David Sassoli elected as European Parliament President

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(Brussels) - Newly-elected European Parliament President David Sassoli is a former television journalist who turned to politics 10 years ago as a centre-left MEP. Parliament chose the 63-year-old social democrat to succeed another Italian,…

Alibaba to donate $145m to women's football

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(Shanghai) - China´s second richest man Jack Ma will contribute to a $145 million donation to the Chinese women´s football squad, it was announced, who despite underfunding routinely outperform the men´s national team. The one billion…

France government approves Canada trade deal

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The French government on Wednesday approved a bill ratifying a huge EU-Canada trade deal which will be voted on next month by the parliament. "The cabinet has considered and approved the bill," junior foreign minister Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne…

Google endorses 'international tax deal' for multinationals

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(Washington) - Google said it supports a global agreement on taxation that could allocate more taxes from multinationals to jurisdictions outside their home countries. "We support the movement toward a new comprehensive, international framework…

Prince Harry, Meghan and baby to visit South Africa

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(London) - Britain's Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and their infant son Archie will visit South Africa later this year in their first official tour as a family, Buckingham Palace said. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official…

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

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(Panmunjom) - Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil as he met Pyongyang´s leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula, in a symbolic diplomatic spectacle and a first for any American president. After shaking…

Russia, Saudi agree to extend OPEC production cut deal

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(Osaka) - Russia and Saudi Arabia have agreed to extend a deal to keep oil production low owing to abundant world supplies, President Vladimir Putin said. "We will extend this deal, Russia and Saudi Arabia. For how long? We will think about…

Trump confirms won't impose new tariffs on China

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(Osaka) - The United States will not impose any new tariffs on China for now, President Donald Trump said after high-stakes talks with his Chinese counterpart on the bruising trade war. "At least for the time being," Washington will not…

Mercury tops 45C in France

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(France) - Temperatures in France surpassed 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) Friday for the first time on record as Europe sweltered in an early summer heatwave that has caused several deaths. With France, Spain, Italy and parts…

Next British PM to be announced on July 23

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(London) - The winner of the contest to replace Theresa May as leader of Britain´s ruling Conservatives and prime minister will be announced on July 23, the ruling party said. Former foreign minister Boris Johnson is the favourite in the…

Germany, Qatar working on 'inter-Afghan' talks: UN

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(United Nations) - Germany and Qatar are working to organize an "inter-Afghan dialogue," a United Nations official said, in an effort to start formal talks between the Kabul government and Taliban. US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has met repeatedly…

Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid, Queen Elizabeth II at Royal Ascot opening

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(London) - Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid along with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William witnessed Blue Point’s victory at the Ascot Racecourse. The UAE Prime Minister watched the opening day of the five-day…

Huge fire breaks out at Philadelphia oil refinery

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A huge blaze erupted at a Philadelphia oil refinery, sending a fireball into the sky and forcing residents to stay off nearby roads, local media and officials said. Footage on the East Coast city´s NBC affiliate station showed plumes of…

Johnson faces Hunt in battle to be British PM

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(London) - Boris Johnson will face Jeremy Hunt in a run-off to become Britain´s next prime minister after a final ballot of MPs, with the winner tasked with guiding the country through Brexit. In the fifth ballot of MPs in the governing…