North Korea lashes out at US ‘hostile acts’

(CNN)Hopes for a third summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump appeared to be revived Wednesday even after Pyongyang rebuked Washington over “hostility” that “viciously slandered” the country.The North Korean Foreign Ministry accused the US of engaging in “extreme hostile acts” against their country, specifically calling out Secretary of…

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Australia leaves England on the brink at Cricket World Cup

Lord’s, London (CNN)First came the boos, then came the cruise.Australian duo David Warner and Steve Smith were welcomed into one of the world’s most famous sporting theaters as pantomime villains amid a cacophony of boos and jeers. By the time they took their leave, only the sound of Australian celebrations remained after an emphatic 64-run…

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China bans all meat from Canada

Hong Kong (CNN)The Chinese government has announced a suspension on imported meat products from Canada over claims of forged customs documents, the latest sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.The Chinese embassy in Canada announced the move in a statement Wednesday, saying the decision had been sparked by the discovery of “ractopamine residues” in…

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Five things to know about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

More than eight months since the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, his remains still haven’t been found and individual responsibilities in the killing remain “clouded in secrecy and lack of due process”, according to the UN’s long-awaited report released a week ago. Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, is presenting her findings on…

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‘Extreme hostile acts’: N Korea condemns US sanctions extension

A woman looks at North Korea through binoculars from the unification observatory in Paju, South Korea on Sunday [Lee Jin-man/AP Photo] North Korea has criticised the US move to extend sanctions as an act of hostility and an outright challenge to the historic summit between the two countries’ leaders that was held in Singapore last…

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Denmark’s Social Democrat leader forms new leftist government

Denmark’s Social Democrat leader has announced she will form a minority government after reaching an agreement with three left and centre-left parties, weeks after a general election. “Now we have reached the goal … we have shown that when Danes vote as they have done, a new majority can turn their hopes into actions,” said…

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US House passes $4.5bn emergency border aid bill

Washington, DC – Setting up a policy confrontation with US President Donald Trump over his administration’s handling of the surge of migrants at the US southwest border, the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives approved a $4.5bn emergency border aid bill late on Tuesday. The 230-195 vote follows an outcry over reports of inhumane conditions for children…

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Brazil’s Supreme Court weighs appeal to free ex-President Lula

Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by imprisoned former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who argued he should be freed because leaked private messages showed that the judge who convicted him was not impartial. The court voted 3-2 to postpone debate on whether Brazil’s Justice Minister Sergio Moro had been impartial when…

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On the road with refugees fleeing DRC violence for Uganda

Sebagoro, Uganda – It was raining heavily when we arrived on Saturday at the Sebagoro refugee transit centre in western Uganda.  The previous day, 354 Congolese had crossed the nearby Lake Albert fleeing ethnic fighting between rival militias in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Ituri province. At least 300 people had been killed in just two weeks…

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Has the door closed on diplomacy between Iran and US?

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani reacted to the latest round of United States sanctions against his country by saying the White House had “lost its mind”. The new measures target Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his military chiefs, denying them access to financial resources. The US says the sanctions are a response to Iran’s recent “aggressive…

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Five things to watch for at the OAS General Assembly in Colombia

Medellin, Colombia – Representatives from 35 governments in North and South America will convene Wednesday through Friday in Medellin, Colombia to tackle challenges facing the hemisphere. The Organization of American States (OAS) meeting comes five months after Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido invoked the country’s constitution to declare himself interim president, calling Nicolas Maduro’s 2018…

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Seven things to know about NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo

Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player (MVP). Nicknamed the “Greek Freak”, the 24-year-old Milwaukee Bucks player on Monday got 78 first-place votes, well ahead of the 23 received by fellow MVP finalist James Harden of the Houston Rockets.  “Two, three years ago, I had the goal in my…

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The dangerous ground of ‘dark tourism’

(CNN) — It’s the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, responsible for causing an incalculable number of deaths and exposing millions to dangerous radiation.It’s also a tourism hotspot, a place where visitors seemingly strip off for selfies in front of abandoned buildings and snap artistically macabre shots of ruined relics.This is Chernobyl, which in…

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How suicide prevention is becoming part of Anthony Bourdain’s legacy

Atlanta (CNN) — The day Anthony Bourdain died, the phone did not stop ringing at the Giving Kitchen, an Atlanta nonprofit that provides support to restaurant workers sidelined by illness, injury or other emergencies. Bourdain’s death by suicide hit close to home for those in the food service industry facing the same highs and lows…

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Trump wants to use Iraq to ‘watch’ Iran. Baghdad says not so fast

London (CNN)Under no circumstances will Iraq allow the United States to use its bases in Iraq to launch an attack on neighboring Iran, Iraq’s President Barham Salih told CNN.”We do not want our territory to be a staging post for any hostile action against any of our neighbors, including Iran,” Salih said in an interview…

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Trump: Attacks ‘will be met with overwhelming force’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump threatened Iran with “obliteration” on Tuesday, saying that an attack on “anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force.””In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!” the President tweeted. Speaking in the Oval Office later in the day, Trump said he believes Iran still…

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‘Climate apartheid’: World’s poor to suffer most from disasters

The world is on course for “climate apartheid”, where the rich buy their way out of the worst effects of global warming while the poor bear the brunt, according to a United Nations human rights expert.  Philip Alston, the special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, issued the warning in a new report submitted to…

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UK suspends new arms export licences to Saudi-led coalition

Campaigners celebrate the court of appeal’s ruling last week [Simon Dawson/Reuters] The UK government has said it will not grant any new licences for weapons exports to Saudi Arabia or its coalition partners fighting in Yemen after a court ruled last week that such sales were unlawful. Britain’s Department for International Trade issued a formal…

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Egypt arrests activists over alleged anti-government plot

Egyptian authorities have arrested at least eight people, including prominent activists who were part of the country’s 2011 uprising, accusing them of a plot to bring down the government. The arrests drew condemnation by Amnesty International, which described Egypt as “an open-air prison” where no opposition or independent reporting was allowed. In a statement on…

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Outrage over Ethiopia’s continuing internet blackout

An internet shutdown has been in force across Ethiopia since Saturday, after a group of soldiers staged a failed coup in Amhara state, the birthplace of many of Ethiopia’s emperors as well as its national language, Amharic. The outage has frustrated citizens who rely on online services for information and for conducting business in one…

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Cold Australian nights, even in the tropics

The far north and far south of Australia both registered their lowest temperature in more than five years on Tuesday morning, according to Weatherzone. In Tasmania, Hobart’s -0.2 degrees Celsius shortly before 5am on Tuesday was the city’s lowest temperature since 2013. It was also its third coldest morning in the last 20 years. In…

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‘Journalism is not a crime’: Taliban decried for threats to media

The United States and Afghanistan have denounced a Taliban warning that Afghan media will be targeted unless they stop broadcasting what the group called “anti-Taliban statements”. Radio stations, TV channels and other media organisations had one week to stop transmitting “anti-Taliban advertisements”, the group’s military commission said in a statement on Monday. “Those who continue doing…

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Rewilding Patagonia: Chile’s Great Conservation Leap Forward

Three-quarters of all land on Earth is now significantly affected by human activity and the few remaining pockets of wilderness are themselves at risk of becoming ecological deserts. Agriculture, industry, urbanisation, climate change – all these are decimating ecosystems and destroying biodiversity. Some 60 percent of the world’s animals have been wiped out since the…

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Albania’s challenge: Rural counties left behind

Thirty years after the fall of communism, Albania remains one of Europe’s poorest countries. Villagers in Shkoder, near the border with Montenegro, are struggling to survive in the face of government neglect. International investments are not coming in and Albanian businesses are leaving because of the organised crime that is left unchecked by law enforcement…

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Women suffer disproportionately in Mexico’s war on drugs

In Mexico, a growing percentage of women are being imprisoned for crimes related to drug trafficking. This despite the Mexican government’s push towards reforming drug war policies that victimize the country’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Al Jazeera’s Manuel Rapalo reports from Mexico City.

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As violence flares in Burkina Faso, refugees trickle into Ghana

Bawku West district, Ghana – Salimata Kali is still looking for her husband, six months after she was forced to flee Zoaga, a small town in southern Burkina Faso near the border with Ghana. She fled because of communal violence. The Burkinabe army had been providing security after an initial flare-up, she says, but tensions…

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Meghan and Harry spent $3M of taxpayers’ money on home

(CNN)Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, spent £2.4 million (about $3 million) of British taxpayers’ money on renovations to their new home, according to the Royal Household’s latest annual financial statement.The couple’s official residence, Frogmore Cottage, which is nestled in a corner of the Windsor Estate, west of London, has undergone extensive…

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SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy launches ‘most difficult’ mission ever

New York (CNN Business)A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, the most powerful launch vehicle in the world, roared into the sky overnight for what CEO Elon Musk called the “most difficult launch” his rocket company has ever attempted.Lift off occurred at 2:30 am ET Tuesday from a launch pad in Florida. The rocket carried an eclectic…

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No Iran strikes, but Trump’s sanctions play still risks war

The administration’s high-risk Iran policy headed into even more dangerous territory Monday, signaling new punishments for the Islamic Republic’s military brass, its top diplomat and its Supreme Leader.”These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions,” Trump said. “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran until the regime abandons its…

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34 bridesmaids and she wishes she could have more

(CNN)A bride from New Orleans went all out for her beach wedding — enlisting 34 of her closest friends and family to join her as bridesmaids on her big day.Casme Carter tied the knot June 2 in Destin, Florida, with her six sisters and 28 friends by her side.She says that she planned on having…

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Cambodia charges seven over Sihanoukville building collapse

Prime Minister Hun Sen has fired a top disaster management official in the wake of the deadly accident [Sun Rethy Kun/AFP] A court in Cambodia charged seven people, including five Chinese nationals, on Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy after a fatal building collapse in the booming beach city of Sihanoukville over the weekend. At…

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Iran says US sanctions on Khamenei closed path to diplomacy

Iran said on Tuesday that a US decision to impose “hard-hitting” sanctions on the country’s top leadership, including the supreme leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the…

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The Hong Kong celebrities risking careers to join protests

Hong Kong – As riot police fired tear gas on protesters at a massive Hong Kong rally on June 12, pop star Denise Ho made use of her celebrity status. Hundreds of people were attempting to escape into a nearby building, but the narrow doorway only allowed a few people to squeeze through at a…

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UN advises ‘maximum restraint’ in US-Iran dispute

The UN Security Council is calling on all sides to show restraint as the rhetoric and attacks between the United States and Iran become increasingly heated. It also condemned attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf earlier this month. The US has blamed Iran, but Tehran denies any involvement. Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher reports from the…

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US relocates hundreds of migrant children from border facility

People have protested against Trump’s policy of child detention and migrant family separation [Denis Balibouse/Reuters] Nearly 250 migrant children have been relocated to children’s shelters from an overcrowded Texas border patrol station in the United States where lawyers said they had been held for weeks in dirty conditions without adequate food and water. Evelyn Stauffer,…

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Kushner: Israel-Palestine deal won’t follow Arab Peace Initiative

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner has said it will not be possible to solve the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a deal “along the lines of the Arab Peace Initiative”. Kushner made the comments during an exclusive interview to Al Jazeera shortly before his departure for a Washington-sponsored workshop in Bahrain’s capital, Manama, where officials…

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Missouri’s lone abortion clinic can stay open until Friday: judge

A judge on Monday ruled that the US state of Missouri’s lone abortion clinic can continue performing abortions through Friday but kicked the clinic’s lawsuit out of court. St Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer extended a preliminary injunction he previously issued in order to give a Planned Parenthood affiliate in St Louis time to take…

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‘Slightly illusory’: Low expectations for US-led Bahrain workshop

As officials and businesspeople from the United States, Israel and several Arab states head to Bahrain for a US-led economic workshop on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, expectations for constructive outcomes are low. The two-day conference, which begins on Tuesday and will see White House senior adviser Jared Kushner present the economic part of a long-awaited US…

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Russian air force plane lands in Venezuela: report

An aeroplane with the Russian flag is parked at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Caracas [Manaure Quintero/Reuters] A Russian air force plane has landed in Venezuela’s main airport, according to a Reuters News Agency witness and a website that tracks plane movements. An Ilyushin 62 jet with tail number RA-86496 was parked at Simon Bolivar…

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Woman, three children found dead near US-Mexico border in Texas

US Border Patrol agents have discovered the bodies of four people, including three children, within a wildlife management area near the US-Mexico border in south Texas, according to a sheriff. Eddie Guerra, Hidalgo County sheriff, told the McAllen Monitor newspaper that the dead appeared to be two infants, a toddler and a woman in her…

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US survives stiff test from Spain to reach World Cup quarterfinals

(CNN)It wasn’t easy, and at times there was doubt, but defending champion the US can look ahead to a mouthwatering quarterfinal clash against host France after a 2-1 win over a resolute Spain. In the US’ toughest challenge at the Women’s World Cup so far, two Megan Rapinoe penalties, one in each half, secured progress…

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Trump announces ‘hard hitting’ new sanctions against Iran

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran Monday in part to retaliate after the downing of a US drone last week, with the punitive measures set to target Iran’s Supreme Leader, military officials and its top diplomat, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Trump said he signed an…

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Airline operates a flight to nowhere

(CNN) — On June 22, a Brussels Airlines flight from Brussels to Washington, DC, turned around mid-air and went back to its starting point, meaning that passengers spent a total of nine hours in the air to essentially go nowhere.According to Belgian website Aviation24, flight SN515 was beset with challenges from the beginning.Originally, the flight…

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You may need to wait in a digital line at Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ land

(CNN) — If you’re still plotting your entry into Disneyland’s newest, biggest and very popular new land, hold on. Today begins a shift away from a reservation system to general access into Galaxy’s Edge — the name of Disney’s new Star Wars land.But, there are some “buts.” If it’s as popular as expected, visitors who…

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Mysterious explosion in a German cornfield was probably a WWII bomb

(CNN)Residents of Ahlbach, Germany, were mostly asleep at about 4 a.m. Sunday when they were jolted by a sudden blast.Something seemed to have exploded, large enough to feel like an earthquake, and a massive crater in a cornfield was all that remained.Police were sent to inspect the hole, which measured 33 feet wide and 13…

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Trump imposes new sanctions on Iran, targets supreme leader

US President Donald Trump signed an order on Monday that targets Iran’s supreme leader and associates with additional financial sanctions. The United States president said the action follows a series of aggressions by Iran, including last week’s downing of a US unmanned drone. Tensions between the US and Iran that have grown since May, when Washington ordered…

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Italy’s Milan and Cortina win vote to host 2026 Winter Olympics

Italy has won the rights the host the 2026 Winter Olympics following a vote by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The joint bid by the city of Milan and the ski resort of Cortina on Monday won 47 votes, edging out the candidacy from Sweden’s Stockholm and Are, which received 34 votes at the session in Lauseanne.…

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UN rights boss urges states to repatriate ISIL fighters’ families

Thousands of relatives of suspected ISIL fighters should be taken back by their countries of origin, the United Nations human rights chief has said. Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council as it opened its annual summer session in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet said on Monday that children in particular had suffered “grievous violations” of their rights. “Foreign…

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Palestinians denounce US’s peace plan before Manama event

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Hundreds of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank are protesting against the United States Middle East peace plan, taking to the streets on the eve of a US-sponsored summit in Bahrain where Washington is expected to reveal details of its long-awaited initiative. Starting on Tuesday, the workshop in Manama will see attendees discussing what the…

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Hong Kong Protests: Hundreds stage sit-in at city tax offices

China says it will not allow any discussion on Hong Kong’s mass protests at this week’s G20 summit. Demonstrators in Hong Kong have staged a sit-in at the city’s tax offices to keep up pressure on the government over a controversial extradition bill. Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports.

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Turkey puts 16 on trial for trying to overthrow the government

An anti-government protester shouts at riot police in Taksim Square in central Istanbul in July 2013 [File: Osman Orsal/Reuters] A trial in Turkey for 16 people accused of “terrorism” charges and organising anti-government protests in 2013 has begun with rights groups calling the allegations baseless. The 657-page indictment claims the defendants “attempted to overthrow the…

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UN warns of humanitarian disaster in Syria’s Idlib

In Syria, the devastation of continued air raids on Idlib is being laid bare. Nearly 500 civilians – many of them women and children – have been killed since the Russia-backed Syrian government offensive began nine weeks ago. On the ground, Syrian forces are being accused of conducting a scorched-earth policy of destroying crops. Al…

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The Palestinian refugees and the ‘monologue of the century’

In 1948, about 450 Palestinian villages were razed to the ground by Israeli forces and about 770,000 people – including about 20,000 Jews expelled by Arab militias from Hebron, Jerusalem, Jenin, and Gaza – were evicted in a matter of few days and then forcibly denied the return. Some of them fled out of fear, often…

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Vietnam jails US man for 12 years for trying to overthrow state

A court in Vietnam has sentenced a US citizen to 12 years in prison after finding him guilty of “attempting to overthrow the state”, the man’s lawyer said. Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, a 55-year-old father of four, pleaded guilty before the Ho Chi Minh City court on Monday during a trial which lasted only half…

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US-led Bahrain meeting on Palestine: All the latest updates

Bahrain is set to host the so-called “Peace to Prosperity” workshop to discuss what the US described as the economic part of President Donald Trump’s “deal of the century”, his proposal for solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The meeting on June 25 and 26 in Manama has been widely criticised over the lack of representation of…

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What’s the answer to Britain’s knife-crime crisis?

London (CNN)Five years into a knife-crime crisis, Britain is still scrambling for solutions.Few weekends pass without reports of violence in the country, while flowers laid on London street corners serve as a near-daily reminder of its results.The latest outbreak saw two teenagers die moments apart from each other on a bloody Friday night in the…

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The diesel scandal just destroyed profit growth at Daimler, maker of Mercedes-Benz

New York (CNN Business)Daimler, the German auto company that makes Mercedes-Benz, has slashed its 2019 profit expectations by hundreds of millions of euros. The financial downgrade, announced Sunday, is the latest fallout from the diesel emissions scandal that has rocked the German auto industry. The company said that “various ongoing governmental proceedings and measures relating…

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Small slug throws Japan’s high-speed rail into chaos

Tokyo (CNN)A single, small slug has been blamed for a massive power failure that brought part of Japan’s high-speed rail network to a standstill last month.An estimated 12,000 passengers were delayed on May 30, after power was cut on lines operated by rail company JR Kitakyushu, in the country’s southern Kyushu region. The outage occurred…

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Tremors felt in Australia after 7.2-magnitude quake in Indonesia’s Banda Sea

(CNN)A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck near to Indonesia’s Tanimbar islands in the Banda Sea Monday, with tremors being felt as far away as northern Australia.The earthquake hit at a depth of about 208 kilometers (129 miles), according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Residents in the Australian city of Darwin, approximately 720 kilometers…

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How politics explains Trump’s U-turns on Iran and immigration

(CNN)The whims and last minute reversals of President Donald Trump’s impulsive leadership style are sending America and the rest of the world on a wild and sometimes dangerous ride.From Iran to immigration policy and North Korea to trade wars, Trump’s tactic of escalating confrontations before backing off from the brink is leaving everyone unsure of…

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Afghanistan: Who controls what

Since the Taliban were removed from power in Afghanistan following an invasion by the United States in 2001, the armed group’s control over parts of the country has fluctuated widely.  According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), as of January 31 last year, 229 districts were under the Afghan government’s control,…

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Sudan’s military rejects Ethiopia’s transition proposal

Sudan’s military has rejected Ethiopia’s proposal to end the political deadlock over the composition of the country’s transitional government. The ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been wrangling for weeks over what form Sudan’s transitional government should take after the military deposed long-time President Omar al-Bashir on April 11. Ethiopia’s proposal,…

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Asean countries to ‘launch joint bid to host 2034 World Cup’

Southeast Asian countries will jointly bid to host the football World Cup in 2034, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has said. Asia has held the quadrennial showpiece of international football only once when Japan and South Korea were joint hosts in 2002 and Qatar will bring it back to the continent in 2022. “The leaders…

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‘No more survivors’ in Cambodia building collapse as toll hits 24

The retrieval of bodies from a building collapse in Cambodia continued on Monday, as the death toll rose to 24 with no further survivors expected to be found under the debris of the seven-storey Chinese-owned construction site. Workers clawed back the rubble overnight as a grim-faced Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen visited the scene of the…

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Who will rule Istanbul?

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has always been very aware that what happens politically to Turkey’s biggest city could have a major and lasting impact on his own political future. Istanbul is crucially important as the nation’s business hub. But it dealt a blow to the president’s ruling Justice and Development AK party, during mayoral…

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Sudan military calls for joint AU, Ethiopia transition plan

Sudan’s ruling military council has appealed to the African Union and Ethiopia to unify their efforts in outlining a blueprint for a political transition in the crisis-hit country. The Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the opposition coalition have been wrangling for weeks over what form Sudan’s transitional government should take after the military deposed long-time President…

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‘Get Israel off our backs’: Palestinians react to Kushner plan

Analysts have rebuked the economic part of the United States’ Middle East peace plan for failing to address the main problem that has heavily curbed the Palestinian economy – the 52-year-old Israeli military occupation over the Palestinian territories. The economic plan was released by the White House on Saturday and is set to be presented…

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‘We’ve had enough’: Huge crowds in Prague demand PM Babis quit

Prague, Czech Republic – Massive crowds have rallied in Prague calling for Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis’ resignation over corruption allegations. The protest on Sunday drew more than 250,000 people, according to organisers, making it the largest show of public anger since the 1989 Velvet Revolution which brought down Communism in the Eastern European country. …

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One killed, several wounded in attack on Saudi airport

Riyadh has accused Iran of supplying the Houthis with the weapon used in a previous attack on the airport [File: Faisal al Nasser/Reuters] Yemen’s Houthi rebels have launched an attack on Abha civilian airport in southern Saudi Arabia that killed one person and wounded seven others, the Saudi-led coalition battling the group in Yemen has…

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Opinion: Why’s Trump acting out of character?

Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast. Follow him @DeanObeidallah. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)In the last few days, President Donald Trump flip-flopped on his order to…

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Cameroon protests and tears as England reach Women’s World Cup last eight

(CNN)Distraught Cameroon players staged an series of extraordinary on-field protests over VAR decisions as England earned a quarterfinal clash with Norway at the Women’s World Cup with a 3-0 win in Valenciennes Sunday.The protests took the gloss off the England win, its second biggest at the finals stage, with angry manager Phil Neville claiming they…

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‘Dog the Bounty Hunter’ star in medically-induced coma

(CNN)Beth Chapman, the bail bondswoman who starred on the reality show “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” is in a medically induced coma, her husband Duane “Dog” Chapman has confirmed on Facebook.The Facebook post linked to a Hawaii News Now story saying that Chapman was admitted to the ICU at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu.”Please say your…

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Missing YouTuber’s belongings recovered on Manhattan Bridge

(CNN)A backpack and phone believed to belong to a missing YouTuber have been recovered on the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, according to police sources. Desmond Amofah — better known by his online pseudonym, Etika — was last heard from on Wednesday night, according to the New York Police Department. His disappearance is still…

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Turkey’s opposition set to win rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral vote

The ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AK Party) candidate in the controversial rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election has conceded defeat after initial results showed the opposition leading the vote.  The state-run Anadolu news agency said on Sunday that the opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidate Ekrem Imamoglu was leading with 53.69 percent of the vote,…

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Mauritania’s Ghazouani wins majority in presidential vote: CENI

Mauritania’s government has declared victory in the country’s competitive presidential election but opposition candidates said they could contest the result.  With counting completed in nearly all polling stations on Sunday, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) said the ruling party’s Mohamed Ould Ghazouani won 51.9 percent of the vote.  “Congratulations to president-elect Mohamed Ould Ghazouani…

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Police violence worsens in Brazil’s poor neighbourhoods

The Brazilian president swept to power on a promise he would be tough on crime. President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrated that most strongly in his home state of Rio de Janeiro. However, It has a long history of police abuse as officers have battled drug gangs with innocent people getting caught in the crossfire. As Al…

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ASEAN leaders promise closer ties, wrap up Bangkok summit

Leaders have wrapped up the latest summit of Southeast Asian nations, known as ASEAN, in Thailand. Economic concerns dominated the meetings, as members feel the effects of the ongoing trade war between the United States and China. In response, leaders of the regional bloc have promised to work together more closely and an immediate product…

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Turkey: Polls close in rerun of Istanbul mayoral election

Polls have closed in the rerun of Istanbul’s mayoral election after the March 31 vote result was annulled, with initial results expected later on Sunday. While 32 candidates were listed on ballot papers, including 17 independents, the real race is between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) candidate, Binali Yildirim, and opposition Republican People’s Party…

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Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents are not too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each…

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Ethiopia’s Amhara state chief killed amid regional coup attempt

The president of Ethiopia’s Amhara region and his top adviser were killed in an attempted coup in which the country’s army chief was also shot dead, the office of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said. Spokeswoman Billene Seyoum told journalists a “hit squad” led by Amhara’s security chief Asaminew Tsige burst into a meeting in…

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Will Italy prosecute officials for the 2013 shipwreck disaster?

Rome, Italy – Hatem Shabaan hopes justice is near. Six years ago, he lost his wife and two of his four children at sea. They were on board a refugee boat that capsized near Italy in October 2013, after they had called for help for hours. Rescuers arrived late. “I lost my family right before…

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Hong Kong protests: Religious leaders stand with protesters

Hong Kong’s religious leaders have joined protesters in criticising a controversial proposed extradition law that would send suspects to mainland China for trial. The proposed law has been shelved for now but many want it scrapped entirely. Religious leaders say the government must mend its damaged relationship with the youth. Al Jazeera’s Sarah Clarke reports from…

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Trump nominates Mark Esper as Pentagon chief

US President Donald Trump has nominated Mark Esper to be the Secretary of Defense, the White House has said. Esper replaces Patrick Shanahan, who led the military in an acting capacity but this week withdrew his name from consideration for a permanent role after allegations of domestic violence. It has been six months without a…

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Europe to experience ‘intense heat’ in multi-day heat wave

(CNN)Europe will be struck by a “potentially dangerous” heat wave next week, according to forecaster Accuweather, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit) on Wednesday and Thursday. The expected heat wave is the result of “a storm stalling over the Atlantic Ocean and high pressure over central and…

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Kim Jong Un received ‘personal letter’ from Trump, North Korean state media said

Washington (CNN)North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a “personal letter” from US President Donald Trump, according to North Korean state news agency KCNA.KCNA reported that Kim “said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content,” after reading it.”Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the serious content” and appreciated the “extraordinary…

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Fighting Ebola is hard, but in the Congo fear and mistrust is making it harder

Butembo, North Kivu, DR Congo (CNN)When Ebola first struck this city of more than a 100,000 people last September, many here didn’t believe it was real. As the disease latched onto families and spread through tightly packed neighborhoods, rumors began spreading of organ harvesting and political conspiracies, even as more people got sick and died.When…

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‘Uncle Petrov,’ the ethnic Russian streaming star making China question what it means to be Chinese

(CNN)With bright blue eyes, fair skin and bushy brown hair, Peter Petrov doesn’t look like a typical Chinese man.That’s because Petrov, whose legal name is Dong Desheng, lives in his birthplace of Heilongjiang province and is an ethnic Russian, one of China’s 55 officially recognized minority groups. In a country where the predominant ethnic group,…

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EU leaders fail to show united front on climate change

London, United Kingdom – European Union leaders have failed to strike a deal to commit the bloc to achieving climate neutrality by 2050 at a European Council summit this week. While only eight countries had committed to the target at the previous summit in March, large-scale environmental protests and the huge gains made by green parties…

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Russia to suspend Georgian airline flights from July 8

Russia says it will suspend Georgian air companies from flying in its territory from July 8, a day after President Vladimir Putin banned Russian flights to Georgia citing security concerns. The move on Saturday followed an outbreak of unrest in Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, triggered on Thursday by a Russian legislator’s address in the former Soviet nation’s parliament. …

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Mauritania votes for new president amid opposition vote fears

Mauritanians are voting for a new president as the incumbent leader warned that only his chosen successor can maintain stability in the West African country, while the opposition said it saw “worrying signs” of election irregularities. The election on Saturday is the first in the nation’s coup-strewn history that looks set to see an elected president…

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Afghan leaders begin two-day peace talks in Pakistan

Dozens of Afghan political leaders have attended a conference in neighbouring Pakistan to discuss possible ways to achieve peace in the war-torn country. In the inaugural ceremony of the Afghan peace conference titled “Lahore Process” at Bhurbhan in Murree on Saturday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan is committed in its efforts to bring…

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What is next for Hong Kong’s protest movement?

Standing in Harcourt Road – a thoroughfare dividing a high-end shopping and office district on one side from Hong Kong’s administrative centre on the other – on the morning of September 29, 2014, I was struck by the sense that something had changed in Hong Kong. I told myself the city would never be quite…

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