Israel’s Netanyahu, Jordan’s Abdullah meet in Amman

Israel’s Netanyahu, Jordan’s Abdullah meet in Amman

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting at the prime minister’s office in Jerusalem, June 17, 2018. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun/Pool June 18, 2018 JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman on Monday to discuss regional developments, Netanyahu’s office said in a statement. “Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s commitment to maintaining the status quo at the holy sites in Jerusalem,” the statement said. (Reporting…

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Oil rises ahead of OPEC, China tariffs loom over U.S. prices

Oil rises ahead of OPEC, China tariffs loom over U.S. prices

FILE PHOTO: A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo June 18, 2018 By Jessica Resnick-Ault NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Monday in volatile trade as this week’s OPEC meeting raised the specter of production increases and as investors assessed the impact of a trade dispute between the United States and China. U.S. crude oil <CLc1> edged up 6 cents a barrel to $65.12…

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Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025

Norway tests tiny electric plane, sees passenger flights by 2025

A two-seat electric plane made by Slovenian firm Pipistrel stands outside a hangar before a test flight at Oslo Airport, Norway June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Alister Doyle June 18, 2018 By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – Norway tested a two-seater electric plane on Monday and predicted a start to passenger flights by 2025 if new aviation technologies match a green shift that has made Norwegians the world’s top buyers of electric cars. Transport Minister Ketil Solvik-Olsen…

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Spain’s government to remove Franco’s remains from mausoleum

Spain’s government to remove Franco’s remains from mausoleum

FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past the tomb of dictator Francisco Franco at El Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen), the giant mausoleum holding the remains of Franco, in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, outside Madrid July 12, 2011. REUTERS/Andrea Comas/File Photo June 18, 2018 MADRID (Reuters) – The remains of fascist dictator Francisco Franco could soon be removed from a state-funded mausoleum under a plan by Spain’s new socialist government to transform…

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Swiss crypto firm says gets license to distribute funds

Swiss crypto firm says gets license to distribute funds

FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA is seen outside their headquarters in Bern, Switzerland April 5, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich/File Photo June 18, 2018 By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi ZURICH (Reuters) – Zug-based Crypto Fund AG said on Monday it had received a license from the Swiss authorities to distribute funds (not to operate as an asset manager for crypto funds), saying it was the first time a crypto firm had been…

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Artist Christo floats tomb of barrels in London’s Hyde Park

Artist Christo floats tomb of barrels in London’s Hyde Park

The sun reflects on oil barrels that make up Christo’s work The London Mastaba, on the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London, Britain, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Simon Dawson June 18, 2018 LONDON (Reuters) – A 20-metre (22-yard) high sculpture of an ancient Egyptian tomb, made from 7,506 red, white and mauve barrels, has taken temporary residence amid the aquatic wildlife on a lake in London’s Hyde Park. The floating installation – featuring two vertical sides, two…

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Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulation

Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulation

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen after the court revived Ohio’s contentious policy of purging infrequent voters from its registration rolls, overturning a lower court ruling that Ohio’s policy violated the National Voter Registration Act, in Washington, U.S., June 11, 2018. REUTERS/Erin Schaff June 18, 2018 By Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped major rulings on whether state lawmakers should face curbs on their ability to…

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Merkel: In EU asylum policy, others have interests as well as us

Merkel: In EU asylum policy, others have interests as well as us

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she attends a press conference after the board meeting of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Berlin, Germany, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke June 18, 2018 BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that when it comes to asylum policy in the European Union, it was important to see what other countries wanted rather than just making demands. Merkel said there were two legal acts –…

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CSU leader to reject migrants at German border if no EU deal

CSU leader to reject migrants at German border if no EU deal

German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer attends a press conference after the Christian Social Union (CSU) board meeting in Munich, Germany, June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski June 18, 2018 BERLIN (Reuters) – The chairman of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) said on Monday he was ready to turn away at the German border migrants registered in other European Union states if Chancellor Angela Merkel does not seal an EU migrants deal later this month. “We wish…

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ECB rate hike decision likely around autumn of 2019: Vasiliauskas

ECB rate hike decision likely around autumn of 2019: Vasiliauskas

FILE PHOTO: Lithuania’s central bank governor Vitas Vasiliauskas speaks during the Euro Conference in Vilnius September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo June 18, 2018 VILNIUS (Reuters) – The wording of the European Central Bank’s interest rate guidance suggests a decision on a possible hike around the autumn of 2019, Governing Council member Vitas Vasiliauskas said on Monday. The ECB last week said it expected its key interest rates to stay unchanged at least “through” the…

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