Historic Brexit bill allowing UK to leave union on Jan 31, passes

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(London) - Britain's parliament finally approved Brexit, allowing it to become the first country to leave the European Union by the end of this month, ending years of arguments that toppled two governments and divided a nation. The House…

Oman's Sultan Qaboos passes away

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(Muscat) - Sultan Qaboos, has died at the age of 79, the royal court said. "With great sorrow and deep sadness... the royal court mourns His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who passed away on Friday," the court said in a statement, as discussions…

EU claims 2019 as second hottest year on record

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The European Union's climate monitoring service said 2019 was the second hottest year on record and ended the hottest decade in history. According to the Copernicus Climate Change Service's (C3S) data, last year's worldwide temperatures were…

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to step back as 'senior' royals

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(London) - In a statement, Britain´s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle said they will step back as senior members of the royal family and work to become financially independent. In their statement, also posted on their Instagram page,…

'Significant fears' over 17 missing in Australian bushfires

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(Sydney) - There are significant fears for 17 people who are missing after massive bushfires in Victoria, Australia, quoted the state's premier. While state premier Daniel Andrews said it was possible some of those unaccounted for could still…

9 dead after Indonesian capital hit by flooding

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(Jakarta) - Nine people died after Indonesia's capital was hit by its deadliest flooding in years, authorities said, as torrential rains on New Year´s Eve left vast swathes of the megalopolis submerged. Thousands were evacuated to temporary…

Taiwan´s military chief killed in chopper crash

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(Taipei) - Taiwan´s military chief was killed in a helicopter crash, the defence ministry said, just days before the island goes to polls to elect a new president. The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, was among eight senior officers…

World leaders share New Year greetings

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Leaders from around the world have sent cables of congratulations to Their Highnesses and Majesties, Presidents, Kings and Princes of friendly countries, on the occasion of the New Year, 2020. They have exchanged wishes for good health and…

15 dead after passenger jet crashes in Kazakhstan

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(Almaty) - Fifteen people have died after a passenger jet from Kazakh airline Bek Air crashed during take-off, Kazakh news agency Kazinform said. The Fokker 100 aircraft carrying 95 passengers and five crew members broke through a wall before…

Afghanistan´s Ghani on track for second term

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(Kabul) - Afghanistan´s President Ashraf Ghani appeared to have secured a second term, narrowly scoring an outright win in preliminary polling results, but his main rival immediately vowed to challenge the tally. After months of political…

OIC health ministers conference concludes

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(Abu Dhabi) - The 7th Session of the Islamic Conference of Health Ministers, ICHM, ended on a high note, with the approval of five key decisions related to priority health issues and main challenges facing Islamic societies. Hosted by the…

Urgency of climate adaptation for prosperity highlighted at COP25

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(Madrid) - The importance behind prioritising climate adaptation to assist vulnerable countries has been highlighted at COP25. On the sidelines of the 25th Conference of the Parties, COP25, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate…

Sanna Marin of Finland becomes world's youngest PM

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(Helsinki) - Sanna Marin, 34, has been named the next prime minister of Finland after the former transportation minister was elected by her party --Social Democrats -- to the post of the PM. Sanna Marin is expected to take the oath of her…

Saudi assumes G20 Presidency for 2020

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(Riyadh) - The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has assumed the G20 Presidency, leading up to the G20 Leaders' Summit in Riyadh on 21st and 22nd November 2020, Saudi Press Agency, SPA, reported today. The Group of Twenty, or the G20, is the premier…