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U.S. says it saw preparations for another Syrian chemical attack

27 Jun

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW The United States warned Syria’s leadership against staging a chemical weapons attack after Washington detected what appeared to be active preparations at a Syrian airfield used for such an attack in April, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. Russia, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main international backer, denounced the warning and dismissed White House assertions that […]

Ransomware virus hits computer servers across Europe

27 Jun

MOSCOW/KIEV A major ransomware attack on Tuesday hit computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, the country’s banks, Ukraine’s international airport as well as global shipping firm A.P. Moller-Maersk. Moscow-based cyber security firm Group IB said hackers had exploited code developed by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) which was leaked and then used in the […]

Scotland puts bid for second independence vote on hold

27 Jun

EDINBURGH Scotland’s devolved government has shelved its immediate plans to hold a second independence referendum until after the terms of Britain’s exit from the United Kingdom are clear, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday. The Scottish parliament in March backed Sturgeon’s bid to hold a new referendum in 2018 or early 2019, but British […]

Iraqi forces set sight on Old City riverside, PM sees Mosul victory soon

27 Jun

MOSUL, Iraq Iraqi forces on Tuesday pushed towards the river side of Mosul’s Old City, their key target in the eight-month campaign to capture Islamic State’s de-facto capital, and Iraq’s prime minister predicted victory very soon. Iraqi forces, battling up to 350 militants dug in among civilians in the Old City, said federal police had […]

U.S. threatens Syria, says Assad is planning chemical weapons attack

27 Jun

WASHINGTON The White House warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducted a chemical weapons attack and said the United States had reason to believe such preparations were underway. The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by […]

U.S. says it appears Syria planning another chemical weapons attack

27 Jun

WASHINGTON The White House said on Monday it appears the Syrian government is preparing for another chemical weapons attack and it warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad he and his military would “pay a heavy price” if it conducts such an attack. The White House statement said preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before […]

Image of the United States has plunged under Trump, survey shows

27 Jun

BERLIN The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. Five months into Trump’s presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability […]

U.S. to list China among worst human trafficking offenders: sources

27 Jun

WASHINGTON The United States plans to place China on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, said a congressional source and a person familiar with the matter, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that have eased under President Donald Trump. The reprimand of China, Washington’s main rival in […]

May offers to protect benefits of EU citizens living in Britain

26 Jun

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May unveiled details of her plan to protect the rights of EU nationals living in Britain on Monday, saying the government would work to offer them largely the same benefits as British citizens. An agreement on the post-Brexit rights of EU nationals is one of the easier issues for the two […]

Exclusive: U.S. warship stayed on deadly collision course despite warning – container ship captain

26 Jun

TOKYO A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship’s captain. Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the […]