World News Digest

Australia okays same-sex marriage

Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament on Thursday, ending decades of political wrangling.

Agencies, Dec 08 2017

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Huge Catalan march in Brussels

A sea of around 45,000 pro-Catalonia protesters demonstrated in Brussels on Thursday to show support for the region’s deposed president Carles Puigdemont and urge the EU to support its drive for independence from Spain.

Agencies, Dec 08 2017

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Arab League warns against Trump Jerusalem decision

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit warned on Tuesday of the “danger” of the United States recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital or relocating its embassy there, calling on Washington to reconsider.

Agencies, Dec 06 2017

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SAfrica: 36 die in food related disease outbreak

Thirty-six people have died in South Africa from an outbreak of the food-borne disease listeriosis, the country’s Department of Health said on Tuesday. By the end of last month, 557 cases had been confirmed,

Agencies, Dec 06 2017

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Russia declares 9 US media outlets ‘foreign agents’

Russia’s justice ministry on Tuesday named nine US media outlets including Voice of America as “foreign agents” after President Vladimir Putin signed a law allowing international media to be slapped with the controversial label.

Agencies, Dec 06 2017

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Honduras vote recount over, no winner declared

Honduran electoral authorities concluded a recount early Monday, more than a week after a bitterly contested presidential election, that put President Juan Orlando Hernandez in the lead, but they held back from officially declaring him the winner.

Agencies, Dec 05 2017

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11 Afghan cabinet picks win confidence vote

Afghanistan’s parliament on Monday approved 11 nominees for ministerial posts after months of deadlock, following a string of sackings and resignations in the embattled unity government.

Agencies, Dec 05 2017

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Macron calls for dismantling of all militias in Iraq

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday called on Iraq to dismantle all militias, including the government sanctioned Iran-backed Popular Mobilisation Forces (PMF), a rare public request to do so by a major Western leader.

Agencies, Dec 03 2017

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Philippines ‘prepared for worst’ in dengue vaccine concerns

The Philippines is prepared for a “worst-case scenario” following warnings that an anti-dengue vaccine administered to thousands of children may worsen the disease in some cases, a health official said on Saturday.

Agencies, Dec 03 2017

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Storms leave four dead in Lanka; 23 missing

Heavy rain and winds across Sri Lanka have left at least four people dead and 23 others missing, including more than a dozen fishermen, the government said Thursday.

Agencies, Dec 01 2017

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Dutch autopsy soon on Bosnian Croat

An autopsy will be carried out soon on a Bosnian Croat war criminal who took his own life apparently by drinking poison in front of UN judges, Dutch prosecutors said Thursday.

Agencies, Dec 01 2017

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Anti-piracy ship crew freed from Indian jail

All 35 crewmen on an anti-piracy ship -- from Britain, Estonia, Ukraine and India -- were freed Tuesday after winning a prolonged court battle against prison terms for illegally carrying weapons. The six British crew members gave thumbs-up signs before being driven away from Puzhal prison in the southern Indian city of Chennai by British diplomats.

Nov 29 2017

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