Mugabe-era minister jailed for corruption in Zimbabwe

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:06
A former minister who served under Zimbabwe's ex president Robert Mugabe was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to four years in jail on Friday, his lawyer said, the first conviction of a Mugabe-era official since he stepped down.
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Lebanon must strike deal with Syria to use export crossing-minister

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:04
Lebanon must seek a deal with Syria so Lebanese exporters can reach wider Middle East markets via the Syrian border with Jordan now that Damascus has recovered state control of that frontier, Lebanon's caretaker economy minister said on Friday.
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Oil storage blast in central Iran kills two, fire contained: Tasnim

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:02
An explosion at an Iranian oil storage facility in the central industrial zone of Khomein on Friday killed two people and wounded another, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.
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Italy government reaches deal on top posts after market wobble

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 19:01
Italy's coalition government, facing market turbulence over reports of internal divisions, finally agreed on Friday who should fill two key positions which carry great influence over the economy.
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Trump on Putin meeting: it wasn't all rosy

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:55
U.S. President Donald Trump defended his efforts to build a relationship with Vladimir Putin in an interview broadcast on Friday after he invited the Russian leader for a second meeting in the midst of an uproar over their first.
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Turkey says it has new evidence of Gulen coup links, will discuss with U.S

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:53
Turkey has obtained fresh evidence linking supporters of a U.S.-based cleric to a 2016 failed military coup, Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul said, adding he would discuss the new information with his U.S. counterpart later on Friday.
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Russia shows off new nuclear weapons

Associated Press - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:51
The Russian Defense Ministry has released video of its new nuclear weapons days after the controversial Trump-Putin summit. CNN's Matthew Chance reports.
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Poland pushes to replace Supreme Court judge who defied government

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:51
The Polish parliament on Friday adopted rules to swiftly name a new head for the Supreme Court as part of a judicial overhaul by the ruling party that critics say undercuts democracy.
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Analysis: 1 House Republican's chilling warning on Trump and Russia

Associated Press - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:48
In a New York Times op-ed — headlined "Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin. What Should We Do?" — Texas Republican Rep. Will Hurd writes of this week's summit between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin:
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Kavanaugh said Congress should investigate a president, raising questions about his views on Mueller

Associated Press - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:46
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has raised concerns about indicting a sitting president and expressed his desire to overturn a ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel.
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UK's Brexit plans useful, but questions remain: Barnier

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:42
Britain's proposals on its future relationship with the European Union contain constructive elements, but many questions remain, EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Friday.
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A transgender woman says a pharmacist refused to fill her hormone prescription

Associated Press - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:38
Hilde Hall says she went straight from her doctor's office in April to a CVS pharmacy in her Phoenix suburb, eager to fill her first hormone therapy prescription.
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Man arrested after knife attack on German bus

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:37
A man armed with a knife attacked people on a bus in the northern German city of Luebeck on Friday, wounding at least 14 people, two seriously, before being arrested by police, the local newspaper reported.
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Under pressure at home, May demands new deal from EU on Irish border

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:31
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday called on the European Union to strike a new deal to prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland and demanded Brussels quickly respond to her plan to avoid a damaging no-deal Brexit.
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China shows rising interest in Middle East during Xi visit to UAE

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:28
China and the United Arab Emirates signed a raft of financial, business and trade agreements on Friday during a visit by President Xi Jinping to the UAE that signaled energy-hungry Beijing's rapidly growing interest in the Middle East.
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Zimbabwe presidential election too close to call - poll

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:25
Zimbabwe's July 30 presidential election will provide no clear winner, with 40 percent of voters choosing President Emmerson Mnangagwa and 37 percent his opponent, Nelson Chamisa, according to an Afrobarometer poll released on Friday.
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Rival warplane projects underline Europe's divisions

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:23
Britain's showy launch of a new fighter jet project at this week's Farnborough Airshow has laid bare political tensions that are threatening to tear Europe apart and deepened scepticism about the future of European defense cooperation.
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At crossroads, Spain's ousted conservatives pick new leader

Reuters - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:22
Spain's conservative party, cast into opposition in June after six years in government, will map out its political direction for the foreseeable future on Saturday when it picks either a centrist or a right-winger as its new leader.
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Instagram star slams days off for domestic workers

Associated Press - Fri, 20/07/2018 - 18:22
A Kuwaiti Instagram star has slammed new regulations requiring a weekly day off for Filipino domestic workers in the country, with her comments drawing the ire of social media users.
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