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US election: Do presidential debates really matter?

The anticipation is huge. The audience will be massive and the build-up has been relentless. But the reality is American presidential debates are rarely the “game changers” the pundits and supporters hope they will be. This time we’re told it’s … Continue reading

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China air force holds drills near Japanese islands

China’s air force says it flew more than 40 bombers and other fighter planes through a strait between Japanese islands on their way to military drills in the western Pacific. Regular long-range drills in the western Pacific and patrols over … Continue reading

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Facebook 'blocks accounts' of Palestinian journalists

Editors from two Palestinian news publications based in the occupied West Bank say their Facebook accounts were suspended last week and that no reason was provided, alleging their pages may have been censored because of a recent agreement between the US social … Continue reading

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Trump pledges to recognise Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided” capital if he is elected. Trump met privately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his residence in Trump Tower on Sunday, a day before the … Continue reading

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Jets pound Aleppo as UN discusses Syria escalation

The United States called Russia’s action in Syria “barbarism” while Moscow’s UN envoy said ending the war “is almost an impossible task now” as government forces relentlessly bombed the besieged city of Aleppo. The United Nations Security Council met on … Continue reading

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Swiss voters back controversial surveillance law

Swiss voters have approved a new surveillance law granting their national intelligence service greater powers to spy on “terrorist” suspects and cyber criminals. The legislation that will let security agents tap phones and computer networks under certain conditions won more … Continue reading

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Purported leader of Boko Haram resurfaces in new video

A man who claimed to be leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram has appeared in a video posted on social media, rejecting statements by the country’s military that he had been seriously wounded in an air strike. “You have been spreading … Continue reading

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India to ratify climate accord on Gandhi's birthday

India, the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, will formally join the Paris agreement on climate change on October 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday. The ratification by India – which follows that of the United States and … Continue reading

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Ecstasy drug therapy

Illegal club drug molly, or ecstasy, has been one of the most popular party drugs since the 1980s. Scientifically known as MDMA (Methylenedioxyamphetamine), ecstasy is a psychoactive drug, which was first developed as a blood clotting agent, later patented as a … Continue reading

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Floods hit the American Midwest

Another wet day in Manchester is hardly headline news. After all Manchester is known as “the rainy city” of England. On average, it gets some rain 152 days each year. The Manchester in question is, however, on the other side … Continue reading

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