Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Syria harvest boom brings hope as hunger spikes

Watching a combine harvester grind through his golden fields of wheat, farmer Yahya Mahmoud is relieved the yield looks good this year, even as a tanking economy leaves millions hungry across war-torn Syria.
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Italian resort evacuated over possibility of falling Mont Blanc ice

Italian resort evacuated over possibility of falling Mont Blanc ice

The Val Ferret in Italy remains on high alert and dozens of people have been evacuated over fears a huge chunk of a mountain glacier could break away because of sudden high temperatures.
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Health workers perform COVID-19 tests in Mexico as deaths top 50,000

Health workers perform COVID-19 tests in Mexico as deaths top 50,000

Health workers in Mexico City perform COVID-19 tests at a mobile testing site as the virus deaths count surpasses 50,000, the world's third-highest fatality toll from the disease, behind only the United States and Brazil.
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Oxygen-starved fish relocated amid drought conditions in France

Oxygen-starved fish relocated amid drought conditions in France

The brown trout needs fast-flowing, oxygen-rich cool water to thrive - elements which are scarce in the drought-hit region of Belfort. To save the fish from certain death where the river is drying up, "fish rescues" are taking place.
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China accuses US of 'political suppression' over TikTok, WeChat ban

China accuses US of 'political suppression' over TikTok, WeChat ban

Beijing accuses the United States of "suppression" after President Donald Trump ordered sweeping restrictions against Chinese social media giants TikTok and WeChat. It also says Canada should correct its mistakes and bring bilateral relations back...
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Cats in the limelight for International Cat Day

Cats in the limelight for International Cat Day

Felines around the world are centre stage on International Cat Day - celebrated every year on August 8th.
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Britain reimposes quarantine for travellers from Belgium

Britain reimposes quarantine for travellers from Belgium

Britain has reimposed quarantine for travellers from Andorra, Belgium and the Bahamas following a spike in coronavirus cases in these countries.
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Paws for thought on International Cat Day

Paws for thought on International Cat Day

Videos of frolicking felines and gifs of purring pussies will be how most animal enthusiasts mark International Cat Day on Saturday. But for owners who believe their pets are scratchy, aggressive and mean, the problem is probably you, according t...
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India coronavirus cases pass two million

India coronavirus cases pass two million

India's official coronavirus case tally passed two million on Friday after a daily jump of more than 60,000. The country has recorded 41,585 deaths as a result of the virus.
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Italy: Planpincieux glacier in danger of collapse

Italy: Planpincieux glacier in danger of collapse

The hovering block of ice from the Planpincieux glacier within the Mont Blanc massif is estimated at about 500,000 cubic metres, the equivalent size of Milan's cathedral. Experts say a recent rise in temperature means that the massive chunk of ic...
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Rwandans sent to lectures for breaking coronavirus rules

Rwandans sent to lectures for breaking coronavirus rules

Rwandans caught breaking curfew or not wearing masks are being sent to stadiums in droves for all-night lectures on the dangers of coronavirus. Since mid-July, official figures show that about 70,000 people accused of ignoring the 9:00 pm curfew o...
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Yemenis gather to show solidarity with Lebanon following blast

Yemenis gather to show solidarity with Lebanon following blast

Yemenis gather at Cairo Castle in the city of Taiz to show their solidarity with Lebanon after a massive explosion laid waste to large parts of central Beirut.
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Ukraine kicks off 'big sale' of old prisons

Ukraine kicks off 'big sale' of old prisons

Ukraine's justice ministry begins a drive to sell off its prisons, an ambitious project meant to help finance new jails for the country's ageing penitentiary system.
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Displaced Sudanese seek shelter amid deadly flood

Displaced Sudanese seek shelter amid deadly flood

Displaced Sudanese walk across flooded areas in Khartoum to seek shelter after at least 10 people were killed and more than 3,300 homes ruined by flooding triggered by torrential rains across much of Sudan this week, the country's civil defence or...
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Isolated but not protected, COVID-19 weakens the Amazon's indigenous

Isolated but not protected, COVID-19 weakens the Amazon's indigenous

The COVID-19 pandemic has aggravated all the evils suffered by the world's largest tropical rainforest, weakening its first defenders, indigenous peoples, and distracting the world as forest fires are set to rage once again.
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US: Trump says NRA 'should move to Texas' after lawsuit

US: Trump says NRA 'should move to Texas' after lawsuit

US President Donald Trump says the NRA "should move to Texas and lead a very good and beautiful life" after the New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against the National Rifle Association and its leadership in a move to dissolve the organizat...
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Belarus: Thousands of opposition supporters gather in Minsk ahead of presidential election

Belarus: Thousands of opposition supporters gather in Minsk ahead of presidential election

Thousands of opposition supporters attend a festive concert, organised by the authorities, in downtown Minsk ahead of the country's presidential election. Belarus will hold presidential election on August 9, 2020.
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New York seeks to dissolve NRA over financial mismanagement

New York seeks to dissolve NRA over financial mismanagement

The state of New York announces it is suing the National Rifle Association and its leader Wayne LaPierre for financial fraud and misconduct, aiming to dissolve the powerful conservative lobby.
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Reactions from Aberdeen as govt reimposes lockdown amid virus spike

Reactions from Aberdeen as govt reimposes lockdown amid virus spike

The Scottish city of Aberdeen was placed back under lockdown amid a "significant outbreak" of coronavirus. Pubs and restaurants in the city were ordered to close by 5pm while the city's residents were asked not to travel more than five miles from ...
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Workers of a Belgian slaughterhouse quarantined after a surge in cases

Workers of a Belgian slaughterhouse quarantined after a surge in cases

Over 200 workers at the Westvlees slaughterhouse in Staden, Belgium have been placed in quarantine after a coronavirus outbreak was detected there.
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Timelapse of Planpincieux glacier moving

Timelapse of Planpincieux glacier moving

Timelapse shows the Planpincieux glacier moving during the month of July. Dozens of people have been evacuated in northeastern Italy as a huge chunk of a glacier in the Mont Blanc massif threatens to break off due to high temperatures.
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Istanbul police enforce mask wearing as COVID-19 cases rise

Istanbul police enforce mask wearing as COVID-19 cases rise

The Turkish authorities are stepping up checks on the wearing of protective masks in Istanbul. Police officers have carried out operations in several places, including the famous Istiklal Avenue.
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Canadian Parliament rings bell for Hiroshima bombing anniversary

Canadian Parliament rings bell for Hiroshima bombing anniversary

The largest bell in the Peace Tower at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa rings 75 times at 8:15 am to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
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Military ceremony in Warsaw after Andzej Duda sworn in for second term as president

Military ceremony in Warsaw after Andzej Duda sworn in for second term as president

A military ceremony is held in Warsaw after Andzej Duda was sworn in for a second five-year term in office in Poland. In the second round of the presidential election, he narrowly defeated the liberal mayor of Warsaw Rafal Trzaskowski, 51-49%. Som...
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Macron meets Lebanese president Aoun for talks following Beirut blast

Macron meets Lebanese president Aoun for talks following Beirut blast

French president Emmanuel Macron arrives at Lebanon's presidential palace for talks with with country's president, Michel Aoun, two days after the violent explosions that killed at least 137 people and injured 5,000 in Beirut.
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