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France’s Azoulay picked as new UNESCO chief

UNESCO’s executive board has selected former French Culture Minister Audrey Azoulay as the new chief of the United Nations’ cultural agency. Azoulay, who served as a minister under President Francois Hollande, narrowly beat Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari in the final 30-28 vote on Friday. Azoulay must be approved by ...

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Russia to link Iran to global payment systems

Iran says a cooperation agreement has been signed with a Russian provider of banking technological solutions to connect the country’s financial network with global payment systems.   The agreement was signed between Iran’s Informatics Services Corporation (ISC) and Russia’s BPC Group of Companies. Based on it, the two companies would ...

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Trump’s Iran plans pushing EU toward Russia, China: Germany

US President Donald Trump’s reported plans to “decertify” the 2015 Iran nuclear deal is alienating Washington’s European allies, pushing them towards Russia and China, says German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel. “It’s imperative that Europe sticks together on this issue,” Gabriel, a Social Democrat, told the RND German newspaper group on ...

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Russia slams US for denying entry to military officials

Russia has blasted the United States for denying entry to a Russian military delegation scheduled to attend a joint briefing with Chinese officials at the United Nations about America’s deployment of missile systems across the world. Alexander Emelianov, from the Russian Defense Ministry’s international cooperation committee, said Thursday that Moscow wanted ...

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Germany extends passport controls amid attack fears

Germany has extended temporary passport controls on its border with Austria and for flights coming from Greece for six more months amid continuing concerns about attacks and illegal immigration, the Interior Ministry said on Thursday. The European Commission last month offered initial backing to a Franco-German proposal to allow more ...

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