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Low wages, poor parental leave hinder gender equality: World Bank

Countries are making progress towards greater gender equality, but women around the world continue to face regulations that limit their economic opportunities -- and the pandemic has created new chall


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German 'ISIS leader' handed lengthy prison sentence

A notorious Iraqi preacher said to be the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group's de facto leader in Germany was sentenced to 10 years and six months in prison by a German court on Wednesday (February 2


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US in mourning over 500,000 Covid deaths, UK sees hope

President Joe Biden ordered flags lowered to half mast Monday (February 22) after the United States crossed the "heartbreaking" milestone of 500,000 Covid-19 deaths, while Britain eyed lifting lockdow


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Germany seeks answers a year after deadly racist shooting in Hanau

A year after nine people, including at least five Kurds, were killed in a racist shooting in the German city of Hanau, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Friday urged all Germans to unite against fa


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Fire 'catastrophe' destroys 100 fuel tankers on Afghanistan-Iran border

At least 100 oil and gas tankers have been destroyed by fire in a "catastrophe" at Afghanistan's biggest trade crossing with Iran, causing millions of dollars of losses, officials said Sunday (Februar


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Trump acquitted, again, by US Senate

Donald Trump was acquitted Saturday (February 13) on charges of inciting an insurrection at the US Capitol, after a majority of Senate Republicans closed ranks and refused to punish the former preside


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Aegean Sea a 'lawless space' for migrants as abuses soar: NGO

There was an "unprecedented escalation" of human rights violations against migrants in the Aegean Sea last year, a campaign group said Friday (February 12), accusing Greece and the EU's border patrol


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Trump impeachment trial nears end with verdict expected

The US Senate was expected to deliver a verdict in Donald Trump's impeachment trial this weekend after his lawyers argued Friday (February 12) that the former president bears no responsibility for an


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Fossil fuel pollution causes one in five deaths globally: study

Fossil fuel pollution caused more than eight million premature deaths in 2018, accounting for nearly 20 percent of adult mortality worldwide, researchers reported Tuesday (February 9).


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US to 're-engage' with UN rights council after Trump pullout

The United States said Monday (February 8) it would "re-engage" with the UN Human Rights Council, nearly three years after former president Donald Trump's administration withdrew.


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Biden opens major push for LGBTIQ rights abroad

President Joe Biden has quickly launched a campaign to support LGBTIQ people abroad, putting their rights higher on the US foreign policy agenda than ever before.


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UN launches selection process for next secretary-general

The UN Security Council and General Assembly on Thursday launched the recruitment process for the next secretary-general, a post currently held by Antonio Guterres who has announced he will seek a sec


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UN chief urges world 'reset' after devastating year

A worldwide "reset" is a priority for 2021 after a year filled with "tragedy and peril," United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday (January 28).


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Two-thirds of world see 'climate emergency': UN survey

Nearly two-thirds of 1.2 million people polled worldwide say humanity faces a climate emergency, according to a UN survey, the largest of its kind ever undertaken.


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US Senate confirms Blinken as secretary of state

The US Senate on Tuesday (January 27) easily confirmed Antony Blinken as secretary of state, with key members of the rival Republican Party backing him.


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House sends Trump impeachment article to Senate, triggering trial

The US House of Representatives presented a single article of impeachment to the Senate on Monday (January 25) accusing Donald Trump of inciting the storming of the Capitol, setting in motion the firs


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Greece, Turkey face first crisis talk since 2016

Greece and Turkey will bow to EU and NATO pressure on Monday (January 25) and hold the first direct talks over their explosive eastern Mediterranean standoff in four years.


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Biden undoes Trump migration orders, pushes for major reform

Within hours of taking office, President Joe Biden undid some of Donald Trump's most controversial immigration policies and sparked cautious hope that millions living in the shadows could one day get


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'Democracy has prevailed': Biden begins U-turn from Trump

Joe Biden took charge as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday (January 21) with an upbeat call to heal a nation torn by deep schisms as he immediately erased some of Donald Trump's mos


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Biden's top diplomat vows US will lead but restore alliances

Antony Blinken, President-elect Joe Biden's choice to be secretary of state, will vow Tuesday (January 19) that the United States will "outcompete" a rising China while reviving frayed alliances, in a


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