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Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution

SANTIAGO, Oct 26 (BBC): Chileans have voted overwhelmingly in support of rewriting their constitution, which dates to the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet.With nearly 90% of the vote counted, 78% of people had voted "yes" in a referendum that was called after mass protests against inequality.President Sebastian Piñera acknowledged the...

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Thai parliament discusses protesters' demands

BANGKOK, Oct 26 (AP): Thailand's Parliament began a special session Monday that was called to address tensions as pro-democracy protests draw students and other demonstrators into the streets almost daily demanding the prime minister's resignation.As Speaker of the House Chuan Leekpai began the session, only 450 of the total of...

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US cannot control pandemic, admits Trump's chief of staff

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (BBC): A senior aide to President Donald Trump has conceded that the US is "not going to control the pandemic".Instead White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Covid-19 could only be defeated by "mitigation areas" like vaccines and therapeutics.His remarks come as coronavirus cases surge...

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Malaysia's PM faces calls to quit after failed bid for emergency

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Reuters): Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin faced calls to resign on Monday as doubts swirled over the support that he commands, after the king rejected his request to declare a state of emergency to fight the coronavirus epidemic.Muhyiddin had requested emergency rule amid a fresh spike...

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France urges Arab states to prevent goods boycotts over Macron's cartoons defence

PARIS, Oct 26 (BBC): France has urged Middle Eastern countries to end calls for a boycott of its goods in protest at President Emmanuel Macron's defence of the right to show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.The French foreign ministry said the "baseless" calls for a boycott were being "pushed by...

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Philippine Typhoon displaces thousands of villagers

MANILA, Oct 26 (AP): A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said.There were no immediate reports of casualties from Typhoon Molave, but authorities reported at least one person was missing...

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New cease-fire announced in Karabakh

YEREVAN, Oct 26 (AP): Fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region continued Sunday, but Armenia and Azerbaijan reiterated their commitment to a peaceful resolution of their decades-old conflict and agreed to a third attempt to establish a cease-fire after four weeks of hostilities.The agreement on a truce set to begin at 8...

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China tests city after detecting coronavirus

KASHGAR, Oct 26 (BBC): China is once again mass testing an entire city for the coronavirus amid a regional outbreak in Xinjiang province.Around 4.7m people in Kashgar are being tested, with 138 asymptomatic cases found so far.China has been largely successful in bringing infection rates down, but there continue to...

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Stray bullet kills 20-yr-old tourist in Brooklyn

NEW YORK, Oct 26 (New York Times): Ethan Williams arrived in New York last week to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder, a goal that he had long envisioned would bring him to the city. But days later, he became another victim of a wave of deadly gun...

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