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Lebanon to charge for WhatsApp calls

Lebanon’s cabinet has agreed to impose a fee on calls over WhatsApp and other similar applications, as part of efforts to raise revenues in the country’s 2020 draft budget, a…

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Hard Rock Hotel collapses while under construction in New Orleans, one dead

One person has died and three are unaccounted for after a large section of an under-construction Hard Rock Hotel collapsed in New Orleans. Video shows people on the ground desperately…

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Trump has been clobbered by judges — and there may be more ahead

The third branch of government last week began to exact a revenge on the President. And there's likely to be more bad news for Donald Trump from the federal courts…

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Big avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Records honour

Mark and Juliane Pokini and their son, Loihi, applied in December for the Guinness recognition involving a tough verification process by the company known as the chronicler of the world's…

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France suspends all arms exports to Turkey over Syria offensive

France will cease all weapons sales to Turkey that could be used in Ankara’s crackdown on Kurdish militias in Syria, the French Foreign and Defense ministries have said. Berlin had…

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Ecuador protesters to hold talks with government

The UN says representatives of Ecuador's government and the country's indigenous groups will hold their first direct talks later on Sunday in a bid to end days of violent protests.…

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Japan counts cost of biggest typhoon in decades

At least nine people are reported dead as Japan recovers from its biggest storm in decades. Typhoon Hagibis triggered floods and landslides as it battered the country with wind speeds…

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California to ban private prisons for migrants

California is to ban the use of private prisons, including those under contract to the government to hold immigrants awaiting deportation hearings. The Democratic governor Gavin Newsom said the measure…

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White House ‘will not co-operate with impeachment inquiry’

The White House has officially refused to co-operate with the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. A letter sent to Democratic leaders rejected it as "baseless" and "constitutionally invalid". Three…

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Turkey boosts troops to enter Syria shortly

Turkey has boosted its forces on the Syrian border ahead of a long-threatened incursion that could target Kurdish-led forces allied to the US. Troops would cross into Syria "shortly", a…

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