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Britain OK with basic Australia-type trade with EU if free-trade deal impossible: PM aide

February 17, 2020 By Gabriela Baczynska and John Chalmers BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Britain is ready to trade with the European Union on basic international terms that the bloc currently follows with Australia if a more ambitious free trade agreement cannot be reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Europe adviser said. David Frost, speaking at a Brussels […]

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U.N. envoy condemns use of birdshot against Iraqi protesters

February 17, 2020 BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The top United Nations envoy to Iraq condemned on Monday the use of hunting rifles loaded with birdshot against peaceful protesters in Baghdad and urged the government to ensure those demonstrating are not harmed. The U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq said it had received credible allegations of protesters being […]

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Hundreds of Americans flown home from cruise ship, 14 with coronavirus

February 17, 2020 By Stephen Lam and Stephanie Nebehay TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif./GENEVA (Reuters) – More than 300 American cruise liner passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were flown home to military bases in the United States after two weeks under quarantine off Japan. The cruise ship Diamond Princess, which with more […]

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Mexican president blames murder of young girl on past governments

February 17, 2020 By Anthony Esposito MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Monday appeared to blame the murder of a seven-year-old girl on the “neoliberal economic model,” angering critics who say the government has failed to stem a wave of gender violence. Lopez Obrador was asked at his regular news […]

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Libya’s rival factions dig in for long conflict

February 17, 2020 By Ulf Laessing, Aidan Lewis and Ayman al-Warfalli CAIRO/BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s combatants are readying for a long conflict, as foreign weapons flood in, eastern factions close oil ports and rival alliances wrangle over revenues from Africa’s largest petroleum reserves. The moves signal deepening animosity in a war that could worsen […]

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ICC trial in The Hague one option for Sudan’s Bashir: minister

February 17, 2020 By Aidan Lewis and Khalid Abdelaziz KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudan could send former leader Omar al-Bashir and other suspects to The Hague for trial before the International Criminal Court, but any decision would need approval from military and civilian rulers, the information minister said on Monday. Sudanese authorities said last week that […]

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Chinese doctors using plasma therapy on coronavirus, WHO says ‘very valid’ approach

February 17, 2020 SHANGHAI/GENEVA (Reuters) – Doctors in Shanghai are using infusions of blood plasma from people who have recovered from the coronavirus to treat those still battling the infection, reporting some encouraging preliminary results, a Chinese professor said on Monday. A top emergency expert at the World Health Organization (WHO) said later that using […]

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Syrian forces consolidate control of Aleppo, air strikes under way

February 17, 2020 BEIRUT/AMMAN (Reuters) – The Syrian army said on Monday it had taken full control of dozens of towns in Aleppo’s northwestern countryside and it would press on with its campaign to wipe out militant groups “wherever they are found”. The advances were made after President Bashar al-Assad’s forces drove insurgents from the […]

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Gibraltar encouraged by Spanish ‘pragmatism’ on post-Brexit ties

February 17, 2020 BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Gibraltar is encouraged by Spain’s “pragmatism” on its key demand that their mutual border remain fully open after the Brexit transition period expires at the end of 2020, its deputy chief minister said on Monday. Spain claims sovereignty over the port at the mouth of the Mediterranean that it […]

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Khamenei loyalists may tighten grip at Iran elections

February 17, 2020 By Parisa Hafezi DUBAI (Reuters) – Hardliners are set to tighten control of Iran this week in a parliamentary election stacked in their favor, as the leadership closes ranks in a deepening confrontation with Washington. Big gains by security hawks would confirm the political demise of the country’s pragmatist politicians, weakened by […]

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