Putin’s unpopular party slated for election win

MOSCOW (AFP) – When polls open Friday (Sep 17) in Russia’s parliamentary elections, few voters would…

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US court upholds dismissal of suit against NSA on ‘state secrets’ grounds

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – A US federal appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit by the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia, that challenged the National Security Agency’s (NSA) mass…

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Indonesian court rules president neglected to ensure clean air in capital

An Indonesian court ruled Thursday that President Joko Widodo and six other top officials have neglected to fulfill citizens’ rights to clean air and ordered them to improve the poor…

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With foreign funds frozen in Afghanistan, aid groups struggle to help those in need

A month after the fall of Kabul, the world is still wrestling with how to help Afghanistan’s impoverished people without propping up their Taliban leaders — a question that grows…

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Panama to hand out AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines to visitors in tourism push

PANAMA CITY (REUTERS) – Panama approved a plan on Wednesday (Sept 15) to vaccinate visitors in a bid to boost a tourism industry badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic, becoming…

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Hong Kong panel advises 1 dose of BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for teens due to side effect

A panel of health experts advising the Hong Kong government has recommended children aged 12-17 should get only one dose of BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine after reports of heart inflammation side…

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Boris Johnson’s new Cabinet unlikely to silence rumblings in his Conservative Party

LONDON – Less than two years after winning a crushing parliamentary majority, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has responded to growing criticism of his government’s performance, by ordering a significant…

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Fence goes up around US Capitol ahead of Saturday rally

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – Workers began installing a fence around the United States Capitol late on Wednesday (Sept 15) ahead of a protest scheduled for Sept 18, and police asked the…

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Macron says French forces killed Islamic State leader in Sahara

PARIS (REUTERS) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (Sept 15) that French military forces had killed Islamic militant Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the leader of Islamic State in…

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US move to dislodge France from Australia submarine deal is incoherent: French ministers

PARIS (REUTERS) – The United States’ decision to push France aside from a deal it had signed with Australia to procure submarines shows a lack of coherence at a time…

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