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After the “Great Resignation,” companies across America and Europe have another post-pandemic phenomenon to worry about: “quiet quitting”. The TikTok craze and social media buzzword has been defined and redefined in countless news articles and opinion pieces. One thing is ...

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LONDON – British foreign secretary Liz Truss, the frontrunner to succeed Boris Johnson as prime minister, is considering cutting value added taxes (VAT) across the board by 5% to address a cost-of-living crisis, the Telegraph reported on Saturday. The ...

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The UN children’s agency Unicef has condemned an airstrike that “hit a kindergarten” in the Ethiopian region of Tigray, with the EU also calling for respect for international law protecting civilians. Rebel authorities in the Ethiopian province of Tigray ...

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Europe’s largest Pride event, scheduled to be held in the Serbian capital in September, will be “cancelled or postponed,” the Balkan country’s President Aleksandar Vučić said on Saturday. Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade, the Serbian leader said ...

Former Nigerian militants get contracts to combat oil theft

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Angola's ruling party claims victory after vote commission gives it 51%

By Catarina Demony LUANDA -The party that has ruled Angola continuously for nearly 50 years claimed victory in this week’s election on Friday, after the electoral commission put its vote at 51% in a poll marred by low turnout and ...

Pope Francis creates 20 new cardinals who may choose his successor

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By Gabriel Stargardter RIO DE JANEIRO – A group of retired Federal Police detectives has released a statement accusing members of Brazil’s Supreme Court of using the force to take what they called “authoritarian and illegal measures”. The statement by ...

Dutch under pressure to rectify 'inhumane' conditions at asylum seeker centre

By Piroschka van de Wouw TERAPEL, Netherlands -Pressure rose on the Dutch government on Friday to tackle what refugee advocates have called “inhumane” conditions at its main shelter for asylum seekers as humanitarian group Medecins sans Frontieres sent in ...

Taiwan president says U.S. visits reinforce island's determination to defend itself

TAIPEI – Recent visits by guests from the United States have reinforced Taiwan’s determination to defend itself, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday as she met the latest U.S. lawmaker to arrive on the island in defiance of Beijing. China, ...

Taiwan says 15 Chinese aircraft cross Taiwan Strait median line

TAIPEI – Fifteen Chinese fighter jets flew on Friday across the median line of the Taiwan Strait, which usually serves as an unofficial territorial barrier, Taiwan’s defence ministry said, as China continues military activities near the island.

Van drives into Brussels cafe terrace, no serious injuries

BRUSSELS – A van drove into a cafe terrace in central Brussels on Friday, leaving six people needing treatment for light injuries and shock, Brussels fire brigade and prosecutors said. The van driver fled in the vehicle after the incident ...

Pope says he will visit N.Korea if invited -S. Korean broadcaster

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Air strike hits capital of Ethiopia's northern Tigray region - local media, aid sources

NAIROBI -An air strike hit Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region on Friday, which local media controlled by the breakaway authorities blamed on the federal government. Tigrai Television showed images of damaged buildings and what appeared to be ...

Number plate row fuels Kosovo's ethnic tensions as Serbia seeks more talks

BELGRADE -Mediated talks over the status of ethnic Serbs in Kosovo have failed to ease tensions – fuelled by a dispute over car number plates – between Belgrade and authorities in Pristina, Serbia’s president said on Friday. Aleksandar Vucic said ...

These are the 10 most bike-friendly cities in the world (and 9 of them are in Europe)

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I brought my Dad to a Liverpool football match in a blatant attempt to buy his love

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Britney is back: Spears returns with first recording since 2016, and it’s a duet with Elton John

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Why is theatre the best way to understand the partition of India 75 years later?

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London's Notting Hill carnival gears up for return amid surging cost of living

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Kosovo prime minister asks for more NATO peacekeepers amid heightened tensions

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