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12 killed, scores wounded in Afghanistan Taliban car bombing

Twelve people were killed and more than 80 wounded when Taliban fighters detonated two car bombs at a gate outside police headquarters in the Afghan city of Kandahar on Thursday (July 18), police and


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MPs back bid to hamper a no-deal Brexit

British lawmakers on Thursday (July 18) backed proposals to make it harder for the next prime minister to force through a no-deal Brexit by suspending parliament, showing again their determination to


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Unbowed, Trump intensifies racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen

President Donald Trump stepped up his vilification of four liberal lawmakers as un-American at a raucous rally on Wednesday (July 17), underscoring that the attacks will form a key part of his strateg


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WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify

The World Health Organization on Wednesday declared Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city a


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US judge imposes life sentence on drug lord 'El Chapo' Guzman

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the Mexican drug lord who twice escaped maximum-security prisons in that country will spend the rest of his life in a US penitentiary, a federal judge said on Wednesday afte


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UN nuclear watchdog's chief plans to step down early: diplomats

UN nuclear watchdog chief Yukiya Amano plans to step down early, in March of next year, because of an unspecified illness that has visibly weakened him over the past year, diplomats who follow his age


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To end slavery, free 10,000 people a day for a decade, report says

Ten thousand people would need to be freed every day to eliminate modern slavery over the next decade, according to research on Wednesday (July 17) showing countries making little or no progress in ef


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House condemns Trump over 'racist comments' tweeted at congresswomen

The US House of Representatives voted on Tuesday (July 16) to condemn President Donald Trump for “racist comments” against four minority Democratic congresswomen, a symbolic measure aimed at shaming T


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Russia eyes 2035 grain crop boom with $70 billion investment plan

The Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday (July 16) it saw Russia’s grain crop rising as high as 150.3 million tons by 2035 in an “optimistic scenario” as it outlined a draft strategy to invest billion


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Most big companies fail to report role in deforestation, charity says

Most big companies are failing to report the damage their operations are doing to forests despite committing to lighten their footprint under wider efforts to tackle climate change, according to a rep


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Von der Leyen lays out cards to EU lawmakers ahead of vote

Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen sought on Tuesday (July 16) to win over skeptical European socialist and liberal lawmakers to back her as European Commission president, laying out ambitious social, cli


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'Look beyond hunger' says UN as one in four lack access to healthy food

More than 2 billion people lack access to healthy food, putting them at risk of health problems - and many of them live in North America or Europe, the United Nations said on Monday (July 15), urging


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Esper formally nominated to be defense secretary by White House

Mark Esper was formally nominated to the position of defense secretary by the White House on Monday (July 15), a role he has been carrying out in an acting capacity since last month.


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Italy seizes air-to-air missile, guns in raids on neo-Nazis

Italian police have seized a large arsenal of weapons, including an air-to-air missile, in raids on neo-Nazi sympathizers, they said on Monday.


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Trial begins with high stakes for US-Turkey ties, ex-Trump adviser Flynn

​In a court case that could further strain US relations with Turkey and weigh on the sentencing of former US national security adviser Michael Flynn, a criminal trial began on Monday involving a form


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Brazil vice president says country is staying in Paris climate accord

Brazil’s Vice President Hamilton Mourao said on Monday he considers it “impossible” for Brazil to leave the Paris Agreement on climate change.


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Landmine kills 11 pilgrims in southern Afghanistan

At least 11 pilgrims including seven children were killed and on Monday when their vehicle set off a landmine in southern Afghanistan, local government and health officials said.


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China says will freeze out US companies that sell arms to Taiwan

China’s government and Chinese companies will cut bUSiness ties with US firms selling arms to Taiwan, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Monday, declining to give details of the sanctions in a move like


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20 million children miss out on life-saving vaccines, UN warns

More than one in 10 children - or 20 million worldwide - missed out last year on vaccines against life-threatening diseases such as measles, diphtheria and tetanus, the World Health Organization and t


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China second quarter GDP growth slows to 27-year low

China’s economic growth slowed to 6.2% in the second quarter, its weakest pace in at least 27 years, as demand at home and abroad faltered in the face of mounting US trade pressure.


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