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Mattis in Macedonia to counter
Mattis in Macedonia to counter 'Russian influence' against name change

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in skopje Monday to back a 'yes' vote at this month's referendum on Macedonia's name change and counter what he called "Russian influence" against the move. On September 30, Macedonians vote on whether to change the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, which could open the door to NATO and EU membership. The planned vote follows a landmark deal on the change signed by Athens and Skopje in June in a bid to break a stalemate that has poisoned their relations since 1991 and hobbled Macedonia's integration with the West.

Henry Cavill Baffles Fans Already Upset By Reports He
Henry Cavill Baffles Fans Already Upset By Reports He'll No Longer Be Superman

Will he or won't he?

Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devices
Apple unveils new smartwatch, nears 2 bn devices

Apple unveiled a redesigned smartwatch on Wednesday as the California tech giant said it was nearing its two billionth device for its mobile operating system. "We are about to hit a major milestone, we are about to ship our 2 billionth iOS device," Apple chief executive Tim Cook said as he opened a media event expected to unveil a new lineup of iPhones.

EU executive backs EU lawmakers on rights in Hungary: Timmermans
EU executive backs EU lawmakers on rights in Hungary: Timmermans

The European Commission backed on Tuesday a European Parliament report condemning Hungary for abusing human rights and for the mistreatment of Roma communities, as EU lawmakers debated whether to impose sanctions on Budapest. "Democracy in our member states in our European Union cannot exist without the rule of law and the respect of fundamental rights," the EU executive's First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry
Gaza teen dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during a protest on the Gaza border, the enclave's health ministry said. The Israeli army shot dead another 17-year-old Palestinian, Bilal Khafaja, on Friday and wounded at least 45 others as thousands of demonstrators approached Gaza's border with Israel in multiple locations.

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Syria's Idlib under 'violent' air strikes after Tehran failure

Al Munţār (Syria) (AFP) - Syria's last major rebel bastion Idlib was Saturday targeted by the "most violent" Russian air strikes in a month, a monitor said, after the failure of a three-way summit on the Syrian conflict. The renewed strikes came a day after the leaders of rebel backer Turkey and regime allies Russia and Iran failed at the summit in Tehran to agree on how to stave off a threatened offensive on the northwestern province of Idlib. Aid organisations have warned that any military campaign to retake the region of nearly three million people on the Turkish border could spark one of the worst humanitarian disasters in Syria's seven-year war.

Tweeters Stir Over Donald Trump's Claim He 'Fell Asleep' To Barack Obama's Speech
Tweeters Stir Over Donald Trump's Claim He 'Fell Asleep' To Barack Obama's Speech

People online mocked President Donald Trump after he joked about falling

Donald Trump Stands By His Controversial Response to John McCain's Death
Donald Trump Stands By His Controversial Response to John McCain's Death

President Donald Trump defended his response to the death of Sen. John McCain

Microsoft requires US suppliers to offer parental leave
Microsoft requires US suppliers to offer parental leave

Microsoft said Thursday it will begin requiring US suppliers to offer employees at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave when they have or adopt children. The new policy applies to suppliers with 50 or more employees who do substantial work for the US technology giant, according to Microsoft general counsel Dev Stahlkopf. "We recognize today's announcement comes during an ongoing national dialogue about the importance of paid parental leave," Stahlkopf said in an online post, while noting that only 13 percent of US workers in the private sector have access to paid parental leave.

Karl Rove rips Newsom
Karl Rove rips Newsom's universal health care push

Fox News contributor takes on Lt. Gov. Newsom's idea to grant universal health care to undocumented residents in California.

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