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U.S. Pressed to Pursue Deal to Freeze North Korea Missile Tests

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:15:22 GMT

Rockets being fired in April during a joint military drill between the United States and South Korea. A North Korean diplomat said his country might be willing to consider a moratorium on nuclear and ballistic missile tests if such exercises were halted.Versions of the proposal, which would require the United States to reduce its military footprint on the Korean Peninsula, have been floated by Beijing and Seoul.

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After London Fire, Cladding on 600 High Rises Is Being Tested

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:15:07 GMT

Emergency service workers in the middle floors of the charred Grenfell Tower in West London last week. The cladding on the tower has been blamed for accelerating the fire’s spread.Safety checks after the deadly blaze at the 24-story Grenfell Tower have so far found three other buildings clad in potentially combustible materials.

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Mexico to Investigate Spying Campaign Against Journalists and Activists

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:55:54 GMT

Mexican journalists from left, Ana Cristina Ruelas, Rafael Cabrera and Carmen Aristegui, and the director of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center, Mario Patron, at a news conference in Mexico City on Monday.The announcement of a criminal investigation came after a Times article detailed a sweeping operation using advanced spyware to infiltrate a target’s smartphone.

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No Swimming! Rome Braces for Summer of Tourists at Its Fountains

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 14:40:31 GMT

Tourists at the Trevi Fountain in Rome on Tuesday.Already this year, stiff fines have failed to stop fountain-bathing in warm weather, and now the police who protect the Trevi Fountain, backed by a strict ordinance, have more officers on duty.

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Europe Dismantles Ukraine’s ‘Paper Curtain’

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:47:31 GMT

Ukrainians waited at a border crossing with Poland this month. Tens of thousands have flocked to Western Europe since visa waivers went into effect less than two weeks ago.By waiving visa requirements, European countries opened the door to 45 million potential vacationers, though few Ukrainians can afford to travel abroad.

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Makram Ali Died of Injuries in Attack Near London Mosque, Police Say

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:11:47 GMT

A vigil outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London on Monday, hours after a van struck Muslim worshipers who had gathered for Ramadan prayers.The 51-year-old father of six died when a van crashed into a crowd of Muslims after Ramadan prayers early on June 19.

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Afghan Bombing Kills Dozens of Workers Lined Up for Pay

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:20:57 GMT

A victim of a bombing outside a bank in Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan, on Thursday. The attack was so forceful that some victims were blown into the nearby Helmand River.A Taliban bomber drove into a crowd in Lashkar Gah, detonating a blast so forceful that some victims were blown into a nearby river, officials said.

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The Interpreter: Canada’s Trump Strategy: Go Around Him

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:00:25 GMT

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada with President Trump at the White House in February.The Trudeau government appears to be bypassing the Trump administration, taking its business directly to mayors, governors and Congress.

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Letter 15: From Courtney Barnett to Beer Snake

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:40:32 GMT

Participants prepare for the Nude Solstice Swim on Tuesday, as part of the Dark Mofo winter festival in Hobart, Tasmania.In this week’s newsletter, readers share their most meaningful cultural experiences.

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Trump’s Preferred Candidate Wins Again, This Time in Saudi Arabia

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:08:05 GMT

President Trump met in March with Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, center.The president views Mohammed bin Salman, the newly named Saudi crown prince, as a key ally in his effort to cement a Sunni Muslim alliance in the Persian Gulf.

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Take Feta. Add Frites. Stir in European Food Rules. Fight.

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:16:59 GMT

E.U. officials have proposed guidelines for selling Belgian frites, suggesting the potatoes first be blanched in hot water.European Union regulations protecting consumers and preserving culinary cultures often create tension, sometimes even with the United States.

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White House Tries to Get G.O.P. to Water Down Russia Sanctions Bill

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:19:14 GMT

The battle over the sanctions bill is unfolding two weeks before President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is to meet President Trump at the G-20 summit meeting in Hamburg, Germany.The Trump administration is quietly lobbying House Republicans to weaken the legislation passed overwhelmingly by the Senate.

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U.N. Leader Softens His Predecessor’s Criticism of Iran Missile Tests

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:02:58 GMT

Any American-led effort to further penalize Iran for its missile tests could be complicated by a softer stance by the new United Nations secretary general, António Guterres.Secretary General António Guterres’s relatively mild language in a report to the United Nations Security Council could complicate American efforts to punish Iran.

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‘A Dumb Decision’: U.S. Said to Waste $28 Million on Afghan Army Camouflage

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:40:37 GMT

Afghan National Army soldiers during a ceremony for the completion of their training last month.The Pentagon paid for a proprietary pattern that was inappropriate for the environment based on a single Afghan official’s tastes, a government watchdog said.

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Australia Grapples With Campus Assaults, and Reprisals Against Victims

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:07:13 GMT

Emily Jones, a student at Australian National University, wrote an article in the school newspaper to draw attention to the pervasive sexist culture at universities. As a result she was ostracized by friends and condemned by national columnists.Women are speaking out about attacks, harassment and the tepid official response at Australian universities, and facing a backlash from a hypermasculine society.

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ISIS Destroys Al Nuri Mosque, Another Loss for Mosul

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:37:34 GMT

The leaning minaret of Al Nuri Grand Mosque in Mosul on Monday.The episode is a blow to the city’s cultural heritage and its plethora of ancient sites that have been damaged or destroyed during three years of Islamic State rule.

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Israeli Woman Who Sued El Al for Sexism Wins Landmark Ruling

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:18:45 GMT

Renee Rabinowitz was asked to switch seats on an El Al flight from Newark to Tel Aviv in 2015 because a strictly Orthodox male passenger did not want to sit next to her.An Israeli court ruled that moving female passengers at the behest of Orthodox men who object to sitting with them constituted illegal discrimination.

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Some London Fire Survivors Will Be Housed in a Luxury Complex

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:29:20 GMT

The burned-out shell of the Grenfell Tower in London.It was the government’s biggest financial commitment so far to house families displaced by the Grenfell Tower blaze.

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Arsonists May Be Behind Fatal Portugal Blaze, Firefighters’ Group Says

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:24:55 GMT

Soldiers helped put out a forest fire in the village of Capelo, near Góis, Portugal, on Wednesday.The suspicion contradicts a police assessment that said the disaster was a result of lightning strikes and is likely to fuel calls for a wider investigation.

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Romania’s Government Falls Amid a Party Power Struggle

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:47:29 GMT

Sorin Grindeanu at a news conference on Wednesday after he was ousted as prime minister of Romania.Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu was forced from power after clashing with the party’s leader, Liviu Dragnea.

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U.N. Security Council Welcomes Deployment of New Counterterrorism Force in Africa

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 16:26:04 GMT

A United States Special Forces soldier led a group of soldiers from Chad in a counterterrorism training exercise in March by the Chari River in Chad.A French-American standoff at the Security Council has been resolved, clearing the way for deployment of a five-nation African force in the Sahel region.

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