EU's Borrell in Tehran for talks on reviving Iran's 2015 nuclear pact

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ReutersDUBAI (Reuters) — European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell met Iran’s top diplomat on Saturday, Iranian state TV reported, as the bloc seeks to break an impasse between Tehran and Washington over reinstating a nuclear pact. The United States said earlier in June it was awaiting a constructive response from Iran on reviving the 2015 deal — under which Iran restricted its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions — without “extraneous” issues. Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian last week called on Washington, which exited the deal and then imposed crippli…

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Russian shelling hits chemical plant where civilians trapped, says Ukraine

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ReutersBy Max Hunder and Tom Balmforth KYIV (Reuters) -Russia launched artillery and air strikes on the twin cities of Sievierodonetsk and Lysychansk on Saturday, hitting a chemical plant where hundreds of civilians were trapped, a Ukrainian official said. Serhiy Gaidai, governor of the Luhansk region, said Russian forces attacked Sievierodentsk’s industrial zone and also attempted to enter and blockade Lysychansk. “There was an air strike at Lysychansk. Sievierodonetsk was hit by artillery,” Gaidai said on the Telegram messaging app, adding the Azot chemical plant in Sievierodonetsk and the villages…

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'Guns have more rights than women': Kim Kardashian hits out at US abortion law ruling

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BANG Showbiz EnglishKim Kardashian has condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to terminate the constitutional right to abortion in the US. Lawmakers in the US caused uproar across the globe after the landmark Roe v Wade ruling — which makes terminations illegal for millions of American women — was overturned on Friday (24.06.22). Joining the protest, the SKIMS founder posted to her Instagram Story: “In America, guns have more rights than women.” The 41-year-old reality star and businesswoman — who is also known for her prison reform work and passed her baby bar law exam — then shared a series of reactions to the …

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Two dead, 14 wounded in Norway nightclub shooting, police say

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ReutersBy Terje Solsvik and Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) -Two people were killed and 14 wounded on Saturday in a shooting at a nightclub and in nearby streets in Norway’s capital Oslo, police said. A suspect believed to be the sole perpetrator was apprehended, police told reporters. The suspect was known to authorities, public broadcaster NRK reported, adding he was not cooperating with police. The crime scene extended from the London Pub via a neighbouring club and onwards to a nearby street where the suspect was apprehended a few minutes after the shooting began in the early hours of Saturday, pol…

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UK's Johnson spoke to finance minister, not worried about resignations-source

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Reuters UKKIGALI (Reuters) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to finance minister Rishi Sunak on Friday morning and is not concerned about any further resignations from his top team following parliamentary election losses overnight, a party source said. The Conservative Party source said Johnson had been surprised by the resignation of the party’s chairman Oliver Dowden. Asked if Johnson was worried about further resignations, the source said: “No, what makes you think that? He speaks to Rishi everyday … he speaks to people every day about the day ahead and as you know there is a packed day …

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Toyota recalls first mass-produced EVs less than 2 months after launch

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Reuters UKTOKYO (Reuters) — Toyota Motor Corp said on Thursday it would recall 2,700 of its first mass-produced electric vehicles (EVs) for the global market because of a risk the wheels could come loose. The world’s largest automaker by sales submitted the recall of the bZ4X SUVs to Japan’s transportation ministry. Of the 2,700 vehicles, 2,200 were earmarked for Europe, 260 for the United States, 10 for Canada and 110 for Japan, the company said. Subaru Corp also said Thursday it was globally recalling about 2,600 units of the Solterra, its first all-electric vehicle jointly developed with Toyota, for …

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Iran nuclear deal: EU foreign policy chief to visit Tehran

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Al-ArabyIran said European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will travel to Tehran on Friday for discussions on efforts to revive the country’s 2015 nuclear deal. Borrell would arrive in the Iranian capital at night before meeting Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and other officials, foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement. “The visit, which is part of ongoing consultations between Iran and the European Union, will focus on bilateral relations, some regional and international issues, as well as the latest status of negotiations to lift sanctions,” said the stat…

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Afghanistan earthquake: Death toll climbs to 1,150 people

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Al-ArabyThe death toll from a devastating earthquake in Afghanistan continued to climb days after it turned brick and stone homes into rubble, killing 1,150 people and wounding scores more, according to the latest figures carried in state media on Friday. The country of 38 million people was already in the midst of a spiralling economic crisis that had plunged millions deep into poverty with over a million children at risk of severe malnutrition. The magnitude 6 quake has left thousands without shelter. State media reported that close to 3,000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged in Wednesday’s earth…

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Myanmar's Suu Kyi moved to solitary confinement in prison

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Al-ArabyOusted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been moved from house arrest to solitary confinement in a prison compound in the military-built capital Naypyidaw, a junta spokesman said on Thursday. “In accordance with criminal laws… (Aung San Suu Kyi) has been kept in solitary confinement in prison” since Wednesday, Zaw Min Tun said in a statement. Since her ouster in a coup last year, Suu Kyi had been under house arrest at an undisclosed location in Naypyidaw, accompanied by several domestic staff and her dog, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. The Nobel laureate, 77, left those…

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Strikes cripple Britain's railways, unions warn of more to come

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Reuters UKLONDON (Reuters) — Strikes crippled Britain’s rail network on Thursday as union bosses, train operating firms and the government faced off over demands that workers’ pay increases keep pace with surging inflation. A spike in the cost of food and fuel is pushing many household budgets to the brink and is driving trade unions to demand higher pay increases for their members. The government has urged wage restraint to avoid an inflationary spiral. Unions formed picket lines around rail stations for the second day this week and warned of more industrial action unless a deal can be reached to impro…

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