World Government Summit held in Dubai

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(Dubai) - The seventh session of the World Government Summit concluded in Dubai with the participation of more than 4,000 people from 140 countries, including heads of state, ministers and officials who gathered to redefine the future of governments…

Last 4 years hottest on record, UN confirms

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(Paris) - The last four years were the hottest since global temperature records began, the UN confirmed in an analysis that it said was a "clear sign of continuing long-term climate change." The UN´s World Meterological Organization said…

Taliban sit for 2nd day with Afghan leaders in Moscow

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(Moscow) - The Taliban entered a second day of unprecedented talks with powerful Afghan politicians in Moscow, sidestepping the Kabul government as it pursues a leading stake in the war-torn country. The rare public appearance that kicked…

Macron calls for inter-religious dialogue

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(Cairo) - French President Emmanuel Macron met with Egypt´s top clerics and called for inter-religious dialogue at the end of a three-day visit aimed at boosting ties while raising human rights concerns. Macron and Pope Tawadros II stressed…

Brexit deal not open to renegotiation: EU leaders

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(Brussels) - European leaders moved to reject an attempt by Britain´s Prime Minister Theresa May to re-open talks on the Brexit divorce deal, as British lawmakers voted to demand changes. When May signed the withdrawal agreement in November,…

US, Taliban agree on troop withdrawal plan from Afghanistan

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The United States and the Taliban may have agreed on a plan to pull out American troops from Afghanistan, Voice of America reported. VOA quoted sources as saying the insurgent group has given assurances that no international terrorist groups…

Brazil dam disaster leaves 34 dead, hundreds missing

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Thirty-four people were confirmed dead and nearly 300 missing, with hopes fading of them being found alive, after a dam collapsed at a mine in southeast Brazil. The disaster struck Friday at the Vale mine near the city of Belo Horizonte…

Abdullah Sultan new Malaysian King

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(Kuala Lumpur) - Members of Malaysia's royal families elected Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah as the new king, following the unexpected abdication of the previous monarch, Reuters has reported. The leaders of Malaysia's royal houses, known…

Trump announces deal to reopen US government

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(Washington) - President Donald Trump announced a deal with opposition Democrats to temporarily reopen the US federal government, shut down for a record five weeks by a bitter row over funding for a US-Mexico border wall. "We have reached…

France is world champion in social spending

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(Paris) - France´s social spending is the highest in the developed world relative to the size of its economy, an OECD study found, as the government weighs how to respond to "yellow vest" protests. Expenditure on healthcare, pensions and…

Burkina Faso PM and government resign

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Burkina Faso’s government and Prime Minister Paul Kaba Thieba stood down, according to a statement released by the country’s president. No explanation was given for the resignations, though sources told AFP President Roch Marc Christian…

Fuel pipeline blaze in Mexico kills at least 66

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(Mexico) - An explosion and fire in central Mexico killed at least 66 people after hundreds converged on the site of an illegal fuel-line tap to gather gasoline, officials said, during a government crackdown on fuel theft. "The toll that…

Macron, Merkel to sign new Franco-German treaty

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(Paris) - French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will sign a new treaty on January 22 to further strengthen Franco-German cooperation in the run-up to next year´s EU elections, Macron´s office said. The two…

Facebook CEO plans 2019 forums on tech´s role in society

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(New York) - Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg unveiled his personal goal for 2019, convening a series of public forums on how technology can better serve society. "My challenge for 2019 is to host a series of public discussions about…