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Iraq to host regional rivals Iran, Saudi Arabia at conference
Reuters, Baghdad
Iraq will host senior parliamentary officials from arch-rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran on Saturday as Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi seeks to bolster his country's nascent role as a mediator in the region.
Delegations including the heads of parliament from Turkey, Kuwait, Syria and Jordan will also attend the one-day conference in the Iraqi capital to discuss regional security, diplomacy and economic issues.

3 climbers presumed dead in Canadian
avalanche
Reuters, Calgary
Three renowned professional alpinists are missing and presumed dead after an avalanche in Canada's Rocky Mountains, Parks Canada said on Thursday.
Climbing media named the men as American Jess Roskelley, 36, and Austrians David Lama, 28, and Hansjörg Auer, 35, saying they were killed after attempting to climb a challenging route on Howse Peak in Banff National Park.

Ukraine quite ahead of presidential election
AP, Kiev
Ahead of Sunday's hotly contested presidential election, Ukraine is observing a so-called "day of silence" in which campaigning is forbidden.
The campaign hit a dramatic high on Friday night when the comic actor who is far ahead in public opinion polls debated with President Petro Poroshenko in the country's largest sports stadium.

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Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

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Chidambaram sent to CBI custody till Monday

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After global outcry, Brazil sends army to put out Amazon rainforest fires

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AFP, Porto Velho, Brazil: President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the deployment of Brazil's armed forces to help combat fires raging in the Amazon rainforest, as a growing global outcry

N Korea test-fires missiles again after joint drills end

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AP, Seoul : North Korea fired two suspected short-range ballistic missiles off its east coast on Saturday in the seventh weapons launch in a month, South Korea's military said, a day

German activists stage anti-racism protest ahead of key state polls

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Macron backs more Brexit talks but insists no concessions

Macron backs more Brexit talks but insists no concessions

AFP, Paris :French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday backed holding further talks to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal but rejected major concessions, as he

Tears, fear as Russian students jailed over opposition protests

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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

AFP, Moscow : Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks