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Temer charged with taking bribes

26 June 2017

BRASILIA – Brazil’s top federal prosecutor charged President Michel Temer with taking multimillion-dollar bribes on Monday in a stinging blow to the unpopular leader and to political stability in Latin America’s largest country. Rodrigo Janot submitted the charge... Read More

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Paris Agreement in focus

25 June 2017

The following article on Climate Diplomacy Week was submitted by Ambassador Daniela Tramacere, Head of the European Union Delegation to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean States, the OECS, and CARICOM/CARIFORUM. AS WE APPROACH the start of the 2017 edition of the internationally... Read More

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34 high-rise blocks fail fire test

25 June 2017

LONDON – Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes. British officials have conducted tests... Read More

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Thousands evacuated over new fire fears

24 June 2017

LONDON – Investigators said on Friday they would consider manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people, as thousands of apartment-dwellers a few miles away were told to leave their homes due to fire risk. The outside cladding... Read More

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North Korea says US student's death a 'mystery to us as well' 

23 June 2017

SEOUL — North Korea said on Friday the death of US university student Otto Warmbier soon after his return home was a mystery and dismissed accusations that he had died because of torture and beating during his captivity as "groundless". The North's foreign ministry... Read More

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Catholic Church in Brooklyn to compensate sexual abuse victims

22 June 2017

NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic Church in the New York City borough of Brooklyn has set up a compensation program for victims of sexual abuse by its clergy, the Diocese of Brooklyn said on Thursday. The program is modelled on one set up last year by the neighbouring... Read More

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Four Republic senators oppose new healthcare bill

22 June 2017

WASHINGTON – Senator Rand Paul said on Thursday he and three of his fellow Republicans in the Senate oppose the draft healthcare bill put forward by party leaders as it is currently written, potentially imperilling the legislation’s passage, the Associated Press reported.... Read More

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Powerful quake shakes Guatemala and El Salvador, no casualties reported 

22 June 2017

GUATEMALA CITY — A major earthquake struck off the coast of Guatemala on Thursday, damaging buildings and downing trees as well as causing powerful tremors in neighbouring El Salvador. There were no reports of casualties. The quake, measured at a magnitude of 6.8... Read More

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Officer stabbed in attack at Michigan airport

21 June 2017

BISHOP INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT in Flint, Michigan, was evacuated on Wednesday after a police officer was stabbed in the neck in what a US government official familiar with the situation said was being investigated as a possible act of terrorism. All passengers were... Read More

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Trump lawyers make final Supreme Court pitch on travel ban

21 June 2017

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration on Wednesday made its final plea to the US Supreme Court to allow its proposed ban on travellers from six Muslim-majority countries to go into effect as the justices weigh how to handle the hotly contested dispute. The court... Read More

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Journalists file suit against Mexico government

20 June 2017

MEXICO CITY – Activists, human-rights lawyers and journalists in Mexico filed a criminal complaint on Monday following a report that their smartphones had been infected with spying software sold to the government to fight criminals and terrorists. The complaint to... Read More

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Autopsy shows cocaine, heroine and ecstasy in Carrie Fisher’s system

20 June 2017

LOS ANGELES – Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had traces of cocaine, heroin and party drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in her system when she died suddenly in December, according to a full autopsy report released on Monday. The autopsy report from the Los Angeles... Read More

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US student in coma dies days after release from North Korea

19 June 2017

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA student Otto Warmbier died on Monday in a Cincinnati hospital only days after being released in a coma from 17 months of detention in North Korea, his family said in a statement. Warmbier, 22, who was arrested in North Korea while visiting... Read More

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Van rams Muslim worshippers in London, PM May condemns 'sickening' attack

19 June 2017

LONDON – A van ploughed into worshippers near a London mosque in the early hours of Monday, injuring 11 people, two of them seriously, in what Prime Minister Theresa May said was a sickening, terrorist attack on Muslims. The vehicle swerved into a group of mainly... Read More

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Trump lawyer says president not under investigation, despite tweets

19 June 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer said on Sunday that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, a statement that appeared to contradict a comment Trump himself made on Twitter last... Read More

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At least 62 killed in forest fire still raging in Portugal

19 June 2017

PEDROGAO GRANDE, Portugal – A huge forest fire raging since Saturday in central Portugal has killed at least 62 people, most of them dying in their cars as they tried to flee, the government said on Sunday. “The dimension of this fire was such that we don’t have... Read More

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Amazon to buy Whole Foods for $13.7 billion

18 June 2017

AMAZON.COM INC said on Friday it would buy Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7 billion, in an embrace of brick-and-mortar stores that could turn the high-end grocer into a mass-market merchant and upend the already struggling US retail industry. Amazon used aggressive... Read More

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McDonald’s ends Olympics sponsorship deal early

17 June 2017

NEW YORK/BERLIN – McDonald’s Corp ended its 41-year-old sponsorship of the Olympic Games three years early, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday, reflecting the US fast-food giant’s focus on its core business as well as rising Olympics sponsorship costs... Read More

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Cosby lawyers demand mistrial, judge says jury can keep working

17 June 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania – Lawyers for Bill Cosby demanded that a judge declare a mistrial in the entertainer’s sexual assault case on Friday, complaining that jurors were essentially rehearing the entire week of trial testimony as their deliberations passed the 45-hour... Read More

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Trump ‘cancels’ Obama Cuba policy, restricts travel and trade

16 June 2017

MIAMI – President Donald Trump on Friday ordered tighter restrictions on Americans traveling to Cuba and a clampdown on US business dealings with the Caribbean island’s military, saying he was cancelling former President Barack Obama’s “terrible and misguided deal”... Read More

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Russia's military says it may have killed IS leader; West, Iraq sceptical

16 June 2017

MOSCOW/BAGHDAD – Moscow said on Friday its forces may have killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an air strike in Syria last month, but Washington said it could not corroborate the death and Western and Iraqi officials were sceptical. The secretive... Read More

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