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…

UN mourns killing of 21 staff in Ethiopia plane crash

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(United States) - Flags flew at half-staff at the United Nations after 21 UN employees were killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said marked a "sad day" for the world body. Guterres led delegates…

Seoul passes emergency bills to fight air pollution

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South Korea's parliament passed emergency measures to tackle the "social disaster" of air pollution, after the country saw record levels of pollution earlier this month. The measures include the mandatory introduction of air purifiers in…

Air pollution claims 7 million lives a year: UN rights expert

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(Geneva) - A UN human rights expert has said that air pollution can kill up to seven million people a year. Shifting to renewable energy could save up to 150 million lives by the end of the century amid concerns that six billion people regularly…

46th Session of CFM of OIC issues Abu Dhabi Declaration

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(Abu Dhabi) - The Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of delegations of Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), have issued the Abu Dhabi Declaration at the conclusion of the Forty-Sixth Session of the Council of…

Flash floods in southern Afghanistan kill at least 20

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(Kandahar) - At least 20 people were killed by flash floods in southern Afghanistan´s Kandahar province, the UN said, as heavy rains swept away homes and vehicles and potentially damaged thousands of houses. The United Nations Office for…

Turkey kicks off largest navy drill in its history

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Turkey is holding the largest navy drill in its history with over 100 vessels on all three seas surrounding the country. The four-day drill, named 'Blue Homeland 2019,' began and will end on March 2. It’s the first time that an exercise…

Saudi crown prince meets Chinese President

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(Beijing) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with China’s President Xi Jinping and bagged a $10 billion oil deal, pressing on with his diplomatic charm offensive in Asia following a global outcry over the Khashoggi killing. Mohammed…

Saudi Crown Prince visits Pakistan

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(Islamabad) - Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammad bin Salman  reached Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan on the invitation of Prime Minister Imran Khan. After receiving a warm welcome, the Saudi crown prince arrived at…

Bernie Sanders to run for US president

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(Washington) - Senator Bernie Sanders announced he is running for president, launching a second bid for the White House after a surprisingly strong run for the Democratic nomination in 2016. Sanders, 77, made the announcement in a radio…

Meeting of Quartet on Yemen held in Warsaw

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(Warsaw) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, met yesterday in Warsaw with the Foreign Ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom and the United States, in Warsaw to discuss…

Five dead in US mass shooting

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(Chicago) - Five people were killed and multiple police officers wounded when a gunman opened fire in an industrial area on the outskirts of Chicago, police said. "At this time, we have confirmed that five" people "are deceased," said Kristen…