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Telecoms group Orange strikes cautious tone as French price war lingers on

PARIS (Reuters) – Orange, France’s number one telecoms operator, struck a cautious tone for 2019 due to a protracted price war in its home country and few chances that a merger between its rivals might improve market conditions. FILE PHOTO – The logo of French telecom operator Orange is seen on the facade of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, September 30, 2016. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier/File Photo Orange expected core operating profit to grow at a slower pace in 2019 than 2018, despite a good performance in its home country and…

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The toxic legacy of the Vietnam War

Agent Orange was the most notorious chemical defoliant sprayed by US forces over Vietnam to destroy jungles and vegetation during the Vietnam war. Agent Orange contained dioxin, one of the most toxic chemicals known to man. From the 1960s, doctors in Vietnam began to see a sharp rise in birth defects, cancers and other illnesses linked to exposure to Agent Orange Decades later, Vietnamese are still being affected. Witness speaks to Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong about her struggle against the toxic legacy of the war. Witness History: The stories…

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The Syrians returning home after years of fleeing war

After years of people fleeing Syria and its civil war, there are now long queues to enter the country each day. Jordan opened its Jaber border crossing last October after Syrian government troops defeated rebels who had controlled the other side. Now several thousand people pass through each day. They include small-scale merchants reviving cross-border trade and returning Syrian refugees who hope to rebuild their lives. Middle East Correspondent Yolande Knell spent a day at the crossing. Source link

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Abdul Deghayes death: Brother of Syria war pair stabbed to death

Image caption Mr Deghayes had a number of stab wounds when he was found in a car A man found stabbed to death in a car was the brother of two young men who died fighting in Syria, police have confirmed. Abdul Deghayes, 22, was in the passenger seat of a Volkswagen Polo which collided with other cars in Brighton on Saturday night. He died of his injuries at 06:30 GMT on Sunday. Mr Deghayes is the brother of British Muslim teenagers Abdullah, 18, and Jaffar, 17. The pair, from…

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Sick of Valentine’s? Museum adds woes of war to litany of lost love

ZAGREB (Reuters) – Fed up of red roses, choking on chocolates? Then ditch the Valentine’s Day delirium for a dose of reality at Zagreb’s Museum of Broken Relationships – expanded this year with bonds severed by war and all set to tour in Brexit-riven Britain. The Museum of Broken Relationships in the old town of the Croatian capital has exerted a strange pull since 2006 on tourists looking for a more offbeat experience. Its exhibits are donated by ordinary people who want to share what went wrong in their love…

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The weapons making nuclear war more likely

Image copyright Russian Defence Ministry The threat of nuclear war fills people with fear. Yet the increasingly blurred line between nuclear and conventional weapons is heightening the danger. Nuclear and non-nuclear weapons have never been entirely separate from each other. The B-29 bomber, for example, was designed and built to deliver conventional bombs. But on 6 August 1945 one of these aircraft, Enola Gay, dropped a nuclear weapon on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Seventy-four years later, nine countries now possess thousands of nuclear weapons, which are becoming increasingly entangled…

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Venezuela crisis: Guaidó ridicules ‘civil war’ threat

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhy Venezuela matters to the US… and vice versa Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has dismissed warnings from President Nicolás Maduro the country’s political crisis could spark civil war. Mr Guaidó has declared himself interim president and won support from major powers including the US. Mr Maduro said that whether there was war would depend on the “madness” of the US and its allies. But Mr Guaidó rubbished the suggestion as an “invention” of his presidential rival. Who is supporting whom in…

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Venezuela crisis: Maduro warns of civil war

Image copyright EPA Image caption Nicolás Maduro has retained the support of the Venezuelan military Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he cannot rule out the possibility of civil war as pressure mounts on him to stand down. In a TV interview, he warned that US President Donald Trump would leave the White House “stained with blood” if he intervened in the crisis. He also defiantly rejected the EU’s Sunday deadline to call snap elections. Opposition leader Juan Guaidó declared himself interim president last month and won US backing. He…

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Syria war: Aleppo building collapse kills 11

Image copyright AFP Image caption The war-damaged block was in a formerly rebel-held area that had been bombed before Syrian forces retook it At least 11 people including four children were killed when a war-damaged apartment block collapsed in the city of Aleppo, state media said. A child was the only survivor from the collapse in the formerly rebel-held area of Salaheddin, which was bombed by Syria and Russia before being retaken. Residents have been eking out a living in ruins across Syria, with little rebuilding taking place. Syria’s authorities…

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