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Two ministers quit French government

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French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard unexpectedly quit her job on Tuesday , saying she did not want to stay on because of an investigation overshadowing her MoDem party’s affairs in the European Parliament. That followed an announcement late Monday that Richard Ferrand, an aide to President Emmanuel Macron and minister ...

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Cabinet meeting set to talk power

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Cabinet is set to meet Wednesday to discuss a long-waited electricity reform plan, including controversial proposals to rent two additional power barges that will be top of the 67-item agenda. Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil confirmed that the electricity reform plan would be discussed during the Cabinet session chaired by ...

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Trump calls Warmbier’s death a ‘total disgrace’

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President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the death of 22-year-old Otto Warmbier after his lengthy detention in North Korea was a “total disgrace,” and said if the college student had been returned home to the U.S. earlier, “I think the result would have been a lot different.” Trump said he ...

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Lightning kills at least 22 in Bangladesh

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Lightning strikes have killed at least 22 people in Bangladesh in the last 48 hours, authorities said Tuesday, a week after monsoon rains triggered a series of deadly landslides in the country. The deaths came as storms swept the country Sunday and Monday, the head of the disaster management department ...

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Bassil, Shorter meet relatives of missing Grenfell family

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Relatives of a Lebanese family missing and feared dead after the Grenfell Tower fire in London met Tuesday with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. The meeting was attended by Bassem Choucair’s parents and cousin, Mounir Choucair, as well as Haytham Jomaa, director-general for the Lebanese ...

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Hariri moves to achieve U.N. development goals

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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Tuesday called for the creation of a national committee to lead the implementation of the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in Lebanon. At a ceremony to mark the initiation of a project entitled “SDGs in Lebanon: Analyzing Gaps and Reporting Progress,” Hariri highlighted the importance ...

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Berri: No big amendments to vote law

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No substantial amendment to the newly approved electoral law will be made, Speaker Nabih Berri vowed Tuesday as he met with several delegations of visitors. “If what is meant is amendments that will affect the essence of the agreement and were refused in the [vote law discussion] meetings, then this ...

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Riyashi: The agreement on the election law is a big step forward and putting the train on the right track for the justice of representation

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“It was not easy to reach an election law,” Information Minister Melhem Al-Riyashi said. “The agreement on a law is a big step forward, putting the train on the right track for representation justice.” In an interview with Al-Mustaqbal, Al-Riyashi said that “15 departments of relative work are very fair.” ...

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France, U.K. in anti-terror action plan; Macron says EU door open

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The leaders of France and Britain Tuesday announced an anti-terror action plan to crack down on radicalization through social media. After talks with British Prime Minister Theresa May in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron said both countries agreed that social networks were not doing enough to stamp out terror propaganda. ...

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