Final preparations as Venice Film Festival set for grand opening

Global superstars Lady Gaga, Ryan Gosling and Vanessa Redgrave descend on Venice this week as the annual film festival kicks off Wednesday to controversy over the inclusion of Netflix productions and there being just one female director in competition.

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    U.S. intelligence chief creates election security position

    Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, who has drawn criticism from President Donald Trump for assessments that countered his policies, said on Friday he was creating a new position to focus solely on U.S. election security. "Election security is an enduring challenge and a top priority for

  • Kosovo PM resigns after being called to war crimes court
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    Kosovo PM resigns after being called to war crimes court

    Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, a wartime commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), said Friday he has resigned after being called as a suspect before a war crimes court in The Hague. "I received a summons from the special court as a suspect and was offered to go as the prime minister

  • Dutch court cuts state's liability for Srebrenica deaths
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    Dutch court cuts state's liability for Srebrenica deaths

    The Dutch Supreme Court on Friday slashed the state's liability for 350 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, saying peacekeepers had only a "slim" chance of preventing their deaths. The 350 men were among 5,000 terrified residents who had sought safety in the Dutch peacekeepers'

  • 'Hell' of Japan fire that killed dozens at anime company
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    'Hell' of Japan fire that killed dozens at anime company

    Details emerged Friday of the horrifying blaze that ripped through a Japanese anime firm, killing dozens including people who tried in vain to reach the roof, but the motive for the suspected arson remained unclear. Experts and firefighters said the blaze would have raged uncontrollably throughout the

  • Teen Had a Shard of Glass Stuck in His Face for a Month Without Knowing It
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    Teen Had a Shard of Glass Stuck in His Face for a Month Without Knowing It

    A teenage boy in Spain had a knife-like shard of glass stuck in his face for a month without realizing it, after he fainted and fell into a window, according to a new report of the case.The 14-year-old boy went to the emergency room after experiencing pain while chewing and trouble opening his jaw for

  • French forests scarred as heatwaves bring bark beetle infestation
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    French forests scarred as heatwaves bring bark beetle infestation

    Timber industry organisation Fibois Grand Est estimates that three to four million cubic metres of French public forests will be infected this year, equivalent to half the annual supply of spruce wood. In 2018, 1.2 million cubic meters were infected, costing the industry nearly 80 million euros. Eike

  • Spain's Podemos accepts key condition for coalition deal with Socialists
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    Spain's Podemos accepts key condition for coalition deal with Socialists

    The leader of Spain's far-left Podemos party said on Friday he was willing to give up having a post in a coalition government, potentially opening a way out of stalled power-sharing talks with acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's Socialists. Sanchez, who won the most seats but fell short of

  • EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension - The Guardian
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    EU plans to offer Boris Johnson no-deal Brexit extension - The Guardian

    "It will be described as a technical delay to save Boris from political embarrassment but then we will have time to find an agreement," a senior EU diplomat told the newspaper http://bit.ly/2xWScq9. Johnson could maintain the stance of being on course to leave EU without an agreement while

  • Trump insists US downed Iranian drone, Tehran denies
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    Trump insists US downed Iranian drone, Tehran denies

    President Donald Trump insisted on Friday that the military had downed an Iranian drone that was threatening a US naval vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, despite denials from Tehran. Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, also warned Iran against doing anything "foolish,"

  • Pompeo says Iran needs to 'come to the table' for talks as tensions rise
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    Pompeo says Iran needs to 'come to the table' for talks as tensions rise

    U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that the United States needed Iran to "come to the table" for negotiations, amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran in the Gulf that have impacted global oil markets. Pompeo, speaking at a counter-terrorism summit in Buenos Aires

  • Four U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract
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    Four U.S. lawmakers ask Trump to move forward with $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract

    Four members of U.S. Congress, including House Armed Services Committee ranking member Mac Thornberry, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday urging him to move forward with a $10 billion cloud contract with the Department of Defense. The letter comes after Trump said his administration

  • Spain's Sanchez moves closer to securing parliament support for second term
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    Spain's Sanchez moves closer to securing parliament support for second term

    Spain's Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez's chances of winning a confidence vote in parliament next week to stay on as prime minister received a boost Friday after the head of far-left party Podemos agreed not to take a government post. Parliament will vote next week on whether to confirm Sanchez

  • Bolsonaro accuses state agency of lying on Brazil deforestation
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    Bolsonaro accuses state agency of lying on Brazil deforestation

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday accused the state body responsible for tracking deforestation levels of disclosing false data, after preliminary numbers showed a dramatic rise in July. "I am convinced that the data is a lie, and we will ask the president (of the organization) to come

  • US puts Venezuelan intel officials on sanctions blacklist
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    US puts Venezuelan intel officials on sanctions blacklist

    The US Treasury placed four senior Venezuelan military intelligence officials on its sanctions blacklist Friday, tying them to the death in custody of a navy captain who was allegedly tortured.

  • Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'
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    Bolsonaro says claims of hunger in Brazil 'a big lie'

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Friday there was no hunger in the country, citing the lack of "poor people in the street with a skeletal physique" as evidence. Speaking to foreign journalists, Bolsonaro blamed "populists" for propagating "a big lie" that some of

  • Ex-Trump aide Hicks denies involvement in hush money talks: lawyer
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    Ex-Trump aide Hicks denies involvement in hush money talks: lawyer

    Hicks, formerly one of Trump's closest aides, told lawmakers that she was never present for discussions between Trump and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen about a payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.

  • Athens settles for uneasy night after 5.1-magnitude quake
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    Athens settles for uneasy night after 5.1-magnitude quake

    Athenians settled for an uneasy night Friday after a strong 5.1-magnitude earthquake temporarily knocked out phone connections, damaged buildings and caused power outages. Noting that many people were likely afraid to sleep indoors, citizen's protection minister Michalis Chrysohoidis said additional

  • South Africa's Ramaphosa dealt twin blows in anti-graft fight
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    South Africa's Ramaphosa dealt twin blows in anti-graft fight

    South African President Cyril Ramaphosa suffered two major setbacks on Friday, when he was accused of misleading parliament and his predecessor Jacob Zuma won significant concessions from a corruption inquiry. Ramaphosa has staked his reputation on cleaning up South African politics since he replaced

  • Trump says Boris Johnson would do 'great job' as Britain's prime minister
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    Trump says Boris Johnson would do 'great job' as Britain's prime minister

    U.S. President Trump said on Friday he was looking forward to working with Boris Johnson, the front-runner to be Britain's next prime minister, and believes Johnson will work out Brexit. "It's a disaster, and it shouldn't be that way.

  • 'No doubt about it,' Trump says as Iran challenges his report of drone downing
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    'No doubt about it,' Trump says as Iran challenges his report of drone downing

    DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said there was "no doubt" the U.S. Navy had brought down an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz this week while Tehran showed video footage that it said disproved the incident even happened. Trump and his national security adviser, John

  • Malaysian PM Mahathir calls for party unity as sex tape scandal deepens rifts
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    Malaysian PM Mahathir calls for party unity as sex tape scandal deepens rifts

    Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on Friday for unity in his ruling coalition, saying his administration could risk losing power due to infighting, as a sex scandal involving a senior minister worsened divisions in the alliance. Tensions within the coalition have risen after sex videos

  • Trump says will not use U.S. debt ceiling to negotiate spending deal with Congress
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    Trump says will not use U.S. debt ceiling to negotiate spending deal with Congress

    President Donald Trump said on Friday he could not imagine using the United States' debt ceiling as a tool to negotiate a spending deal with lawmakers in Congress, saying the government's credit rating was sacred. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she hopes for a vote on the debt limit before

  • Trump attacks US Fed, demands rate cut
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    Trump attacks US Fed, demands rate cut

    President Donald Trump attacked the independent US Federal Reserve on Friday, demanding the central bank reverse course and cut interest rates -- something it is widely expected to do this month. In another Twitter outburst, Trump called on the Fed to "Correct!" its overreach. "We are

  • Trump welcomes Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin, Collins to White House
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    Trump welcomes Apollo 11 astronauts Aldrin, Collins to White House

    US President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House on Friday, on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing. "Tomorrow is a very big day... 50 years from the time we planted a beautiful American flag on the moon,

  • Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist
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    Ramush Haradinaj, Kosovo's 'Rambo' ex-PM and Serbian antagonist

    Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned as Kosovo's prime minister on Friday, is hailed as a hero at home -- where he is nicknamed "Rambo" -- but considered a war criminal by Belgrade, which has long sought to see him behind bars. The controversial 51-year-old, who was a wartime commander of the