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…

Donald Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign

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(Florida) - President Donald Trump started his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Florida. US President launched the campaign in front of large number of supporters packed into a Florida arena, chanting "USA, USA!" The crowd in Orlando…

Egypt's former president Mohamed Morsi dies

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(Cairo) - Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi died on Monday in a Cairo hospital after fainting during a session in court, judicial and security sources said. "He was speaking before the judge for 20 minutes then became very animated…

Facebook to unveil new cryptocurrency

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(London) - Facebook is set to unveil a bid to bring cryptocurrency payments into the mainstream, reportedly with the endorsement of governments and financial giants. The world´s biggest social network is expected to outline details of a…

Lithuania temperatures hit record highs

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(Vilnius) - Lithuanian temperatures have hit record June highs, meteorologists said, as a heatwave forced school closures and threatened to reduce harvests in the draught-hit Baltic region. Kaisiadorys in central Lithuania was the hottest…

Julian Assange to be extradited to US

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(London) - British Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed an extradition order to send WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the United States, UK media reported. Talking to BBC, the home secretary confirmed that he has signed and certified the…

Uber eyes drones for food delivery

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(Washungton) - Uber said it plans to speed up restaurant meal delivery by using drones for its Uber Eats service, in the latest effort by the ride-hailing giant to disrupt the transport sector. At its Uber Elevate Summit, the company said…

Britain sets deadline for carbon neutrality by 2050

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(London) - The British government outlined legislation to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 in what it said would be a first for a major economy. The target will be introduced in existing climate change laws through an accelerated…

In historic first, G20 weighs ageing as global risk

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(Fukuoka) - Ballooning healthcare costs, labour shortages and financial services for the elderly: for the first time Sunday, the world´s top policymakers are tackling economic issues relating to ageing and shrinking birthrates. G20 finance…

Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021

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(Montreal) - Canada will ban single-use plastics from 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced declaring it a "global challenge" to phase out the bottles, straws and plastic bags clogging the world´s oceans. "I am very pleased to announce…

Mohamed bin Zayed receives Iraq Council of Representatives Speaker

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Mohamed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. His Highness…