Ferrand to lead Macron’s lawmakers in French parliament

Former French minister Richard Ferrand, who has been fighting accusations of improper financial dealings during most of his few weeks in office, was elected on Saturday to lead President Emmanuel Macron’s lawmakers in parliament.

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Second French journalist wounded in Iraq’s Mosul has died

French journalist Véronique Robert, wounded in the same mine blast that killed two of her colleagues in the Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week, has died, employers France Télévisions announced Saturday.

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Colombia's ELN rebels free kidnapped Dutch reporters

Rebels with Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) group have freed two Dutch journalists snatched days ago in the country’s northeast, officials said Saturday.

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Suicide bomber plotting to attack Mecca blows himself up

Saudi security forces said Saturday they disrupted a plot to attack the Grand Mosque at Mecca, home to the holiest site in Islam, just as the fasting month of Ramadan concludes.

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Five London towers evacuated over fire safety concerns

Residents of 800 London flats were hurriedly evacuated Saturday due to fire safety fears over their tower blocks’ external cladding, after urgent testing prompted by the deadly Grenfell Tower inferno.

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