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London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:51:29 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said 27 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes late on Friday.(image)



UAE sees 'parting of ways' if Qatar does not accept Arab demands

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:40:25 -0400

DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Saturday that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by fellow Arab states which imposed a boycott this month on the tiny Gulf Arab nation, there would be a "parting of ways".(image)



Amnesty for militants in Syria's Raqqa aims to promote stability

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 10:33:20 -0400

AIN ISSA, Syria (Reuters) - A civil council expected to rule Raqqa once Islamic State is dislodged from the Syrian city pardoned 83 of the jihadist group's low-ranking militants on Saturday, a goodwill gesture designed to promote stability.(image)



Arconic knowingly supplied flammable panels for use in tower: emails

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 09:16:06 -0400

LONDON (Reuters) - Six emails sent by and to an Arconic Inc sales manager raise questions about why the company supplied combustible cladding to a distributor for use at Grenfell Tower, despite publicly warning such panels were a fire risk for tall buildings. The emails, dating from 2014 and seen by Reuters, were between Deborah French, Arconic's UK sales manager, and executives at the contractors involved in the bidding process for the refurbishment contract at Grenfell Tower(image)



Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:45:06 -0400

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their self-declared caliphate.(image)



China, U.S. agree on aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:56:16 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.(image)



U.N. war crimes tribunal urges Balkan leaders to carry on its work

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:03:07 -0400

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Authorities in the former Yugoslavia will need to harness a spirit of reconciliation to pursue the legacy of the United Nations war crimes tribunal in bringing justice to victims once it closes down, its president said on Saturday.(image)



Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines' base extension: Russian embassy

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 06:23:51 -0400

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway's decision to extend the presence of U.S. Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO's northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters on Saturday.(image)



Six dead, scores missing hours after landslide buries Chinese village

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:19:34 -0400

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than 100 Chinese villagers were feared dead on Saturday, 17 hours after a landslide buried their homes in southwest China as a day of searching by rescuers uncovered just six bodies, according to state media.(image)



Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 11:51:57 -0400

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul's governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.(image)