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    UNESCO lists couscous as intangible world heritage

    Agence France-Presse .Rabat | Updated at 09:59am on December 17, 2020

    Couscous, the Berber dish beloved across northern Africa’s Maghreb region and beyond, Wednesday joined the UN list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage. The countries...

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    Disaster losses in 2020 jump 25pc to $187b: Swiss Re

    Agence France-Presse . Zurich | Updated at 10:49pm on December 15, 2020

    Total losses from natural and man-made disasters so far this year are estimated at $187 billion (154 billion euros), up 25 percent from 2019, the...

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    Azerbaijan, Armenia starts exchanging prisoners

    Agence France-Presse . Baku | Updated at 11:43am on December 15, 2020

    Azerbaijan and Armenia on Monday announced the start of a prisoner exchange, more than a month after a peace deal was signed ending weeks of...

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    French interior minister questioned over rape allegations

    Agence France-Presse .Paris | Updated at 10:41am on December 15, 2020

    French interior minister Gerald Darmanin was questioned by judges on Monday over rape allegations that prompted outcry from women’s organisations when he was appointed the...

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    Global toll rises to 16,12,297

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:20am on December 15, 2020

    The novel coronavirus has killed at least 16,12,297 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December, according to an AFP tally compiled from official...

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    Europe-Iran forum postponed after outcry over execution

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 11:01pm on December 14, 2020

    Organisers have postponed a major forum on business between Iran and Europe due to begin Monday in the wake of an outcry over the execution...

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    Swiss regret failure to stop illegal adoptions from Lanka

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 10:59pm on December 14, 2020

    Swiss authorities voiced deep regret Monday for failing to prevent adoptions from Sri Lanka for two decades, despite indications of illegal practices, vowing to help...

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    Italian writer returns French honour in Egypt protest

    Agence France-Presse . Rome | Updated at 10:55pm on December 14, 2020

    Italian writer Corrado Augias returned his Legion of Honour—France’s highest award—in protest Monday at the decision by Paris to give the honour to Egyptian president...

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    Russia stages ‘successful’ 2nd launch of new rocket

    Agence France-Presse . Moscow | Updated at 10:54pm on December 14, 2020

    Russia on Monday conducted a second launch of its new heavy-class Angara rocket — the first developed after the fall of the Soviet Union —...

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    World urged to move on ‘climate emergency’ after pandemic

    Agence France-Presse .London | Updated at 10:17am on December 13, 2020

    The United Nations on Saturday urged leaders to declare a global climate emergency and shape greener growth after the coronavirus pandemic, as nations took gloomy...