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Today โ€” July 17th 2018Reuters World News

Earthquake of magnitude 6 strikes off Vanuatu in South Pacific: USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6 struck north of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said.

In a first, Chinese-ruled Hong Kong moves to ban separatist group

Hong Kong on Tuesday kick-started a process which could lead to a ban on a group that promotes secession from China, the first time since the former British colony's return to Chinese rule in 1997 it has sought to outlaw a political organization.

Slovenia faces prospect of early election after NSI quits talks

Slovenia faced the prospect of early elections after the conservative New Slovenia (NSI) party pulled out of coalition talks late on Monday, blaming divisions between the six movements taking part.

Mexican leasing firm Damojh blames plane crew for Cuba crash

Mexican plane leasing company Damojh said on Monday that black boxes retrieved from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Cuba in May showed a steep take-off due to human error by its Mexican crew was to blame.

Fined Vote Leave group says no evidence of wrongdoing in Brexit campaign

Vote Leave, the officially designated pro-Brexit campaign group in the 2016 referendum, said there was no evidence of any wrongdoing after Britain's Electoral Commission on Tuesday fined and referred it to the police for spending breaches.

Protesters gather at entrance to Iraq's Zubair oilfield: police

Iraqi police used batons and rubber hoses on Tuesday to disperse about 250 protesters who gathered at the main entrance to the giant Zubair oilfield near Basra, police said, in growing unrest across southern cities over poor basic services.

Brexit campaign group Vote Leave referred to police for breaching spending rules

Britain's Electoral Commission said on Tuesday it had fined the officially designated pro-Brexit campaign group 61,000 pounds ($80,843) for breaching spending rules in the 2016 referendum and referred it to the police.

Israeli lawmakers vote to ban some left-wing groups from schools

Israel's parliament passed a law on Tuesday that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils.

Heatwave blankets Japan, kills 14 people over long weekend

An intense heatwave killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan, media reported on Tuesday, and high temperatures hampered the recovery in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week.

U.S. general says remarks on Afghan peace talks 'mischaracterized'

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were "mischaracterized".

Peru arrests more than 50 in anti-drug bust at Colombian border

Peru arrested more than 50 people on Monday, the majority Colombian, as part of an operation against drug trafficking in a jungle border province where dissident former Marxist FARC rebels have reportedly taken refuge.

Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit, stirs fierce criticism

Standing side by side with Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Donald Trump refused on Monday to blame the Russian leader for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, casting doubt on the findings of his own intelligence agencies and sparking a storm of criticism at home.

In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran

Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan's Helmand River, but the country lacks the infrastructure to use its waters for large-scale irrigation.

U.N. chief demands end to Nicaragua violence, hundreds protest Ortega

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that groups linked to Nicaragua's government were using "unacceptable" lethal force against citizens, and urged an end to violence that has killed at least 275 people in months of protests.

U.S. lawmakers slam Trump as 'weak' in Russia summit; some push new sanctions

Leading U.S. lawmakers, including numerous Republicans, criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for failing to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as the two heads of nuclear powers stood side-by-side at a joint news conference.

Putin says he told Trump that Russia prepared to extend START treaty: Fox News

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Monday that he told U.S. President Donald Trump that Russia is prepared to extend the New START nuclear treaty that expires in 2021.

Putin says he told Trump Russia prepared to extend START treaty: Fox News

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Monday he told U.S. President Donald Trump that Russia is prepared to extend the START nuclear treaty that expires in 2021.

Britain's May wins parliament vote after bowing to Brexit pressure

British Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in parliament on Monday, keeping her over-arching strategy to leave the European Union just about on track after bowing to pressure from Brexit supporters in her party.

UK government wins approval for customs bill in lower house of parliament

British Prime Minister Theresa May won approval from the lower of house of parliament on Monday for a law designed to create an independent customs policy after Brexit.

Head of Mexico's ruling party resigns after record loss

The head of Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) stood down on Monday after the party's record defeat in the July 1 presidential election, reducing the long-dominant force of Mexican politics to a fraction of its former strength.

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