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Turkey offers US joint Syria operation — without the Kurds

Antalya, Turkey | AFP | Turkey is offering to “join forces” with Washington for a special operation inside Syria on condition it doesn’t include a Syrian Kurdish militia blacklisted by Ankara but seen as an ally by the US, the foreign minister said. Washington’s support of Kurdish fighters in Syria …

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Crocodile takes woman during night swim in Australia

Sydney, Australia | AFP | A woman is feared dead after being seized by a crocodile during a night-time swim with a friend at a beach in northern Australia, with reports that she yelled “A croc’s got me!” before disappearing. The women went for a stroll on Thornton Beach on …

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Hiroshima bombing ‘of Japan’s own making’

Beijing, China | AFP | Chinese state media said that the “atomic bombings of Japan were of its own making”, ahead of a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday by US President Barack Obama. The trip is the first visit to the city by a sitting American President since the …

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G7 leaders’ visit to Ise Shrine: things to know

Ise Shima, Japan | AFP | Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will Thursday take fellow world leaders on a tour of Ise Shrine, an ancient spot that sits at the heart of Japan’s native Shinto religion. The trip is part of the cultural programme on the sidelines of the Group …

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Twitter drops photos and videos from 140-character limit

Washington, United States | AFP | Twitter announced Tuesday it was easing its 140-character limit for tweets, allowing users to add links, attachments and some other features within the short messages. The move comes as Twitter’s efforts to increase its user base and engagement have been sputtering, raising questions about …

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Egypt parliament speaker warns MPs not to criticise monetary policy

Cairo, Egypt | AFP | The speaker of Egypt’s parliament has threatened to take disciplinary action against members who publicly criticise the government’s monetary policy, raising further questions about the legislature’s independence. Ali Abdel-Al told MPs on Sunday that the country faces foreign “conspiracies”, and “constructive criticism is accepted, but …

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Netanyahu to minister: thanks but… no thanks?

Jerusalem, Undefined | AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday chided a cabinet colleague who failed to give him public praise for pushing through a long-sought offshore gas deal. After ministers approved revisions to the agreement with a US-led consortium designed to overcome a court challenge, Energy Minister …

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