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Trump sues to block House panel from getting his state tax returns

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday sued to block a U.S. House of Representatives committee from obtaining his New York state tax returns, with his lawyer accusing the Democratic-controlled panel of “presidential harassment.”

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, U.S., July 23, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

In a filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Trump’s lawyers argued that a law passed by New York state earlier this month that would give t

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Embattled Puerto Rico governor may resign soon, media reports

Marco Bello

SAN JUAN (Reuters) – Embattled Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello may resign on Wednesday after 11 days of protests against his administration, local media reported, but some protesters warned his resignation would not end demonstrations.

Rossello had made no announcements as of early Wednesday.

His chief-of-staff resigned on Tuesday as prosecutors investigated a scandal in the administration that has fueled demands the Caribbean island’s leader step down.

Some protesters said the governor’s resignation would not end the demonstrations. If he does step down his replacement would likely be Justice Secretary Wanda Vazquez, seen among protesters as sullied for her association with the governor.

“The first step is he has to quit, but that’s only the beginning,” said protester Marielie Hernández, 31.

Protester Zoe Alva, 32, said: “We need to clean house entirely”.

“I’ll try to keep on fighting, even if I just end up feeling like I’m a crazy person screaming in the street. But that’s how I’ve felt up to now anyway”, said Alva.

Protests outside the governor’s mansion started off comp

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Jeffrey Epstein appeals bail denial in sex trafficking case

Jonathan Stempel

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, has appealed a federal judge’s decision to keep him in a Manhattan jail while he awaits trial.

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019. New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services/Handout via REUTERS

According to a court notice made public on Tuesday, Epstein will ask the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge’s July 18

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Saudi Arabia urges global community to deter maritime trade disruptions

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DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said on Tuesday that Iran’s interception of commercial vessels in Gulf waters, including its seizure of a British tanker, violated international law and must be prevented.

The Saudi remarks came after Britain called on Monday for a European-led naval mission to ensure safe shipping through the

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Trump pushes on with immigration crackdown despite legal hurdles

Bryan Pietsch

WASHINGTON/MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration pushed ahead with its attempts to crack down on migration at the southern border on Monday, defending in court a virtual ban it imposed on asylum seekers and issuing its second sweeping order within a week.

Single-adult male detainees wait along a fence inside a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, U.S. July 12, 2019. REUTERS/Veronica G. Cardenas

A U.S. district judge in Washington heard arguments about whether to temporarily strike down the first new rule, which is designed to bar almost all immigrants from applying for asylum at the country’s southern border.

The Trump administration unveiled the rule a week ago as part of an effort to end what it has called fraudulent asylum claims from an increasing number of migrants, mainly from the impoverished and violence-plagued Cen

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Boris Johnson set to become next UK PM as Conservatives announce new leader

Kylie MacLellan

LONDON (Reuters) – Boris Johnson is expected to be elected leader of Britain’s governing Conservative Party and the country’s next prime minister on Tuesday, tasked with following through on his “do or die” pledge to deliver Brexit in just over three months time.

Boris Johnson, a leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party, leaves his office in London, Britain July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Johnson and his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, have spent the last month crisscrossing the country seeking to win over the less than 200,000 Co

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Thousands expected to demonstrate Monday against Puerto Rico’s governor, hold general strike

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(Reuters) – Thousands of people are expected to fill the streets of San Juan on Monday morning in massive demonstrations to demand that the U.S. territory’s governor resign over offensive chat messages.

Demonstrators protest for the resignation of Puerto Rico’s governor Ricardo Rossello in San Juan, Puerto Rico, July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Gabriella N. Baez

The Washington Post reported late Sunday that organizers expected more than 1 million residents, about a third of the population, to join in the protests.

There is also a call for a general strike from trade unions. Many business owners decided to close shops and offices for the day, media reported.

Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello, 40, on Sunday said he would not seek re-election next year but refused to resign.

Rossello asked for forgivene

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U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Amano dies aged 72

Francois Murphy

VIENNA (Reuters) – U.N. nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano has died, the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday, the day he had been expected to announce he would step down early because of an illness that visibly weakened him over the past year.

FILE PHOTO: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano addresses a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria March 4, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

The 72-year-old Japanese diplomat had held the position of IAEA director general si

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Ukraine president wants to discuss coalition with Voice party

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reacts at his party’s headquarters after a parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Volodymy

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Ukraine president’s party leads in parliament election: exit poll

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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and his wife Olena stand in front of ballot boxes at a polling station during a parliamentary election in Kiev, Ukraine July 21, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko


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