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A still image from video shows Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron speaking to the House of Commons about the recent EU referendum in central LondonBy Kylie MacLellan and Anirban Nag LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's vote to leave the European Union continued to reverberate through financial markets, with the pound falling to its lowest level in 31 years, despite government attempts to relieve some of the confusion about the political and economic outlook. UK finance minister George Osborne said early Monday that the British economy was strong enough to cope with the market volatility caused by last week's "Brexit" referendum which has resulted in the biggest blow since World War Two to the European goal of forging greater unity. "Our economy is about as strong as it could be to confront the challenge our country now faces," Osborne told reporters.

A taxi driver holds a Union flag, as he celebrates following the result of the EU referendum, in central LondonThe United States looks unlikely to follow through on a threat to relegate Britain to second-class trade status once its ally leaves the European Union, as it weighs the potential costs of undermining the countries' close diplomatic and military ties. President Barack Obama had warned ahead of Thursday's "Brexit" referendum that Britain would move to the back of the queue on U.S. trade priorities if it voted to leave the bloc, well behind a much-larger U.S.-European trade deal now under negotiation. Security and trade experts said Washington is wary of adding to Britain's economic pain, which could hamper its ability to maintain its commitments to NATO and U.S.-led efforts to fight terrorism.

A boy walks among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State near SittweBy Matt Spetalnick, Jason Szep and Antoni Slodkowski WASHINGTON/YANGON (Reuters) - The United States has decided to place Myanmar on its global list of worst offenders in human trafficking, officials said, a move aimed at prodding the country’s new democratically elected government and its still-powerful military to do more to curb the use of child soldiers and forced labor. The reprimand of Myanmar comes despite U.S. efforts to court the strategically important country to help counteract China’s rise in the region and build a Southeast Asian bulwark against Beijing’s territorial assertiveness in the South China Sea. Myanmar’s demotion, part of the State Department’s closely watched annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report due to be released on Thursday, also appears intended to send a message of U.S. concern about continued widespread persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the Buddhist-majority nation.

A street vendor pushes his stall past damaged buildings in the rebel held area of Aleppo's al-Shaar districtMOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's air force has helped Syrian government troops to escape encirclement near Aleppo, Interfax news agency on Tuesday quoted Russia's ambassador to Syria as saying, adding he did not expect Syria's army to assault the city in the nearest time. "I am not confident than an offensive on Aleppo will take place in the foreseeable future," Alexander Kinshchak told Interfax. "As for Raqqa, in this case I would also like to refrain from any certain forecasts regarding its liberation," he added, referring to Islamic State's bulwark. ...

Macau real estate developer Ng Lap Seng exits U.S Federal Court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S.By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. prosecutor said on Monday that Chinese officials were involved in developing a United Nations-focused news outlet that was used to funnel bribes from a Macau billionaire to a former U.N. General Assembly president who died last week. Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Richenthal made that claim at a hearing in Manhattan federal court as he contended that a defense lawyer's prior work for the Chinese government may create a potential conflict in representing the real estate mogul, Ng Lap Seng. Richenthal said evidence showed that Chinese officials were involved in talks with Ng about developing a U.N.-sponsored conference center for which Ng had bribed former General Assembly President John Ashe to gain his support.

U.S. NATO and Britain flags fly at the Alliance headquarters in Brussels during a NATO ambassadors meeting on the situation in Ukraine and Crimea regionBy Robin Emmott BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Britain's departure from the European Union risks undermining Europe's new defense strategy, days before NATO and EU governments sign a landmark pact to confront a range of threats from Russia to the Mediterranean, officials say. The European Union and the United States plan to use two separate EU and NATO summits in the coming days to push reforms of the West's two main security pillars, aimed at reducing Europe's reliance on Washington in its own neighborhood.

Human rights activists, Zainab al-Khawaja and Nabeel Rajab (L) talk during their meeting with activists after al-Khawaja's release from prison, Manama, Bahrain,DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab will face trial for tweets he allegedly made about the Gulf Arab kingdom's prison system and its involvement in the war in Yemen, his lawyer said on Sunday, and he could face up to 13 years in prison. Rajab was arrested earlier this month on unspecified charges in what appears an escalating crackdown by the Sunni-led government that also included a court shutting down a main opposition society and a decision to strip the spiritual leader of the island's Shi'ite Muslim majority of his citizenship. ...

Russian President Putin welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Kerry during meeting at Kremlin in MoscowRussian harassment and surveillance of U.S. diplomats in Moscow has increased significantly and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry raised the issue recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the State Department said on Monday. Kerry last raised the matter with Putin on March 24 this year, a State Department official said. "He has raised it with President Putin," State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau told a news briefing earlier, adding: "We see an increase and we take it seriously." Trudeau said harassment by Russian security agents and traffic police had been an issue over the past two years, but did not give details of incidents nor why it was raised with Putin.

Nigel Farage, the head of Britain's anti-EU UK Independence Party, said on Tuesday he wanted to be good friends and trading partners with the remaining EU nations after Britain exits the bloc. Now we have to win the peace," Farage told journalists before a European Parliament session to discuss the British referendum. "We want to be good friends, good neighbors, good trading partners." Farage said Britain should leave as soon as possible, but that the process should be amicable, adding that the size of the British economy and its close links with the rest of the EU meant that it should be given a preferential deal.

Britain's UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage and European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker take part in a plenary session at the European Parliament on the outcome of the "Brexit" summit, in BrusselsBRUSSELS (Reuters) - UKIP leader Nigel Farage seemed to offer some conciliatory private words to EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker on Tuesday and received a peck on the cheek in return in the European Parliament on Tuesday. As EU lawmakers gathered in stunned special session to digest Britain's Brexit vote, Farage, who has long used the Brussels legislature as a platform for his campaign to get Britain out, walked over to the European Commission president and spoke to him briefly and apparently amicably. ...

LONDON (AP) — British and European stocks are rising, as is the pound, after a bruising two days in which investors fretted over the consequences of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
BEIRUT (AP) — A prominent Lebanese journalist who hosted a talk show on Egypt's private ONTV critical of the government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi arrived in Beirut on Tuesday after authorities in Cairo briefly detained her and then deported her, her lawyer said.

Tourists gather outside the National Gallery in LondonSeveral online travel sites have seen a jump in queries from Americans about travel to the United Kingdom since it voted to leave the European Union, a sign so-called "Brexit" and the resulting drop in the value of the pound currency may spur U.S. visits to Britain. One site found that more Britons were also asking about flights to the United States. Travel agents, hotel chains and airlines say it is too early to tell if the vote has impacted bookings.

FILE - This is Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 file photo of the EU, right, and the British flags as they are placed next to each other at EU headquarters in Brussels. Nearly 1,000 British nationals who work for the European Union's executive have been assured their jobs are safe. ? (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert , File )BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers are meeting in emergency session to discuss the U.K.'s unprecedented vote to leave the EU, set to call for Britain to trigger the exit process immediately.

Opposition Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) party leader Morgan Tsvangirai speaks during a protest to mark one year since the abduction of Zimbabwean activist Itai Dzamara in HarareZimbabwe's main opposition leader and President Robert Mugabe's chief rival for the last 17 years said on Tuesday he has been diagnosed with cancer of the colon and is undergoing treatment in neighboring South Africa. Morgan Tsvangirai, 64, who was Zimbabwe's prime minister in an uneasy coalition government with the 92-year-old Mugabe from 2009 until 2013, said it was important for national leaders to disclose their health status. Mugabe routinely denies local media reports that he is suffering from prostate cancer and says his frequent trips to Singapore are for routine medical checks.

Artisan perfume maker Sarah McCartney, 54, uses a dropper to put perfume into bottles at her business "4160 Tuesdays" in London, Monday, June 27, 2016. Faced with the prospect of years of uncertainty, businesses in Britain are already feeling the impact of last week's vote to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Leonora Beck)LONDON (AP) — The impact of Britain's vote to leave the European Union was swift and painful for Ed Bussey's small tech firm in London.

A house guard stands in front of an empty rental house at Kemang district in JakartaBy Eveline Danubrata and Fergus Jensen JAKARTA (Reuters) - Foreign workers are leaving Indonesia at an increasing rate due to the slump in commodity prices that has forced resource companies to slash jobs at a time when the government has also introduced tighter regulations on expatriates in Southeast Asia's biggest economy. The number of temporary residential permits issued to foreigners, including renewals, has fallen for the past few years to 171,944 in 2015 from 194,162 in 2013. In the first five months of this year, there were 72,399 issued but many of those who provide services to expats say they expect a further drop over the whole of 2016 as they are seeing very few new arrivals.

Visitors walk by signs displaying foreign currency exchange rates at downtown Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. South Korea's government lowered growth outlook for Asia's fourth-largest economy and planned a supplementary budget for a second year in a row as the global economy faces heightened uncertainty. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's government lowered growth outlook for Asia's fourth-largest economy and planned a supplementary budget for a second year in a row as the global economy faces heightened uncertainty.

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people in panda costumes pose in front of a Chengdu Airlines ARJ21-700 plane before its first commercial flight at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport in Chengdu in southwestern China's Sichuan Province Tuesday, June 28, 2016. The ARJ21-700, made by the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. (COMAC), is China's first homegrown regional airliner and can seat 78 to 90 passengers depending on its configuration. (Ding Ting/Xinhua via AP) NO SALESSHANGHAI (AP) — The first regional jet produced by a Chinese government initiative to compete in the commercial aircraft market has made its debut flight.

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was visiting Morocco to promote education for girls in the North African kingdom, where only 36 percent of girls continue school beyond the primary level.

Europe's main stock markets, including in London, have rallied in opening deals, rebounding from recent Brexit-driven heavy losses despite lingering fearsLondon's benchmark FTSE 100 index won 2.0 percent to 6,103.82 points, accelerating initial gains, while Frankfurt's DAX 30 added almost 2.1 percent to 9,458.38 points and the Paris CAC 40 jumped nearly 2.3 percent to 4,074.36. "Today's rebound is likely just investors searching for the lows," Spreadex analyst Connor Campbell told AFP. A "dead cat bounce" is a market term referring to a rebound briefly interrupting a prolonged market downturn.

Israeli security forces stand guard at the entrance of the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on June 27, 2016Israeli authorities announced Tuesday they were closing Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound to non-Muslim visitors after a series of clashes between worshippers and police. The decision will apply until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan next week, a police spokeswoman told AFP. Clashes between Muslims and Israeli police have been taking place every morning since Sunday over Jewish visits to the site, with youths throwing stones and security forces firing tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets.

A woman walks past a house where "Vote Leave" boards are displayed in Redcar, north east England on June 27, 2016Redcar (United Kingdom) (AFP) - "This whole seafront was packed with boats," said Vicky Thwaites, surveying the broad beach at Redcar, a once-prosperous town that voted overwhelmingly for Britain to leave the EU. Thursday's dramatic vote to quit the European Union was driven by millions of people in the post-industrial north and centre of England, in working-class towns like Redcar, on the northeast coast. The strength of feeling may have stunned metropolitan Britain, but came as no surprise in places like Redcar, where 66.2 percent ultimately voted to leave the EU.

Lebanese army patrol in front a church in Qaa, a predominantly Lebanese Christian village only few hundred meters (yards) away from the Syrian border, eastern Lebanon, Monday, June 27, 2016. A group of suicide bombers detonated their explosives in the Lebanese village near the border with Syria on Monday, killing and wounded several people, Lebanon's state-run news agency said. (AP Photo)BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's army says it has detained over 100 Syrians for illegal entry into the country, following a series of bombings the previous day that shook a village near the border with Syria.

In this Saturday, June 18, 2016 photo, a Palestinian man checks the water tank on the roof of his home after water supply was cut in the village of Salem near the West Bank city of Nablus. Palestinians in the West Bank have long faced shortages of water in the summer months. But this year, as they fast dawn-to-dusk amid scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, many villagers in the north of the territory say Israel has intentionally cut the water flow to their taps. (AP Photo/ Majdi Mohammed)SALEM, West Bank (AP) — As Palestinians in the West Bank fast from dawn to dusk in scorching heat during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people have been affected by a drought that has greatly reduced the flow to their taps.

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015 file photo, Japan's Kenzo Shirai celebrates after winning the floor exercise during the men's apparatus final competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Shirai wants to add a new twist to an evolving story, and help Japan regain the men’s gymnastics team title it once dominated at the Olympics. "The Twist Prince," as the 19-year-old Shirai is known in Japan, will be making his Olympic debut at Rio de Janeiro, where the Japanese are aiming to win their first Olympic team gold since 2004 in Athens. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader, File)TOKYO (AP) — Kenzo Shirai wants to add a new twist to an evolving story, and help Japan regain the men's gymnastics team title it once dominated at the Olympics.

School teacher Shi Junguang points at characters that reads "Welcome to the Sanjiazi Manchu school" during a classIt was the language of China's last imperial dynasty which ruled a vast kingdom for nearly three centuries. Traders and farmers from what are now the borders of China and Korea, the Manchus took advantage of a crumbling Ming state and swept south in the 1600s to establish their own Qing Dynasty. Now after centuries of decline followed by decades of repression, septuagenarian Ji is the youngest of some nine mother-tongue speakers left in Sanjiazi village, one of only two places in China where they can be found.

Mexico's police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International saysMexico's police and armed forces routinely torture and mistreat women, sometimes using sexual violence during arrest and interrogation, Amnesty International wrote in a damning report released on Tuesday. The rights group interviewed 100 women who reported violence during arrest, all of whom described having been the victim of some form of sexual harassment or psychological abuse. Seven in ten of the women reported sexual violence during arrest or in the hours that followed.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, left, and then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, salute together the lawmakers and supporters of Erdogan's Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party at the Parliament in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim announced Monday, June 27, 2016, that Turkey and Israel have reached a deal to normalize ties after six years of strain. (AP Photo, file)GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers have thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support following a reconciliation pact with Israel that Ankara says will help alleviate hardships in the isolated coastal strip.

Andy Murray of Britain plays a shot ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, June 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON (AP) — For all that he's achieved in more than a decade as a professional tennis player, from the two Grand Slam titles to the No. 2 ranking, from an Olympic gold medal in singles to a Davis Cup championship, Andy Murray is about to do something he never has: face a fellow Brit at Wimbledon.

A broker talks on phone as she monitors stock prices at a brokerage firm in Hong Kong, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. Most Asian stock benchmarks slipped on Tuesday as Britain's vote to quit the European Union and its messy aftermath continued to reverberate throughout global financial markets. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock benchmarks rebounded from early losses Tuesday as investors started shaking off the jitters from Britain's vote to quit the European Union and its messy aftermath.

BEIJING (AP) — China is a potential winner if Britain and the European Union rework trade deals and look for investors after a British exit. Beijing faces a blow from weaker European demand for its exports and pressure to hold its yuan steady in turbulent currency markets. But economists and political analysts say if Britain and the EU split, both sides will look to cash-rich Chinese companies that are expanding abroad — with the possible bonus for Beijing of closer political ties. "One of the benefits China can gain from 'Brexit' is a stronger and closer economic relationship with the U.K.

Claudia Medina Tavariz talks during an interview, at the Amnesty International office in Mexico City, Monday, June 27, 2016. Blindfolded and handcuffed, Medina was arrested in August 2012 and believes she was taken to a local Navy base where her captors accused her of working with organized crime. Over a period of hours she was beaten, sexually assaulted, jolted with electric shocks and subjected to simulated drowning. Human rights defender Amnesty International says Medina’s experience is common among women arrested in Mexico. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MEXICO CITY (AP) — Claudia Medina Tamariz was asleep in her home in the Gulf coast port of Veracruz with her husband when Mexican marines burst in and arrested them both in August 2012.

FILE - In this Thursday, May 19, 2016 file photo, An EgyptAir Airbus A330-300 takes off for Cairo from Charles de Gaulle Airport outside of Paris. Egyptian investigators say the black boxes from a passenger plane that crashed last month have arrived in Paris, where technicians will attempt to repair them. Both were extensively damaged when EgyptAir Flight 804 from Paris to Cairo crashed into the Mediterranean on May 19, killing all 66 people on board. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)PARIS (AP) — French authorities opened a manslaughter inquiry Monday into the May crash of an EgyptAir plane that killed 66 people, saying there is no evidence so far to link it to terrorism.

TOKYO (AP) — An American sailor has tapped a cloud-based technology for mobile phones to make it easier to have volunteers take turns driving drunk friends home, an initiative that has curtailed drunken driving among the Navy ranks.

Stevie Johnson holds up a pair of signs during a protest outside City Hall before a scheduled vote, Monday, June 27, 2016, to decide whether to ban rail shipments of coal over concerns it would pose a public health or safety hazard in Oakland, Calif. A yes vote Monday by the Oakland City Council could scuttle the plan to build a marine terminal that would serve as a gateway for Utah coal heading to Asia. (AP Photo/Janie Har)OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plan to ship coal through Oakland (all times local):

Trader Jeffrey Lucchesi works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, June 27, 2016. Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street following bigger losses in Europe as investors continue to grapple with the fallout of Britain's vote to leave the European Union. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)HONG KONG (AP) — Most Asian stock benchmarks slipped on Tuesday as Britain's vote to quit the European Union and its messy aftermath continued to reverberate throughout global financial markets.

Marcus Titus checks his time after a men's 100-meter breaststroke semifinal at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Marcus Titus is gliding through the water, his head bobbing up and down, he doesn't hear the roar of the crowd.

Gary Neville (L), England manager Roy Hodgson's assistant, has also stepped down after their Euro 2016 last of 16 match loss against IcelandIn presiding over England's humiliating Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson seemed to abandon the principles upon which he has constructed his entire career. Hodgson, 68, resigned as manager in the press conference room at Stade de Nice minutes after his side's 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 on Monday had brought his third major tournament to a dismal end. Despite building his reputation upon producing well-structured, defensively organised teams, his England side proved careless in defence and shapeless in attack, prompting withering criticism from pundits.

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