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Second Palestinian killed by Israeli fire on Gaza border: ministry

Second Palestinian killed by Israeli fire on Gaza border: ministry

A second Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces in new protests along the Gaza border Friday, the health ministry in the coastal enclave said. It said the man, who was not named, was killed near Khan Yunis in southern Gaza, following the death of a 14-year-old during similar protests in...

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Italy hesitates over refugee deal with Germany, seeks concessions

Italy hesitates over refugee deal with Germany, seeks concessions

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini denied Friday having reached a deal with Germany to take back migrants who had already applied for asylum in Italy, saying he wanted more concessions from Berlin. German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced Thursday he had secured an...

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Trump's Supreme Court pick ready to testify over sex assault allegation

Trump's Supreme Court pick ready to testify over sex assault allegation

  US President Donald Trump's conservative Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, struck back Monday at an allegation that he committed sexual assault as a teenager, saying he was ready to defend his "integrity" before the Senate. "I have never done anything like what the accuser...

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EU nations mull clearing house to avoid Iran sanctions: reports

EU nations mull clearing house to avoid Iran sanctions: reports

Germany, France and Britain are mulling setting up a new financial institution to allow EU trade with Iran to continue despite American sanctions renewed by U.S. President Donald Trump, German media reported Friday. The three countries could set up a "Special Purpose Vehicle" (SPV) –...

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Migrant land-arrivals in Europe up seven-fold: U.N.

Migrant land-arrivals in Europe up seven-fold: U.N.

An estimated 18,000 irregular migrants have reached Europe by land this year, a more than seven-fold increase compared to the same period in 2017, the United Nations said Friday. The most popular route is from Turkey to Greece, which accounted for more than 12,000 land arrivals from...

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Situation in Yemen's Hodeida 'alarming', aid at risk: UN

Situation in Yemen's Hodeida 'alarming', aid at risk: UN

The UN warned Friday that shelling and air strikes in Yemen's Hodeida province have targeted humanitarian workers and infrastructure, threatening its ability to feed 3.5 million "very hungry people." The World Food Programme (WFP) said it was "extremely concerned about the series of security...

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Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Serena cartoon fuels debate about 'racist' Australia

Australia is by most measures one of the world's most successful multicultural societies, but a controversial cartoon of Serena Williams has rekindled accusations it is also inveterately racist. Australia should be a poster-child for diversity: One-in-two Australians has a parent born...

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Bangladesh unions reject $95 minimum wage for garment workers

Bangladesh unions reject $95 minimum wage for garment workers

14 September 2018 - 09H49 Bangladesh unions reject $95 minimum wage for garment workers         inShare   © AFP | Retailers have set up two organisations to push through reforms in Bangladesh factories after the Rana Plaza disaster in 2013 DHAKA (AFP) - ...

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Venezuela's Maduro seeks deals with 'big sister' China

Venezuela's Maduro seeks deals with 'big sister' China

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hailed China as a "big sister" as he prepared to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Friday, hoping to broker economic deals for his crisis-hit country. Maduro declared after landing in Beijing overnight that he came with "great expectations" to further...

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Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analysts

Afghan conflict could be deadlier than Syria in 2018: analysts

The Afghan conflict could overtake Syria as the deadliest conflict in the world this year, analysts say, as violence surges 17 years after the US-led invasion. The grim assessment contrasts sharply with the consistently upbeat public view of the conflict from NATO's Resolute Support mission...

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Six months on, slain black activist still symbol of hope in Brazil

Six months on, slain black activist still symbol of hope in Brazil

Six months ago, the slaying of black rights activist Marielle Franco shocked Brazil and prompted major demonstrations against the surging violence in Rio de Janeiro, where she served on the city council. Now, her widow is working overtime to preserve her memory, and says Franco remains...

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Egypt court suspends return of bearded police

Egypt court suspends return of bearded police

An Egyptian court has suspended a ruling that allowed the return to work of policemen with beards which are usually reserved for pious Muslims, a judicial source said Thursday. Wednesday's decision came after a lawyer appealed against a ruling to allow them to return to work and demanded the...

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Turkey court rejects plea to open Hagia Sophia for Islamic prayer

Turkey court rejects plea to open Hagia Sophia for Islamic prayer

Turkey's top court on Thursday turned down a plea to open the Hagia Sofia, an Istanbul landmark that is now a museum after serving as both a church and a mosque over its long history, for Muslim worshipping. The Constitutional Court rejected an association's demand that the Hagia Sophia...

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Zimbabwe cholera deaths at 24, drugs resistant: WHO

Zimbabwe cholera deaths at 24, drugs resistant: WHO

The death toll from a cholera outbreak in Zimbabwe has risen to 24 with first-line antibiotics struggling to treat the disease which has spread from the capital, a World Health Organisation report said Thursday. "A cumulative of 24 deaths were reported from the onset of outbreak," the...

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Skripal suspects say were in UK as tourists, deny murder attempt

Skripal suspects say were in UK as tourists, deny murder attempt

Two men accused by London of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal told Russian media on Thursday they visited the British city of Salisbury as tourists and denied having anything to do with the murder attempt. Speaking in an interview with the head of the Kremlin-backed RT news network,...

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German forest activists brace for eviction in anti-coal fight

German forest activists brace for eviction in anti-coal fight

German activists living in treehouses to protect an ancient forest from being razed for a nearby coal mine were bracing Thursday for a forced eviction by police, in a major escalation of the long running environmental battle. Hundreds of police officers descended on the area in the early...

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Putin says will strengthen army at military drills

Putin says will strengthen army at military drills

President Vladimir Putin on Thursday visited Russia's largest-ever military drills in eastern Siberia, where he said Moscow planned to strengthen the country's armed forces. Russia has said the Vostok-2018 exercises involve nearly 300,000 troops and all types of military equipment, as...

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US boy survives impaling head on kebab skewer

US boy survives impaling head on kebab skewer

A 10-year-old American boy was making a remarkable recovery Wednesday after a meat skewer impaled his skull but missed his brain, in what medics called a "one in a million" accident. Had Xavier Cunningham landed fractions of an inch to either side after falling from a treehouse ladder...

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