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Tusk rejects PM's call for Irish border backstop to be scrapped

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But now Prime Minister Boris Johnson is apparently working to resurrect the deal, hoping to achieve minor modifications such as dispensing with the hated Irish backstop to get it through Parliament on the fourth attempt. There's no room for amending the withdrawal agreement . Ahead of the meeting on Tuesday, the German Chancellor underscored that the backstop was an interim agreement until a practical solution tested and workable is in place. Read More »

Hong Kong Leader Promises Dialogue to Help End Protests

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Starting this week, Lam said, talks will begin with organizations and people who gave practical advice to the government in the past three months. Anger erupted in June over a now-suspended bill that would allow criminal suspects in the former British colony to be extradited to mainland China . Read More »

U.S. warns Greece not to harbor Iranian tanker

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The tanker, Adrian Darya 1 , previously named Grace 1, is believed to be hauling $130 million in light crude oil. Mr Pompeo said the US State Department had put a clock on its website that was counting down to the removal of the measures. Read More »

Danish PM: Trump’s idea of buying Greenland is ‘absurd’

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So the concept came up and I said , 'Certainly I'd be.' Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested but we'll talk to them a little bit. The suggestion of selling off Greenland, a Danish dependency, will not on the table any time soon, Frederiksen told newspaper Sermitsiaq during a visit to the island on Sunday. Read More »

Boris Johnson opening Brexit bid, rip out the Irish border backstop

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However he said he would enter Brexit talks with "a lot of oomph" and there was "a real sense that something needs to be done" with the backstop. European Council chief Donald Tusk responded quickly and vigorously, defending the so-called backstop - an insurance policy meant to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Read More »

Cardinal George Pell loses appeal against sexual abuse convictions

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Disgraced Cardinal George Pell will learn whether he will walk free from prison or remain behind bars when Victoria's Court of Appeal hands down its decision this morning. The two judges agreed that it was possible for the offences to occur, rejecting Pell's defence team's claims. On Monday, the father of the second victim - who died of a drug overdose in 2014 - expressed hopes that "justice would prevail" and that the ordeal would soon be over. Read More »

Philadelphia standoff suspect charged with attempted murder

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Hill, who has so far not been charged with crimes, came out of the home in the wee hours of Thursday after police used tear gas. The six officers who were struck by gunfire have been released from hospitals, said Philadelphia police Sgt. The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m. Two other officers trapped inside the house for about five hours after the shooting broke out were freed by a SWAT team well after dark fell. Read More »

Gran Canaria wildfire spreads, forces thousands of evacuations

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Authorities on Spain's Canary Islands say around 2,000 people have been evacuated due to a wildfire that has ravaged more than 500 hectares (1,235 acres) since it broke out less than 24 hours ago. Wildfires are common in southern Europe during the hot, dry summer months. Hundreds of people were evacuated from villages on the Greek island of Evia when the fire began on Tuesday. Read More »

Trump gives Rashida Tlaib verbal spanking

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He then tore into Tlaib's tearful press conference upon announcing her decision to reject Israel's terms of her visit . Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). He spoke about the joint press conference of the two Congresswomen and added: "You should see the disgusting things that Tlaib said on Israel over the last couple of years". Read More »

Iceland mourns its glacier

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Scientists bid farewell to Okjökull, the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change. The attendees said goodbye to the 700 year-old glacier with poems, a moment of silence and speeches about the pressing need to fight climate change. Read More »

Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers say they're planning their own investigation into his death

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Epstein , a multi-millionaire who once counted Britain's Prince Andrew and US President Donald Trump as friends, was in jail awaiting trial on charges relating to the sex trafficking of minors at the time of his death. This aligns with a report earlier this week , which said Epstein sustained multiple breaks in his neck bones. Epstein was 66 years. 'I do know that Nick was not brought up on any charges at all in the institution, so they cleared him, ' told the New York Post on ... Read More »

Russia, China accuse US of stoking tensions with missile test

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Despite the test , Ryabkov said, "We won't allow ourselves to be pulled into a costly arms race". "Now that we have withdrawn, the Department of Defense will fully pursue the development of these ground-launched conventional missiles as a prudent response to Russia's actions", Esper said. Read More »

Man holding dozens of people hostage on bus in Rio de Janeiro

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Police said they told authorities the man had spilled gasoline in the bus and threatened to set it on fire. A spokesperson for the military police told local media that the man was carrying a toy gun. The identity of the hijacker has not been released. It is not clear if the hijacker made any demands or what was motivation was for taking the hostages. Read More »

Danish PM open to increased U.S. military presence in Greenland

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Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories . "How can anyone not love the humor of President Trump? ". He points out that the Thule Air Base in Greenland, the U.S. "We are a part of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation where the members are one another's most important allies, so in regards to a military presence, we will need to keep up with developments". Read More »

Jeffrey Epstein Signs Will 2 Days Before Death

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The records put the estate at more than $577m (€520m) but list no details of any beneficiaries. Epstein's cause of death was suicide by hanging , the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said Friday. Intense media speculation continues to surround the whereabouts of Ghislaine Maxwell , a British socialite who was closely connected to Epstein . Read More »

Sardinian sand theft: French tourists face jail term

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Italian finance police said Tuesday they discovered the sand from a Chia beach stashed in 14 plastic bottles in the couple's SUV during a check as it boarded a ferry August 15 from Sardinia to France . Earlier this year, the airport partnered with nature preserves on the island to return stolen sand, pebbles and shells to their point of origin whenever possible. Read More »

Spain opens closest ports to migrant vessel

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The reporter said those jumping were "desperate and going mad" after 19 days trapped on board. Open Arms said Tuesday that both the Italian coast guard and its own crew are trying to rescue them, adding "the situation is out of control ". Read More »

Far-right and antifa groups both claim victory at Portland

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Joey Gibson, the leader of the Vancouver, Washington, alt-right group Patriot Prayer, was in attendance at the protest , despite his being arrested on Friday afternoon for his participation in a May 1 riot. Police have mounted a major operation to keep the two sides apart in the USA city. POWELL: Following Saturday's demonstrations, the Proud Boys put out a news release saying they would continue coming to Portland if Wheeler does not remove Antifa from the city. Read More »

UK, EU harden their positions on Brexit as G7 approaches

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It dropped 0.33% on the euro to €1.0911. Such words left a huge rift between the sides, as Johnson was preparing to visit German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Wednesday and French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday. Johnson's government has a one-seat majority in the House of Commons and he hasn't faced a national election as party leader. Johnson had written to Tusk outlining his opposition to what he called the "anti-democratic" Northern Ireland backstop. Read More »

French digital service tax harms global tax reform: US tech leaders

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The so-called digital services tax (DST) will require companies making revenue of more than €750.0m ($831m) in France to pay a 3.0% tax on those sales with a minimum amount of €25.0m ($28m) being due. "If you have a French customer and a Spanish seller on the U.S. website, then both of those countries would [be subject to] the 3% tax", said Hiltz. Read More »

No date set for Normandy talks on Ukraine despite Macron meeting

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The pair both expressed optimism that the arrival of Volodymyr Zelensky as Ukraine's president had improved the chances of ending the half-decade conflict during their meeting which lasted four-and-a-half hours. France seeks to play the role of mediator in Russia's conflict with Ukraine, and Macron has stressed the importance of keeping dialogue open with Moscow. Read More »

Zimbabwe court upholds police ban on Bulawayo protest

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Zimbabwean police on Sunday banned a planned march by the main opposition in the second city of Bulawayo, days after brutally dispersing protesters who defied a similar order in the capital. As a result as far as we are concerned those are going ahead we have complied with the provisions of the law, we have informed the police and we believe that it is incumbent upon the police to ensure that our rights are actually enforced. Read More »

Italian PM Giuseppe Conte says will resign on Tuesday

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A new coalition between Five Star and the Democratic Party would be no guarantee of stability for Italy because the two parties have sharp policy differences. Last week, eurosceptic Florian Phillppot said Mr Salvini must take Italy out of the European Union if he is to become the next Prime Minister. Salvini's party is much weaker in the Italian parliament following a third place showing behind M5S and the centre-left Democratic party (PD) in March 2018 elections, when it took 17% of the vote. Read More »

Planned Parenthood leaves federal family planning program

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In a statement, the group said it would follow the national Planned Parenthood organization in forgoing Title X funding rather than implement new restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on abortion referral information. Rodriguez said she spent 17 years working with Planned Parenthood and was even named "Employee of the Year" in 2016. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed the rule to take effect while the court case proceed, overturning two nationwide injunctions that had ... Read More »

Prince Andrew rejects involvement in Epstein sex scandal

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The statement comes after the Daily Mail yesterday published footage reportedly showing Prince Andrew at Mr Epstein's Manhattan mansion in 2010 , two years after the NY financier pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution. The prince has often been tied to the disgraced and now deceased Epstein, who was accused of sex trafficking crimes. Buckingham Palace has previously denied claims that Prince Andrew groped a woman in Epstein's USA home. Read More »

Putin, Macron hold talks before G7

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On Syria , Macron said the ceasefire in Syria's Idlib , a city in northwestern Syria, must be respected and he will discuss the constitutional process in Syria with Putin. The presidents had a meeting, followed by a dinner at the southern France palace, which the first lady reportedly attended. Those guilty of breaking Russia's protest laws should be held responsible, Putin said in answer to a question, and nobody had the right to incite clashes at demonstrations. Read More »

Presidential candidate Warren apologizes to Native Americans

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She fielded questions about her proposals, which include a legislative change for a Supreme Court ruling that impedes tribal governments' ability to prosecute crimes committed on tribal lands by those who don't belong to a tribe. "The story of America's mistreatment of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians is a long and painful one, rooted in centuries of discrimination, neglect, greed, and violence", Warren said in a Medium post about her Native American plan. Read More »

Sri Lanka names controversial field commander as Army chief

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Gen. Shavendra Silva as Commander of the Army from local and worldwide actors yesterday. "The president. has appointed Major General Shavendra Silva as the 23rd commander of the army.after promoting him to the rank of Lieutenant General", the army said in a statement. Read More »