[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A top European Union official scoffed at Britain’s environment minister, the Brexit campaigner Michael Gove, for suggesting leaving the EU will make it easier for London to pass green legislation like banning plastic drinking straws. Retweeting a report that Gove might ban plastic straws and had complained that the EU hinders
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[ad_1] BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) – The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria’s Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said a fleet of some 30-40 vehicles of the Syrian Kurdish
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[ad_1] GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Kingdom violates women’s rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) said on Friday. “Denial of abortion and criminalisation of abortion amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial of
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[ad_1] (Reuters) – British housebuilder Persimmon (PSN.L) has scaled back potential rewards under its management bonus plan following widespread criticism of a scheme that could have netted bosses more than 200 million pounds from share options. The company’s chairman and the head of its pay committee quit last year, under fire from British media and
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[ad_1] GANGNEUNG, South Korea (Reuters) – Russian teenager Alina Zagitova edged compatriot Evgenia Medvedeva with a stunning free skate on Friday that earned the Olympic Athletes from Russia a first gold at the Pyeongchang Games. The 15-year-old, who led Medvedeva by just over one point after a record-setting short program on Wednesday, effortlessly executed every
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[ad_1] TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping. Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, the featherweight levitating particle weighs 16.2 mg, has a
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[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Theresa May will set out “the way forward” for Brexit next week after a meeting with top aides on Thursday intended to resolve differences over strategy that are dividing her team, and frustrating European Union negotiators. Offering little insight into how or whether the rifts that have hobbled
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[ad_1] AMMAN (Reuters) – Warplanes pounded the last rebel enclave near Syria’s capital for a fifth day running on Thursday as the U.N. Security Council considered demanding a 30-day ceasefire across the country to allow emergency aid deliveries and medical evacuations. The U.N. envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, pleaded for a truce to halt one
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[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the National Rifle Association lashed out at gun control advocates on Thursday, saying Democratic elites are politicizing the latest mass school shooting in the United States to try to erode constitutionally guaranteed gun rights. NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre echoed President Donald Trump’s call to arm teachers to
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[ad_1] BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s defense minister said on Thursday that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and other U.S. aerospace companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from its Alcantara military base near the equator and visited the site in December. “They were very impressed,” Defense Minister Raul Jungmann told reporters. “They showed interest, but I
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[ad_1] AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday after the death row inmate’s family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation. Florida executed a man convicted of the 1993 rape and
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[ad_1] BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will lay down the first markers on Friday on the size and aims of the bloc’s next long-term budget, as a large hole in its finances begins to take shape with next year’s departure of one of its main net contributors. All EU states except Britain are to
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[ad_1] PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – Kelsey Serwa pulled away from compatriot Brittany Phelan to claim ski cross gold on Friday as Canada secured a one-two finish ahead of Switzerland’s Fanny Smith, who edged out Swede Sandra Naesland in a tense battle for third. Serwa’s comfortable victory enabled Canada to continue their domination of the
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[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – It may come as a disappointment to equine enthusiasts, but a new genetic study has found that no truly wild horses still exist and that a population inhabiting Mongolian grasslands actually is a feral descendant of the earliest-known domesticated horses. Przewalski’s horse, now numbering roughly 2,000 in Mongolia, was long thought
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[ad_1] LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s economy was weaker than previously thought in 2017, official data showed on Thursday, leaving the country lagging further behind the global recovery as it prepares to leave the European Union. The downgrade of the full-year and fourth-quarter growth rates also raised questions about the strength of the economy as the
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[ad_1] PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti has temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain’s right to operate in the Caribbean country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity’s staff there, Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant said on Thursday. The British aid organization has been rocked by allegations that staff, including a former Haiti
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[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The body of evangelist Billy Graham will lie in honor under the U.S. Capitol rotunda next week as Congress pays tribute to a clergyman who counseled presidents and preached the Gospel to millions worldwide, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday. Graham, who died at his home near Asheville, North Carolina,
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[ad_1] PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haiti has temporarily revoked Oxfam Great Britain’s authorization to operate in the country after allegations of sexual misconduct by some of the charity’s staff there, Planning and External Cooperation Minister Aviol Fleurant said on Thursday. Fleurant said the decision had been made on the grounds of “serious failings” by Oxfam Great
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