China, US announce separate, major steps to combat climate change

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Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will no longer fund coal-fired power plants abroad, surprising the world on climate for the second straight year at the U.N. General Assembly.

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Biden says US entering an 'era of relentless diplomacy' in first UN address

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In his first UN General Assembly speech since entering the White House, US President Joe Biden underscored the importance of alliances in countering the global challenges posed by ongoing conflicts, climate change and Covid-19. But his remarks came on the heels of the controversial US withdrawal from Afghanistan and a US-UK submarine deal with Australia that has angered France. 

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Erdogan tells UN Turkey will ratify Paris Climate Agreement

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Tuesday that Turkey was ready to finally ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Sudan says coup linked to Bashir regime foiled, plotters arrested

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Sudan's fragile transitional government said it foiled an attempted coup Tuesday involving military officers and civilians linked to the ousted regime of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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Were the French blindsided by the AUKUS submarine deal?

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French officials are adamant they learned that Canberra was ditching a $66 billion French submarine contract only when the first reports began to emerge in the Australian press. But Canberra insists France had long known the deal was on the rocks.

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UN says Taliban asked to address GA meeting, named UN envoy

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The United Nations says the Taliban, Afghanistan's new rulers since last month, have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former U.N. ambassador and are asking to speak at the U.N. General Assembly’s high-level meeting of world leaders that began Tuesday.

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Macron and Modi vow to ‘act jointly’ in Indo-Pacific as submarine row intensifies

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday vowed to "act jointly" in the Indo-Pacific region as a row intensified with Australia, the US and the UK over a scuttled submarine contract.

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Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrat who has cast himself as Merkel’s heir

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Centre-left Olaf Scholz has cast himself as the favourite to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September 26 general election – with his Social Democratic Party (SPD) boasting a consistent poll lead throughout the campaign. FRANCE 24 looks at how Germany’s current finance minister has turned his lack of charisma into a political strength.

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Perception that France is ‘too soft’ on China fed Australia submarine dispute

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As France rages over last week's Australia-UK-US (AUKUS) defence deal that saw Canberra ditch multibillion dollar submarine contracts, analysts suggest Paris should not have been so shocked – considering Australia’s desire for nuclear submarine technology rooted in its fear of a Chinese threat, alongside a broader Anglophone perception that France’s China policy is too ambiguous.

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European rights court finds Russia was behind Litvinenko assassination

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The European Court of Human Rights found on Tuesday that Russia was responsible for the assassination of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who died an agonising death in 2006 after being poisoned in London with a rare radioactive substance.

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Canada's Trudeau wins another minority, sees 'clear mandate to get through this pandemic'

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hung onto power on Monday as his main rival conceded defeat, but his Liberals fell short of his goal for a majority win.

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Evacuations hit 6,000 as lava gushes from Canary Islands volcano

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Lava gushing from the Canary Islands' first volcanic eruption on land in 50 years has forced authorities to evacuate another part of El Paso municipality on the island of La Palma and to urge sightseers attracted by the phenomenon to stay away.

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'Children are going hungry': Haitian migrants return to Mexico from US to find food

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In an effort to find food and supplies, hundreds of Haitian migrants who have been camping under a bridge in the Texas town of Del Rio have crossed back over the Rio Grande into Mexico in recent days with the hope of securing food and water from shops or generous locals.

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France’s Le Drian asks Europeans to ‘think hard’ about alliances amid submarine spat

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, in New York for UN meetings, called Monday for Europeans to “think hard” about alliances after Paris was outraged by the loss of a mega submarine contract with Australia.

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Our Observers recount life under Taliban rule in 2021

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The US military and its allies fully withdrew from Afghanistan at the end of August. They managed to evacuate tens of thousands of Afghans... but left an entire country in the hands of the Taliban. What about the ordinary citizens who stayed behind? What is it like to live under Taliban rule? Our Observers from across the country told us more.

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Field Marshal Tantawi, who ruled Egypt after Mubarak’s ouster, dies at 85

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Field Marshal Hussein, the former head of the military council that ruled Egypt after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was ousted during the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, died on Tuesday, Egypt’s presidency said. He was 85.

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Fake photo of new Afghan central bank chief goes viral

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In the first edition of our new fact-checking show Truth or Fake, we focus on Afghanistan. A photo purportedly showing the new Afghan central bank chief has gone viral on social media; we show you how our Observers team debunked the image. Meanwhile, we demonstrate how widely shared images of alleged recent violence in Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, attributed to the Taliban, actually come from a 2018 film. 

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Do these photos prove the Taliban’s spokesman led a double life?

10h, 54m ago

Social networks users inside and outside Afghanistan have been sharing photomontages that claim to show Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid lived a “double life” that was at odds with his status as a mullah in the fiercely pious Islamist movement. The posts show photographs of the spokesman wearing the black turban favoured by many Taliban leaders, along with photos of three similar-looking men with their heads uncovered, in one case accompanied by a woman whose head is also uncovered.

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US to end travel ban for fully vaccinated passengers in early November

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The United States will re-open to air passengers from China, India, Britain and other European countries who have received Covid-19 vaccines in early November, the White House said Monday, rolling back tough pandemic-related travel restrictions that started early last year.

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US to investigate reported abuse of Haitian migrants by mounted border patrol

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US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said Monday that the authorities would investigate reports that Haitian migrants in Texas may have been abused by border patrol officers on horseback.

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France's defence minister warns Mali against hiring Russian 'mercenary' firm

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France's defence minister has warned Mali that hiring paramilitaries from Russian private-security firm Wagner would isolate the country internationally, during a visit to the Sahel state.

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