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Hong Kong protests spread to subway as bank warns of economic fallout

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A major bank warned on Wednesday that weeks of protests in Hong Kong could hit the economies of the Chinese-ruled city and mainland China itself as demonstrators prepared a sit-in at a subway and site of a mid-summer mob attack. Learn More

 

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Trump or Europe? UK's Johnson to sample post-Brexit reality at G7 summit

LONDON/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Boris Johnson is about to feel the pinch of Brexit Britain's new global status: squeezed on one side by Europeans in no mood to yield, and on the other by a United States driving a hard bargain for its economic support. More »

 

Incarcerated Kashmir separatists urge public march over loss of autonomy

SRINAGAR, India, (Reuters) - Separatist leaders in Indian Kashmir have urged people to defy a ban and join a mass march after Friday prayers this week, the first such call since the federal government revoked the region's autonomy, stirring anger in the region and beyond. More »

 

Ex-Vatican treasurer Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell will remain in prison for at least another three years after losing an appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, an Australian court ruled on Wednesday. More »

 

Japan, South Korea agree on need for dialogue to repair frayed ties

TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan and South Korea agreed on Wednesday on the need for dialogue to resolve a feud over compensating Korean wartime workers that has spilled over into trade, and put a deep chill on ties between Washington's two Asian allies. More »

 

China says detains employee of British consulate in Hong Kong

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese national working at Britain's Hong Kong consulate has been detained in China's border city of Shenzhen for violating the law, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Wednesday, likely worsening already strained ties between Beijing and London. More »

 

Italy president begins talks to seek way out of government crisis

ROME (Reuters) - Italian President Sergio Mattarella begins two days of talks with parties on Wednesday to seek a way out of a political crisis that will lead to the formation of the country's 67th government since World War Two or to early elections. More »

 

Iranian news agency says tanker leased to shipping firms

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's semi-official ILNA news agency said on Wednesday the Adrian Darya 1 tanker, which was released after being detained in Gibraltar, is currently leased to an Iranian shipping company. More »

 

Death toll from Afghan wedding blast rises to 80: officials

KABUL (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a wedding reception in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, has risen to 80, two senior officials said on Wednesday. More »

 

Russia return to G7 will depend on Ukraine progress: French diplomat

PARIS (Reuters) - Russia's readmission to the group of seven nations depends on progress in the political process in Ukraine, a French diplomatic source said, responding to comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that Moscow should be restored to the group. More »

 

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