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Ukraine braces for Russian ‘storm’ in east in run-up to EU meeting

Luhansk governor says situation ‘extremely difficult’ Kremlin says captured Americans are mercenaries European Union to decide on Ukraine membership bid this week Russia threatens retaliation against Lithuania KYIV, June 21 (Reuters) – Ukraine acknowledged on Tuesday difficulties in fighting in its east as Russian forces regrouped after stepping up pressure and making advances on two …

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France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for an absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister already eliminated in overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly …

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WTO strikes global trade deals deep into overtime

Deals reached on food, health and fishing Formerly defiant India joins consensus Package seen increasing credibility of WTO GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization’s164 members approved a series of trade agreements early on Friday that included commitments on fish and pledges on health and food security after more than five grueling days …

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Trump was told Pence could not overturn election but still pressured him, panel hears

WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump pressured his vice president, Mike Pence, to overturn his 2020 election defeat despite being told repeatedly Pence had no authority to do so, aides to Pence told the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 , 2021 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday. Members of the …

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Swiss National Bank raises rates in shock move, ready for more

The building of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) is pictured in Bern, Switzerland June 16, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SNB hikes rates for first time since 2007 Chairman says franc is no longer highly valued Safe-haven franc surges after decision Economists surprised by move, expect more hikes …

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North Korea faces infectious disease outbreak amid COVID battle

A sign depicting a scene of medical products transportation is displayed at the empty street, amid growing fears over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo released by Kyodo on May 23, 2022. Kyodo via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SEOUL, June 16 (Reuters) …

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Biden announces new $1 bln in weapons for Ukraine, Kyiv seeks more heavy arms

US President Joe Biden returns to the White House in Washington, US June 14, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Wednesday announced a fresh US infusion of $1 billion in weapons for Ukraine that includes anti-ship rocket systems, artillery rockets, …

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