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UPDATE 1-Defying Trump, U.S. senator moves toward vote to block Saudi arms sales

WASHINGTON, June 18 U.S. Senator Bob Menendez began the formal process on Tuesday of blocking a White House plan for $8 billion in military sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates without the consent of Congress, setting up Senate votes on the matter as soon as this week.

Online pharmacy flags possible new impurity in blood pressure drug

June 18 Online pharmacy Valisure reported that it found a new cancer-causing impurity in some versions of widely prescribed blood pressure medicine valsartan, but U.S. regulators said on Tuesday that the amount in the drugs was well below levels deemed to be potentially harmful.

UPDATE 6-China suspending pork imports from 3rd Canadian firm as dispute with Ottawa deepens

BEIJING, June 18 China will block pork imports from a third Canadian firm after a shipment was found to contain the banned feed additive ractopamine, the customs agency said on Tuesday, deepening a trade and diplomatic dispute with Canada.

UK PM candidate Johnson says sorry for any offence his words have caused

LONDON, June 18 Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain's next prime minister, apologised on Tuesday for any offence caused over his earlier comments, including those when he described Muslim women wearing burqas as looking like letter boxes.

UK PM candidate Johnson: Irish border can be solved during implementation period

LONDON, June 18 Boris Johnson, the leading candidate to be Britain's next prime minister, said on Tuesday the issue of what to do with the Irish border after Brexit could be solved during the implementation period with the European Union.

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