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Despite Trump order, border child separations could go on: legal experts

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 23:10
(Reuters) - The much-vilified U.S. policy of separating children from parents who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border could continue under certain circumstances because of ambiguous language in President Donald Trump's order meant to end the practice, legal experts said.

Bahrain court acquits opposition leaders in spying case

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:34
DUBAI (Reuters) - A Bahraini court on Thursday acquitted three senior leaders of the country's main opposition group of spying for Qatar, a rare win for opposition figures who say they have been targeted by prosecutors for their political views.

Survivors report 220 migrants drown off Libya in recent days: UNHCR

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:03
GENEVA (Reuters) - Survivors have reported that about 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in the last few days while trying to reach Europe, putting the death toll this year on that route to more than 1,000, the United Nations said on Thursday.

Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:55
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

Slovak police charge ex-minister over claims against CME TV station

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:42
PRAGUE (Reuters) - Slovak police have charged two people with forgery offences against a television station owned by Central European Media Enterprises, police said on Thursday.

East Libyan forces reclaim key oil ports

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:31
BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.

Turkish court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 21:00
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court ruled on Thursday to keep the local chair of Amnesty International in jail as his trial on terror charges continues, the group said, extending a year-long detention that has prompted global outrage.

Romanian ruling party leader sentenced, thousands rally

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:30
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The head of Romania's ruling Social Democrat party, Liviu Dragnea, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Supreme Court on Thursday for inciting others to abuse of office, prompting thousands to rally against his government.

Trump's foreign policy will make Europe stronger, U.S. official says

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:28
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's tough stance on Iran, new tariffs on European Union metal imports and U.S. demands for higher defense spending in Europe are part of a strategy to strengthen the West, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

France's Macron warns of populism "leprosy," Italy hits back

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:05
PARIS/ROME (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday populism was spreading across Europe like a disease that Europeans should fight more vigorously instead of criticizing the actions of pro-European governments like his.

Italy and Germany clash as migration rows split EU

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:04
BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Thursday a draft EU accord on migration had been withdrawn after he clashed with Chancellor Angela Merkel over an issue that is splitting Europe.

Algerian prime minister urges Bouteflika to seek fifth term

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 20:02
ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia has urged 81-year-old President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to run for a fifth term in 2019 ending speculation that he might himself be interested in the job.

Turkish opposition plans half a million election vote monitors

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:59
ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's main opposition parties and NGOs said they plan to deploy more than half a million monitors and volunteers at ballot boxes across the country to prevent fraud in Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

Turkish court rules to keep Amnesty official in jail: Amnesty

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:54
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court ruled on Thursday to keep the local chair of Amnesty International in jail, the rights group said on Twitter, one of several high-profile cases that have raised concern about Ankara's record on free speech and protection of human rights.

Belgian industrialist Empain dead: Belgian media

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:52
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian industrialist Edouard-Jean Empain, a man whose vast business empire crumbled after he was brutally kidnapped in 1978, died at the age of 80 on Thursday, Belgian media reported.

Trump: North Korea blowing up test sites, 'total denuclearization...has already started'

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 19:48
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that North Korea was blowing up four of its big test sites and that a process of "total denuclearization ... has already started taking place."

'Wolf Pack' sex abuse culprits freed on bail in Spain

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:45
MADRID (Reuters) - Five men cleared of the gang rape of a teenager in a case that provoked mass protests across Spain were granted on Thursday provisional release from prison, a judicial source said.

Anti-immigrant eastern EU states defiant as they boycott summit

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 18:40
BUDAPEST (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant leaders of four central European states said on Thursday they would boycott an EU mini-summit on migration, taking a veiled swipe at Germany's Angela Merkel by accusing countries of pushing the issue for domestic political reasons.

Romania's ruling party leader sentenced, due to appeal

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:59
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The head of Romania's ruling party, Liviu Dragnea, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Supreme Court on Thursday for inciting others to abuse of office, though he was expected to appeal.

East Libyan forces advance to retake oil ports

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:58
BENGHAZI, Libya/VIENNA (Reuters) - East Libyan forces said on Thursday they had retaken the shuttered oil ports of Es Sider and Ras Lanuf, hours after clashes resumed south of Ras Lanuf during a counter-attack by rival factions.

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