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European Union summit welcomes one leader and chides another

June 22, 2017 - EUROPEAN UNION

The final European Union summit of the Maltese presidency, in Brussels, will welcome new French President Emanuel Macron to the club and continue the argument about the direction of the bloc. The tainted summit host, Malta, can expect another reprimand.

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The Doomsday Clock turns 70

June 20, 2017 - UNITED STATES

The June 1947 issue of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists introduced the Doomsday Clock to the world as a graphic warning against nuclear weapons, with the hands set at seven minutes to midnight, the Doomsday hour. On the 70th anniversary the minute hand of the symbolic timepiece lies just two-and-one-half minutes before midnight.

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OAS General Assembly targets Venezuela turmoil

June 19, 2017 - MEXICO

The Organization of American States (OAS) holds its 47th General Assembly in Cancun, with Venezuela’s plan to withdraw from the organization, and its support from Bolivia, complicating efforts to tackle growing anti-government unrest in the Caribbean country.

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Nile Basin leaders meet in new push to break impasse over river water

June 15, 2017 - UGANDA

The leaders of the Nile riparian states meet to try to break an impasse over the 2010 Entebbe Agreement, which includes clauses affecting each state’s annual share of river water. The projected 2018 completion of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) has set off a scramble to resolve the dispute.

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Roaming fees end in Europe

June 15, 2017 - EUROPEAN UNION

Roaming charges end in the European Union, meaning Europeans can travel around the Continent and pay the same for connectivity that they pay at home.

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INTERPOL reviews Palestinian membership application

June 15, 2017 - FRANCE

The INTERPOL Executive Committee, probably meeting in Lyon, will consider whether to accept a Palestinian reapplication for membership in the global policing body. Israel credits its lobbying efforts for the suspension of the first application.

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Nation remembers massacre at Florida nightclub

June 12, 2017 - UNITED STATES

One year ago Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history will be remembered nationally on the anniversary, potentially juxtaposed on President Donald Trump’s controversial stand on immigration.

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