalia -relatives

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – An air strike near the Somali town of Afgoye killed four people, a relative of one of the victims said on Tuesday. The United States frequently carries out such attacks that target Islamist militants in the Horn of Africa country. The attacks have helped bolster Somalia’s U.N.-backed central government against al Qaeda-affiliated […]

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Could Thailand’s populists win again despite army obstacles?

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Nearly five years after Thailand’s 2014 military coup, the populist movement that the army has overthrown twice in a decade is contesting an election on Sunday that its leaders say is rigged against it. Yet, the Pheu Thai party linked to ousted ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, is hoping it can beat the system, […]

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New Kazakh leader hands Nazarbayev’s daughter key post

ASTANA (Reuters) – Kazakhstan’s new president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev handed the key post of senate speaker on Wednesday to a daughter of his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev, who unexpectedly resigned a day earlier after three decades in power. Kassym-Jomart Tokayev takes the oath after he assumed the post of Kazakhstan’s President during a joint session of the […]

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Amnesty says U.S. strikes in Somalia kill large numbers of civilians

NAIROBI (Reuters) – The U.S. military may be guilty of war crimes for killing large numbers of civilians in a sharply stepped-up campaign of air strikes in Somalia over the past two years, Amnesty International said. The rights group said it had been able to document 14 civilians killed in investigations of just five air […]

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Indian jeweller Modi arrested in London, British police say

A Nirav Modi showroom is pictured in New Delhi, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi LONDON (Reuters) – Fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi had been arrested in London on behalf of the Indian authorities, British police said on Wednesday. India had asked Britain in August to extradite Modi, one of the main suspects charged in […]

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Indonesia’s Papua set for mass burial as flood death toll tops 100

People stand as they look at damaged houses after a flash flood in Sentani, Papua, Indonesia, March 17, 2019 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Gusti Tanati/ via REUTERS JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua is planning to hold mass burials for the victims of flash floods, as the death toll […]

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Powerful Algerian party abandons beleaguered Bouteflika

ALGIERS (Reuters) – An influential Algerian party that was a long-time supporter of Abdelaziz Bouteflika has criticised the ailing president for seeking to stay in power, another setback for the ruling elite in the face of mass demonstrations. FILE PHOTO: Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika looks on during a meeting with army Chief of Staff Lieutenant […]

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Haka ring out as New Zealand deals with trauma of shootings

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – Members of rival New Zealand gangs gathered in unity on Wednesday to slap their thighs, thump their chests and stick out their tongues in a traditional Maori haka to commemorate the victims of last week’s mass shootings in Christchurch. FILE PHOTO: Members of a New Zealand biker gang perform the Haka to […]