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Powerful gang behind kidnapping of US missionaries in Haiti, source says

Authorities believe the “400 Mawozo” gang abducted the group, which included 16 Americans and 1 Canadian, after the missionaries visited an orphanage on Saturday in Croix des Bouquets, a suburb northeast of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. As they were traveling from the orphanage towards Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, gang members stopped the vehicle at gunpoint. …

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Greta Thunberg ‘Rickrolls’ climate concert with crazy dance moves

Thunberg danced to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” on Saturday, in front of a crowd at Climate Live, a youth-led concert for climate action. “Rickrolling” is an internet phenomenon that involves getting someone to unwittingly open the video of Astley’s hit 80s song by using disguised hyperlinks. Thunberg showed her moves off to …

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Americans among more than 350 passengers who departed Kabul on evacuation flight Sunday

The ninth evacuation flight from Afghanistan since August 31 is carrying 353 evacuees, including faculty, staff, and students from the American University of Afghanistan, as well as citizens from Afghanistan, the United States, the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia, among others, according to the official. The official did not say how many Americans were on board. …

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Prince Charles ‘proud’ of son William’s growing commitment to environment

CNN has launched Royal News, a new weekly dispatch bringing you the inside track on the royal family, what they are up to in public and what’s happening behind palace walls. Sign up here. The Earthshot Prize is a Nobel-like award for the environment founded by the Duke of Cambridge and renowned British naturalist David …

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British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe loses court appeal

“Nazanin‘s lawyer was called today by the Judiciary and informed that the appeal on her second case failed,” the Free Nazanin campaign wrote on its official twitter account, adding that there had been “no court hearing.” “Sentence of 1+1 years upheld by Judge Babai, Court 54. No summons date yet for prison,” the campaign wrote. …

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China isn’t about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

The dramatic statement came after China sent its highest number of warplanes yet into the skies above waters southwest of the island. But despite the rhetoric and the military saber-rattling, analysts agree China is unlikely to invade Taiwan anytime soon, with one expert adding the chance of invasion in the next 12 months is “close …

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Norway bow-and-arrow attack suspect won’t appear in court after being handed to health services

Espen Andersen Bråthen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, was arrested Wednesday over the attack, which took place in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg that day. Police have interviewed more than 50 witnesses, Assistant Chief of Police Per Thomas Omholt told a press conference in Kongsberg earlier Friday, and are checking the suspect’s digital media. “This is …

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At least 16 killed as explosion rocks mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

“Terrorism continues in Afghanistan with at least 30 killed, scores injured, in suicide attack at Kandahar’s largest Shia mosque,” UNAMA said. The United Nations “condemns (the) latest atrocity targeting a religious institution & worshippers. Those responsible need to be held to account,” the mission added on Twitter. Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid also condemned the incident …

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At least 6 dead as heavy gunfire breaks out at Beirut protest

Hundreds of supporters of Iran-backed Hezbollah and its main Shia ally, Amal, were marching toward the Lebanese capital’s Palace of Justice when shots were fired at the protesters by snipers on rooftops, forcing demonstrators and journalists to take cover, according to the country’s interior minister, an army statement and local broadcasters. The demonstrators were calling …

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What sea level rise will look like around the globe

A new study from Climate Central, a nonprofit research group, shows that roughly 50 major coastal cities will need to implement “unprecedented” adaptation measures to prevent rising seas from swallowing their most populated areas. The analysis, in collaboration with researchers at Princeton University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany, resulted in …

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ISIS finance chief captured by Iraqi forces, Iraq PM says

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi did not disclose details of the operation, however in a statement posted to Twitter, he said that Jasim was detained outside of Iraq. He did not disclose the location or date of Jasim’s arrest. “While our [Iraqi Security Forces] heroes focused on securing the elections, their [Iraqi National Intelligence Service] colleagues …

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