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UN chief Antonio Guterres calls on nations to immediately ramp up funding to prevent a "catastrophe" in the Horn of Africa, which is suffering its worst drought in generations. Some 43 million people are in urgent need of life-sustaining assistance. Image
#BREAKING UN conference pledges $2.4 billion to avoid Horn of Africa famine Image
#UPDATE UN raises $2.4 billion to prevent famine in the Horn of Africa, which is reeling from its worst drought in decades.

The money will provide life-saving aid for nearly 32 million people, but is far short of the $7 billion the UN said was needed Image
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#BREAKING China should not 'overreact' to Taiwan president's US stopover: official Image
#UPDATE China should not "overreact" and use a stopover in the US by Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as a "pretext" for aggression against the democratically ruled island of Taiwan, senior US official says Image
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is due to leave for the United States on Wednesday, a stop on her way to firm up ties with Guatemala and Belize after China snapped up another of the self-ruled island's few diplomatic allies last week Image
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#BREAKING Slovakia to donate 13 MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine: PM
#UPDATE Slovakia will donate 13 MiG-29 warplanes to Ukraine, the Slovak prime minister said Friday, making it the second NATO member to announce such a shipment following a similar move by Poland.

📸 Two MiG 29 fighter jets take part in NATO exercises in October 2022
Factfile on the MiG-29 Soviet-era fighter jet
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Banks critical to the international financial system.

#AFPGraphics showing rankings by the international Financial Stability Board of major banks' importance to the financial system and their extra minimum capital requirements to avoid bank failure
America's largest banks have moved to shore up First Republic, easing fears that the regional lender could be the next domino to fall after collapses including Silicon Valley Bank
The global cryptocurrency industry has been slammed by setbacks, scandals and high-profile failures in recent months, sparking a regulatory rush to protect consumers from fraud and scams
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#BREAKING North Korea fired an intercontinental ballistic missile Thursday, Seoul said, its third launch this week
#UPDATE North Korea has fired an intercontinental ballistic missile, Seoul says, as South Korea's president heads to Tokyo to boost ties.

"Our military detected one long-range ballistic missile fired from around the Sunan area in Pyongyang," the Joint Chiefs of Staff says
North Korea fired a "long-range ballistic missile" Thursday, Seoul says.

The launch comes as South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol heads to Tokyo for a summit to boost ties in the face of Pyongyang's growing aggression An intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) is seen during
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#BREAKING Russian jet collides with US drone over Black Sea: US military Image
#BREAKING US summons Russian ambassador over drone crash, State Department spokesperson says Image
#UPDATE A Russian fighter jet dumped fuel on an American drone over the Black Sea and then collided with it, causing the drone to crash, the US military said
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#BREAKING 'High probability of escalation' with Azerbaijan: Armenia PM
#UPDATE Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Tuesday warned of a "very high probability" of an escalation on the restive border with Azerbaijan and in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, over which the arch foes fought two wars.
Map of Armenia and territories controlled by Armenia and Azerbaijan since the war between the two states in 2020.
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#BREAKING Russia agrees to extend Black Sea grain deal, but for only 60 days: deputy foreign minister
#BREAKING Kyiv says Russia extending grain deal for 60 days 'contradicts' agreement
#UPDATE Russia agreed Monday to extend the Ukraine grain export deal following talks with the United Nations in Geneva, but only for 60 more days, half the 120-day period of the original pact.
Kyiv criticized the proposal but did not reject it outright
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#Retraites: Carte du parcours prévu de la manifestation contre la réforme des retraites à Paris, le 11 mars 2023, septième journée de mobilisation #AFP #afpgraphics ⤵️ Image
#Retraites: "A ceux qui veulent casser le système des retraites, la rue répond : résistance !", à Saint-Etienne, des milliers de personnes manifestent contre la réforme #AFP #AFPTV ⤵️
#Retraites: à Toulouse, les manifestants ont commencé à défiler sous la pluie #AFP #AFPTV ⤵️
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#BREAKING China's Xi Jinping handed third term as president
#UPDATE Xi Jinping is handed a norm-busting third term as president, making him China's most powerful leader in generations.

The appointment by Beijing's rubber-stamp parliament comes after he locked in another five years as head of the Communist Party and the military
Xi Jinping handed historic third term as Chinese president.

Xi abolished the 10-year term limits on the presidency established in China after the dictatorial reign of Mao Zedong and has allowed a cult of personality to foster his all-powerful leadership
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#BREAKING UN nuclear chief warns of danger of repeated power outages at Ukraine site
#UPDATE The UN nuclear agency's chief warned on Thursday of the danger of repeated power outages at the Zaporizhzhia power plant, after a fresh missile strike left it running on diesel generators.
Map showing Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine
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#BREAKING Three people trapped in Spain mine accident: rescuers
#BREAKING Three trapped Spain miners are dead: Catalan regional govt
#BREAKING Uncertainty over fate of 3 trapped Spain miners after govt deletes tweet
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#BREAKING Bakhmut's capture key to 'further offensive' in Donbas: Russian minister
#UPDATE Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that the capture of the industrial town of Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine was key to launching a further offensive in the wider Donetsk region.

📸 Ukrainian soldiers fire a howitzer during clashes near Bakhmut
Map of the frontline around the town of Bakhmut, in Ukraine's Donetsk region, which Russian forces are seeking to capture.
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Anger after Greek train collision.

Protesters rally outside the headquarters of railway operating company Hellenic Train in Athens following a deadly accident near the city of Larissa. Hundreds took to the streets, blaming the government for the privatisation of the company
A station master on duty during Greece's deadliest train accident is to testify Thursday in the central city of Larissa over the disaster that claimed dozens of lives, plunging the country into mourning
Major rail accidents since 2013.

#AFPGraphics map locating major rail crashes with more than 32 deaths since 2013
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#BREAKING World Cup finals record scorer Just Fontaine dies: Family to AFP
#UPDATE Just Fontaine, the all-time top scorer in a single World Cup finals with 13 goals, has died aged 89, his family told AFP on Wednesday.
#UPDATE Just Fontaine, the all-time top scorer in a single World Cup finals with 13 goals, has died aged 89, his family told AFP on Wednesday.
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#BREAKING Ukraine says 'survived the most difficult winter in our history'
#UPDATE Ukraine's foreign minister said Wednesday -- the first day of spring in Ukraine -- that his country had "survived" a months-long onslaught of Russian strikes on critical infrastructure throughout winter.
#UPDATE Ukraine said it had survived a months-long winter onslaught of Russian strikes on water and energy infrastructure, as it marked the first day of spring Wednesday.
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#BREAKING Train accident in Greece kills at least 16: fire services
#BREAKING Death toll in Greece train accident jumps to at least 26: fire services
#UPDATE A train collision between the Greek cities of Athens and Thessaloniki has killed at least 26 people and injured 85, fire officials say.

"At least 26 people have been found dead so far," a fire services spokesman says, adding that rescue operations are still ongoing
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#BREAKING Putin begins state of the nation address
#UPDATE Russian President Vladimir Putin began his state of the nation address on Tuesday, ahead of the first anniversary of Moscow's offensive in Ukraine.
#UPDATE Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday vowed to "systematically" press on with Moscow's offensive in Ukraine, as he gave his state of the nation address.
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#BREAKING Eurozone to 'narrowly avoid' recession this winter: EU
#BREAKING EU cuts eurozone 2023 inflation forecast to 5.6%
#UPDATE The EU has hiked its eurozone growth forecast for 2023 from 0.3 to 0.9% on the back of lower gas prices, saying it would "narrowly avoid" recession this winter.
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Countries with the most earthquakes.

#AFPGraphics showing the countries with the most earthquakes depending on different criteria according to the US Geological Survey
Turkey's once mighty developers under fire after quake.

As outrage grows, authorities have arrested three people linked to the construction and development business - including two developers trying to flee the country - and issued warrants for 114 more
VIDEO: Looters raid shops in Turkey after devastating earthquake.

In the city of #Antakya, where rescue teams are still trying to find survivors, shopkeepers are coming together to protect their premises from looting that has become rife in the area
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#BREAKING US has communicated with Beijing on the alleged Chinese surveillance balloon shot down on February 4, after Pentagon overtures were rebuffed for days, a defense official says
#UPDATE US officials say they have finally made contact with Beijing over the alleged Chinese surveillance balloon shot down on February 4, after Pentagon overtures were rebuffed for days.

A US warplane shot down a new flying object on Sunday:
#BREAKING China says US balloons entered airspace 'over 10 times' since Jan 2022
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#BREAKING Eritrea leader calls Tigray rights abuse allegations a 'fantasy'
#UPDATE Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki said Thursday that allegations of rights abuses by Eritrean troops in Ethiopia's Tigray region during the two-year war there amounted to "fantasy".
Map of Ethiopia locating the Tigray region.
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#BREAKING LeBron James breaks NBA all-time points scoring record
#UPDATE LeBron James has finally eclipsed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the most prolific scorer in NBA history, breaking a 39-year record that many throughout basketball believed would never be beaten
VIDEO: "It's just an honor to be named with the greats," says LeBron James after surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the top NBA scorer of all time.

James finished the night with 38,390 career regular season points, three more than Abdul-Jabbar's record that had stood since 1984
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#BREAKING Russia advancing 'with success' near Ukraine's Bakhmut, Vugledar: Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu
#UPDATE Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday that Moscow's forces were "progressing with success" near the eastern Ukrainian towns of Bakhmut and Vugledar, cautioning against Western arms supplies to Kyiv.

📸 Smoke rises after shelling in Bakhmut
Map showing the situation in Ukraine, as of February 7 at 0800 GMT
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