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Iraq suspends rice farming as water crisis deepens

A severe water crisis in Iraq has forced the government to suspend all cultivation of rice, a staple in the war-torn country’s diet. An unusually bad drought, coupled with new dam projects upstream of its main rivers, has led the government’s agriculture ministry to take the drastic step of halting all …

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‘Boris Becker is not one of our diplomats’

The Central African Republic has denied that it has given Boris Becker diplomatic status and suggested the former tennis star’s bankruptcy proceedings could tarnish its image.  Becker’s lawyers had claimed he had diplomatic immunity that would protect him from ongoing bankruptcy proceedings due to his recent appointment as the CAR’s Attache …

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Greece and Macedonia sign historic deal to end name row

Greece and Macedonia on Sunday signed a historic preliminary agreement to rename the small Balkan nation the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a row that has poisoned relations between the two neighbours since 1991. “This is a brave, historic and necessary step for our peoples,” said Greek Prime Minister Alexis …

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Japanese men no longer calling all the shots at home

Women are increasingly calling the shots in Japanese households, with the influence of husbands – not long ago the undisputed master of the home – in sharp decline. The latest edition of study conducted every decade by the Hakuhodo Institute of Life and Living shows that more than 30 percent …

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