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The Azerbaijani candidate Polad Byulbyulogli has withdrawn from the second round of elections to UNESCO Director-General. The candidate of Qatar, Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Kawari leads the elections. He has received 20 of 58 votes. Referring to UNESCO official website, al-Qauari led the list of candidates in the first round too. Only six candidates ran
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SAN JUAN (Reuters) – The death toll in Puerto Rico attributed to Hurricane Maria has reached 43, an official said on Tuesday, up from 39 previously reported as islanders continue to fall victim to infections, bad road conditions and other consequences of the storm. Ramon Rosario, secretary of public affairs and public policy, also told
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Catalan police tightened their guard on the region’s parliament on Tuesday where secessionists have threatened to adopt a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain despite warnings from Madrid of swift counter-measures. Regional leader Carles Puigdemont held a meeting of his cabinet to decide how to press an independence drive that has stirred
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LONDON (Reuters) – Oil rose to around $56 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by Saudi Arabian export cuts in November and comments from OPEC and trading companies that the market is rebalancing after years of oversupply. Saudi Arabia has cut November allocations by 560,000 barrels per day (bpd), in line with its commitment to an
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ANKARA (Reuters) – The United States has punished Turkish and U.S. citizens alike by suspending visa services, Turkey’s prime minister said on Tuesday, accusing Washington of taking an emotional and inappropriate decision against an ally. Binali Yildirim said the dispute should be resolved as soon as possible, but defended Turkey’s arrest of a U.S. consulate
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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan on Tuesday launched a fourth satellite for a new high-precision global positioning system (GPS) it hopes will encourage new businesses and help spur economic growth. The fourth Michibiki satellite lifted off from Japan’s southern Tanegashima space port aboard an H-2A rocket taking just over 28 minutes to reach orbit, the Japan
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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will block access to websites of exchanges that offer crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin, Russian Central Bank First Deputy Governor Sergei Shvetsov said on Tuesday. He called them “dubious”. Russian financial authorities initially treated any sort of money issued by non-state approved institutions as illegal, saying they could be used to launder
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(The Sports Xchange) – Kai Forbath kicked a 26-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining, lifting the Minnesota Vikings to a 20-17 win over the Chicago Bears on Monday. Vikings quarterback Case Keenum came off the bench to complete 17 of 21 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. He replaced Sam Bradford, who struggled
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