Mohamed bin Zayed receives Iraq Council of Representatives Speaker

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(Abu Dhabi) - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, received Mohamed al-Halbousi, Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq. His Highness…

Obamas sign deal to produce podcasts for Spotify

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(New York) - Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground has signed a deal with Spotify to create a series of podcasts for the music streaming service, which is seeking to diversify its content. "We're excited… because…

British PM Theresa May quits as party leader

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(London) - British Prime Minister Theresa May steps down as leader of her Conservative Party, formally triggering the race for a successor who will try where she failed to deliver Brexit. May will remain prime minister until a new leader…

Afghan president pledges to release nearly 900 prisoners

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(Kabul) - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani pledged to release nearly 900 inmates from prisons across Afghanistan. During an address to the nation for Eid -- the festival marking the end of Ramadan -- Ghani said 887 inmates would be set free. The…

British Queen greets Trump at Buckingham Palace

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(London) - Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles greeted US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania at Buckingham palace at the start of a three-day state visit filled with pomp and ceremony. With a 41-gun royal salute ringing out…

India heatwave temperatures pass 50 Celsius

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(New Delhi) - Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. The thermometer hit 50.6 degrees Celsius (123 Fahrenheit) in the Rajasthan…

US cuts off India preferential trade access

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(Washington) - The United States will end preferential trade treatment for India, US President Donald Trump has announced, in a fresh economic headwind for New Delhi alongside slowing growth and record unemployment. India has been the single…

Modi makes major cabinet changes for second term

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(New Delhi) - India´s Prime Minister Narendra Modi named his trusted aide Amit Shah to the key home affairs ministry as part of a major cabinet shakeup for his second term in office. Nirmala Sitharaman moved from defence to become finance…

Huawei moves US court against Trump ban

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(Shenzhen) - Chinese telecom giant Huawei filed a motion for summary judgment as part of a process to challenge the constitutionality of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, as parts of its continuing efforts to challenge the US government…

Powerful tornado devastates US town, killing two

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(Oklahoma) - Rescuers in the US state of Oklahoma were searching for survivors in the tangled remains of mobile homes and other structures demolished overnight by a powerful tornado that killed at least two people. "Right now (we are) doing…

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…

British PM Theresa May resigns

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(London) - British Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation with the Brexit process in total disarray. A vote by MPs on her Brexit deal -- already rejected three times by MPs -- has been postponed, many believe indefinitely. Meanwhile…