Austrian government in turmoil over video scandal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chancellor Kurz formed a coalition with the far-right party in October 2017 Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is battling to shore up his coalition government after a video scandal forced the resignation of his far-right deputy Heinz-Christian Strache. Attention is now focused on Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, a member of Mr […]

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U.S. to encourage investment in Palestinian areas as first part of peace plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House will unveil the first part of President Donald Trump’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan when it holds an international conference in Bahrain in late June to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, senior U.S. officials said on Sunday. The “economic workshop” will bring together government officials and […]

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Jailed Catalan separatist MPs pick up credentials amid tight security

MADRID (Reuters) – Five jailed Catalan separatists elected to parliament last month picked up their credentials as lawmakers on Monday amid high security after being granted temporary release from custody. Jailed Catalan politicians Josep Rull, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull leave after getting their parliamentary credentials at Spanish Parliament, in Madrid, Spain, May 20, 2019. […]

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Tech billionaire pledges to pay off Morehouse College grad students’ debt — up to $40M

A billionaire technology investor stunned the graduating class at Morehouse College in Atlanta by announcing at their commencement Sunday that he would pay off their student loans — estimated at up to $40 million US. Robert F. Smith, this year’s commencement speaker, addressed nearly 400 graduating seniors of the all-male historically black college in Atlanta. […]

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Paraguayan indigenous community goes digital to protect ancestral lands

ISLA JOVAI TEJU, Paraguay (Reuters) – Rumilda Fernández’s indigenous community has long tended its ancestral lands in Paraguay, marking boundaries with an ancient system of names for trees and streams. Now, squeezed by deforestation and farming, the community is going digital to defend itself. Fernández, 28, is one of the group’s first technology-equipped forest monitors, […]

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