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Trump and Putin had another, undisclosed conversation at G20

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US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month’s G20, the White House has confirmed. They spoke towards the end of a formal dinner but the White House has not revealed what was discussed. President Trump has condemned media revelations of the talks as “sick”. The two leaders’ relationship is under ...

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Kenya TV election debate has just one candidate

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A TV debate for Kenyan politicians hoping to become deputy president in next month’s elections went ahead even though only one candidate took part. Muthiora Kariara, a political novice who is running with independent presidential candidate Japheth Kaluyu, answered questions for about an hour. Some of the candidates were not allowed to take part because they arrived late. Political parties ...

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Surgeons remove 27 contact lenses from woman’s eye

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A 67-year-old woman has had 27 contact lenses removed from one eye. The discovery was made after the woman went to Solihull hospital in the West Midlands for routine cataract surgery. In a report for the British Medical Journal (BMJ), experts from the hospital said “a bluish foreign body” emerged during the procedure “as a hard mass of 17 contact ...

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Fethullah Gulen’s message on the anniversary of Turkey coup attempt

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Saturday is a sad moment in Turkish history as it marks one year since the deplorable coup attempt that resulted in the death of hundreds and injuries of thousands. On this occasion I reiterate my condemnation of the despicable putsch and its perpetrators, and extend my sincere condolences to the families and loved ones affected by this horrible tragedy. Unfortunately, ...

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South Korea proposes rare military talks with North Korea

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South Korea has proposed holding military talks with the North, after weeks of heightened tension following Pyongyang’s long-range missile test. If they were to go ahead, they would be the first high-level talks since 2015. A senior official said talks should aim to stop “all hostile activities that raise military tension” at the fortified border between the Koreas. South Korea’s ...

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Eight dead in wall collapse at Senegal’s Demba Diop

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Eight people have died and at least 49 are injured after a wall collapsed at a football stadium in Senegal. It happened at Demba Diop stadium in the capital, Dakar, at the end of the League Cup final between Stade de Mbour and Union Sportive Ouakam. Fighting started between rival fans and police responded by using tear gas, which led ...

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Israel PM mourns France’s deported Jews

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Paris to commemorate the victims of a mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France in 1942. More than 13,000 Jews were rounded up and detained at a cycling stadium, the Velodrome d’Hiver, before being deported to Nazi death camps. Mr Netanyahu also held direct talks for the first time with French President Emmanuel ...

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Turkey coup anniversary: Erdogan hails ‘defenders of nation’

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has given emotional speeches to tens of thousands of people a year after a coup attempt was faced down in the streets. Mr Erdogan praised those people, including MPs, who had defended democracy and his government. He backed the death penalty for coup plotters and said they should wear Guantanamo Bay-style uniforms. Nearly 250 people ...

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe returns from Singapore medical care

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe returned home on Saturday after medical treatment in Singapore, the state broadcaster said, putting to rest speculation over the 93-year-old’s whereabouts. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation said Mugabe, who left for Singapore last Saturday, “had eye surgery in the Asian country a few years ago” and had returned for a “routine medical check-up”. This week’s trip there ...

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China to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

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Ships carrying personnel for China’s first overseas military base have set sail to begin setting up the facility in Djibouti, as the country’s rapidly modernising military extends its global reach. The warships departed from Zhanjiang in southern China to set up a “support base” in the Horn of Africa nation, state media reported late on Tuesday. China’s agreement with Djibouti ensures its military ...

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