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Trump hails Brexit vote on visit to Scotland

Turnberry, United Kingdom | AFP | Donald Trump hailed Britain’s vote to leave the EU as “fantastic” shortly after arriving in Scotland on Friday for his first international trip since becoming the presumptive Republican presidential nominee. “I think it’s a great thing. I think it’s a fantastic thing,” he told …

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Pound, Asia markets collapse as Britain quits EU

  The pound collapsed to a 31-year low and there was pandemonium on currency, equity and oil markets Friday as Britain voted to leave the European Union, fuelling a wave of global uncertainty. Sterling crashed 10 percent to $1.3229 at one point, its weakest level since 1985, while the greenback …

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Anger, confusion as EU vote divides Britain

  Breaking down in tears, Anthony Dunn recalled being branded a traitor and told he should leave the country for campaigning for Britain to stay in the European Union ahead of Thursday’s vote. After a campaign filled with confusing and often misleading claims, the 58-year-old Londoner is among many Britons …

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Bemba: from wealthy DR Congo VP to war criminal

Kinshasa, DR Congo | AFP | Jean-Pierre Bemba, the ex Congolese vice-president handed an 18-year-jail term Tuesday for “cruel” rapes and murders in neighbouring Central African Republic, was once a towering figure in business and politics. Bemba, a once feared warlord now aged 55, was sentenced after being found guilty …

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Anti-terror operation at Brussels shopping centre after bomb alert

Brussels bomb alert after man arrested in city shopping centre, security agency says — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 21, 2016 An anti-terror operation was underway at a shopping centre in central Brussels on Tuesday, Belgian prosecutors told the Belga News agency, adding that one suspect had been arrested. …

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Global migrant tide swells to record 65 million

The number of refugees and others fleeing their homes worldwide has hit a new record, spiking to 65.3 million people by the end of 2015, the United Nations said Monday. Europe’s high-profile migrant crisis, its worst since World War II, is just one part of a growing tide of human …

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China, Uganda yet to fully deliver promises to UN

United Nations, UNITED STATES | AFP | Of the 46 countries that pledged to provide resources to maintain United Nations peace operations, 14 have failed completely or only partially kept their promises. In a United States-led initiative organized at a summit in September, dozens of countries vowed to contribute more …

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Canada promotes first female combat general

Ottawa, Canada | AFP | A Canadian woman who fought insurgents in Afghanistan became the country’s first female combat officer to rise to the rank of general. Colonel Jennie Carignan, 47, was promoted to brigadier-general (one star) and put in charge of the Canadian army’s day-to-day operations including training and …

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