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Iranian president says talks possible only if Washington shows “respect”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with a group of Iranian athletes, in Tehran, Iran, June 1, 2019. Official President website/Handout via REUTERSDUBAI (Reuters) - President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday suggested Iran may be willing to hold talks if the United States showed it respect, but said Tehran would not be pressured into negotiations, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. Iran and the United States have been drawn into starker confrontation in the past month, a year after Washington pulled out of a deal between Iran and global powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for lifting international sanctions. Washington re-imposed sanctions last year…

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‘Oh my God, is that Bernie Sanders?’ Democrats swarm San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Fourteen Democratic presidential candidates sparked cheers and applause in the streets of San Francisco on Saturday as they worked the crowds at the California party’s state convention, a sign of the state’s heft in upcoming nominating contests. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns during a SEIU California Democratic Delegate Breakfast in San Francisco, California, U.S. June 1, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen LamTheir presence lent star power to a state organizing convention that has become a window into the issues and rivalries at stake as Democrats compete for the nomination to run against Republican President Donald Trump in 2020. “Oh my God,…

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Mexican president hints at migration concessions to defuse U.S. trade spat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected “good results” from talks planned in Washington next week. Trump says he will apply the tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration, largely from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border. His ultimatum hit Mexican financial assets and global stocks, but met resistance from U.S. business leaders and lawmakers worried about the impact of targeting Mexico, one of the United States’ top trade partners. In a news conference in…

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Trump says lawyer Emmet Flood leaving in June

FILE PHOTO: White House legal counsel Emmet Flood (R), walking with Associate Counsel David Morrell, exits the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington, U.S. May 8, 2019. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that a member of his legal team, Emmet Flood, will leave his post later this month after helping him handle the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election campaign. “Emmet Flood, who came to the White House to help me with the Mueller Report, will be leaving service on June 14th. He has done an outstanding job – NO COLLUSION - NO…

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After SpaceX Starlink Launch, a Fear of Satellites That Outnumber All Visible Stars

Last month, SpaceX successfully launched 60 500-pound satellites into space. Soon amateur skywatchers started sharing images of those satellites in night skies, igniting an uproar among astronomers who fear that the planned orbiting cluster will wreak havoc on scientific research and trash our view of the cosmos.The main issue is that those 60 satellites are merely a drop in the bucket. SpaceX anticipates launching thousands of satellites — creating a mega-constellation of false stars collectively called Starlink that will connect the entire planet to the internet, and introduce a new line of business for the private spaceflight company.While astronomers agree that global internet service is a worthy…

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Warren Buffett charity lunch fetches record $4.57 million winning bid

(Reuters) - An anonymous bidder has agreed to pay a record $4,567,888 at an annual charity auction to have a private lunch with Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, pauses while playing bridge as part of the company annual meeting weekend in Omaha, Nebraska U.S. May 6, 2018. REUTERS/Rick WilkingThe winning bid, which was submitted during a five-day online auction on eBay that ended Friday night, was nearly one-third higher than the previous record $3,456,789 bids in both the 2012 and 2016 auctions. Proceeds benefit the Glide Foundation, a charity in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district that serves…

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Mexican president predicts good results from U.S. talks on tariffs

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador attends a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2019. REUTERS/Henry RomeroMEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s president said on Saturday he expected “good results” from talks planned in Washington about U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and floated the possibility Mexico could tighten controls on migration. Trump said he will apply the tariffs on June 10 if Mexico does not halt the flow of illegal immigration, largely from Central America, across the U.S.-Mexican border. His ultimatum hurt Mexican financial assets and denting global stocks. In a news conference in the Gulf…

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China to probe FedEx after Huawei says parcels diverted

BEIJING (Reuters) - China will investigate whether FedEx Corp damaged the legal rights and interests of its clients, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday, after Chinese telecoms giant Huawei said parcels intended for it were diverted. FILE PHOTO: A Fedex truck makes deliveries and pick-ups in the Back Bay in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Brian SnyderAmid worsening tensions between China and the United States, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Friday that it would draft a hit-list of “unreliable” foreign firms and individuals that harm the interests of Chinese companies. It gave no names. It issued the threat after Washington last month put…

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Police say Virginia Beach gunman was disgruntled city engineer

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Reuters) - The gunman who killed 12 people at a Virginia Beach municipal building before dying in a gun battle with police was identified on Saturday as a disgruntled city engineer and co-worker of most of the victims. Police evacuate people from a building in this still image taken from video following a shooting incident at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. May 31, 2019. WAVY-TV/NBC/via REUTERSAll but one of the victims from the mass shooting in the coastal resort community were employed by the city, officials said at a news conference, while the other was a contractor seeking a permit. Four…

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Factbox: Victims slain in Virginia Beach rampage mostly city employees

(Reuters) - All but one of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting in Virginia Beach were municipal employees. They were named on Saturday at a news conference by Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen. They are: Paramedics prepare a staging area for victims in this still image from video following a shooting incident at the municipal center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S. May 31, 2019. WAVY-TV/NBC/via REUTERS > Laquita C. Brown: Public Works employee - 4 years, Right-of-Way Agent, Chesapeake > Tara Welch Gallagher: Public Works employee - 6 years, Engineer, Virginia Beach > Mary Louise Gayle: Public Works employee - 24 years, Right-of-Way Agent, Virginia Beach…

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