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Poland's Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote Poland's Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote
Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda has narrowly beaten challenger Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday's presidential vote. The National Electoral Commission said Mr Duda had won 51.2% of the votes. It is Poland's slimmest presidential election victory since the end of communism in 1989. One of the major issues of the election was the future of the country's strained relations with the Euro...
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Poland's Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote Poland's Duda narrowly beats Trzaskowski in presidential vote
Poland's incumbent President Andrzej Duda has narrowly beaten challenger Rafal Trzaskowski in Sunday's presidential vote. The National Electoral Commission said Mr Duda had won 51.2% of the votes. It is Poland's slimmest presidential election victory since the end of communism in 1989. One of the major issues of the election was the future of the country's strained relations with the Euro...
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Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque Hagia Sophia: Turkey turns iconic Istanbul museum into mosque
The world-famous Hagia Sophia museum in Istanbul - originally founded as a cathedral - has been turned back into a mosque. Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced the decision after a court annulled the site's museum status. Built 1,500 years ago as an Orthodox Christian cathedral, Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque after the Ottoman conquest in 1453. In 1934 it became a m...
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Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew Belgrade protesters storm Serb parliament over curfew
Police and protesters have been hurt in riots that broke out outside the National Assembly in the Serbian capital Belgrade. The protests began peacefully on Tuesday evening and included students and families, angered by a decision to re-impose a weekend curfew because of a rise in coronavirus infections. Protesters broke into the assembly, prompting police to intervene. Clashes erupted an...
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Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia
Officials in Spain's north-western region of Galicia have re-imposed restrictions on an area of 70,000 people following a Covid-19 outbreak. Only those travelling for work will be allowed to leave or enter the coastal district of A Marina from midnight on Sunday to Friday. The move comes a day after the north-eastern region of Catalonia imposed a similar local lockdown. Nationally, Spain'...
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Kosovo president rejects war crimes indictment as 'attempt to rewrite history' Kosovo president rejects war crimes indictment as 'attempt to rewrite history'
Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci has rejected a war crimes indictment he is facing, calling it an attempt to rewrite his country's history. In his first comments since the move by prosecutors at a court in The Hague, Mr Thaci said he would address the issue in more detail in a speech on Sunday. The charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity relate to the conflict between Kosovo and Ser...
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Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj Saudi Arabia bars international pilgrims for Hajj
Saudi Arabia has banned international visitors from making the Islamic pilgrimage, or Hajj, this year in a bid to control coronavirus. Only a very limited number of people currently living in the kingdom may take part, an announcement on state media says. An estimated two million people would otherwise have visited Mecca and Medina this summer for the annual gathering. There had been fear...
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Brazil becomes second country to hit one million cases Brazil becomes second country to hit one million cases
Brazil has become the second country in the world to confirm more than one million cases of Covid-19, as the disease continues to spread. The health ministry also posted a record number of new cases in the past 24 hours - more than 54,000. In addition, there were more than 1,200 deaths for the fourth consecutive day, taking the total to nearly 49,000. A lack of testing suggests the true f...
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Coronavirus was already in Italy by December, waste water study finds Coronavirus was already in Italy by December, waste water study finds
Italian scientists say sewage water from two cities contained coronavirus traces in December, long before the country's first confirmed cases. The National Institute of Health (ISS) said water from Milan and Turin showed genetic virus traces on 18 December. It adds to evidence from other countries that the virus may have been circulating much earlier than thought. Chinese officials confir...
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Coronavirus: Italy prosecutors quiz PM Conte on crisis Coronavirus: Italy prosecutors quiz PM Conte on crisis
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is being questioned by prosecutors from northern Italy after relatives of Covid-19 victims demanded an inquiry into alleged government negligence. The prosecutors have travelled to Rome from Bergamo, the city near Milan worst hit by coronavirus before the whole country was locked down in March. Mr Conte said he was "not at all worried" about the questioning. ...
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