Merkel: We’re prepared for any Brexit outcome

German leader Merkel German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said on Sunday she would meet British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on Wednesday evening to discuss Britain’s planned departure from the European Union. She added that Berlin was also prepared for a disorderly Brexit. Johnson is seeking to persuade European Union leaders to reopen Brexit talks or face the prospect of its second-largest member leaving abruptly on Oct. 31 with no deal in place to mitigate the economic shock – a move that businesses expect would cause major disruption. “We are glad of…

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Russia bird strike: Collision with gulls forces plane to land in field

A Russian passenger plane has made an emergency landing in a cornfield near Moscow after striking a flock of birds. At least 74 people were injured in the incident, which saw the plane land with its engines off and landing gear retracted, emergency officials said. The Ural Airlines Airbus 321 was travelling to Simferopol in Crimea when it hit the flock of gulls shortly after take-off, disrupting its engines. State media has dubbed the landing the “miracle over Ramensk”. (BBC)

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Japan’s new emperor expresses ‘deep remorse’ on war anniversary

Japanese Emperor Naruhito Japanese Emperor Naruhito on Thursday expressed “deep remorse” over his county’s wartime atrocities during World War II. Naruhito expressed the remorse at an annual ceremony at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo to commemorate the 3.1 million Japanese who died in the war. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a ritual offering to the controversial Yasukuni Shrine. The 59-year-old emperor, who ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne in May, was speaking against the backdrop of the 74th anniversary of the country’s World War II surrender. He said: “Looking back on the…

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Jeffrey Epstein: Financier found dead in New York prison cell

Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges US financier Jeffrey Epstein has been found dead in his prison cell while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. His body was discovered at 06:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Saturday at a facility in New York. Officials said his death was an apparent suicide. The FBI is investigating the incident. Epstein, 66, pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking and conspiracy charges last month and was being held without bail. “[He] was found unresponsive in his cell in the Special…

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Russia protests: Opposition leader Lyubov Sobol detained

Ms Sobol was about to head to the unauthorised protest when she was taken by police Russian opposition leader Lyubov Sobol has been detained ahead of an unauthorised protest in Moscow. Ms Sobol was in a taxi about to set off for the rally when police officers dragged her into a black van, which swiftly sped off. Protesters are gathering in the Russian capital after authorities disqualified a number of opposition candidates from standing in local elections. Russian media reported a few dozen arrests across Moscow. Some reports put that…

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Another journalist killed in Mexico, 8th this year

The body of a Mexican journalist has been found in the boot of his car, according to the news portal he edited and local media. This make him the eighth member of the profession to be killed in the country this year. The body of Rogelio Barragan was found on Tuesday in the city of Zacatepec in Southern Morelos state, according to the radio news programme Aristegui Noticias. “Rest in peace our companion Rogelio,” Guerrero al Instante, the news portal Barragan was director of, said on Facebook. The 47-year-old lived…

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Israel approves 700 Palestinian, 6,000 settler homes in West Bank

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu The Israeli cabinet has unanimously approved 700 units for Palestinians and 6,000 for Israelis in Area C of the West Bank. An Israeli government official made this known on Wednesday. Israeli approval of Palestinian homes is unusual in Area C, which includes most of Israel’s West Bank settlements and is under full Israeli control. “It is the right of the Palestinian people to build anywhere on their land occupied since 1967 without having to have permission from anyone. “We will not give legitimacy to any…

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near south coast of Japan’s Honshu – EMSC

An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck near the south coast of Japan’s Island of Honshu early on Sunday, the European earthquake monitoring service EMSC reported. The estimated population of the area, where the earthquake was felt. is 30 million inhabitants, EMSC said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. (Reuters/NAN)

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Hong Kong: police fire teargas as thousands march in Yuen Long

Protesters clash with the police Hong Kong riot police fired teargas and pepper spray on thousands of protesters who marched in the town of Yuen Long to condemn an attack by suspected gang members on commuters last weekend. Almost 300,000 protesters and residents had descended on Yuen Long on Saturday afternoon, defying a police ban. They marched to the mass transit station where masked men in white T-shirts had chased and beaten passengers on Sunday. By the evening, the peaceful march turned tense as demonstrators pushed close to villages surrounding…

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Tunisia bids farewell to president Essebsi at funeral

People gather during the funeral of the Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi in Tunis, Tunisia July 27, 2019. (Photo: Reuters) Tunisia on Saturday bid farewell to its late President, Beji Caid Essebsi, who passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 92. The body of late President Essebsi will be buried in Al-Zallag cemetery in the Tunisian capital. The burial will be in a procession that will take place from the presidential palace in Carthage with the participation of heads of state and government from 23 Arab and other…

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