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Levski fire Italian coach Rossi

SOFIA (Reuters) - Levski Sofia have sacked their Italian coach Delio Rossi following an early European exit, the 26-times Bulgarian champions said on Wednesday.<p>The Blues, as Levski are known in the Balkan country, were knocked out by Liechtenstein’s FC Vaduz in the Europa League’s first qualifying …

Soccer

U.S. asks court to detain alleged Russian agent pending trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal court on Wednesday to detain alleged Russian agent Maria Butina pending her trial, saying she poses a serious flight risk, has ties to Russian intelligence and will likely appeal to people in the Russian government to help her …

U.S. Justice Department

Cycling: Thomas takes stage win and yellow jersey on Tour de France

LA ROSIERE, France (Reuters) - Geraint Thomas claimed the stage win and the race leader's yellow jersey on the Tour de France on Wednesday, with an awe-inspiring ride up the final climb of the 108km run from Albertville to La Rosière.<p>Team Sky's Thomas, who won the Criterium du Dauphine last month, …

Tour de France

Greece seeks EU funds, staff to ease migration burden

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece wants EU authorities to provide more funds and support staff to help it cope with thousands of migrants and refugees stuck in island camps, its migration minister said on Wednesday.<p>Greece was a frontline country for refugees fleeing war and poverty in Syria and elsewhere …

Middle East

London Heathrow airport says operations resuming after fire alarm

LONDON (Reuters) - London’s Heathrow Airport said its operations were starting to resume after a fire alarm briefly affected the running of the airfield, including the control tower, on Wednesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: A general view Heathrow Airport near London, Britain October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan …

Heathrow

Houthis attack ARAMCO refinery in Riyadh using drone: Houthi-run TV station

DUBAI (Reuters) - The Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen said on Wednesday that one of its drones had attacked the Saudi state oil company ARAMCO's refinery in Riyadh, according to Houthi-run al-Masira TV, based in Yemen.<p>"Our drone air forces have targeted the refinery of ARAMCO company in …

Middle East

Turkey's emergency rule expires as Erdogan's powers expand

ANKARA (Reuters) - A two-year state of emergency imposed after Turkey's failed 2016 coup will end on Thursday but Tayyip Erdogan's opponents say his new executive presidency and a draft anti-terrorism law leave him with sweeping powers to stifle dissent.<p>Since emergency rule was declared, more than …

South Asia

London's Heathrow investigating airfield fire alarm

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Heathrow Airport is investigating a fire alarm activation on the airfield and emergency services are responding, an airport spokeswoman said on Wednesday.<p>"We are investigating what it means for flights landing and departing," she added.

Emergency Medicine

Sarri wants to keep Hazard at Chelsea and improve him

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri wants to keep Belgian forward Eden Hazard at the Premier League club and improve him as a player.<p>FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Final - Chelsea vs Manchester United - Wembley Stadium, London, Britain - May 19, 2018 Chelsea's Eden Hazard applauds …

Soccer

British M&A regulator to review level of possible Disney offer for Sky

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's takeover regulator said on Wednesday that it would review its ruling that Walt Disney (DIS.N) might have to acquire UK broadcaster Sky (SKYB.L) for at least 14 pounds a share.<p>The Takeover Panel said its hearings committee would meet on July 27 to examine the regulator's …

Walt Disney Company

UK PM May says government will publish new environment legislation

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday her government would bring forward a new piece of environment legislation, building on a previously published 25-year plan to improve the environment for future generations.

Downing Street

Ryanair to cancel up to 600 flights next week in biggest strike

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ryanair said on Wednesday it would cancel more than 12 percent of its flights on July 25 and 26 due to a cabin crew strike, as its industrial relations crisis escalates.<p>The Irish airline said in a statement it expected disruption to the travel plans of almost 50,000 customers …

Aviation

During the 'war on drugs' he was a Reagan lawyer; now he owns a marijuana farm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Edward Weidenfeld is a successful Washington lawyer with ties to the political elite. He has worked as a senior adviser to six U.S. Presidents, including serving as general counsel to Republican Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign.<p>The 75-year-old is also part owner of …

Cannabis

Exclusive: U.S. offers India armed version of Guardian drone - sources

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) - The United States has offered India the armed version of Guardian drones that were originally authorized for sale as unarmed for surveillance purposes, a senior U.S. official and an industry source told Reuters.<p>If the deal comes to fruition, it would be the first …

Unmanned Aircraft

Chemical weapons agency says has collected samples from Amesbury for identification

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The world's chemical weapons watchdog said on Wednesday it has collected samples to identify the substance believed to have caused the July 8 death of a British woman in Amesbury, England, and sickened her partner.<p>The British government had asked the Hague-based Organization …

Amesbury

Leaving on a jetsuit? London store offers chance to hover like 'Iron Man'

LONDON (Reuters) - Ever fancied a dab at being "Iron Man"? Now you can. A jet suit created by a British former commodities trader has gone on sale in a London department store with a cool price tag of 340,000 pounds ($443,428).<p>Made up of five miniature jet engines mounted on the pilot's arms and …

Iron Man

'It's not too late to save Brexit,' Johnson tells parliament

LONDON (Reuters) - The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson accused Prime Minister Theresa May of betraying millions of Brexit voters and urged the government to rethink its strategy, adding that the country would never again have the chance to get it right.<p>Johnson, who led the main Brexit …

Great Britain

West African anti-jihadist force replaces commander after HQ attack

DAKAR (Reuters) - A West African military force tasked with countering Islamist militants has replaced its commander after a deadly attack on its headquarters last month, a spokesman for the G5 Sahel force said on Wednesday.<p>FILE PHOTO: People enter the G5 Sahel force's new military headquarters in …

Africa

Sarri just wants to have fun at Chelsea

LONDON (Reuters) - New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants to establish a fun atmosphere at the Premier League club in order to achieve his objectives.<p>Soccer Football - Premier League - Chelsea present new manager Maurizio Sarri - Stamford Bridge, London, Britain - July 18, 2018 New Chelsea …

Soccer

Romania must give residency rights to same-sex spouses, court rules

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania must give residency rights to the same-sex spouses of European Union citizens, the socially conservative country's top court ruled on Wednesday.<p>The Constitutional Court's landmark ruling comes after a six-year legal battle of Romanian citizen Adrian Coman whose …

LGBTQI

Venezuelan engineers turn plastic trash into car parts amid crisis

CARACAS (Reuters) - Two young engineers have found an opportunity amid a collapsing economy in Venezuela - inside a garbage dump full of broken electronic hardware.<p>They are melting the plastic waste down and feeding it through 3D printers to make intricate pieces such as car parts. These have …

Engineering

Canada PM shuffles cabinet, seeks to reduce reliance on U.S.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shuffled his cabinet on Wednesday ahead of a challenging 2019 election, stressing the need to diversify trade away from the United States while leaving key ministers in place.<p>Polls show the ruling Liberals are facing an increasing threat …

Canada

White House's Kudlow blames China's Xi for blocking U.S. trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser said on Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was holding up a deal to resolve a significant trade dispute between the United States and China.<p>Larry Kudlow, head of the White House Economic Council, also said he expects …

Donald Trump

Britons jailed for membership of banned neo-Nazi group

LONDON (Reuters) - Two Britons were jailed on Wednesday after being convicted of belonging to a banned white supremacist group following a trial in which another defendant had earlier pleaded guilty to plotting to kill an elected Member of Parliament (MP).<p>Christopher Lythgoe, 32, and Matthew …

Counterterrorism

Slovakia extradites asylum seeker to Russia despite protests by rights watchdogs

BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovak authorities have extradited an asylum seeker from the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia to Russia, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday, despite protests by rights watchdogs and a UN Human Rights Committee ruling.<p>Aslan Yandiev had been held in custody in Slovakia …

Human Rights

Russia says Greece's expulsion of its diplomats to have consequences: RIA

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Foreign Ministry said Greece's expulsion of two Russian diplomats would have consequences, the RIA news agency reported on Wednesday.<p>Athens said last week it had expelled two Russian diplomats for trying to bribe officials and foment demonstrations to thwart a deal to …

Russia

White House's Kudlow blames China's Xi for blocking U.S. trade deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said on Wednesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping was “holding up” a deal to resolve a “significant trade dispute” between the United States and China.<p>Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow takes questions …

Donald Trump

Bosnia police make big 'skunk' cannabis haul, arrest one

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - Bosnian police have seized 665 kg (1,466 pounds) of a potent form of cannabis known as skunk hidden inside a truck, and arrested one person in one of the biggest drug hauls in the Balkan country, the prosecutor's office said on Wednesday.<p>The stash was discovered during a search …

Cannabis

Nigerian police say eight Boko Haram suspects confess to Chibok abduction

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Eight suspected members of Islamist militant group Boko Haram have confessed to involvement in the 2014 abduction of some 270 girls from the town of Chibok, the Nigeria Police Force said on Wednesday.<p>The mass abduction of girls from their school caused global outrage …

Africa

'Brexit continues to mean Brexit': May presses on with her plan

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday her government had begun negotiations with the European Union based on her hard-won Brexit plan, pressing on with a proposal criticized by both wings of her Conservative Party.<p>After narrowly escaping defeat in parliament over …

Great Britain