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France is entering election mode after the far-right victory in the European Parliament vote

PARIS (Reuters) – France began gearing up for elections on Monday after President Emmanuel Macron called a shock parliamentary election following an embarrassing loss in the European Parliament vote to far-right Marine Le Pen party. Macron’s unexpected decision, which amounts to a gamble for his political future, could hand major political power to the far […]

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the carbon costs of war

Between 156,000 and 200,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed in Gaza in the first 120 days since Hamas’ attacks, sparking a new chapter in the decades-old conflict between Israel and Gaza. This is according to new estimates published yesterday by Queen Mary University of London, which assess the carbon costs of the first half of

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What is the Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage, and why is it important to Muslims?

Once a year, Muslim pilgrims streaming into Saudi Arabia join in a series of religious rituals and acts of worship as they perform the hajj, one of the pillars of Islam. While fulfilling a religious obligation, they immerse themselves in what can be for them the spiritual experience of a lifetime and an opportunity to

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Netanyahu asks Gantz not to resign from Israel’s war cabinet

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked opposition leader Bennie Gantz to reconsider his decides to leave the emergency government, which was formed in the immediate aftermath of the Hamas attacks on October 7. “Israel is engaged in an existential war on several fronts. Benny, this is not the time to stop the campaign – this

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Diesel prices rise 56% as Malaysia reviews decades-old fuel subsidies

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Diesel prices in Malaysia rose more than 50% on Monday as part of a review of decades-old fuel subsidies to tighten government spending and save billions of ringgits annually. The restructuring eliminates blanket energy subsidies and redirects them to those in need. They are part of economic reforms pledged by

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Italian Prime Minister Meloni is receiving a domestic, European boost from his victory in the EU elections

ROME (AP) — Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s far-right party has won Italy’s European elections with a strong 28% of the vote, cementing its leadership at home and consolidating its role as a kingmaker in Europe. Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party confirmed its status as the country’s most popular party and even improved its performance from

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Sudan could become ‘the world’s worst humanitarian crisis’, McCain warns

World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director Cindy McCain warned on Sunday of the worsening humanitarian crisis in Sudan. In an interview on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” McCain emphasized the importance of “safe and unfettered access” for the organization to deliver food to the war-torn country. “Sudan has a real possibility of becoming the world’s

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Colombia marks the first anniversary of the rescue of four children in the Amazon after their plane crashed

BOGOTÁ, Colombia (AP) — WHERE ARE THEY FLYING TO AND WHERE DOES THE FLIGHT ORIGIN Colombia on Sunday marked the first anniversary of the rescue of four indigenous children who survived a small plane crash in the Amazon rainforest in an operation that captured the world’s attention. A small ceremony was held at a military

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Have the first six months of Milei improved the Argentine economy?

Has President Milei kept his promise to cut government spending? (Getty Images) When Javier Milei campaigned to become president of Argentina last year, he brandished a chainsaw to symbolize his determination to make substantial cuts in government spending. Now that he has been president for six months, how is his shock therapy working for both

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Voting in the EU elections ends as polling stations close in Italy

Voting in the 2024 European Parliament elections has ended after polling stations in Italy closed at 11pm (9pm GMT) on Sunday evening. Exit polls predicted a strong result for the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and far-right parties in both the Identity and Democracy (ID) and European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR). Indeed, Italian Prime Minister

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