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Iran conservatives claim victory after record low turnout  17h12 23 février
Iran’s conservatives have claimed victory in a general election marked by the lowest turnout since the 1979 Islamic Revolution amid public anger against the government, an economic downturn and the disqualification of half the candidates.
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Italy, Iran widen coronavirus lockdown, South Korea on ’highest’ alert  13h10 23 février
A third person has died in Italy from the coronavirus, as the number of infections rose above 130. Officials have expanded quarantine measures in a bid to contain the outbreak in the north. Iran has also imposed lockdowns after eight deaths, while South Korea has raised its COVID-19 alert to the ...
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Togo counts ballots as opposition claims ’fraud’  12h24 23 février
Togolese officials have begun counting votes in a presidential election that is widely expected to keep the incumbent Faure Gnassingbé in office. But key challenger Agbéyomé Kodjo has insisted he could cause a shock upset - despite claiming fraud in Saturday’s poll.
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South Sudan rebel leader Machar sworn in as vice president  08h56 23 février
South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar has been sworn in as first vice president, formally rejoining the government in the latest effort to bring peace to a nation ravaged by war.
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Iran closes schools after fifth coronavirus death  17h14 22 février
Iran has ordered the closure of schools and universities in two cities hit by a coronavirus outbreak that has killed five people in the country - the highest number outside Asia. The move came as Iranian authorities reported one more death among 10 new cases of the virus.
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Calm as Togo votes in presidential election  17h10 22 février
Polling stations have opened in Togo in an election widely expected to see President Faure Gnassingbe claim a fourth term in power and extend his family’s half-century domination of the West African nation.
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Battling locusts on the frontlines of Ethiopia  14h43 22 février
East Africa continues to battle a locust invasion with Uganda scrambling to respond to the latest arrivals. In nearby Ethiopia, one of the frontline countries, swarms of such magnitude have not been seen in more than 60 years. Since then, the country has rolled out a defence system to limit the...
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Early results show Iranian conservatives in control of parliament  12h58 22 février
Conservatives appeared to be in the lead as the first results of Iran’s parliamentary election came in on Saturday, amid expectations of a low turnout after the disqualification of many candidates.
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Second European dies from coronavirus in Italy amid lockdown in north  08h36 22 février
A woman has died in northern Italy from the coronavirus, becoming the second European to succumb to the virus in as many days. The death of the first victim, a 77-year-old man in the Veneto region, came hours after 10 northern towns were placed under lockdown following a spike in new cases.
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WHO warns window of opportunity to stem virus narrowing as cases soar  18h41 21 février
The World Health Organization has warned that the window to stem the coronavirus outbreak is shrinking, against a background of concern over a surge in cases with no clear link to China.
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Haftar promises to protect Libya from Turkish invaders   16h02 21 février
Libya’s eastern military commander Khalifa Haftar has promised to fight Turkish forces if UN-led peace talks in Geneva break down.
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Paris Live Friday 21 February  15h28 21 février
In today’s edition of Paris Live we cross first to Brussels, where EU leaders are well into Day 2 of their summit to decide on the Bloc’s budget for the next 7 years with issues regarding EU cohesion and the infamous Common Agricultural Policy under scrutiny during the negotiations.
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Ukrainian president vows to save dog from coronavirus hell  15h22 21 février
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has promised to help a young woman who refused to board an evacuation flight out of virus-hit China without her small dog.
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Russia and Nato hail US-Taliban deal in Afghanistan  14h36 21 février
Russia and Nato on Friday hailed an agreement between the United States and the Taliban in Afghanistan that could lead to the end of America’s longest war.
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Lesotho PM no-show for court hearing over wife’s murder  13h57 21 février
Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane on Friday failed to turn up for a court hearing where he was expected to be charged with murdering his estranged wife. Thabane has left the country for South Africa to have a medical checkup, according to one of his aides.