POLITICAL AVENUE NEWSROBOT

TASS [Russian State News]: Kurds will be represented in Syrian constitutional committee, Russian envoy says

20 min 21 sec ago
There will be Kurdish representatives "in any case"

REUTERS: EU's Barnier says progress in Brexit talks, but divergences remain on Ireland

23 min 39 sec ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Talks between Britain and the European Commission on the country's EU exit have made progress in some issues but they still disagree on how to tackle the Irish border, the bloc's chief Brexit negotiator said on Tuesday.

REUTERS: Merkel, Macron back euro zone budget in 'new chapter' for bloc

40 min 34 sec ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The leaders of Germany and France agreed on Tuesday to create a budget for the euro zone and hailed a "new chapter" for the currency union, but they left the details to be worked out later with other members of the 19-country bloc.

TASS [Russian State News]: Senegal defeats Poland 2-1 in FIFA World Cup match

50 min 36 sec ago
On June 24, Senegal will face the Japanese squad in Yekaterinburg

REUTERS: U.S.-led coalition says kills Islamic State oil and gas head in Syria

1 hour 5 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S.-led coalition in Syria said on Tuesday it had disrupted Islamic State's funding by killing the man who ran its oil and gas network and other members of the group last month.

TASS [Russian State News]: UN chief refrains from predicting result of Portugal-Morocco match

1 hour 9 min ago
On June 20, Portugal will play against Morocco at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: DoD Partners With LinkedIn, Offers Military Spouses Free Membership

1 hour 11 min ago
The Defense Department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program is launching a new partnership with LinkedIn -- the virtual professional networking platform.

TASS [Russian State News]: Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah to play in match against Russia

1 hour 11 min ago
During the first round of the group stage, Russia defeated Saudi Arabia

REUTERS: U.S. to pull out of U.N. human rights body: source

1 hour 13 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is pulling out of the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters.

BBC: In pictures: Driving lessons for Saudi women

1 hour 14 min ago
Images from a driving centre in Dhahran, where women are preparing for the ban's end on 24 June.

REUTERS: Exclusive: Sanctioned Libya coastguard commander says hits migrants to protect them

1 hour 17 min ago
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - A Libyan coastguard commander sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged human trafficking and migrant smuggling said he hits migrants but does so for their own safety to prevent them from capsizing.

TASS [Russian State News]: Ice cream in waffle cup becomes World Cup fans' most popular dessert

1 hour 18 min ago
The ice cream's daily sales total 120-130 tonnes

REUTERS: Merkel to Trump: Falling German crime stats 'speak for themselves'

1 hour 29 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel coolly rebuffed U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that migrants were behind a surge in crime in Germany, pointing to statistics that showed crime was in fact down.

REUTERS: Trump determined to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts

1 hour 38 min ago
WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - China has underestimated President Donald Trump's resolve to press ahead with tariffs unless Beijing changes its "predatory" trade practices, a top U.S. trade advisor said on Tuesday, in comments that undercut the chances of a negotiated settlement to a looming trade war between the world's economic superpowers.

REUTERS: EU leaders worried over Irish border issue in Brexit talks: draft

1 hour 41 min ago
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders will express concern on Friday over a lack of progress in talks with London on how to avoid reimposing controls at the border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit.

TASS [Russian State News]: Head of Russia's Roscosmos discusses joint projects with India and Japan

1 hour 42 min ago
The corporation’s press service added that a number of meetings and negotiations would take place on June 20-21 as well

BBC: Dutch Queen Máxima pays emotional tribute to dead sister Inés

1 hour 45 min ago
It is Queen Máxima's first public appearance since Inés Zorreguieta died earlier this month.

REUTERS: Europol's new chief: work with UK must go on post-Brexit

1 hour 47 min ago
THE HAGUE (Reuters) - The new head of Europe's police agency urged Brexit negotiators on Tuesday to find a path "one way or another" to allow it to continue its work with Britain after it leaves the bloc.

BBC: Boris Becker 'CAR diplomatic immunity' claim descends into confusion

1 hour 51 min ago
A Central African Republic official says a passport issued to the former tennis star is fake.

REUTERS: U.S. to withdraw from U.N. human rights body: source

1 hour 53 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will announce on Tuesday that the United Sates is withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council, a Trump administration source told Reuters.

VOICE OF EUROPE: Russia to Slam Retaliatory Tariffs on US Imports

1 hour 55 min ago
Russia has announced retaliatory measures in response to the U.S. move to impose tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Economic Development Minister Maxim Oreshkin said a statement on Tuesday Moscow has decided to apply retaliatory measures in line with the World Trade Organization's rules to compensate for damage incurred by the U.S. tariffs. Oreshkin said that additional tariffs will be applied to a range of U.S. imports, but he declined to immediately name them. He added that the tariffs will be applied to the U.S. goods that have domestic equivalents to avoid hurting the national economy. The European Union, India, China and Russia all have applied to the WTO to challenge the tariffs that took effect March 23. Washington argued they were for national security reasons.

REUTERS: Syrian rebel warns of 'volcanoes of fire' if Assad attacks south

1 hour 57 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces and their Iran-backed allies will face "volcanoes of fire" if they launch a threatened offensive in the opposition-held southwest, a rebel commander told Reuters on Tuesday.

REUTERS: Lebanon to review move to let Iranians in without passport stamps: source

2 hours 1 min ago
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese ministers will review a security agency's decision to allow Iranians to enter at the airport without having their passports stamped, an interior ministry source said on Tuesday.

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Coalition Kills ISIS Criminal Leader, Followers

2 hours 4 min ago
Four Islamic State of Iraq and Syria members affiliated with the group’s oil and gas network were killed May 26 during coalition operations in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced.

VOICE OF EUROPE: Italian Interior Minister Plans to Expel Non-Citizen Ethnic Roma

2 hours 4 min ago
Italy's far-right anti-immigrant interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has announced plans to count the ethnic Roma community living in the country and deport those without Italian nationality. Salvini, who also serves as deputy prime minister and leads the Northern League party, said he has ordered a new census aimed at expelling non-Italian Roma. But reaction to his idea came from all sides. Salvini has been very clear about not wanting anyone who is illegal on Italian soil. He set off a storm of controversy in Europe last week when he refused to let a charity ship carrying more than 600 mainly African migrants dock in Italy. He said his ministry is looking at what he called "the Roma question" and wanted to see "who, and how many" there were. He was particularly clear that he did not want what he described as "these criminals" to be kept in Italian prisons and was looking at ways to deport them. He said an agreement is needed with the countries that must take them back, like Romania, Albania and Tunisia. He claimed that they are the countries of origin from which criminals in Italian prisons are most numerous and added that Italy would "unfortunately" have to keep Roma found to have Italian nationality. The policy was met with resistance by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who was quoted in Italian press reports as saying Salvini had gone "too far." The leader of the anti-establishment M5S, Luigi Di Maio, called Salvini's order "unconstitutional." Anna Maria Bernini, of the center-right Forza Italia party, said the government should guarantee the respect of the law without discrimination. The leader of the right-wing Brothers of Italy party, Giorgia Meloni, said a census of the Roma was "OK" — obviously a first step. But the problem is much wider, she added, and requires strong decisions. The center-left Democratic Party (PD) was highly critical of Salvini, saying his call revived memories of "ethnic cleansing." Acting party secretary Maurizio Martina said nationalist and sovereignty positions like these are the worst and provide no real solutions to an enormous historical issue. Salvini subsequently explained that the government had no intention of setting up a separate archive for Roma. He said he wanted to protect Roma children whose parents bar them from going to local schools and instead  instigate them to criminality. Tens of thousands of Roma live across Italy, many in squalid shantytowns on the outskirts of major cities. According to an Italian national statistics report in 2017, there were believed to be up to 180,000 Roma in the country, with 40 percent under age 14. About half were believed to be Italian citizens.

TASS [Russian State News]: Large number of IS, Nusra terrorists remain in southern Syria — Russian envoy

2 hours 6 min ago
The situation in southern Syria was rather calm until recently, though some provocations did take place

REUTERS: Pompeo, Haley to speak on U.N. rights body, amid U.S. withdrawal threat

2 hours 11 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will speak later on Tuesday on the United Nations Human Rights Council, which Washington has long-threatened to quit if the Geneva-based body is not reformed.

REUTERS: No more 'internment camps': Democrats disrupt congressional hearing

2 hours 13 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decrying "internment camps," Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Vice Chairman Discusses Building DoD Partnership With Humanitarian Agencies

2 hours 22 min ago
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition in Washington that the Defense Department is a resource unlike any other in the world for aiding civilian agencies as they confront natural or man-made disasters, and DoD continues to look for better ways to world alongside civilian agencies.
U.S. Institute of Peace President Nancy Lindborg moderates a discussion between U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, during the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s 2018 State Leaders Summit in Washington.

REUTERS: No more 'internment camps': U.S. Democrats disrupt congressional hearing

2 hours 26 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Decrying "internment camps," Democrats and their supporters disrupted a high-profile U.S. congressional hearing on Tuesday with a dramatic protest against the Trump administration's policy of detaining immigrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

REUTERS: North Korea rejects remarks by U.N. rights boss as 'fabricated'

2 hours 30 min ago
GENEVA (Reuters) - North Korea on Tuesday rejected allegations by the top U.N. human rights official that serious and widespread violations persisted in the country despite its diplomatic opening.

TASS [Russian State News]: Putin marks growing importance of gas exports to Europe through Belarus

2 hours 32 min ago
Vladimir Putin believes that the trade between Russia and Belarus may grow to $50 bln a year

TASS [Russian State News]: Football fans bring carnival atmosphere to Russia

2 hours 32 min ago
Fans get creative at the 2018 World Cup

REUTERS: German AfD accuses Merkel allies of copying tough line on migrants

2 hours 37 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's Bavarian allies on Tuesday of copying its tough line on dealing with migrants, as the parties vie for votes before elections in the southern state in October.

TASS [Russian State News]: Russsian court sanctions arrest of female foreign national suspected of espionage

2 hours 42 min ago
If convicted, she may face up to 20 years behind bars

REUTERS: Merkel, Macron agree euro zone budget in 'new chapter' for bloc

2 hours 46 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to create a euro zone budget charged with boosting investment in the bloc and promoting economic convergence between its 19 states.

BBC: Paraguay man surprises family at his own wake

3 hours 5 min ago
Juan Ramón Alfonso Penayo returns home to find his family mourning a burnt body they thought was him.

REUTERS: Amid withdrawal threat, Pompeo, Haley to speak about U.N. Human Rights Council

3 hours 10 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of Mike Pompeo and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley will speak later on Tuesday on the United Nations Human Rights Council, which Washington has long-threatened to quit if the Geneva-based body is not reformed.

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ]: Russia introduces additional duties on imports of US goods

3 hours 10 min ago
The Russian government has decided to introduce "balancing measures" for goods imported from the United States. Russia will impose additional import duties on a number of goods that have an alternative on the Russian market, Maxim Oreshkin, the Minister of Economic Development said. "As long as the United States continues applying protective measures in the form of additional import duties on steel and aluminum and refuses to compensate losses to Russia, the Russian Federation will use its WTO right and introduce balancing measures against imports from the United States," said the minister. Additional duties are to be introduced "in the near future," the minister said. "They will be applied only to the products that have alternatives on the Russian market and will not show a negative influence on macroeconomic indicators," Oreshkin said.

REUTERS: Vatican envoy in Chile says up to Pope to release sex abuse report

3 hours 12 min ago
SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican envoy who was sent to Chile to gather evidence of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church said it would be up to Pope Francis to decide on whether to release the report of their findings to the country's civil authorities.

TASS [Russian State News]: Over 61,000 fans expected at Russia-Egypt football game in St. Petersburg

3 hours 16 min ago
Famous citizens of St. Petersburg will attend the match

REUTERS: Merkel, Macron agree on euro zone budget

3 hours 17 min ago
BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and French President Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to create a euro zone budget charged with boosting investment in the currency bloc and promoting economic convergence between its 19 member states.

BBC: Sessions: Child migrant camps 'not like Nazi concentration camps'

3 hours 19 min ago
America's top law official says the Nazis were different as "they were keeping Jews from leaving".

VOICE OF EUROPE: EU Court Orders French Far-Right Leader to Repay $346,000

3 hours 20 min ago
A top European Union court has ruled that French far-right leader Marine le Pen must return 300,000 euros ($346,000) to the European Parliament for funds incorrectly paid to an assistant.   The case dates back to Le Pen's time as a European parliament member, from 2009-2017, representing her National Front party, which recently changed its name to National Rally.   An investigation by the European Anti-Fraud Office had ruled that funds meant to pay a parliamentary assistant were "unduly paid" to an assistant of the National Front. Le Pen appealed the ruling, denying that the money had been misdirected.   The General Court of the EU on Tuesday dismissed Le Pen's appeal, saying in a statement that "she did not prove the effectiveness of that assistant's work."    

TASS [Russian State News]: Colombian singer Maluma robbed in Moscow

3 hours 24 min ago
Unknown perpetrators have stolen about $787,000 worth of jewelry and luxury items from a Four Seasons hotel suite in Moscow, where famous Colombian singer Juan Luis Londono

BBC: Trump tariffs: Markets fall as trade war fears mount

3 hours 26 min ago
Stocks continue to slide as investors are rattled by the escalation of the US-China trade dispute.

REUTERS: Mali says some soldiers implicated after mass graves found

3 hours 30 min ago
DAKAR (Reuters) - Mali said on Tuesday that some of its soldiers were implicated in "gross violations" after the discovery of some mass graves in its troubled central region plagued by violence between security forces and Islamist militants.

REUTERS: China slams U.S. 'blackmailing' after Trump makes new trade threat

3 hours 30 min ago
BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Tuesday of "extreme pressure and blackmailing" and vowed to retaliate after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods in an escalation of the trade conflict between the world's two biggest economies.

VOICE OF EUROPE: UN chief: Record Number of Countries Involved in Violent Conflicts

3 hours 31 min ago
The number of countries involved in "violent conflicts" is the highest in 30 years, while the number of people killed in conflicts has risen tenfold since 2005, the U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday. Antonio Guterres added that the number of "violent situations" classifiable as wars, based on the number of casualties, has tripled since 2007. He also told reporters in Oslo, Norway, that "low-intensity conflicts" rose by 60 percent since 2007. Guterres gave no specific figures. "Prevention is more necessary than ever," Guterres said, adding "mediation becomes an absolutely fundamental instrument in our action." Guterres, who was attending a meeting on peacemaking, said that on top of regional conflicts, global terrorism was a new type of struggle that "can strike anywhere at any time." The annual Oslo Forum panel discussion on peacemaking also was attended by leaders from Somalia, Algeria, Jordan, Oman and Tanzania. The White House envoy for the war against the Islamic State also attended. The U.N. refugee agency said nearly 69 million people fleeing war, violence and persecution were forcibly displaced last year, a record number. In its annual Global Trends Report published Tuesday, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said the continued crises in places like South Sudan and Congo, as well as the exodus of Muslim Rohingya from Myanmar that started last year, raised the overall figure of forced displacements in 2017 to 68.5 million. Later Tuesday, Guterres met with Erna Solberg, prime minister of Norway. The country is lobbying for a seat on the U.N. Security Council for the period 2021-2022. Among the topics they discussed was the state of the oceans, which Guterres described as "a mess." At a news conference with Solberg, Guterres said 80 million tons of plastic were being dumped into the oceans every year. He said the U.N. would come up with a "battle plan" in September for the oceans, saying there is a "collective responsibility" to do something. The oceans face threats from plastic garbage, illegal and excessive fishing, rising sea levels that could wipe out small islands, and increasing acidity of ocean water, which is killing marine life.

TASS [Russian State News]: Russia to introduce tit-for-tat import duties on goods from US

3 hours 33 min ago
An official with the ministry told reporters that a list of the US goods, which are subject to retaliatory import duties, will be formed within a few days

TASS [Russian State News]: Japan beats Colombia 2-1 in FIFA World Cup match

3 hours 52 min ago
Japan’s national team defeated Colombia 2-1 in the FIFA World Cup Group H opener in the Russian city of Saransk

TASS [Russian State News]: London court rules to freeze assets of Gazprom in lawsuit filed by Naftogaz

3 hours 54 min ago
Naftogaz today served Gazprom with an order to freeze assets in England and Wales

REUTERS: Italy wants EU border agency in Africa, not at sea

3 hours 58 min ago
ROME (Reuters) - Italy wants Europe's border agency to stop migrants in transit countries before they board boats rather than working in the Mediterranean, Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said on Tuesday.

BBC: Why are people sharing this photo?

3 hours 58 min ago
A family portrait celebrating mixed heritage has been widely shared online and has prompted others to tell their similar stories.

BBC: Convicted US felon arrested with more than 500 guns in California home

4 hours 47 sec ago
Sheriff's deputies seize rifles, shotguns and pistols during a two-day search of the suspect's home.

VOICE OF EUROPE: UNICEF Deplores US Policy of Child-Family Separation

4 hours 6 min ago
The U.N. Children’s Fund has joined the growing chorus of universal outrage at the U.S. immigration policy of separating children from their families who cross the border illegally, calling it harmful to the welfare of children. UNICEF’s executive director, Henrietta Fore, describes as heartbreaking the situation of children, many of them babies, who are separated from parents seeking safety in the United States. Speaking for her, UNICEF spokesman Christophe Boulierac says regardless of their migration status, children are children and they have the right to be protected and to be with their families. “Detention and family separation are traumatic experiences that can leave children more vulnerable to exploitation and abuse, and can create toxic stress which, as multiple studies have shown, can impact children’s long-term development,” Boulierac said. In April, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a "zero tolerance" policy in which children and parents who cross the U.S. border illegally are separated. That's because the adult is at least temporarily placed in a detention facility, while current law says children have to be placed in the "least restrictive" setting. Boulierac says there is abundant evidence showing that separating children from their families and putting them into detention can have a terrible impact on their physical and psychological well-being. “Research shows that children who have not seen a parent for one month after the parent’s arrest experience more frequent changes in sleeping habits, anger, and withdrawing from family compared to children who have seen their parents within a month after arrest,” Boulierac said.   UNICEF's Fore describes the many generous actions taken by the U.S. government to help child refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in Syria, South Sudan, Somalia, Haiti and other countries in crisis. She urges the current administration to show the same concern in working for the best interest of refugee and migrant children within its own territory.    

TASS [Russian State News]: Washington's strategy of containing China poses key risk of dividing Asia, experts warn

4 hours 7 min ago
Given China’s negative attitude to this concept, its development will "inevitably entail more conflicts in the region"

VOICE OF EUROPE: Twin Brothers Reunited 74 Years After WWII Death at Normandy

4 hours 8 min ago
For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, the soldier would have his identity recovered — and be reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where the two Navy men died together when their ship shattered on an underwater mine while trying to reach the blood-soaked D-Day beaches. Julius Heinrich Otto "Henry" Pieper and Ludwig Julius Wilhelm "Louie" Pieper, two 19-year-olds from Esmond, South Dakota, will rest in peace side-by-side by day's end on Tuesday at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France, 74 years after their deaths on June 19, 1944.   While Louie's body was soon found, identified and laid to rest, the remains of Julius were only recovered in 1961 by French salvage divers and not identified until 2017.   They will be the 45th pair of brothers at the cemetery, three of them memorialized on the Walls of the Missing. But the Piepers will be the only set of twins among the more than 9,380 graves, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.   Julius, radioman second class like his brother, is being buried with full military honors at the cemetery, an immaculate field of crosses and stars of David. The site overlooks the English Channel and Omaha Beach, the bloodiest of the Normandy landing beaches of Operation Overlord, the first step in breaching Hitler's stranglehold on France and Europe. Family members will be in attendance.   The story of how the twins died and were being reunited reflects the daily courage of troops on a mission to save the world from a Nazi conquest, and the tenacity of today's living to ensure that no soldier goes unaccounted for.   The Pieper twins, callow fellows born of German immigrant parents, worked together for Burlington Railroad and enlisted together in the Navy. Both were radio operators and both were on the same unwieldy flat-bottom boat, Landing Ship Tank Number 523 (LST-523), making the Channel crossing from Falmouth, England to Utah Beach 13 days after the June 6 D-Day landings.   The LST-523 mission was to deliver supplies at the Normandy beachhead and remove the wounded. It never got there.   The vessel struck an underwater mine and sank off the coast. Of the 145 Navy crew members, 117 were found perished. Survivors' accounts evoke a major storm on the Channel with pitched waves that tossed the boat mercilessly before the explosion that shattered the vessel.   Louie's body was laid to rest in what now is the Normandy American Cemetery. But the remains of Julius, nicknamed Henry, were only recovered in 1961 by French divers who found them in the vessel's radio room. He was interred as an "Unknown" at the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neuville, Belgium, also devoted to the fallen of World War II, in the region that saw the bloody Battle of the Bulge.   Julius' remains might have stayed among those of 13 other troops from the doomed LST-523 still resting unidentified at the Ardennes cemetery. But in 2017, a U.S. agency that tracks missing combatants, establishing case files for each from witness accounts to DNA testing, identified him.   The Pieper family asked that Louie's grave in Normandy be relocated to make room for his twin brother at his side.   The last time the United States buried a soldier who fought in World War II was in 2005, at the Ardennes American Cemetery, according to the American Battle Monuments Commission.

VOICE OF EUROPE: Condemnation of Trump Migrant Children Policy Mounts in Europe

4 hours 10 min ago
Europe and the U.S. have found themselves, since President Donald Trump entered office, at odds on a range of issues from climate change to tariffs and the same holds true when it comes to migration — especially with the handling of migrant children. The Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented immigrant children from their parents is provoking not only a mounting furor in the U.S. but also in Europe, where a third of the refugees and migrants who have arrived in the past five years have been children. “We don’t want what is happening with immigration in Europe to happen with us,” President Trump tweeted Monday. The reverse sentiment is widely shared by Europeans when it comes to government-sanctioned separation of migrant children from their parents, even among some who are critical of open border policies and want tougher action to halt the migrant influx. Trump’s zero-tolerance enforcement policy, which has resulted in the separation of nearly 2,000 children from their parents in the past six weeks, is drawing a backlash from European lawmakers, rights advocates and religious leaders, who describe the tactic as cruel and inhumane. But he does have some supporters among nationalist populist politicians. On Monday Nigel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party and a prominent Brexiter, defended Trump in an exchange on his radio show with an irate Scottish caller, saying that the U.S. president is trying to deter illegal immigration. He said: “What he is trying to do is to send a message, ‘Don’t come to America illegally.’ It does look very tough. But the alternative is to do what Mrs. Merkel has done and say, ‘anyone can come, who wants to come.’” But on Tuesday, criticism grew in Europe over the Trump administration's policy, with France’s government spokesman, Benjamin Griveaux, condemning the tactic, saying he did not want to see what is happening in the United States occurring in Europe. On French television, Griveaux said there was now a major transatlantic moral gap. “We do not share the same model of civilization, clearly we don't share certain values,” he said. Asked about video footage released by the U.S. government showing migrant children held in wire cages and sitting on concrete floors, President Emmanuel Macron’s spokesman said the “images are shocking.” Many of the children who have been entering Europe are unaccompanied. Last year they numbered 20,000, compared to 13,000 who traveled with at least one parent, according to U.N. figures. Those with their parents are not separated on arrival and European Union policy, in line with U.N. guidelines, emphasizing the need to keep families together as the best, most humane way to protect children and to avoid long-term psychological harm. Keeping children in detention facilities — with or without parents when it comes to unaccompanied children — has been frowned both by EU and U.N. authorities. They see it as a breach of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. But Europe has also struggled with the challenges migrant children pose — although no EU country has pursued a policy of separating children from their parents. “Detaining children for migration management or asylum reasons — with or without family members is difficult to justify… and clearly not in the child’s best interests,” the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights said last year in a major report on the legal and policy framework for immigration detention of children. Last year, the agency warned that “efforts to speed up asylum processing and make returns more effective may prompt an increased use of immigration detention, possibly also affecting children.” It added: “This can entail serious risks of violating children’s right to liberty and security if the strict safeguards protecting children from arbitrary detention are disregarded. Children should be placed in open centers that provide for the necessary protection and care to which they are entitled, and which promote their best interests.” Spain has been criticized in the past by rights workers for keeping some children in adult immigration detention centers, with or without their parents, pending return to their home countries. And harsh and illegal treatment has been meted out to unaccompanied children. Last week, Oxfam issued a report, “Nowhere but Out,” in which the charity accused French border police of beating, detaining and forcibly returning to Italy children as young as 12, all in breach of international norms and rules. Other vulnerable migrants have been physically abused, detained and forcibly returned to Italy by French border guards in breach of international norms, Oxfam said on Friday. The report said children who passed through Ventimiglia, a small town on the border with France, had complained about being “physically and verbally abused, and detained overnight in cells without food, water or blankets and with no access to an official guardian,” all contrary to French and EU law. The issue of unaccompanied children has been of increasing alarm in Europe. In 2016, Europol, the EU’s police agency, said around 10,000 unaccompanied refugee children had gone missing in Europe in the previous two years, possibly victimized by human traffickers or turned into illegal child laborers.  

TASS [Russian State News]: Colombian volunteer fulfills father’s dream by coming to FIFA World Cup

4 hours 13 min ago
Colombia volunteer Vladimir Juan Marco is working in the Volgograd Arena’s mixed zone

REUTERS: Australians' trust in U.S. sinks to lowest in over decade amid Trump presidency

4 hours 14 min ago
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians' trust in the United States as a global power is at its lowest in over a decade, and they have more confidence in the leaders of China and India than they do in President Donald Trump "to do the right thing regarding world affairs", according to survey released on Wednesday.

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

4 hours 15 min ago
As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Coast Guard personnel repair a navigation aid.

TASS [Russian State News]: Archaeologists confirm exact age of cave engravings on Kola Peninsula

4 hours 20 min ago
At present, research in the area of Lake Kanozero continues

TASS [Russian State News]: Colombia’s midfielder gets first red card of 2018 FIFA World Cup

4 hours 34 min ago
Colombia’s midfielder Carlos Sanchez was shown the first red card of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in the match against Japan

BBC: Yemen war: Pro-government forces 'storm Hudaydah airport'

4 hours 36 min ago
The airport was the first objective in the Red Sea city of the government and its Gulf backers.

TASS [Russian State News]: Russian delegation invites Finnish legislators to Arctic hearings — MP

4 hours 38 min ago
Hearings on cooperation in the Arctic are planned for November

REUTERS: White House says Kushner met Jordan's Abdullah about Israeli-Palestinian peace

4 hours 43 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, who is also President Donald Trump's son-in-law, met on Tuesday with Jordan's King Abdullah about the humanitarian situation in Gaza and the Trump administration's efforts on creating peace between Israel and the Palestinian territories, the White House said on Tuesday.

VOICE OF EUROPE: Challenger in Turkey Vote Takes Campaign to Erdogan's Backyard

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Turkey goes to the polls Sunday, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is facing his toughest test in his 16 years in power. Challenger Muharrem Ince’s platform of breaking down Turkey’s deep political divides, especially between the religious and secular, have seen him reaching out beyond his pro-secular CHP party’s base.  An increasingly confident Ince has even begun courting voters in Erdogan’s backyard. On Saturday, Ince took his campaign to Istanbul’s Uskudar district.  Historically religiously conservative, Uskudar is where Erdogan chose to build his private residence overlooking the Bosphorus waterway that divides Istanbul. Nearby, construction is the final stages on the massive $100 million Camlica mosque built by Erdogan supporters. The mosque has become a potent symbol of the president’s Islamist roots.   With Erdogan portraying himself as the protector of religious rights, Uskudar has traditionally been a stronghold for the president. But Ince’s arrival in Uskudar was greeted by thousands of supporters, chanting “president Ince.” “He is challenging Erdogan in front of his home,” said one enthusiastic supporter, adding “it is clearly seen here that Turkey needs Muharrem Ince.  No one can stop him.” A new page Ince’s CHP party has always been viewed with deep suspicion by religious voters because it was created by the founder of the secular state, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The CHP used to strongly back controls on religion, including the banning of Islamic headscarves in universities and courts.  Restrictions ended by Erdogan in the face of bitter opposition by the CHP. But Ince’s campaign is built on turning a page on Turkey’s bitter polarizations.  Addressing the packed Uskudar crowd, he repeated a message of freedom and justice for all. “When we embrace the 81 million, there will no longer be the separation between right wing, left wing, between covered and uncovered women, between Turk and Kurd, between Sunni and Alevi.  There will only be the 81 million, 81 million!” Ince said. Ince saw the crowd erupt into chants, “president Ince."     Ince comes from a conservative family and the retired physics teacher regularly prays.  On receiving his party’s nomination, he went to a mosque to pray and then visited Ataturk's mausoleum, a building of symbolic importance to secularists. Bases challenged Listening to Ince’s Uskudar speech were two sisters, one wearing an Islamic headscarf.  Both appeared ready to believe Ince has broken with CHP’s past. “[The CHP] couldn’t in the past catch the right mood.  But with Muharrem Ince, they have,” said the Islamic dressed sister.   “He has a unifying discourse; I mean an integrating attitude.  He doesn’t have a divisive discourse,” added the other sister. “Definitely,” concurred  the covered sister. “He (Ince) has certainly been able to overcome the traditional handicap of CHP which is to speak exclusively to its political audience,” political analyst Sinan Ulgen of the Istanbul-based Edam research group said. “He (Ince) has repeatedly said he was at ease with the freedom of religion that he is not the dogmatic secular candidate that CHP had selected in the past.  Combined with his background, he comes from a conservative family, that makes him a candidate well liked even by the conservative constituencies,” Ulgen added. Ince’s campaign has avoided angry polemics with Erdogan, which defined previous challenges by his party.  Instead, he is using cutting wit to attack the incumbent president, a strategy that analysts suggest is resonating with the electorate. “There is just this weariness with Erdogan; Erdogan is just too abrasive, too combative,” political analyst Atilla Yesilada of Global Source Partners said.  “I think the nation is tired regardless of the political views, 16 years of constant enemies, which the nation can’t even see.  Erdogan constantly threatens, whereas Ince smiles, he tries not to hurt people,” added Yesilada. Voter turnout a key But Erdogan still retains strong support in Uskudar like in the rest of the country among his powerful religious base.  He repeatedly warns the religious rights they have gained under his rule would be in peril if he should lose. On Sunday, in a dominant display of support, Erdogan addressed more than a million people for his main Istanbul rally. One of Erdogan’s defining achievements is the emergence of a large conservative prosperous middle class.  But rather than any threat posed by the pro-secular CHP, fears of a looming economic recession, is dominating the presidential election.   Erdogan supporters are traditionally loyal, but analyst Yesilada suggests Ince’s message of hope versus a politics of fear, can still pose a threat to the president. “I don’t think too many AKP party (Erdogan’s party) voters would switch to CHP.  But they feel less threatened by Ince, so they could stay at home to protest [the] AKP, knowing under Ince their rights would not be threatened.  We saw this in June (parliamentary) election 2015, AKP lost its majority because AKP voters stayed home and this could happen again,” Yesilada said.  

TASS [Russian State News]: Northern Fleet’s expedition confirms natural background radiation on Novaya Zemlya

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REUTERS: Exclusive - Malaysia seeks to lay multiple charges against ex-PM Najib over 1MDB: Mahathir

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PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ]: Colombian singer Maluma robbed in Moscow

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Colombian singer Juan Luis Londoño, also known as Maluma, was robbed during his stay at Moscow's Four Seasons Hotel. The stolen items were evaluated at over 50 million rubles ($781,250), a source at the Interior Ministry said. The list of stolen items includes such luxury items as a Louis Vuitton bag, 11 expensive Rolex and Hublot watches worth from $3,000 to $130,000, Cartier jewelry made of yellow, white and rose gold - bracelets, earrings, rings. Perpetrators also stole more than ten pairs of glasses, including some encrusted with diamonds and pearls (worth $8,000), and other valuable items. It is believed that the items were stolen while the singer was absent from his hotel room. It was said that the intruder entered the room using a duplicate of the electronic key, which he obtained having introduced himself as a guest of the famous singer. The police are searching for the perpetrator.

REUTERS: Hungary's foreign minister says to push ahead with "Stop Soros" bill

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TASS [Russian State News]: Ukrainian court allows captain of Russian Nord vessel to go to Crimea

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REUTERS: Hungary to levy tax on aid groups supporting immigrants

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TASS [Russian State News]: Russian, South Korean leaders to hold talks — Kremlin

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TASS [Russian State News]: Senior lawmaker comments on Russian-US parliamentary ties

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REUTERS: China's Xi praises North Korea's Kim for Trump summit, promises support

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REUTERS: Merkel-Macron meeting is 'moment of truth' for Europe: French minister

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TASS [Russian State News]: Putin arrives in Minsk to take part in Union State Supreme State Council meeting

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TASS [Russian State News]: Filmmaker Sentsov must initiate pardon process himself, Kremlin says

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According to the Kremlin spokesman, "public attention can in no way affect the ruling by a Russian court, which has taken effect"

REUTERS: AfD: Germany's Ozil, Gundogan should be dropped from World Cup squad over Erdogan photo

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BERLIN (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) on Tuesday called for soccer players Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who had their photographs taken with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, to be dropped from Germany's World Cup squad in Russia.

TASS [Russian State News]: Russian government might allocate $5.14 bln to support oil companies

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Refundable excise duty is expected to compensate the factories for the absence of subsidies for a tax maneuver - increasing the mineral extraction tax and reducing export duties

REUTERS: Warplanes strike Syrian opposition-held southwest: monitor

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TASS [Russian State News]: Japan’s Princess arrives in Russia with official visit

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Princess Takamado's trip is the first over the past 102 years visit to Russia by a representative of the Japanese Imperial Family

VOICE OF EUROPE: Russia's Record-Breaking $15 Billion World Cup Price Tag: What Does It Buy?

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The World Cup in Russia is the most expensive ever – with the official price tag around $15 billion. The result: several huge new stadiums, railroads and upgraded airports, plus the chance to reboot Russia’s global image. So, will the tournament represent a good value for Russians? As Henry Ridgwell reports from Moscow, the government appears to have used the World Cup to bury some bad economic news.

VOICE OF EUROPE: Russia’s Record-Breaking $15 Billion World Cup Price Tag: What Does It Buy?

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The FIFA World Cup in Russia is the most expensive ever, with an official price tag of $15 billion. Close to $3 billion has been spent on 12 new or upgraded stadiums, and at least another $8 billion on infrastructure, including new roads, railroads and airports. Is that a good return for the Russian taxpayer? Professor Leonid Grigoryev, an economist at the Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation, offers an unusual analogy. “The discussion of the efficiency of the championship in Russia, like in Brazil, is the discussion of the economic efficiency of a wedding dress. On one hand, it’s necessary. It makes everybody happy," Grigoryev told VOA in an interview. "The exact economic efficiency definitely cannot be defined in American quarterly financial reports. It’s a long-term story. We still hope to become not only a hockey country, but a football country." Brazil hosted the last World Cup at an estimated cost of $11 billion. Four years later, some of their traveling fans feel short-changed. “Comparing Brazil with Russia, the infrastructure here is much better than ours,” Marcio Pessoa told VOA, as he enjoyed the festival atmosphere in Moscow’s Red Square. Russia’s $15 billion investment is aimed at giving Russia an image makeover in the eyes of the world, even as it faces sanctions over its 2014 invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. “[President Vladimir] Putin, with all this strength, pretends that all that is not important for him -- 'Despite sanctions, we conduct such a gorgeous World Cup. Despite sanctions we go ahead with the war in Syria. And the world has no right to lecture us.’ And the people enjoy that -- until the very moment that they start feeling that for all this pleasure, they are paying out of their own pockets. It is right now that they start feeling that,” political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin said. The first to feel the pinch are likely to be the middle-aged looking forward to retirement. On opening day of the World Cup last week, the government announced a gradual rise in the pension age, from 60 to 65 for men, and a much bigger jump for women, from 55 to 63. Moscow resident Eva, 62, told VOA that most Russians are taking it in their stride. “It wasn’t really unexpected. Probably, they thought that the championship, the euphoria, will somehow smoothen out the effect. There was a joke going around. ‘Yesterday, I had four years until pension age. Today, I have nine years. And they still keep telling us that you can’t get your youth back!’” she said. Russia said the World Cup is partly a gift for its youth: Unforgettable memories and glittering new facilities. The tournament finishes in a month. Its legacy will be measured in the coming years.

TASS [Russian State News]: Christie’s puts Malevich's Landscape up for auction

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Russian avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich’s Landscape will be up for auction with an estimated price of $9-13 mln

REUTERS: Syria condemns Turkish, U.S. presence around Manbij

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BBC: Italian populist Salvini sparks row over counting Roma

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Matteo Salvini calls for a census of the Roma community but government allies say it is illegal.

TASS [Russian State News]: EU leaders to discuss migration reform concept at June 28-29 summit — source

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EU heads of state and government will discuss the concept of reforming the European migration system, a source says

REUTERS: Saudi-led coalition captures large areas of Yemen's Hodeidah airport: UAE

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BBC: Japanese firm makes suits for blue collar workers

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A Tokyo firm has created a line of business attire that's best suited for the nation's blue-collar workers.

TASS [Russian State News]: France's Raphael Varane commends atmosphere at FIFA World Cup in Russia

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France is set to play against Peru in the city of Yekaterinburg on June 21

REUTERS: Floods kill dozens, displace more than a million in India, Bangladesh

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DHAKA/GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains in South Asia have killed dozens of people and displaced more than a million, most in northeast India and Bangladesh, authorities said on Tuesday.

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