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Cultural Revolution: China’s media breaks silence over anniversary

China’s state-run media has said the country can never allow a repeat of the “error” of the Cultural Revolution. The editorial in Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Daily is the first official comment following Monday’s 50th anniversary of the start of the unrest. The campaign to “purge” society of Mao Zedong’s political opponents ushered in years of bloodshed and turmoil. ...

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Donald Tusk says only alternative to EU is ‘chaos’

The president of the European Council has said the only alternative to the EU is “political chaos” and labelled Boris Johnson’s recent comments “absurd”. Donald Tusk said he was speaking out to defend his “vision of Europe”. He said he could not “remain silent” after Mr Johnson compared the EU’s aims with Hitler’s, and said the ex-London mayor had shown ...

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Hong Kong security tightened as key Chinese leader visits

Tight security is in place in Hong Kong for the visit of the most senior official from Beijing since large pro-democracy protests in 2014. Zhang Dejiang, the leader responsible for Hong Kong affairs, arrived amid discontent with alleged interference by Beijing. Mr Zhang said he was in Hong Kong “to listen to all sectors of society”. More than 6,000 police ...

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Italy unearths huge Roman barracks during Rome metro dig

Excavation work for a new metro line in Rome has unearthed a huge Roman barracks from the 2nd Century AD when Emperor Hadrian was in power. The find is so impressive that Italy plans to create Rome’s first “archaeological station” at Amba Aradam, on the city’s third metro line. The new station is being built while archaeologists brush dirt away ...

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World’s biggest cruise ship set for delivery in France

The cruise ship ‘Harmony of the Seas’ has the capacity to accommodate more than 8,000 passengers and crew in the most luxurious conditions. The world’s biggest-ever cruise ship, the 120,000-tonne Harmony of the Seas, capable of accommodating more than 8,000 passengers and crew in the most luxurious conditions, was set for delivery on Thursday from a French boatyard. At 66 ...

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8 killed in Sri Lanka floods, landslides; 8 missing

Sri Lanka’s government says the death toll from floods and landslides across the country has risen to eight, with eight others reported missing as a result of heavy storms in the past three days. The Disaster Management Center says in its report Tuesday that nine people are injured and about 30,000 people have been evacuated to safe locations as heavy ...

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Syria conflict: World powers seek to revive peace talks

World and regional powers have begun fresh talks aimed at putting the Syrian peace process back on track. Germany’s foreign minister told reporters in Vienna that the aim was to strengthen a fragile truce and boost humanitarian aid. That would encourage the opposition to resume negotiations on a political settlement to end the war, he said. The opposition pulled out ...

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Thailand to close Koh Tachai island over tourism damage

Thai authorities are set to close the island of Koh Tachai, saying heavy tourism is negatively affecting natural resources and the environment. The island, off Phang Nga province, is part of the Similan National Park. Almost all Thai marine national parks close from mid-May to mid-October, for monsoon season, but Tachai will not reopen, the Bangkok Post reported. The park ...

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I am fighting for survival: Trump

Donald Trump, who defeated 16 top political leaders of his party to become the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said he is fighting for survival. “I mean, I view myself as a person that, like everybody else, is fighting for survival. That’s all I view myself as,” Trump told the Fox News. “I really view myself now as somewhat of a ...

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France’s Euro 2016 anthem sparks outrage for being written in ENGLISH

Andre Vallini criticised the use of English in France’s official Euro 2016 anthem Leading politician Andrew Vallini reacted with horror to the French team’s official anthem. Chosen by the French Football Association, the song I Was Made For Lovin’ You by American rock band Kiss, has been updated for the tournament. French group Skip The Use have changed the words ...

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