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Sterling drops, FTSE to fall 1pc after UK election shock

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LONDON: Sterling dived and the FTSE share index was set to fall 1 per cent on Friday after a shockingly bad election result for Prime Minister Theresa May plunged Britain into political chaos days before the start of Brexit talks. The surprise of a result that raises questions about how Britain will advance with its plan to leave the European ...

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Court rules that Germany’s nuclear tax is illegal

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Germany’s energy utilities look set to receive refunds of billions of euros after the government’s tax on their use of nuclear fuel rods was declared illegal by the country’s top court. Between 2011 and 2016, nuclear power operators made payments of more than 6bn euros (£5.2bn) to the government. The Constitutional Court has ruled the tax was “unconstitutional and void”. ...

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12 killed in IS-claimed attacks on Iranian parliament, Khomenei’s mausoleum

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TEHRAN: Gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran’s parliament and the shrine of its revolutionary leader on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people, wounding dozens and igniting an hours-long siege at the legislature that ended with four attackers dead. Pirhossein Kolivand, the head of Iran’s emergency department, was quoted by Mizan Online, an Iranian state-run news website, as saying that 12 ...

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Six killed as militants plow van into crowd on London Bridge

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LONDON: Militants drove a van at high speed into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing Saturday night revellers on the street and in nearby bars, killing at least six people and wounding more than 30. Armed police rushed to the scene and shot dead the three male attackers in the Borough Market area near the bridge, as authorities urged Londoners ...

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U.S. hackers could have framed Russia in election hack: Putin tells NBC

FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with representatives of foreign companies and business associations at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), Russia, June 2, 2017. REUTERS/Sergei Savostyanov/TASS/Host Photo Agency/Pool

RUSSIA: American hackers could have planted false evidence that Russia interfered in the U.S. presidential election, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying by NBC News on Saturday. U.S. intelligence officials have said Russia tried to interfere in the U.S. election by hacking the Democratic Party to sway the vote in favor of Donald Trump, a charge the Kremlin has ...

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German students clash with police over deportation of Afghan refugee

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Students in the German city of Nuremberg have clashed with police to bloc the deportation of an Afghan refugee. Clashes erupted on Wednesday between students and police at the vocational school at Berliner Platz, where officials were trying to evacuate a 20-year-old Afghan asylum seeker from the camp. The Afghan student was among many others who were due to be deported ...

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Merkel warns US, Britain no longer reliable partners

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GERMANY: Europe “must take its fate into its own hands” faced with a western alliance divided by Brexit and Donald Trump’s presidency, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday. “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Merkel told a crowd at an election rally ...

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More arrests over Manchester bombing as UK lifts terror alert

A woman looks at flowers in Albert Square in Manchester, northwest England on May 24, 2017, placed in tribute to the victims of the May 22 terror attack.

Security forces arrested the father and younger brother of the suicide bomber in Libya while British police arrest a seventh suspect. TRTWORLD: More arrests have been made in connection with the deadly suicide bomb attack at a concert venue in Manchester. The attack was claimed by Daesh. At least 22 people were killed and dozens others wounded when a suicide ...

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Trump lands in Saudi Arabia, received by King Salman ahead of ‘Arab Nato’ summit

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US President Donald Trump (C) holds a bouquet of flowers upon being welcomed by Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (R) during the former’s arrival at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh on May 20. ─ AFP United States President Donald Trump has landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on his first trip abroad since taking office. He is reportedly also ...

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Jakarta’s Christian governor jailed for blasphemy against Islam

Jakarta's Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, speaks to his lawyers after the guilty verdict in his blasphemy trial in Jakarta on May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Bay Ismoyo/Pool

INDONESIA: Jakarta’s Christian governor was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy, a harsher-than-expected ruling that critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation. Tuesday’s guilty verdict comes amid concern about the growing influence of Islamist groups, who organized mass rallies during a tumultuous election campaign that ended with Basuki ...

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