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Russia's U.N. envoy Churkin dies suddenly in New York

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:29:18 -0500

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's combative ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, died suddenly in New York on Monday after being taken ill at work, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.(image)



Trump's defense chief: 'We're not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil'

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:14:59 -0500

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil", Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, distancing himself from remarks by President Donald Trump, as he held talks with Iraqi leaders on Monday.(image)



UK defends Trump state visit offer despite protest

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:44:24 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government on Monday defended its decision to offer U.S. President Donald Trump a lavish state visit and an audience with the queen this year, defying protests outside parliament and dissent from lawmakers.(image)



EU welcomes Pence assurance of Trump's support

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:16:50 -0500

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence assured the European Union in Brussels on Monday that the Trump administration will develop their cooperation in trade and security and backs the EU as a partner in its own right.(image)



Vatican and Rome Jewish community to host landmark menorah exhibition

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:18:45 -0500

ROME (Reuters) - The Vatican and Rome's Jewish museum will jointly host an unprecedented exhibition on the menorah, the ancient symbol of Judaism, and try to put to rest legends on the fate of one candelabra missing for 15 centuries.(image)



Turkish soldiers accused of trying to kill Erdogan go on trial

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:44:59 -0500

MUGLA, Turkey (Reuters) - Prosecutors called for life sentences for more than 40 Turkish soldiers on Monday at the start of their trial for attempting to assassinate President Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup, according to the indictment obtained by Reuters.(image)



Colombian police suspect ELN rebels behind bullring explosion

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:22:53 -0500

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian authorities suspect Marxist ELN rebels were behind a bomb attack near Bogota's bullring on Sunday, leaving dozens of police officers injured as they prepared for anti-bullfighting protests in Colombia's capital.(image)



Ecuador leftist leads presidential vote but may face runoff

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:09:51 -0500

QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's leftist government candidate Lenin Moreno looked set for victory on Monday in a presidential election, but slow results meant it may take days to know if he will face a runoff with former banker Guillermo Lasso.(image)



Italy's anti-discrimination chief quits after gay sex club scandal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:09:39 -0500

ROME (Reuters) - The head of Italy's anti-discrimination office resigned on Monday after accusations that government funds meant to promote diversity projects and tackle racism had been earmarked for gay sex clubs masquerading as cultural centers.(image)



France's far right denounces 'media stunt' over fake jobs probe

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:01:16 -0500

PARIS (Reuters) - France's far-right National Front accused authorities of staging a media stunt on Monday to influence the presidential election after police searched its headquarters in an investigation into "fake jobs".(image)