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France’s 40C heatwave ‘potentially dangerous’, forecasters warn

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France is taking extra precautions ahead of a “potentially dangerous” heatwave that is set to hit much of Europe this week. National weather agency Meteo-France has placed 53 counties on an orange warning – the second-highest alert – as temperatures are expected to reach up to 40C (104F) in some areas. Exams have been postponed Read More

Sanctions on Russia can be lifted ‘at any time’ – French PM

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Even as both the EU and Russia renewed sanctions against each other, the French prime minister argued the measures are not permanent and could be removed swiftly, in a possible signal to Washington. “We know that sanctions are not a permanent regime, but a state that can be canceled at any time,” PM Eduard Philippe Read More

Down the yellow brick road: China buying gold & dumping dollar assets as trade war with US escalates

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Gold prices rallied to six-year highs last week and continued posting gains on Monday at $1,403 per ounce. China boosting its gold stockpile, to shift away from the US dollar, has added to the precious metal’s resurgence. The People’s Bank of China has purchased more than 70 tons of gold since December, according to the Read More

Iran ‘executes ex-defence employee accused of spying for US’

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By Tania Snuggs, news reporter Iran has reportedly executed one of its former ministry of defence employees suspected of spying for the US. Jalal Hajizavar was a contract employee for the aerospace organisation, according to reports on Saturday. He left his post nine years ago and was convicted by a military court after an investigation Read More

Iran will add to its ‘collection of downed drones’ if US border violations continue – IRGC commander

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Shooting down a US drone was a ‘natural response’ by Iran when its airspace was violated, a high-ranking Revolutionary Guard commander said, adding that any further aggressive acts by the Americans would be tackled the same way. “We possess a collection of US drones, which is proof that the US has violated Iran’s airspace, and Read More

Armada of barges cleared for Mississippi River shipments after floods

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – The upper Mississippi River reopened to barge traffic on Friday as vessels were cleared to ship through St. Louis harbor, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) said, and the situation quickly became a logistics nightmare as dozens of towboats and hundreds of delayed barges tried to maneuver upriver. FILE PHOTO: The Peoria Lock Read More