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Exotic flowers draw huge crowds at Dubai festival

“Ten thousand saw I at a glance.” Well, I may be quoting Wordsworth. But here it’s not about daffodils. It’s about the heliconias, guzmanias, gloriosas, corinatas, roses, sunflowers, orchids, tulips, chrysanthemums and scores of other flowers and foliage on display at Dubai International Flower Festival. The three-day event started on …

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More Than 20 Killed in Attacks in Afghanistan

A series of militant attacks in Afghanistan killed more than 20 people, officials said on Saturday, ahead of an international meeting next week aimed at building diplomatic support for hoped-for peace talks with the Taliban. Taliban militants attacked an Afghan army post overnight on Friday, killing 18 government soldiers, while …

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Abbas, Haley exchange strong criticism over Middle East at U.N. Security Council

With President Trump’s Middle East peace envoys looking on, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday accused the Trump administration of abdicating its commitment to a peace settlement and an independent Palestinian state. Abbas, the leader on whom three U.S. presidents have hung hopes for successful negotiations, all but wrote …

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South Africa’s ANC demands President Jacob Zuma step down

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party has decided to recall President Jacob Zuma, leaving South Africans waiting to see whether the president will abide by the party’s decision and hand in his resignation. Pressure on Zuma to step down has mounted over the past few months, throwing the politics …

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Russia Busts Crypto Miners at Secret Nuclear Weapons Lab

Russia’s still debating laws on cryptocurrencies, but engineers at a top-secret nuclear lab were already busy mining them, authorities said. The Scientific Research Institute for Experimental Physics, where the first Soviet nuclear weapon was produced in 1949, Friday reported “an attempt at unauthorized use of the institutes’s equipment for personal …

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DHS official: Russians ‘successfully penetrated’ voter registration rolls in several states before 2016 election

Jeanette Manfra, head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said that several states’ voter registration rolls were “successfully penetrated” by Russians ahead of the 2016 election. “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated,” Manfra told NBC News, adding …

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Polish president to sign Holocaust bill despite international concerns

Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, announced that he would sign a highly controversial bill Tuesday that will ban most Holocaust accusations against Poles as well as descriptions of Nazi death camps as Polish — likely raising tensions with the United States and Israel, which have criticized the measure. An ally of the ruling right-wing Law and Justice Party who occasionally has been willing …

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Broccoli’s bid for world domination

Broccoli, an Italian restaurant born in the UAE, is trying to become the largest operator of restaurants in the country. Broccoli’s vice president, Khalid Odeh, says the company plans to achieve this through a combination of fresh ingredients, live cooking, and most crucially: affordability. Odeh says Broccoli’s prices are noticeably …

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