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…

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…