Mexico has 10,000 troops in south to stem migration, White House says
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Mexico has 10,000 troops in south to stem migration, White House says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Mexico has placed more security forces on its southern border as part of its efforts to stem the growing number of migrants from Central America crossing the country and reaching the United States, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday. Mexico is maintaining a 10,000-troop deployment at its southern border, she said

Socialists vs Fujimori: Peru vote sets stage for polarized presidential run-off
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Socialists vs Fujimori: Peru vote sets stage for polarized presidential run-off

By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) -Peru is set for a divisive presidential run-off between the Andean country's ascendant socialists, buoyed by voter discontent over the economy and pandemic, and the conservative heir of the powerful and polarizing Fujimori dynasty. The first-round vote on Sunday took a surprise turn when socialist Pedro Castillo, a 51-year-old union leader and primary school teacher who was largely unknown before polling day, jumped into the lead

At least 34 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Djibouti, IOM says
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At least 34 migrants dead as boat capsizes off Djibouti, IOM says

NAIROBI (Reuters) - At least 34 people drowned when a boat carrying migrants from Yemen capsized off the coast of Djibouti, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday. The boat, which was being controlled by people smugglers, is believed to have been carrying 60 passengers, IOM said on its Twitter feed, without providing further details such as when the incident occurred.

On Gagarin flight anniversary, Putin vows Russia will remain space power
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On Gagarin flight anniversary, Putin vows Russia will remain space power

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin marked the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight on Monday with a pledge that Moscow would remain a key space and nuclear power. Gagarin became the first human in outer space on April 12, 1961, in one of the Soviet Union's most important Cold War victories and a pivotal moment in its space race with the United States.

'I'm so excited' - England reopens with pints pulled, shopping sprees and hair cuts
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'I'm so excited' - England reopens with pints pulled, shopping sprees and hair cuts

By Carl Recine, Kate Holton and Sarah Young BIRMINGHAM, England (Reuters) - Crowds queued up outside shops, pubs started selling pints at midnight and hairdressers welcomed desperate customers on Monday as England started to reopen its economy after three months of lockdown. After imposing the most onerous restrictions in Britain's peacetime history, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the reopening was a "major step" towards freedom but urged people to behave responsibly as the coronavirus was still a threat. Johnson, whose unruly hair style has become a trademark look, was one of thousands who flocked to hairdressers and barbers to have a hair cut on Monday, having waited since early January when the latest lockdown was introduced.

Dutch tourists trade lockdown at home for Greek resort confinement
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Dutch tourists trade lockdown at home for Greek resort confinement

By Karolina Tagaris and Johnny Cotton RHODES, Greece (Reuters) -Almost 200 Dutch tourists traded lockdown in the Netherlands for eight days of voluntary confinement in a Greek beach resort, as part of a test to see if safe holidays can be arranged during the COVID-19 pandemic. "I'm very excited," said Amy Smulders, 25, a graphic designer who travelled with her sister, beaming beneath her face mask as she waited for her luggage on Rhodes island on Monday

Pacific island devotees of Prince Philip send their condolences
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Pacific island devotees of Prince Philip send their condolences

TANNA ISLAND, Vanuatu (Reuters) - The chief of an indigenous group in the South Pacific island of Vanuatu that venerated Prince Philip offered condolences to Britain's royal family on Sunday and recalled meeting the late prince during a visit to England.

Ukraine says Putin snubs Russian troop build-up talks, Moscow lashes U.S
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Ukraine says Putin snubs Russian troop build-up talks, Moscow lashes U.S

By Ilya Zhegulev and Andrew Osborn KYIV/MOSCOW (Reuters) -Ukraine accused the Kremlin on Monday of ignoring its request for talks between the two countries' presidents over a build-up of Russian troops near its border, but Moscow said its soldiers were on its own territory, unlike U.S. forces in the region.

EU sanctions elite Iran commander, seven others over 2019 protests
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EU sanctions elite Iran commander, seven others over 2019 protests

By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union has imposed sanctions on eight Iranian militia commanders and police chiefs, including the head of the elite Revolutionary Guards, over a deadly crackdown in November 2019, the bloc said in its Official Journal on Monday. The travel bans and asset freezes are the first EU sanctions on Iran for human rights abuses since 2013, as the bloc had shied away from angering Tehran in the hope of safeguarding a nuclear accord Tehran signed with world powers in 2015

Minneapolis shooting: Officer who fatally shot black man mistook handgun for taser, says police chief
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Minneapolis shooting: Officer who fatally shot black man mistook handgun for taser, says police chief

Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating

Shooting outside Paris hospital leaves one dead, another injured; police hunt for gunman
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Shooting outside Paris hospital leaves one dead, another injured; police hunt for gunman

Officials ruled out a terrorist attack, with witness statements appearing to point to a targeted killing

Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge
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Iran blames Israel for sabotage at Natanz nuclear site, warns of revenge

Israel has not claimed responsibility for the attack. However, Israeli media reported that the country had orchestrated a devastating cyberattack that caused the blackout

Eight killed after 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island; over 1,300 buildings damaged
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Eight killed after 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Java island; over 1,300 buildings damaged

Rahmat Triyono, the head of Indonesia’s earthquake and tsunami center, said the undersea tremblor did not have the potential to cause a tsunami

Clashes erupt in Minneapolis after police shoot dead 20-year-old Black man
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Clashes erupt in Minneapolis after police shoot dead 20-year-old Black man

The mother of Daunte Wright told a crowd earlier Sunday evening that he called her to say he had been pulled over by police. Soon after, her son's girlfriend told her he had been shot

IMF, World Bank roll out debt relief plans for low-income nations in green investments push
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IMF, World Bank roll out debt relief plans for low-income nations in green investments push

Low-income countries face a twin crisis, under pressure to pay down their debt while also confronting emerging environmental issues.

South African COVID-19 variant can better bypass Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: Israeli study
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South African COVID-19 variant can better bypass Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine: Israeli study

The South African variant accounted for less than one percent of coronavirus cases in Israel.

Pakistani transgender woman finds a niche in tailoring
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Pakistani transgender woman finds a niche in tailoring

By Syed Raza Hassan KARACHI, Pakistan (Reuters) - As Pakistani transgender woman Jiya measures customers at her tailoring shop in a brand new Karachi market, her eyes gleam with the prospect of a busy Ramadan season and her ambitions to expand. Already, Jiya, 35, who goes by a single name like many trans people in Pakistan, has broken ground by opening a public shop to make clothes for women and transgender women.

Far-left candidate Castillo leads Peruvian presidential race -Ipsos exit poll
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Far-left candidate Castillo leads Peruvian presidential race -Ipsos exit poll

By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - Far-left candidate Pedro Castillo is leading the Peruvian presidential race with 16.1% of the vote, followed by conservative Keiko Fujimori and liberal economist Hernando de Soto, tied in second place with 11.9%, according to anIpsos exit poll released on Sunday night. In fourth place is social conservative Yonhy Lescano, with 11% of the vote, followed by ultra-conservative Rafael Lopez Aliaga with 10.5% and leftist Veronika Mendoza with 8.8%, according to the exit poll. The top two candidates will advance to a second round in June

Ecuador counts votes in presidential runoff with socialism on the horizon
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Ecuador counts votes in presidential runoff with socialism on the horizon

By Alexandra Valencia QUITO (Reuters) - Ecuador's elections council on Sunday counted votes in an unexpectedly tight presidential runoff that has hinged on whether to maintain the pro-market policies of the last four years or return to the socialism of the preceding decade. Left-wing economist Andres Arauz is offering to restore the socialist policies of his mentor, former President Rafael Correa who is living in Europe and has been convicted on graft charges

'My romance, your adultery': South Koreans' sarcasm over hypocrisy follows Moon into final year
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'My romance, your adultery': South Koreans' sarcasm over hypocrisy follows Moon into final year

By Hyonhee Shin SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans disillusioned with President Moon Jae-in's ruling Democratic Party had a single word to sum up their disgust with political leaders they perceive as hypocritical and inept.