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Jul 22, 2019

Mexico says no to safe third-country asylum discussion with U.S.
Mexico will not agree to further discussion of safe third country status for asylum seekers, the foreign minister said, adding it was not clear what the Trump administration's stance was on the issue despite a deadline reached on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Thousands jam San Juan streets to demand Puerto Rico's governor resign
Thousands of people blocked a major San Juan highway on Monday in a protest aimed at forcing Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló to resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from deadly 2017 hurricanes.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

U.S. sanctions Chinese energy firm, alleges Iranian oil violations
The United States has sanctioned the Chinese energy company Zhuhai Zhengrong Co Ltd for allegedly violating restrictions imposed on Iran's oil sector, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a speech on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Fitch cuts outlook to 'negative' for Boeing on 737 MAX problems
Fitch Ratings lowered its outlook for Boeing Co to "negative" from "stable" on Monday, citing regulatory uncertainty around the timing of its 737 MAX jets' return to service.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Equifax to pay $700 million over 2017 data breach, compensate consumers
Credit-reporting company Equifax Inc will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information that affected around 147 million consumers, authorities said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Congress, White House near deal on spending, debt limit: source
U.S. congressional and White House negotiators are close to a deal to extend the Treasury Department's borrowing authority until July 31, 2021 and enact spending caps on a wide range of federal programs, a source close to the talks said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

U.S. stocks gain ground on trade optimism; oil climbs
U.S. stocks advanced on Monday at the start of a heavy earnings week, while European shares overall were little changed, as investors took heart from potential progress in U.S.-China trade talks and escalating geopolitical tensions sent oil prices higher.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Microsoft to pay criminal fine to settle U.S. anti-bribery charges
Microsoft Corp agreed to pay about $25.3 million, including an $8.75 million criminal fine, to settle U.S. charges it violated a federal anti-bribery law by making improper payments to government officials in Hungary and other countries.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Exclusive: Ex-Russian arms tycoon quietly wields influence in British PM race
A former Russian arms tycoon who had connections at the highest levels of the Kremlin is a major donor to Britain's ruling Conservative Party and counts himself a friend of the man expected to be the country's next prime minister.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Special Report: In British PM race, a former Russian tycoon quietly wields influence
For almost a decade, Alexander Temerko, who forged a career at the top of the Russian arms industry and had connections at the highest levels of the Kremlin, has been an influential figure in British politics. He's one of the Conservative Party's major donors. He counts Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain's next PM, among his friends.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Microsoft settles U.S. charges it violated anti-bribery law, accepts criminal fine: SEC
Microsoft Corp agreed to pay more than $25 million, including an $8.75 million criminal fine imposed on its Microsoft Hungary unit, to settle U.S. charges it violated a federal anti-bribery law, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

All crew on British-flagged tanker in good health: Iranian embassy in India
All crew members of a British-flagged tanker that Iran seized on Friday are safe and still on the vessel, the Iranian embassy in India said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

San Juan streets packed with protesters demanding Puerto Rico's governor resign
Thousands of people poured into the streets of San Juan on Monday in protests aimed at forcing Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello to resign over offensive chat messages, the latest scandal to hit a bankrupt island struggling to recover from deadly 2017 hurricanes.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Financier Epstein to remain jailed until sex trafficking trial
(This July 18 story corrects Australian to Austrian in paragraph 9)

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Thousands fill streets of San Juan to demand Puerto Rico's governor resign
Thousands of people began pouring into the streets of San Juan on Monday morning in massive demonstrations to demand that Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello resign over offensive chat messages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iran says it has arrested CIA spies; UK to unveil response to ship crisis
Iran said on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the CIA and sentenced some of them to death, an announcement President Donald Trump dismissed as "totally false" amid an escalating international crisis over tankers in the Gulf.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Trump denies Iran arrested 17 people accused of being U.S. spies
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday categorically denied that Iran had arrested 17 people whom Tehran accused of being CIA spies and had sentenced some to death, calling the reports "totally false."

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Equifax to pay up to $700 million in U.S. data breach settlement
Credit-reporting company Equifax Inc will pay up to $700 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information, authorities said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Factbox: Iran tanker crisis shows that Britain no longer rules the waves
Britain's failure to prevent Iran's Revolutionary Guards from seizing a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz shows the decline of the once mighty British navy.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

The pits: How China's U.S. tariff jab choked a cherry import boom
For public relations officer Rachel Li, paying top dollar for "beautiful" cherries imported from the United States was a no-brainer.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iran says it arrests CIA spies, Gulf tensions simmer
Iran announced on Monday it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and sentenced some of them to death, deepening a crisis between the Islamic Republic and the West.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Pompeo dismisses Iran's announcement that it captured U.S. spies
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday dismissed Iran's announcement it had captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and sentenced some to death.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Stocks struggle, oil jumps on Middle East tensions
European stocks lingered on Monday, hamstrung by dialled-down expectations for a larger U.S. rate cut this month, while escalating tensions in the Middle East boosted oil prices and rising fears for a no-deal Brexit haunted the pound.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

All crew on British-flagged tanker are in good health: Iranian embassy in India
All crew members aboard the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, including Indian nationals, are in good health and still on the vessel, the Iran embassy in India said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Equifax to pay up to $650 million in data breach settlement
Credit-reporting company Equifax Inc will pay up to a record $650 million to settle U.S. federal and state probes into a massive 2017 data breach of personal information, authorities said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Frenzied debut of China's Nasdaq-style board adds $44 billion in market cap
Trading on China's new Nasdaq-style board for homegrown tech firms hit fever pitch on Monday, with shares up as much as 520% in a wild debut that more than doubled the exchange's combined market capitalization and beat veteran investors' expectations.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Exclusive: Air Force suspends fee payments to landlord Balfour Beatty following Reuters report
The U.S. Air Force has suspended paying incentive fees at all 21 military housing bases operated by landlord Balfour Beatty Communities following a Reuters-CBS News report that the company falsified maintenance records at an Oklahoma base to help it qualify for millions of dollars in bonuses.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Bayer could benefit from home advantage in St. Louis Roundup cancer trial: experts
Bayer AG , facing an upcoming trial in St. Louis over allegations that its Roundup weed killer causes cancer, has recruited Missouri-based expert witnesses to make its case in a place where it has century-old roots but where juries often hit companies with huge damages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Release tanker and crew immediately, Britain tells Iran
Britain called on Iran on Monday to release a British-flagged tanker and its crew immediately, describing the seizure of the Stena Impero in the Strait of Hormuz as illegal, Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Senior Omani official to visit Iran on Saturday: state news agency
Oman's minister responsible for foreign affairs, Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, will visit Iran on Saturday to discuss regional developments, Oman's state news agency said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Horrifying moments as Hong Kong journalist live-streams being attacked
A man in a pink shirt and jeans is seen hitting out at people with a stick over the barrier of a train's passenger gantry. In the next moment, he runs at the camera and starts hitting the person behind it.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Factbox: Which House Democrats want to impeach Trump?
Eighty-nine Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives as of late last week have said they support starting impeachment investigations against Republican President Donald Trump.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Explainer: Send him back? What it would take for Congress to impeach Trump
A dark cloud of impeachment has threatened President Donald Trump for many months, with Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, where any such effort to remove him from office would begin, divided about whether to proceed.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iran's Khamenei calls U.S. plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace a 'dangerous plot'
Iran's supreme leader said on Monday that a U.S. plan to end the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians through development fueled by international investment was a "dangerous plot" to destroy Palestinian identity with money.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Europe stocks gain; oil jumps on Middle East tensions
European stocks struggled higher on Monday, shrugging off dialed-down expectations for a big U.S. rate cut this month, while escalating tensions in the Middle East boosted safe-haven assets and oil prices.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Japan officials hunt for reasons behind fire that killed 34
Japanese officials groped on Monday for answers to why a blaze tore through an animation company, amid reports that smoke spread so fast a majority of victims who tried to flee through a rooftop door could not open it in time to escape.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Thousands expected to demonstrate Monday against Puerto Rico's governor, hold general strike
Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of San Juan on Monday morning in massive demonstrations to demand that the U.S. territory's governor resign over offensive chat messages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death
Iran captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iranian documentary purports to show CIA officers recruiting Iranian in UAE
An Iranian television documentary aired on Monday purported to show an officer of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) recruiting an Iranian man in the United Arab Emirates.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Israel demolishes Palestinian homes near West Bank barrier
Israeli forces began demolishing Palestinian homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of protests and international criticism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Factbox: Amano headed U.N. nuclear watchdog during turbulent period
U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday. He was 72.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Hong Kong police criticized over failure to stop attacks on protesters
Hong Kong police faced criticism on Monday for an apparent failure to protect anti-government protesters and passersby from attack by suspected gang members at a train station on the weekend.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Hong Kong protesters violated 'One Country, Two Systems' bottom line: Foreign Ministry
The behavior of some "radical" Hong Kong protesters violates the bottom line of the "One Country, Two Systems" formula through which Beijing administers the territory, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies aged 72
U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday, just as he was preparing to step down because of an unspecified illness.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Japan's Abe vows flexible steps in case of downside economic risks
Japan stands ready to take all possible steps flexibly and without hesitation when downside risks to the economy emerge, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, as a simmering Sino-U.S. trade war clouds the outlook for the export-reliant economy.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Japan's Abe says will make every effort to reduce tension with Iran
Japan wants to make every effort to reduce tension between the United States and Iran before responding to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to guard strategic waters off Iran, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Iran says breaks up CIA spy ring, some sentenced to death: report
Iran has captured 17 spies working for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and some have been sentenced to death, Iranian media reported on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Asia stocks fall on likely smaller Fed rate cut, pricier oil
Asia stocks fell on Monday as investors scaled back expectations of an aggressive Federal Reserve interest rate cut, while crude oil prices rose on heightened Middle East tensions following Iran's seizure of a British tanker.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Japan's Abe says poll result shows voters want debate on charter revision
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday called for debate on revising the post-war, pacifist constitution, saying the result of an upper house election the previous day showed it was what voters sought.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Japan PM Abe: Won't hesitate to take all steps flexibly vs. downside economy risks
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that he would take all possible steps flexibly and without hesitation when downside risks to the economy emerge.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Mexico anxiously awaits U.S. response on immigration deal as deadline arrives
Mexico is on tenterhooks as a Monday deadline on a U.S. migration deal that removed tariff threats on Mexican exports arrived, and despite progress made in reducing migrant flows it was unclear what President Donald Trump's next move would be.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Takeaways from Japan poll: diplomatic challenges and diversity
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has avoided lame-duck status after his ruling bloc won a solid victory in Sunday's upper house election but the poll - with nearly record-low turnout - has dented his hopes of revising the pacifist constitution and left him facing tough diplomatic challenges

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Longtime New York District Attorney, scourge of white-collar criminals, dies at 99: NYT
Robert Morgenthau, 99, who became the scourge of white-collar criminals over three decades as the Manhattan district attorney, died on Sunday, his family told the New York Times.

Reuters Top News
Jul 22, 2019

Israel begins to demolish homes on Jerusalem outskirts, stoking Palestinian fears
Israeli forces began demolishing buildings near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Monday, in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Israel prepares to demolish homes on Jerusalem outskirts, stoking Palestinian fears
Israeli forces began preparations to demolish homes near a military barrier on the outskirts of Jerusalem under the cover of darkness on Monday, in the face of Palestinian protests and international criticism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Asia stocks fall on likely smaller Fed rate cut, crude climbs
Asia stocks fell on Monday as investors scaled back expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following Iran's seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Smoke spread so fast at Japanese animation firm victims couldn't open rooftop door
Smoke spread so fast through the Japanese animation company hit by an arson attack last week that a majority of victims who had tried to flee through a rooftop door were unable to open it before perishing, Japanese media said on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan's pro-constitution reform forces fall short of two-thirds upper house majority: NHK
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday but his coalition and allies fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to begin revising the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Puerto Rico governor refuses to resign as island braces for big protest
Puerto Rico's governor on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year but refused to resign as the island braced for more protests by demonstrators demanding he step down over leaked chat messages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Triad gangster attack in Hong Kong after night of violent protests: lawmaker
Hong Kong's opposition Democratic Party is investigating attacks by suspected triad gangsters on train passengers on Sunday, after a night of violence opened new fronts in the political crisis now deepening across city.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Asia stocks dip on likely smaller Fed rate cut, oil gains
Asia stocks eased on Monday as investors reduced expectations of an aggressive interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve, while heightened Middle East tensions following an Iranian seizure of a British tanker lifted crude oil prices.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan's pro-constitution reform forces fall short of 2/3 upper house majority: NHK
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in an upper house election on Sunday but his coalition and allies fell short of a two-thirds majority needed to begin revising the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Mexico says dodges bullet on 'safe third country' talks with U.S. after stemming migrant flows
Mexico said on Sunday it averted the so-called "safe third country" negotiations with the United States it desperately wanted to avoid after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Mexican efforts in reducing U.S.-bound migrant flows.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Ukraine president's party leads in parliament election on early counting
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party led Ukraine's snap parliamentary election on Sunday with a vote share of 41.52% in the party lists, the central election commission's website showed, after 10.29% of votes had been counted.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Chinese state media slams attack on Beijing representative's office in Hong Kong
An attack on the office of Beijing's representative in Hong Kong by protesters was a "blatant challenge to the central government" and will not be tolerated, state news agency Xinhua said in an editorial on Monday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Puerto Rico governor says will not seek re-election, but refuses to resign over chats
Puerto Rico's governor said on Sunday he would not seek re-election next year but refused to step down after nine days of sometimes violent protests demanding his resignation over vulgar chat messages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Mexico dodges bullet on 'safe third country' talks with U.S. after stemming migrant flows
Mexico said on Sunday it averted the so-called "safe third country" negotiations with the United States it desperately wanted to avoid after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Mexican efforts in reducing U.S.-bound migrant flows.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Puerto Rico governor will not seek re-election after leaked chat messages
Puerto Rico's governor said on Sunday he would not seek re-election next year and would step down as head of his party following nine days of sometimes violent protests demanding his resignation over vulgar chat messages.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Mexico dodges bullet on safe 'safe third country' talks with U.S. after stemming migrant flows
Mexico said on Sunday it averted the so-called "safe third country" negotiations with the United States it desperately wanted to avoid after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo praised Mexican efforts in reducing U.S.-bound migrant flows.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Kuwait calls for restraint after Iran seized British tanker: KUNA
Kuwait said on Sunday that it "follows with extreme concern" the latest escalation in the Gulf region, after Iran seized a British tanker, Kuwait's news agency (KUNA) reported.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

As U.S. heat wave breaks records, cooling centers offer relief
With a record-breaking heat wave intensifying over much of the U.S. Midwest and East Coast through the weekend, it was a bad time for Annie McQueen's air conditioner to break down in her New York City apartment.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party took a commanding lead in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, consolidating the power of the novice politician whose stunning rise has upended traditional politics in the war-scarred nation.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

'Apologize to America,' Trump tells Democratic congresswomen
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his attacks on four Democratic congresswomen who have criticized his policies, calling on them to apologize as he himself faced charges of racism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Qatar 'cautiously following' recent developments in Strait of Hormuz
Qatar said on Sunday it was "cautiously following" recent developments in the Strait of Hormuz and incidents affecting regional and international shipping lines.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

U.S. says Venezuelan plane aggressively shadowed a U.S. military aircraft
The U.S. military on Sunday accused a Venezuelan fighter aircraft of "aggressively" shadowing a U.S. Navy EP-3 Aries II plane over international airspace, a fresh sign of growing hostility between the two countries.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Saudi minister says Iran's actions are unacceptable
Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs said on Sunday that Iran must be aware its actions, including the detention of a British ship, are completely unacceptable.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Mexico says United States cites Mexican efforts in stemming migration
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognized the "significant advances of Mexican operations" in reducing migrant flows to the United States, part of an agreement between the nations, Mexico's foreign ministry said on Sunday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

On course for election win, Ukraine president offers alliance with rock star's party
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party took a commanding lead in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, handing the novice politician a broader mandate for driving change and tackling corruption in the war-scarred nation.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Ukraine president's party leads in parliament election: exit poll
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party led Ukraine's snap parliamentary election on Sunday with 43.9% of votes, an exit poll showed.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Ukraine president's party believes it won 13 out of 13 constituencies in Kiev
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's party has probably won all 13 constituencies in Kiev in Sunday's snap parliamentary election, party leader Dmytro Razumkov told reporters.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Ukraine president wants to discuss coalition with Voice party
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Sunday said he wants to invite the Voice party, headed by rock star Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, for talks about forming a governing coalition in parliament.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

'Apologize to America', Trump tells Democratic congresswomen
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his attacks on four liberal Democrats in Congress, all women of color who have criticized his policies, calling on them to apologize as he himself faced charges of racism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Hong Kong police fire rubber bullets, tear gas as protests descend into chaos
Hong Kong police fired rubber bullets and tear gas in running clashes with protesters late on Sunday amid chaotic scenes as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by Beijing.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Two severely-disabled candidates win seats in Japan upper house vote
Two wheelchair-bound candidates won seats in Japan's upper house vote on Sunday, media projections showed, a sign of changing attitudes towards disabled people in a country where they have long been encouraged to stay in the shadow.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan pro-constitution reform forces fall short of 2/3 upper house majority: NHK
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc won a solid majority in Japan's upper house election on Sunday, but his coalition and its other allies fell short of the two-thirds majority needed to push ahead with revising the pacifist constitution, a projection by public broadcaster NHK showed.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Egypt expresses dismay to UK envoy over British Airways flight suspension
Egypt's aviation minister on Sunday expressed his dismay over British Airways' decision to suspend flights to the Egyptian capital to the UK's ambassador to Cairo.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Britain weighs response to Iran Gulf crisis with few good options
Britain was weighing its next moves in the Gulf tanker crisis on Sunday, with few good options apparent as a recording emerged showing that the Iranian military defied a British warship when it boarded and seized a ship three days ago.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan's pro-constitutional revision force to lose 2/3 majority in upper house: NHK
Japan's ruling coalition and pro-constitutional revision allies were certain to lose the two-thirds upper house majority needed to push ahead with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's proposal to revise the pacifist constitution, public broadcaster NHK said.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Trump says Democratic congresswoman 'should apologize to America'
U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday stepped up his attacks on four liberal Democrats in Congress, all women of color who have criticized his policies, calling on them to apologize as he himself faced charges of racism.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Trump administration pauses new rule limiting abortion referrals: report
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will pause its enforcement of a new rule barring federally funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, the Washington Post reported late on Saturday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Hong Kong police fire tear gas as protests descend into chaos
Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters in chaotic scenes late on Sunday as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city's political masters in Beijing.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Mueller report shows evidence Trump committed crimes, House Judiciary chairman says
The top Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee said Sunday he believes there is "substantial evidence" that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors, and he plans to ask former Special Counsel Robert Mueller to present those facts at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Stena Bulk has asked to visit crew of seized tanker
Stena Bulk, the British operator of a tanker seized by Iran, has made a formal request to visit the 23 crew members of the Stena Impero and is awaiting a formal response, it said on Sunday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Seizure of British-flagged tanker 'clear violation of international law': UK Chamber of Shipping
The seizure of a British flagged tanker by Iran is in "clear violation of international law" because it was in Omani waters, the head of the UK Chamber of Shipping said on Sunday.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

In direct challenge, black-clad protesters deface Beijing's Hong Kong office
Thousands of protesters descended on China's representative office in Hong Kong on Sunday, as anger over an extradition bill morphs into a fresh front against what many see as a broader erosion of freedoms by the city's political masters in Beijing.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Hong Kong police fire tear gas to disperse protesters in fresh wave of clashes
Hong Kong police fired tear gas to disperse protesters late on Sunday in the latest wave of violence to roil the financial center, hours after a largely peaceful rally against a now-suspended extradition bill that has plunged the city into chaos.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan undecided on response to U.S. plan for Mideast maritime coalition: PM Abe
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday he had not yet decided on how to respond to an expected U.S. request to send its navy to join a military coalition to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

UK finance minister to quit over no-deal Brexit if Johnson becomes PM
British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Sunday he would resign if Boris Johnson became prime minister because he felt unable to support a leader happy to take the country out of the European Union without a deal.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Japan's Abe says upper house election win shows support for constitution debate
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his ruling coalition's solid win in an upper house election on Sunday showed that voters supported debate over his proposal to revise the post-war, pacifist constitution.

Reuters Top News
Jul 21, 2019

Iran's recent clashes with the West over Gulf shipping, nuclear plans
Tensions between Iran and the West have escalated since U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports took full effect in May and British naval forces seized an Iranian supertanker.

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