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Thousands turn out in Boston to march against hate speech

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a “free speech” rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. Rally organisers had invited several far-right speakers who were confined to a small pen that police set up in the historic Boston Common park to keep ...

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N Korea slams Seoul-Washington joint drill

North Korea on Sunday slammed the upcoming joint US-South Korea military exercise as an act of “adding fuel to the fire” on the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula.   “The joint exercise is the most explicit expression of hostility against us and no one can guarantee that the exercise won’t evolve into actual fighting,” said an editorial in the ...

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Lost WW2 warship USS Indianapolis found after 72 years

The World War Two heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis has been found in the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after its sinking by a Japanese submarine. The warship was discovered 18,000 feet (5.5km) beneath the surface. The Indianapolis was destroyed returning from its secret mission to deliver parts for the atomic bomb which was later used on Hiroshima. Of the 1,196 men ...

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IS conflict: Iraq launches ground offensive in Tal Afar

Iraqi ground forces have begun an operation to retake Tal Afar, one of the last cities in the country held by the Islamic State group, officials say. Several areas around Tal Afar were retaken on the first day of the offensive, Iraqia News TV reported. In a televised speech, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said the jihadists had the choice between ...

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Barcelona attack: Spain terror cell had 120 gas canisters

A 12-strong terror cell that carried out two attacks in Spain this week had collected 120 gas canisters and was planning to use them in vehicle attacks, Spanish police say. Canisters were found at a house, said to be used by the cell, that blew up in the town of Alcanar on Wednesday night. Police are still hunting for the ...

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Xi told Trump US-China ties hit by ‘negative factors’: state media

Chinese President Xi Jinping told US counterpart Donald Trump on Monday that bilateral relations were “affected by some negative factors,” state media said following a series of US actions that angered Beijing. Xi said in a phone call that Sino-US relations “have achieved important results” since the two met at Trump’s Florida resort in April, according to broadcaster CCTV. But ...

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US pullout gives ‘global push’ to climate deal: UN chief

The US decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement has given a “global push” to the deal, as other signatories have strongly recommitted to the landmark accord, UN chief Antonio Guterres said Monday.   President Donald Trump, whose country is the world’s second biggest producer of greenhouse gases after China, drew widespread criticism when he announced on June 1 ...

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Qatar responds to Gulf neighbours’ demands

Qatar has responded to a list of demands from Saudi Arabia and its allies after they agreed to give it another 48 hours to address their grievances. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting terrorism. On 22 June they issued a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff and gave ...

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US no longer a ‘friend’ in Merkel election programme

In their campaign programme for the German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have dropped the term “friend” in describing the relationship with the United States. Four years ago, the joint programme of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), referred to the United States as Germany’s “most important friend” outside of Europe. ...

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Macron seeks to cut number of France MPs by a third

French President Emmanuel Macron has proposed a radical overhaul of the country’s government. Speaking at the historic Palace of Versailles, he said he planned to cut the number of lawmakers by a third. Doing so would produce a more efficient government and put France on a “radically new path”, said Mr Macron. The French president says he has a broad ...

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