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France recalls envoys from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal

France recalls envoys from U.S. and Australia over submarine deal


PARIS – France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Friday, after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal which sank a U.S. $40 billion French-designed submari...

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Over 10 000 migrants sleeping under Texas bridge

Over 10 000 migrants sleeping under Texas bridge


CIUDAD ACUÑA – Haitians fleeing a country hammered by political turmoil and two natural disasters made up most of over 10 000 migrants sleeping on the ground and desperate for food in a squalid camp under a bridge in southern Texas on Friday. In a...

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Taliban replaces women’s ministry with ministry of virtue and vice

Taliban replaces women’s ministry with ministry of virtue and vice


KABUL – Workers in the Afghanistan capital replaced signs for the country’s women’s ministry with those for the Taliban’s moral police on Friday, and female former employees of the department said they had been locked out of the building. A sign f...

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Australia trialing home quarantine

Australia trialing home quarantine


SYDNEY – Australian officials will trial a home quarantine system for fully vaccinated international travellers arriving in Sydney, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, as the country moves to reopen its borders despite persistent COVID-19 c...

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Fires threatening Sequoia Park

Fires threatening Sequoia Park


Firefighters are wrapping fire-resistant blankets around ancient trees as blazes tear through California's world-famous Sequoia National Park. Officials fear the fire could reach the Giant Forest, a grove of some of the world's biggest trees, with...

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Johnson reshuffles Cabinet

Johnson reshuffles Cabinet


LONDON – British prime minister Boris Johnson reshuffled his senior ministers on Wednesday, appointing his party’s first female foreign secretary and urged his government to get on with the job of tackling economic inequality after COVID-19. Endin...

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California governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort

California governor Newsom defeats Republican recall effort


SACRAMENTO – California governor Gavin Newsom handily beat back a Republican campaign to oust him from office on Tuesday, sending a decisive message that voters in the deeply Democratic state supported his policies for tackling COVID-19, immigration ...

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WHO reports “substantial decline” in COVID-19 cases globally

WHO reports “substantial decline” in COVID-19 cases globally


GENEVA – Though novel coronavirus (COVID-19) numbers continue to surge in Barbados and its Caribbean neighbours, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said there has been a “substantial decline” in weekly cases for the first time in more than two month...

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Britain’s NHS to offer COVID-19 booster jab

Britain’s NHS to offer COVID-19 booster jab


London - The National Health Service (NHS) is preparing to offer coronavirus (COVID-19) booster jabs from next week, the health secretary has said. Sajid Javid told the Commons the government had accepted advice from the the JCVI that around 30 mi...

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UK: Briton among 6 charged after authorities seize cocaine worth £160m

UK: Briton among 6 charged after authorities seize cocaine worth £160m


London - A Briton held on board a luxury yacht while allegedly trying to smuggle £160 million worth of cocaine into the United Kingdom has been named as Andrew Cole. The 32-year-old, from Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, was scheduled to appear...