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16 killed as cement-laden truck overturns in Bangladesh

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At least 16 people, mostly factory workers and labourers, were killed today when a cement-laden truck they were travelling on while returning home for Eid overturned and fell into a ditch after the driver lost control near the northwestern Bangladeshi city of Rangpur. “They were travelling on a cement-laden truck…11 …

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Syria regime penetrates IS-held eastern province: monitor

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Syrian regime forces today broke into the eastern Deir Ezzor province for the first time since 2014, a monitor said, after seizing territory from Islamic State group jihadists. Government forces control part of Deir Ezzor city and the adjacent military airport, but IS holds the vast desert province and most …

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EU states slammed for lack of support to Africa fund

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EU countries have fallen far short of their duty to an African economic development fund designed to help discourage mass migration to Europe, Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker charged today. Juncker reprimanded EU member states at a summit in Brussels for having pledged only 200 million euros of the 1.8 billion …

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Macron stumbles at EU summit over Chinese investments

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EU leaders today poured cold water on a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to hand Brussels more powers to control Chinese investments in strategic European industries. European leaders discussed the divisive topic on the second day of an EU summit in Brussels, as Europe seeks to lead on free …

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Zimbabwe VP pledges ‘free and fair’ election in 2018

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Zimbabwe’s Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa today pledged that next year’s elections will be peaceful, “free and fair” despite opposition concerns about electoral interference. Speaking on the sidelines of a conference aimed at courting South African investors, Mnangagwa noted that the last election in 2013 “was free of any violent incidents.” …

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Pakistan: Blast in Quetta kills five people

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A blast on Friday in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, capital of the country’s Baluchistan province, has left at least five people dead, a police official told Reuters. “The blast took place near the IG office (inspector general of police) and it’s possible the assailants were trying to enter …

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United Nations stresses for support for Haiti cholera fight

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The United Nations stressed on Thursday its support for eradicating cholera in Haiti, an epidemic it accidentally started, although the government said residents would be better served if aid funding was channelled through it. The U.N. secretary-general on Tuesday appointed a new special envoy for Haiti tasked with leading fundraising …

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