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Striking South African unions considering latest offer

2 hours 36 min ago

South Africa's largest union will consider the latest government wage proposal, it said on Tuesday, raising hopes of an end to a three-week strike in the metals and engineering sectors that has sapped the continent's most advanced economy. "We will look at the offer this afternoon," Irvin Jim, the general secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), told Reuters. Over 200,000 NUMSA members downed tools on July 2. Gideon du Plessis, general secretary of the Solidarity union, told Reuters that NUMSA and four other smaller unions which have joined the strike had agreed to consider the latest offer with their members and leadership committees.

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Italy parliament votes to allow arrest of Berlusconi ally

2 hours 38 min ago

The Italian parliament voted on Tuesday to lift immunity from arrest for one of former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's oldest associates, implicated in a massive bribery scandal linked to a flood barrier project in Venice. Giancarlo Galan, a former governor of the Veneto region and ex-minister and one of the founding members of Berlusconi's Forza Italia party, has been accused of taking bribes to smooth approvals for companies involved in the project. As a member of parliament, Galan enjoys immunity from arrest which can only be lifted after a special vote.

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UK experts to examine black boxes

2 hours 38 min ago

British air accident investigators will examine the black boxes from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

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Kuwait revokes citizenship of two opposition figures, relatives

2 hours 41 min ago
By Ahmed Hagagy KUWAIT (Reuters) - The Kuwaiti government has revoked the citizenship of two opposition figures and some of their relatives, the state news agency reported, in a move that could deepen a political crisis in the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state. The move comes after the cabinet last week adopted what it called an "iron fist policy" following protests over the arrest of a prominent opposition politician, in which it threatened to remove the citizenship of people suspected of trying to "undermine the stability" of the state. State news agency KUNA said the cabinet agreed at a meeting late on Monday to impose the measures on Ahmed al-Jabr and Abdullah Barghash, his two brothers and his sister, on the recommendations of the interior minister. He said Barghash's citizenship was revoked under a law that forbids Kuwaitis from dual citizenship, while Jabr was targeted under a law that requires naturalised Kuwaitis to avoid committing any crime for 20 years.
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Boehner: No border money without policy changes

2 hours 45 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'nuhr) says the public won't support spending money on the border crisis unless Congress makes policy changes to return migrant kids home faster.
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Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

2 hours 52 min ago
The foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died. After 10 days of bombardment, Israel on Thursday also launched a ground offensive into the Gaza Strip to halt rocket fire out of the territory. On Sunday, French media showed the burnt-out front of a kosher grocery shop in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, which is home to a large Jewish community, and clashes between pro-Palestinian marchers and riot police outside two synagogues. "Anti-Semitic incitement and hostility against Jews, attacks on people of Jewish faith and synagogues have no place in our societies," the three foreign ministers said in a joint statement issued in Brussels.
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Train carrying MH17 bodies on final journey reaches Ukraine city

2 hours 53 min ago

By Anton Zverev and Peter Graff DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed to hand over the plane's black boxes to Malaysian authorities and the bodies to the Netherlands, where many victims had lived. The train slowly rolled into the grounds of an arms industry plant, where the remains are due to be unloaded and flown to the Netherlands for the lengthy process of identification. A spokeswoman for a Dutch team of forensic experts in Kharkiv said departure was not expected before Wednesday.

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Indonesia's Prabowo will not contest election outcome in Constitutional Court

2 hours 55 min ago
Prabowo Subianto, who lost Indonesia's presidential election, will not go to the Constitutional Court to challenge the results of the ballot announced on Tuesday by the Elections Commission, his lawyer said. "It is not the domain of the Constitutional Court to handle procedural disputes," Mahendradatta, Prabowo's lawyer, told reporters. It was not immediately clear, however, whether Prabowo would appeal to a lower court. Prabowo has refused to concede defeat and has withdrawn from the vote counting process.
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South Sudan rebel team quits Uganda without meeting on mending ties

2 hours 56 min ago
By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA (Reuters) - South Sudanese rebels who want to mend ties with Uganda and press for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan left Kampala without meeting the president, blaming miscommunication between the two sides, a rebel official said on Tuesday. Ugandan Junior Foreign Minister Okello Oryem said a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni was scheduled for Tuesday. The rebel camp has been angered by Uganda's deployment of troops to South Sudan in support of the government of President Salva Kiir against insurgent forces led by his sacked deputy Riek Machar. Western powers and some regional states have said Uganda's presence complicates peace talks, which have rumbled on for months with little progress.
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Lockheed Martin profit rises on lower pension liability

3 hours 21 min ago
(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp , the Pentagon's largest defense supplier, reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly profit as higher interest rates lowered its pension liability. Lockheed's shares were up 2.4 percent before the bell. Lockheed has amended some of its pension plans for non-union employees to freeze future retirement benefits and will instead transition them to a contribution retirement savings plan. Lockheed also said it expects to resume share repurchases in the current quarter.
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Ukraine votes to call up more military reserves to protect border

3 hours 22 min ago
Ukraine's parliament approved a presidential decree on Tuesday to call up more military reserves and men under 50 to fight rebels in eastern Ukraine and defend the border against a concentration of troops in Russia. Some 45 days after the latest call-up of additional reserves, which has now expired, Kiev repeated the decree to "declare and conduct partial mobilization" to ensure the ranks of what Ukraine calls its "anti-terrorist operation" are filled. After the vote, brief scuffles broke out between nationalist politicians and members of the party that was led by the former president, Viktor Yanukovich, who was overthrown in February. The army is under orders not to use air strikes and artillery in the cities, complicating operations to restore control despite Kiev's accusations that the rebels were responsible for the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner.
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Indonesia's elections commission confirms Jokowi as next president

3 hours 24 min ago
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian election officials said on Tuesday that Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo would be the next president of Southeast Asia's largest economy. The Elections Commission said Jokowi beat ex-general Prabowo Subianto by 6 percentage points in the July 9 presidential election, the closest ever in Indonesian history. (Reporting by Eveline Danubrata, Dennys Kapa and Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by Mike Collett-White)
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Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

3 hours 36 min ago

A German court ruled on Tuesday that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis "for therapeutic purposes". Five people suffering from chronic pain brought the complaint to a court in Cologne after Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) refused them permission to grow the plant at home. While the plaintiffs all had permits to buy and consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they wanted to cultivate their own because they could not afford to purchase the drug and their health insurance did not cover it.

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Kremlin security aide says Ukrainian authorities are West's 'henchmen'

3 hours 37 min ago
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A top security aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the Ukrainian authorities on Tuesday of being henchman who were taking orders from the West. "The West's henchman came to power (in February) and have now, in my opinion, lost some of their sovereignty, independence in decision-making and are acting under orders," Nikolai Patrushev told Putin. (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya, Wrting by Alissa de Carbonnel, Editing by Timothy Heritage)
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Dozens of Turkish police detained for alleged spying on government

3 hours 38 min ago

By Daren Butler ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Dozens of Turkish police including high-ranking officers were detained on Tuesday, accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the chief prosecutor said was a concocted probe of an alleged terrorist group. The former Istanbul anti-terror police chief, himself among those detained and led away in handcuffs, said the incident was entirely political, coming just a few weeks ahead of a presidential election in which Erdogan is standing. The operation follows a stream of purges targeting the police, judiciary and state institutions this year which government critics have condemned as a symptom of Erdogan's tightening grip. Police conducted raids in 22 provinces, and officers involved in a separate government corruption probe which emerged in December and led to the departure of four ministers were among those detained, Turkish media reported.

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Libya oil output slips, fresh fighting in Tripoli

3 hours 40 min ago

Libyan oil production has fallen, turning back a hard-won increase since April in the revenue flow for the government facing increased fighting around the airport in the capital and in the eastern city of Benghazi. El-Feel, operated by state-run National Oil Corporation and Italy's ENI, is protected by security guards from the northwestern Zintan region, whose fighters also protect the airport where clashes have gone on for a week. National Oil Company spokesman Mohamed El Harari said output as of Monday was around 450,000 bpd compared with 555,000 bpd on Thursday. At least 47 people have died in the week-long Tripoli airport clashes, which involved artillery, Grad rockets and anti-aircraft guns, in some of the heaviest street fighting since the 2011 civil war.

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Investment returns boost insurer Beazley's first-half profit

3 hours 44 min ago
Lloyd's of London insurer Beazley Plc reported a 61 percent rise in first-half profit, thanks to a surge in investment income and a drop in catastrophe payouts. The company's stock rose as much as 6.6 percent on Tuesday morning, making it among the top percentage gainers on the London Stock Exchange's FTSE-250 midcap index . Beazley, which writes marine, casualty and property cover, said its pretax profit rose to $132.9 million (77.87 million pounds) in the first-half ended June 30 from $82.3 million a year earlier. Investment income jumped to $46.8 million (27.4 million pounds) from just $300,000 a year earlier.
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Exclusive- India's Lupin, U.S. firms weigh bids for GSK's mature drugs: sources

3 hours 53 min ago

By Sophie Sassard and Zeba Siddiqui LONDON/MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian generics firm Lupin , some U.S. drugmakers looking for a tax-saving deal in Europe and private equity funds are planning to bid for a range of older drugs being auctioned by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) , five sources familiar with the matter said. Chief Executive Andrew Witty said in April GSK was reviewing its portfolio of mature drugs, known as established products, and in May the group invited sector players and private equity firms to consider bidding.

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Egypt calls for Israeli, Palestinian peace talks

3 hours 57 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — The U.S. and Egypt sought Tuesday to find an end to two weeks of bloodshed in the Gaza Strip, and officials raised the possibility of restarting stalled peace talks between Israel and Palestinian authorities as a necessary step to avoid sustained violence.

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Blog posts on article about Alibaba's China leadership links censored

4 hours 4 min ago
Microblog posts about a New York Times article on Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding's [IPO-BABA.N] close ties to descendants of China's leaders have been removed by censors, a censorship monitoring group said on Tuesday. Alibaba has been in the spotlight as it prepares its stock market listing - potentially the largest ever tech debut in the United States - particularly over its complicated web of affiliations and corporate governance. One censored post on the Weibo Corp microblog included a Chinese version of the New York Times piece, with the comment, "It's not only Yahoo and SoftBank behind Alibaba," Weiboscope, a University of Hong Kong project that publishes and analyses censored posts, said. Yahoo Inc, with a 22.5 percent stake in Alibaba, and SoftBank Corp with a 34.3 percent ownership are Alibaba's two biggest shareholders.
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