UK pledges £10 mn for fire-ravaged Amazon

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(France) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday pledged £10 million ($12.3 million) to help restore the Amazon rainforest which has been ravaged by fires, sparking a wave of global concern. The money would be made available immediately…

US, Taliban push for peace at Doha talks

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(Doha) - US and Taliban representatives held negotiations in Doha, an American source close to the process said, as potentially decisive talks to enable Washington to drawdown its military in Afghanistan stretched into the evening. "Talks…

Nigeria ‘s 3 year breakthrough takes Africa towards polio elimination

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(Abuja) - Nigeria announced that three years had transpired since it last recorded a case of polio, a key step towards eradicating the notorious disease in Africa. "Three years without a case of wild polio virus is a historic milestone for…

Amazon wildfires represent an international crisis: Macron

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(Paris) - French President Emmanuel Macron said wildfires in the Amazon were an "international crisis" and called on this weekend´s G7 to address the issue. "Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rainforest -- the lungs which produces…

UN pays tribute, strengthens role of women humanitarians

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(New York) - The work of women humanitarians makes a "huge difference" to the lives of millions of women, men and children in urgent need, the United Nations chief said in his message for World Humanitarian Day. Marking the official day’s…

Six EU countries ready to take in migrants stranded off Italy

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(Rome) - Six EU countries have agreed to take some of the 147 migrants stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced, amid an immigration row between Italy´s interior minister and premier. "France, Germany,…

Trudeau pledges tougher gun control

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(Ottawa) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that his Liberals, if re-elected in an October ballot, will bring in tougher gun control measures following a spate of shootings in Toronto. He stopped short, however, of promising a…

‘We are facing a learning crisis’, UN chief

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(New York) - Schools are "not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution", UN Secretary-General António Guterres warned, in a message released to mark the UN’s International Youth Day, which…

Death toll from Indian floods reaches 158

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(Bengaluru) - The death toll from floods in the four Indian states rose to 158, news agencies quoted state authorities as saying. The death toll in three states - Kerala, Karnataka, and Maharashtra - reached 147, Reuters reported on Sunday. Heavy…

Germany plans to ban plastic bags

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(Berlin) - A German federal minister said she was working on laws to ban plastic bags, German news agency DPA reported. "My ministry is currently working on the legal regulations for a plastic bag ban," German's Federal Minister for the…

Gunman kills 20 at Texas Walmart store

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(El Paso) - A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 20 people when he opened fire on shoppers at a packed Walmart store in Texas, the latest mass shooting in the United States. As President Donald Trump led the condemnation over "an…

5 dead several injured after powerful quake rocks Indonesia

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(Jakarta) - Four people died and several were injured after a powerful undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's heavily populated Java island, triggering a brief tsunami warning, the national disaster agency said. The 6.9 magnitude quake sent…

Tunisian parliament speaker sworn in as interim president

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(Tunis) - Tunisian parliament speaker Mohamed Ennaceur was sworn in as interim president on Thursday hours after President Beji Caid Essebsi's death in a smooth transition of power in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. Essebsi, 92, helped…

Sultan Abdullah formally installed as Malaysia's new king

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The Sultan of Pahang, Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, was installed as the 16th king of Malaysia on Tuesday (Jul 30) in a ceremony steeped in Malay royal customs and traditions, formally marking his five-year reign as the head…