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The Saudi cargo ship Bahri Tabuk arrives in Fos-sur-Mer, France,  May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Incident reported by ACAT, a Christian organization against torture; pressure mounts on Paris to stop arms sales to the kingdom
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Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:10
Rescuers in boats work to prepare to recover a capsized boat under Margaret Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, May 30, 2019. Rescue crews in Hungary's capital are preparing to raise a sightseeing boat from the bottom of the Danube River Thursday as search teams scoured the waters for 21 people missing after the vessel, packed with South Korean tourists, collided with a larger cruise ship and sank. Seven people are confirmed dead and seven were rescued, all of them South Koreans. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP
Seven dead, 21 passengers missing after tour boat with South Korean tourists sank in just seconds
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Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:10
The Saudi cargo ship Bahri Tabuk arrives in Fos-sur-Mer, France,  May 28, 2019.
A Saudi cargo ship has left the southern French port of Fos-sur-Mer without loading its arms cargo destined for Saudi Arabia, blocked from doing so after pressure from rights campaigners, a French rights group said Thursday.  The incident reported by ACAT, a Christian organization against torture, is the second time this month that a Saudi vessel has been blocked from loading arms in France as pressure mounts on Paris to…
Rescuers in boats work to prepare to recover a capsized boat under Margaret Bridge in Budapest, Hungary, May 30, 2019.
Hungarian police have arrested the captain of the cruise ship that collided with a smaller tour boat on the Danube River late Wednesday, causing the boat to sink in just seconds.Seven people are confirmed dead and 21 others missing. All but two people on the boat were South Korean tourists.Police arrested the Ukrainian captain of the Viking cruise ship, identifying him as Yuriy C.Police say he is suspected of "endangering waterborne traffic resulting in multiple…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 18:23
FILE - Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems are shown after their deployment at a military base outside the town of Gvardeysk, near Kaliningrad, Russia, March 11, 2019.
Turkey's currency surged Thursday on rising speculation a looming crisis could be averted between Ankara and Washington. The revived optimism follows a telephone conversation between President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The Wednesday call came as Washington threatens to impose sanctions on its NATO ally over Ankara's procurement of the Russian S-400 missile system.Washington says the missiles threaten to compromise NATO defense systems,…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 17:17
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (L) greets German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, May 30, 2019.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called Thursday for the resumption of stalled Ukraine peace talks, after a meeting with French colleague Jean-Yves Le Drian and new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. France and Germany have been prime movers behind what is known as the Minsk peace process, bringing in Ukraine and Russia for talks aimed at ending the war with Moscow-backed rebels in the east of Ukraine. "We are going to take advantage of the…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 16:01
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu (2nd-L) attend a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya at the Iikura guest house in Tokyo, May 30, 2019.
Russia and Japan accused each other of military buildups as their foreign and defense ministers met in Tokyo on Thursday for talks that failed to make progress on decades-long island disputes. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a joint news conference after the talks that Russia was concerned about Tokyo's plan to build a pair of land-based Aegis Ashore missile defense systems, saying they pose a ``potential threat to Russia.'' The Aegis…
Police officers, fire fighters and medics are seen near the site of a suspected bomb attack in central Lyon, France May 24, 2019.
A man arrested for a bombing outside a bakery in Lyon, France, last week that injured 13 people has told investigators that he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group. A judicial official said Thursday that the suspect claimed to have acted in the name of IS. The group has not issued a public claim of responsibility for last Friday's explosion in France's third-largest city. The official was not authorized to be publicly named. The suspect was…
FILE - Signage is seen outside an EE mobile phone shop in Manchester, Britain, Sept, 21, 2017.
British mobile phone operator EE on Thursday became the first in the country to launch a high-speed 5G service, but without smartphones from controversial Chinese technology giant Huawei. EE, which is a division of British telecoms giant BT, has launched 5G in six major cities comprising Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester — and more hubs will follow. "From today, the U.K. will be able to discover 5G for the first time…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 11:18
Former British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who is running to succeed Theresa May as Prime Minister, leaves his home in London, Britain, May 30, 2019.
He is loathed and feted in equal measure.But no one gainsays his star quality,' his disarming knack at prompting chuckles from foes for his foibles and, until recently, shambolic appearance as well as his witticisms.Nor to be discounted is his deftness at connecting with 'Middle England' — with the tweed-wearing middle-class Conservative faithful in the rural shires of the country, who are incensed that Britain has not already left the European Union.Boris…
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Thu, 05/30/2019 - 10:39
German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets graduating Harvard students as she walks in a procession though Harvard Yard at the start of Harvard University commencement exercises, May 30, 2019, in Cambridge, Mass.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to address Harvard University graduates. The Ivy League school is hosting its 368th commencement ceremony Thursday with a keynote speech from Merkel. It caps several days of activities that also included speeches from former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The 64-year-old Merkel was elected to Germany's top post in 2005 and is serving her fourth term, which she…
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader, left, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, the Taliban's chief negotiator, second left, and other members of the Taliban delegation speak to reporters prior to their talks in Moscow, Rus...
The Taliban and other Afghan factions have wrapped another round of talks in Moscow to discuss peace settlement. The negotiations followed a previous round of consultations in February. Russia has sought to play power broker in Afghanistan, attempting to mediate between warring factions as it jockeys with Washington for influence in a country where a U.S.-led coalition has been fighting for more than 17 years. Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for the Taliban's…
Ukrainian lawmakers vote during a parliament session in Kyiv, Ukraine, Feb. 7, 2019.
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, has rejected Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman's resignation after President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on May 20 called on the government to step down. Only 97 lawmakers voted on May 30 in favor of Groysman's resignation -- far short of the 226 votes needed to accept Groysman's resignation. The vote came the same day as Zelenskiy's office announced that the president had formally asked the parliament to…
Supporters of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange hold placards and a banners in protest outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on May 30, 2019.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court.   Lawyer Gareth Peirce told the court Assange was "not very well.''   Assange, 47, is in Belmarsh Prison serving a 50-week sentence for jumping bail in Britain while fighting extradition to the United States, which accuses him of…
Two men wearing skullcaps as they listen to the speech of Israeli Historian Saul Friedlaender, during a remembrance event of the parliament Bundestag to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Jan. 31, 2...
The U,N. human rights office condemns the rise of antisemitic incidents in Europe and the United States and urges governments to redouble efforts to combat all forms of racism and intolerance.In the past week, a significant rise in antisemitic incidents in Germany prompted a government official to urge Jews not to wear skullcaps in public. This, so as not to draw…
Lisa Schlein
Thu, 05/30/2019 - 07:10