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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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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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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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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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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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IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts -- with new quotas

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts -- with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting -- but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic. The vote confirmed a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling...

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Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans'

The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Wednesday that "Europe belongs to the Europeans" and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them. Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest city of Malmo, home to a large immigrant population, the...

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UK accuses Russia of 'lies' after Putin's Skripal poisoning denial

UK accuses Russia of 'lies' after Putin's Skripal poisoning denial

Britain accused Russia on Wednesday of "obfuscation and lies" after President Vladimir Putin denied that the two men Britain suspects of poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal with a nerve agent were military intelligence officers. "We have repeatedly asked Russia to account for what...

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Germany's top spy under spotlight amid rise of far-right

Germany's top spy under spotlight amid rise of far-right

Secret services typically work away from the limelight, but Germany's top domestic spy Hans-Georg Maassen has repeatedly crashed into the public eye, with his latest outing pitting him directly against Chancellor Angela Merkel. After anti-migrant protests rocked the eastern city of...

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Putin says Russia identified suspects in Novichok poisoning

Putin says Russia identified suspects in Novichok poisoning

President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia has identified the two men that Britain named as suspects in the poisoning of a former Russian spy, and that there is "nothing criminal" about them. Britain last week charged two alleged agents of Russia's military intelligence agency in...

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Putin says N.Korean leader can visit Russia anytime

Putin says N.Korean leader can visit Russia anytime

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could visit Russia at any time that was convenient for him. Putin's comments came days after the Kremlin said it had sent Kim Jong Un a letter of invitation to visit Russia.

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Cancer in Europe: more cases but fewer deaths

Cancer in Europe: more cases but fewer deaths

The number of cancer cases has continued to rise across Europe, however mortality rates from the disease have fallen, according to the World Health Organization's "European Health Report", published Wednesday. Some 2.4 percent of people living in the 53 countries constituting the WHO's...

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Mattis to visit Macedonia amid concerns of Russia meddling

Mattis to visit Macedonia amid concerns of Russia meddling

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced plans Tuesday to visit Macedonia, ahead of a referendum that could end a years-long spat with Greece over the country's name and pave the way for it to join NATO. The Pentagon chief said he was concerned Russia might be attempting to interfere...

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