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American kidnapped in southern Niger, officials say
omersukrugoksu/iStock By CONOR FINNEGAN, AICHA EL HAMMAR CASTANO and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. citizen living in Niger has been kidnapped, a Nigerien Ministry of Defense source told ABC News.Philip Walton, 27, was kidnapped from his backyard in the West African nation after his assailants asked him for money but he only offered $40, according to the source. Walton lives with his wife and young daughter on a farm near Massalata, a small village in southern Niger near the country's border with Nigeria.A spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State confirmed to ABC News that an American...
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Muslim nations call for boycott of French products
Ramberg/iStock By IBTISSEM GUENFOUD, ABC News(PARIS) -- Several Arab countries are condemning French President Emmanuel Macron after he said he would propose legislation to tackle Islamist separatism and paid tribute to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered after showing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in class. Macron has previously called Islam a "religion in crisis."Thousands of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh and the Gaza Strip this week after Macron's comments led to social media channels being flooded with the hashtags #BoycottFrenchProducts and #NeverTheProphet.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan publicly called for the boycott of French products on Tuesday,...
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Almost 200 dogs rescued from South Korea dog meat farm land in US to find new homes
Ksenia Raykova/iStock By JON HAWORTH, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Almost 200 dogs have now arrived in the United States after being rescued from a dog meat farm in South Korea, according to the Humane Society International.The rescue effort was conducted by Humane Society International (HIS) at a dog meet farm in Haemi, South Korea, and included a total of 170 dogs from one farm -- including golden retrievers, a poodle, Korean jindos and mastiffs, Pomeranians, terriers and a Labrador -- as well as 26 other dogs from a previous dog meat market and farm rescue operation. Those 26 animals...
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US-brokered ceasefire for Armenia-Azerbaijan fails, as fighting continues
200mm/iStock By PATRICK REEVELL, ABC News(MOSCOW) -- A ceasefire brokered by the United States between Armenia and Azerbaijan appears to have collapsed without ever having taken hold, as heavy fighting continues between the two and Azerbaijan has appeared to seek to make military advances.The ceasefire was announced on Sunday to begin on Monday morning, but within minutes both sides accused each other of violating the agreement and fighting has intensified since.The truce was the third attempt in three weeks to establish a ceasefire first brokered by Russia to stop the war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed enclave of...
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The world is watching the US election. What are they thinking?
scyther5/iStock By ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The U.S. elections are just one week away and the eyes of the world are watching.Here are the views from over a dozen countries, reported by the ABC News team around the world from Sao Paulo to Seoul, Hong Kong to Havana.MexicoMexico is very pleased to be somehow absent from the 2020 campaign after serving as what many called an electoral piñata for Donald Trump in 2016.Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, or AMLO, has a good relationship with President Trump, but could have a better one with former Vice President Joe Biden as...
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Thieves steal nearly a half-ton of grapes from Canadian vineyard
barmalini/iStock By KELLY MCCARTHY, ABC News(ROUGEMONT, Quebec) -- As winemakers in Quebec prepared to harvest grapes after months of careful viticulture, they arrived to a depleted vineyard that had been picked over by thieves.The unknown suspects stole more than 1,0000 pounds of Vidal blanc grapes -- nearly half a ton, which equals almost 300 bottles -- the evening before harvest at Vignoble et Coteau Rougemont vineyard."We had nearly 500 kilograms of grapes stolen from the vineyard last night," the winery said Thursday in a Facebook post translated from French. "We met the police this morning to file a complaint. We...
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Poland’s new abortion law triggers broader discontent as women lead protests
Bigandt_Photography/iStock By TOMEK ROLSKI, ABC News(KRAKOW, Poland) -- “Poland is an example for Europe and the world,” chanted the hundreds of pro-life activists gathered outside the Constitutional Court in Warsaw last Thursday. Their outburst of enthusiasm came after the court had ruled to almost completely ban abortions.But on Tuesday, as on Monday, streets in large cities and small towns across Poland are blocked by not hundreds, but tens of thousands of people, mostly women, who are outraged by that restrictive court ruling.Tuesday is the sixth day women came out with placards reading “My body’s not an incubator” and “This is...
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Belarus opposition calls for national strike in what could be key test for protest movement
Viktorcvetkovic/iStock BY: PATRICK REEVELL, ABC NEWS (NEW YORK) —Workers and students across Belarus declared strikes on Monday, heeding a call for a national strike to try to force authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko to resign at the start of what could be an important week for the country's protest movement. The strike was called by Belarus' main opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, in response to Lukashenko ignoring an ultimatum to step down by Sunday night. The call to strike is seen as a potential major test of the strength of the protest movement to break a stalemate with Lukashenko, who has not...
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Huge crowds protest again in Belarus as opposition ultimatum for Lukashenko expires
Duminda Cooray/iStock BY: PATRICK REEVELL, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) -- Police used stun grenades and fired non-lethal weapons on Sunday to attack peaceful protesters in Belarus’ capital who are demanding the resignation of authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko.An estimated 100,000 protesters marched peacefully through Minsk in what appeared to be the largest demonstration in weeks. People were rallying ahead of an ultimatum set by the opposition for Lukashenko to step down from power.Police did not act against the crowds in Minsk for most of the day. But as darkness fell, videos posted by local media showed police attacking a large crowd with...
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Pope names US Archbishop Wilton Gregory 1st African American cardinal
piola666/iStock BY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC NEWS(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis on Sunday elevated Archbishop of Washington, D.C., Wilton Gregory, to cardinal, making him the first African American appointed to the red-hat conclave.The 72-year-old Gregory, who led the Roman Catholic Church's response to an internal sexual abuse scandal in the early 2000s, was one of 13 new cardinals named by Pope Francis during his noontime prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The cardinal nominees will be installed during a ceremony on Nov. 28."With a very grateful and humble heart, I thank Pope Francis...
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Ethiopian prime minister compared to Mandela now ruling with an iron fist
Smart/iStock BY: GUY DAVIES, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, 44, burst onto the international scene as a leading light in African politics when he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019.Abiy received the award primarily for his efforts in ending one of the continent's most protracted conflicts -- a decades-long frozen war between Ethiopia and neighboring Eritrea -- with the Nobel committee also commending his efforts to "build democracy" and his contributions to "peace and reconciliation" in East Africa."Over the past few months, Ethiopia has made historic investments in peace, the returns of which we will see...
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Trump lifts sanctions on Sudan as he announces deal between African nation and Israel
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour By CONOR FINNEGAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump formally notified Congress on Friday that his administration will remove Sudan from the list of state sponsors of terrorism, nearly 30 years after the African country was first listed.In a historic joint call afterwards, he also announced a "very special deal" between Israel and Sudan -- marking the third Arab country to move toward normalizing relations with the Jewish state in an election-season push by his administration.It's unclear if Sudan, which had pushed back on the White House efforts, is formally recognizing Israel or...
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