20 Feb 2017

France’s Le Pen narrows gap in presidential race: poll

“French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has gained some ground on her main election rivals, independent Emmanuel Macron and conservative Francois Fillon, but would still lose to either of them in the May 7 runoff for the presidency, a poll showed on Monday.” Source: France’s Le Pen narrows gap in

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20 Feb 2017

Washington prepares to bring North Koreans to U.S. for talks

“Preparations are under way to bring senior North Korean officials to the United States for talks with former U.S. officials, the first such meeting in more than five years, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.” Source: Washington prepares to bring North Koreans to U.S. for talks: report | Reuters

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20 Feb 2017

Ecuador votes in crucial general elections

“Ecuador has voted in general elections that could see the country move from the left to the right like several other South American countries in recent months.” Source: Ecuador votes in crucial general elections | Ecuador News | Al Jazeera

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20 Feb 2017

Bogota explosion: Many injured in blast near bullring

“Dozens of people have been injured in an explosion in the Colombian capital Bogota, the mayor’s office has said. The explosion happened near the bullring, where animal rights activists were preparing to hold a march.” Source: Bogota explosion: Many injured in blast near bullring – BBC News

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20 Feb 2017

10 civilians killed in Afghanistan grenade attack

“At least 10 civilians were killed and four wounded in a grenade attack in Laghman province of Afghanistan, an official said on Monday.” Source: 10 civilians killed in Afghanistan grenade attack

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20 Feb 2017

Tehran bans drones after security scares

“The Iranian military has banned the unauthorized use of drones in the capital Tehran, after several security scares caused by unpiloted aircraft that are increasingly popular with hobbyists and filmmakers.” Source: Tehran bans drones after security scares | Reuters

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20 Feb 2017

Moscow recognises passports for separatists in Ukraine

“Russia announced on Saturday (Jan 18) a decree recognising passports issued by rebel authorities in separatist regions of Ukraine, triggering a protest from Kiev which called it a ‘provocation’.” Source: Moscow recognises passports for separatists in Ukraine – Channel NewsAsia

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20 Feb 2017

Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 39

“A car bomb ripped through a market in Mogadishu on Sunday, killing 39 people and injuring around 50, a local official said, days after Somalia elected a new president.” Source: Suicide bomb in market in Somalia capital kills 39 | Reuters

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20 Feb 2017

Famine declared in South Sudan

“Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned on Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.” Source: Famine declared in South Sudan | Global development | The Guardian

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19 Feb 2017

Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war — but no one is ready to deal with it

“A genetically engineered virus is easier to make and could kill more people than nuclear weapons — and yet no country on Earth is ready for the threat, Bill Gates warned world leaders Saturday.” Source: Bill Gates: Bioterrorism could kill more than nuclear war — but no one is ready to deal

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