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France to sell three warships to Greece

France on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Greece for the sale of three French-made “frigates of defense and intervention” as part of the two countries’ “strategic partnership”. This accord came ten days after France saw its contract to sell 12 diesel-electric submarines to Australia dislodged by a newly created security partnership between Australia, …

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Iran dismisses US call for IAEA’s access to Karaj nuke site

The head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami on Tuesday rejected a U.S. statement which calls for giving access to the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to visit Iran’s Karaj nuclear site, official IRNA news agency reported. Eslami said upon his arrival in the Russian capital Moscow that the …

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Rome to bid for 2030 World Expo: PM Draghi

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced on Tuesday that Rome, the country’s capital, would join the race to host the 2030 World Expo. Rome’s candidacy makes it the third contender to host the event along with Russia’s capital Moscow and Busan in South Korea. Applications to host the event first held in 1851 in London …

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Over 20 Houthis killed in Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen’s Marib: sources

At least 20 Houthi rebels were killed in overnight airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition warplanes on the rebel positions in Yemen’s central province of Marib, a Yemeni government military source said Tuesday. “The airstrikes hit the militia sites and their reinforcements along the mountains of Harib district in Marib Province,” the source in Marib told Xinhua …

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The aquaculture research lab boosting Egypt’s fish production

At a massive Egyptian fish farm in an open field with dozens of ponds of different sizes, fishermen were spreading their nets to collect the Nile tilapia fish and sort them out for sale based on their size, returning those too little back to ponds for further growth. The research ponds belong to the Central …

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Washington should be “more active” in restoring Iran nuclear deal: Russian FM

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Saturday called on Washington to play a “more active role” in helping resume the stalled talks aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. “The current [US] administration was, in fact, the author behind the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). So, it seems evident that they should …

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Blasting vaccine inequity, African leaders call for fair access

African leaders call for fair access, blast vaccine inequity

Access to COVID-19 vaccines came under the spotlight Thursday at the UN General Assembly, as leaders from Africa sounded the alarm on vaccine shortages in the region and called for equitable access to the life-saving shots. “VACCINE APARTHEID” African leaders lamented the jarring disparity in vaccine access across the globe on the third day of …

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Germany’s two biggest parties are both in with a shot of leading the next government after a general election that marked the end of the Angela Merkel era.

German election to set new path for post-Merkel era

Germans are voting on Sunday and for the first time in 16 years the next government will not be led by Chancellor Angela Merkel. The German election might see Merkel’s conservative union of the CDU/CSU might be demoted to an opposition party. With Merkel’s retirement from politics, the country seems ready to embark on a …

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SCO "Peace Mission 2021" counter-terrorism drill concludes in Russia

Peace Mission 2021 counter-terrorism drill concludes in Russia

The “Peace Mission 2021” counter-terrorism military drill of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states wrapped up on Friday in Russia. The military exercise was successful and all the tasks were finished, Commander of the Russian Central Military District Alexander Lapin said at a closing ceremony at the Donguz training range in Russia’s Orenburg Region. …

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Seven killed in suicide attack near Somalia's presidential palace in Mogadishu

Suicide bombing kills 7, injures 8 in Mogadishu

Seven people were killed and nine others wounded after a suicide car bomber detonated explosives at the El-Gab junction near the Presidential Palace in Mogadishu on Saturday, the police said. Abdifatah Aden Hassan, the Somali police spokesman said a car laden with explosives detonated near a checkpoint. “We know that seven people were killed and …

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Houthi rebels advance toward oil fields in southern Yemen

The Houthi rebel fighters achieved on-ground military progress and captured key areas in southern Yemen’s oil-rich province of Shabwa on Tuesday, a military official told Xinhua. The local military source said on condition of anonymity that the Houthis carried out an all-out offensive and captured Bayhan district in the province, where key oil fields are …

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French FM sees AUKUS deal as “crisis of trust” between allies

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday that the nuclear submarine deal between the United States, Britain and Australia, known as AUKUS, represents a “crisis of trust” between allies that requires explanations. “It’s not so much about breaking a contract … It is of course having a negative impact on France. But of course, …

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US drone strike victims’ family demand justice, compensation

“US confession of the deadly attack on civilians in my house virtually demonstrates its arrogance in targeting innocent civilians. Killing civilians is a blatant crime and the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Emal Ahmadi, brother of late Zamarai Ahmadi, told Xinhua. Zamarai, along with nine members of his family, including seven children aged 2-15 …

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Peace Mission 2021," a counter-terrorism military exercise for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, officially started on Monday in Orenburg, Russia.

SCO “Peace Mission” anti-terrorism drills officially start in Russia

The “Peace Mission 2021,” a counter-terrorism military exercise for Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, officially started on Monday in Orenburg, Russia. The participants are from eight SCO member states, including China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan. The participating troops consist of around 4,000 military personnel, among which 558 are from China. …

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US abuse of drones in "war on terror" exposes hegemonic excess

US abuse of drones in “war on terror” exposes hegemonic excess

A US drone strike in late August in the Afghan capital of Kabul supposedly targeting terrorists turned out to have 10 innocent civilians killed instead, including seven children. Amid a cascade of searing media reports, Commander of US Central Command Kenneth McKenzie on Friday admitted the horrendous incident, noting that it is “unlikely that the …

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China launches cargo craft for space station supplies

China launches cargo craft for space station supplies

China launched cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 on Monday to deliver supplies for its under-construction space station. The Long March-7 Y4 rocket, carrying Tianzhou-3, blasted off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). Tianzhou-3 will dock with the combination of the space station …

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France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine row

France recalls ambassadors to US, Australia over submarine row

France has decided to recall its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations after Canberra scrapped a deal to acquire French-designed submarines and decided instead to invest in U.S. nuclear-powered submarines. It is the first time in the history of France that such a decision was taken vis-a-vis these two countries, according to …

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volcano erupts on Spain's La Palma island

5,000 people evacuated as volcano erupts on Spain’s La Palma island

Between 5,000 and 10,000 people are being evacuated after a volcano began erupting on the La Palma island of Spain’s Canary Islands on Sunday afternoon. Regional authorities confirmed that the evacuations have begun in the wake of the eruption, which began at 3:12 p.m. local time on the Cumbre Viejo volcano. The eruption came after …

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China announces launch of cargo craft Tianzhou-3 complete success

China announces launch of cargo craft Tianzhou-3 complete success

China launched cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3 on Monday to deliver supplies for its under-construction space station. The Long March-7 Y4 rocket, carrying Tianzhou-3, blasted off at 3:10 p.m. (Beijing time) from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan, according to the China Manned Space Agency (CMSA). After 597 seconds, Tianzhou-3 separated …

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Dominic Raab removed as UK foreign secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Dominic Raab has been removed as British foreign secretary as Prime Minister Boris Johnson carried out a reshuffle of his cabinet ministers, Downing Street confirmed on Wednesday. Raab will become justice secretary and also take up the role of deputy prime minister. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has been appointed as the new foreign secretary. …

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Security Council approves technical rollover for mandate of UN mission in Libya

The Security Council on Wednesday adopted a resolution to approve a “technical rollover” for the mandate of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) to allow more time for negotiations on a longer-term mandate renewal. Resolution 2595, which was unanimously adopted by the 15-member council, decides to extend the mandate of UNSMIL till Sept. 30, …

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Serious possibility of complete economic collapse in Afghanistan: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that the possibility of a complete economic collapse in Afghanistan is “serious.” Guterres was here in Geneva on Monday to convene a high-level ministerial meeting on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan. He highlighted the acute and urgent need for funding support and action in the country. “The …

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A child is seen at a damaged school in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, in December of 2001. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

Afghanistan in past 20 years through lens of Xinhua

The commander of U.S. Central Command Kenneth McKenzie announced the end of the U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan in a press conference on Monday, after nearly 20 years of presence in the Asian country. The U.S.-led military forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of searching for Osama bin Laden, the alleged mastermind of …

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