First woman named as Belgian prime minister

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(BrusselsBelgian Budget Minister Sophie Wilmes has been chosen as the country´s new caretaker prime minister, a first for a woman, the current premier Charles Michel said. The 44-year-old still has to be sworn in by King Philippe, who is…

Evacuations as wildfire breaks out in Los Angeles

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(Los Angeles) - More than 1,000 firefighters battled a wind-driven blaze that broke near the renowned Getty Center in Los Angeles, prompting widespread evacuations as the flames destroyed several homes and forced the shutdown of schools and…

Fernandez wins Argentine election in first round

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(Buenos Aires) - Peronist candidate Alberto Fernandez won Argentina´s presidential election in the first round, official results showed, with 75 percent of the votes counted. Fernandez, 60, had 47.36 percent of the votes -- crossing the…

NATO Defence Ministers' meeting on Afghanistan held

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(Brussels) - Matar Salim Ali Al Dhaheri, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Defence, has led the UAE's delegation to the meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, NATO, Defence Ministers on its operations in Afghanistan under the ''Resolute…

Indonesia's Jokowi set to announce new cabinet

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(Jakarta) - Indonesia´s Joko Widodo is set to announce a new cabinet in a line-up that could include the former owner of Inter Milan. Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, beat Prabowo Subianto -- a former military general accused of rights…

Russia, Turkey reach 'historic' deal on Syria border

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(Sochi) - Russia and Turkey agreed to ensure Kurdish forces withdraw from areas close to Syria´s border with Turkey and to launch joint patrols, in a deal hailed as "historic" by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. After marathon talks in Russia´s…

In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV

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(Washington) - The first ever spacewalk with an all-female team began, footage broadcast by NASA showed. US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir´s mission to replace a power controller outside the International Space Station officially…

Tunisia elects new President

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(Tunis) - Tunisia elected an independent former law professor as its new president, after Kais Saied, 61, who ran a low-key volunteer-based campaign, won a landslide victory with 72.7 per cent of the vote against his opponent, TV magnate and…

Ethiopia PM Abiy wins Nobel Peace Prize

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(Oslo) - Hailed as a visionary and reformer, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve the long-running conflict with neighbouring foe Eritrea. Abiy was honoured "for his efforts to achieve…

China celebrates 70 years

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(Beijing) - Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that "no force" can shake China as he oversaw a massive military celebration of 70 years of Communist Party rule, shadowed by a day of protest in seething Hong Kong that threatened to steal…

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake off Chile coast

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(Santiago) - A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off the coast of Chile, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said. "There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage," the USGS said of the earthquake, which it earlier…

Afghans vote in presidential election

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(Kabul) - Afghans voted in presidential elections amid tight security, as Taliban insurgents determined to disrupt the process unleashed a string of attacks on polling centres across the country that killed at least five people. The first-round…

At UN, Malaysia PM seeks to curb use of sanctions

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(United Nations) - Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad urged greater international control of sanctions, criticizing US attempts to force all countries to stop doing business with Iran. "We do not know under what laws sanctions are…

Austria declares climate emergency ahead of polls

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(Vienna) - Austria´s parliament decided to declare a "climate emergency", making fighting climate change a priority, just fours days ahead of national elections. The environment is the top concern for voters in Sunday´s snap polls in the…