Record 42.6C in Paris as Europe heatwave hits blistering peak

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(Paris) - Paris baked in an all-time high temperature of 42.6 degrees Celsius (108.7 Fahrenheit) as a ferocious heatwave smashed records across northern Europe, sparking concerns about public health and causing new misery for rail travellers. As…

Mark Esper confirmed as new US defense secretary

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(Washington:) - The US Senate confirmed Mark Esper as the next secretary of defense, nearly seven months after the surprise resignation of Jim Mattis over policy differences with President Donald Trump. Secretary of the US Army since 2017,…

US marks Apollo mission 50 years on

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(Cape Canaveral) - Fifty years after a mighty rocket set off from Florida carrying the first humans to the Moon, a veteran of the Apollo 11 crew returned to its fabled launch pad to commemorate "one giant leap" that became a defining moment…

Russia launches space telescope

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(Moscow) - Russia launched a space telescope from the cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in a joint mission with Germany intended to map X-rays across the sky and replace a project lost in January. Video posted on the website of the Roskosmos,…

Macron announces creation of a space force command

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(Paris) - French President Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of a new national military space force command that would eventually be part of his country´s air force. The declaration -- made on the eve of France´s Bastille Day national…

Egypt opens two ancient pyramids, unveils new finds

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(Dahshur) - Egypt opened two ancient pyramids south of the capital Cairo and unveiled a collection of newly found sarcophagi, some containing well-preserved mummies. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani told reporters the Bent Pyramid of…

S. California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake

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(Los Angeles) - Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces…

David Sassoli elected as European Parliament President

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(Brussels) - Newly-elected European Parliament President David Sassoli is a former television journalist who turned to politics 10 years ago as a centre-left MEP. Parliament chose the 63-year-old social democrat to succeed another Italian,…

Alibaba to donate $145m to women's football

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(Shanghai) - China´s second richest man Jack Ma will contribute to a $145 million donation to the Chinese women´s football squad, it was announced, who despite underfunding routinely outperform the men´s national team. The one billion…

Trump steps into North Korea, in historic first

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(Panmunjom) - Donald Trump stepped onto North Korean soil as he met Pyongyang´s leader Kim Jong Un in the Demilitarized Zone dividing the peninsula, in a symbolic diplomatic spectacle and a first for any American president. After shaking…

Mercury tops 45C in France

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(France) - Temperatures in France surpassed 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) Friday for the first time on record as Europe sweltered in an early summer heatwave that has caused several deaths. With France, Spain, Italy and parts…

Germany, Qatar working on 'inter-Afghan' talks: UN

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(United Nations) - Germany and Qatar are working to organize an "inter-Afghan dialogue," a United Nations official said, in an effort to start formal talks between the Kabul government and Taliban. US diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad has met repeatedly…

Huge fire breaks out at Philadelphia oil refinery

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A huge blaze erupted at a Philadelphia oil refinery, sending a fireball into the sky and forcing residents to stay off nearby roads, local media and officials said. Footage on the East Coast city´s NBC affiliate station showed plumes of…

Donald Trump launches 2020 reelection campaign

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(Florida) - President Donald Trump started his 2020 reelection campaign with a rally in Florida. US President launched the campaign in front of large number of supporters packed into a Florida arena, chanting "USA, USA!" The crowd in Orlando…