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Donald Trump ‘honoured’ by Vladimir Putin’s compliments

  US presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said it is a “great honour” to receive a compliment from Russian President Vladimir Putin. The property tycoon hailed Mr Putin as a man “highly respected within his own country and beyond”. It comes after Mr Putin said Mr Trump was a “very …

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Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy punched by teen at campaign event

(CNN)Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was dealt an eye-watering sucker punch by a teenager during a campaign event Wednesday. The young man got up close to the Prime Minister, reportedly asking to take a photograph, before unleashing his left fist into the side of Rajoy’s head. The punch knocked Rajoy’s …

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Putin pours fresh scorn on Turkey for downing Russian jet

Russian President Vladimir Putin has used crude language in a furious new attack on Turkey over the shooting down of a Russian combat jet last month. “The Turks”, he said, had “decided to lick the Americans in a certain place”. He was giving his wide-ranging annual news conference. Touching on …

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Tony Blair defends advice to Colonel Gaddafi during Libya conflict

Tony Blair was not trying to “save” Colonel Gaddafi when he spoke to the dictator at the height of the Libyan conflict in 2011, he has told MPs. The former prime minister confirmed he had “two or three” phone conversations within 24 hours with Gaddafi, having cleared it with David …

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Russia unleashes another barrage of airstrikes on Syria

MOSCOW — Russia has unleashed another barrage of airstrikes on Syria, including the first combat launch of a new cruise missile from a Russian submarine in the Mediterranean Sea, the country’s defence minister said Tuesday. The Kalibr cruise missiles launched by the Rostov-on-Don submarine successfully hit the designated targets in …

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Time names Angela Merkel Person of the Year

NEW YORK – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named Time’s Person of the Year, praised by the magazine for her leadership on everything from Syrian refugees to the Greek debt crisis. Time also cited Merkel’s strong response to “Vladimir Putin’s creeping theft of Ukraine.” “Leaders are tested only when …

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300 million child-friendly antimalarial treatments supplied without profit by Novartis

BASEL, Switzerland, December 9, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Coartem® Dispersible*, the first WHO prequalified(1) pediatric antimalarial treatment, has become the standard of care in over 30 malaria-endemic countries Since 2009, Novartis has supplied 300 million Coartem® Dispersible treatments without profit, mostly to the public sector, to treat children suffering from …

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Migrant crisis: Germany heads for 1m asylum-seekers in 2015

  Migrant crisis Germany has registered 964,574 new asylum-seekers in the first 11 months of the year, putting it on course for more than a million in 2015. The number of migrants arriving has not slowed despite the winter cold, with a record high of 206,101 in November. German Chancellor …

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Francis recalls his apostolic trip to Africa and praises missionaries

ROME, Vatican, December 2, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The catechesis of today’s Wednesday general audience was dedicated to the Holy Father’s apostolic trip to Kenya, Uganda and the Central African Republic from 25 to 30 November. “How beautiful Africa is!” he said, before explaining the details of the trip …

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Homily at the Namugongo shrines: we honour the Ugandan martyrs when we carry on their witness to Christ

  ROME, Vatican, November 30, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — Early this morning, the Pope visited the Anglican shrine at Namugongo (under the jurisdiction of the Church of Uganda), erected in the place where 25 Ugandans, Catholics and Anglicans, were martyred between 1884 and 1887. Their relics are conserved in …

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Francis to the young people of Kenya: tribalism is defeated by listening, opening one’s heart, and dialogue

ROME, Vatican, November 30, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — The Holy Father’s last act in Kenya was his encounter with the young in the Kasarani stadium, where he set aside his prepared discourse and instead directly responded to some questions, in his native Spanish. The following are extensive extracts from …

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