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BUENOS AIRES - Ar­gen­tine Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Macri said a cri­sis that saw the coun­try’s cur­rency plum­met in re­cent weeks had ended, adding that re­duc­ing the bud­get deficit was a pri­or­ity for his ad­min­is­tra­tion.


BRUS­SELS - The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said yes­ter­day it is tak­ing Ger­many, France, the United King­dom and three other EU coun­tries to court for fail­ing to com­ply with EU air qual­ity stan­dards.

LUXEMBOURG - A top Euro­pean Union court yes­ter­day up­held the ban on three in­sec­ti­cides blamed for killing off bee pop­u­la­tions, dis­miss­ing cases brought by chem­i­cals giants Bayer and Syn­genta.


SCHIPHOL - Fire­brand Dutch politi­cian Geert Wilders was back in court yes­ter­day ap­peal­ing his 2016 con­vic­tion for dis­crim­i­na­tion, and un­re­pen­tant in the per­sonal bat­tle he is wag­ing against Is­lam.


LON­DON - Bri­tain should not ban the cladding blamed for fu­elling last year’s Gren­fell Tower fire, de­spite pres­sure from ar­chi­tects and the fam­i­lies of the 71 vic­tims, a gov­ern­ment review said yes­ter­day.


CAIRO - Egypt’s army said yes­ter­day it killed 19 pre­sumed ji­hadists in the Si­nai penin­sula dur­ing a large-scale “anti-terror” op­er­a­tion.


STOCK­HOLM — NATO-mem­ber Den­mark said yes­ter­day its spe­cial forces tak­ing part in the USled coali­tion against the Is­lamic State group in Iraq would be with­drawn fol­low­ing the IS de­feat.


IS­TAN­BUL — Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties yes­ter­day de­tained 33 mem­bers of the air force over al­leged links to the US-based cleric Ankara blames for a July 2016 failed mil­i­tary coup, the Hur­riyet daily said.


BRASÍLIA - More than 100 peo­ple were de­tained yes­ter­day across Brazil in what au­thor­i­ties said was the coun­try’s big­gest ever crack­down on in­ter­net child pornog­ra­phy.— Agen­cies

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