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Today โ€” September 18th 2018Reuters World News

Russia's foreign ministry summons Swiss envoy over spying claim

Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it had summoned Yves Rossier, Switzerland's ambassador to Moscow, for an explanation over Swiss accusations of alleged Russian spying.

Fate of jihadists will make or break Idlib peace plan

The Russian-Turkish agreement to avert a Syrian government offensive against Idlib hinges on the response of jihadist fighters in the region and could unravel quickly if Moscow and Ankara cannot jointly impose their plan on the Islamist groups.

Putin: operations of Israeli air force breach Syria's sovereignty

Russian President Vladimir Putin told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday that Israel's air force was conducting operations in breach of Syria's sovereignty, the Kremlin said in a statement.

Venezuela's Maduro says ex-military officers conspiring with U.S. help

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday said ex-military officers were conspiring against his government with the help of the United States, responding to a question about a report that U.S. officials met with military officers seeking his ouster.

Rape trial of man at center of Nobel scandal starts Wednesday

The man at the center of a scandal that has engulfed the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Prize for Literature, will stand trial on Wednesday for rape.

Romania sets date for referendum to block gay marriage

Romania set an Oct. 6-7 date for a referendum to change the constitutional definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman, aimed at preventing same sex partnerships from ever being legal in one of the few EU states to still ban them.

Putin sees chance circumstances behind downing of Russian plane off Syrian coast

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the shooting down of a Russian military plane near Syria's seacoast was the result of a series of tragic and chance circumstances.

Germany ousts spymaster over far-right violence row

Germany's government said on Tuesday it would replace the head of its domestic intelligence agency who has faced accusations of harboring far-right sympathies, putting an end to a row that exposed divisions in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government.

Russia tells Israel it will take all steps to protect its personnel in Syria: ministry

Russia has told Israel it will take all necessary measures to protect its military personnel in Syria, the foreign ministry in Moscow said.

EU's Barnier says Brexit talks' priority is to protect farmers specialties

A priority in Brexit talks is to ensure that coveted legal protection of food produced in various EU regions, called geographical indications, would remain intact, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said on Tuesday.

Netanyahu tells Putin Syria is to blame for downing of Russian plane, offers help with inquiry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that Syrian forces were to blame for the downing of a Russian military jet off Syria's coast but he offered "all necessary information" to investigate the incident.

Ireland urges Britain to speed up Brexit talks

The British government must intensify its engagement with EU negotiators to find legally watertight solutions for the Irish border so that EU leaders can move toward a Brexit deal next month, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Tuesday.

eSwatini police, crowd clash during wage, pension fund protests

Public sector workers clashed with police in eSwatini on Tuesday, as they marched through the streets of the country's second biggest town as part of wider protests to demand higher wages and reforms to the way the state pension fund is managed.

Pompeo says downing of Russian plane an 'unfortunate incident'

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the shooting down of a Russian military plane by Syrian anti-aircraft fire was an "unfortunate" incident and a reminder that a political resolution to the conflict was needed.

Germany ousts spymaster over Chemnitz video dispute

Germany's government is replacing the head of its domestic intelligence agency, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

EU ministers question Poland over rule of law concerns

Poland's right-wing government sought to explain itself to its European Union peers on Tuesday for the second time in three months on Tuesday amid concern over changes to the judiciary that the EU believes undermine it's courts' independence.

Netanyahu tells Putin Syria is to blame for downing of plane

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a phone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, the Israeli leader's office said, following the downing of a Russian plane off the Syrian coast.

Italy's Di Maio denies he threatened to oust economy minister

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday denied a media report saying that he had called for Economy Minister Giovanni Tria to resign, though he said the minister must find the resources to increase welfare spending next year.

Russian 'fake news' machine going mad, says French envoy to U.S.

France's envoy to the United States on Tuesday accused Moscow of spreading fake news after Russia's Defence Ministry said a French frigate in the Mediterranean had launched missiles on Syria.

Italy's prosecutors give League decades to repay party funds

Italian prosecutors said on Tuesday the far-right League can repay some 45 million euros ($53 million) it owes the state over the next 75 years, saving the governing party from possible bankruptcy.

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