INTERNATIONAL

Trump Russia: US Congress reach deal on fresh sanctions

The US seized two Russian diplomatic compounds over claims of election interference

Leaders of both parties in the US Congress have agreed on legislation that allows fresh sanctions to punish Russia for alleged election meddling. The new legislation would also sharply limit President Donald Trump’s ability to lift any sanctions against Russia. He has previously said he needs diplomatic leeway with the Kremlin. Mr Trump’s time in office has been dogged by ...

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San Antonio: Eight found dead in truck at Walmart car park

San Antonio's police and fire chiefs confirmed the number of dead found

Eight people have been found dead inside a trailer truck parked outside a Walmart store in San Antonio, in the US state of Texas, police officials say. Twenty others were in critical or serious condition, some believed to be suffering heatstroke or dehydration, and taken to hospital. Police did not say where the vehicle came from, but confirmed that the ...

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Three Israelis stabbed to death in West Bank attack

Medics took to hospital an Israeli woman who was injured in the attack

Three Israeli civilians have been stabbed to death in a settlement near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. Another Israeli was wounded in the attack in Halamish. The Israeli army says the attacker was shot and caught. The attack came near the end of a day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces over new security measures at a Jerusalem ...

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Philippines Duterte: Martial law extended in Mindanao

There were protests outside congress on Saturday against the law

Legislators in the Philippines have voted overwhelmingly to extend martial law to deal with an Islamist insurgency in the restive island of Mindanao. Militants linked to so-called Islamic State have been occupying parts of Marawi, a city in the south, since May. President Rodrigo Duterte said the extension was necessary to crush the insurgency, but his critics say it is ...

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East Jerusalem: Two Palestinians killed as holy site tensions soar

Israeli police made arrests as the violence erupted

Two Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem, Palestinian officials say. About 200 were hurt in violence there and in occupied West Bank, after days of friction over a Jerusalem holy site boiled over. Palestinian factions had called for a “day of rage” in protest at new Israeli security measures at the compound. Tensions ...

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigns

Mr Spicer's press briefings were a cable news hit

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at a shake-up of the communications team. Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump’s appointment of a new communications director, reports the New York Times. Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled. Mr Spicer’s ...

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Strong earthquake kills two on Greek island of Kos

Buildings were damaged by the quake on Kos

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea has killed at least two people on the Greek island of Kos, officials say. The 6.7-magnitude quake hit 12km (seven miles) north-east of Kos, near the Turkish coast, with a depth of 10km, the US Geological Survey said. At least 20 others were injured on Kos, a popular tourist destination. Some buildings were ...

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Venezuela crisis: Deadly clashes as millions join strike

Protesters and police clashed in several cities across Venezuela

Millions of Venezuelans have joined a general strike called by the opposition as pressure mounts on President Nicol√°s Maduro to cancel elections for a new constituent assembly. Clashes between police and protestors killed at least three people. More than 300 others were reportedly arrested. Mr Maduro said the strike was minimal and that its leaders would be arrested. Since April, ...

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Brexit: UK and EU at odds over ‘exit bill’

David Davis, left, and Michel Barnier

The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens’ rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough about where it stands on these issues and that was hampering progress. UK Brexit Secretary David ...

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AlphaBay and Hansa dark web markets shut down

AlphaBay went offline earlier this month

Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a “landmark” international law enforcement investigation. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was seized ...

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