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Libyans Band Together to Help Tripoli's Displaced

Peering through the gate of a home in the western suburbs of Libya's war-torn capital, seven-year-old Chehab shyly looked on as children streamed down the nearby street.

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Science of Uranium Enrichment amid Iran Tension

Iran made a veiled threat this week to enrich uranium stocks closer to weapon-grade levels amid rising tensions in the region.

That would mean going beyond the level of potency allowed by the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, which the U.S. withdrew from last year. Tehran is threatening to resume higher enrichment on July 7 if no new agreement is reached to provide relief from U.S. sanctions.

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Sri Lanka Forces on Patrol after Anti-Muslim Riots

Troops and police patrolled parts of Sri Lanka on Thursday as international pressure mounted on Colombo to contain anti-Muslim riots that killed one man in a backlash against the Easter terror attacks.

Military spokesman Sumith Atapattu said there were no incidents of violence in the 24 hours ending Thursday morning, but police and security forces continued to carry out search operations.

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U.S. Department of State Pays Tribute to Cardinal Sfeir

The U.S. Department of State paid condolences on Thursday for the passing of former Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir who will be laid to rest today.

“Patriarch Sfeir was a brave leader against tyranny and oppression. He spearheaded the notion of Lebanon’s sovereignty and independence,” the DoS said in a statement.

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French Unemployment at 10-Year Low

French unemployment has fallen to its lowest level in 10 years, the national statistics agency said Thursday, providing a boost to under-fire President Emmanuel Macron.

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UN Chief Concerned Nuclear 'Coffin' Leaking in Pacific

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres raised concerns Thursday that a concrete dome built last century to contain waste from atomic bomb tests is leaking radioactive material into the Pacific.

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Saudi-Led Warplanes Pound Yemen Rebels after Pipeline Attack

Saudi-led coalition warplanes struck Yemeni rebel targets, including in the capital Sanaa, on Thursday two days after the insurgents claimed drone strikes that shut a key oil pipeline in the neighbouring kingdom.

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At Least 10 Reported Trapped in Shanghai Building Collapse

At least ten construction workers were trapped in the rubble of an industrial building that collapsed in Shanghai on Thursday as it was undergoing renovation, according to Chinese media reports.

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Qatar Trying to Defuse Tensions amid Iran Crisis

The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local):

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Report: Maritime Demarcation Talks with Satterfield Reflect ‘Positive’ Atmosphere

Diplomatic sources confirmed that the maritime border talks between State Department's acting assistant secretary for near eastern affairs, David Satterfeld with Lebanese officials reflected a "very positive" atmosphere paving way for a real opportunity to restore Lebanon's full sovereign rights and provide suitable conditions for extracting energy, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat daily reported on Thursday.

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