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Sore 😡 at Macron's 'dictatorship' criticism, Venezuela blasts France 🇫🇷

Venezuela 🇻🇪 accused France 🇫🇷 on Wednesday of joining an “imperialist” campaign after President Emmanuel Macron portrayed the widely criticized socialist government as dictatorial.

Adding to criticism from Washington, the United Nations and major Latin American nations, Macron on Tuesday called President Nicolas Maduro’s administration “a dictatorship trying to survive at …

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Brazil 🇧🇷 court ⚖ blocks 🚫 Amazon mining decree😱

A Brazilian 🇧🇷 court has suspended a government decree that would open up a vast natural reserve in the Amazon to commercial mining. The area covers 46,000 sq km (17,800 sq miles) and is thought to be rich in gold, manganese and other minerals.

The federal court ⚖ in the …

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ISIL evacuation 🏃🏻 deal angers 😡 Iraq 🇮🇶

Iraqis 🇮🇶 have denounced a Hezbollah and Syria-backed deal allowing fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group to evacuate a Syrian-Lebanese frontier region towards the Iraqi border.

Hundreds of fighters started leaving the area on Monday, heading by bus for Syria's 🇸🇾 eastern …

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Rights groups 💪🏻 call for probe 🔍 into Syria's 🇸🇾 'disappeared'

Human rights groups 💪🏻 have urged the international community to hold the Syrian 🇸🇾 government and opposition armed groups accountable for the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared during the country's long-running civil war.

"Amid the brutality and bloodshed of the Syrian conflict, the plight of those who have vanished …

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Sergey Lavrov calls 🔊 for dialogue to resolve Gulf crisis

Lavrov made the comments in Qatar's capital, Doha, on Wednesday, at the end of a three-nation tour of the region that also included stops in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

"We welcome all initiatives to resolve the Gulf crisis, and we support the Kuwaiti efforts in that direction …

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Transgender 🌈 people targeted 😱 in fatal Karachi 🇵🇰 attack

Pakistani 🇵🇰 police say armed men opened fire on a group of transgender people, killing one, in an affluent neighbourhood in Pakistan's city of Karachi.

He said passengers in a 4WD vehicle first harassed the group by throwing rotten eggs at them and then opened fire, resulting in the death of …

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Cameroon bans 'opposition' English-language TV channel

Cameroon has banned people from watching a popular television station that says it represents the interests of the English-speaking population. Cable TV providers have been told they will be sanctioned if they do not stop broadcasting the South Africa-based channel, SCBC.

But content can still be viewed online. There have …

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UK Princes William and Harry to remember Diana at new memorial garden

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are to pay tribute to their mother on the eve of the 20th anniversary of her death, amid scented roses and other favourite flowers in a new memorial White Garden at Kensington Palace.

A Kensington Palace spokeswoman said the garden visit would “allow …

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Mexico offers hurricane help; No decision on whether to accept it

The Mexican government made a formal offer of help Tuesday as the United States copes with the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the State Department said in response to questions about Mexico's role.

Any such assistance could put President Trump in an awkward spot, since he has insisted that Mexico would …

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Women dressed as nuns attempt Pennsylvania bank robbery

The FBI is searching for two women who tried to rob a bank in the US state of Pennsylvania dressed as nuns. One of the women brandished a gun as she demanded money during the incident at a bank in the town of Tannersville on Monday.

Both were wearing black …

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Violence in Myanmar: 18,000 Rohingya flee in 5 days

As many as 18,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled their homes in Myanmar's Rakhine state in less than one week, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). The exodus began Friday after the government intensified "clearance operations" following an attack by Rohingya militants on border posts, in which 12 …

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Iraqi troops face fierce IS resistance near Tal Afar

Iraqi forces are facing fierce resistance in a small town where Islamic State militants who fled the city of Tal Afar have taken refuge. One officer told Reuters news agency the fighting in Ayadiya was "multiple times worse" than the battle for Mosul.

Commanders have stepped up air and artillery …

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Postman Who Survived Nagasaki☢ Nuclear 💣Bomb Passes Away💐 at 88

Prominent nuclear disarmament campaigner Sumiteru Taniguchi, who was delivering mail in Nagasaki when the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945, died on Wednesday at the age of 88. Taniguchi, once considered a front-runner for the Nobel Peace Prize, died of cancer at a hospital in the southwestern Japanese …

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