Canada: Fire destroys two Catholic churches on indigenous land

Police in Canada say they are treating fires that destroyed two Catholic churches on indigenous community land in British Columbia as suspicious. Sacred Heart Church and St Gregory’s Church burnt down at about the same time early on Monday, as Canada marked National Indigenous People’s Day. The two churches – built more than 100 years …

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Iranians vote in presidential election marred by disqualification row

Iranians are voting to elect a new president, with all but one of the four candidates to succeed Hassan Rouhani regarded as hardliners. Opinion polls suggest Ebrahim Raisi, a conservative Shia cleric who heads the judiciary, is the clear favourite. Moderate former central bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati is his main rival. Dissidents and some reformists …

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Major Australian banks hit by website outage

Several Australian banks and US airlines suffered website crashes on Thursday, following an issue with the web services company Akamai. Customers reported problems with banks including ANZ, Westpac, St George, ME bank, Macquarie Bank, Allianz, and the Commonwealth Bank. Banking apps were likewise unavailable. The airlines affected suffered short outages. American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United …

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Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett promises to unite nation

Israel’s new Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has promised to unite a nation frayed by years of political stalemate. He said his government would “work for the sake of all the people”, adding that the priorities would be reforms in education, health and cutting red tape. The right-wing nationalist will lead an unprecedented coalition of parties …

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French President Macron calls for “concrete commitments” from G7 leaders after roundtable talks

French President Emmanuel Macron has called on G7 leaders to make “concrete commitments” to tackle global challenges, adding that this year’s summit in Cornwall, England, “must be one of action.” “We have a responsibility to set clear goals and make concrete commitments to meet the challenges of our time,” Macron said in a tweet on …

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Biden warns Russia against ‘harmful activities’ at start of first official trip

US President Joe Biden has launched his first official overseas trip with a warning to Russia that it faces “robust and meaningful” consequences if it engages in “harmful activities”. Mr Biden made clear his intention to strengthen ties with US allies, following strained relations under the Trump administration. President Biden arrived in the UK on …

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Biden takes the lead role he’s always craved in his high-stakes first trip abroad as president

When President Joe Biden told officials this spring that he wanted to meet soon with his Russian counterpart for a summit, his team quickly set out to make it happen — even if some wondered what he really hoped to achieve. The last two administrations — including the one Biden served as vice president — …

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Abubakar Shekau: Boko Haram leader is dead, says rival militant group

The leader of the Nigerian militant group Boko Haram, Abubakar Shekau, has killed himself, rival Islamist militants said in an audio recording. In audio obtained by news agencies, the Islamic State West Africa Province (Iswap) said Shekau died detonating explosives on himself after a battle between the two groups. Shekau was reported dead last month …

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