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  • TLUSAKA - The World Bank has approved a credit facility of about 26.5 million U.S. dollars to help Zambia boost its electricity supply especially in rural parts of the country, a senior government official said on Thursday. The funds, approved under the Electricity Services Access Project, will ...

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  • TDHAKA - China's energy giant Power China signed an agreement and a contract with GCM Resources, a leading British resource exploration company, for development of a coal-fired power plant in Bangladesh's Dinajpur district, some 338 km northwest of the capital Dhaka. Both the JV deal and the ...

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  • TPARIS - A record number of tourists visited France in 2018 despite the damage inflicted on the sector by the ongoing "yellow vest" protests, which forced visitors to stay away during the Christmas holidays, the French Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. For the full year of 2018, the ministry, which ...

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  • TMADRID - Spain received 82.6 million foreign tourists in 2018, setting a new record of visitor numbers to the country, according to figures published by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism on Friday. Spanish Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism Reyes Maroto admitted that ...

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  • TMEXICO - The death toll from a pipeline explosion in central Mexico has risen to 66, the governor of the state of Hidalgo said on Saturday. Seventy-six people had also been injured in Friday evening’s explosion, Hidalgo Governor Omar Fayad said at a press conference Saturday morning in Mexico ...

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  • TNANNING:- The customs of Dongxing, a city on the China-Vietnam border, seized 90 living pangolins in 23 smuggling cases last year. In addition to living pangolins, the customs officers in Dongxing, south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, also seized 200 kg of pangolin scales, 22,082 ...

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  • TBEIJING: The Ministry of Education (MOE) said China will tighten regulation of after-school training institutions as the winter holiday draws near. The ministry urged local educational departments to intensify supervision over extracurricular training, as institutions providing such training tend ...

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  • TThe Spanish Football League (La Liga) and the Chinese Super League on Friday signed a new 4-year strategic agreement. La Liga President Javier Tebas commented that the Spanish game can help their Chinese counterparts become one of the top-6 football leagues in the World. Tebas said that Spain's ...

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  • TAs many as 4,000 Algerian illegal migrants died in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe in 2018, Algerian Interior Minister Noureddine Bedoui said on Saturday. Some 36,000 others have gone missing in the past year while attempting to get to Europe, Bedoui said in his opening remarks ...

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  • TLeon Goretzka's brace helped Bayern Munich down Hoffenheim 3-1 at the curtain raiser of the second half of the season on Friday. The German record champions took the reins from the kick off and came to promising chances through Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller. It was just a matter of time ...

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  • TSYDNEY - An international team of scientists will travel to Antarctica this month to carry out the most comprehensive study ever into blue whales and the krill they feed on.  The 28 person team will embark from the Australian city of Hobart on Saturday aboard the marine research vessel, ...

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  • TWASHINGTON - US President Donald Trump has canceled his delegation’s trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, due to the partial government shutdown. “Out of consideration for the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay and to ensure his team can assist as ...

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  • TRIO DE JANEIRO:- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday defended a decree signed earlier this week, which provides more flexibility for possessing firearms in the country. Bolsonaro tweeted that it is fallable to believe that the initiative “does not solve the problem of public ...

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  • TSTOCKHOLM - After 131 days without government, the Swedish Parliament approved on Friday Stefan Lofven as Prime Minister for a second four-year term. A total of 115 MPs voted yes, 153 voted no and 77 abstained. To be elected, Lofven did not need to secure a majority of the vote. As long as fewer ...

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  • TZHENGZHOU  -   2,000-year-old coin workshop excavated in central China Chinese archaeologists have discovered the relics of an ancient coin factory after a heavy bout of rain caused an area of ground to collapse. The large national mint, dating back over 2,000 years, was found at the ...

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  • TCHONGQING   -   Southwest China's Chongqing authorities are inviting global ideas on the municipality's cultural tourism, with rewards up to 300,000 yuan (about 44,260 U.S. dollars). The consultation lasting until April 19 is expected to introduce worldwide ideas and innovative ...

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  • TJadon Sancho might have missed some of the official announcements underlining his club's official strategy, such as not speaking about the possibility of winning the 2019 Bundesliga title. However, 18-year-old Briton may be excused as his German is still very limited. "Of course we want to win the ...

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  • TAfter 131 days without government, the Swedish Parliament approved on Friday Stefan Lofven as Prime Minister for a second four-year term. A total of 115 MPs voted yes, 153 voted no and 77 abstained. To be elected, Lofven did not need to secure a majority of the vote. As long as fewer than 175 of ...

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  • TDiego Maradona has praised the appointment of Argentina's 1978 World Cup winning manager Cesar Luis Menotti as the country's national teams director. The Argentine Football Association (AFA) this week announced that the 80-year-old would coordinate the national youth and senior teams while ...

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  • TBEIJING - Beijing is building a national-level cyber security industrial park to boost the industry and tap into the potential of domestic tech companies. Over 10 companies specialized in internet security have signed a contract to move into the park, which has two branches respectively in Haidian ...

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  • TTUNIS -  Tunisia’s Ministry of Finance said on Wednesday that Saudi Arabia agreed to offer a loan of US $ 500 million for its state budget deficit.  In a statement, Tunisian Minister of Finance Ridha Chalghoum signed the agreement  with his Saudi counterpart Mohammed al-Jadaan ...

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  • TSYDNEY - An Israeli student was murdered in Melbourne while speaking with her sister on the phone, police said Thursday. The body of 21-year-old Aya Masarwe was found Wednesday morning near the campus of La Trobe University where she was on a study program, local media reported. It was apparent the ...

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  • TBRASILIA - Brazil and Argentina on Wednesday agreed to work together to modernize the South American trade bloc Mercosur (Southern Common Market) to make it more “streamlined” and “relevant.” The agreement was reached when visiting Argentine President Mauricio Macri met with ...

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  • TOTTAWA - A Canadian man kidnapped in Burkina Faso Tuesday night has been killed, said Canada’s CTV on Thursday. Kirk Woodman, a geologist working for the Vancouver-based Progress Mineral Mining Company, was abducted by gunmen at a mining site owned by the Vancouver-based Progress Minerals ...

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  • TThe world is entering a period of "profound instability" due to the technological disruption of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and geo-economic and geopolitical realignment, Klaus Schwab, World Economic Forum (WEF) founder said Tuesday. He was speaking at a press conference at the WEF ...

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  • TFormer teammates Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira saw their reunion as head coaches of respective Ligue 1 teams Monaco and Nice end in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday. Henry and Vieira helped France lift up the World Cup in 1998, and played alongside in Premier League club Arsenal. Monaco, sitting second ...

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  • TFrench Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced on Thursday the triggering of a plan linked to a no-deal Brexit, following a Brexit preparatory meeting. "The assumption of a Brexit without agreement is less and less improbable. Our responsibility is to ensure that our country is ready and to ...

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  • TGirona squeaked into the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey with a thrilling 3-3 tie with Atletico Madrid on road on Wednesday night. The 1-1 draw in Girona a week earlier had made Atletico clear favorites to qualify and things looked to be going according to script when Atletico took the lead ...

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  • TMANILA - The Philippine troops have rescued an Indonesian kidnapped by terrorist group Abu Sayyaf after nearly four months in captivity, the military said on Wednesday. Gerry Besana, spokesman of the Philippine military’s Western Mindanao Command, said Juragan Kapal Samsul Saguni was rescued ...

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  • TZAGREB - Fifteen migrants have been rescued from the Pljesivica Mountain in central Croatia, the police here announced on Wednesday. The migrants entered Croatia through the snow-covered mountain and a winter storm that almost took their life. Six children and five women were taken to a nearby ...

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