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Hariri To Leave Saudi Arabia For France On Friday: MP

Pic: Reuters

BEIRUT - Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as Lebanese prime minister on Nov. 4 during a visit to Saudi Arabia, will leave Riyadh for France on Friday, a member of his party said.

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Pakistan Issues 'Last Warning' To Islamists Blocking Entrance To Capital

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ISLAMABAD - Pakistan’s government on Friday issued a final warning to members of a hard-line Islamist party who have blocked a main road into the capital since last week, raising fears of a violent clash as they refuse to budge.

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Toto Riina, Mafia 'Boss Of Bosses', Dies In Jail Aged 87

Pic: Reuters ("Toto" Riina in his 1993 police mugshot, after Italy's most powerful Mafia boss was finally captured)

Notorious Sicilian Mafia "boss of all bosses" Salvatore "Toto" Riina has died from cancer in jail, aged 87.

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Syria: Russia Blocks Extension Of Chemical Attacks Probe

Pic: Reuters (A nerve gas attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun in April killed more than 80 people)

Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that would have extended an international inquiry into chemical weapons attacks in Syria.

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Egypt Orders Suspected Libyan Militant, 14 Others Be Held Over Desert Attack

CAIRO - The Egyptian public prosecutor ordered that a suspected Libyan militant and 14 others be held for 15 days pending an investigation of their role in a deadly attack in Egypt’s western desert last month, state news MENA reported on Friday.

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Zimbabwe Latest: Mugabe Makes First Public Appearance

As Chancellor of the Zimbabwe Open University, Mr Mugabe was the graduation guest of honour (Pic: EPA_

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has made his first public appearance since the country's army took over on Wednesday.

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Erdogan Says Turkey Must Clear Syria's Afrin Of YPG Militia

Pic: Reuters (A general view shows the Kurdish city of Afrin, in Aleppo's countryside, Syria March 18, 2015.)

ANKARA - President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey needed to clear the Afrin region of northwest Syria of Kurdish YPG militia fighters, who have been in the forefront of the battle there against Islamic State insurgents.

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China Faces Waste Hangover After Singles' Day Buying Binge

Pic: ReutersSHANGHAI: China’s Singles’ Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over $38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages - and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste.

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Injured Defector's Parasites And Diet Hint At Hard Life In North Korea

Pic: ReutersSEOUL: Parasitic worms found in a North Korean soldier, critically injured during a desperate defection, highlight nutrition and hygiene problems that experts say have plagued the isolated country for decades.

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Philippines' Department Welcomes AU$1.5 Mln Relief Supplies From Australia

MANILA, Nov 17 -- The head of the Philippines' Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) thanked the Australian government for its gift of 60 million Philippine pesos (AU$1.5 million) worth of relief goods and associated funds, Philippine News Agency (PNA) reported.

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