80 countries ready to step up on climate: UN

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(United Nations) - About 80 countries have signaled that they are willing to scale up their commitment to cut carbon emissions under the Paris agreement to combat climate change, the UN climate envoy said. Under the landmark deal, countries…

Final votes cast as Europe chooses future course

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(Brussels) - Tens of millions of Europeans voted as 21 countries choose their representatives in a battle between the nationalist right and pro-EU forces to chart a course for the bloc. Seven EU member states have already voted, and provisional…

US orders new troops to Middle East

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(Washington) - The United States said it was deploying 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East to counter "credible threats" from Iran in a move denounced by Tehran as "a threat to international peace". "Increased US presence in our region…

Trump names woman as head of US Air Force

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(Washington) - US President Donald Trump announced he had nominated a former ambassador and Arizona businesswoman to lead the Air Force. Barbara Barrett, 68, served as the US ambassador to Finland from 2008 to 2009 under the George W. Bush…

BJP sweeps Indian polls, leads show

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(New Delhi) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course for a major victory in the world’s biggest election, with early trends suggesting his Hindu nationalist party will win a bigger majority even than 2014. Right-wing Bharatiya…

Christchurch attacker charged with terrorism

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(Wellington) - The man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time, New Zealand police said. In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also…

Violent clashes rage south of Libya's Tripoli

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(Tripoli) - Violent clashes raged south of Tripoli, marking an uptick in fighting as the UN envoy for Libya warned of a "long and bloody war". Heavy artillery fire could be heard from the city centre as the most intense fighting took place…

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…