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Iraq parliament in surprise vote to ban alcohol

Baghdad, Iraq | AFP | Iraq’s parliament on Saturday voted to ban the sale, import and production of alcohol, in a surprise move likely to anger some minorities but also to please influential religious parties. Proponents of the ban argue that it is justified by the constitution, which prohibits any …

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AT&T agrees to buy Time Warner in over $80 bn deal

New York, United States | AFP |  Telecom giant AT&T has struck a deal to buy entertainment company Time Warner for more than $80 billion, to add in-house content to its distribution services, a banking source familiar with the negotiations said Saturday. An official announcement is expected before Monday’s trading …

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Security raised on London Tube after arrest

London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Security has been stepped up on the London Underground network, police said Saturday, following the arrest of a 19-year-old man after a suspicious item was discovered on a Tube train. “The public will see more officers, including armed police, in and around transport hubs,” …

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China slams ‘provocative’ US sail-by in South China Sea

Beijing, China | AFP |  China has slammed the US for sailing a warship near disputed territory in the South China Sea, saying the move was a “serious illegal act” and “deliberately provocative”. In a statement on its website late Friday night, the country’s defence ministry said two Chinese naval …

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Ongoing cyber attack hits Twitter, Amazon, other top websites

Washington, United States | AFP |  Major internet services including Twitter, Spotify and Amazon suffered service interruptions and outages on Friday as a US internet provider came under sustained cyber attack. The internet service company Dyn, which routes and manages internet traffic, said that it had suffered a distributed denial …

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UK’s Independent back in profit after going web-only

London, United Kingdom | AFP | Britain’s Independent newspaper said Thursday it had returned to profit for the first time in more than 20 years, after ditching its print edition and going exclusively online. The left-leaning paper published its final print edition in March, the latest shake-up for the British …

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What to expect in the fight for Mosul

Washington, United States | AFP | The offensive to recapture Mosul from Islamic State jihadists has so far progressed faster than planners anticipated, but military experts fear the fighting could get tougher as US-backed Iraqi forces enter the city. Here is an overview of some factors determining the size and …

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Philippines’ Duterte, in China, announces ‘separation’ from US

Beijing, China | AFP | Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte declared his “separation” from longstanding ally the United States, in Beijing on Thursday, as he rebalances his country’s diplomacy towards China. Duterte is in China for a four-day trip seen as confirming his tilt away from Washington and towards Beijing’s sphere …

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The final Clinton-Trump debate: Four key moments

Las Vegas, United States | AFP |  The third and final debate of the caustic 2016 US presidential election started with a sober tone… but ended up with Donald Trump questioning the fundamental underpinnings of the nation. Here are four key moments: November 9  If Americans entered the debate concerned …

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