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Spiral stairs, no sprinklers may have contributed to deadly Japan fire

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:44
The fire that tore through a building in Japan killing 33 people may have spread so fast not only because it was fueled by petrol but because it was funneled up a spiral staircase and there were no sprinklers to douse it, experts said on Friday.
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South African corruption inquiry adjourned to try to convince Zuma to testify further

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:43
South Africa's deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo adjourned a public inquiry into state corruption on Friday to try to find a way to persuade former President Jacob Zuma to continue giving testimony.
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South Africa's graft watchdog says Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliament

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:43
South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had "deliberately misled" parliament about a 500,000 rand ($35,900) donation he received for his campaign to lead the African National Congress (ANC).
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Iran rejects Trump report that U.S. Navy downed 'provocative' drone

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:40
Iran on Friday denied President Donald Trump's assertion that the U.S. Navy has destroyed one of its drones, saying all of its unmanned planes were safe, but there was no sign of a major Gulf escalation despite fears both sides could blunder into war.
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Iran's Guards say they will release images to disprove U.S. claim that drone shot down

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:40
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday they would release images to disprove U.S. President Donald Trump's assertion that the U.S. Navy has destroyed an Iranian drone in the Gulf, Iranian news agencies reported.
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Merkel: Concerned about Gulf, should use every opportunity for diplomacy

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:39
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she was concerned about the situation in the Gulf, adding that every opportunity for diplomatic contact should be used.
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Dutch state partly liable for Srebrenica deaths: Supreme Court

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:32
The Supreme Court of the Netherlands on Friday upheld an earlier ruling that found the Dutch state partly liable for the deaths in 1995 of 350 Bosnian Muslim men who were expelled from a U.N. base and executed at Srebrenica by Bosnian Serb forces.
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After shaking episodes, Germany's Merkel says she is fit for work

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:30
Germany's Angela Merkel said on Friday she was fit to carry on as chancellor after a bout of shaking episodes, and that she hoped to enjoy life after serving out her fourth and final term in office through to 2021.
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Merkel: Britain will remain partner even if it is no longer EU member

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:26
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Britain would remain a partner even if it is no longer a member of the European Union in future, adding that work with British Prime Minister Theresa May's successor would depend on how he approaches the European Commission.
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Factbox: Will Spain's Sanchez stay on as prime minister?

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 05:08
Spain enters a week of debates and votes which will be vital in determining whether Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, who has been acting prime minister since an inconclusive election in late April, will be confirmed in the job.
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Russian tainted oil suspect seeking political asylum in Lithuania

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:51
Roman Ruzhechko, a suspect in a Russian probe into a major oil pipeline contamination earlier this year, has asked for political asylum in Lithuania, a Vilnius district court spokesman told Reuters on Friday.
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New Zealand's Ardern flies commercial after snag hits air force plane

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:47
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was forced to fly home on a commercial flight on Friday after a technical snag hit her air force plane, following a two-day trip to Australia, where she spoke of the need to boost regional cooperation.
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Japan arson suspect identified after blaze kills 33: NHK

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 04:44
Japanese police have identified the man suspected to have started a fire at an animation studio that killed 33 people as Shinji Aoba, public broadcaster NHK said on Friday.
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UK's Johnson will resist calls for Brexit delay, lawmaker Rees-Mogg says

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:40
Boris Johnson, the favorite to be the next British prime minister, has the backbone to resist pressure from parliament to delay Brexit again even if it means leaving the European Union without a deal, a leading supporter said on Friday.
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Italy's Di Maio calls for meeting with Salvini in peace offering

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:27
Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio called for a meeting on Friday with government partner and co-deputy PM Matteo Salvini in a peace offering following mutual recriminations that raised concerns about the stability of the ruling coalition.
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Two killings symbolize reach of Kashmir conflict as death toll surges

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:26
More than 300 people died in the Kashmir region claimed by India and Pakistan in the first half of the year, according to previously unreported data - one of the deadliest periods in the disputed territory's recent history.
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South African soldiers deployed in Cape Town to help fight gangs

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:22
South African soldiers were deployed to gang-ridden Cape Town suburbs on Thursday to help quell escalating violence that has killed hundreds this year and that officials have likened to a war zone, a Reuters cameraman and community activists said.
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Allies play hard to get on U.S. proposal to protect oil shipping lanes

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:16
The United States is struggling to win its allies' support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said.
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Indonesia suggests barter to help cover cost of jet project with South Korea

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 03:10
Indonesia is offering to pay South Korea its share of the cost of developing a fighter jet in the form of barter, state news agency Antara reported on Friday, as it tries to cut its exposure to the $7.9 billion project.
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Vietnam says preserved corpse of Ho Chi Minh in great condition

Reuters World News - Fri, 07/19/2019 - 02:59
The embalmed corpse of Vietnam's founding leader, Ho Chi Minh, is in great condition, state media said on Friday, a month after the government recruited a team of Russian experts to help preserve the former revolutionary's body.
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