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Old guard against new blood in Cyprus presidential vote

Cypriots are voting Sunday to choose a president who could break a cycle of failure in talks to reunify the ethnically split island-nation — and deliver the benefits of a rebounding economy to citizens still recovering from a severe economic crisis. The incumbent President Nicos Anastasiades, 71, will face off against two main challengers: Nicholas Papadopoulos, the wealthy scion of ...

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Floodwaters threaten Paris, closing roads, tunnels, cellars 

Paris authorities have closed several tunnels, parks, and the bottom floor of the Louvre Museum as the Seine River swells and the city braces for floods. Exceptionally heavy rains have forced evacuations from homes elsewhere on the Seine after it and other French rivers burst their banks. The Seine reached 5.53 meters (over 18 feet) Thursday evening at the Austerlitz ...

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Thai military government readies for another election delay 

Thailand’s long-delayed election appears in danger of further postponement after the military junta’s appointed legislature voted to delay the implementation of a piece of legislation needed for the poll. The National Legislative Assembly voted late Thursday to extend the start date for a new election law. The junta’s top legal adviser said the extension could delay the election until as ...

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Turkey disputes US version of Trump-Erdoğan phone call

President Donald Trump has predicted a “tremendous increase” in UK-US trade, after talks with Theresa May. He also said the US and UK were “joined at the hip” on military matters, while Mrs May said they stood “shoulder to shoulder” in facing shared threats. In a series of warm exchanges in Davos, Switzerland, President Trump also told the UK PM: ...

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Trump willing to be questioned ‘under oath’ in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said Wednesday he “would love to” be questioned under oath by Russia collusion prosecutor Robert Mueller, adding it could happen in the coming weeks. Trump confirmed that his lawyers are in discussion with Mueller, who is leading the investigation into collusion between the US president’s election campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, and also into allegations ...

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Kabul hotel attack killed 40 people: official

At least 40 people were killed in the attack on Kabul’s luxury Intercontinental Hotel at the weekend, official figures showed Thursday — almost double the earlier toll released by Afghan authorities. “The final death toll (among Afghans) from Intercontinental Hotel attack stands at 25,” health ministry spokesman Wahid Majrooh told AFP. “We don’t know about the foreign fatalities,” he said, ...

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Democrats withdraw offer to fund Trump’s border wall

Democrats said on Tuesday they had withdrawn an offer to fund US President Donald Trump’s border wall, as tough negotiations over the future of young illegal immigrants known as “Dreamers” resumed in the Senate. A day after the end of a government shutdown linked to wrangling over immigration, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said he pulled the offer because of ...

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World’s first electric container barges to sail from European ports this summer

Dubbed the ‘Tesla of the canals’, the unmanned vessels will operate on Dutch and Belgian waterways, vastly reducing diesel vehicles and emissions The world’s first fully electric, emission-free and potentially crewless container barges are to operate from the ports of Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam from this summer. The vessels, designed to fit beneath bridges as they transport their goods around ...

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German leader Merkel says the current world order is under threat

Merkel said the answer to the world’s problems was to see multilateral solutions instead of a “unilateral, protectionist course” of action. German leader Angela Merkel said that multilateralism was under threat and said that protectionism is not the answer to the world’s problems. “Frankly speaking, the country I have the honor to represent and where I am chancellor has difficulties. ...

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Twin car bombs kill at least 22 in Libya’s Benghazi

The death toll following a double car bomb attack in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday night has risen to at least 22, a hospital spokeswoman said. A further 20 people were injured and the number of fatalities could rise, Fadia al-Barghathi, spokeswoman for the city’s al-Jala hospital, told AFP. An explosives-rigged vehicle blew up in front of a ...

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