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Portugal faces worst drought on record

Lisbon, Portugal | Xinhua | Portugal is experiencing the worst drought as 67.9 percent of its territory was in severe drought, 28.4 percent in extreme drought and the remaining 3.7 percent in moderate drought in June, said the Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA) on Saturday. This is the …

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German FM in Turkey, praises grain export deal

Istanbul, Turkey | Xinhua |  Visiting German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock hailed the Black Sea grain export deal recently signed in Istanbul to transfer Ukrainian grain to global markets, according to Turkish state-run Anadolu Agency. “Türkiye has accomplished a big achievement,” Baerbock praised at a joint press conference with her …

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World losing ground against HIV

Montreal, Canada | Xinhua | Global HIV community leaders on Friday warned that the world is losing ground against HIV in the opening day of the 24th International AIDS Conference, known as AIDS 2022. More than 9,500 in-person and nearly 2,000 virtual participants were registered to attend the fully hybrid AIDS …

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Grain deal may boost Russia-Ukraine trust: Turkish FM

Instanbul, Turkey | Xinhua | The Turkish foreign minister said on Thursday that the Russian-Ukraine grain corridor deal could boost trust between the two sides if implemented properly. Mevlut Cavusoglu made the remarks in Istanbul during a press briefing following a meeting with Georgian Foreign Minister Ilia Darchiashvili. “If implemented properly, …

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Monkeypox hits Europe, Americas hardest: WHO

Geneva, Switzerland | Xinhua | Europe and the Americas have been affected the most by the monkeypox outbreak, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists on Wednesday. These two regions have reported 95 percent of the diagnosed cases, he said, warning against stigma and discrimination …

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Iran welcomes more diplomacy to revive nuclear deal: FM

Tehran, Iran | Xinhua | Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Wednesday that his country “welcomes the continuation of diplomacy and talks” to rescue the Iranian nuclear deal, according to the Foreign Ministry’s website. Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone conversation with European Union (EU) foreign policy chief Josep Borrell …

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Biden jabbed for telling 6 notable lies: Hill

New York, U.S. | Xinhua | While every modern U.S. president has stretched the truth now and then, Joe Biden’s routine misstatements about money and the economy seem to go unchallenged, reported The Hill in mid-July. “In recent months, as the economy has slipped into a soft recession and with inflation …

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Using dollar supremacy for sanctions is disruptive, says economist

Using dollar supremacy for sanctions could well lead to other countries backing away from it (the dollar) London, UK | Xinhua | The U.S. government’s frequent use of dollar supremacy for sanctions against other countries could negatively impact global trade and finance, an economist has said. “One of the problems with …

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Russia to quit ISS after 2024: space chief

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | Russia has decided to leave the International Space Station (ISS) after 2024 and will start building a Russian one by that time, said Yury Borisov, director general of Russia’s state space corporation Roscosmos, on Tuesday. “We will focus on creating a Russian orbital station. Nor will …

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