Official: EU should have spoken out against ‘lies’ in Brexit vote

The European Union was wrong to stay silent in 2016 during the campaign ahead of the British referendum on membership in the bloc because it should have corrected “lies” spread by the “Leave” side, the head of the European Commission said. “It was a mistake not to intervene and not to interfere because we would have been the only ones to destroy the lies which were circulated,” Jean-Claude Juncker told a news conference in Brussels on Tuesday.

Erdogan backs re-run of Istanbul vote after ‘organized corruption’

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday the decision to re-run Istanbul’s mayoral election was an important step toward strengthening democracy, describing the March vote as marred by “organized corruption” and illegality.

The High Election Board ruled on Monday for a fresh Istanbul mayoral contest on June 23, scrapping the March 31 vote which was lost by Erdogan’s party candidate, in a move that drew opposition accusations of dictatorship.

Two Reuters reporters freed in after more than 500 days in jail

Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act walked free from a prison on the outskirts of Yangon on Tuesday after spending more than 500 days behind bars.

The two reporters, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, had been convicted in September and sentenced to seven years in jail, in a case that raised questions about Myanmar’s progress toward democracy and sparked an outcry from diplomats and human rights advocates.

British soldier killed in counter poaching operation in Malawi

A British soldier has been killed while taking part in counter poaching operations in Malawi, Britain’s defense ministry said on Tuesday. Guardsman Mathew Talbot, who served with The 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, was killed on May 5 while on his first operational deployment, the ministry said.

Images show construction on China’s third, largest aircraft carrier

Construction of China’s first full-sized aircraft carrier is well under way, according to satellite images obtained and analyzed by a U.S. think tank.

The images from April, provided to Reuters by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, reveal considerable recent activity during the last six months on a large vessel at the Jiangnan shipyard outside Shanghai.

— From Wire Reports

Pompeo, Russia’s Lavrov to hold talks in Sochi on May 14

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will hold talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the southern Russian city of Sochi on May 14, the RIA news agency cited a source in Russia’s foreign ministry as saying on Tuesday. The two men are expected to discuss Venezuela’s political crisis and North Korea’s nuclear program.