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Palestinian factions vow to break up Badr group in Lebanon

The leaders of Palestinian political factions in Lebanon have agreed to destroy a militant group engaged in clashes with Joint Palestinian Security Forces in the al-Hilweh refugee camp in Lebanon. The agreement was made following a meeting of Palestinian factions in Sidon on Tuesday, during which a senior Fatah official announced ...

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Protesting prison guards clash with riot police near French capital

French police forces have clashed with prison guards protesting working conditions in a notorious prison south of Paris. The incident came at Monday night at the sprawling Fleury-Merogis prison after a few hundred workers blocked the entrance and set tires on fire to call attention to concerns about security and overcrowding. ...

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Hundreds protest in Italy against G7 meeting on Syria

Hundreds of Italian protesters have staged a protest rally against a meeting of Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers underway in the city of Lucca, condemning the group’s stance on crisis-hit Syria. The demonstrators marched throughout Lucca on Monday, chanting slogans and carrying banners against the presence of G7 foreign ...

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Kremlin says no meeting with Putin scheduled for Tillerson

The Kremlin says it has scheduled no meeting between President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during the latter’s upcoming visit to Moscow. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call on Monday that “no meeting with Tillerson” was “in the president’s diary.” Tillerson is ...

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First ‘Silk Road’ train from Britain leaves for China

STANFORD-LE-HOPE, United Kingdom – The first-ever freight train from Britain to China, laden with whisky, soft drinks and baby products, started its mammoth journey on Monday along a modern-day “Silk Road” trade route. The 32-container train, around 600 metres (yards) long, left from the vast London Gateway container port on ...

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Huge fire destroys refugee camp in northern France after clashes

A huge fire has destroyed large swathes of a refugee camp in northern France following violent clashes that injured several people there, local firefighters and officials say. According to firefighters, at least 10 people were wounded in the Monday night blaze that ripped through the Grande-Synthe refugee camp near the ...

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Malala becomes youngest-ever UN Messenger of Peace

NEW YORK – United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday designated Malala Yousafzai as United Nations Messenger of Peace with a special focus on girls’ education. Malala Yousafzai became the youngest ever UN Messenger of Peace. She was designated the role at a ceremony in New York on Monday. UN ...

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European lawmakers say independent Scotland can join EU

A group of 50 European lawmakers have signed a letter to express their support for Scotland joining the European Union if the Scottish people vote for independence from the UK, in the wake of Britain’s exit from the bloc. The open letter was sent to the Scottish government on Monday ...

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G7 ministers fail to adopt united stance on climate change

Energy ministers of the G7 group of industrial nations have failed to form a united front in dealing with climate change issues as the United States expresses doubts about the commitments made by the group members under the Paris agreement. Carlo Calenda, the Italian minister for economic development, who chaired the ...

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