UN pays tribute, strengthens role of women humanitarians

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(New York) - The work of women humanitarians makes a "huge difference" to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day. Marking the official day’s…

Six EU countries ready to take in migrants stranded off Italy

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(Rome) - Six EU countries have agreed to take some of the 147 migrants stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced, amid an immigration row between Italy´s interior minister and premier. "France, Germany,…

Trudeau pledges tougher gun control

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(Ottawa) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his Liberals, if re-elected in an October ballot, will bring in tougher gun control measures following a spate of shootings in Toronto. He stopped short, however, of promising a…

‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief

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(New York) - Schools are "not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution", UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day, which…

Death toll from Indian floods reaches 158

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(Bengaluru) - The death toll from floods in the four Indian states rose to 158, news agencies quoted state authorities as saying. The death toll in three states - Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra - reached 147, Reuters reported on Sunday. Heavy…

Germany plans to ban plastic bags

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(Berlin) - A German federal minister said she was working on laws to ban plastic bags, German news agency DPA reported. "My ministry is currently working on the legal regulations for a plastic bag ban," German's Federal Minister for the…

Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store

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(El Paso) - A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in Texas, the latest mass shooting in the United States. As President Donald Trump led the condemnation over "an…

5 dead several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

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(Jakarta) - Four people died and several were injured after a powerful undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's heavily populated Java island, triggering a brief tsunami warning, the national disaster agency said. The 6.9 magnitude quake sent…

Tunisian parliament speaker sworn in as interim president

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(Tunis) - Tunisian parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi's death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Essebsi, 92, helped…

Sultan Abdullah formally installed as Malaysia's new king

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The Sultan of Pahang, Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was installed as the 16th king of Malaysia on Tuesday (Jul 30) in a ceremony steeped in Malay royal customs and traditions, formally marking his five-year reign as the head…

Heatwave threatens to accelerate ice melt in Greenland

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(Stockholm) - As Europe´s record-breaking heatwave drifts towards the Arctic it threatens to accelerate the melting of ice in Greenland, which already started earlier than normal this year, climate scientists warned Saturday. After breaking…

Record 42.6C in Paris as Europe heatwave hits blistering peak

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(Paris) - Paris baked in an all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 Fahrenheit) as a ferocious heatwave smashed records across northern Europe, sparking concerns about public health and causing new misery for rail travellers. As…

Mark Esper confirmed as new US defense secretary

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(Washington:) - The US Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the next secretary of defense, nearly seven months after the surprise resignation of Jim Mattis over policy differences with President Donald Trump. Secretary of the US Army since 2017,…

US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

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(Cape Canaveral) - Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad to commemorate "one giant leap" that became a defining moment…