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Just as German election heats up, Merkel takes holiday break

BERLIN (Reuters) – – With a comfortable lead in opinion polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the stage for a quiet three-week summer holiday shrouded in secrecy – even though just two months remain before the election. But her mid-campaign vacation – which local media say she will spend at the opera and in the Italian Alps – is ...

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Philippine leader says drugs war 'trivialized' by human rights concerns

MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday promised an unrelenting war on drugs, defying critics who were “trivializing” his campaign with human rights concerns and unjustly blaming the authorities for the bloodshed. Duterte wasted little time in his annual state of the nation address to defend a crackdown that has killed thousands of Filipinos. He said that though ...

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plan over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed one of the Chinese J-10 aircraft came ...

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India arrests Kashmir separatists for terror funding

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India’s federal counter-terrorism agency arrested seven members of Kashmir’s main separatist alliance on Monday on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan-based militant groups to wage attacks, the agency said, the first such case against the group. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it had found cash and valuables worth millions of rupees, electronic devices and incriminating ...

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Poland's President Will Veto A Controversial Law That Critics Said Would Weaken Democracy

Kacper Pemper / Reuters In a surprise move, and following intense public outcry, Polish President Andrzej Duda on Monday morning announced he would veto a controversial law taking power away from the country’s Supreme Court and placing it in the hands of the ruling right-wing party. Many saw the law as a step away from democracy. Under the law, all ...

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Donald Trump's New Communications Director Thinks Brexit Is A Bad Idea – Unlike His Boss

Anthony Scaramucci was hired by Donald Trump to the position of White House communications director last week. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images US president Donald Trump is one of Brexit’s biggest cheerleaders, describing Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union as “great” and “wonderful”. But his latest senior White House appointment seems to see things very differently. Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new ...

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There's A New Nicolas Cage Meme That's Perfect For Awkward People

The human meme strikes again. Nicolas Cage is currently in Astana, Kazakhstan, to attend the 13th Eurasia International Film Festival. astana.gov.kz / Via inform.kz While there, according to local news site Kazinform , he is taking part in a number of activities, such a city tour, tree planting, and selfies with locals. instagram.com Instagram: @eurasiaiff View Entire List › 0SHARESShare ...

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