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62 die in forest fire still raging in Portugal

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He said the death toll was lowered from the previously reported 62 victims because one person had been counted twice. France and Spain have sent planes to help mitigate the blaze, the European Commission said. The French Foreign Ministry announced the death Monday, and said the French government is mobilized to help the victim's family and to help Portugal . Read More »

Merkel says European Union future more important than Brexit talks

May said her officials are in talks with their counterparts in Scotland over whether the Edinburgh parliament will be legally required to give its consent to the so-called Repeal Bill, which paves the way for Brexit . "Today we agreed on dates, we agreed on organisation, and we agreed on priorities for the negotiation", he said, outlining a two-step negotiation. British Prime Minister Theresa May is due to praise the good atmosphere at Monday's Brexit talks, and explain how to protect the ... Read More »

Senate passes budget unchanged but reasserts right to amend money bills

MORE: Is the Senate in crisis, or working just as it should? The Senate has given final approval to the federal government's budget - but with amendments that would delete the so-called escalator tax on booze. "I keep hearing in this chamber that, you know, we should yield to the other place (the Commons)". Had the government not challenged the Senate's right to amend but simply rejected its amendments to the bill, Sen. Read More »

Trump lashes out at Democrats after Georgia win

Filemon Vela (D-Tx.) to Politico on Wednesday. "The House remains in play now". "And yes, she is a great fundraiser, but if the money we're raising through her leadership is not helping us win elections, then we have to have this conversation now", Rep. Read More »

United Kingdom police studying cause of death of man in mosque attack

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It was while he was being attended to that a man plowed his van into a crowd of worshipers leaving Ramadan prayers in the early hours of Monday morning. Scotland Yard is continuing to question Darren Osborne on suspicion of launching the attack. "We as a family have always believed that the actions of one person can not be a reflection of a whole people and I have no doubt that our father would not wish for there to be any retaliation or recriminations and would urge people to remain calm ... Read More »

EU leaders to weigh terrorism, defence ties, migration

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But the gamble backfired spectacularly with her Conservative Party losing its majority, and now forced to negotiate with a small, right-wing North Irish party to ensure the government has majority support in the House of Commons on key issues. Read More »

German reunification architect Helmut Kohl dies at 87

Aware that Germany could be reunified only with the support of both the United States and the Soviet Union, Mr. Kohl developed close relationships with President George H.W. There, as a student preparing for university studies, he met a refugee from East Germany, Hannelore Renner, whom he married in 1960, and who projected a public image of traditional middle-class respectability. Read More »

Afghanistan sets July 7, 2018 for parliamentary elections

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He urged the government to play its due role in providing funds and security, while appealing to the masses to take part and cooperate. IEC secretary Imam Mohammad Warimach said there is a need for more work to be done by the election commission and government before polls can be held. Read More »

Genoa makes special airport waiver for famed pesto sauce

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The project has been dubbed "Il Pesto e Buono" - Pesto is Good. Now travelers can bring aboard any amount of pesto under 500 grams, just as long as they make a donation to the Flying Angels charity, which helps fund the air transportation of sick children. Read More »

South Africa's Eskom names company veteran Dladla as acting CEO

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Eskom was also named in a report by the Public Protector, a constitutionally mandated corruption watchdog, which raised questions over coal deals between the utility and a company controlled by the Gupta family, business friends of Zuma. Both parties are of firm belief that Dladla's experience and expertise will stabilize Eskom in the short-term. The announcement comes just ahead of Eskom's annual general meeting on Friday, where Brown is is expected to rotate the remaining Eskom board. Read More »

Police Release Images Of London Attacker's Fake Explosive Belts

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In an account of the June 3 attack released by the Metropolitan Police, Cole said he arrived at Borough Market to find "casualties on the pavements". The London Bridge terrorists , who had a stash of Molotov cocktails in their van, wanted to use hostages as human shields in a bloody siege, police have revealed. Read More »

Marawi rebels killing, enslaving civilians

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Nearly the entire population of about 200,000 fled from the lakeside town on the Philippines' southernmost island of Mindanao , but beyond the checkpoints fencing it off there are still some 500 to 1,000 civilians trapped or being held hostage. Read More »

Zuma backs Zwane on new Mining Charter

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The South African economy, Zwane said, is "lopsided" with 90% of South Africans excluded. Sibanye Gold is paying more than it would have done on a $1bn bond because of the introduction of a new investor-unfriendly Mining Charter, sovereign downgrades by ratings agencies and uncertainty in the mining sector. Read More »

US Warplane Shoots Down Armed Drone in Syria

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Australia's military said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by United States forces. Meanwhile the Syrian army and its allies are also closing in on Raqqa and last week the Syrian military reached areas controlled by the SDF, making clashes between the opposing alliances nearly inevitable. Read More »

Canada retail sales rise in April on home supplies, gas prices

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Retail sales in volume terms were up 0.3 per cent. "Further deceleration in core inflation is more likely to stay the bank's hand in July, while some stabilization or uptick, which can not be excluded at this stage, will put further pressure on the Bank of Canada to act", she said. Read More »

Escalation of tensions between Washington and Damascus

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In the latest sign of increasingly frequent confrontation with Damascus and its allies, Tuesday's incident closely followed Sunday's USA downing of a piloted Syrian army jet in the southern Raqqa countryside after it dropped bombs near US-backed forces. Read More »

PM renames Langevin Block building out of respect for Indigenous Peoples

The federal government intends to rename National Aboriginal Day as National Indigenous Peoples Day, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday. During that period, Langevin advocated for a residential school system that would separate "savages" from their families with the goal of creating a more "civilized" people. Read More »

China's notorious dog meat festival opens despite ban rumours

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But don't worry, we always manage to have enough dogs'. "It is encouraging to see the Yulin authorities enforcing the compromise ban that they themselves struck with Yulin officials". INCREDIBLE footage shows a truck packed with thousands of terrified cats and dogs bound for slaughter being stopped by heroic animal activists. The popularity of the Yulin festival exacerbates the problem of pet dog theft to keep up with demand. Read More »

Saudi king names son as heir

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Mohammed Bin Salman was in charge of carrying out not only the war against Yemen but also following economic reformist policy of the oil rich country. That account has frequently criticised Mohammed bin Salman , suggesting his impulsiveness could be risky. Of the new crown prince's personal life, Gulf News reports: "A law graduate from Riyadh's King Saud University, the dark-bearded prince with a receding hairline is the father of two boys and two girls and has married only once". Read More »

United States jet 'downs Iranian-made drone' in southern Syria

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The area is perilously close to territory controlled by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his Iranian and Russian allies, and has been the site of armed skirmishes over the last month between Assad's troops and US-allied forces. The communications channel has been repeatedly used to avoid air mishaps and to relay messages of concern when hostile forces approach the deconfliction zones. Read More »

Ireland's Leo Varadkar reassured by talks with Theresa May over DUP deal

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The Prime Minister also said both Britain and Ireland want the "reciprocal rights that our citizens enjoy in both countries to continue, including the rights under the Belfast Agreement". The event usually involves theatrics and traditions dating back hundreds of years. The Daily Telegraph's Christopher Hope added a deal was not expected until Thursday at the latest, a day after the Queen comes to Parliament effectively outlining the Government's priorities for the next parliament. Read More »

Germany : Reports say European country spied on White House

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The magazine said that it had seen evidence suggesting German security agency the BND had used nearly 4,000 keywords in internal surveillance databases that related to American targets from 1998 to 2006. The Spiegel report comes four years after Chancellor Angela Merkel famously said " spying on friends " was unacceptable, when commenting on the National Security Agency spy row that had put a strain on ties at the time. Read More »