High interest but low expectations as Biden, Putin meet to mend diplomatic ties

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:48:11 GMT

US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin square up on Wednesday for their first meeting since Biden took office with deep disagreements likely and expectations low for any breakthroughs.

Israel launches air strikes on Gaza after Palestinians send incendiary balloons

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:10:38 GMT

The Israeli air force launched air strikes on the Gaza Strip early Wednesday after militants in the Palestinian territory sent incendiary balloons into southern Israel, security sources and witnesses said.

Euro 2021: France beats Germany 1-0 in debut match

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 20:59:35 GMT

A Mats Hummels own goal was enough to hand France a 1-0 victory over Germany on Tuesday as the world champions made a winning start to their Euro 2020 campaign by dominating in Munich.

Reformist Mehralizadeh drops out of Iran presidential election race

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 07:59:35 GMT

One of two reformists approved to run in this week's Iranian presidential election, Mohsen Mehralizadeh, withdrew his candidacy on Wednesday June 16, Iranian media reported.

Peru leftist Castillo claims victory in presidential election as Fujimori cries fraud

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 01:52:01 GMT

Peruvian socialist candidate Pedro Castillo claimed victory in the presidential election on Tuesday after clinging on to a narrow lead as the lengthy vote count ended, although his right-wing rival pledged to fight the result and has yet to concede.

Mats Hummels' own goal gives France 1-0 win over Germany

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 08:01:14 GMT

For their opening Euro 2021 match, world champions France edged Germany 1-0 thanks to an own goal from German defender Mats Hummels in the 20th minute. Later in the match, both Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema had goals ruled offside, a sign of the strength of the French side. Also in Group F, holders Portugal enjoyed an easy 3-0 win over Hungary as captain Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top European Championship goal scorer. 

Lawmakers in Hungary pass anti-LGBT law ahead of 2022 election

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 22:14:14 GMT

Hungary's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that bans the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.

Saudi Arabia executes man for crimes committed as a minor in 'flawed trial'

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 23:38:51 GMT

Saudi Arabia executed a man from the minority Shiite community on Tuesday who was convicted on charges related to an anti-government protest when he was a teenager, in what campaigners called a "deeply flawed" trial.

Harvey Weinstein to be extradited to Los Angeles to face sex assault charges

Wed, 16 Jun 2021 02:22:26 GMT

Jailed ex-filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault in New York, can be transferred to Los Angeles, a judge ruled Tuesday, paving the way for a new trial on additional charges.

Israeli ultranationalists march through East Jerusalem in key test for new govt

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 20:37:37 GMT

More than a thousand ultranationalist demonstrators bearing Israeli flags poured into Jerusalem's flashpoint Old City on Tuesday in a march that posed a key test to Israel's new government on its second full day in office.

Biden seeks to ease trade tensions, rally support at EU talks ahead of Putin meeting

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 06:03:14 GMT

The United States and the EU reached a deal Tuesday to end a dispute over subsidies and tariffs for rival plane makers Boeing and Airbus as President Joe Biden seeks to smooth trade tensions with European allies ahead of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Algeria’s establishment FLN wins parliamentary poll

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 18:05:23 GMT

Algeria's National Liberation Front (FLN) party won weekend parliamentary elections with a significantly reduced number of seats and with the country's lowest ever turnout at 23 percent, the electoral board said Tuesday. 

US death toll from Covid-19 tops 600,000 as states lift some health restrictions

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 19:19:52 GMT

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 topped 600,000 on Tuesday, even as the vaccination drive has drastically brought down daily cases and fatalities and allowed the country to emerge from the gloom and look forward to summer.

Ex-French president Sarkozy denies wrongdoing in campaign funding trial

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:12:54 GMT

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy appeared in court Tuesday, denying wrongdoing and showing anger at accusations during a trial over the allegedly illegal financing of his unsuccessful 2012 re-election bid.

US and EU reach deal to end 17-year Airbus-Boeing trade dispute

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:41:38 GMT

The United States and the European Union reached a deal Tuesday to end a damaging dispute over subsidies to rival plane makers Boeing and Airbus and phase out billions of dollars in punitive tariffs, the U.S. trade envoy said.

Euro 2021: France kick off as favourites in opener vs Germany

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 10:37:29 GMT

Reigning world champion and 2016 Euro finalist France make their hotly anticipated debut at the Euro 2021 tournament on Tuesday. Lining up against Kylian Mbappé and company are Germany, none too impressed by Les Bleus' status as favourites in the competition.

Denmark's Eriksen sends thank you message from hospital bed following pitch collapse

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:56:27 GMT

Christian Eriksen sent his first public message from the hospital on Tuesday, thanking supporters for their “sweet and amazing” well-wishes after his collapse at the European Championship.

Tigray in crisis as Ethiopia prepares to vote in regional elections

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 14:31:12 GMT

Ethiopia is preparing to hold crucial and twice-delayed elections across the country on June 21, despite growing concern over the credibility of the vote as well as a famine in war-torn Tigray. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, appointed in 2018 after years of anti-government unrest, craves a popular mandate through competitive elections to cement a promised democratic rebirth in Africa's second-most populous nation.

Israeli nationalists to march in East Jerusalem as Palestinians call for ‘Day of Rage’ in response

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 06:42:07 GMT

Far-right Israeli groups will march in and around East Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday in a flag-waving procession that risks igniting tensions with Palestinians in the contested city and rekindling violence between Israel and Gaza militants.

Sexual violence: The DR Congo rape survivors healing through dance

Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:00:32 GMT

A rehabilitation centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo is helping young victims of sexual violence and rape overcome their trauma through dance. According to teachers and participants, dancing can help them learn to express themselves and reconnect with their bodies.

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