EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks

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(Brussels) - The European Union adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. EU ministers meeting in Brussels said the 28-nation…

India´s election comes to an end

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Voting in one of India´s most acrimonious elections in decades entered its final day as Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi scrambled to hang on to his overall majority. The seventh and final round of voting ended the world´s…

Australian former PM Bob Hawke dead

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Australia's longest-serving Labor prime minister Bob Hawke died aged 89. "Today we lost Bob Hawke, a great Australian -- many would say the greatest Australian of the post-war era," his second wife Blanche d'Alpuget said in a statement. "He…

US F-16 crashed in California

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A US military F-16 fighter jet has crashed into a commercial building at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, California, media reports say. The pilot ejected and is being evaluated, local authorities stated. The US Air Force confirmed…

Sri Lanka imposes nationwide curfew after riots

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(Colombo) - Sri Lanka announced a nationwide six-hour night curfew after anti-Muslim riots spread to several districts just north of the capital Colombo, police said. Three districts were brought under a curfew earlier in the day in response…

UN leaders call for more action on climate change

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(New Y0rk) - It is nothing less than a "moral, ethical and economic imperative" to take more action to mitigate the existential threat posed by climate change, said top executives from across the United Nations system. Calling on Member…

Trump sends Ramadan 2019 greetings

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump and his wife greeted Muslims on the eve of Ramadan. In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said: “I send my warmest greetings to all Muslims observing the holy month of Ramadan.” He said…

Trump awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods

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(Washington) - Tiger Woods, fresh off his epic comeback victory in the Masters, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Donald Trump at the White House. Presenting the golfing great with the nation´s highest honor, Trump…

41 dead in Russian plane blaze disaster

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(Moscow) - Forty-one people including at least two children have died after a Russian passenger plane made an emergency landing and erupted in a huge ball of fire and black smoke at Moscow´s busiest airport on Sunday, investigators said. Dramatic…

Japan's emperor performs main abdication ceremony

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(Tokyo) - Outgoing Japanese emperor Akihito performed the main ritual to hand over the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Naruhito -- Japan´s first abdication in more than two centuries. Akihito technically remains emperor until the stroke…

Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn crowned

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(Bangkok) - Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been crowned with a golden-tiered headpiece, the highlight of an elaborate three-day coronation ceremony two years after he ascended the throne. The 66-year-old monarch, known as Rama X and dressed…

17 dead, thousands displaced after severe Indonesia floods

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(Jakarta) - At least 17 people are dead and nine missing after days of heavy rain-triggered floods and landslides on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, authorities said. Some 12,000 people have been evacuated while hundreds of buildings,…

Quad meeting on Yemen held

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(London) - H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Jeremy Hunt, Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Adel Al Jubeir Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi…

Extremism must be defeated: Prince William

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(Christchurch) - In an emotional meeting with survivors of the New Zealand mosques massacre, Britain´s Prince William appealed for "extremism in all forms" to be defeated. About 160 people gathered at the Al Noor mosque in Christchurch…