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Ukrainian leader seeks backing to fight corruption in vote

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainians are voting in an early parliamentary election in which the new party of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is set to take the largest share of votes.

Polls ahead of Sunday’s balloting showed Zelenskiy’s Servant of the People party getting support from a little more than half of those who intended to vote. But only 225 of the 424 seats to be filled in the Verkhovna Rada parliament are being chosen by party list; the rest are single-mandate seats, whose distribution could differ from nationwide sentiment.

Ukraine’s Voter Committee records first irregularities in parliamentary election

KIEV, July 21. /TASS/: Observers representing Ukraine’s Voter Committee have recorded the first irregularities in Sunday’s parliamentary election.

According to observers, "campaign materials are being illegally spread on behalf of the Servant of the People, Opposition Platform - For Life and Opposition Bloc parties."

Crew of Stena Impero tanker detained by Iran in good health — company

STOCKHOLM, July 21. /TASS/: Crew members of the Stena Impero oil tanker, detained by the Iranian authorities in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday, are feeling well, the head of the ship’s Swedish owner Stena Bulk said in an interview with the SVT TV channel.

"The crew is feeling well, given the present circumstances," Stena Bulk President and Chief Executive Erik Hanell said.

According to him, this information about the ship’s crew, comprising 23 people from Lithuania, India, Russia and The Philippines, came from the insurance company.

Ukrainian trawler catches fire off West Africa — media

KIEV, July 21. /TASS/: A fire broke out aboard the Ivan Golubets, one of Ukraine’s four government-owned deepwater trawlers, which is currently somewhere off West Africa, the Dumskaya news portal of Ukraine’s port city of Odessa reported.

"As a result of the incident, one sailor - an engine mechanic - went missing. A search for him is under way," the web portal said on Saturday.

"It is yet unclear how seriously the trawler was damaged," Dumskaya reported, citing information obtained directly from the crew.

Minsk refutes reports about Russian troops in Chernobyl zone near Ukrainian border

MINSK, July 20. /TASS/: Belarus’ Defense Ministry has dismissed Ukrainian media reports that Russian troops had been deployed to the Belarusian section of the Chernobyl zone of exclusion, the Belarusian Defense Ministry said on its Telegram channel.

"The reports about alleged ‘Russian forces’ presence in the Belarusian section of the Chernobyl zone of exclusion’ are far from reality," the Defense Ministry said.

Johnson bracing to become Britain's Brexit PM

21 July 2019; AFP: Boris Johnson is expected to become Britain's next prime minister this week, vowing to deliver Brexit on October 31 come what may, in the face of fierce opposition in parliament.

The former London mayor is the runaway favourite to win the governing Conservative Party's leadership contest and replace Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday.

UK pro-EU campaigners hold 'No to Boris' march in London

21 July 2019; DW: Anti-Brexit campaigners have marched through central London in a show of opposition to Britain's exit from the EU. Among the attractions was a giant balloon effigy of Britain's likely next prime minister, Boris Johnson.

Thousands of people gathered in London on Saturday in a show of defiance to Brexit just days ahead of the selection of Britain's next prime minister.

Hundreds of firefighters combat Portugal wildfires

21 July 2019; DW: Several firefighters have been injured while working to contain wildfires in central Portugal, with the blazes exacerbated by strong wind. Authorities have deployed a small army contingent to help combat the fires.

Portuguese authorities have used helicopters and planes to fight three blazes which were sparked Saturday in the country's central region. Over 700 firefighters have been deployed to the scene. Several of them were hurt, with one person sustaining serious injuries.

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