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Pope to visit Hiroshima on anti-nuclear weapon mission

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP | Pope Francis, who years ago hoped to be a missionary in Japan, travels to the sites of the world’s only atomic attacks this week seeking a ban on nuclear weapons. The Argentine pontiff, 82, flies to Asia on Tuesday, where he will first visit …

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The man who saved Lanzarote from overdevelopment

Tahíche, Spain | AFP | Roadside billboards and high-rise hotels are banned on Spain’s holiday island of Lanzarote — a legacy of visionary artist Cesar Manrique, whose birth a century ago is being celebrated this year. Part of the volcanic Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean off …

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Trump to attend NATO summit in London, days before UK vote

Washington, United States | AFP |  US President Donald Trump will visit Britain for NATO’s 70th-anniversary summit next month, the White House said Friday, in a trip falling days before the country votes in a general election. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seeking to retain power in the December 12 …

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Fight for safe abortions is far from over, say experts

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | The fight for safe abortions is an uphill struggle with half of all terminations worldwide still conducted in risky conditions, pro-choice advocates told a major women’s health conference in Nairobi. Despite gains in many countries, there are huge barriers in poorer parts of the world, they …

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Trump tests his electoral power in Louisiana governor’s fight

Bossier City, United States | AFP | US President Donald Trump campaigned on Thursday for the Republican challenger in the Louisiana governor’s race, in what is seen as a test of his own political vitality as he battles an impeachment inquiry. Addressing a rally in Bossier City, Trump urged a crowd of thousands whose votes …

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MH17 calls ‘show ties between Russian officials, rebels’

The Hague, Netherlands | AFP | International investigators looking into the downing of flight MH17 over Ukraine released intercepted phone calls on Thursday showing close links between “high-ranking” Russian officials and rebel suspects facing trial over the crash. The probe said the recordings raised questions about the possible involvement of key …

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