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U.S. issues new Cuba sanctions, Biden promises more to come

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U.S. President Joe Biden meets with governors virtually to discuss efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, at the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex in Washington, U.S., July 30, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on the Cuban......

U.S. seeks to block Texas order curbing migrants’ entry

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Security stand guard at the headquarters of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly WASHINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Friday sued Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, seeking to block an order aimed at deterring migrants......

Israel blames Iran for attack on tanker off Oman that killed two

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DUBAI, July 30 (Reuters) – A Briton and a Romanian were killed when an Israeli-managed petroleum product tanker came under attack on Thursday off the coast of Oman, the company said on Friday, in an incident that Israel’s foreign minister blamed on Iran and said deserved a harsh response. There......

Hong Kong man sentenced to 9 years in prison in first national security case

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HONG KONG, July 30 (Reuters) – The first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law will face nine years in prison for terrorist activities and inciting secession, judges said on Friday, in a watershed ruling with long-term implications for the city’s judicial landscape. Former waiter Tong Ying-kit, 24, was......

Philippines’ Duterte fully restores key U.S. troop pact

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MANILA, July 30 (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has restored a crucial pact governing the presence of U.S. troops in the Southeast Asian nation, the two countries’ defence ministers said on Friday, reversing a decision that had caused increasing concern in Washington and Manila. The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA)......

New Zealand introduces bill to outlaw LGBT conversion therapy

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A pedestrian walks past the New Zealand parliament building known as the Beehive in central Wellington, New Zealand, July 3, 2017. Picture taken July 3, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray WELLINGTON, July 30 (Reuters) – New Zealand introduced on Friday legislation that proposes up to five years in prison for practices intended......

Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots ‘worrisome,’ U.S. govt watchdog says

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An Afghan A-29 pilot prepared for flight in the cockpit of his aircraft, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan September 10, 2017. Picture taken Septembeer 10, 2017. U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Handout via REUTERS WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) – Taliban assassinations of Afghan pilots detailed by Reuters this month mark......

Phuket restricts travel from other Thai regions as COVID-19 cases surge

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Volunteers walk as they prepare to convert an air cargo warehouse into a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) field hospital at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok, Thailand July 28, 2021. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun July 29 (Reuters) – Thailand’s Phuket will ban travel from the rest of the country from Aug. 3-16......

Russia fines Google 3 mln rbls for violating personal data law

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MOSCOW, July 29 (Reuters) – Russia on Thursday fined Google 3 million roubles ($41,017) for violating personal data legislation, Google’s first fine for that offence, Moscow’s Tagansky District Court said. Google confirmed the fine and offered no further comment. The penalty comes amid a wider standoff between Russia and Big......

China’s new ambassador arrives in U.S. with words of optimism

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WASHINGTON, July 28 (Reuters) – China’s new ambassador to Washington, Qin Gang, on Wednesday wished the United States victory against COVID-19 and said great potential awaited bilateral relations, striking an optimistic tone as he arrived at his new post amid deeply strained ties. Qin’s arrival comes days after high-level talks......

Ceasefire called after three Armenian soldiers killed in clashes with Azerbaijan

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MOSCOW/BAKU, July 28 (Reuters) – Armenia said on Wednesday that three of its soldiers had been killed in an exchange of gunfire with Azerbaijan and both sides later accepted a Russian ceasefire proposal to try to calm tensions. Armenia’s defence ministry said in a statement that Azeri forces had attacked......

England scraps quarantine for fully vaccinated EU, U.S. visitors

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No quarantine for vaccinated EU, U.S. visitors from Aug. 2 UK PM says he wants U.S. travellers to come “freely” BA, easyJet shares rise 3-5% Restrictions still in place for France, upsetting French LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – England will allow fully vaccinated visitors from the European Union and United......

China says Taliban expected to play ‘important’ Afghan peace role

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KABUL, July 28 (Reuters) – China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan’s war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign ministry said. Nine Taliban representatives met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of......

(OFFICIAL) U.S. calls for halt to violence against Eritreans in Tigray

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July 27 (Reuters) – The United States is deeply concerned about reported attacks against Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Tuesday, calling for the intimidation and attacks to stop. “We are deeply concerned about credible reports of attacks by military forces affiliated with......

Russia’s Abramovich didn’t buy Chelsea for Putin, court hears

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Abramovich and Rosneft sue writer over Putin book Abramovich was not Putin’s cashier – lawyer says Abramovich didn’t buy Chelsea to corrupt West – lawyer Rosneft says it didn’t expropriate Yukos assets LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is not President Vladimir Putin’s “cashier” and nor did......

Russia beefs up Tajik base, warns of ISIS fighters in Afghanistan

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MOSCOW, July 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it was beefing up the combat capabilities of its military base in Tajikistan and training local soldiers, as Moscow warned that Islamic State militants were moving into neighbouring Afghanistan. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was in Tajikistan on Wednesday for......

EXCLUSIVE North, South Korea in talks over summit, reopening liaison office – sources

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SEOUL, July 28 (Reuters) – North and South Korea are in talks to reopen a joint liaison office that Pyongyang demolished last year and hold a summit as part of efforts to restore relations, three South Korean government sources with knowledge of the matter said. South Korean President Moon Jae-in......

Biden: If U.S. has ‘real shooting war’ it could be result of cyber attacks

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WASHINGTON, July 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned that if the United States ended up in a “real shooting war” with a “major power” it could be the result of a significant cyber attack on the country, highlighting what Washington sees as growing threats posed by Russia......

Tunisian Islamists move to ease tensions, unions demand roadmap

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Islamist Ennahda party urges unity After freezing parliament, next steps expected from president Influential civil society groups demand roadmap TUNIS, July 27 (Reuters) – Tunisia’s leading Islamist party moved on Tuesday to ease the country’s political crisis, calling for dialogue and urging supporters not to protest after accusing President Kais......

South, North Korea reopen hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

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Moon, Kim exchanged multiple letters since April N.Korea cut hotlines, blew up a joint office in 2020 Moon hopes to renew N.Korea ties No clear sign yet for restart of nuclear negotiations Biden gov’t seeks ‘reliable, constructive’ talks SEOUL, July 27 (Reuters) – South and North Korea have restored hotlines......

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