Toll in Sri Lanka blasts rises to 310

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(Colombo) - The toll from a string of deadly suicide bomb attacks in Sri Lanka has risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight, a police spokesman said. Around 500 people were wounded in the blasts, Ruwan Gunasekera…

Egypt referendum extending Sisi rule passed

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(Cairo) - Egyptians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a referendum on proposed constitutional amendments aimed at extending the rule of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the electoral board said. National Election Authority head Lashin…

Egypt hosts Africa summits on Sudan, Libya crises

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(Cairo) - Egypt hosted African leaders for emergency talks on the upheavals in Sudan and Libya, as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned against "a slide into chaos". Sisi called for a coherent regional response, as protesters in Khartoum…

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…