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Politician of Lebanese Origin Becomes President of Dominican Republic

Opposition candidate Luis Abinader swept to victory in the Dominican Republic's presidential election, early results showed Monday, ending 16 years of unbroken rule by the Caribbean nation's center-left PLD party after voters braved a worsening coronavirus outbreak to cast their ballots.

Abinader, the candidate of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), took 52.51 percent of the vote with 82 percent of polling station returns counted, the Central Electoral Board said.

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Inter Title Hopes All but Over after 'Gifting' Bologna Surprise Win

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte said his team "gifted" Bologna a 2-1 win on Sunday after they blew a goal and a man advantage to see their Serie A title challenge all but ended in dramatic fashion.

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Russian Journalist Avoids Jail but Given Huge Fine in 'Terror' Case

A Russian journalist avoided a prison sentence on Monday but was given a $7,000 fine for "justifying terrorism" in a controversial case that sparked an outcry at home and abroad.

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Maxwell Set for First New York Hearing in Epstein Sex Abuse Case

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell is due to make her first appearance in a New York court on sex trafficking charges related to Jeffrey Epstein this week, court documents show.

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Regeneron COVID-19 Treatment Enters Final Stage Trials

The pharmaceutical firm Regeneron on Monday announced it was entering the late stages of its human clinical trials investigating a drug to both treat and prevent COVID-19.

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Stock Markets Rally on Economy Recovery Hopes

Stock markets rallied Monday, with fresh signs of economic recovery resonating with investors more than a surge in coronavirus infections worldwide.

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COVID-19 Imperils AIDS Progress, U.N. Warns

COVID-19 could cause an additional half a million AIDS deaths if treatment is disrupted long term, the United Nations said Monday in a warning that the pandemic was jeopardising years of progress against HIV.

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Russians, Saudis Top UK 'Independent' Sanctions List for Rights Violators

Britain on Monday identified 49 "notorious" individuals and organisations, 25 of them Russian and 20 Saudis, to be sanctioned under its first post-Brexit targeting of accused human rights violators, prompting immediate anger from Moscow.

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KSA Opens Hajj Registration for Foreign Residents

Saudi Arabia on Monday opened hajj registration for foreign residents in the kingdom, saying they will make up 70 percent of the pilgrims after it scaled-back the annual ritual due to coronavirus.

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Trump Calls on Black NASCAR Driver to Apologize over Noose Protest

U.S. President Donald Trump called Monday on NASCAR's only black driver Bubba Wallace to apologize for protests launched over a noose found hanging in his garage stall, which the FBI found not to have been evidence of a hate crime.

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