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Polish court rules that four “LGBT-free zones” must be abolished

WARSAW (Reuters) – A top Polish appeals court ruled on Tuesday that so-called “LGBT-free zones” must be scrapped in four municipalities, a verdict welcomed by activists as a victory for human rights and democracy. Numerous...

Woody Allen, in rare interview, says he may stop directing movies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Filmmaker Woody Allen, who has faced a backlash in Hollywood over a sexual assault allegation by his adopted daughter, said on Tuesday he will shoot a new film in Paris this fall and that it may be his last. Allen, 86, spoke in a rare interview to actor Alec Baldwin about...

German court sentences ex-SS camp guard, aged 101, to five years in jail

NEURUPPIN, Germany (Reuters) – A German court sentenced a former SS guard, now 101 years old, to five years in prison on Tuesday for assisting in the murder of some 3,500 people at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, bringing to an end one of the last Nazi trials in Germany. Prosecutors had said that Josef S.,...

Mumbai building collapse kills at least 19 with more feared trapped

MUMBAI (Reuters) – A four-storey residential building collapsed in India’s financial capital of Mumbai overnight, killing at least 19 people, with more feared trapped under the rubble, officials said on Tuesday. Part of the building, located in a crowded suburb in the central part of the city, crumbled around midnight on Monday, the city’s civic...

New documentary ‘The Princess’ immerses audiences in Diana’s story

LONDON (Reuters) – Oscar-nominated director Ed Perkins trawled through hundreds of hours of footage of Princess Diana in search of moments he hoped would offer new perspective on her life and public image, 25 years after her death. His new film “The Princess” relies entirely on archive video to trace Diana’s life from a timid...

More extreme weather events expected to pummel China in July, August

BEIJING (Reuters) – Extreme flooding that has battered southern and eastern provinces in China, leading to hundreds of thousands being evacuated and the highest rainfall in decades at the Pearl River basin, will likely continue in July and August, according to a government official. “It is predicted that from July to August, there will be...

The transformation of Hong Kong in five charts

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 after 156 years of British colonial rule. Here are some major transformations the financial hub has witnessed during the past 25 years. OUTSHINED BY MAINLAND CHINA While Hong Kong retains an outsized, indirect contribution to China’s economic growth given its status as the only...

Germany to support EU plans for 2035 ban on new fossil-fuel cars, says environment minister

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany plans to vote in support of a European Union package that would effectively ban the sale of new cars with combustion engines from 2035, said the environment minister on Tuesday. “If the package includes what the Commission suggested, banning cars that emit carbon dioxide from 2035, then we will vote in...

Australia commits to Pacific islands defence training as China plans rival meet

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia will set up a defence school to train Pacific island militaries, Canberra’s new Pacific minister said, amid mounting competition for security ties in the region and as China lays plans for a rival meeting to next month’s Pacific Islands Forum. Australia will double its funding for aerial surveillance of the Pacific...

‘Not worth the risk’: Palau, Fiji call for deep-sea mining moratorium

LISBON (Reuters) – Concerned about the potential impacts of deep-sea mining on ocean biodiversity, the Pacific islands of Palau and Fiji on Monday launched an “alliance” to call for a moratorium of the nascent industry. The backing of a moratorium comes amid a wave of global interest in deep-sea mining but also growing pressure from...

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Spain turns to Africa, lobbies NATO, allies over Ukraine-driven migration

MADRID/LAS PALMAS (Reuters) – Spain is shifting its foreign policy towards Africa while lobbying the EU and NATO for support to address migration from the continent, aggravated by the Ukraine invasion, two senior government officials and two diplomatic sources told Reuters. Spain will use a NATO summit in Madrid this week to press its case,...

Guatemalan president arrives in U.S. for visit after snubbing summit

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei landed in the United States for a two-day working tour on Monday, a presidential spokesperson confirmed, as bilateral ties remained strained after he opted out of the Summit of the Americas this month. Giammattei’s decision followed criticism by the U.S. government over Guatemala’s re-election of its attorney...

G7 to stand with Ukraine ‘for as long as it takes’

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany (Reuters) – The Group of Seven club of wealthy nations on Monday vowed to stand with Ukraine “for as long as it takes”, promising to tighten the squeeze on Russia’s finances with new sanctions that include a proposal to cap the price of Russian oil. The announcement came after Ukraine’s President Volodymyr...

Colombia bull-running where stand collapse killed 4 people under investigation

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s procurator will investigate the official response to the partial collapse of seating at a bull-running event on Sunday, which killed at least four people and injured hundreds. A section of the three-story wooden stand toppled forward into the ring, where locals were participating in a bull-running event tied to the feast...

Paris to charge riders of gasoline-fueled motorbikes for parking

PARIS (Reuters) – Riders of gasoline-fueled motorcycles will have to start paying for parking in Paris from September as the French capital aims to reduce noise and pollution, but parking for electric motorcycles remains free, a city hall official said on Monday. The new charge fulfills a campaign promise of socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo and...

At flooded cancer hospital in northeast India, chemotherapy given on the road outside

NEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Whenever the rain relents, staff at a waterlogged cancer hospital in northeast India seize the chance to administer chemotherapy to patients on the road outside, creating a pitiful image of the misery caused by the region’s worst floods in years. Located in the Barak valley in Assam state, the 150-bed...

Canada to impose additional sanctions, ban tech export to Russia -statement

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Monday announced more measures in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, including additional sanctions and a ban on the export of technologies that could help improve Russia’s defense manufacturing capability. The new sanctions would target six individuals and 46 entities linked to the Russian defence sectors, 15 Ukrainians supporting Russia,...

NATO summit protesters play dead in front of Picasso war painting

MADRID (Reuters) – About 30 anti-war activists protested on Monday in front of Pablo Picasso’s historic Guernica painting about the horrors of war at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, hours before the start on Tuesday of a NATO summit in the Spanish capital. The protesters blame the military alliance for stoking the war in...

Queen Elizabeth heads to Scotland for ‘Royal Week’

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made her first public appearance on Monday since nationwide celebrations for her Platinum Jubilee three weeks ago, travelling to Scotland for the annual “Royal Week” of events. The 96-year-old monarch, holding a walking stick, smiled happily as she took part in the Ceremony of the Keys at the Palace...

Heat wave and fires damaging Tunisia’s grain harvest

TUNIS (Reuters) – A heat wave and fires are badly damaging Tunisia’s grain harvest, leading the farmers union to forecast that output will fall well short of government hopes. Loss of grain production comes as the North African country struggles with food importation costs driven higher by the war in Ukraine. Agriculture Minister Mhamoud Elyess...

27th June

Afghan health official warns of disease outbreak among earthquake survivors

KABUL/WOR KALI, Afghanistan (Reuters) – Thousands affected by a deadly earthquake in eastern Afghanistan are in need of clean water and food and are at risk of disease, an Afghan health ministry official said on Sunday, days after a U.N. agency warned of a cholera outbreak in the region. At least 1,000 people were killed,...

UK, U.S., Japan and Canada to ban Russia gold imports

LONDON (Reuters) -Britain, the United States, Japan and Canada will ban new imports of Russian gold as part of efforts to tighten the sanctions squeeze on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine, the British government said on Sunday. The ban will come into force shortly and apply to newly mined or refined gold, the government...

France’s Macron seeks to name new government in early July

PARIS (Reuters) -French President Emmanuel Macron seeks to name a new government in early July, possibly including members from outside his political party, according to an interview with AFP. Macron has asked Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne to propose a new “government of action” at the end of next week and confirmed his confidence in Borne...

Horror on Oslo Pride day as gunman goes on deadly rampage at gay bar

OSLO (Reuters) -Terrified revellers at a gay bar in Oslo hid in a basement and desperately called loved ones as a gunman went on the rampage, killing two people and injuring 21 on the day the city was due to celebrate its annual Pride parade. Authorities said the suspect, a 42-year-old Norwegian citizen of Iranian...

WHO says monkeypox is not yet a health emergency

LONDON (Reuters) -Monkeypox is not yet a global health emergency, the World Health Organization (WHO) ruled on Saturday, although WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was deeply concerned about the outbreak. “I am deeply concerned about the monkeypox outbreak, this is clearly an evolving health threat that my colleagues and I in the WHO...

Filipina wins transgender pageant in Thailand

PATTAYA, Thailand (Reuters) – Filipina Fuschia Anne Ravena was crowned Miss International Queen 2022 on Saturday at a contest in Thailand billed as the world’s largest and most popular transgender pageant. The 27-year-old business owner beat 22 other contestants for the crown, with the second and third place going to contestants from Colombia and France,...

Taliban calls for release of frozen funds after deadly earthquake

KABUL (Reuters) -Afghanistan’s Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country early on Wednesday destroyed or damaged 10,000 homes and...

Costa Rica asks IMF for $700 million from new sustainability trust

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Costa Rica has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) it is interested in obtaining a nearly $700 million loan to invest in infrastructure from a newly created fund, the Central Bank said. Costa Rican authorities told the IMF that the country aims to be the first to secure financing from the...

White House: G7 to address China’s forced labor, intellectual property theft

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The Group of Seven wealthy countries will address what they see as China’s use of forced labor and intellectual property theft and other issues, the White House said on Saturday.

White House horrified by shooting in Oslo targeting LGBT community

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) – The White House said on Saturday that it is horrified by shooting in Oslo targeting the LGBT community and that it stands in solidarity with its ally Norway. A gunman killed two people and injured 21 during an attack in Oslo that came as the city was due to...

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