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Iran to lift uranium enrichment to 5%, above level in 2015 deal: official

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday will announce an increase in uranium enrichment to 5%, a concentration above the limit set by its 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian official told Reuters, in a move signaling a deepening challenge to escalating U.S. sanctions pressure. The declaration comes at a time of sharply increased U.S.-Iranian confrontation, a year after Washington quit the pact and reimposed sanctions that had been lifted under the accord in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear work. “The main announcement tomorrow will be the increase of the level of enrichment to 5% percent from 3.67% that we agreed under the deal,” the official said on…

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Macron warns Rouhani of consequences if nuclear deal weakened

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with tribal leaders in Kerbala, Iraq, March 12, 2019. REUTERS/Abdullah Dhiaa Al-Deen/File Photo(Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron warned his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that he was deeply concerned by any further weakening of the 2015 nuclear deal and warned that consequences would follow.     Macron, who was speaking to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani a day before Iran is set to increase uranium enrichment purity above the limit set by Iran’s deal with world powers, said he wanted to push dialogue between now and July 15 to bring all sides back to the negotiating table.     “The president…

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Shaken communities take stock of damage after Southern California quakes

RIDGECREST, Calif. (Reuters) - High desert communities in Southern California on Saturday assessed damage and braced for potentially dangerous aftershocks from a major earthquake that shook buildings, ruptured gas lines and sparked fires near the remote epicenter of the second temblor in as many days. The powerful magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked the Mojave Desert town of Ridgecrest south of Death Valley National Park as darkness fell on Friday, jolting the area with eight times more force than a 6.4 quake that struck the same area 34 hours earlier. California Governor Gavin Newsom requested federal assistance and placed the state Office of Emergency Services (OES) on its highest…

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An earthquake’s impact can be predicted – but only after it hits

(Reuters) - Over the next week, Southern California has only a 27% chance of experiencing a third earthquake greater than magnitude 6, but a 96% chance of going through a tremor of magnitude 5 or higher. FILE PHOTO: A house burns after an earthquake in Ridgecrest, California, U.S. July 5, 2019. Jessica Weston/Daily Independent via REUTERSThose precise probabilities were generated by scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS), using models based on longstanding principles of seismic behavior and decades of data on aftershocks from earthquakes. But the same predictive power does not extend to forecasting when and where earthquakes will strike in the first place, experts…

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Biden apologizes for touting past work with segregationist senators

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Seeking to put to rest a weeks-old controversy that has dogged his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Joe Biden apologized on Saturday for touting his past record of working civilly with segregationists serving in the U.S. Senate in the 1970s after being roundly criticized by rival candidates. Biden, who served as vice president under the first black U.S. president Barack Obama, until now had pointedly resisted apologizing for the remarks he made on June 18 that had drawn criticism from others in the Democratic field, exposing racial and generational tensions among the candidates. “Was I wrong a few weeks ago to…

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Florida blast rocks shopping center, 21 hurt; ruptured gas line eyed

PLANTATION, Fla. (Reuters) - An explosion obliterated a vacant restaurant at a shopping center in South Florida on Saturday, injuring at least 21 people and showering the parking lot with debris. Firefighters found a ruptured natural gas line, but authorities said the cause of the explosion in Plantation, Florida, about six miles west of Fort Lauderdale, was still under investigation. Video posted to Twitter showed the force of the blast blew out several windows at a nearby L.A. Fitness gym, sending patrons running for the exits. Two people suffered serious injuries and were taken to the trauma center at a local hospital, Joel Gordon, the city’s deputy…

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France, Iran agree to seek conditions to resume nuclear talks by July 15: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech at the UNESCO'S headquarter during the Education and development G7 ministers Summit, in Paris, France July 5, 2019. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool via REUTERSPARIS (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday he and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani had agreed to seek conditions for a resumption of dialogue on the Iranian nuclear question by July 15. “The President of the Republic has agreed with his Iranian counterpart to explore by July 15 conditions to resume dialogue between the parties,” Macron’s office said in a statement. The statement added Macron will keep on talking with Iranian authorities and other involved parties…

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Hundreds protest in Paris against deadly domestic violence

Families of victims and activists attend a rally against "femicide", gender-based violence targeted at women, in Paris, France, July 6, 2019. REUTERS/Regis DuvignauPARIS (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters gathered in central Paris on Saturday to raise awareness and demand tougher action on femicides in France. Yelling “Enough” and carrying signs reading “Stop femicides” or “The planet needs women alive”, the crowd took to the Place de la Republique square as part of the demonstration organized by various women’s rights NGOs to protest the rate of femicides, the killing of a woman by a man because of her gender. The women of all ages and a few men…

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Now Some Families Are Hiring Coaches to Help Them Raise Phone-Free Children

Parents around the country, alarmed by the steady patter of studies around screen time, are trying to turn back time to the era before smartphones. But it’s not easy to remember what exactly things were like before smartphones. So they’re hiring professionals. A new screen-free parenting coach economy has sprung up to serve the demand. Screen consultants come into homes, schools, churches and synagogues to remind parents how people parented before. Rhonda Moskowitz is a parenting coach in Columbus, Ohio. She has a master’s degree in K-12 learning and behavior disabilities, and over 30 years experience in schools and private practice. She barely needs any of this…

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U.S. envoy says latest peace talks with Taliban ‘most productive’ so far

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. and Taliban officials will reconvene on Tuesday to continue peace talks described as the “most productive session” by a top U.S. negotiator leading the discussions with the hardline Islamists group to end the Afghan war. FILE PHOTO: U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad speaks during a debate at Tolo TV channel in Kabul, Afghanistan April 28, 2019. REUTERS/Omar SobhaniThe warring sides started a seventh round of peace talks last week, aiming to hammer out a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign troops in exchange for Taliban guarantees that international militant groups will not use Afghanistan as a base for launching attacks.…

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