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Giuseppe Conte Approved for Italian Prime Minister

Italy's president on Wednesday approved little-known lawyer Giuseppe Conte's nomination to be prime minister of a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment parties.

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Kidnapped Syrian Released in Nigeria

A Syrian engineer who was abducted last week by unknown gunmen in Sokoto state in northern Nigeria has been released, the police said on Wednesday.

Abdul Nasir was kidnapped on May 16 on his way to a road construction site outside the state capital of Sokoto city by armed men who killed three policemen that tried to rescue him.

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Macron Plan for French Suburbs Slammed as Insufficient

French opposition parties and media on Wednesday slammed President Emmanuel Macron's plan for tackling urban poverty, saying the proposals unveiled a day earlier lacked ambition and were just for show.

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Italy President Summons PM Candidate amid CV Scandal

Italy's president Wednesday summoned Giuseppe Conte as he prepared to announce whether he will appoint the little-known lawyer to lead a government formed by far-right and anti-establishment groups.

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Five Killed on Sixth Day of India-Pakistan Border Clash

A mortar and gunfire battle between Indian and Pakistani forces along their Kashmir frontier killed five civilians Wednesday, taking the death toll in the six-day confrontation to 16, officials said.

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U.S. Staffer Suffers Brain Injury after 'Sound' Incident in China

The U.S. embassy in China issued a health alert Wednesday after a U.S. government employee experienced an "abnormal" sound and suffered a mild brain injury -- in an incident reminiscent of a mysterious illness that hit diplomats in Cuba.

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Turkey Accuses Germany of 'Democracy Deficit' over Campaign Ban

Germany is showing a "democracy deficit" by denying Turkish politicians permission to campaign ahead of their June elections, the deputy chairman of the ruling AKP party said in an interview Wednesday. 

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U.S. Policy on Iran Puts Region in 'Further Danger', Says France

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that the United States risks further destabilising the Middle East after Washington warned Iran faced the "strongest sanctions in history".

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Erdogan Congratulates Maduro after Controversial Election Win

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has congratulated his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro on winning a new term in office, the Turkish presidency said Wednesday, after an election widely condemned by the international community.

Erdogan, along with Russian President Vladimir Putin, is among very few prominent world leaders to have congratulated Maduro on his victory in a poll that the United States has denounced as a "sham".

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N. Korea Preps Nuclear Site Demolition Despite US Summit Doubts

Invited foreign journalists gathered in North Korea Wednesday to witness the slated destruction of the reclusive regime's nuclear test site, a high profile gesture on the road to a summit with the US that Donald Trump now says might not happen.

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