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Spanish lawmakers call on govt to recognise Palestine


MADRID (AFP) – Spanish lawmakers adopted a motion Tuesday calling on the government to recognise a Palestinian state, following similar moves in other European nations. The motion submitted by the opposition Socialists asks the conservative government to recognise Palestine in coordination with any similar move by the European Union. It …

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Iran, West eye chances of historic deal as final talks start


VIENNA (AFP) – Iran and the West put the onus for reaching a historic deal over Tehran s nuclear programme on each other Tuesday, as a final round of talks geared up in Vienna despite big gaps remaining ahead of a November 24 deadline. Speaking as he arrived in Vienna …

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UN calls for probe of N. Korea ‘crimes against humanity’


United Nations (United States) (AFP) – The United Nations on Tuesday adopted a landmark resolution condemning North Korean rights abuses and laying the groundwork for putting the Pyongyang regime in the dock for crimes against humanity. A resolution asking the Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal …

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Kerry delays trip to Vienna for Iran nuclear talks


– US Secretary of State John Kerry has pushed back his trip to Vienna where international negotiators are in final talks on Iran s nuclear programme, his department said. Kerry, who has been in London since Monday evening, was due to arrive mid-week in the Austrian capital to complete negotiations …

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Deadly Jerusalem synagogue attack horrifies Israel


Five Israelis were killed in Jerusalem s bloodiest attack for years when two Palestinians armed with a gun and meat cleavers ran amok among worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday. It was a rare assault on a place of worship and sent shockwaves through the country, raising fears that the …

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World leaders vow to ‘extinguish’ Ebola


Brisbane (Australia) (AFP) – The world s most powerful economies vowed on Saturday to “extinguish” the Ebola epidemic ravaging west Africa, as the vast desert nation of Mali scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of the killer disease. Despite some hopeful signs from Africa — where Liberia has lifted its …

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Hong Kong protest leaders prevented from flying to Beijing


Three Hong Kong democracy protest leaders were Saturday denied permission to board a flight to Beijing, where they had hoped to bring their demand for free elections directly to Chinese authorities. The leaders of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, spearheading mass rallies that have paralysed parts of the city …

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Romania’s Ponta favourite to win presidential poll


Romanians vote on Sunday to choose their next president, with Social Democrat and current prime minister Victor Ponta the overwhelming favourite to win. Ponta, 42, goes into the second round of votes with 54 per cent support, according to the latest opinion polls, clearly ahead of his conservative opponent, Klaus …

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Ebola-infected Sierra Leone doctor gets treated in US


Washington (AFP) – A doctor infected with Ebola in Sierra Leone began receiving treatment in the United States, as the world s most powerful economies vowed to “extinguish” a deadly epidemic of the disease. The vast desert nation of Mali, meanwhile, scrambled to prevent a new outbreak of Ebola that …

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One World Trade Center fills hole in Manhattan skyline


– The jewel of the New York skyline, the pride of a whole nation, is back. The opening of One World Trade Center, on the site of the Twin Towers that were destroyed on September 11, 2001, signals a long-awaited return to normal in the Big Apple. Since November 3, …

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