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Tony Blair should be prosecuted over Iraq war, high court hears

Tony Blair accused of war crimesThe Chilcot inquiry’s conclusion that the invasion of Iraq was unnecessary and undermined the United Nations requires the prosecution of Tony Blair, the high court has heard.

In his opening argument calling for a war crimes trial in Britain, Michael Mansfield QC said that the offence of waging an aggressive war has effectively been assimilated into English law.

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Venezuela National Assembly stormed by Maduro supporters

Venezuela Congress stormed by protestersDozens of government supporters have burst into Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly, injuring several lawmakers and journalists.

Witnesses said the fracas came after an assembly session to mark the country's Independence Day. The intruders brandished sticks and set off fireworks in the capitol building's gardens, AFP reported.

Footage from the scene showed two opposition lawmakers with blood running down their faces. Pro-opposition Venezuelan website La Patilla reported that several deputies had been attacked by a mob at the building in the capital, Caracas.

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Burned police cars, wide no-protest zone presage G-20 summit

G-20 riotsPresident Donald Trump was met with thousands of protesters when he arrived at meetings in Brussels in May. But with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan joining him at the Group of 20 meetings in Germany this week, Trump is unlikely to be the only target for demonstrators.

Add India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leaders whose policies have sparked unrest to the cauldron that is Hamburg — the summit venue is a short walk from a notorious hotbed of left-wing protest — and the brew could prove explosive.

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Several killed in downtown Johannesburg fire

Johannesburg fireAt least seven people have died after a fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg, South African authorities said.  

The city's emergency services department said a crane was used to rescue more than 50 people from the roof of the building that caught fire on Wednesday. Five people were rushed to hospital.

One of the victims died when he jumped from the building, local media reported.

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France’s U.S. Ambassador Says Donald Trump Is Harming Global Stability

As President Donald Trump prepares for this week’s G-20 summit, his European partners aren’t hiding theGirard Araudir disillusionment with how his “America First” approach to foreign policy has damaged the liberal world order.

“This world order, the traditional liberal world order, is more or less undermined, really, or looks injured,” Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United States, told Politico’s “Off Message” podcast in an episode that aired Monday. “Where [is] the United States? I think it’s impossible to move on without America, and I think also that the United States really can’t let the world move on.

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North Korea launches unidentified missile on July 4

N Korea launches new missile on July 4thNorth Korea launched a ballistic missile early Tuesday, local time, into the waters along the eastern coast of the peninsula.

Seoul's joint chiefs of staff stated the missile launched from Panghyon, North Pyongan Province at around 9:40 a.m., could not be identified.

"The president [Moon Jae-in] has been immediately notified," the joint chiefs said.

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US denies visa to Gambian school robotics team

Gambian teens denied visa to showcase robot creationFive teenage pupils from The Gambia who built a robot for a prestigious international competition in the United States will not be able to accompany their invention to the event after being denied a visa.

The Gambian pupils become the second team of students refused entry to the US to attend the FIRST Global robotics event in Washington, DC, on July 16-18. On Saturday, it was reported that an all-girls team from Afghanistan were also denied a visa to travel to the US to showcase their creation at the same competition.

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