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British foreign Secy quits in protest over May’s Brexit plan

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson quit on Monday over Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to leave the European Union, the second resignation in a day, leaving the British leader’s Brexit plans in crisis. After a day when the eurosceptic foreign secretary cancelled meetings for crisis talks at his official residence in central London, Johnson decided to walk from his job - just hours after May’s Brexit minister David Davis did the same.

D-Day: Four Thai boys saved from cave; rescue operation under way

Four of 12 Thai schoolboys were rescued from a flooded cave on Sunday as divers launched a daring and dangerous mission to free the children and their soccer coach who have been trapped underground for more than two weeks, officials said.

Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand’s elite navy SEAL unit guided the boys to safety through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

May’s new Brexit plan rejected by key minister

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is fighting to win Cabinet backing for her Brexit plan as a compromise proposal that aimed to unite warring ministers was rejected by her chief negotiator.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has written to May to tell her that her new idea for how customs should operate after the divorce is unworkable, according to a person familiar with the situation, confirming an earlier report in the Telegraph.

Najib Pleads Not Guilty to Corruption Charges

Malaysia’s former leader Najib Razak has pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption and criminal breach of trust in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.

Appearing in the High Court on Wednesday, Najib was granted bail of 1 million ringgit ($247,000) and ordered to surrender his passports. He faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, and one charge under the anti-corruption act. If found guilty, he could be jailed for up to 20 years and fined. The ex-prime minister is seeking a trial for all charges.

Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal campaigns to be Pakistan PM

His mother was assassinated on the campaign trail and his grandfather was executed by a military dictator, but that has not prevented Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from seeking the job they both held: prime minister of Pakistan.

Oxford-educated and single, 29-year-old Bhutto Zardari is campaigning himself for the first time, traversing the sprawling plains of his native Sindh province to try to revive the fortunes of his struggling, left-of-centre Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ahead of a July 25 general election.

Merkel fate hangs in balance

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition risked breaking apart Monday, as her hardline conservative Bavarian allies pushed a showdown over migrant policy after she was unmoved by her interior minister's threat to resign.

Horst Seehofer insisted on his plan to turn away asylum seekers at the border with Austria registered in other European countries, as he rejected EU deals reached last week by Merkel as inadequate.

Iran vows to foil US bid to block oil exports

Iran vowed Sunday to defeat US efforts to block its oil exports and warned rival producer Saudi Arabia it would never take Tehran’s “place” on the international oil market.

“We will surely do something to thwart the US rallying cry that Iranian oil (exports) must be stemmed,” First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said in statements broadcast on state television. “The (Iranian) government has a plan... And God willing we are certain that we will be able to sell as much oil as we want,” he said.

Deal struck for Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki on July 16

Moscow and Washington struck a deal on Wednesday to hold a summit on July 16 between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump in Helsinki, a move likely to worry some US allies and draw a fiery reaction from some of Trump’s critics at home.

Trump’s meeting with Putin in Finland next month comes after what will likely be a tense gathering with NATO allies and follows Trump’s repeated calls to improve relations with Russia.

Supreme Court upholds Trump’s travel ban, rejects Muslim bias claim

A sharply divided Supreme Court upheld President Donald Trump's ban on travel from several mostly Muslim countries Tuesday, the conservative majority taking his side in a major ruling supporting his presidential power. A dissenting liberal justice said the court was making a historic mistake by refusing to recognize the ban discriminates against Muslims.

Business as usual on German border as EU seeks migrants deal

Near the quiet Bavarian village of Kiefersfelden, cars and trucks can be seen waiting in long lines to cross the border between Austria and Germany.

Under the Alps, police conduct random searches of vehicles before waving them on. These days, there are few stowaways.

It’s a far cry from three years ago. At the height of the civil war in Syria, Chancellor Angela Merkel threw Germany’s doors wide open and thousands of migrants and asylum seekers entered the country each day through the rich state of Bavaria.

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