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Raqqa to be part of "federal Syria", US-backed militia says

Raqqa to be part of "federal Syria", US-backed militia says

Raqqa will be part of a decentralised federal Syria now the city has been freed from Islamic State, the US-backed militias that captured it said on Friday, tying its political future to Kurdish-led autonomy plans for northern Syria.

EU raids automaker BMW in massive cartel case

EU raids automaker BMW in massive cartel case

EU anti-trust regulators have raided the offices of automaker BMW in Munich, the company said, in a fresh blow to the German car industry already hit by the Dieselgate scandal.

Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Kabul

Suicide bomber kills at least 30 at mosque in Kabul

A suicide bomber killed at least 30 people inside a Shia mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday night, a security official said, the latest in a string of violent attacks in the country. The attack occurred at Imam Zaman mosque in the western Dasht-e-Barchi part of Kabul, as Shia worshippers

Inspired by Catalans, UK island demands split from mainland

Inspired by Catalans, UK island demands split from mainland

A small island community in the Thames Estuary that voted massively for Brexit is now drawing inspiration from distant Catalonia for its own plans to gain independence from authorities on the mainland.

EU leaders approve first step to Brexit trade talks

EU leaders approve first step to Brexit trade talks

EU leaders agreed on Friday to start internal work on the bloc's relationship with Britain after Brexit, giving some progress for embattled Prime Minister Theresa May to take back home.

Norway appoints its first female foreign minister

Norway appoints its first female foreign minister

Ine Eriksen Soereide replaces Boerge Brende, who last month was appointed president of the World Economic Forum.

New Zealand's PM-designate makes climate change priority

New Zealand's PM-designate makes climate change priority

Jacinda Ardern gave a glimpse about what the country can expect from the new coalition, with policy agreements to be released early next week.

G7 tackles foreign fighters as EU helps shut 'terror' route

G7 tackles foreign fighters as EU helps shut 'terror' route

The group kicked off its first working session in a seafront hotel on the island of Ischia on how to deal with the potential return to Europe of foreign fighters fleeing a crumbling Islamic State group.

Putting elegance into age: US granny beauty queens

Putting elegance into age: US granny beauty queens

Ms Senior America celebrates women aged 60 and above who defy stereotypes of what it means to be ladies of a certain age who in past years may have sunk into a rocking chair.

26 workers injured in grenade attack in Pakistani port

26 workers injured in grenade attack in Pakistani port

There was no claim of responsibility for the attack, one of three on Thursday in the gas-rich southwestern province of Baluchistan.

Japan braces for election-day typhoon rains

Japan braces for election-day typhoon rains

A typhoon is expected to lash Japan with heavy rains on Sunday, potentially weighing on turnout as millions of voters head to the polls in the world's third-biggest economy.

Kenya election board CEO goes on leave ahead of poll

Kenya election board CEO goes on leave ahead of poll

Ezra Chiloba said he had taken a personal decision to take leave in light of the opposition's demands, without giving more details.

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