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Chinese ambassador calls on Australia to drop 'Cold War mentality'

REUTERS - 12 min 9 sec ago
CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's ambassador to Australia said on Tuesday "less bias and bigotry" was needed to repair bilateral relations amid concerns over Chinese influence in Australia and its use of loans to build leverage over poorer South Pacific island nations.

RF air transport agency says Saudi plane incident in Rostov-on-Don under investigation

TASS [Russian State News] - 18 min 8 sec ago
Rosaviatsiya will investigate the circumstances and causes of the incident involving all interested sides, the statement said

Macron tells teen to call him 'Mr President'

BBC - 20 min 1 sec ago
The French president was meeting young people when one student called him something he didn't like.

As outrage grows over children, White House defends immigration policy

REUTERS - 41 min 38 sec ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as furor grew over the separation of immigrant parents and children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

Washington committed to Syrian southwest ceasefire arrangement, Pompeo says to Lavrov

TASS [Russian State News] - 1 hour 2 min ago
According to US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert, Lavrov and Pompeo had discussed "issues and concerns related to Syria and the bilateral relationship"

Right-Wing Italian Interior Minister Wants to Look into 'Roma Question'

VOICE OF EUROPE - 1 hour 52 min ago
Italy's new right-wing interior minister Matteo Salvini said his department has to look into "the Roma question" in Italy — a comment the opposition said reminds them of Italian fascism. Salvini said Monday he wants to take a census of Italy's Roma population. "Unfortunately, we will have to keep the Italian Roma because we can't expel them," Salvini told Telelombardia television. Center-left politicians immediately jumped on Salvini's comments, likening it to ethnic cleansing. "You can work for security and respect for rules without becoming fascistic," lawmaker Ettore Rosato tweeted. "The announced census of Roma is vulgar and demagogical." But Salvini said he wants to help the Roma, an itinerant ethnic group. He said he wants to know who they are and where they live, and protect Roma children, whose parents he said did not want them to integrate into society. "We are aiming primarily to care for the children who aren't allowed to go to school regularly because they prefer to introduce them to a life of crime," he said. The interior minister said he has no desire to take fingerprints of the Roma or keep index cards of individuals. He also said he wants to see how European Union funds earmarked to help the Roma are spent. Many Roma live in camps on the outskirts of Italian cities. They complain of lifelong discrimination, being denied job and educational opportunities. But officials say many Roma are responsible for petty crimes, such as pickpocketing and theft. Salvini's comments about the Roma came a week after Italy refused to let a shipload of migrants dock at an Italian port. Spain gave permission for the ship to dock in its country Sunday.

Libya's coast guard recovers five bodies from migrant boat

REUTERS - 2 hours 2 min ago
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan coastguards said on Monday they had recovered the bodies of five migrants and picked 191 survivors off the coast west of the capital Tripoli.

Trump says US will not be a migrant camp

BBC - 2 hours 15 min ago
"Not on my watch," says the US president, as his administration defends its immigration crackdown.

US child migrants recorded crying

BBC - 2 hours 22 min ago
In audio reportedly from inside a US border facility children can be heard crying as an agent jokes.

The girls who defied IS to keep learning

BBC - 2 hours 23 min ago
The Islamic State group banned girls from attending school, but these friends found a way to study.

Russia’s statistics service upgrades 2017 industrial production growth estimate to 2.1%

TASS [Russian State News] - 2 hours 42 min ago
Manufacturing increased by 2.5%, according to Rosstat’s revised data

XXXTentacion: Controversial rapper shot dead in Florida

BBC - 2 hours 47 min ago
The US rapper XXXTentacion, who topped the charts as he faced domestic violence charges, has been killed aged 20.

DoD Halts Planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise, Spokesperson Says

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 2 hours 54 min ago
Consistent with President Donald J. Trump's commitment to North Korea and in concert with South Korea, the United States military has suspended all planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian, this August's defensive war game.

Amid outrage over children, White House defends immigration policy

REUTERS - 3 hours 1 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday defended its hardline immigration policy at the U.S.-Mexico border as criticism mounted over detained immigrant parents being separated from their children, including video of youngsters sitting in concrete-floored cages.

France's Macron Sets Out Corporate Law Shake-up in Reform Bill

VOICE OF EUROPE - 3 hours 13 min ago
France’s finance minister promised to cut red tape on companies, open up more financing for them and create incentives for employee profit-sharing under a new bill presented on Monday. The proposed law is part of President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business reform drive that has already eased labour laws and cut companies’ and entrepreneurs’ taxes. “The law’s ultimate objective is more growth and the creation of a new French economic growth model,” Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters. Le Maire said that by 2025 the overhaul of French corporate law was expected to boost overall gross domestic product by one percent over the long term. The new law aims to address one long-standing complaint from business owners about a complex system that imposes new charges in multiple stages as companies increase their workforce. The bill would simplify the system, Le Maire said, by halving the number of those stages to three — bringing in new charges and obligations when a company has 11, 50 and then 250 employees. It would also make it easier, cheaper and faster to register a company, giving entrepreneurs a single online platform to replace the current round of seven administrative bodies. Liquidation of insolvent companies will be sped up so business owners can move on and bankruptcy law will give more power to creditors who have a stake in seeing the firm survive, the minister added. The government aims to boost the more than 220 billion euros French people currently hold in long-term retirement savings, which it hopes will make more funds available to be invested in companies' capital. To do that, employees’ voluntary contributions will largely be made tax-deductible for all types of savings products and they will be able to transfer savings from one money manager to another at no cost, potentially boosting competition, according to a statement on the bill. The government aims to make profit-sharing much more common in small companies by scrapping charges employers currently have to make on payouts to employees. Largely because of that measure, the new law is expected to cost the government 1.2 billion euros annually, which Le Maire said would be paid for by planned cuts in subsidies to companies. The law also sets the stage for several large privatizations with the proceeds already earmarked for a new 10 billion euro innovation fund. It will in particular lift legal restraints on selling down stakes in airport operator ADP and energy group Engie while allowing the national lottery FDA to be privatized. While some left-wing and far-right politicians have said the sales amounted to selling the family jewels, Macron’s party has a sufficiently large parliamentary majority to pass the bill with little trouble early next year.

Pompeo expects to return to North Korea 'before terribly long'

REUTERS - 3 hours 17 min ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday he would likely travel back to North Korea "before too terribly long" to try to flesh out commitments made at a landmark summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last week.

One killed, four injured in Malmo shooting: Swedish police

REUTERS - 3 hours 19 min ago
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - One person was killed and four others wounded in a shooting in the coastal city of Malmo in southern Sweden on Monday night, police said.

Engine failure in plane with Saudi football team caused by bird strike - air carrier

TASS [Russian State News] - 3 hours 25 min ago
The Saudi Arabian Football Federation twitted earlier that all the Saudi national team players were safe

Spain's PM heads to France on June 23 for migration, euro zone talks

REUTERS - 3 hours 27 min ago
PARIS (Reuters) - New Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will travel to Paris on June 23 for talks with Emmanuel Macron on migration and euro zone reforms, the French presidency said on Monday.

U.S., South Korea agree to suspend joint military exercise

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:56
WASHINGTON/SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled for August, South Korean and U.S. officials said on Monday, following President Donald Trump's pledge to end "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.

Spain's Government to Remove Franco's Remains from Mausoleum

VOICE OF EUROPE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:44
The remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco could soon be removed from a state-funded mausoleum under a plan by Spain's new socialist government to transform the monument into a place to remember the civil war rather than glorify the dictatorship. This would be the latest of a raft of high-profile measures launched by Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to cement his power and lure left-wing voters ahead of a general election due by mid-2020. Sanchez, who toppled his conservative predecessor Mariano Rajoy in a confidence vote last month, controls less than a quarter of the seats in parliament. "The decision about exhuming Franco's remains is quite clear," Oscar Puente, a senior member of the socialist party who is close to Sanchez, told a news conference. The civil war still casts a shadow over the country nearly eight decades after its end. Lack of accountability for the war has left wounds unhealed, and pressure has grown to turn the site into a memorial honoring those who died on both sides. Puente said the government's plans were to transform the state-funded Valley of the Fallen mausoleum into "a place of recognition and memory of all Spaniards." The 150-meter cross of the monument, built by prisoners of war, towers over the Guadarrama Sierra, a mountain range just outside Madrid. Opened by Franco himself in 1959, the Valley houses a Catholic basilica set into a hillside, where the founder of Spain's fascist Falange party, Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, is also interred. It has long been a site of pilgrimage for far-right groups in Spain. The conservative People's Party has opposed attempts to exhume Franco's body when they were in power, saying it would only stir up painful memories more than four decades after his death and nearly 80 years after the end of the war. The Spanish parliament, however, passed a motion last year to remove Franco's remains as well as those of tens of thousands of other people buried at the mausoleum. Many of those interred there fought for the losing Republican side and were moved to the monument under Franco's dictatorship without their families' permission.

U.S., South Korea agree to suspend joint military exercise: official

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:36
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea have agreed to suspend a joint military exercise scheduled to take place in August, a U.S. official said on Monday, after President Donald Trump pledged to end "war games" after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last week.

South Korea, U.S. agree to suspend joint military drills scheduled for August: Yonhap

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 23:17
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and the United States have agreed to delay a joint military exercise called the "Ulchi Freedom Guardian," South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday.

Sweden, Belgium and England

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:59
Sweden, Belgium and England Three sides looking solid and well-organized, especially Belgium, England looking like apprentices but this time around putting the game together well...   

Romania parliament changes criminal procedure; opposition says aims to hide graft

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:48
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania's lower house of parliament on Monday night approved amendments to the country's criminal procedure, which critics and the centrist opposition say would weaken prosecutors' powers to probe high level corruption.

No early elections in Spain, says new PM Sanchez

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:48
MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's new Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Monday said he was unlikely to call a snap election and that he wanted to hold the next countrywide vote in 2020 when the current term is scheduled to end.

Five hurt in Malmo shooting; not terrorism-related, say police

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:26
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Five people were wounded in central Malmo on Monday night in a shooting incident that Swedish police said was not terrorism-related.

Saudi Arabia dismisses entertainment chief

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:15
RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia dismissed a senior figure in its fast-changing entertainment sector on Monday, state-owned TV said, removing an official responsible for bringing shows, festivals and concerts to the conservative kingdom under sweeping economic and social reforms.

'Be careful': SNP warns UK govt of tipping Scotland towards independence

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:15
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - The British government is fuelling support for Scottish independence by overriding the devolved Edinburgh assembly's wishes over Brexit, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) in Britain's parliament warned on Monday.

Vienna under consideration as site for next Trump-Putin meeting: sources

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 22:02
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Austrian capital, Vienna, is under consideration as the site of a potential summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, two sources familiar with the discussions said on Monday.

Trump says he will not let U.S. become 'migrant camp'

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:45
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would not allow the United States to become a "migrant camp" as his administration faced a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

World War II Veterans Hold Reunion at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:36
For years, veterans of the Army’s 66th Infantry Division have reunited to reminisce about their time together fighting in World War II, to share stories of how their lives have changed since then, and to recall fond memories of those brothers they lost along the way, but they met at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center for a final reunion.
Veterans of the Army 66th Infantry Division pose for a group photo during the division's final reunion and site dedication at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center's museum in Starke, Fla.

Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:25
Donald Trump said the 'sixth branch' of the military would be good for national security and jobs.

Argentina: Man sentenced to life for brutal transgender murder

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:15
The 25-year-old had been convicted of killing LGBT campaigner Diana Sacayán in 2015.

Immigration rows: US and Germany compared

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:14
Mr Trump called out Germany's immigration stance to defend his own - what's happening there and in US?

Israel's Netanyahu, Jordan's Abdullah talk regional peace

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:05
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Monday to discuss ways to advance regional peace, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

Swedish police say shooting in Malmo apparently wounds several: newspaper

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:05
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Several people were apparently wounded by gunfire in central Malmo on Monday night, the Sydsvenskan newspaper quoted Swedish police as saying.

Peace, economy pose challenges for Colombia's new president

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:01
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President-elect Ivan Duque has promised to unite a divided country behind his plans to toughen a peace accord with Marxist rebels and rekindle economic growth, but he will face major challenges when he takes office in August.

Head of Saudi entertainment authority dismissed: royal decree

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:00
DUBAI (Reuters) - The chairman of Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority (GEA) Ahmed al-Khatib was dismissed from his role by royal decree on Monday night, Saudi state-owned Al Ekhbariya TV said.

Italian interior minister wants census of Roma communities

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:47
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new government plans to carry out a census of the Roma community with an eye to kicking out anyone staying in the country illegally, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday.

UN Rights Chief: Rise of Extreme Nationalism Threat to Global Peace

VOICE OF EUROPE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:30
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warns the rise of extreme nationalism is threatening global peace and security. Zeid spoke at the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s three-week session in Geneva. Delegates attending the U.N. Human Rights Council’s 38th session gave Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein a standing ovation as he finished his last speech before he leaves his post at the end of August. The end of his mandate seemingly freed the rights chief to be even more outspoken than usual. Zeid particularly deplored the rise of extreme nationalism promoted by what he described as self-serving, callous leaders. “Only by pursuing the opposite to nationalism - only when states all work for each other, for everyone, for all people, for the human rights of all people - can peace be attainable…. For only by speaking out can we begin to combat the growing menace of chauvinistic nationalism that stalks our future.”   Zeid expressed deep concern about recently adopted migration policies by the United States in which children are forcibly separated from parents who cross into the U.S. illegally. He said the policies punish children for their parents' actions. “The American Association of Pediatrics has called this cruel practice government-sanctioned child abuse, which may cause irreparable harm, with lifelong consequences. The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable,” Zeid said. The high commissioner condemned human rights abuses by the governments of Syria, Myanmar, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and singled out the human rights situations of several African countries, including Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, and Rwanda. He expressed deep concern about South Sudan, where a pattern of rapes and killings by government forces in Unity State has been taking place since April. “Human rights officers have documented the rape of children as young as four years old, and numerous cases of women, elderly people and others being hanged or burned alive in what appears to be a deliberate scorched-earth policy.”   Zeid also criticized Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories. The United States reportedly is planning to quit the council because of what it sees as bias against Israel. British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who also addressed the session, agreed with this U.S. assessment. “We share the view that a dedicated agenda item focused solely on Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories is disproportionate and damaging to the cause of peace and unless things change, we shall move next year to vote against all resolutions introduced under Item 7,” Johnson said. Agenda Item 7 is a permanent fixture on the council's agenda, dealing with Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Johnson then switched to the main focus of his speech, which was to urge all countries to promote girls’ education as the best way of achieving sustainable development. He called it a disgrace that 130 million girls worldwide do not get an education and denounced fanatics who fight to stop girls from going to school. “A group of numbskulls called Boko Haram, who raid schools, abduct children, inflict any atrocity in order to deny girls an education.… When I visited Borno State last year, I met girls who had been told they would be shot if they dared learn to read as the Taliban shot Malala,” he said.   Johnson was referring to the attempted assassination in 2012 of Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai, who had been advocating for the rights of girls to have an education.

Merkel to support Italy in tackling migration challenge

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:29
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she wanted to support Italy in its efforts to reduce the number of migrants arriving on its shores, possibly handling asylum requests for Europe in non-European countries including Libya.

Israel's Netanyahu, Jordan's Abdullah meet in Amman

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:10
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan's King Abdullah in Amman on Monday to discuss regional developments, Netanyahu's office said in a statement.

USS Truman Sailors Feel the Heat During Damage Control Drills

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:06
A heat stress casualty is an umbrella term encompassing three types of heat injuries: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. With the USS Harry S. Truman’s sailors operating at sea during the summer months, the increase in temperature raises the chance of heat injuries.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tilden Sansom uses a thermal imager during a firefighting drill in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea.

Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to invest $2 billion in technology projects

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:56
The two parties increase investments in projects on creation and introduction of modern technologies

Merkel says to support Italy in tackling migration challenge

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:41
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that Berlin wanted to support Italy in its efforts to reduce the number of migrants arriving on its shores by possibly handling asylum requests for Europe in non-European countries such as Libya.

Belgium hammers Panama 3-0 in World Cup group stage match

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:39
Lukaku has been named best player of the match

Syria war: Iraqi militias blame US for deadly border strike

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:38
The US denies that it attacked a position on the Syrian side of the border, killing 22 militiamen.

South Korea unfazed by Swedish spy game

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:34
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong on Sunday shrugged off spying by World Cup opponents Sweden, who apologized on the eve of their Group F clash after initially trumpeting their subterfuge.

Motorists in crime-ridden Caracas seek safety through 'Buddy' app

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:21
CARACAS (Reuters) - Two men on motor-bikes approached a broken-down vehicle in Caracas one day earlier this month in what could have been a nightmare scenario in one of the world's most dangerous cities where roadside robberies and murders are an everyday occurrence.

Former Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi denies receiving 'cash gift'

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:18
Kwesi Nyantakyi says footage of him apparently accepting $65,000 in cash from an undercover reporter was doctored.

Trump says he won't let U.S. become 'migrant camp'

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:18
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he would not allow the United States to become a "migrant camp" as his administration faced a barrage of criticism for separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Face of Defense: Former Monk Trades Robes for Air Force Uniform

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:08
For most people, spending a day without their cell phone is an impossible feat. To spend 30 days without a phone, writing, reading, talking or even eye contact would seem unfathomable, but for Thailand Buddhist monks, this is their world.
Airman 1st Class Kornkawee Rue Art, 23d Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, poses for a photo, March 21, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

English teacher, newly-wed couple, veteran football freestyler: Meet the World Cup fans

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:00
Russian cities have been teeming with foreign football fans for almost a week

Spain's government to remove Franco's remains from mausoleum

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:58
MADRID (Reuters) - The remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco could soon be removed from a state-funded mausoleum under a plan by Spain's new socialist government to transform the monument into a place to remember the civil war rather than glorify the dictatorship.

Lavrov notes Bulgarian ambassador’s contribution to development of bilateral relations

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:56
In 2018, Bulgaria celebrated the 140th anniversary of the country’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire’s rule

UK fan receives $15 fine after brawl on Russian train

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:40
Earlier, TASS informed that the Russian police had charged two football fans from the UK, who broke a glass door on a Moscow-Volgograd train car, with administrative offences

U.N. chief amid U.S. immigration uproar: do not separate children from parents

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:38
NEW YORK (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday that refugee and migrant "children must not be traumatized by being separated from their parents" as U.S. President Donald Trump faces heavy pressure to stop such a policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

EU executive 'confident' of migration deal but many beg to differ

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:35
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Monday it was confident that EU leaders could agree at a summit next week on handling migrants and refugees, but some diplomats were much less optimistic.

The Macedonia effect? Deal may boost Greek debt relief hopes

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:33
ATHENS (Reuters) - With a brief formulation of words, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras may have boosted his chances of persuading foreign creditors to free his nation from years of financial humiliation on better terms than a few days ago.

Five things to know about US child migrant separations

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:20
At least 2,000 children in the US have been separated from their families since April as they crossed the border.

Stock markets fall amid trade fears

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:19
The US-China trade spat and tensions over migration in Germany push share prices lower.

Macron scolds teen for asking 'How's it going, Manu?'

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:16
PARIS (Reuters) - President Emmanuel Macron upbraided a French teenager on Monday after the boy addressed the president informally as "Manu" and sang the socialist anthem in front of him.

Russian Baltic Fleet’s naval group starts accomplishing missions in North Atlantic

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:09
During their voyage in distant waters, the crews will accomplish a large number of combat training missions, hold joint communications, air defense and anti-submarine warfare drills

World Cup 2018: Fifa investigates 'homophobic chanting' by Mexico fans

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 18:06
Fifa is investigating alleged homophobic chanting by Mexico fans during the 1-0 World Cup win over Germany on Sunday.

Bavarians put Merkel on notice to win EU migrants deal

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:52
BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Bavarian allies agreed to give her a two-week breathing space on Monday to find a European solution to a row over immigration that threatens to scupper her three-month-old coalition government.

Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:46
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout the months of May and June.

Britain to ban combustible cladding on high-rise buildings after Grenfell fire

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:44
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain plans to ban the use of combustible materials on the outside of high-rise buildings in response to the Grenfell Tower fire that killed 71 people, the housing minister said on Monday.

Crimea’s head invites Europeans to visit peninsula in response to new sanctions

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:41
According to Crimea’s head, people living on the peninsula "think of sanctions only when media outlets start speaking about them"

Ukraine 'Corruption Park' Shows Ill-Gotten Gains

VOICE OF EUROPE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:40
A pop-up "Corruption Park" has opened in Ukraine to highlight the scale of the problem with interactive exhibits and displays of ill-gotten gains including a $46,000 crystal falcon. One of the first things visitors see in the EU-funded show is a tent shaped like the gold loaf of bread found in the house of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych after he fled Ukraine in 2014. Elsewhere, they can inspect a $300,000, limited-edition BMW seized from a corrupt official, and a copy of a 8-million-euro chandelier that, the display says, could have paid for a family's electricity bill for 64,000 years. In another tent, visitors lie back in a four-poster bed and watch a multimedia film of the imagined nightmares of a guilty government functionary. The EU Anti-Corruption Initiative, which staged the show in Kiev's botanical gardens, said it was meant to show the scale of corruption in Ukraine, and what it costs governments and citizens. Ukraine's Western-backed government has accused Yanukovych and his pro-Russian administration of widespread abuses and excesses. But activists have also accused the current authorities of failing to crack down on graft, which is estimated to cost the country about 2 percent of its economic growth, according to the International Monetary Fund. "For the kids, it's a good example and revealing about the scale it all happens at," Kyiv resident Lyuba said, as she queued with her children to don goggles and join a virtual reality anti-corruption investigation. ‘Corruption has taken so much’ The chandelier appears in a mock-up of an official's room, decked out with the fruits of his corruption. Other exhibits explain different schemes used for illegal enrichment. "Corruption concerns everyone. This is one of the main ideas and goals of the project - to explain the direct relation between top level corruption and ordinary Ukrainians," said Volodymyr Solohub, spokesman for the EU Anti-Corruption Initiative, which paid for the 140,000 euro ($162,000) park. "A lot of people just come out disappointed that corruption has taken so much from the country," he said. One tent called 'The Fight' explains what the current authorities have done to combat graft, including the establishment of anti-corruption agencies. Depicting the various government bodies as pieces in a puzzle, the exhibit illustrates that there is one missing piece: an independent court dedicated to prosecuting corruption cases, whose creation has been repeatedly pushed back. Earlier in June, parliament voted to establish the court, but activists have said the law contains an amendment that would undermine the court's effectiveness and Ukraine's commitments to external backers such as the International Monetary Fund.  

Selahattin Demirtas: The presidential candidate campaigning from prison

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:39
Selahattin Demirtas is Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition candidate. He's been held in prison for the past 20 months, campaigning via social media and now, TV.

Facing heat for border separations, Trump blasts Germany

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:38
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump accused immigrants in Europe of "violently" changing the culture on Monday and said people should be wary of the same thing happening in the United States, as his administration faced heavy pressure to stop separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Israel charges ex-minister Gonen Segev with spying for Iran

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:35
Gonen Segev was allegedly recruited as an agent by Israel's arch-enemy Iran while he lived in Nigeria.

Record attendance reached during Sweden-South Korea match in Nizhny Novgorod

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:25
The stadium will hold the group stage matches between Argentina and Croatia on June 21

Trump wades into German migration row

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:18
The US president lashes out at Angela Merkel's leadership as he defends his own migration crackdown.

The ways of return in the twentieth century

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:15
Martin Heidegger and Ruhollah Khomeini, although with due differences, have embodied in the last century an idea of revolution interpreted as a 'return' to an existential condition in which physical and metaphysical order were not hopelessly split. Let's analyze differences and similarities. by Daniele Perra In a letter dated 1933 addressed to Carl Schmitt to congratulate the fortune of the work The concept of the politician who came to the third edition, Martin Heidegger was delighted with the great jurist for having mentioned the Fragment 53 of Heraclitus: Conflict, of all things father, of all things king, some gods, others servants, others free men made. In addition to showing appreciation for not having left out any term of the fragment and in particular the word Basileus (king), the German philosopher admitted to have in store for years a his particular interpretation of the short Heraclitean writing: an interpretation, in his own way of viewing, intrinsically connected to the concept of Truth. At the same time, however, Heidegger revealed to Schmitt that he himself was in the midst of a conflict and that every literary project would at that time take on secondary importance.

Walmart shopper shoots dead carjacking gunman

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:08
A Walmart shopper in Washington state fatally shot a carjacker after he had shot a driver on Sunday.

Sweden defeats South Korea 1-0 in World Cup group stage match

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:57
In Group F, Sweden shares top place with Mexico

India python: Snake tries to strangle West Bengal selfie taker

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:56
A ranger who caught a rock python in West Bengal was almost strangled by it as he posed for photos.

Russia spends over $11 billion on 2018 World Cup

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:54
Russia has spent more than 680 billion rubles ($11.6 billion) to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, consulting company JLL said.According to the latest available assessment of the organizing committee, the final expenditure in April 2018 amounted to 683 billion rubles. The final costs exceeded the amount that planned to be spent in 2013 by 19 billion rubles.According to JLL, most of the funds - 437.8 billion rubles (71%) - was allocated from the state budget. The bulk of the investment accounted for sports facilities that totalled Russia 265 billion rubles.On average, every stadium received the investment of 20.3 billion rubles. For the 2018 World Cup,  12 stadiums in 11 cities and 95 training grounds were built and repaired, the company said.The costs for transport infrastructure amounted to 228 billion rubles. In particular, the Platov airport in Rostov-on-Don was built from scratch, while 12 air hubs in other cities were expanded. Twenty railway stations and stations were modernised and reconstructed, said JLL. Also read: What do foreign tourists say about Russia when visiting 2018 FIFA World Cup?

Diane Rwigara: Rwandan politician's assets auctioned

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:42
The jailed Rwandan politician's family says the auction and charges against her are political.

Fan support center returns lost passport to Uruguayan fan

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:40
Fans from Latin America and Asia are among those calling the hotline most frequently

Arab coalition bombs Houthis around Hodeidah airport, urges them to withdraw

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:38
ADEN (Reuters) - Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen's main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped U.N. diplomacy could coax the Iran-aligned movement to cede the city to "save the population".

Turkish, U.S. units begin patrols near northern Syria's Manbij

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:34
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish and U.S. soldiers have started independent patrols in northern Syria along the line separating Turkish-controlled areas from the town of Manbij where Ankara says Kurdish militia fighters are based, Turkey's military said on Monday.

Slovenia to sue fellow EU member Croatia over border ruling

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:27
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia will take neighboring Croatia to court because Zagreb is unwilling to implement an international arbitration ruling on the border between the two European Union members, Prime Minister Miro Cerar said on Monday.

Trump blasts Germany while making case for U.S. immigration policy

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:25
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blamed migrants in Europe for violently changing the culture and for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany as he sought on Monday to defend his administration's widely criticized policy on illegal immigration.

Bosnian police prevent hundreds of migrants from entering Croatia

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:21
SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police briefly closed a border crossing with EU member Croatia on Monday to block a group of migrants who were trying to walk through woodland to reach the wealthy bloc, the border police said in a statement.

Myanmar officer in Reuters case broke police code by copying statements: lawyer

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:17
YANGON (Reuters) - A police witness in the case against two Reuters reporters accused of possessing state secrets in Myanmar is "unreliable," the reporters' lawyer said on Monday, because he obtained testimony from previous witnesses, in violation of police code.

Senior Russian diplomat, UN envoy hold meeting in Geneva

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:09
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin has held a meeting with United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura in Geneva

Over 52,000 people used free transport between 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities

TASS [Russian State News] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:08
Over 52,000 fans and journalists accredited by FIFA have used free transport between the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities within the last week

UN Rights Chief Blasts US Policy of Family Separation

VOICE OF EUROPE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:08
The top U.N. human rights official called on the Trump administration on Monday to halt its "unconscionable" policy of forcibly separating children from migrant parents irregularly entering the country via Mexico. U.S. officials said on Friday that nearly 2,000 children were separated from adults at the border between mid-April and the end of May as the Trump administration implements stricter border enforcement policies. Administration officials say the tactic is necessary to secure the border and suggest it will act as a deterrent to illegal immigration. But Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the policies "punish children for their parents' actions." "The thought that any state would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable. I call on the United States to immediately end the practice of forcible separation of these children," Zeid said in his final speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council before his term in office ends. The U.S. delegation, led by Geneva-based diplomat Jason Mack, did not refer to migration issues in its subsequent speech upholding LGBT rights and denouncing violence and discrimination against homosexual and transgender people. Reuters quoted activists and diplomats on Thursday as saying that talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington's demands, especially over its treatment of Israel, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the forum. Standing ovation Britain's foreign secretary Boris Johnson praised the council for shining a light on appalling violations worldwide, saying it was part of the rules-based international system. But Britain shared the view with the United States that maintaining a permanent agenda item focusing solely on Israel and the Palestinian territories was "damaging," Johnson said. Zeid said that "longstanding, grave and systematic" human rights violations continued in North Korea and urged Pyongyang to cooperate with the U.N. investigator on the isolated country whose mandate it does not recognise. He cited clear indications of "well-organized, widespread and systematic attacks" continuing against Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar, "amounting possibly to acts of genocide," while conflict has escalated in Kachin and Shan states. The Myanmar government's efforts to prosecute perpetrators have lacked credibility and human rights monitors must be on the ground before Rohingya refugees return from Bangladesh, he said. Myanmar has denied nearly all of the allegations, saying its security forces have been waging a legitimate counter-insurgency operation against what it calls Rohingya terrorists. Zeid accused China of preventing independent activists from testifying before U.N. rights bodies and voiced concern that conditions were "fast deteriorating" in the autonomous regions of Tibet and Xinjiang. Yang Zhilun, of China's Foreign Ministry, did not directly address his remarks, but said that all citizens exercising their right to assembly and demonstration must abide by the law and not harm "national, social and collective rights." Zeid urged the 47-member forum to set up international commissions on alleged violations in Venezuela and Nicaragua. Zeid, whose four-year term finishes at the end of August, received a standing ovation at the end of his remarks.  

World Cup 2018: Romelu Lukaku says some Belgians 'want to see me fail'

BBC - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:53
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku says he will "remember to have fun" at the World Cup but says some of his compatriots want him to fail.

Trump blasts migration in Europe as causing 'culture' change

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday blamed migrants in Europe for what he inaccurately described as a rise in crime in Germany and for violently changing the culture, adding that what was happening with immigration there presented a similar threats to the United States.

'Turkey's choice' is not only Turkey's

PRAVDA.RU [ Russian ] - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:51
Turkey is gearing up for an important election that is going to take place on June 24th. Turks will choose their new President who will be in office for the next five years and they will also choose their candidates for the new 600-member Turkish Parliament. Although there is no certainty as to the percentages, many analysts agree that the Cumhur Alliance between incumbent President Erdogan's AK Party and the nationalist MHP will win a majority in the parliament and a similar result is expected for the Presidential elections. According to the Turkish election system, candidates need a minimum of 50% votes in order to be elected in the first round. President Erdogan is projected to get between 50% to 54% of the votes according to the latest poll and, it looks like the last-minute developments that will take place before the election will determine the outcome.  President Erdogan and the AK Party have been victorious in 12 elections in the span of the past 15 years and those 12 elections included five general elections, three local elections, three referendums and one presidential election. This success stems from the united front the Turkish people show under President Erdogan's leadership. When President Erdogan first stood in the Istanbul municipality elections back in 1994, he got only two million votes. In the latest referendum, his votes had reached 26 million. With every new election, more voters have rushed to his side, which proves that he has a solid, unwavering voter base. Most of those voters showed their loyalty to President Erdogan and the values he represented by pouring out on the streets on the night of the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Vatican, Mexico Lament Children Suffer Most from Migration

VOICE OF EUROPE - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:48
The Vatican and Mexico are lamenting how children "are suffering the most" from forced migration, as the Trump administration comes under increasing criticism for its policy of separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.   The Vatican on Monday released the conclusions of the second Vatican-Mexico conference on international migration, held last week at the Vatican. The statement made no explicit reference to the separation policy, though it stressed the need to "insist on the centrality of the human person in every political act... reaffirming the inviolability of human rights and the dignity of every human being on the move." "Children are the ones who are suffering the most from forced migration. We must respond effectively to the challenges created by these flows, balancing the principles of solidarity, subsidiarity and co-responsibility," the statement said.   Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families over a six-week period in April and May after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a new "zero-tolerance" policy that refers all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution. U.S. protocol prohibits detaining children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.   The head of the U.S. conference of Catholic bishops' committee on migration has condemned the policy as "immoral," and the issue dominated the U.S. bishops' recent assembly in Florida.   The Vatican-Mexico statement called for a global governance body for migration "to ensure a safe, ordered and regular migration that helps all those involved."  

Turkey says begins patrols in Syria's Manbij, will enter town step by step

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:36
ANKARA (Reuters) - Military patrols in the northern Syrian city of Manbij have begun and Turkish forces will enter the town step by step, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday.

Bavarians give Merkel two weeks to reach EU deal on migrants

REUTERS - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 15:32
BERLIN/MUNICH (Reuters) - Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU) on Monday gave German Chancellor Angela Merkel two weeks to reach a European deal on migrants before they would demand immigration curbs that could fracture her governing coalition.

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