UN holds consultations on Syria in Russia

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(Geneva) - The United Nations chaired informal consultations with senior representatives of Iran, Russia and Turkey, during the Astana-format meeting in Sochi, Russian Federation. In a statement issued in Geneva by the office of the UN Special…

Chile enacts historic ban on plastic bags

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(Santiago) - Chile made history when it became the first country in Latin America to ban the commercial use of plastic bags. "I want to share with you the joy that as of today we´re enacting the law," said President Sebastian Pinera at a…

World Bank, Afghanistan sign grant agreements

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(Kabul) - World Bank and Afghanistan signed a new package of grant agreements in support of reforms valued at $350 million. The reforms are designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness in government operations for better revenue mobilization…

UN chief calls for increased protection for human trafficking victims

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(New York) - The UN Secretary-General has called on governments to step up efforts to protect children, women and men - especially migrants - who fall prey to traffickers across the world. In a statement marking World Day Against Trafficking…

Turkey approves security law after state of emergency lifted

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(Istanbul) - Turkey´s parliament approved all articles of a security law to continue fighting against terrorism after a two-year-old state of emergency, imposed after a failed coup, was lifted last week. The law will grant broader authority…

Record high in deadly Japan heatwave

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(Tokyo) - Temperatures in Japan have hit a record high, with officials issuing a fresh warning to stay safe. Japan has for days been in the grip of a deadly heatwave, although the numbers reported killed vary widely from 15 to as high as…

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar meets Tony Blair

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(London) - Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayyeb, the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar and Chairman of the Muslim Council of Elders, met Tony Blair, former prime minister of Britain and Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, at his residence in London. At…

United Nations celebrates Mandela’s legacy for humanity

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(New York) - Paying tribute to the first democratically-elected President of South Africa and iconic civil rights leader, the United Nations on Wednesday celebrated Nelson Mandela’s legacy for humanity and reflected on the lessons he left…

France wins World Cup 2018

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(Moscow) - France won the World Cup Russia in thrilling final with Croatia at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium. France overwhelmed Croatia 4-2 to be FIFA World Cup 2018 champion for second time. Croatia was playing in its first World Cup final. For…

Andrew Rosindell MP Hosts Victory Day Event

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(London) - Andrew Rosindell, Member UK Parliament hosted a special celebratory dinner which was attended prominent dignitaries, Including Government Ministers, Diplomats, MPs and Lords. The event celebrated 100 years of Royal Air Force. In the…

Trump tells NATO leaders to increase defence spending to 4pc

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(Brussels) - U.S. President Donald Trump told NATO leaders they should increase their defence spending to 4 percent of their country’s economic output, double the group’s current goal of two percent. NATO allies shrugged off the demand…

44 dead as record rains devastate parts of Japan

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(Hiroshima) - The toll in record rains that have devastated parts of Japan rose to at least 44, officials said, with authorities issuing new warnings as torrential downpours continued. Local media put the toll at 50, with dozens more missing…

EU migration deal welcomed by UN agencies

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(Geneva) - UN humanitarian agencies broadly welcomed a freshly-inked deal on migration by European Union leaders which calls for more Member States to take responsibility within their borders for those in need of protection, amid a hardening…

Belt & Road Summit opens in Hong Kong

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(Hong Kong) - The Third Belt and Road Summit, jointly organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) welcomed more than 5000 participants from 55 countries…