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London tower blocks evacuated as 34 buildings fail fire tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said 34 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes.

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British lawmakers hit by ‘sustained‘ cyber attack

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain‘s parliament was hit by a "sustained and determined" cyber attack on Saturday designed to identify weak email passwords, just over a month after a ransomware worm crippled parts of the country‘s health service.

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British lawmakers hit by cyber security attack

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain‘s parliament was hit by a cyber attack on Saturday in which hackers tried to access email accounts, politicians and officials said, just over a month after a ransomware attack crippled parts of the country‘s health service.

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Istanbul bans gay and transgender pride march for second year

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Istanbul‘s governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group.

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Trump reaches out to lawmakers on healthcare as another says ‘no‘

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their party‘s healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a "very, very narrow path" to passage.

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UAE sees ‘parting of ways‘ if Qatar does not accept Arab demands

DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates official said on Saturday that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by fellow Arab states which imposed a boycott this month on the tiny Gulf Arab nation, there would be a "parting of ways".

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London tower blocks evacuated as 27 buildings fail fire tests

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said 27 high-rise apartment blocks had failed fire safety checks carried out after the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze, including several in north London where residents were forced to evacuate amid chaotic scenes late on Friday.

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Iraqi forces free hundreds of civilians in Mosul Old City battles as death toll mounts

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi forces opened exit routes for hundreds of civilians to flee the Old City of Mosul on Saturday as they battled to retake the ancient quarter from Islamic State militants mounting a last stand in what was the de facto capital of their "caliphate".

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UAE‘s Gargash says alternative to Qatar demands is ‘not escalation but parting ways‘

DUBAI (Reuters) - A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday that if Qatar did not accept an ultimatum issued by Arab states which imposed a boycott this month on the tiny Gulf Arab nation, "the alternative is not escalation but parting ways".

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China, U.S. agree on aim of ‘complete, irreversible‘ Korean denuclearization

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

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Norway-Russia relations to deteriorate following U.S. Marines‘ base extension: Russian embassy

OSLO (Reuters) - Norway‘s decision to extend the presence of U.S. Marines on its soil will worsen relations with neighboring Russia and could escalate tensions on NATO‘s northern flank, the Russian embassy in Oslo told Reuters on Saturday.

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Five London tower blocks evacuated over fire safety concerns

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of residents in a sprawling north London housing estate were forced to leave their apartments late on Friday after fire checks carried out in the wake of the deadly Grenfell Tower blaze found the buildings to be unsafe.

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China‘s party paper trumpets U.N. rights resolution as combating West‘s monopoly

BEIJING (Reuters) - The West‘s monopoly on rights has been dealt a blow by the United Nations‘ decision to adopt a China-led resolution saying development promotes human rights, an editorial in the official paper of China‘s ruling Communist Party said on Saturday.

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China, U.S. agree aim of ‘complete, irreversible‘ Korean denuclearization

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be "complete, verifiable and irreversible", Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week.

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Representative Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICU

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Scalise, the Louisiana lawmaker shot last week at a U.S. congressional baseball team practice, is no longer in the intensive care unit of the hospital where he is being treated and remains in fair condition, the hospital said on Friday.

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Exclusive: Overruling diplomats, U.S. to drop Iraq, Myanmar from child soldiers‘ list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a highly unusual intervention, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world‘s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, disregarding the recommendations of State Department experts and senior U.S. diplomats, U.S. officials said.

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Pentagon weighs possible delay in new transgender recruits

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it was reviewing recommendations from the U.S. military chiefs that included calls for more time to implement plans to allow new transgender recruits to join the U.S. armed forces.

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Exclusive: U.S. list to drop Iraq, Myanmar as worst offenders on child soldiers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to remove Iraq and Myanmar from a U.S. list of the world‘s worst offenders in the use of child soldiers, U.S. officials said, a step that could prompt accusations the Trump administration is prioritizing security and diplomatic interests ahead of human rights.

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Slain Venezuelan protester‘s father appeals to ‘friend‘ Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) - A man describing himself as a former boss and friend of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday urged an investigation into the killing of his son in anti-government unrest convulsing the OPEC nation for nearly three months.

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Exclusive: Wal-Mart not considering a bid for Whole Foods - source

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is not actively considering making an offer for Whole Foods Market Inc, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday.

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Rep. Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, is out of ICU

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Steve Scalise, the Louisiana lawmaker shot last week at a U.S. congressional baseball team practice, is no longer in the intensive care unit of the hospital where he is being treated and remains in fair condition, the hospital said on Friday.

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British PM May defends Brexit rights offer in face of EU doubts

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May defended her offer to let millions of EU citizens stay in Britain after Brexit as fellow EU leaders responded coolly on Friday to her opening move in negotiations on Britain‘s withdrawal.

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Rep. Scalise, wounded in Virginia shooting, no longer in ICU: source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican in the House of Representatives who was shot while practicing baseball last week, is no longer being held in the intensive care unit at the hospital where he is being treated, a source familiar with his condition said on Friday.

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If Baghdadi is dead, next IS leader likely to be Saddam-era officer

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - If Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is confirmed dead, he is likely to be succeeded by one of his top two lieutenants, both of whom were Iraqi army officers under late dictator Saddam Hussein.

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