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Brazil top court ruling potentially undercuts Temer investigation

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday it has the right to reject plea bargains made in corruption probes, potentially undercutting investigations that have threatened President Michel Temer’s government, prosecutors said. A majority of the court said plea bargains, such as those made by dozens of executives at the world’s largest meatpacker JBS SA and construction firm Odebrecht [ODBES.UL], could be evaluated by the full court and rejected if they rule that a state’s w

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Australia to send surveillance planes to help Philippines fight militants

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s defense force said on Friday it will send two military surveillance aircraft to assist Philippine soldiers fighting Islamist militants, as the archipelago nation battles to regain control of its southern city of Marawi.

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Cuba says regional marijuana liberalization is fueling trafficking

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

HAVANA (Reuters) – The liberalization of marijuana laws is fueling drug trafficking but Cuba will not follow the trend of loosening restrictions on marijuana, a government official said on Thursday.

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Belgian bombing suspect had marriage, job plans, say family

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The Moroccan suspected of trying to explode a bomb in Brussels Central Station on Tuesday was a normal man who had plans to marry and become a taxi driver, his family told Belgian public broadcaster VRT.

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U.S., Europeans to meet next week on aviation security

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. technical experts will hold more talks in Brussels next week in an effort to avert expanding a ban on in-cabin large electronics like laptops to airports in Europe and other regions, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief said on Thursday.

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France’s Macron puts national security at heart of foreign policy

/  23.06.2017  /  World 

PARIS (Reuters) – President Emmanuel Macron is starting to realign France’s foreign policy, setting out plans to be less interventionist in conflicts abroad and putting his country’s national security at the heart of diplomacy.

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House of Saud unites behind king’s son – for now

/  22.06.2017  /  World 

DUBAI (Reuters) – The elevation of Mohammed bin Salman as Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has ended two years of speculation about a behind-the-scenes rivalry near the pinnacle of royal power, but he still has to win over powerful relatives, clerics and tribesmen.

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In Brussels, May offers ‘fair deal’ for EU nationals in Britain

/  22.06.2017  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May set out what she called a “fair deal” for EU citizens living in Britain on Thursday, saying in her first test of negotiating strength that she did not want anyone to have to leave because of Brexit or to split up families.

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EU flexes military muscles with new defense plan

/  22.06.2017  /  World 

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders launched their the most ambitious defense plan for decades on Thursday, agreeing a multi-billion-euro weapons fund, shared financing for battlegroups and allowing a coalition of the willing to conduct more missions abroad.

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Macron brings corporate background to cabinet shake-up

/  22.06.2017  /  World 

PARIS (Reuters) – When President Emmanuel Macron reshuffled his cabinet after four ministers with judicial probes hanging over them said they were quitting, he snubbed well-known heavyweights to fill the posts.

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