In Versailles, Macron vows to reform to avoid king's fate

VERSAILLES, France (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron told dozens of the world’s most powerful executives on Monday that he would not follow the path of guillotined French royals and would continue to reform the French economy despite a sometimes violent popular revolt. For the second year running, Macron hosted corporate A-listers like Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel […]

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Toddler rescue effort reaches most dangerous stage in Spain: engineer

TOTALAN, Spain (Reuters) – Efforts to reach a two-year-old boy who fell into a borehole in southern Spain more than a week ago are nearing their most dangerous stage, an engineer on the rescue team said on Monday. The toddler, Julen, fell down the shaft as his family walked through a private estate in Totalan, Malaga on Jan. 13. There […]

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Northern Ireland police respond to three security alerts, days after car bomb

LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland (Reuters) – Northern Ireland police carried out a controlled explosion on a vehicle that was hijacked by masked men in Londonderry on Monday and were examining two other abandoned vans, two days after a car bomb exploded in the city. There was a large bang and black smoke from the first van after an army bomb disposal […]

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Zimbabwe's Econet Wireless says restores all internet and social media services

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile phone operator Econet Wireless restored all internet and social media services on Monday after a court ruled the government’s shutdown of the internet last week was illegal, it said in a message to subscribers. The sporadic internet blackout, ordered by Security Minister Owen Ncube, began on Tuesday following the start of protests against a […]

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Mexico pipeline explosion killed 89, Pemex defends response

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A gasoline pipeline explosion in central Mexico last week killed at least 89 people, the country’s health minister said on Monday, while an official with the state-owned oil company defended its response to the leak. There were also 51 people injured, Health Minister Jorge Alcocer told a morning news conference. Friday’s pipeline blast happened after hundreds […]

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UK may face resignations if lawmakers stopped from voting away no-deal: The Times

LONDON (Reuters) – The British government has been warned by a cabinet minister that there could be dozens of resignations next week if Conservative lawmakers are banned from voting for a plan to stop a no-deal Brexit, The Times newspaper reported. Work and Pensions minister Amber Rudd “is warning No 10 that it could face dozens of ministerial resignations next […]

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Suicide bomber rams U.S.-backed forces at Syria checkpoint

BEIRUT (Reuters) – A suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint in northeastern Syria on Monday, injuring several soldiers of Kurdish-led forces during a joint convoy with U.S. allies, locals said. The attack happened on the western edge of Shadadi town in Hasaka province near a route frequented by the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State, residents and sources said. […]

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Netanyahu warns Iran it will face consequences for threatening Israel

TIMNA, Israel (Reuters) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel’s air strikes on Syria on Monday had mainly targeted military positions set up by Iran, which he warned would face consequences for threatening to destroy Israel. “We are operating both against Iran and against the Syrian forces that are abetting the Iranian aggression,” Netanyahu said in a speech. “We will […]

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Social media video shows Venezuela sergeant demanding Maduro removal

CARACAS (Reuters) – A man identifying himself as a Venezuelan National Guard sergeant at a Caracas outpost called for the removal of President Nicolas Maduro, in a social media video circulating on Monday. The video did not show significant movement of troops or military vehicles. Social media photos showed the presence of security forces in the area of the National […]

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Trump, Erdogan discuss Syria, boosting U.S.-Turkish trade: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. and Turkish presidents agreed to keep pursuing a negotiated settlement for northeastern Syria that meets both countries’ security needs, as well as their mutual interest in expanding U.S.-Turkish trade, the White House said on Sunday. In a phone call, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan expressed condolences for the death of four U.S. citizens in Manbij, Syria, […]

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