EU lawmakers take aim at Czech PM Babis over conflict of interest

STRASBOURG/PRAGUE (Reuters) – European Union lawmakers backed a resolution on Thursday calling on the EU’s executive to act against suspected conflicts of interest involving Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis and halt funding to his former business empire, Agrofert. Babis, the Czech Republic’s second-richest person, has battled accusations from opponents since entering politics in 2011 but is now facing a new […]

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North Korea slams US human traffic blacklisting

Seoul: North Korean propaganda outlets have lashed out at the United States for pressuring the communist nation over human rights issues, calling it an "intolerable insult" and "political provocation." Kim Jong-un, centre, listens to a military official as he inspects a weapon testing at the Academy of National Defence Science, North Korea.Credit:AP The US has recently renewed its designation of the North […]

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Yemen warring parties agree to reopen Sanaa airport, resume oil, gas exports

RIMBO, Sweden/ADEN (Reuters) – Yemen’s warring parties agreed on Wednesday to reopen Sanaa airport in the Houthi-held capital and resume oil and gas exports, sources said, as Western nations pressed them to accept confidence-building steps before the end of U.N.-led peace talks in Sweden. The Iranian-aligned Houthi movement and the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi were still discussing a […]

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PM May pledges to quit before next UK election as she fights leadership challenge

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May promised on Wednesday to step down before the next parliamentary election due in 2022, hoping to win over wavering lawmakers before a no confidence vote triggered by Brexiteers in her Conservative Party. Less than four months before Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, the country’s exit is […]

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Pompeo says CIA still investigating killing of Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday defended the Trump administration’s handling of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, stressing Saudi Arabia’s importance as a U.S. ally against Iran. Pompeo repeated his assertion that there was no direct evidence linking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the Oct. 2 murder of Khashoggi in the Saudi […]

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French police hunt Strasbourg Christmas market attacker

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) – Security forces were searching across northeastern France on Wednesday for a gunman who killed two people and wounded 12 others at a Christmas market in the eastern city of Strasbourg. France raised its security threat to the highest alert level, strengthened border controls and asked people around Strasbourg to stay put as and police searched for […]

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ICG says it has received no information from China on detention of Canadian employee

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – The International Crisis Group said on Wednesday that it had received no information from Chinese officials on the detention of its employee, former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig, and said it was seeking consular access to him. ICG, a policy forum focused on conflict resolution, said in a statement sent to Reuters that Kovrig was detained on Monday […]

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PM May could face confidence motion on Wednesday night: lawmaker

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May’s lawmakers could vote on a no confidence motion in her leadership as soon as Wednesday night, said a Conservative lawmaker who has long been critical of May. “We will have a confidence motion so Conservative MPs (members of parliament) will vote whether they have confidence or not in a secret ballot at […]

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US Army’s terrifying new assault rifle that can obliterate enemies with power of a TANK blast

The 6.8mm rifles will fire bullets capable of ripping through any body armour and are expected to be in use by 2022. Army chief of staff. Gen. Mark Milley told The Military Times: ""It will fire at speeds that far exceed the velocity of bullets today, and it will penetrate any existing or known … body armour that's out there. "What […]

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