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Britain better for our development than France, says Gabon as it joins Commonwealth

But the geopolitical shift comes as some surprise in Gabon where the president’s father and former president, Omar Bongo, had very close ties to France. France supported the regime and turned a blind eye to autocracy in exchange for loyalty and the chance to secure business interests in the country – a tactic it replicated …

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Frogs are being eaten to extinction … and the Germans are to blame

Europe’s voracious appetite for frogs’ legs has triggered an “extinction domino effect” on wild populations of the amphibians in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, wildlife campaigners warned on Thursday. France is notorious for its taste for “cuisses de grenouilles”, as frogs’ legs are known, but it is far from being the only EU country …

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Monterrey suffers weeks-long water cutoff amid drought

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The industrial hub of Monterrey has long been one of Mexico’s most prosperous cities, so its almost 5 million residents were shocked when they lost the most basic of services: water. A combination of an intense drought, poor planning and high water use has left residents of Mexico’s industrial powerhouse to …

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‘Arrogant’ Emmanuel Macron rejects PM’s resignation

The aim was to “build solutions to serve the French” at a time when there is no “alternative majority” to that of Mr Macron’s ruling alliance, said a presidential aide. After securing a second presidential term with a comfortable victory against Ms Le Pen in April, Mr Macron’s decision to effectively keep out of the …

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Sydney Harbor Bridge to fly Aboriginal flag – at a cost of £14m

The Aboriginal flag will fly permanently on the Sydney Harbor Bridge as part of a “healing process” and reconciliation efforts with Australia’s indigenous community, authorities announced on Sunday. The distinctive black, red and yellow flag will fly alongside the Australian flag and New South Wales state flag at the top of the landmark bridge. The …

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Nothing will stop gaffe-prone Joe Biden running for president in 2024, say ex-aides

“Nobody knows what to believe,” said one former official who worked with Mr Biden. “They don’t know, is this a new policy? Or is it just Joe being Joe and overstating something? “There’s confusion. Ultimately, it leads to a situation where staffers are not 100 per cent sure he meant what he said, or if …

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Everest base camp to shift location after 70 years due to climate change

The camp resembles a pop-up city and climbers will typically spend up to two months in their tents to acclimatise before attempting to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain, which stands at 8,849 meters above sea level. Like many Himalayan glaciers, global warming is causing the Khumbu glacier to melt at an alarming rate. …

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China launches home-made aircraft carrier with Taiwan-provoking name

Fujian will carry out mooring tests and navigation tests after the launch, state media said. The ship’s launch was initially expected on April 23 for the PLAN’s 73rd anniversary but was postponed at least twice due to strict Covid-19 lockdowns in Shanghai. Xi Jinping, China’s president, has made the military’s modernization one of his priorities. …

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