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Swedish government to approve Vattenfall sale of German lignite assets

Swedish government to approve Vattenfall sale of German lignite assets

Sweden’s centre-left government has decided to approve state-owned utility Vattenfall’s VATN.UL sale of its loss-making lignite mines and power plants in Germany to Czech investor EPH, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin said on Saturday. Vattenfall said in April it had agreed a sale of the assets to EPH, which teamed up with Czech private equity group PPF Investments, for an […]

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Taliban leader says foreigners must quit Afghanistan for peace

Taliban leader says foreigners must quit Afghanistan for peace

The new leader of the Taliban called for an end to foreign forces’ “occupation” of Afghanistan as a preliminary step to a settlement based on Islamic law that he said would bring unity to a country riven by decades of war. In one of his first public statements, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, who was named leader of the movement after the […]

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Austrian court overturns presidential election, orders rerun

Austrian court overturns presidential election, orders rerun

In a move that could turn into the next blow to the EU after Britain’s exit vote, Austria’s highest court on Friday ordered a rerun of the country’s presidential election. The landmark decision gives a right-wing candidate the chance to turn his narrow defeat into victory. Unprecedented in Austria’s post-war history, the court ruling also appeared to be unique within […]

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IS fled last stand in Fallujah but fears of comeback linger

IS fled last stand in Fallujah but fears of comeback linger

Clumps of hair from hastily shaven beards littered floors and filled wastebaskets in houses in the Iraqi city of Fallujah’s western neighborhood, a dense block of low-rise homes that were the Islamic State militants’ last stand before they largely fled, melting into the sprawling Anbar desert in the face of advancing Iraqi ground forces. Iraqi officers said they bombed convoys […]

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Charleston church shooting victims sue FBI over gun buy

Charleston church shooting victims sue FBI over gun buy

The FBI is being sued by survivors of the Charleston church shooting, who say federal negligence enabled Dylann Roof to buy the .45-caliber handgun he used. Lawyers for three people who survived the attack and the estates of five who were slain inside the Emanuel AME Church say the FBI negligently failed to thoroughly check Roof’s background before he bought […]

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In VP search, Trump and Clinton eye different priorities

In VP search, Trump and Clinton eye different priorities

Donald Trump wants a running mate who has what he lacks — political experience. Hillary Clinton is putting a premium on diversity as she searches for a No. 2. Yet the presidential rivals are running strikingly similar processes for tapping their vice presidential picks: relying on prominent Washington lawyers to comb through the background of top contenders, seeking guidance from […]

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Commandos storm Dhaka restaurant; 6 attackers dead, 13 safe

Commandos storm Dhaka restaurant; 6 attackers dead, 13 safe

Bangladeshi forces stormed an upscale Dhaka restaurant where heavily armed militants held dozens of people hostage Saturday morning, killing at least six of the attackers and rescuing 13 captives including foreigners at the end of the 10-hour standoff. About 35 people were taken hostage, including about 20 foreigners, when gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area, a […]

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Lynch meeting latest episode to strain Clinton trust

Lynch meeting latest episode to strain Clinton trust

An impromptu meeting between Bill Clinton and the nation’s top cop could further undermine Hillary Clinton’s efforts to convince voters to place their trust in her, highlighting perhaps her biggest vulnerability. Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed regret on Friday that she met with the former president earlier in the week at the Phoenix airport while the Justice Department’s investigation into […]

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One Direction, Lionel Richie winners at Silver Clef Awards

One Direction, Lionel Richie winners at Silver Clef Awards

Boy band One Direction, singer Lionel Richie and violinist Andre Rieu were among the winners at the O2 Silver Clef Awards in London on Friday, an annual event raising money for a British musical therapy charity. One Direction, currently on a break, were named “Best Live Act,” the only award voted for by the public; Richie, Patti Smith, Rieu and band Massive Attack were […]

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British Summer Time concerts kick off in London park

British Summer Time concerts kick off in London park

A series of concerts at London’s central Hyde Park kick off on Friday with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Carole King and Florence and the Machine set to perform over coming days. Band Massive Attack are among the first to take to the stage on Friday at The Barclaycard presents British Summer Time event, which runs until July 10.

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