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Delhi suffers toxic smog hangover after Diwali firework frenzy

Delhi suffers toxic smog hangover after Diwali firework frenzy

Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels Thursday after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb the smog-fuelling partying. Major monuments including the India Gate and Red Fort were hidden by a toxic haze. Commuters donned masks as visibility...

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From bad to worse: Trump’s media relationship frays more

From bad to worse: Trump’s media relationship frays more

President Trump’s combative relationship with the media deteriorated further Wednesday with a news conference where he called some reporters rude and accused a PBS reporter of posing a racist question when she asked him about white nationalists. “It’s such a hostile media,”...

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Pakistani Christian woman freed after blasphemy sentence acquittal

Pakistani Christian woman freed after blasphemy sentence acquittal

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman whose conviction and death sentence for blasphemy was reversed last week by the Supreme Court has been released from prison, officials said late Wednesday. Bibi, a mother of five, had been released from a prison in Multan, a city in southern Punjab...

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Khashoggi's legacy should be peace in Yemen: IRC

Khashoggi's legacy should be peace in Yemen: IRC

The killing of Jamal Khashoggi may have triggered a cease-fire in Yemen, and possibly peace in the war-torn country, according to the president of the International Rescue Committee (IRC). David Miliband, who is a former British foreign secretary and member of parliament, said while the...

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Six arrested, including Syrian, over 'plot' to attack Emmanuel Macron

Six arrested, including Syrian, over 'plot' to attack Emmanuel Macron

 (Zaman Al Wasl) Six people, includign Syrian, have been arrested on preliminary terrorism charges, suspected of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron, an official said. A judiciary official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, told AP that...

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Ethiopian premier pushes reform agenda

Ethiopian premier pushes reform agenda

The sun is shining bright on the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Commuters are stuck in rush hour traffic on a four-lane road adjacent to the historic National Palace, which has withstood putsches and political murders over the course of a century. Its current occupant, reformist Prime...

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79 abducted pupils freed in troubled Cameroon region: minister

79 abducted pupils freed in troubled Cameroon region: minister

Seventy-nine school pupils abducted by gunmen this week in a troubled English-speaking region of Cameroon have been freed, the country's communications minister told AFP Wednesday. "All 79 students have been released," said Issa Bakary Tchiroma, without giving details of the...

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Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

Pompeo meeting with North Korean envoy delayed

 A senior North Korean envoy’s meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been delayed, throwing already deadlocked diplomacy over the North’s nuclear weapons into further uncertainty. The State Department said in a short statement Wednesday the officials would meet...

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US: Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

US: Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate

Democratic hopes for a "blue wave" fueled by opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump fell short Tuesday with the party on track to take control of the House of Representatives even as it lost critical ground in the Senate.  Republicans increased their hold on the 100-member...

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UN official urges Bangladesh to halt Rohingya returns

UN official urges Bangladesh to halt Rohingya returns

A UN human rights official has implored Bangladesh to shelve its plans to start the repatriation of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar this month, fearing they may face violence or abuse. "I have not seen any evidence of the Government of Myanmar taking concrete and visible measures to create...

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US offers reward for information on PKK members

US offers reward for information on PKK members

The United States said Tuesday that it is offering up to $5 million for information leading to the identification or location of three senior members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The announcement was made by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara following a visit by U.S. Deputy...

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Russia's Lavrov says US sanctions against Iran are not legitimate

Russia's Lavrov says US sanctions against Iran are not legitimate

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday that U.S. sanctions on Iran are not legitimate. He added that Russia expected there would be ways to pursue economic cooperation with Iran despite the sanctions.

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Saudi team must have acted on orders in Khashoggi case: Turkey

Saudi team must have acted on orders in Khashoggi case: Turkey

A 15-man Saudi team that flew to Turkey before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi must have been acting on orders, Turkey's foreign minister said, though he reiterated Ankara's stance that the directions had not come from King Salman. Speaking to reporters in Tokyo, Mevlut Cavusoglu added...

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Spain finds 17 dead migrants, 100 survivors in Mediterranean

Spain finds 17 dead migrants, 100 survivors in Mediterranean

Spanish rescue workers combed the seas and shores of southern Spain Tuesday, searching for 17 missing migrants a day after finding the bodies of 17 other migrants who died trying to cross the Mediterranean in boats departing from North Africa. The Spanish Civil Guard said it had found...

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Record 435 Afghans killed or wounded in legislative poll: UN

Record 435 Afghans killed or wounded in legislative poll: UN

More than 400 Afghans were killed or wounded in poll-related violence during three days of voting last month, the United Nations said Tuesday, making the parliamentary ballot the deadliest on record. The vast majority of the 435 casualties – 56 dead and 379 wounded – happened on the...

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US networks pull 'racist' Trump ad on eve of midterms

US networks pull 'racist' Trump ad on eve of midterms

NBC, Fox News and Facebook pulled an ad by President Donald Trump's campaign that critics had labeled racist as a bitter election fight for control of the U.S. Congress headed on Monday for an unpredictable finish. Tuesday's elections, widely seen as a referendum on Trump, have been...

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US sanctions on Iran come into force

US sanctions on Iran come into force

The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called "the toughest sanctions ever placed" against Iran. Taking effect Monday, the measures are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald...

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Trump says 'probably' no Putin meeting in Paris this week

Trump says 'probably' no Putin meeting in Paris this week

US President Donald Trump said Monday he does not expect to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when they attend World War I commemorations in Paris at the end of this week. Trump said he was "not sure we'll have a meeting in Paris -- probably not." However they "will be...

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