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UK counter-terrorism chief says two people in Wiltshire poisoned with Novichok nerve agent
AMESBURY, England (Reuters) - Britains counter-terrorism chief said on Wednesday that two people who are critically ill in hospital in Wiltshire were exposed to the Novichok nerve agent, the same toxin that was used in an attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
Iran threatens to cut cooperation with nuclear body after Trump move
LONDON (Reuters) - Iran could reduce its co-operation with the U.N. nuclear watchdog, President Hassan Rouhani told the bodys head on Wednesday, after he warned U.S. President Donald Trump of consequences of fresh sanctions against Iranian oil sales.
On July 4th, Americans celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of hot dogs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans celebrated their nations 242nd anniversary of independence on Wednesday, with concerts, parades and a voracious display of hot dog-eating prowess in New York, as many cities and towns prepared for traditional fireworks displays after sundown.
Woman climbs base of Statue of Liberty, forcing evacuation
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A woman climbed the base of Statue of Liberty on Wednesday, forcing an evacuation of the island in New York Harbor where the monument stands hours before an Independence Day fireworks display over lower Manhattan was scheduled to begin, according to media reports.
China says will not fire first shot in trade war with U.S.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China will absolutely not fire the first shot in a trade war with the United States and will not be the first to levy tariffs, its finance ministry said on Wednesday.
WPP warns Sorrell he could lose payout over M&A clash: source
LONDON (Reuters) - Martin Sorrell is at risk of losing his multi-million pound exit package from WPP (WPP.L) after his new advertising venture sought to buy a business that his former employer is also pursuing, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.
Chanel recreates stroll down the Seine in catwalk ode to Paris
PARIS (Reuters) - Models strutted past Parisian landmarks, including the green book stalls that line the river Seine, at Chanels fashion show on Tuesday, as the luxury label mocked up an entire cityscape to present its latest Haute Couture collection.
Content-hungry bidders circle 'Big Brother' maker Endemol
FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Several bidders, including Liberty Global, are preparing offers for TV production company Endemol Shine, maker of classic reality show Big Brother and the dystopian Black Mirror dramas, before an initial deadline next week.
Serena powers past qualifier into third round
LONDON (Reuters) - Seven-times champion Serena Williams moved up a gear at Wimbledon to beat Bulgarian qualifier Viktoriya Tomova 6-1 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the third round.
Steely Uruguay ready for Mbappe-fired France NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (Reuters) - Fleet-footed France will have to find a way past the tournaments joint-meanest defenders Uruguay in the first of two inter-continental World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.
POLITICS / INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
BRITAIN-EU/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives British Prime Minister Theresa May
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Prime Minister Theresa May in Berlin for talks that are likely to address slow progress in talks on Britain's exit from the EU.
NORTHKOREA-USA/POMPEO (PIX) (TV)
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs for North Korea
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs for talks in North Korea.
USA-TRUMP/BRITAIN-SUPPORTERS (PIX) (TV)
Young Republicans speak in support of U.S. President Trump's visit to the UK
Young Republicans speak in support of Trump's British visit at Independence Day celebrations.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GERMANY (PIX) (TV)
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer meets Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in Vienna
German Interior Minister and CSU head Horst Seehofer discuss tighter national border controls with Austria to save a deal with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives to stem migration.
Slovenian, Austrian and Croatian presidents discuss migrants, EU issues
Slovenian President Borut Pahor meets Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen and Croatian President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic to discuss migrations and EU issues.
EUROPE-MIGRANTS/GERMANY-HUNGARY (PIX) (TV)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives Hungary`s Viktor Orban
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds meetings with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who has positioned himself as her principle adversary in Europe's row over migration policy.
From Mugabe to Xi, how Trump joins list of leaders UK queen has met amid protests
When Donald Trump meets Queen Elizabeth, he will be the 12th U.S. President that the monarch has met during her 66 years on the throne, the longest in British history.
USA-TRUMP/BRITAIN (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
Preview of U.S. President Trump's visit to the UK
Preview of U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to the UK.
Afghan capital rebuilds from ashes of war, but what next?
The aging Ariana Afghan Airlines Boeing 727 took off from Islamabad with about 10 passengers, myself included, huddled near the exits, bound for war-torn Kabul months after the 2001 fall of the Taliban. The Afghan capital had been consigned to rubble by rocket-propelled grenades and artillery fire, first in fighting between mujahedeen warriors and the Soviets after their invasion in 1979, and then between different mujahedeen factions. Fast forward 16 years.
FRANCE-REFORMS/EDUCATION (PIX) (TV)
"No kid left behind": Macron tries to fix French education system
President Emmanuel Macron has launched reforms to reduce inequality in education and prepare students better for the job market. Education is the latest battleground in a campaign by Macron to remake France from its core and make the economy more competitive globally.
USA-TRUMP/BRITAIN-RELATIONS (PIX) (GRAPHIC)
Blood and treasure or fantasy: What is the UK-US 'special relationship'?
The United Kingdom's so-called 'special relationship' with the United States was one of the most enduring alliances of the 20th Century, though Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump have raised questions about its future.
Britain's National Health Service turns 70
A timeline looking at key milestones in the history of Britain's free National Health Service as it turns 70.
DISASTERS / ACCIDENTS
Final report on Norway 2016 helicopter crash that killed 13
The Accident Investigation Board of Norway will release its final report on the 2016 Airbus Super Puma crash that killed 13 people.
THAILAND-ACCIDENT/CAVE (PIX) (TV) (GRAPHIC)
Thai rescuers work on plans to extract trapped schoolboys
Rescuers race against time to work out a plan to extract 12 schoolboys and their coach found trapped for 13 days in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
BUSINESS / ECONOMICS
Greek PM Tsipras to brief parliament over debt relief deal
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to brief parliament on a debt relief the country reached with its European lenders in June.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization releases monthly food price index
United Nations food agency (FAO) releases food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar. FAO also releases its cereal supply and demand brief, including production forecasts.
Kenya parliament to receive report into sugar imports that the health ministry has said is unfit for human consumption
Some 60 percent of sugar of contraband sugar that the Kenyan government has impounded in recent weeks has been found to be unfit for human consumption, a senior health ministry official said.
LGBTQ millennials face a more open society but a persistent wage gap
When Evan Kail graduated high school, he never thought he would be open about being bisexual. But with rapid shifts toward societal acceptance, Kail has a different viewpoint.
As inflation soars, Facebook helps to drive trading in Argentina's barter clubs
Low-income Argentines organize bartering markets to avoid a formal economy blighted by high inflation and stagnant growth.
SCIENCE / TECHNOLOGY
EU lawmakers vote on online copyright reform
European Union lawmakers are set to vote in a plenary sitting on a reform of copyright rules that would force online platforms to share revenues with publishers and bear liability for copyright infringement on the internet.