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Congo’s president won’t run again in long-delayed election

In this Thursday, July 19, 2018 file photo, Congo’s President Joseph Kabila speaks during the state of the nation address to the National Assembly in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Kinshasa, Aug 9 : Congo’s president is not running again in December’s long-delayed elections, easing concerns by the opposition and international community that he would try to stay in office ...

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14,000 fight California fires, some from prisons or overseas

Ukiah, Aug 9 : Firefighters said for the first time Wednesday that they have made good progress battling the state’s largest-ever wildfire but didn’t expect to have it fully under control until September. The blaze north of San Francisco has grown to the size of Los Angeles since it started two weeks ago, fueled by dry vegetation, high winds and ...

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US to impose sanctions on Russia over nerve agent attack

Washington, Aug 9 : The United States announced Wednesday it will impose new sanctions on Russia for illegally using a chemical weapon in an attempt to kill a former spy and his daughter in Britain earlier this year. The new sanctions, to be imposed later this month, come despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to improve relations with Russia and its ...

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UN envoy urges Iraqi leaders to form inclusive government

United Nations, Aug 9 : The U.N. envoy for Iraq urged its political leaders on Wednesday to listen to the people and seize the opportunity to form “a patriotic, inclusive and non-sectarian national government” that will use the country’s vast resources including oil to benefit all Iraqis. A new government can’t be formed until final results of May 12 parliamentary ...

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Indonesia quake deaths top 130, aid effort intensifies

Bangsal, Aug 8 : Aid began reaching isolated areas of the Indonesian island struggling after an earthquake that killed at least 131 people as rescuers Wednesday doubled down on efforts to find those buried in the rubble. Volunteers and rescue personnel were erecting more temporary shelters for the tens of thousands left homeless on Lombok by the magnitude 7.0 quake ...

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Tearful reunions for 9 separated kids back in Guatemala

Guatemala City, Aug 8 : Nine Guatemalan child migrants who were taken from their parents at the U.S. border arrived home for tearful reunions Tuesday as the Trump administration tries to comply with a court order to return hundreds of separated minors to their families. “I want to see my mama,” Leo Jeancarlo de Leon, 6, said after he got ...

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Ex-PM Najib pleads not guilty to new graft charges

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 8 : Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three new money-laundering charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of a state investment fund that led to his stunning electoral defeat three months ago. Najib spoke softly as he entered his plea in the High Court. He has previously accused Malaysia’s new government ...

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Venezuela president ties opposition leader to drone attack

Caracas, Aug 8 : President Nicolas Maduro went on television Tuesday night to accuse one of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders of being linked to a weekend assassination attempt using drones. Maduro said statements from some of the six suspects already arrested pointed to involvement by Julio Borges, an opposition leader living in exile in Colombia. “Several of the declarations ...

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Veteran South Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi dies

In this May 13, 2009 file photo, Tamil Nadu state’s then Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi displays the indelible ink mark on his finger after casting his vote at a polling booth in Chennai, India. New Delhi, Aug 8 : Muthuvel Karunanidhi, a popular scriptwriter-turned-politician in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, has died after a prolonged illness. He was ...

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12 farmworkers killed in van accident in southern Italy

Milan, Aug 7 : Italian firefighters say 12 people have been killed and three injured after a van accident in a town in southern Italy. The ANSA news agency reported that the victims were immigrant farm workers returning from work Monday. The van they were driving hit a truck carrying tomatoes head-on, causing the van to overturn near the town ...

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