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Australia PM lashes climate critics in UN speech

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison used his UN speech on Wednesday to slam critics of his country’s climate record and to suggest Swedish teen Greta Thunberg was being exploited by others for ulterior motives. Morrison, who snubbed a major UN climate summit two days earlier, also said the Great Barrier Reef was “vibrant and resilient”, […]

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Saudi crown prince hosts Iraq PM for talks on oil attacks

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hosted Iraq’s Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi for talks on Wednesday focused on attacks on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure, which Washington has blamed on Iran. “The meeting dealt with regional developments, particularly the sabotage attacks on Saudi Aramco plants in Abqaiq and Khurais, stressing Iraqi keenness on the security […]

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More than 2 million animals perish in Bolivia wildfires

More than two million wild animals, including jaguars, pumas and llamas, have perished in weeks of wildfires that devastated huge swaths of Bolivian forest and grassland, environmental experts said Wednesday. The fires devastated the Chiquitania tropical savanna in the east of the country. “We have consulted the biologists of Chiquitania and we have exceeded the […]

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Kristalina Georgieva named IMF managing director

The International Monetary Fund on Wednesday formally selected Kristalina Georgieva of Bulgaria to be only the second woman ever to lead the 189-member institution. The selection had been all but guaranteed after the global crisis lender said earlier this month that Georgieva, a former World Bank CEO, was the sole candidate. In acknowledging her selection, […]

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Celtic, Rangers move into Scottish League Cup semi-finals

Celtic thrashed Partick 5-0 to book a Scottish League Cup semi-final date with Hibernian, while Rangers beat Livingston 1-0 to clinch a last-four clash against Hearts on Wednesday. Ivorian striker Vakoun Issouf Bayo opened the scoring for holders Celtic with a close range header in the 15th minute at Parkhead. Celtic boss Neil Lennon had […]

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World Championships seek Bolt successor, shake off doping

The first World Athletics Championships of the post-Usain Bolt era get under way here Friday with the sport desperately seeking a new superstar as it tackles a slew of ongoing doping controversies. More than 2,000 athletes from over 200 countries and territories will take part across 10 days of competition at Doha’s Khalifa International stadium, […]

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Five out of five as Inter maintain perfect record

Inter Milan made it five wins from five games with a 1-0 victory over Lazio on Wednesday as Antonio Conte’s men reclaimed top spot in Serie A. However, they needed goalkeeper Samir Handanovic, on the occasion of his 300th game for Inter, to pull off a series of fine saves to ensure a win which […]

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Man who stole Kuindzhi painting from Tretyakov Gallery gets 3 years in penal colony

The Moscow Zamoskvoretsky District Court has sentenced Denis Chuprikov, a native of Crimea, to three years in prison for stealing the 1908 Ai Petri. Crimea painting by Arkhip Kuindzhi from the Tretyakov Gallery, an Interfax correspondent has reported. “The court has ruled to find Chuprikov guilty of a crime under Item C of Part 2 […]

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Foreign Ministers of Astana process guarantor states reaffirm adherence to Syria’s sovereignty

Foreign ministers of the guarantor states of Astana process reaffirmed adherence to Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, asserting respect to these principles by all the parties. A statement published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website said that “Foreign ministers of Russia, Iran and Turkey as guarantors of Astana process held a tripartite meeting on sidelines […]

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Ruler of Sharjah approves 161 jobs for humanitarian cases

His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, has approved 161 jobs, including 75 jobs for men and 86 jobs for women in various cities and regions of the emirate. The categories that deserve urgency included / 47 / jobs for orphans due to the death of […]