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Japan's military launches first communications satellite
TOKYO (AP) ? Japan successfully launched its first military communications satellite Tuesday that is designed to upgrade its network in the face of China's increasingly assertive maritime activity and North Korea's missile threat.
HSBC to close 117 branches in Britain, cut 380 jobs
HSBC said on Tuesday it plans to close 117 branches this year and will cut 380 roles in Britain to try to reduce costs. The bank said about 180 jobs will be eliminated in the final round of branch network cuts, marking the end of its restructuring programme in Britain. "Today is a dark day for hundreds of HSBC staff," said Dominic Hook, a national officer at the Unite union.
Syrian government says to continue Wadi Barada offensiveASTANA (Reuters) - The Syrian government will continue its offensive in the Wadi Barada area northwest of Damascus as long as the capital remains deprived of water, its chief negotiator Bashar Ja'afari told reporters in Astana on Tuesday. (Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by John Stonestreet)
U.N. 'racing' to prepare emergency aid ahead of battle for western Mosul
By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Tuesday it is "racing against the clock" to prepare emergency aid for hundreds of thousands of endangered civilians in Mosul with an Iraqi army offensive looming to oust Islamic State from the western half of the city. Iraqi officials said on Monday government forces had taken complete control of eastern Mosul, 100 days after the start of their U.S.-backed campaign to retake Iraq's second largest city from IS insurgents who seized it in 2014. U.N. officials estimate 750,000 people remain in Mosul west of the Tigris River that flows through the last remaining major urban center held by Islamic State in Iraq, after a series of government counter-offensives in the country's north and west.
Amazon moves to avoid EU fines over publishing contractsBRUSSELS (AP) ? Amazon has agreed to change parts of its e-book contracts with publishers in an effort to avoid European Union fines for anti-competitive behavior.
Syria talks in Astana close with pledge to safeguard truce
ASTANA, Kazakhstan (AP) ? Russia, Iran and Turkey ? sponsors of talks in Kazakhstan between Syria and rebel factions ? pledged Tuesday to consolidate the country's nearly month-old cease-fire and set up a three-way mechanism to ensure compliance of all sides.
Scotland's Sturgeon raises independence spectre after court ruling
By Elisabeth O'Leary EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Nicola Sturgeon raised the spectre of another Scottish independence referendum after Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that the devolved assembly in Edinburgh did not need to be consulted on triggering Brexit. "This raises fundamental issues above and beyond that of EU membership," the Scottish First Minister said. "Is Scotland content for our future to be dictated by an increasingly right-wing Westminster government with just one MP (lawmaker) here," she asked.
UK to introduce Article 50 legislation 'within days' - Brexit minister
The government will introduce "straightforward" legislation within days seeking parliament's approval to trigger Britain's divorce with the European Union, Brexit minister David Davis said on Tuesday. Earlier the UK Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Theresa May must give parliament a vote before she can invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to begin two years of exit talks. "We will within days introduce legislation to give the government the legal power to trigger Article 50," Davis told parliament.
Senate Democrats to propose $1 trillion infrastructure plan
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Senate Democrats on Tuesday will propose spending $1 trillion on transportation and other infrastructure projects over 10 years in an attempt to engage President Donald Trump on an issue where they hope to find common ground.