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July 13, 2020

First Line News Articles for Monday, July 13 2020

World

New British-French deal to fight “vile people smuggling”

France and Britain have signed an agreement to share intelligence against human traffickers smuggling migrants across the English Channel

Iran cites communication and alignment errors for shooting down of Ukrainian jet

Iranian officials issued a new report blaming communication errors and a misaligned missile battery for the January strike down of a Ukrainian jet that killed 176 passengers.

Erdogan Signs Order Allowing Hagia Sophia to Be Used as a Mosque

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed an order on Friday allowing the Hagia Sophia to be used as a mosque.

Britain to spend 705 million pounds on EU border infrastructure

Britain will spend 705 million pounds ($890 million) on border infrastructure to help keep trade flowing after its transition deal with the European Union expires at the end of the year, Cabinet Secretary Michael Gove said on Sunday.

U.S. bases in Japan on lockdown amid new COVID-19 outbreak

U.S. military bases in Japan entered lockdown status this week after COVID-19 infections were discovered and a surge of infections was observed in Tokyo.

U.S. announces tariffs on French handbags, cosmetics, soaps

The Trump administration has announced a 25 percent tariff on $1.3 billion of French goods, including handbags, cosmetics and soaps.

UN approves aid to Syria’s rebel area through 1 crossing

Russia scored a victory for its ally Syria on Saturday by forcing the Security Council to limit humanitarian aid deliveries to the country’s mainly rebel-held northwest to just one crossing point from Turkey, a move that Western nations say will cut a lifeline for 1.3 million people.

Russian journalists in shock as FSB hunts enemy within

As Ivan Safronov was led into court, hands cuffed and head pushed down by two masked guards, he managed just one sentence. “I’m not guilty,” he told a crowd of supporters packed into the corridor.

Defying US, China and Iran Near Sweeping Trade and Military Partnership

Iran and China have quietly drafted a sweeping economic and security partnership that would clear the way for billions of dollars of Chinese investments in energy and other sectors, undercutting the Trump administration’s efforts to isolate the Iranian government because of its nuclear and military ambitions.

Nearly 600,000 vote in Hong Kong pro-democracy primaries

Hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have voted in an unofficial two-day primary election held by the city’s pro-democracy camp as it gears up to field candidates for an upcoming legislative poll.

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