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  • Nikki Haley blasts damning UN report on US poverty under Trump

    US ambassador dismissed report as ‘misleading and politically motivated’ days announcing the US is pulling out of human rights council Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, has launched a scathing attack on the UN monitor on extreme poverty, dismissing his recent report on America that accuses Donald Trump of cruelly forcing millions of citizens into deprivation as “misleading and politically motivated”. Haley, the former Republican governor of South Carolina, said she was...

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  • Big retailers make pride merchandise in places that aren’t LGBT-friendly

    The merchandise has never been more plentiful or easier to find. Tote bags that say “United” from H&M. T-shirts emblazoned with “I Am Proud” from Levi Strauss & Co. An inflatable, rainbow-colored whale from Target — a “Pride Narwhal.” Pride month has drawn a wide range of big-name retailers offering thematic merchandise timed to the celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. But some retailers, including H&M, European fast fashion...

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  • Survivors report 220 migrants drown off Libya in recent days

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Survivors have reported that about 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in the last few days while trying to reach Europe, putting the death toll this year on that route to more than 1,000, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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  • Survivors report 220 migrants drown off Libya in recent days: UNHCR

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Survivors have reported that about 220 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya in the last few days while trying to reach Europe, putting the death toll this year on that route to more than 1,000, the United Nations said on Thursday.

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  • Assad presses assault in southwest Syria, civilians flee

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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  • U.N. fears for 750,000 Syrians caught in new offensive

    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations is deeply concerned for around 750,000 people in southwestern Syria, where a military offensive has displaced people in Deraa governorate towards the Jordanian border, a U.N. humanitarian statement said on Thursday.

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  • Trump says he is directing agencies to reunite separated immigrant families

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he is directing government agencies to reunite immigrant families separated after crossing into the United States from Mexico.

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  • IAEA labs do the meticulous, unsung work behind nuclear inspections

    VIENNA (Reuters) - While the U.N. atomic watchdog's inspectors travel the globe to check that countries are not secretly developing nuclear weapons, that work hinges on meticulous analysis by two laboratories nestled in the Austrian countryside.

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  • Saudi-led coalition faces tough battle for Yemen's Hodeidah port

    AL-KHOKHA, Yemen (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hodeidah airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen's main seaport, the ultimate prize in the biggest offensive of the war.

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  • UN, Russia call on US to rethink Human Rights Council move

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the United States on Thursday to rethink its decision to pull out of the world’s top human rights body, calling it a “key tool” in efforts to combat abuse.

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  • Leading Republican senator says will 'take a look' at immigration legislation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Republican conference chairman sounded a cautious note on Thursday about the prospects of passing immigration legislation, saying in a Fox News Channel interview only that his Republican-led chamber would have see if it can pass any bill that comes out of the House of Representatives.

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  • Saudi-led coalition faces tough battle for Yemen's Hodeidah port

    AL-KHOKHA, Yemen (Reuters) - A Saudi-led coalition riding high over its successful capture of Hodeidah airport from the Iran-aligned Houthis faces a daunting challenge to seize Yemen's main seaport, the ultimate prize in the biggest offensive of the war.

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  • UN, Russia call on US to rethink human rights body move

    U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging the United States to rethink its decision to pull out of the organization's human rights body. Guterres told reporters Thursday that "We, of course, would much prefer for the United States to remain in the Human Rights Council." Guterres...

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  • Assad presses assault in southwest, civilians flee

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Syrian government forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest with artillery on Thursday, in a steady escalation by President Bashar al-Assad who has vowed to win back the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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  • Syria's Assad gets food lifeline from Crimea

    LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.

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  • Syria's Assad gets food lifeline from Crimea

    LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a reliable source of wheat.

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  • Millions of British children exposed to harmful pollution: UNICEF

    LONDON (Reuters) - A third of all children living in Britain, around 4.5 million, live in areas with harmful air pollution, a report by the U.N. children's agency UNICEF said on Thursday.

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  • Civilians flee fighting in Syrian southwest

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of people have fled rebel-held areas of southwestern Syria being targeted by government bombardment, a war monitor said on Thursday, as Damascus steps up attacks on an area near the border with Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

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  • Civilians flee fighting in Syrian southwest: monitor

    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Thousands of people have fled rebel-held areas of southwestern Syria being targeted by government bombardment, a war monitor said on Thursday, fearing a big offensive in the area near the border with Jordan.

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  • 'Hate narratives' from abroad drive Myanmar communities apart, Suu Kyi says

    YANGON (Reuters) - "Hate narratives" from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday.

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  • 'Hate narratives' from abroad drive Myanmar communities apart, Suu Kyi says

    YANGON (Reuters) - "Hate narratives" from abroad have driven communities in Myanmar further apart, the Southeast Asian nation's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said in a social media statement on Thursday.

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  • Plastic waste washes up on Australia's distant shores, rings change at the checkout

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - On the palm-fringed beaches of Christmas Island, a speck of land in the Indian Ocean between Australia and Indonesia, plastic waste is piling up on the white sand and killing marine life.

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  • Accountability is the only way to end violence in Myanmar

    The global community’s inertia while the military wages vicious campaigns must cease - we must establish an accountability structure and end impunity Three women were at their farm when they were taken by 80 soldiers belonging to Myanmar military, and were repeatedly gang-raped by the troops before eventually being released four days later. This tragically now familiar sounding story of a crime in Myanmar did not occur during the “clearance operations” following August 2017 in Myanmar’s northern...

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  • China says will maintain normal relations with Iran

    BEIJING (Reuters) - China will maintain normal relations with Iran, the Commerce Ministry in Beijing said on Thursday.

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