June 26, 2019

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France's Macron says he has no 'plan B' for Iran nuclear deal

France's Macron says he has no 'plan B' for Iran nuclear dealFrench President Emmanuel Macron said in a Fox News Sunday interview that he has no "plan B" for the Iran nuclear deal and that the United States should stay in the agreement as long as there is no better option. Macron also said the United States, France and other allies will have a "very important" role to play in rebuilding Syria after the war is over.


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Turkish fledging party to run in June polls after membership boost

Turkish fledging party to run in June polls after membership boostBy Irem Koca and Gulsen Solaker ISTANBUL/ANKARA (Reuters) - A fledgling Turkish political party founded by a popular former interior minister will be allowed to run in snap June elections, authorities ruled on Sunday, after 15 parliamentarians from the main opposition switched parties to bolster its ranks. President Tayyip Erdogan this week called for snap parliamentary and presidential elections on June 24, more than a year earlier than scheduled. Earlier on Sunday, 15 deputies from the secularist CHP joined the Iyi Party to give it the numbers required to stand in the polls.


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More than 20 dead in Nicaragua protests: rights group

More than 20 dead in Nicaragua protests: rights groupMore than 20 people have been killed in a clashes between Nicaraguan police and demonstrators in a wave of protests over pension reform, a local human rights body said Sunday. The Nicaraguan Center for Human Rights said it was still trying to verify figures, but that at least 20 people had been killed since protests erupted in the central American country on Wednesday over plans by President Daniel Ortega to reform the nation's pension system. "We are dealing with more than 20 dead, but we are verifying because there is a lot of misinformation, the situation is really serious and beyond our possibilities to confirm," the Center's director Vilma Nunez told AFP.


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Macron taps into U.S. Marines lore with tree sapling gift to Trump

Macron taps into U.S. Marines lore with tree sapling gift to TrumpFrench President Emmanuel Macron, who starts a three-day state visit to the United States on Monday, will seek to please his host Donald Trump with a gift that taps into U.S. Marines lore. Macron will offer an oak sapling taken from the scene of a key World War One battle, where the Marine Corps repelled a German offensive in the final year of the conflict almost exactly a century ago, the French presidency said on Sunday. The sapling grew close to the so-called "Devil Dog" fountain, a spot that has become legendary within Marines ranks.


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