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Swiss voters approve tighter gun control: TV

Swiss voters agreed on Sunday to adopt tighter gun controls in line with changes to European Union rules, heading off a clash with Brussels, projections for Swiss broadcaster SRF showed.


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Austrian government collapses as far right leader caught in video sting

Austria raced on Saturday toward a snap election as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pulled the plug on his coalition with the far right after its leader was caught on video offering to fix state contracts w


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Pope pays tribute to journalists killed; says press freedom vital

Pope Francis paid tribute on Saturday (May 18) to journalists killed while doing their jobs, saying media freedom is a key indicator of a country’s health.


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Brexit legislation needs to include public vote: Labour's Starmer

The British government’s Brexit Withdrawal Agreement Bill needs to include another public vote when it is presented to lawmakers again next month, the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokesman Keir S


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In first for Asia, Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage

Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage on Friday, as thousands of demonstrators outside parliament cheered and waved rainbow flags, despite deep divisions over marriage eq


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WhatsApp security breach may have targeted human rights groups

WhatsApp said on Tuesday (May 14) that a security breach on its messaging app had signs of coming from a government using surveillance technology developed by a private company, and it may have target


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Fight against disease made harder by rising violence against health workers

Documented attacks on health workers in conflict areas increased dramatically last year, endangering both children waiting for polio vaccines and efforts to contain the latest outbreak of Ebola, resea


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Putin says he senses Trump genuinely wants to repair US- Russia ties

President Vladimir Putin told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday that he sensed that US President Donald Trump genuinely wanted to repair battered relations between Russia and the United Sta


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Brazilian appeals court votes to free former President Temer

A Brazilian appeals court voted on Tuesday to free former President Michel Temer, who was arrested last week for a second time under allegations that he was involved for decades in a corruption scheme


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Russia tells Pompeo: Enough mistrust, let's reboot our ties

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday it was time for Moscow and Washington to put aside years of mistrust and find a way to work together constructi


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WhatsApp urges users to upgrade app after report of spyware attack

Facebook’s WhatsApp urged users to upgrade to the latest version of its popular messaging app following a report that users could be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without


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UN Secretary-General warns world 'not on track' to limiting temperature rise

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the world was “not on track” to limiting global temperature rises to 1.5%, TVNZ reported on Sunday (May 12), during his visit to New Zealand.


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Sweden reopens Assange rape investigation, will seek extradition

Sweden’s state prosecutor said on Monday (May 13) she would reopen an investigation into a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and seek his extradition from Britain.


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China defiant toward US on trade, Kudlow urges strong enforcement steps

The United States and China appeared at a deadlock over trade negotiations on Sunday (May 12) as Washington demanded promises of concrete changes to Chinese law and Beijing said it would not swallow a


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France's 'yellow vests' protest in dwindling numbers, some clashes

French police fired tear gas in skirmishes with masked demonstrators in Lyon and Nantes on Saturday, the 26th straight weekend of “yellow vest” protests against President Emmanuel Macron and his econ


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China, US to hold more trade talks as Trump ratchets up tariff threat

China and the United States have agreed to hold more trade talks in Beijing, Vice Premier Liu He said, as US President Donald Trump ordered his trade chief to begin the process of imposing tariffs on


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Islamic State claims 'province' in India for first time after clash in Kashmir

Islamic State (ISIS) claimed for the first time that it has established a “province” in India, after a clash between militants and security forces in the contested Kashmir region killed a militant wit


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Malta rescues 85 migrants from sinking boat

A Maltese patrol boat rescued a group of 85 migrants late on Friday night and will bring them to Malta on Saturday morning (May 11), the Armed Forces said.


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ANC coasting to victory in South African election

The African National Congress was set to easily win South Africa’s election on Saturday (May 11) but with a lower vote share reflecting anger at corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain


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French military frees hostages in Burkina Faso, two commandos killed

French commandos rescued four foreign hostages including two French citizens from a militant group in Burkina Faso, France’s military said on Friday (May 10), adding that two of the elite soldiers wer


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