International sorrow as fire ravages Notre Dame in Paris

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(Paris) - Around 400 firefighters were attempting to stop the destruction of the Notre-Dame cathedral, describing the blaze as "difficult" to handle. Paris deputy mayor Emmanuel Gregoire told the BFM news channel that firefighters had entered…

Sudan army topples President Omar al-Bashir

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(Khartoum) - The Sudanese army has removed veteran president Omar al-Bashir from power and detained him, Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf announced on state television. "I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining…

Tens of thousands protest climate change in Switzerland

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in several Swiss cities against climate change, the Swiss news agency Keystone-ATS reported. Around 50,000 marched in all, the news agency report estimated, including 15,000 in Zurich and up to nine…

Amazon´s Jeff Bezos, wife MacKenzie reach divorce deal

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(Washington) - Wrapping up their painful split, the world’s richest couple revealed the terms of their divorce, resolving questions about the direction of the world’s largest online retailer that have abounded since the couple announced…

More than 113 million people suffer 'acute hunger': UN

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(Paris) - More than 113 million people across 53 countries experienced "acute hunger" last year because of wars and climate disasters, with Africa the worst-hit region, the UN said. Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan and…

Pope rounds off Morocco visit with mass for thousands

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(Rabat) - Pope Francis called for tolerance and peace at a mass for thousands of Catholics during a rare visit by a pontiff to Morocco, after warning the faithful there against trying to convert others. Ten thousand worshippers, many migrants…

Angelina Jolie at UN speaks out for women's role in Afghan peace process

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(united Nations) - Hollywood's legendary actress Angelina Jolie, who is an activist for refugee-related causes, spoke out Friday in favor of women's engagement in peace process aimed at ending the long conflict in Afghanistan. In an address…

UAE, Egypt sign MoUs

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(Alexandria) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and President of Egypt Abdul Fatah el-Sisi attended the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding…

Up to 500,000 displaced by southern Africa cyclone

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Survivors of a cyclone that pummelled southern Africa began receiving medicine, food and tents as floodwaters receded, while officials warned up to 500,000 people are displaced in the storm-struck region. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique´s…

Macron, Xi call for increased EU-China cooperation

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(Paris) - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron called for increased cooperation between the European Union and China, at a time of growing nervousness over Beijing´s massive investments on the continent. Speaking…

Kazakhstan renames capital Nursultan after ex-president

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(Almaty) - Kazakhstan´s parliament voted to rename the country´s capital in honour of longtime ruler Nursultan Nazarbayev, a day after he resigned as president, state media reported. "Astana is now officially renamed Nursultan," the state-owned…

UN to hold conference on Libya to pave way to elections

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(Tripoli) - The United Nations said it will organise an all-party conference next month to draw up a "roadmap" to lead Libya toward elections and out of the chaos in which it has plunged since a 2011 revolution. The national conference aims…

Afghanistan presidential election delayed to Sept 28

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(Kabul) - War-torn Afghanistan has delayed its presidential election until September 28, officials announced the second time the ballot has been put back and five months later than it was originally scheduled to be held. The Independent…

New Zealand mosque massacre death toll rises to 50

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(Wellington) - The death toll from Friday´s mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has risen 50, with another 50 injured in the attack, police said on Sunday. The additional death was discovered as bodies were being removed from the two…