Vatican announces historic deal with China on bishops

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(Vatican City) - The Vatican announced a historic accord with China on the appointment of bishops in the Communist country as Pope Francis recognised seven Beijing-appointed bishops in a move that could pave the way for a rapprochement between…

Hundreds rescued as Hurricane Florence pounds Carolinas

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(United States) - Emergency crews rescued hundreds of stranded people as Hurricane Florence pounded the US East Coast with driving rain, howling winds and dangerous storm surge. "The storm is wreaking havoc on our state," North Carolina Governor…

US Defense Secretary meets President Ghani

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(Kabul) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an unannounced visit to Kabul to discuss prospects for peace talks with the Taliban and the country’s deteriorating security situation ahead of upcoming…

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

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(Tokyo) - The death toll from a powerful quake that triggered landslides in northern Japan rose to 35, as tens of thousands of rescue workers raked through the mud for survivors. The majority of the dead are from the small rural town of Atsuma,…

More than 600 migrants rescued off Spain in one day

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(Madrid) - More than 600 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean as they attempted to make the perilous crossing to Spain, the coastguard said. While the overall number of migrants reaching Europe by sea is down from a peak in 2015, Spain…

Afghan Taliban announce death of Haqqani network leader

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(Kabul) - The Afghan Taliban have announced the death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the head of one of the most potent militant factions operating in Afghanistan, the SITE monitoring group said. "Just as he endured great hardships for the religion…

UNRWA regrets US decision to cut funds

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(New York) - The UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) has expressed deep regret and disappointment at the United States' announcement that it will no longer provide funding to the Agency. "This decision is all the more surprising given that…

Turkey to buy advanced Russia air defence system

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(Istanbul) - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will buy some of Russia´s highly-sophisticated air defence systems "in the shortest time" -- a purchase that has alarmed Ankara´s NATO partners. "Turkey needs S-400s and its deal has…

Trump threatens to withdraw US from WTO

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump threatened in an interview with Bloomberg News to withdraw from the World Trade Organisation if “they don’t shape up,” in his latest criticism of the institution. Such a move could undermine…

Mnangagwa sworn in as president of Zimbabwe

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(Harare) - Emmerson Mnangagwa was officially sworn in as president of Zimbabwe after winning a bitterly-contested election which was the country´s first since the ousting of strongman Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa, whose victory in the July 30…

WWII bomb defused in Germany after 18,500 evacuated

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(Frankfurt) - A German bomb disposal team successfully defused an unexploded World War II bomb that had forced the evacuation of 18,500 people in the city of Ludwigshafen. The 500-kilogramme (1,100-pound) aerial bomb, thought to have been…

Flood toll in India´s Kerala rises to 445

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(India) - The death toll from devastating floods in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 445 with the discovery of 28 more bodies as the waters recede and a massive cleanup gathers pace, government officials said. Around a million…

US senator John McCain dead at 81

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(Washington) - US senator John McCain, a celebrated war hero known for reaching across the aisle in an increasingly divided America, died after losing a battle to brain cancer, his office said. He was 81. "Senator John Sidney McCain III died…

UNICEF warns of ‘lost generation’ of Rohingya youth

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(Geneva) - The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, has said that the refugee crisis in Bangladesh sparked by the mass exodus of people from Myanmar almost a year ago risks creating a "lost generation" of Rohingya children who lack the…