Italy’s president calls in former IMF official amid political turmoil

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s president is expected to ask a former International Monetary Fund official on Monday to head a stopgap government amidst political and constitutional turmoil, with early elections looking inevitable. Italian President Sergio Mattarella speaks to media after a meeting with Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi President Sergio Mattarella has called in Carlo Cottarelli after two anti-establishment parties angrily abandoned their plans to form a coalition in the face of a veto from the head of…

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Labour pressures Theresa May over Northern Ireland abortion law

Theresa May has come under renewed pressure to back fresh legislation on strict abortion laws in Northern Ireland. In the wake of the overwhelming referendum result in the Republic of Ireland, the prime minister has faced calls from both sides of the House of Commons to resolve the “anomalous” situation further north. With no devolved administration in Stormont, the government could act to rewrite existing laws on the issue and Labour has moved to push Mrs May to enable just that. :: Analysis: UK abortion laws aren’t as simple as…

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Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto churns toward Florida

(Reuters) – Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters saying it could bring “life-threatening inundation” to southern coastal states. The storm was about 120 miles (190 kms) south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of Mexico coast as of 4 p.m. EDT (2000 GMT) and was expected to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle on Monday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Alberto, the first named Atlantic storm of 2018 which spun up days before…

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More than a dozen killed by outbreak of rare nipah virus in India

At least 13 people have died in India after an outbreak of a rare disease that health officials warn could cause a global epidemic. Emergency measures have been imposed across the southwestern state of Kerala following the emergence of the nipah virus, which causes flu-like symptoms leading to an agonising brain-swelling condition known as encephalitis. Those afflicted by the disease, which has a mortality rate of 70% and has no vaccine, can also be sent in to a coma. Health experts have been flown over to help contain the virus,…

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North Korea has ‘brilliant potential’ as US team arrives at border

North Korea has “brilliant potential” and will be a “great economic and financial Nation one day”, Donald Trump says. The president made the comments in a tweet on Sunday as US officials arrived in North Korea and met their counterparts at the border village of Panmunjom. “Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the Summit between Kim Jong Un and myself,” he said. “I truly believe North Korea has brilliant potential and will be a great economic and financial Nation one day. Kim Jong…

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Bank Holiday Monday flood warnings as travel disruption expected

Bank Holiday flood warnings have been issued for parts of the UK with people told to expect thunder and lightning on Monday morning. Families are set to face treacherous conditions as they return home from getaways after the long weekend, as forecasters predict heavy rain and strong winds will batter parts of England and Wales. A Met Office yellow warning, which advises people to expect flooding and disruption to travel services, will be in place from midnight to 6am on Monday. Thunderstorms have been predicted for the south for the…

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U.S. team in North Korea for talks on summit, Trump says

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday a U.S. team had arrived in North Korea to prepare for a proposed summit between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump pulled out of last week before reconsidering. Earlier, the U.S. State Department said U.S. and North Korean officials had met at Panmunjom, a village in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs along the heavily armed border between North and South Korea. “Our United States team has arrived in North Korea to make arrangements for the…

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Italy’s efforts to form government fail as president defends euro

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s efforts to form a government broke down on Sunday after the president rejected a eurosceptic pick for the key economy ministry, triggering a potential constitutional crisis and opening the prospect of fresh elections. Italy’s Prime Minister-designate Giuseppe Conte leaves after a meeting with the Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the Quirinal Palace in Rome, Italy, May 27, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi The leaders of the two anti-establishment parties trying to field a government, the far-right League and the 5-Star Movement, accused President Sergio Mattarella of betraying the…

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‘Mind-reading’ headset allows viewers to change plot of new film

A new brain-controlled film has been produced which picks up the reactions of the viewer and changes the story based on their response. During the movie, called The Moment, viewers wear an electroencephalogram (EEG) headset. With different versions of each scene having been filmed, there are potentially trillions of routes through the narrative, in which its characters fight for survival in a dystopian future. Image: The Moment is set in a dystopian future PhD researcher Richard Ramchurn, the film’s director, explained: “The headset reads really tiny electrical signals generated by…

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U.S., North Korean officials meet for talks on summit

SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American and North Korean officials met at the border between North and South Korea on Sunday in preparation for a possible North Korea-U.S. summit, as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was cited as reaffirming his commitment to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump. Both Pyongyang and Washington are pressing ahead on plans for a summit after Trump pulled out of the proposed June 12 meeting on Thursday, only to reconsider the decision the next day. “A U.S. delegation is in ongoing talks with North Korean officials at…

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