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Russia hacking row: Moscow demands US return seized mansions

Russia is pressing demands that the US give it access to two diplomatic compounds seized in the US last year. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was unacceptable to set preconditions for returning the properties. Foreign Minister…

Brazil’s ex-President Lula convicted of corruption

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been convicted of corruption charges and sentenced to nine and a half years in prison. The judge ruled he could remain free pending an appeal. Read more:…

Donald Trump Jr emails show Russia communication

US President Donald Trump’s son has released an email chain showing he was keen to accept “sensitive” information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian national. Publicist Rob Goldstone tells Donald Trump Jr that there is…

Briton Luke Rutter killed fighting IS in Syria

A 22-year-old British man has been killed fighting against so-called Islamic State in northern Syria, Kurdish fighters have said. Luke Rutter, of Birkenhead, Merseyside, was killed on 6 July in a neighbourhood south of Raqqa, they said.…

G20: Trump and Putin meet face to face for first time

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met for the first time, shaking hands and holding face-to-face talks as the G20 summit in Hamburg began. “It’s an honour to be with you,” said Mr Trump to Mr Putin, who responded:…

Naples building crumbles – eight missing

Rescuers in southern Italy are trying to find eight people missing after an apartment block collapsed in Naples. Italian media say two families were living in the four-storey building that collapsed in Torre Annunziata district. Two…

Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

Dozens of government supporters have burst into Venezuela’s opposition-controlled National Assembly, injuring several lawmakers and journalists. Witnesses said the fracas came after an assembly session to mark the country’s…

Qatar crisis: Restrictions to continue, Saudi Arabia says

Restrictions on Qatar will continue after it rejected the ultimatum made by its Middle East neighbours, Saudi Arabia has said. The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, meeting in Cairo, said they regretted Qatar’s…

Qatar is given a further 48 hours to meet Gulf demands

Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states have extended the deadline for Qatar to accept a list of demands by 48 hours, or face further sanctions. The initial deadline for Qatar to agree to the group’s 13 demands, including the…

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured. Read…

London fire: Prime minister orders full public inquiry

Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a full public inquiry into the fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, killing at least 17 people. That figure is expected to rise, as fire chiefs do not expect to find any more survivors in…