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Manchester bomber had 'proven' links to Islamic State: French minister

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - The Manchester suicide bomber who killed 22 people at a concert venue packed with children had recently returned from Libya, a British minister said, and her French counterpart said he had links with Islamic State and had probably visited Syria too. Read More

 

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Pope asks Trump to be peacemaker, gives him environmental letter

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis urged U.S. President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff's message. More »

 

At least 20 migrants die at sea, rescues ongoing: Italy Coast Guard

ROME (Reuters) - At least 20 dead bodies have been seen in the sea some 30 miles off the coast of Libya, Italy's Coast Guard said on Wednesday, as efforts to rescue some 1,700 people packed onto 15 boats continued. More »

 

Taiwan court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, first in Asia

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's constitutional court declared on Wednesday that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, sparking celebration by activists who have been campaigning for the right for years. More »

 

Uber inadvertently underpaid New York City drivers for over two years

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] said on Tuesday it underpaid its New York City drivers for the past two-and-a-half years, an error that could cost the ride-hailing company tens of millions of dollars. More »

 

Philippines' Duterte warns of harsh measures as civilians flee fighting

PANTAR, Philippines (Reuters) - Thousands of civilians fled fighting in the Philippines on Wednesday as troops sought to contain Islamic State-linked militants who took over large parts of a city, set building ablaze and took hostage a Catholic priest and other Christians. More »

 

Recent global stock upturn fizzles after China rating downgrade

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks inched lower on Wednesday after China's sovereign credit rating was downgraded and as investors eyed a pause in Wall Street's four-day winning streak, the longest in over three months. More »

 

Ex-CIA chief: Worries grew of Trump campaign contacts to Russia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former CIA director John Brennan said on Tuesday he had noticed contacts between associates of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down "a treasonous path." More »

 

As Venezuela unrest spreads, Maduro presses on with plans to rewrite charter

CARACAS (Reuters) - Faced with mounting unrest, Venezuela's unpopular leftist President Nicolas Maduro vowed on Tuesday to push ahead in July with the formation of a "constituent assembly" to rewrite the constitution before regional elections in December. More »

 

Trump seeks to slash $3.6 trillion of spending in austere budget

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump asked lawmakers on Tuesday to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in an austere budget that also boosts the military. More »

 

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