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Ireland looks set to elect gay premier in social, generational shift

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is on the verge of a huge generational change in its political life with the likely election of Leo Varadkar as its next premier -- a move that would give the once-staunchly Catholic country its first openly gay leader and its first of Asian immigrant descent.

China says detained Taiwan activist confesses to harming state security

BEIJING (Reuters) - The Chinese government said on Friday that a Taiwan rights activist has been arrested on suspicion of subversion and has confessed to harming state security, in a case which has strained ties between China and self-ruled Taiwan.

Swiss return funds from Ben Ali relative to Tunisia

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland returned around 3.5 million euros ($3.91 million) held by a close relative of former Tunisian president Ben Ali to Tunisian authorities as part of the country's stolen assets recovery process, Swiss authorities said on Friday.

U.S., Japanese leaders agree to enhance sanctions against North Korea: White House

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Friday to expand sanctions against North Korea for its continued development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, the White House said in a statement.

Estonia expels two Russian diplomats, Moscow says 'unfriendly' act

TALLINN (Reuters) - The Estonian foreign ministry said on Friday it had expelled two Russian diplomats and a local news portal reported they were posted at Moscow's consulate in the northeastern town of Narva on the Estonian-Russian border.

Kremlin: Putin, Macron meeting a chance to get acquainted

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A meeting next week near Paris between French President Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin is an opportunity for both leaders to get a better feel for each other, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said on Friday.

Three top Islamic State militants killed in Iraq, Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three senior Islamic State military leaders and planners were killed in coalition attacks in Iraq and Syria over the past two months, the coalition fighting the militants said in a statement released by the Pentagon on Friday.

Student jailed for leaving homemade bomb on train near London's Canary Wharf

LONDON (Reuters) - A British student, who left a homemade bomb packed with ball bearings and shrapnel on a London underground train on its way to the Canary Wharf financial district last October, was jailed for 15 years on Friday.

Migrants who clung to boat rescued off Libya, seven bodies found: officials

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Nearly 80 migrants were rescued off Libya's coast after clinging to their sinking boat for two days, though the bodies of seven people who did not survive were also recovered, officials said.

American service member dies in northern Syria: Pentagon

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. service member died after being hurt when a vehicle rolled over in northern Syria, the U.S. military said on Friday.

Russia, China urge caution in countering North Korea's nuclear program

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and China agree that the development of North Korea's nuclear program should not be used as an excuse for deploying elements of a U.S. global anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday.

U.S. delivers ship to Vietnam coast guard

HANOI (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard transferred a high-endurance cutter to its Vietnamese counterpart in Honolulu, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi said on Friday, in the latest effort to deepen ties with its former foe.

China exonerates police in loan-shark killing case

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese prosecutor said on Friday police were not criminally negligent after they failed to intervene in a loan-shark dispute that lead to a creditor being stabbed to death, a case that sparked public anger over police incompetence.

Australia's Aborigines seek treaties in drive for more than symbolic change

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Aboriginal leaders agreed on Friday to seek treaties with national and state governments as preferable to symbolic acknowledgement of the indigenous minority in Australia's constitution.

EU says Trump agrees that Brexit 'an incident, not a threat'

TAORMINA, Italy (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he was "positively surprised" by Donald Trump's support for the EU as it manages Britain's departure, adding the U.S. president had agreed Brexit was just "an incident and not a threat".

Brazilian police make arrests in 'Car Wash' probe

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil's federal police were making new arrests and executing search and seizure warrants on Friday in the latest round of the so-called "Car Wash" operation, the country's largest-ever corruption investigation.

Exclusive: Somali police get first drones to combat Islamist bombings

MOGADISHU/NAIROBI (Reuters) - A former U.S. intelligence specialist has donated surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

U.N. Cyprus envoy says ending Cyprus shuttle diplomacy bid for new peace conference

ATHENS (Reuters) - The United Nations envoy for divided Cyprus said on Friday he was ending a shuttle diplomacy bid to continue peace talks in Geneva, saying rival sides failed to agree on conditions.

Major UK parties restart election push, under shadow of security threat

LONDON (Reuters) - Campaigning for Britain's national election next month resumed in earnest on Friday, with the country still on high alert for further attacks, days after a suicide bombing killed 22 people in Manchester.

South Korea to pull back on use of water cannons, buses at protests

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean police aim to cut back on the use of water cannons and buses to rein in protesters, an official said on Friday, a move that could eliminate sometimes harsh crowd control tactics that have led to at least one deadly incident in recent years.

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