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Two strong quakes hit southwest China, at least one person dead

Two strong earthquakes shook the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan on Monday, killing at least one person in a part of the country frequently affected by strong tremors.

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Indian doctors call off strike after safety assurances

Doctors in India’s eastern state of West Bengal called off a strike late on Monday after authorities promised improved hospital security, ending a week-long dispute that had spread to other parts of the country and crippled medical services.

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Brazil pension reform can be saved with 100 billion reais turnaround: Economy Minister

The Brazilian government’s plans to overhaul its pension system can still be saved if lawmakers reverse changes to transition rules and concessions to legislative aides, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes told Reuters, holding out hope for a compromise.

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Uzbekistan says it will investigate harassment of Western rights activist

Uzbekistan pledged on Monday to investigate a verbal attack by several of its citizens on a visiting Human Rights Watch researcher after HRW said the incident showed independent activists remained under pressure in the country.

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Mexico vows crack down on human traffickers, aims to finish border guard reinforcement

Mexico will fully deploy National Guard forces on its southern border with Guatemala this week and vowed to crack down on human traffickers after nearly 800 people were found in transport containers headed for the U.S. border, officials said on Monday.

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Ousted ex-Egyptian president Mursi dies after court hearing: state TV

Ousted former Egyptian Islamist president Mohamed Mursi died on Monday after he fainted in court following a hearing, state television reported.

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U.S. says could sanction Turkish defense firms beyond F-35 suppliers

Washington is looking at imposing financial sanctions on Turkish firms beyond those that build parts for the Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jet, over Ankara’s plans to buy a Russian air defense system, a top Pentagon official said on Monday.

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Slovak ex-president Kiska launches new party to challenge ruling Smer

Former Slovak president Andrej Kiska launched a new pro-EU political party on Monday, promising to provide a voice for voters disillusioned with the ruling Smer party and to challenge it in next year’s parliamentary election.

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Albania, eyeing EU, approves laws against money-laundering

Albania’s parliament approved a series of laws on Monday aimed at plugging holes in legislation against money laundering as part of efforts to persuade the European Union to launch accession talks.

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France’s Macron urges more dialogue with Iran, regrets announcements on enrichment

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he regretted Iran’s announcement that it would exceed the allowed enriched uranium limit, but that Paris would hold talks with Iran and its partners to avoid any further escalation in the region.

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Egypt’s former president Mursi dies: state television

Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi has died in court, state television reported on Monday.

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Ousted Istanbul mayor leading re-run polls after TV debate: pollster

The Turkish opposition candidate for Istanbul mayor who was ousted from office when his March victory was annulled bested his ruling party rival in a rare TV debate, a pollster said on Monday, putting him in the lead ahead of a June 23 re-vote.

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Lights back on, Argentine leaders still in dark over massive power cut

The lights were back on across virtually all of Argentina and neighbors Paraguay and Uruguay on Monday morning, according to Argentine energy officials, though the cause of Sunday’s massive blackout remains a mystery.

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Russia thwarts U.S. cyber attacks on its infrastructure: news agencies

Russia has uncovered and thwarted attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on the control systems of Russian infrastructure, Russian news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday.

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Far-right sympathizer suspected of killing German pro-migrant politician

A man arrested in Germany on suspicion of murdering a senior local politician known for pro-migrant views was a far-right sympathizer, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office said on Monday.

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UK PM May would not repeat criticism of London Mayor: spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May would not retweet Katie Hopkins, whose criticism London Mayor Sadiq Khan was repeated by U.S. President Donald Trump, May’s spokesman said on Monday.

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U.N. food chief warns aid suspension in Yemen likely to start this week

United Nations food chief David Beasley warned the Security Council on Monday that a phased-suspension of food assistance in Yemen was likely to begin later this week over a diversion of aid and lack of independence in Houthi-controlled areas.

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Iran says it will breach nuclear deal enrichment limit, U.S. denounces “blackmail”

Iran announced on Monday it would breach uranium enrichment limits in 10 days in a move that drew an accusation of “nuclear blackmail” from Washington, but it added that European nations still had time to save the nuclear deal that sets those curbs.

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EU to await IAEA report before deciding on any Iran breach

The European Union will only react to any Iranian breach of the 2015 nuclear deal if the International Atomic Energy Agency formally identifies one, the top diplomats of Germany and the bloc said on Monday.

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Iran ‘nuclear blackmail’ must be met with international pressure: White House

Iran’s plan to exceed nuclear enrichment limits amount to “nuclear blackmail” and must be met with increased international pressure, a White House National Security Council spokesman said on Monday.

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Russia uncovers attempted U.S. cyber attacks on its infrastructure: RIA news agency

Russia has uncovered attempts by the United States to carry out cyber attacks on Russian infrastructure, Russia’s RIA and TASS news agencies cited an unnamed security source as saying on Monday.

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Mozambique says two border police killed in shooting incident

Two members of Mozambique’s border police have been shot dead in an incident involving South African soldiers and the two countries have launched a joint investigation into what happened, a Mozambique police officer said on Monday.

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Deploying U.S. troops in Poland wholly defensive, ambassador says in riposte to Russia

A U.S. agreement with Poland to send 1,000 extra troops to the country is a defensive measure needed for its security, the U.S. ambassador to Warsaw said on Monday, replying to accusations from neighboring Russia that the move is aggressive.

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Prosecutors: Suspected murder of German politician probably had far-right motive

German prosecutors believe there was a far-right background to the suspected murder of a prominent local politician known for his pro-migrant views, a spokesman for the federal prosecutor’s office said on Monday.

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Algerian partner of Germany’s VW held over graft allegations: state TV

An Algerian court on Monday ordered the detention of Mourad Eulmi, head of family-owned firm SOVAC that is a partner of Germany’s Volkswagen AG, on suspicion of corruption, state television reported.