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Top international official in Bosnia bans denial of genocide

SARAJEVO, BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA -- The top international official in Bosnia on Friday banned denial of genocide in the Balkan country to counter attempts by Bosnia's Serbs to deny the scope of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Europe's only post-Second World War genocide.
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Haitian president's hometown holds funeral amid violence

CAP-HAITIEN, HAITI -- The hometown of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moise received his body on Friday for a private funeral amid heavy security following violent protests and fears of political volatility in the Caribbean nation.
White T-shirts and caps emblazoned with his picture were distributed to supporters the day before what is expected to be the final ceremony to honour Moise, who was shot several times on July 7 during an attack at his private home that seriously injured his wife, Martine.
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U.S. diplomat worried about pandemic, food supply in North Korea

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA -- America's No. 2 diplomat on Friday expressed sympathy for North Koreans facing hardships and food shortages linked to the pandemic, and renewed calls for the North to return to talks over its nuclear program.
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New Zealand suspends travel bubble with Australia

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND -- New Zealand on Friday suspended its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for at least eight weeks due to a growing COVID-19 cluster in Sydney.
New Zealand recently imposed quarantine restrictions on travellers from New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia states, where lockdowns have been introduced to contain delta variant clusters.
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German railway: Floods caused US$1.5 billion damage to network

BERLIN -- Germany's national railway operator estimated on Friday that last week's flooding caused 1.3 billion euros' (US$1.5 billion) worth of damage to its network, offering another glimpse of the extent of the devastation.
Authorities are still working to determine the overall cost of the floods that did their worst damage in western Germany and eastern Belgium.
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U.S. seeks to drop Chinese researcher's visa fraud case

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. -- U.S. prosecutors sought Thursday to drop their case against a Chinese researcher accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military on a visa application so she could work in the U.S.
In documents filed in federal court in Sacramento, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss a charge of visa fraud against Juan Tang but gave no reason why.
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The FBI disclosed that it received more than 4,500 tips on a phone line in 2018 as part of a background investigation into then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and provided "relevant" ones to former U.S.
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France's Macron changes phone in light of Pegasus case

PARIS -- French President Emmanuel Macron has changed his mobile phone and phone number in light of the Pegasus spyware case, a presidency official said on Thursday, in one of the first concrete actions announced in relation to the scandal.
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Ecuador president decrees emergency in prisons after clashes

QUITO, ECUADOR -- Ecuador's president declared a state of emergency Thursday in the country's prisons following fighting between rival gangs that killed 22 inmates and injured dozens.
The violence began Wednesday afternoon at the main prison in the city of Guayaquil, the Litoral Penitentiary, as well as at the Latacunga prison in central Ecuador, authorities said.
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Landslides in western India kill 32, while floods trap more

NEW DELHI -- Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains hit parts of western India, killing at least 32 people and leading to the overnight rescue of more than 1,000 other people trapped by floodwaters, officials said Friday.
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At least 22 dead following 2 prison riots in Ecuador

At least 22 inmates died and several police were injured during riots at two of Ecuador's largest penitentiaries, the Andean nation said on Thursday, marking the second major deadly wave of prison violence this year.
Special police units deployed to the jails in southern Guayas province and Cotopaxi province, south of Quito, the capital, to quell the violence.
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Landslides in western India kill 47, while floods trap more

NEW DELHI -- Landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains hit parts of western India, killing at least 47 people, officials said Friday. More than 1,000 people trapped by floodwaters were rescued.
The dead were killed in three landslides in Raigad district in western Maharashtra state, said District Collector Nidhi Chaudhary.
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Church bells rang out across Norway on Thursday to mark the 10th anniversary of the country's worst peacetime mass killing as leaders called for renewed efforts to fight the extremism behind the attack that left 77 people dead.
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