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Hong Kong police criticized over failure to stop attacks on protesters

Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by suspected gang members at a train station on the weekend.

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies aged 72

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday, just as he was preparing to step down because of an unspecified illness.

As Johnson set to become PM, ministers pledge to resign

As Boris Johns is set to take over as prime minister in Britain, the Irish deputy PM warns that simply because there is another occupant at 10 Downing Street, the realities of Brexit will not change.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:19

European debt rally pauses at start of a big week for bond markets

European debt rally pauses at start of a big week for bond marketsCore European government bond yields steadied on Monday after posting their biggest weekly drop in seven weeks as investors consolidated positions before a central bank policy meeting this week where policymakers might unveil plans of more rate cuts. Money markets are assigning a 55% probability of a 10 basis points deposit rate cut with a Reuters poll expecting the ECB to change its forward guidance towards more easing this week and move to cutting interest rates only in September. As a result, German bond yields for 10-year maturities were broadly steady at minus 31 bps in early London trading and within striking distance of a record low of minus 40 bps hit earlier this month.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:16

UPDATE 1-Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death -report

UPDATE 1-Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death -reportIran has captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday. State television quoted the Intelligence Ministry as saying it had broken up a CIA spying ring and captured 17 suspects. A ministry official said some of those arrested had been sentenced to death, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:13

Ukrainian leader's party wins majority in parliament vote

Ukrainian leader's party wins majority in parliament voteEarly results show the Ukrainian president's party winning a majority of seats in Sunday's parliamentary election. Ukraine's Central Election Commission said Monday that 34% of the ballots counted show President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party, Servant of the People, getting 42.1% of the vote with its closest rival trailing behind with 13% of the vote. In addition, results from single-mandate constituencies also show Zelenskiy's allies winning in at least 115 of the 199 districts, meaning that Servant of the People is projected to win an outright majority of seats at the Supreme Rada.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:09

Don't Have Your Lunch Money? 1 Pennsylvania School District Threatens Foster Care

By Bobby Allyn
The courthouse in Luzerne County, Pa., where officials this month sent letters to parents who had unpaid cafeteria debt, threatening to take parents to Dependency Court if the obligations were not settled.

Wyoming Valley West School District in Northeastern Pennsylvania sent families a letter stating that their children would be removed from their homes if unpaid cafeteria meal debt was not settled.

(Image credit: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:06

[Opinion] Poland's PiS prepares 'failsafe' for October election

While the battle with the European Commission over the rule of law rages on, PiS is discreetly trying to tweak electoral law in their favour.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 09:00

[Ticker] AKK to boost Bundeswehr budget to Nato target

Germany's new defence minister and CDU leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, plans to increase military spending to the Nato target of two-percent of GDP by 2024, which is also a frequent demand of US president Donald Trump. Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition partners, the SPD said they would not allow Trump to dictate military spending, DW reported.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:59

South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulate

South Korea detains 6 for illegally entering Japan consulateSouth Korean police say they've detained six people for allegedly illegally entering a Japanese diplomatic facility in South Korea. Monday's arrests came amid growing anti-Japanese sentiments in South Korea as the two countries are locked in trade and diplomatic disputes. Police say they were trying to find why the six people entered the Japanese consulate building in the southeastern city of Busan.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:58

[Ticker] Police arrest 25 after Polish LGBT-march attack

Police have arrested 25 people in the eastern Polish town of Bialystok Saturday after homophobic attacks on a city's first pride march, Euronews reported. Interior minister Elzbieta Witek said the "officers ensure security regardless of the ideas, values and beliefs proclaimed by citizens". LGBT rights have become an issue ahead of the October election with the ruling Law and Justice party depicting activists as a threat to traditional Polish values.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:57

[Ticker] Ukrainian president's party tops parliament election

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party scored some 42 percent in the parliamentary election, according to preliminary results on Monday. The pro-Kremlin opposition received the second-highest number of votes at 12.5 percent. The 41-year-old comedian-turned-president has appealed to voters by promising to negotiate a political solution to the eastern Ukrainian conflict, boost the economy and cracking down on corruption. It is yet unclear what sort of coalition could govern.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:56

When you play the game of Big Spendy Thrones, nobody wins – your crap chair just goes missing

Zoinks! There's a crime to be solved

Who, Me? Like the unwanted early morning return of last night's spiced food, Monday is here once again. Take your mind off it with an unsolved mystery courtesy of The Register's weekly Who, Me? column.…

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:55

Robert Morgenthau, longest-serving Manhattan DA, dies at 99

By Associated Press

Morgenthau's office prosecuted mob boss John Gotti, "Preppie Killer" Robert Chambers Jr. and John Lennon's killer, Mark David Chapman.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:54

UPDATE 2-Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran

UPDATE 2-Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with IranJapan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday. Japanese media have said a U.S. proposal to boost surveillance of Middle East oil shipping lanes off Iran and Yemen, where the United States says Iran and its proxies have carried out tanker attacks, could be on the agenda during this week's visit by U.S. national security adviser John Bolton.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:51

[Ticker] EU interior ministers to meet in Paris on migration

EU interior ministers gather in Paris on Monday to try to bridge European divisions over migration, and find a temporary solution for the relocation of asylum seekers disembarked in Italian ports. Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini is demanding equal distribution of arrivals across EU ports, but he will not attend the informal meeting.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:50

Malaysia says meeting 2020 fiscal deficit target of 3% will be challenging

Malaysia says meeting 2020 fiscal deficit target of 3% will be challengingMalaysia will find it challenging to meet its 3% fiscal deficit target for next year due to uncertainties around the U.S.-China trade war, the finance minister told Reuters in an interview on Monday. Southeast Asia's third-largest economy is dealing with a debt pile of over 1 trillion ringgit ($243.19 billion), which the administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has blamed on mismanagement by the previous government. Malaysia is also struggling with slowing economic growth, hurt largely by a global slowdown and the trade war between the United States and China.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:48

RPT-Sink-or-swim showdown beckons for Italy's fractious coalition

RPT-Sink-or-swim showdown beckons for Italy's fractious coalitionItaly's fractious coalition partners are gearing up for a showdown this week that is likely to determine if the government will collapse, triggering autumn elections, or survive to the end of the year. The far-right League and anti-system 5-Star Movement have been at each other's throats for months, but tensions have risen even further this month with each accusing the other of betrayal and ill faith. League leader Matteo Salvini warned last week he would quit the 14-month-old government unless 5-Star dropped its opposition to projects close to his party's heart, including a drive to hand greater autonomy to the League's wealthy northern heartland.

  • July 22nd 2019 at 08:45