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British minister May launches bid to succeed PM Cameron

  British interior minister Theresa May announced her bid to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday, saying negotiations to leave the European Union should not begin before the end of the year. “I’ve invited you here today to announce my candidacy to become leader of the Conservative Party and …

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Turkey declares national mourning over Istanbul attack

Ankara, Turkey | AFP | Turkey declared Wednesday a day of national mourning over a deadly attack at Istanbul’s international airport blamed by the government on Islamic State jihadists. The government has ordered flags at half-staff. Turkey declared three days of national mourning after a twin suicide bombing in the …

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TURKEY: 36 dead in Istanbul airport suicide attack

Istanbul, Turkey | AFP | At least 36 people were killed and 88 wounded in a triple suicide bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Tuesday, the private Dogan news agency reported. Two police officers were among the dead, Dogan said. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Wednesday that early signs …

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Made in China plane makes first commercial flight

China’s homegrown regional jet made its first commercial flight Tuesday, operator Chengdu Airlines said, after years of delays raised questions about the country’s ambitious plans for domestically-produced planes. Chengdu Airlines flew the ARJ21 from its eponymous home base, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, to the commercial hub …

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Rio police protest lack of salaries, toilet paper

Police in Rio de Janeiro protested Monday against late payment of salaries and a lack of equipment ranging from car fuel to toilet paper as the Brazilian city prepares to host the Olympic Games. About 300 police clad in black T-shirts stood on the steps of the Rio de Janeiro …

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Western film star Bud Spencer dies: family

Rome, Italy | AFP | Italian actor Bud Spencer, who starred in a string of spaghetti westerns, died on Monday in Rome aged 86, his family confirmed. “With our deepest regrets, we have to tell you that Bud is flying to his next journey,” his family said on Spencer’s Twitter …

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Britain ‘may never’ trigger EU divorce

Britain “may never” trigger the formal divorce process with the EU despite last week’s referendum in which the country voted to leave, EU diplomats said Sunday. “My personal belief is they will never notify” the EU about their intention to leave, a senior EU diplomat said on condition of anonymity. …

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From Grexit to Brexit: Eurosceptics claim their -exit

Paris, FRANCE | AFP | It started with “Grexit” — the long trumpeted but never realised axing of Greece from the European Union. It was then reborn as “Brexit” as Britain started down the — this time voluntary — path of leaving the bloc. The “-exit” formulation was coined by …

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