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    Israel 'start-up nation' era may be ending: new figures

    Agence France-Presse . Jerusalem, Undefined | Updated at 09:17pm on June 16, 2021

    The number of new start-ups in Israel is in decline, a publicly funded agency said Wednesday, raising concerns for the future of the country's much-vaunted...

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    Paris mayor hints at bid to be France's first woman president

    Agence France-Presse . Paris, France | Updated at 09:13pm on June 16, 2021

    Paris' Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo has hinted she is planning to stand in 2022 presidential elections, saying that having a woman as president for the...

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    Palestinian woman shot dead by Israelis in West Bank

    Agence France-Presse . Ramallah, Palestinian Territories | Updated at 09:07pm on June 16, 2021

    A Palestinian woman was shot dead in the West Bank on Wednesday after attempting to ram Israeli soldiers with her car and attack them with...

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    Iran to elect president amid nuclear talks, sanctions pain

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran, Iran | Updated at 09:04pm on June 16, 2021

    Iranian voters are to elect a new president Friday, with the ultraconservative Ebrahim Raisi expected to replace the moderate Hassan Rouhani after a host of...

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    China to launch first crew to new space station Thursday

    Agence France-Presse . Jiuquan , China | Updated at 09:00pm on June 16, 2021

    Astronauts blasting off on Thursday for China's first crewed mission to its new space station will have a choice of 120 different types of food...

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    Two centuries-old shipwrecks found off Singapore

    Agence France-Presse . Singapore, Singapore | Updated at 08:58pm on June 16, 2021

    Two centuries-old shipwrecks packed with ceramics and other artefacts have been found off Singapore in a rare discovery that will shed light on the city-state's...

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    China blames Belgian lawmaker of 'lies' over Xinjiang resolution

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing, China | Updated at 08:52pm on June 16, 2021

    China on Wednesday accused a Belgian lawmaker of spreading "lies and false information" after parliamentarians in Brussels approved a resolution warning of "serious risk of...

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    Two rare Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesia

    Agence France-Presse . Jakarta, Indonesia | Updated at 08:51pm on June 16, 2021

    Two Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted at an Indonesian national park, offering a rare sighting of one of the world's most endangered mammals. The...

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    Taj Mahal reopens as new infections slow in India

    Agence France-Presse . Agra, India | Updated at 04:04pm on June 16, 2021

    The Taj Mahal reopened to visitors Wednesday, as Indian authorities loosened restrictions following an easing in the country’s devastating recent coronavirus surge. Infections and deaths soared...

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    NATO accused of exaggerating ‘China threat theory’

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 10:29pm on June 15, 2021

    Beijing on Tuesday accused NATO of exaggerating the threat from China and ‘creating confrontation’, after a vow from the Western allies to work together to...