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Brexit may never happen – Sir Vince Cable

Sir Vince Cable – the likely next Lib Dem leader – says he is “beginning to think Brexit may never happen”. He said “enormous” divisions in the Labour and the Tory parties and a “deteriorating” economy would make people think again. “People will realise that we didn’t vote to be …

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Poland expects long term deal for U.S. LNG supplies

Poland expects to sign a long-term deal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from the U.S. to reduce its reliance on Russian gas, the country’s President Andrzej Duda said after meeting U.S. president Donald Trump. Poland imports most of the 16 billion cubic metres of gas it consumes a year …

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China demands India leave Himalayan plateau in rising spat

China has insisted India withdraw its troops from a disputed Himalayan plateau before talks can take place to settle the most protracted standoff in recent years between the nuclear-armed neighbors, who fought a bloody frontier war 55 years ago. India must pull back its troops “as soon as possible” as …

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French and West African presidents launch Sahel force

African powers launched a new multinational military force to tackle Islamist militants in the Sahel on Sunday, which French President Emmanuel Macron told a regional summit should be fully operational by the autumn despite its current budget shortfall. Some observers see the initiative of the G5 Sahel bloc – Mali, …

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Avignon shooting: Eight injured near French mosque

Eight people have been injured in a shooting outside a mosque in southern France, officials have confirmed. Worshippers leaving the Arrahma mosque in Avignon were approached by two hooded suspects at about 22:30 local time (21:30 GMT) on Sunday. The suspects, carrying a handgun and a shotgun, arrived in a …

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Pope shakes up Vatican by replacing conservative doctrinal chief

In a major shake-up of the Vatican’s administration on Saturday, Pope Francis replaced Catholicism’s top theologian, a conservative German cardinal who has been at odds with the pontiff’s vision of a more inclusive Church. A brief Vatican statement said Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller’s five-year mandate as head of the Congregation …

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China’s Dismissal of U.K. Treaty Renews Doubts About Its Word

China’s dismissive critique of the U.K. treaty governing the return of Hong Kong raised new doubts about its commitment to the city’s autonomy and other international agreements. On the eve of the handover’s 20th anniversary, the Chinese Foreign Ministry declared the Sino-British Joint Declaration a “historical document” that “no longer …

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UK man jailed after hitting Muslim teen with bacon

A British man has been jailed after hitting a Muslim teen with a slab of bacon after hurling insults at her and her mother. Alex Chivers was sentenced at a London court on Thursday to six months in jail for assault and a public order offense. The 36-year-old admitted to …

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Russia calls new British carrier ‘convenient target’

The Russian Defense Ministry has derided the United Kingdom’s brand new aircraft carrier as a “convenient target” for the Russian military, hitting back at Britain’s disparaging comments about Russia’s aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov. In a statement released on Thursday, Russia’s Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov called Britain’s HMS Queen …

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Ukrainian banks, electricity firm hit by fresh cyber attack

A number of Ukrainian banks and companies, including the state power distributor, were hit by a cyber attack on Tuesday that disrupted some operations, the Ukrainian central bank said. The latest disruptions follow a spate of hacking attempts on state websites in late-2016 and repeated attacks on Ukraine’s power grid …

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Newcastle Eid celebration: Woman bailed after crash

A woman has been bailed after six people, including three children, were injured when a car mounted a kerb and ploughed into a crowd of people. The crash happened outside Newcastle’s Westgate Sports Centre where an Eid event was taking place. Northumbria Police said four people remained in hospital on …

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Pakistan oil tanker inferno kills at least 123

At least 123 people were killed when a lorry transporting oil burst into flames near the Pakistani city of Ahmedpur East, local officials say. A crowd had gathered reportedly to collect fuel leaking from the overturned vehicle when it caught fire. Dozens are being treated in hospital. Unconfirmed reports suggest …

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British lawmakers hit by ‘sustained’ cyber attack

Britain’s parliament was hit by a “sustained and determined” cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country’s health service. The House of Commons said it was working with the National Cyber Security Centre to defend …

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