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Turkey’s Erdogan sworn in with new presidential powers

ANKARA (Reuters) – Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in again as Turkey’s president on Monday, assuming sweeping powers he won in a referendum last year and sealed in a hard-fought re-election victory two weeks ago. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for 15 years, says the powerful new executive presidency is vital to drive economic growth, ensure security after a failed […]

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Dutch cabinet drafting ‘playbook’ for chaotic Brexit: parliament

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – One of the Dutch parliament’s Brexit rapporteurs said on Monday the government was drafting a “playbook” to be ready by October in case Britain leaves the European Union with no deal in place. The Netherlands, along with Ireland, are anxious to see an orderly British exit from the EU next year preserving close economic ties with the […]

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Lawmakers cheer and bang on tables as UK PM May arrives at party…

LONDON (Reuters) – Conservative lawmakers cheered, applauded and banged tables as British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived at a meeting of her party in a particularly upbeat welcome. She is due to explain to the so-called 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers her position in talks to leave the European Union at the meeting after two leading eurosceptic ministers resigned in […]

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Eight boys rescued from flooded Thai caves, now up to ‘rain god’

CHIANG RAI, Thailand (Reuters) – Eight of the 12 boys trapped with their soccer coach in a labyrinthine flooded cave complex in northern Thailand have been freed, authorities said on Monday, adding that the time for rescuing the others will depend on the weather. The mission which started Sunday is a race against the clock with heavy rain expected this […]

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Congo’s Kabila delays U.N. chief’s visit, refuses to see U.S. envoy…

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Congolese President Joseph Kabila has put off a planned visit this week by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and refused to see U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who diplomats said had also separately planned to visit Kinshasa. FILE PHOTO: Democratic Republic of Congo’s President Joseph Kabila addresses a news conference at the State House […]

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UK voters losing confidence in PM May’s handling of Brexit: ORB…

LONDON (Reuters) – Voter approval of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s handling of Brexit negotiations has fallen to 29 percent, the lowest level since the poll began in November 2016, according to the ORB International pollster. FILE PHOTO: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, July 4, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson/File PhotoApproval of the government’s handling […]

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Trump scolds NATO members days ahead of summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump berated fellow NATO members on Monday for not contributing enough to the alliance while maintaining a trade surplus with the United States, keeping up a recent drumbeat of criticism before meeting European leaders this week in Brussels. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump attends a NATO Summit at the NATO headquarters during a […]

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