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US-China diplomacy: Obama plays down arrival tensions

President Barack Obama has called on reporters “not to over-crank the significance” of the treatment of his entourage when he arrived for the G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. A row broke also out between an Obama aide, US journalists and officials soon after Air Force One landed on Saturday. The president also had to use a smaller ...

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Robert Mugabe lambasts Zimbabwe judges over protests

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has criticised judges who give permission for anti-government protests which later turn violent. He said the judges showed a reckless disregard for peace, and warned that they should not dare to be negligent when making decisions. The opposition has accused him of trying to intimidate the judiciary. On Monday, opposition supporters are going to court to ...

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Storm Hermine regains power to threaten US north-east

Storm Hermine is regaining power as it moves up the US eastern seaboard, threatening the north-east with dangerous coastal surges. Hermine is forecast to return to the Category 1 hurricane strength it lost as it pummelled Florida. The storm left a trail of destruction in the south-east, killing two people. Governors have announced emergency plans along the coast as far ...

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G20 leaders discuss global economy at China summit

World leaders are meeting in China at the G20 summit to discuss policies to bolster the world economy. They are at an opening ceremony for the annual economic summit, which is being hosted in China for the first time. China’s President Xi Jinping urged leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies to avoid “empty talk” as they look to revive ...

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Afghanistan bus inferno kills dozens

A passenger bus and fuel tanker have collided in southern Afghanistan, leaving at least 36 people dead. The bus was travelling from Kandahar to Kabul when the accident took place in the Jildak area of Zabul province. Many of the dead, including women and children, were charred beyond recognition in the inferno. At least 25 people were also injured. Afghanistan ...

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Aris Messinis: Lesbos migrant crisis photos win French award

A Greek photographer has won the Visa d’Or news photography prize for his coverage of the mass arrival of migrants on the island of Lesbos last year. Aris Messinis worked for the French news agency AFP and has won prizes before for images taken in war zones. He said he never thought he would cover this in his own country. ...

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Mother Teresa to be made a saint in Vatican ceremony

The nun Mother Teresa, known for working with the desperately poor in India, is to be declared a saint at a ceremony in the Vatican. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill St Peter’s Square to see Pope Francis lead the ceremony. Two miraculous cures of the sick after Mother Teresa’s death in 1997 have been attributed to ...

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Germany election: Merkel challenged by anti-migrant AfD

Voters in a north-east German state are due to go to the polls in a vote seen as a test of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies towards migrants and refugees. The anti-migrant and anti-Islam Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) could get more votes than Mrs Merkel’s CDU in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania. This would weaken Ms Merkel ahead of national elections next year. However, ...

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Hong Kong votes in first major poll since pro-democracy protests

Voting is due to start in the first major elections in Hong Kong since pro-democracy protests in 2014. The main parties competing are divided by their stances on the territory’s relationship with Beijing. Voters will choose 35 lawmakers based on geographical constituencies and 35 people to represent selected trades. The city has partial democracy and not everybody can vote for ...

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Bangladesh hangs Islamist tycoon Mir Quasem Ali

A leader and major financial backer of the biggest Islamist party in Bangladesh has been executed for war crimes in 1971, officials say. Media tycoon Mir Quasem Ali, 63, of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was sentenced to death two years ago. He had been convicted of offences including murder and torture committed during the war with Pakistan. The tycoon was hanged ...

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