Dozens killed in fighting in Afghanistan as peace talks continue

Dozens killed in fighting in Afghanistan as peace talks continue

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Fighting between Afghan forces and the Taliban left dozens dead in a restive eastern province as negotiators from both sides pushed ahead with peace talks in Qatar. Overnight clashes erupted in three districts of Nangarhar province when Taliban fighters attacked several checkpoints of Afghan forces and pro-government fighters, Ataullah Khogyani, spokesman for the Nangarhar governor…
Novichok found on water bottle in hotel room, says Navalny’s team

Novichok found on water bottle in hotel room, says Navalny’s team

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The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport as first thought, his team said on Thursday. Navalny fell violently ill on a domestic flight in…
‘End of the road’ for pro-India politicians in Kashmir

‘End of the road’ for pro-India politicians in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir - Sakina Itoo used to motivate Kashmiris to believe that India is better for their future. But the 48-year-old pro-India politician says New Delhi's decision to strip the Muslim-majority region's autonomy last August has made her lose face and vulnerable. "We don't know how to go to people again. We have no…
UN: Maduro’s security forces committed ‘crimes against humanity’

UN: Maduro’s security forces committed ‘crimes against humanity’

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The government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed systematic human rights violations including killings and torture amounting to crimes against humanity, United Nations investigators said in a report on Wednesday. Reasonable grounds existed to believe that Maduro and his interior and defence ministers ordered or contributed to the crimes documented in the report to…
Huge floods, ‘unreal’ rain as Hurricane Sally hits US Gulf Coast

Huge floods, ‘unreal’ rain as Hurricane Sally hits US Gulf Coast

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Hurricane Sally uprooted trees, flooded streets and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses on Wednesday as it brought what the United States' National Hurricane Center (NHC) called "historic and catastrophic" flooding to the Alabama-Florida coast. Sally, which made landfall early Wednesday near Gulf Shores, Alabama as a Category 2 storm, was…
Trump contradicts CDC chief on coronavirus vaccine: Live news

Trump contradicts CDC chief on coronavirus vaccine: Live news

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Hello and welcome to Al Jazeera's continuing coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. I'm Kate Mayberry in Kuala Lumpur. United States President Donald Trump continues to claim there will be a coronavirus vaccine in weeks, contradicting the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than 29.7 million people around the world have been diagnosed with…
Turkey open to Mediterranean Sea talks but ‘determined’: Erdogan

Turkey open to Mediterranean Sea talks but ‘determined’: Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Ankara was open to "constructive" talks but would remain determined in its eastern Mediterranean standoff with Greece. Erdogan made the comments in a videoconference call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel before an EU summit next week, at which the bloc will discuss imposing sanctions on Turkey over its…
Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire follows UAE, Bahrain deals

Israel bombs Gaza after rocket fire follows UAE, Bahrain deals

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The Israeli military carried out a series of air raids on the besieged Gaza Strip on Wednesday after rockets were fired into Israel during a "normalisation" of ties signing ceremony with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in the United States.  According to Wafa, the official Palestinian news agency, Israeli warplanes fired missiles at a site in…
Barbados plans to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state

Barbados plans to remove Queen Elizabeth as head of state

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February 18, 1966: Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip driving through Barbados waving to the crowds [File: Keystone/Getty Images] Barbados wants to remove the United Kingdom's Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean nation's government has said. A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados has maintained a…
Cyprus accuses Turkey of expanding ‘illegal drilling’ in East Med

Cyprus accuses Turkey of expanding ‘illegal drilling’ in East Med

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Cyprus has accused Turkey of extending "illegal drilling" in disputed Mediterranean waters but said it is ready to engage in dialogue with Ankara to resolve differences over exploration rights. On Tuesday, Turkey extended the operations of its Yavuz energy drill ship in the disputed area off Cyprus until October 12, in a move that could stir tension…