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    Pope prays for ‘victims of war’ in north Iraq

    Agence France-Presse . Mosul | Updated at 10:08pm on March 07, 2021

    Pope Francis prayed Sunday for ‘victims of war’ in northern Iraq, where the Islamic State group ravaged one of the world’s oldest Christian communities until...

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    Hundreds protest royal defamation laws in Thailand

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 10:07pm on March 07, 2021

    Hundreds marched in Bangkok and lit ceremonial fires in front of a courthouse on Saturday to protest Thailand’s draconian royal defamation law and the jailing...

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    Saudi-led coalition jets pound Sanaa after Huthi strikes

    Agence France-Presse . Riyadh | Updated at 10:04pm on March 07, 2021

    A Saudi-led military coalition mounted air strikes on Yemen’s Huthi-controlled capital Sanaa on Sunday after it intercepted 10 drones launched by the Iran-backed rebels, state...

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    Chinese FM defends HK reform proposals as ‘reasonable’

    Agence France-Presse . Beijing | Updated at 09:57pm on March 07, 2021

    Beijing’s controversial proposal to introduce new veto powers on Hong Kong’s legislative elections are ‘lawful, just and reasonable,’ China’s foreign minister said Sunday, after the...

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    Schoolboy among five dead in Senegal unrest

    Agence France-Presse . Kolda | Updated at 09:53pm on March 07, 2021

    A schoolboy was killed during violent protests in Senegal at the weekend, officials said, bringing the death toll from days of violence in the West...

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    Huge crowd fetes Modi at Kolkata rally

    Agence France-Presse . Kolkata | Updated at 07:55pm on March 07, 2021

    A crowd of up to 800,000 turned out for a state election rally by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday, as he sought to unseat...

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    IPL returns to India with no crowds initially

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 07:22pm on March 07, 2021

    The popular Indian Premier League will begin on April 9, the country's cricket board said Sunday, with organizers set to eschew crowds initially as coronavirus...

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    Swiss vote on 'burqa ban'

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva | Updated at 06:07pm on March 07, 2021

    Switzerland was voting Sunday on whether to ban full facial coverings in public places, despite women in Islamic full-face veils being an exceptionally rare sight...

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    Bigger pandemic squads helped boost Indian cricket talent: Shastri

    Agence France-Presse . Ahmedabad | Updated at 05:25pm on March 07, 2021

    India's new Test cricket heroes have pandemic-induced squad regulations to thank for getting their shot in the Australia and England series, coach Ravi Shastri said...

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    Rouhani urges Europe to avoid ‘threats or pressure’

    Agence France-Presse . Tehran | Updated at 04:38pm on March 07, 2021

    Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani Sunday urged Europe to avoid ‘threats or pressure’ in any negotiations with Tehran, as he received Ireland’s foreign minister amid diplomatic...