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U.N. Cultural Agency To Pick New Chief After U.S. Walkout

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PARIS: The United Nations’ cultural agency will elect a new chief on Friday, seeking someone who can revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States and Israel pulled out.

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Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'Appalled' At Rohingya Crisis: Adviser

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GENEVA: Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is “appalled” at the Rohingya refugee crisis in her country and is determined to fix it, but needs to be careful not to inflame the situation further, an adviser to Suu Kyi told reporters on Friday.

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Iran Parliament Speaker: Nuclear Deal Will Collapse If U.S. Quits

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MOSCOW: If the United States leaves the Iran nuclear deal, this will be the end of this international agreement, the TASS news agency cited Iranian parliament speaker Ali Larijani as saying on Friday.

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White House Chief Of Staff Not Quitting, Says Job Is Not To Control Trump

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WASHINGTON: White House chief of staff John Kelly slapped down rumors that he was about to resign or be fired and said on Thursday his push to bring more order to the West Wing does not extend to controlling President Donald Trump or his social media habits.

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Vietnam Ready For APEC Economic Leaders’ Week

HANOI, Oct 13 -- Vietnam is ready for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Week, scheduled to take place in the central coastal city of Da Nang from Nov 6 to 11, Senior Lieutenant General Bui Van Nam, Deputy Minister of Public Security said in a recent media interview, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

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Turkish Forces Set Up Positions In Syria's Idlib: Rebel

BEIRUT - Turkey’s military announced on Friday it had begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia.

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New Poll Shows Philippine President Still Hugely Popular

Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte retained a high public approval rating in an opinion poll released on Friday, a stark contrast to a different survey earlier this week that showed a sharp decline in trust and satisfaction in the maverick leader.

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Three Skydivers Die After Suspected Mid-Air Collision In Australia

SYDNEY - Three skydivers were killed in Australia on Friday after what authorities believe was a mid-air collision.

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China's Most-Wanted Fugitive Jailed For Eight Years For Graft

BEIJING - A Chinese court on Friday jailed the country’s number one most wanted fugitive for eight years for graft and taking bribes, state media said.

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Death Toll From Worst Vietnam Floods In Years Rises To 54

Men evacuate a woman through a flooded road after a tropical depression in Hanoi Vietnam October 13 2017

HANOI - At least 54 people died and 39 went missing as destructive floods battered northern and central Vietnam this week, the disaster prevention agency said on Friday.

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