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'Extraordinary' sign language gorilla dies

An “extraordinary” gorilla that mastered sign language has died. The Gorilla Foundation announced on Twitter that it was “sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko”. The foundation said the western lowland gorilla, who developed an “extraordinary mastery” of signing, died in her sleep aged 46. Koko featured in …

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Germany's Merkel calls for solutions to Iran's 'aggressive tendencies'

AMMAN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said European countries shared concerns over Iran’s ballistic missile program and called for solutions to its “aggressive tendencies” in the Middle East. German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviews an honor guard upon her arrival at the Royal Palace in Amman, Jordan June …

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Jacinda Ardern baby: New Zealand PM gives birth to girl

Image copyright @jacindaardern Image caption New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern posted a picture on Instagram of her with her new baby New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has given birth to her first child, a girl weighing 3.31kg (7.3lb). This makes her only the second elected leader in modern …

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Israeli PM Netanyahu's wife charged with fraud

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s wife, Sara, has been charged with fraud over the alleged misuse of state funds. The Justice Ministry said in a statement that Mrs Netanyahu stands accused of misusing public funds by fraudulently ordering hundreds of meals to the prime minister’s official residence worth over $100,000 …

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South Sudan's president and rebel leader meet for peace talks

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – South Sudan’s president and rebel leader met on Wednesday for the first time since 2016, when a peace deal collapsed and fighting re-erupted between their forces, the Ethiopian prime minister’s chief of staff said. South Sudan President Salva Kiir arrives at the national palace to negotiate …

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Turkey election: Expats play decisive role in Erdogan vote

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Almost half of Turkey’s eligible expatriate voters have taken part in the presidential and parliamentary elections Eyebrows furrowed, feet hesitantly tapping, the Turkish choir of Berlin gets to grips with a new piece of music. They’ve been singing songs of heartbreak and history here …

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Germany calls emergency migration summit

An emergency meeting of key European leaders has been convened in Brussels this Sunday to discuss migration at the request of Germany. In a highly unusual move, the European Commission is organising the “informal working meeting” with just four days’ notice. Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the meeting in a …

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May faces down pro-EU rebel lawmakers to win Brexit vote

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May won a crucial Brexit vote in parliament on Wednesday, keeping her divided government’s plans to end more than 40 years of British partnership with the European Union on track. Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks at the Royal Free Hospital, London June 18, …

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Medecins Sans Frontieres staff 'used local prostitutes'

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhistleblowers tell the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme the behaviour was widespread Aid workers at charity Medecins Sans Frontieres used local prostitutes while working in Africa, whistleblowers have told the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Female former employees said the behaviour was widespread. One said …

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Former Anglo Irish Bank boss jailed for six years

The former chief executive of Anglo Irish Bank has been jailed for six years for inflating the failing bank’s balance sheet. David Drumm, 51, was earlier this month convicted of conspiracy to defraud and false accounting by a Dublin court. Ahead of the sentencing, Mr Drumm acknowledged the “huge error in …

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