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U.S., EU discordant notes on Jerusalem underline Mideast policy rift

JERUSALEM/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – In a fresh display of Western discord over Middle East peace efforts, the United States said on Monday its Israel embassy would move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, while its European Union allies voiced support for East Jerusalem as capital of a Palestinian state. Vice-President Mike Pence, visiting Jerusalem, announced the timing of the move ...

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Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) – Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters in an air and ground offensive on the Afrin region beyond its border. The three-day-old campaign has opened a new front in Syria’s multi-sided civil war, realigning a battlefield where outside powers are supporting local combatants. While Washington ...

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U.S. senators strike deal to end government shutdown

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Republicans over immigration and border security. Legislation to renew federal funding to the government cleared a procedural hurdle in the Senate and was expected soon to pass votes in the Senate and ...

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

(Reuters) – American International Group Inc (AIG.N) on Monday said it would buy reinsurer Validus Holdings Ltd (VR.N) for $5.56 billion in cash, ending a long period of retrenchment for AIG as new Chief Executive Brian Duperreault plots an expansionist path. Duperreault initiated the deal to buy Bermuda-based Validus, which comes four months after U.S. regulators said AIG was no ...

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Driver who targeted London mosque was angered by Islamist attacks, TV show-prosecutor

LONDON (Reuters) – A man who drove a van into Muslim worshippers outside a mosque last June was motivated by deadly Islamist attacks in Britain and an obsession with a television account of Muslim men who targeted white girls, a London court heard on Monday. Darren Osborne, 48, also lambasted politicians, calling London Mayor Sadiq Khan a disgrace and Labour ...

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Assange team hopes UK could declare him persona non grata

London (Reuters) – Julian Assange and his advisers are preparing to try to use Ecuador’s decision to grant him diplomatic status to force Britain to declare him persona non grata and expel him, a source close to Assange said. Reuters also has learnt that as part of their continuing criminal investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks, investigators from the Federal Bureau ...

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UKIP in chaos over racist messages

LONDON (Reuters) – The United Kingdom Independence Party, which transformed British politics by securing a referendum on EU membership, was close to meltdown on Monday over the fate of its leader, whose lover made racist comments about Prince Harry’s fiancee Meghan Markle. Under Nigel Farage, UKIP became a significant force in British politics by convincing the government to call a ...

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U.S. needs to pay attention to relationship with Britain, Tillerson says

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States needs to pay attention to its treasured relationship with Britain, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Monday just days after Donald Trump cancelled a trip to London citing anger at the sale of an embassy. Trump’s cancellation of his trip has raised questions in Britain over the links between Washington and its ...

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Keeping up with the Russians – head of UK army wants more money

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain must ensure its armed forces can keep up with adversaries like Russia, which already has military capabilities the United Kingdom would struggle to match, according to the head of the British army. The comments from Chief of the General Staff Nick Carter, due to be delivered in a speech on Monday, reflect concerns among the top ...

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Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Princess Eugenie has got engaged to her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank, Buckingham Palace said on Monday, with the pair set to marry later this year. Eugenie, 27, is a granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth and eighth in line to the throne. She is the second daughter of Prince Andrew, the queen’s third child who is known as ...

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