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U.S. House to vote on Thursday on immigration bills

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The House of Representatives will vote on Thursday on immigration legislation designed to end the U.S. government's practice of separating families who cross the U.S. border illegally, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

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Iran's Khamenei says 'no need' to join global agreements

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Iran has "no need to join" global agreements on areas such as terrorism and money laundering, the country's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Wednesday as the issue divides parliament.

Pope Francis assures support for Lebanon in letter to Aoun

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Pope Francis assured his support for President Michel Aoun and the Lebanese people Wednesday, in a letter responding to Aoun that had congratulated the pope on the fifth anniversary of his election.

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EU adopts package to Lebanon to help it cope with refugees

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The European Union has adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees.

EU allocates $191 million in aid to Lebanon

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The European Union adopted its largest-ever aid package to Lebanon on Wednesday, to provide educational and socioeconomic support for Lebanese citizens as well as Syrians and Palestinians in the country.

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Berri denounces lack of security in Bekaa

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Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday strongly criticized the state’s inability to control the security situation in the Bekaa, saying that authorities had no clout in the area.

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Ukraine's Tymoshenko announces she will run for president

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Ukrainian opposition leader and political veteran Yulia Tymoshenko said on Wednesday she would run for president in elections due next year.

EU leaders to hold crisis talks on migration

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The leaders of eight EU countries including Germany and France will hold crisis talks on migration in Brussels on Sunday to try to find answers ahead of a major summit next week.

Macedonian parliament ratifies name deal

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The Macedonian parliament ratified Wednesday a historic accord with Greece to rename the small Balkan nation the Republic of North Macedonia in a bid to end a 27-year row between the two neighbours.

Russia warns against Trump's 'alarming' plans for US space domination

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Russia Wednesday expressed alarm over US President Donald Trump's call for the United States to dominate space exploration and his plan to create a separate branch of the military called a Space Force.

Saudi, Iran face off ahead of tense OPEC meet

Saudi Arabia insisted Wednesday it would do "whatever is needed" to avoid oil supply shortages, setting the stage for a showdown with arch foe Iran ahead of crunch OPEC talks on easing a production-cut pact.

Russia calls out US 'cynicism' for rights council pullout

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Russia on Wednesday voiced surprise at the United States' decision to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, accusing Washington of "gross cynicism" and "disregard" for the world body.

UK panel finds 450 lives shortened by hospital's opioid use

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At least 450 people had their lives shortened by a British hospital's institutionalized practice of administering opioids without medical justification between 1989 and 2000, an independent panel concluded Wednesday after years of…

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Yacoubian intervenes in illegal waste dumping

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MP Paula Yacoubian Tuesday stopped three trucks after catching them dumping unsorted waste into a Burj Hammoud landfill in violation of the responsible firm’s pledge to treat and sort the waste beforehand, the state-run National News…

Syrian army steps up attacks in southwest, Jordan concerned

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The Syrian army stepped up shelling of opposition-held parts of the southwest as it mobilizes for a campaign to regain the area bordering Jordan and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, opposition sources said.

EU copyright law passes key hurdle

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A highly disputed European copyright law that could force online platforms such as Google and Facebook to pay for links to news content passed a key hurdle in the European Parliament on Wednesday.

Kurdish militant attack kills two Turkish soldiers in southeast: governor's office

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DIYARBAKIR, Turkey, June 20 (Reuters) - Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants launched a rocket attack on military vehicles on Wednesday, killing two soldiers and wounding another, the local governor's office said, the latest in a series…

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Austria's Kurz raises specter of new migration 'catastrophe'

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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz Wednesday raised the specter of a 'catastrophe' similar to the events of 2015 if Europe does not agree a common response on migration.

Clashes at Libya oil ports cut output by nearly half

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Clashes between rival groups in Libya's key oil export ports have caused output to drop by nearly half, the head of the National Oil Company said on Wednesday.

LF formally appeals naturalization decree

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The Lebanese Forces Wednesday lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Council against the controversial naturalization decree, requesting that the recently signed decree be nullified on the basis that it threatens Lebanese identity.

Both sides committed war crimes during siege of Syria's Ghouta: UN

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Syrian government troops and affiliated forces committed war crimes and a crime against humanity in their long siege of Eastern Ghouta through heavy bombardment and "deliberately starving" 265,000 people, U.N. investigators said on…

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Iran to increase cabinet size by 2 ministries: report

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The Chief of Staff Iran's President is saying that the administration plans to create two new government ministries - commerce and roads - and add them to the Cabinet.

Arab-led coalition seizes Yemen's Hudaida airport: spokesman

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The Arab-led coalition in Yemen has seized control of Hudaida airport and continues to attack pockets of Houthi resistance nearby, a coalition spokesman said on Wednesday.

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Moon suggests Russian gas be piped to Koreas, Japan

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New pipelines could be laid to bring Russian gas through North Korea to the South and even on to Japan following the diplomatic thaw with Pyongyang, Seoul's leader suggested Wednesday.

Austria's Kurz plans to meet Merkel, other leaders on migration

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Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is likely to meet his German counterpart Angela Merkel and other European leaders this week to discuss migration, he said on Wednesday.

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

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Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament.

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Russian airline launches flight to Iraq

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Russian airline Red Wings on Wednesday made its maiden flight to Iraq as commercial services between Moscow and Baghdad resume following the 2003 Iraqi War.

Number missing in Indonesia ferry disaster jumps to nearly 180: police

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Nearly 180 passengers are missing after a ferry sank into the depths of a volcanic lake in Indonesia, police said Wednesday, almost tripling initial estimates -- but the search-and-rescue agency cautioned it was still unclear how many…

Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers and take base in first major attack since ceasefire

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Taliban militants killed 30 Afghan soldiers and captured a military base in the western province of Badghis on Wednesday, the provincial governor said, their first major attack since a ceasefire for the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

Lebanon monetary situation stable: Salameh

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Lebanon’s currency is stable and there is no monetary crisis on the horizon, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh said Wednesday.