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Israel vote deadlock confirmed by near-complete official results

The results from Israel's election committee showed Gantz's centrist Blue and White with 33 seats out of 120 and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud with 31.

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Libyan Coast Guard picks up 500 migrants near Tripoli

Libya’s western coast is the main departure point for migrants fleeing war and poverty and hoping for new lives in Europe, though the number of crossings has dropped sharply since July 2017.

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Asia-Pacific students kick off global climate strike in Australia

'We didn't light it, but we're trying to fight it', read one sign carried by a student in Sydney, as social media posts showed huge demonstrations around the country including outback towns like…

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Two members of Cuba's UN mission ordered to leave US

'We take any & all attempts against the National Security of the US seriously,' US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said Thursday on Twitter.

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US files illegal fishing complaint against South Korea under free trade pact

The US Trade Representative's office said it 'intends to seek environment consultations' with Seoul under the terms of the US-Korea Free Trade Agreement, the first step in a formal trade complaint…

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In a breakthrough, Arab Israelis turn out to vote 'in droves'

Arab Israelis are Palestinians that remained on their land after the creation of Israel in 1948.

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Israel president to start consultations Sunday on next Prime Minister

Rivlin will hold meetings with the parties elected to parliament and ask them for their recommendations on who should be the next prime minister. 

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Sri Lanka sets November date for Presidential elections

Commission chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said nominations would be called on October 7 allowing a short campaign of less than six weeks.

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China taps pork reserve as Swine Fever hits industry

Beijing has been struggling to control the disease, which has ripped through its massive pig-farming industry, leading to the culling of more than a million of the animals. 

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UK must give written Brexit proposal this month: Finnish PM

Rinne's statement comes a day after he met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, where he said that the European Union (EU) is unlikely to grant an extension to the current October 31 deadline.

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Japan court acquits energy bosses over Fukushima disaster

The three men were senior officials at the TEPCO firm operating the Fukushima Daiichi plant and had faced up to five years in prison if convicted.

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'Won't blink' to defend Iran against US or Saudi military strike: Foreign minister Javad Zarif

Trump on Wednesday struck a cautious note, saying there were many options short of war with Iran, which denies involvement in the Sept. 14 strikes. He ordered more sanctions on Tehran.

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Palm oil to blame for 39 per cent of forest loss in Borneo since 2000: Study

The data comes as forest clearance fires in Borneo and parts of Indonesia spread smog across Southeast Asia, causing air quality to drop to unhealthy levels in neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia…

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Huawei's new phone lacks Google access after US ban

The Chinese telecoms giant will showcase its Mate 30 range in Munich, Germany, in its first unveiling of an all-new phone since President Donald Trump hit the Shenzhen-based company with an export…

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Israel: Netanyahu's rival Benny Gantz says he should be PM in unity government

Gantz spoke to journalists after Netanyahu called for them to join together in a unity government as results from Tuesday's vote showed neither with an obvious path to form a majority coalition.…

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