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India, Pakistan ministers to hold rare meeting

The foreign ministers of arch-rivals India and Pakistan will hold a rare meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly underway in New York, officials in New Delhi said on Thursday.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 21 2018

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Bangladesh passes digital security law

Bangladesh’s parliament has passed a controversial digital security act despite protests by journalists who say the law will severely curb media freedom in the country.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 21 2018

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Despite some progress, Alzheimer’s fight falling flat

It’s a devastating disease driving a dementia epidemic ruining tens of millions of lives, but with no new medical treatment since the turn of the century the fight against Alzheimer’s is foundering.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 21 2018

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Tensions rise as EU prepares for ‘final’ Brexit negotiations

EU leaders are making preparations for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after clashing with Britain over how to bridge their differences to reach a divorce deal.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 21 2018

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US ready to resume North Korea talks

The United States said it was ready to resume talks with North Korea after Pyongyang pledged on Wednesday to dismantle its key missile facilities and suggested it would close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex if Washington took unspecified actions.

REUTERS, Sep 21 2018

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Belgian builds musical bridge across the Bosphorus

Belgian musician Tristan Driessens found his inspiration and his calling east of the Bosphorus, becoming one of the West’s few masters of the oud and of Ottoman classical music.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 20 2018

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Trump says no FBI probe needed on SC pick Kavanaugh

President Donald Trump has said that there is no need for FBI involvement in the scandal threatening to derail his pick for a coveted place on the US Supreme Court.“I don’t think the FBI should be involved because they don’t want to be involved,” Trump told reporters at the White House.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 20 2018

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China denies meddling in US elections, demands ‘respect’

China on Wednesday called on the United States to show “respect” in their trade spat and refuted President Donald Trump’s claims that it was meddling in the US midterm elections by taking aim at his political base.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 20 2018

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India prescribes punishments in bid to stamp out instant muslim divorce

India on Wednesday prescribed arrests and jail terms for offenders in a campaign to stamp out instant Muslim divorce, or “triple talaq”, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks to woo women voters of the South Asian nation’s minority community.

REUTERS, Sep 20 2018

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NKorean leader Kim to visit South, shut missile testing site

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un agreed to make a historic visit to Seoul soon and close a missile testing site in front of international inspectors at a summit with the South’s President Moon Jae-in in Pyongyang on Wednesday.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 20 2018

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India’s singing village, where everyone has their melody

Curious whistles and chirrups echo through the jungle around Kongthong, a remote Indian village, but this is no birdsong. It’s people calling out to each other in music—an extraordinary tradition that may even be unique.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 19 2018

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Russians could face jail for not deleting news judged ‘fake’

Russians who refuse to take down online information that has been judged “false” by a court could be sentenced to up to a year in prison under a bill approved by MPs Tuesday in a key second reading.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 19 2018

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Syria downs Russian plane, Moscow blames Israel

Syria accidentally downed a Russian military aircraft with a crew of 15 onboard when its air defences went into action against an alleged Israeli missile strike, the Russian army said on Tuesday.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 19 2018

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Myanmar army should be removed from politics: UN probe

Myanmar’s powerful army should be removed from politics, UN investigators said on Tuesday in the final version of a damning report reiterating calls for top generals to be prosecuted for genocide against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Sep 19 2018

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Kim sees more progress at inter-Korean summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said on Tuesday his “historic” summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore stabilised regional security, and that he expected further progress at an inter-Korean summit aimed at reviving stalled nuclear diplomacy.

REUTERS, Sep 19 2018

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