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Iraqi Kurds vote in historic independence referendum

Iraqi Kurds are casting ballots in Iraq’s Kurdish region and disputed territories on whether to support independence from Baghdad, in a historic but non-binding vote that has raised regional tensions and fears of instability. 9 more words

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Former 'heaviest woman' Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty dies

A hospital in Abu Dhabi confirms the Egyptian’s death despite recent weight-loss surgery.

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Shinzo Abe of Japan Calls Early Election, as a Rival Party Forms

The prime minister’s announcement comes as his approval ratings have been rising during the North Korea crisis and the economy has been growing.

Published: September 25, 2017 at 05:30AM… 69 more words

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Pharrell Williams 'takes a knee' in Charlottesville protest

Pharrell Williams has become the latest music star to show solidarity with NFL players, by sharing in their “take a knee” protest against racial injustice in the US. 9 more words

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Want to help after a disaster? Give your cash, not your clothing

Most of the stuff sent to disaster areas is inappropriate or useless. Get your wallet out instead so the professionals can buy what they need… 9 more words

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Hurricane Maria weaker, likely to pass well off southeast U.S. coast - NHC

(Reuters) – Hurricane Maria has weakened slightly and the category 1 storm is expected to move well east of the southeast coast of the United States over the next day or so, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Sunday. 11 more words

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Japan's PM calls snap election

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