Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

NEW YORK (AFP) – At a time of frequent geopolitical friction, the United States and Europe want to avoid the scenario of China cutting them off from access to rare…

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Swiss voters to decide on pesticides ban, terrorism law and Covid-19 aid

ZURICH (REUTERS) – Switzerland heads to the polls on Sunday (June 13) in a batch of referendums which could see the country become only the second in the world to…

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Israel parliament poised to vote on anti-Netanyahu government

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli lawmakers are to vote on Sunday (June 13) on a change to the coalition government of bitter ideological rivals united by their determination to banish Prime…

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New British news channel fends off claims it will be a British Fox News

LONDON (AFP) – GB News – the first dedicated television news channel to launch in Britain…

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Syrian hospital hit in artillery attacks on Afrin, at least 13 killed

IDLIB, SYRIA (REUTERS) – At least 13 people were killed and several wounded in two separate artillery attacks on the northern Syrian town of Afrin on Saturday (June 12), local…

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Australia ready to ‘sit around the table’ with China: PM Morrison

CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND (BLOOMBERG) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government wants to restart dialog with Beijing, as a series of trade reprisals from China strain the already-weakened…

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Canada pays final homage to family killed in truck attack

LONDON, CANADA (AFP) – Several hundred people gathered in London, Ontario on Saturday (June 12) to…

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G-7 leaders commit to increasing climate finance contributions

CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND (REUTERS) – G-7 leaders will commit on Sunday (June 13) to increase their climate finance contributions to meet an overdue spending pledge of US$100 billion (S$132 billion)…

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US, South Korea reaffirm cooperation towards denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula

CARBIS BAY, ENGLAND (REUTERS) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-Yong reaffirmed a commitment between their countries and Japan to work closely towards…

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Victims of Pulse Nightclub mass shooting honoured on 5 year anniversary

The 49 people killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida were honoured in Orlando and around the world on Saturday, the fifth anniversary of the attack.…

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