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    UAE jails UK academic for life for spying, Britain says ties will be hurt

    UK Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said he was "deeply shocked and disappointed" by the verdict, adding that he had personally raised the case at the highest levels of the UAE government and that the verdict would hurt relations. Hedges, a 31-year-old doctoral student at Durham University, has

  • Gunmen kidnap Italian volunteer, shoot children near Kenya's coast
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    Gunmen kidnap Italian volunteer, shoot children near Kenya's coast

    Men armed with AK-47 rifles seized the 23-year-old woman from a guesthouse in Chakama, near Kenya's southeast coast, witnesses said. "There were three attackers and they targeted the Italian lady," said Chad Joshua Kazungu by phone. The woman - who police said was volunteering for the

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    UAE sentences British academic to life in prison for spying

    The family of a British academic jailed in the United Arab Emirates on spying allegations says he's been sentenced to life in prison. Matthew Hedges, a 31-year-old PhD student in Middle Eastern Studies at Durham University, was arrested at Dubai Airport on May 5. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has

  • Danske money laundering whistleblower labels UK structures a 'disgrace'
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    Danske money laundering whistleblower labels UK structures a 'disgrace'

    "The role of the United Kingdom is an absolute disgrace. Limited liability partnerships and Scottish liability partnerships have been abused for absolutely years," Howard Wilkinson, who headed Danske Bank's Baltics trading unit from 2007 to 2014, told European Union lawmakers on Wednesday

  • Interpol picks South Korean as president, Russia criticizes Western pressure
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    Interpol picks South Korean as president, Russia criticizes Western pressure

    Russia said clear outside pressure had been exerted on the vote but it did not dispute the voting process. Interpol member states, meeting in Dubai for their annual congress, elected Kim to succeed China's Meng Hongwei, who disappeared in September and later resigned after Chinese authorities said

  • Britain's May seeks to cut deal on future EU ties in Brussels
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    Britain's May seeks to cut deal on future EU ties in Brussels

    With just over four months before Britain leaves the bloc, the two sides are trying to hammer out their divorce terms and an outline of their future relationship before a summit on Sunday. The blueprint on future ties is a political document of about 20 pages, meant to be agreed side-by-side with an

  • No rush to topple UK PM May's government, says opposition finance chief McDonnell
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    No rush to topple UK PM May's government, says opposition finance chief McDonnell

    McDonnell, the man who would become finance minister if Labour are able to capitalize on a crisis of confidence in May's leadership and form their own government, said the party wanted to first take a look at what more May can negotiate in Brussels. "We are not rushing a vote of no confidence

  • Rights groups: Activists held in Saudi Arabia tortured, Riyadh denies charge
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    Rights groups: Activists held in Saudi Arabia tortured, Riyadh denies charge

    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch accused Saudi Arabia on Tuesday of subjecting several activists including some female human rights defenders detained since May to torture and sexual harassment, allegations denied by a Saudi official. Over a dozen women's rights activists have been arrested

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    American killed on remote Indian island off-limits to visitors

    The North Sentinel Island is out of bounds for visitors, and is home to the Sentinelese community, who allegedly killed the American, identified as John Allen Chau, after he was illegally ferried there by fishermen, the officials added. In a statement late on Tuesday, Deepak Yadav, a senior police officer

  • Israeli minister urges Airbnb boycott, talks up rival service
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    Israeli minister urges Airbnb boycott, talks up rival service

    "I call today on all those who support Israel and oppose discriminatory boycotts: they should cease using Airbnb and turn to other services," Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan told a diplomatic conference hosted by the Jerusalem Post newspaper. "By the way, Booking.com is a great

  • Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer's death
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    Trump defies calls to punish crown prince for writer's death

    President Donald Trump has declared he will not further punish Saudi Arabia for the killing of U.S.-based columnist Jamal Khashoggi, making clear in an exclamation-filled statement that the benefits of good relations with the kingdom outweigh the possibility its crown prince ordered the killing. The

  • More than 80,000 Yemeni children may have died from hunger: humanitarian body
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    More than 80,000 Yemeni children may have died from hunger: humanitarian body

    An estimated 85,000 children under five may have died from extreme hunger in Yemen since a Saudi-led coalition intervened in the civil war in 2015, Save the Children said on Wednesday.     It said that according to a conservative estimate based on U.N. data, approximately 84,700 children suffering from

  • U.S. targets Iran-Russia network over oil sent to Syria
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    U.S. targets Iran-Russia network over oil sent to Syria

    The complicated arrangement, described by the U.S. Treasury in a statement on Tuesday, involved a Syrian citizen allegedly using his Russia-based company to ship Iranian oil to Syria with the aid of a Russian state-owned company. Syria then helped transfer hundreds of millions of dollars in cash to

  • South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia
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    South Korean named Interpol president in blow to Russia

    South Korea's Kim Jong Yang was elected as Interpol's president on Wednesday, edging out a longtime veteran of Russia's security services who was strongly opposed by the U.S., Britain and other European nations. Kim's surprise election was seen as a victory for the White House and its

  • Italian woman kidnapped by gunmen along Kenya's coast
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    Italian woman kidnapped by gunmen along Kenya's coast

    Around eight gunmen kidnapped an Italian volunteer along Kenya's coast and wounded several people, including three children, police said Wednesday. Five people were wounded by the attackers, who shot indiscriminately at around 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Chakama trading centre in the county of Kilifi,

  • Nissan wants less clout from Renault as Japan seeks to stabilize alliance
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    Nissan wants less clout from Renault as Japan seeks to stabilize alliance

    The 19-year alliance, enlarged in 2016 to include Japan's Mitsubishi Motors, has been jolted by Monday's arrest of Ghosn for alleged financial misconduct. Ghosn has personally shaped the alliance and had pledged to consolidate it with a deeper tie-up. "We need to return to the original

  • Turkey accuses U.S. of turning blind eye to Saudi killing of Khashoggi
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    Turkey accuses U.S. of turning blind eye to Saudi killing of Khashoggi

    Turkey accused the United States on Wednesday of trying to turn a blind eye to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and dismissed comments from President Donald Trump on the issue as "comic". Trump vowed on Tuesday to remain a "steadfast partner" of Saudi Arabia

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    Poland moves to reinstate retired judges to Supreme Court

    The development comes a month after the European Union's top court ordered Poland to immediately suspend a law that lowered the retirement age for Supreme Court judges, forcing about two dozen of them off the bench. Poland has been in a standoff with the European Union for three years over attempts

  • Dolce & Gabbana cancels Shanghai show after 'chopsticks' advert goes viral
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    Dolce & Gabbana cancels Shanghai show after 'chopsticks' advert goes viral

    Dolce & Gabbana canceled a marquee fashion show in China's commercial hub of Shanghai on Wednesday, after an online uproar over its latest fashion advertisements and what social media users called a rant against the world's second biggest economy. The controversy was the number one topic on

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    Iraqi military says it killed 15 Islamic State militants in the north

    Iraqi forces have killed 15 Islamic State militants inside a tunnel during a search operation in the northern Sunni-majority Salahuddin province, the military said on Wednesday. Islamic State, which once occupied a third of Iraq's territory, has been largely defeated in the country but has continued

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    The Latest: France confident Renault to carry on smoothly

    France's finance minister says Renault's new temporary leadership will ensure the carmaker functions efficiently after the arrest in Japan of its CEO, Carlos Ghosn, for alleged misuse of assets at Nissan, where is also chairman. Le Maire noted Philippe Lagayette took over the administrative

  • World stocks struggle to find feet after tech-driven rout
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    World stocks struggle to find feet after tech-driven rout

    U.S. shares were set to open sharply firmer, futures indicated, after two days of losses that wiped out the S&P500's gains for the year and left the tech-heavy Nasdaq index teetering on the brink of falling into the red. Losses have been concentrated in the technology sector, as investors lightened

  • Afghans try to identify group behind attack on clerics, toll climbs to 55
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    Afghans try to identify group behind attack on clerics, toll climbs to 55

    The victims included religious delegates from various parts of the country, invited by the Afghan Ulema Council to celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad on Tuesday. Without knowing who was behind the attack, it was unclear whether the aim was to undermine President Ashraf Ghani's government

  • EU demands Hungary explain why ex-Macedonia PM granted asylum
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    EU demands Hungary explain why ex-Macedonia PM granted asylum

    Nikola Gruevski, who fled Macedonia after being sentenced to two years in prison on corruption-related charges, said on Tuesday that he had been granted political asylum in Hungary. Johannes Hahn, the European commissioner responsible for EU enlargement negotiations, tweeted that he had seen reports

  • China building on new reef in South China Sea, think tank says
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    China building on new reef in South China Sea, think tank says

    China has installed a new platform on a remote part of the Paracel Islands in the disputed South China Sea which could be used for military purposes, according to recent satellite images reviewed by a U.S. think tank. The strategic waterway is claimed almost in its entirety by China, whose continued