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UK vows ‘serious consequences’ if Iran doesn’t release British-flagged oil tanker
Iranian media reported Saturday the ship, the Stena Impero, was captured by the country's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) following an accident with a fishing boat. Earlier the IRGC said the ship was being held for "violating international regulations." A second ship, the Liberian-flagged MV Mesdar, was briefly held by Iran but then released, United States officials and the company that owns the ship said. Iran said the vessel was not…
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Angela Merkel stands in ‘solidarity’ with congresswomen attacked by Trump
Speaking at her annual news conference in Berlin, Merkel said: "I distance myself from this decidedly and stand in solidarity with the women who were attacked." She added that from her perspective the "US's strength lies exactly in the fact that people of very different nationalities contribute to the strength of the American people." Trump told the four women of color that they should "go back" to the "crime-infested places"…
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Hackers take over Metropolitan Police’s Twitter account
At intervals of a few minutes or less, the tweets were scattered with profane language and formatted sporadically with capital letters and confusing signatures like "F*** THE POLICE FREE DA GANG" and "no comment get my lawyer". Both the force's social media and website had been hacked, Met Police told to CNN. The same "unauthorized messages" had been emailed to subscribers, according to a press statement later posted to the…
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This bird was nearly extinct. Now, its population could double thanks to an ‘epic’ breeding season
Staff with the nation's Department of Conservation say they found at least 150 orange-fronted parakeets have been born this season alone. They discovered 31 new wild parakeet nests -- three times the number of nests in recent years. The new births have the potential to double the current population, said Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage in a statement. And the lovemaking could continue for several more months, as beech trees…
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Iran says it has captured a British oil tanker: Live updates
President Trump hailed a "close alliance" with the United Kingdom as he answered a question about seized British tankers in the Strait of Hormuz. "We have a very close alliance with the United Kingdom. We always have," Trump told reporters at the White House. Later, Trump claimed the episode proved his warnings about Iran correct. "This only goes to show what I'm saying about Iran. Trouble. Nothing but trouble," he said.…
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UK MPs threaten to drag Queen Elizabeth into Brexit chaos
Fears are growing among politicians that if and when Boris Johnson becomes PM next week, he could take the UK out of the European Union without any sort of deal later this year, causing huge damage to the economy. They're so desperate to stop him pursuing a no-deal Brexit that one group of senior Conservatives told the BBC that they are planning to go straight to the monarch. Queen Elizabeth…
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China’s economic slowdown is real, but it’s not just about tariffs
Gross domestic product growth dropped to 6.2% in the second quarter, the weakest since the government started publishing quarterly figures in 1992, the national statistics authority said this week. Soon after the figures were published, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "The United States Tariffs are having a major effect on companies wanting to leave China for non-tariffed countries. Thousands of companies are leaving. This is why China wants to make…
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Kyoto animation arson suspect told police his work had been plagiarized
Police identified the suspect as 41-year-old Shinji Aoba during a press conference on Friday and said he has unspecified mental health issues. Kyoto Fushimi Police spokesperson Ryoji Nishiyama said they were not yet aware of a link between the suspect and the studio in Kyoto's Fushimi-ku district. The suspected arson attack on Thursday has left anime fans world-over grieving the loss of life and a studio, which claimed to put…
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China’s Tiangong-2 space lab to fall to Earth in controlled demolition
Most of the craft will burn up in the atmosphere, but a small amount of debris is expected to crash into the South Pacific, far from any land, according to state news agency Xinhua. Tiangong-2 was launched in September 2016 and has been in orbit for over 1,000 days, exceeding its planned 2-year life span. In 2016, two astronauts spent a month inside Tiangong-2 as part of China's longest-ever crewed…
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Japan election: Surge of women candidates could reshape male-dominated parliament
A record number of women are running for office in Japan's general election on Sunday to fill 124 of the 245 seats in the upper House of Councilors. Half of the upper chamber of the National Diet is elected every three years and this election includes three new seats. Of the 370 candidates running this year, 104 -- or almost 30% -- are women, according to public broadcaster NHK. The…