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Hong Kong protests: China tells UK not to interfere in 'domestic affairs' Hong Kong protests: China tells UK not to interfere in 'domestic affairs'
China has warned the UK not to "interfere in its domestic affairs" amid a growing diplomatic row over the recent protests in Hong Kong. Its UK ambassador said relations had been "damaged" by comments by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and others backing the demonstrators' actions. Liu Xiaoming said those who illegally occupied Hong Kong's Parliament should be "condemned as law breakers". Th...
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Germany's Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission Germany's Ursula von der Leyen nominated to lead EU Commission
EU leaders have put forward their nominations for the bloc's top jobs, with a woman for the first time proposed as European Commission chief. The surprise choice of German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen to replace Jean-Claude Juncker came after the main front-runners were rejected. IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been nominated as the first woman to head the European Central Bank (ECB...
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Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, IAEA confirms Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, IAEA confirms
Iran has breached the limit on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium set under a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, a watchdog has confirmed. The International Atomic Energy Agency said its inspectors had verified the 300kg (660lb) cap had been exceeded. Iran stepped up production of enriched uranium, used to make reactor fuel but also potentially nuclear bombs, in May. It said it was r...
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G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks G20 summit: Trump and Xi agree to restart US-China trade talks
The US and China have agreed to resume trade talks, easing a long row that has contributed to a global economic slowdown. US President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping reached agreement at the G20 summit in Japan. Mr Trump also said he would allow US companies to continue to sell to the Chinese tech giant Huawei, in a move seen as a significant concession. Mr Trump had threat...
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European heatwave: Spain battles major Catalonia wildfire European heatwave: Spain battles major Catalonia wildfire
Hundreds of firefighters are battling wildfires in Spain's Catalonia region, as temperatures soared to 40C (104F) across parts of Europe. Officials say the fires are the worst in the region for 20 years and may spread rapidly. Spain, France and Italy are experiencing extreme heat. On Wednesday Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic saw highest ever June temperatures. Meteorologists say ho...
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Westerners 'fuelling Philippine child sex video rise' Westerners 'fuelling Philippine child sex video rise'
Two-thirds of children forced into online sex abuse videos in the Philippines are exploited by their own parent or family member, it is claimed. Much of the trade is driven by people in the West paying adults to make the films - many of whom say they need the money to survive. Victims include infants as young as six months old, says the organisation International Justice Mission. The Phil...
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Malaysia air pollution: Schools shut after illness hits children Malaysia air pollution: Schools shut after illness hits children
More than 400 schools in the Malaysian state of Johor are closed after 75 students experienced breathing difficulties and vomiting. Schools in the industrial area of Pasir Gudang have been shut until Thursday as authorities investigate the latest air pollution incident to hit the state. In March, about 4,000 people -mostly children- fell ill after chemical waste was illegally dumped into a r...
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Istanbul mayoral re-run: Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again Istanbul mayoral re-run: Erdogan's ruling AKP loses again
Turkey's ruling party has lost control of Istanbul after a re-run of the city's mayoral election, latest results show. The candidate for the main opposition party, Ekrem Imamoglu, won 54% of the vote with nearly all ballots counted. He won a surprise victory in March which was annulled after the ruling AK party complained of irregularities. His opponent, ex-PM Binali Yildirim, has concede...
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Cambodia: Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises Cambodia: Sihanoukville building collapse death toll rises
A seven-storey building has collapsed in Cambodia, killing at least seven people with others reported missing, officials say. At least 21 people have been injured - several critically - as the search for survivors continues into the evening. The under-construction building in the coastal city of Sihanoukville was owned by a Chinese company. In recent years, Sihanoukville has been transfor...
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Hong Kong protests: Thousands surround police headquarters Hong Kong protests: Thousands surround police headquarters
Thousands of people in Hong Kong have surrounded police headquarters, calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped. Police have asked the protesters to withdraw peacefully, saying their presence would "seriously affect" emergency services. Millions of people have marched against the bill in recent weeks, with violent clashes breaking out with police. The bill, which allows extradition t...
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