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Prince Harry, Elton John appear in UK court in privacy lawsuit

Britain’s Prince Harry and singer Elton John made a surprise appearance in London’s High Court on Monday as they and five others began a lawsuit against the publisher of the Daily Mail, accusing it of years of wiretapping and invasion of privacy. King Charles’ youngest son Harry joins John, his husband David Furnish and actors Elizabeth Hurley and Sadie Frost in the lawsuit against Allied Newspapers (ANL).

Germany’s ruling coalition fails to resolve dispute after 20 hours of talks

The three parties in Germany’s ruling coalition ended 20 hours of talks on Monday without resolving a dispute over spending and other issues, although Chancellor Olaf Schulz said they had made “very good progress”. Fearing a policy gridlock in Europe’s largest economy, Germany’s first federal-level coalition, which joins Scholz’s Social Democrats, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), has been arguing for weeks over various policy moves or several months.

New Zealand foreign minister says encourage China to support Pacific institutions

New Zealand’s foreign minister, Nanaia Mahuta, said on Tuesday she encouraged China to support and strengthen Pacific institutions and uphold a 22-year-old agreement that mandates Pacific nations look after their own security needs.

After returning from Beijing, Mahuta told reporters that she encouraged China to support regional Pacific structures such as the Pacific Islands Forum, the Forum Fisheries Agency and the Biketawa Agreement.

North Korea’s Kim calls for expansion of weapons-grade nuclear material – KCNA

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for expanded production of weapons-grade nuclear materials to boost the country’s nuclear arsenal, saying the weapons should be ready to use at any time, the state-run KCNA news agency said on Tuesday. Kim Jong-un made the remarks while inspecting the country’s nuclear weapons program and testing trigger technology, KCNA said.

Russia fails to secure Nord Stream blast probe at UN

Russia on Monday failed to get the United Nations Security Council to demand an independent investigation into September’s explosion on the Nord Stream gas pipeline linking Russia and Germany, which spews gas into the Baltic Sea. Only Russia, China and Brazil voted in favor of the Russian-drafted text, while the remaining 12 council members abstained. A resolution needs at least nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, the US or the UK to pass.

Three children, three adults shot dead by former students at Tennessee Christian school

A heavily armed 28-year-old man shot and killed three children and three adult staff at a private Christian school on Monday that the suspect attended in the Tennessee state capital before police killed the attacker, authorities said. Police Chief John Drake told reporters the motive was unclear, but the suspect had drawn up a detailed map of the school, including the building’s entry points, and had left a “manifesto” and other writings.

Guatemala sets lineup for presidential vote as critics slam disqualification

Guatemala’s presidential campaign kicked off on Monday, a day after electoral authorities finalized the list of approved candidates for the June election, although critics blasted the decision to disqualify some candidates and allow others to run. Polls show two conservative women as early presidential candidates.

Netanyahu suspends judicial reforms after turbulent day in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended his signature plan to overhaul Israel’s judiciary after a day of nationwide unrest, when workers joined a general strike against the proposal and hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets . His Nationalist Religious Alliance’s plan to hand control of judicial appointments to the executive while giving parliament the power to overturn Supreme Court rulings has sparked one of the biggest internal crises in Israel’s history.

Exclusive: German prosecutors raid homes of pro-Kremlin activists, fueled by Reuters report

German prosecutors said on Monday they searched the home of two pro-Kremlin activists looking for evidence to corroborate a Reuters report that the couple donated cash to buy radios for Russian soldiers in Ukraine. Reuters reported in January that Max Schlender and his lover Elena Korbasnikova donated money raised from German supporters to Russian Army divisions fighting in Ukraine. Used to buy walkie-talkies, headsets and phones.

Zelensky to IAEA: Russia hostages nuclear power plant

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has told the head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog that the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant cannot be guaranteed to be safe until Russian troops leave the facility. The president met with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi on Monday at the Dnepr hydroelectric power plant northeast of the Zaporo thermal power plant.

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