Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

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(Sochi) - Russia and Turkey agreed to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to Syria´s border with Turkey and to launch joint patrols, in a deal hailed as "historic" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After marathon talks in Russia´s…

In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV

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(Washington) - The first ever spacewalk with an all-female team began, footage broadcast by NASA showed. US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir´s mission to replace a power controller outside the International Space Station officially…

Tunisia elects new President

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(Tunis) - Tunisia elected an independent former law professor as its new president, after Kais Saied, 61, who ran a low-key volunteer-based campaign, won a landslide victory with 72.7 per cent of the vote against his opponent, TV magnate and…

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize

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(Oslo) - Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve…

China celebrates 70 years

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that "no force" can shake China as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal…

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Chile coast

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(Santiago) - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said of the earthquake, which it earlier…

Afghans vote in presidential election

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(Kabul) - Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security, as Taliban insurgents determined to disrupt the process unleashed a string of attacks on polling centres across the country that killed at least five people. The first-round…

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

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(United Nations) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran. "We do not know under what laws sanctions are…

Austria declares climate emergency ahead of polls

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(Vienna) - Austria´s parliament decided to declare a "climate emergency", making fighting climate change a priority, just fours days ahead of national elections. The environment is the top concern for voters in Sunday´s snap polls in the…

Trudeau dissolves parliament, launches election campaign

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(Ottawa) - Justin Trudeau kicked off the campaign for next month's Canadian general election, gunning to hold onto his liberal majority in a tight race against newcomers on both flanks. The parties have already been wooing voters with pre-election…

Netanyahu in Russia to meet Putin ahead of polls

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(Moscow) - Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Russia, hoping to burnish his image as an international statesman, despite Moscow's condemnation of the Israeli Prime Minister's pre-election pledge to annex part of the occupied West Bank. Netanyahu…

New York remembers 9/11 attacks, 18 years on

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(New York) - New York honored the almost 3,000 people killed on September 11, 2001 in a solemn ceremony at Ground Zero where hijacked Al-Qaeda planes brought down the Twin Towers. Relatives of victims, police officers, firefighters and city…

Italy´s government wins confidence vote

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(Rome) - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte´s new government won a parliamentary confidence vote on Monday following a heated debate in the country´s lower house. Out of 606 MPs who voted, 343 backed the new coalition, while 263 voted…

Hurricane Dorian pounds Carolinas after Bahamas havoc

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(United States) - Hurricane Dorian pounded the Carolinas with strong winds and driving rain after cutting a swath through the northern Bahamas, where it left at least 20 people dead and thousands homeless. Residents of South and North Carolina…