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…

World mourns loss of Kofi Annan

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(Geneva) - There was an outpouring of condolences from leaders around the world after the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kofi Annan. Here are some of the tributes: - United Nations - Current UN…

More than two million Muslims begin hajj pilgrimage

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(Makkah) - More than two million Muslims from around the globe started the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, one of the world´s largest annual gatherings in a country undergoing unprecedented change. The ultra-conservative kingdom -- where…

Kerala death toll rises to 357

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(Kerala) - The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India's Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357, authorities said, with losses to infrastructure estimated at some $3 billion. "Since May 29, when the monsoon starts in Kerala,…

30 dead in Italy motorway bridge collapse tragedy

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(Genoa) - About 30 people were killed when a giant motorway bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the Italian city of Genoa in what the government called an "immense tragedy". The collapse, which saw a vast stretch of the A10 freeway tumble on…

Saudi FM meets with EU Ambassadors

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(Riyadh) - Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubair met with ambassadors of the European Union countries accredited to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. During the meeting, they discussed developments and cooperation between…

Erdogan tells Turks to buy crumbling lira

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(Istanbul) - President Tayyip Erdogan told Turks to sell their gold and U.S. dollars to support the country´s currency which plunged after U. S. President Donald Trump escalated a feud with NATO ally Turkey by doubling tariffs on metals imports.…

662,051 pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia

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(Jeddah) - A total of 662,051 foreign pilgrims have arrived in Saudi Arabia till now, a six percent increase of 39,714 Hajj from the corresponding period last year, according to the Saudi General Directorate of Passports. Of this number,…

UN holds consultations on Syria in Russia

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(Geneva) - The United Nations chaired informal consultations with senior representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey, during the Astana-format meeting in Sochi, Russian Federation. In a statement issued in Geneva by the office of the UN Special…

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

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(Santiago) - Chile made history when it became the first country in Latin America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags. "I want to share with you the joy that as of today we´re enacting the law," said President Sebastian Pinera at a…

World Bank, Afghanistan sign grant agreements

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(Kabul) - World Bank and Afghanistan signed a new package of grant agreements in support of reforms valued at $350 million. The reforms are designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations for better revenue mobilization…