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EU urges Iran to comply with nuclear accord or face action

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, France, Germany and Britain on Monday urged Iran to stick to the 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers or face action which could include the reimposition of sanctions.

Trump: Bolivia events boost democracy, send signal to Venezuela, Nicaragua

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the resignation of Evo Morales as Bolivia's president preserves democracy in that country and sends a signal to "illegitimate regimes" in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

Spain's reinvigorated far right makes its presence felt

The nationalist Vox party has emerged as a political force in Spain, even though the country has long perceived itself as being immune to the populist wave sweeping Europe in recent years

A buyer for British Steel is welcome but what’s Jingye’s strategy? | Nils Pratley

It’s hard to see why the Chinese firm wants to take over a loss-making business in a tough market

Half the woes for steelmakers in Britain derive from dumping into world markets by Chinese producers, or so we have been told for a couple of decades. So it is a strange sort of rescue for British Steel that ownership should pass to a little-known Chinese conglomerate, Jingye, offering a vague promise to invest a large sum.

Any buyer is better than none, of course, since the effects of irreversible closure of the Scunthorpe steelworks would be appalling. Top of the list would be 4,000 jobs, with another 20,000 in the supply chain. Then there would be the huge environmental clean-up costs.

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Morales' exit leaves Bolivia power vacuum, splits region

Looting and roadblocks convulsed Bolivia on Monday after President Evo Morales' resignation ended 14 years of socialist rule and left a power vacuum his opponents scrambled to fill.

Former U.S. top diplomat Rice concerned by shadow diplomacy on Ukraine

Condoleezza Rice, a secretary of state under Republican President George W. Bush, said on Monday reports of an unofficial U.S. policy being carried out in Ukraine were "deeply troubling."

Quebec Reverses Decision on French Citizen’s Immigration Application

Following an international outcry, a French woman has gotten closer to her goal of immigrating to Canada.

Saudi promo video labels feminism, atheism, homosexuality as extremist ideas

A promotional video published by Saudi Arabia's state security agency categorizes feminism, homosexuality and atheism as extremist ideas, even as the conservative Muslim kingdom seeks to promote tolerance and attract foreigners.

Guru Nanak: Historic Sikh celebrations take place in India and Pakistan

The historic opening of a corridor to a shrine has coincided with the 550th birthday of Sikhism's founder.

Russian Professor, Found With Bag of Severed Arms, Admits He Killed Student

Oleg Sokolov, a Russian historian known for impersonating Napoleon, was dogged for years by complaints of abuse. But he had never been held to account for it.

France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches

France, Britain and Germany said on Monday they would consider a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear accord that could lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions.

Spain's Socialists again seek to rule without majority as Ciudadanos collapses

The head of Spain's center-right Ciudadanos party quit on Monday after heavy election losses, potentially making his party more amenable to backing a government led by the Socialists.

Senior police officer denies failing to report child abuse video

Supt Robyn Williams rejects accusation she was trying to protect members of her family

A senior police officer has repeatedly denied in court that she failed to report a child abuse video because she wanted to protect members of her family.

Supt Robyn Williams is accused of failing in her duty after her sister sent the indecent image to her calling for action to be taken against those behind the “disgusting” video.

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The Guardian view on Spain’s election: progressive parties must unite to defeat the far right | Editorial

The xenophobic nationalists of Vox made disturbing progress in Spain’s fourth election in as many years

There was one major beneficiary of Sunday’s inconclusive election in Spain, but it was not Pedro Sánchez, the Socialist prime minister. Mr Sánchez hoped a fourth poll in as many years might finally deliver him the numbers to break a debilitating deadlock in parliament. Instead, the Socialist Workers’ party emerged as the largest party once again, but lost three seats and must enter yet more tortured negotiations with other parties in order to find a way to govern.

The real celebrations of Sunday evening took place at the headquarters of Vox, a far-right nationalist party. Vox increased its share of the vote to 15.1%, won 52 seats and became the third-biggest party in Spain. Its leader, Santiago Abascal, told cheering supporters that the results meant “a patriotic alternative has been consolidated in Spain”, and called for “the restoration of national unity with the application of direct rule in Catalonia”.

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Instagram influencer uses secret account to hit back at her critics

Clemmie Hooper said she had been attacked by other users for posts about being a mother

The often relentless positivity of the world of social media influencers has turned toxic after Clemmie Hooper, the blogger behind the Mother of Daughters Instagram account, which has 660,000 followers, admitted to a secret life online in which she attacked rivals.

Hooper not only criticised other bloggers on the UK gossip forum Tattle.life under the name “Aliceinwanderlust”, but even called her own husband – also a popular influencer – a “class-A twat”.

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Iran sees lifting of U.N. arms embargo in 2020 as 'huge political goal'

President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday Iran would regain access to the international arms market later next year if it stuck to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and this would prove "a huge political success".

Lebanon banks discuss staff strike call, say they will protect employees

Lebanon's banks held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss a strike call by a union worried about staff security, the country's banking association said, pledging to protect employees after physical attacks on them.

Lavrov: Armenia to grant Russia access to biological labs

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says Russia and Armenia have finalized talks on cooperation in biological security

Iran bans sale of Israeli author accused of Darwinism

The Tehran publishers' league in Iran says it has outlawed buying or selling books by the bestselling Israeli author Yuval Noah Harari

Mexico makes arrests in massacre of American women, children - minister

Mexico has made an unspecified number of arrests over last week's massacre of three women and six children of dual U.S-Mexican nationality in the north of the country, Security Minister Alfonso Durazo said on Monday.

Israeli troops kill West Bank Palestinian, U.N. demands probe

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian during confrontations with stone-throwing protesters in the occupied West Bank on Monday, Palestinian health officials said, drawing a U.N. demand for the incident to be investigated.

Father of boy killed by mother says he pleaded for authorities to act

Matthew Spriggs tells inquest he feared for the safety of son Archie, who died aged seven

The father of a seven-year-old boy who was murdered by his mother has told an inquest that he pleaded with social services and police to protect his son but was repeatedly brushed off.

Matthew Spriggs, whose son Archie Spriggs was strangled by his former partner Lesley Speed on the day of a family court custody hearing in September 2017, told Shropshire coroner’s court he could not comprehend her actions

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Neil Young says US citizenship 'delayed over marijuana'

The Canadian singer, who lives in California, says he has been told to prove "moral character".

Egypt lawmaker refutes UN report about ex-president's death

An Egyptian lawmaker says the late President Mohammed Morsi was treated well in prison, days after a UN report attributed Morsi's death to 'brutal' conditions inside the country's jails

Donald Trump Jr walks out of Triggered book launch – video

Donald Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, were forced to cut short a launch event for his book, Triggered: How The Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us, at the University of California, in Los Angeles, because of loud booing from the audience.

The audience was angry that Trump Jr and Guilfoyle would not take questions.

Trump Jr tried to argue that taking questions risked creating soundbites that leftwing social media posters would distort

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Europe should consider renewed sanctions on Iran, Germany suggests

Germany, Britain and France should be ready to consider starting moves to reinstate international sanctions on Iran over breaches of its 2015 nuclear deal, Germany's foreign minister said on Monday.

Bomb attacks kill five, injure dozens in Syria's Qamishli: forces

Three bombs exploded in Qamishli in northeast Syria on Monday, killing five people and wounding 26 in the city, which is largely-controlled by Kurdish fighters, security forces said.

Opposition rejects plan for new Chilean constitution

A plan by Chilean President Sebastián Piñera's to draft a new constitution has been criticized by the opposition and even his own political ranks

Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass: Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said.

U.K. Scholars Back Cambridge Researcher’s Efforts to Avoid Deportation

More than 1,000 academics have signed an open letter in support of Asiya Islam, a research fellow who has lived legally in Britain for a decade.