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Ukraine war to shift to Donetsk after fall of Luhansk; Russia claims major victory

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City was last Ukrainian stronghold in Luhansk region Russia says has “liberated” Luhansk region Zelenskiy vows to regain control with long-range weapons Blasts hit Russia’s Belgorod, southern Ukraine base -officials KYIV, July 4 (Reuters) – Russian forces in Ukraine will focus on trying to seize all of the Donetsk region,......

Factbox: The legitimacy crisis in Libya’s political institutions

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July 3 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters want the political authorities to quit and hold elections after previous transitional periods created institutions that clung on long after their mandates expired. Here are Libya’s main political institutions that have so far failed to overcome entrenched differences between rival authorities in the east......

Zelenskiy adviser concedes key bastion could fall in eastern Ukraine

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Separatists say Lysychansk ‘under control’ but not yet liberated Ukrainians say big battles, but Lysychansk not surrounded Blasts shake southern city of Mykolaiv KYIV/KONSTYANTYNIVKA, Ukraine, July 3 (Reuters) – Fighting intensified at the weekend for Lysychansk, Ukraine’s last big bastion in the strategic eastern province of Luhansk, and an adviser......

Libyan protest movement says it will step up its campaign

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TRIPOLI, July 2 (Reuters) – Libyan protesters will keep demonstrating until all the ruling elites quit power, they said on Saturday, after rallies in most main cities on Friday culminated in a crowd storming the parliament building and torching parts of it. The protest movement said it would step up......

Texas, Ohio top courts allow abortion bans to take effect

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July 1 (Reuters) – The top courts in Texas and Ohio on Friday allowed the Republican-led states to enforce restrictions and bans on abortions after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the nationwide constitutional right to abortion. The Texas Supreme Court late on Friday allowed a nearly century-old abortion......

Biden predicts states will try to arrest women who travel for abortions

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WASHINGTON, July 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden predicted on Friday that some U.S. states will try to arrest women for crossing state lines to get abortions after the Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to the procedures nationwide. Thirteen Republican-led states banned or severely restricted the procedure under so-called......

WikiLeaks’ Assange lodges appeal against U.S. extradition

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LONDON, July 1 (Reuters) – WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange has appealed to the High Court in London to block his extradition to the United States to face criminal charges, his brother said on Friday, the latest step in his legal battle that has dragged on for more than a decade.......

China urges U.S. to fulfill climate duties after Supreme Court ruling

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BEIJING, July 1 (Reuters) – The United States must meet its international obligations on climate change and do more than “shout slogans”, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Friday following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting Washington’s ability to cut power sector emissions. The Supreme Court voted to......

U.S. inflation data offer no quick relief to Fed, but hint at a peak

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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – New U.S. data for May showed little immediate relief from the record pace of inflation pushing the Federal Reserve toward another oversized interest rate increase next month, but it did add to a developing sense that the worst may be over. Inflation as measured by......

Supreme Court ruling casts cloud over U.S. leadership in global climate fight

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UNITED NATIONS, June 30 (Reuters) – A Supreme Court ruling on Thursday limiting Washington’s authority to reduce carbon output from power plants will hurt global efforts to fight climate change by slowing America’s emissions cuts and undermining U.S. leadership efforts on the international stage, according to diplomats. The conservative court’s......

Florida, Kentucky judges block states from enforcing abortion bans

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June 30 (Reuters) – Judges in Florida and Kentucky on Thursday moved to block those states from enforcing bans or restrictions on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had established a nationwide right to it. In Tallahassee, Florida, Circuit Court......

Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first Black woman on U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in on Thursday as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, making history as the first Black woman on the nation’s top judicial body while joining it at a time when its conservative majority has been flexing its muscles in major rulings.......

Manchin, Sinema dash Biden hopes for filibuster change on abortion rights

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MADRID/WASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Thursday proposed that U.S. senators remove a legislative roadblock to restoring abortion rights that were taken away by the Supreme Court last week, a suggestion that was shot down by aides to key Democratic lawmakers. Biden’s proposal to temporarily lift the......

U.S. Capitol riot panel subpoenas White House counsel under Trump

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WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – A congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol announced on Wednesday that it has subpoenaed former President Donald Trump’s White House counsel, Pat Cipollone, to testify about Trump’s activities on the day of the melee. The subpoena seeking a deposition......

Putin still wants most of Ukraine, war outlook grim -U.S. intelligence chief

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Russian President Vladimir Putin attends Caspian Summit in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan June 29, 2022. Sputnik/Grigory Sysoyev/Pool via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin still wants to seize most of Ukraine, but his forces are so degraded by combat......

Biden administration throws support behind potential F-16 sale to Turkey

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A U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter taking part in the U.S.-led Saber Strike exercise flies over Estonia June 6, 2018. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register MADRID, June 29 (Reuters) – The Biden administration threw its support on Wednesday behind the potential sale of U.S.......

U.S. economy contracts in Q1; outlook murky as unsold goods accumulate

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First-quarter GDP declines at 1.6% rate Consumer spending growth lowered; inventories raised Business spending on equipment revised higher WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The U.S. economy contracted slightly more than previously estimated in the first quarter as the trade deficit widened to a record high and a resurgence in COVID-19......

Nancy Pelosi takes communion at papal Mass in Vatican

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U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) attends the Mass of Saint Peter and Paul in St Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican, June 29, 2022. REUTERS/Remo Casilli Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register VATICAN CITY, June 29 (Reuters) – Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S.......

U.S. Supreme Court allows Louisiana electoral map faulted for racial bias

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WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Republican-drawn map of Louisiana’s six U.S. House of Representatives districts that had been blocked by a judge who found that it likely discriminates against Black voters, a setback for Democrats as they try to retain control of Congress......

Two suspects charged after death of 51 migrants in sweltering Texas truck

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas, June 28 (Reuters) – At least 51 migrants have died after being trapped inside a sweltering tractor-trailer truck found abandoned in Texas, authorities said on Tuesday, as two Mexican nationals tied to the smuggling incident were charged in U.S. federal court. The deceased migrants, 39 men and......

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