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Lebanon holds parliamentary elections amid severe economic crisis

Beirut (The Times Groupe)- Lebanon holds parliamentary elections on Sunday amid an economic crisis that has pushed more than 75 percent of the population into poverty.

Sri Lanka down to its last day of petrol: New PM

Colombo (The Times Groupe)- Sri Lanka's newly appointed prime minister says that the cash-strapped island nation is running out of petroleum, and that it needs $75m in foreign exchange within the next few days to pay for essential imports, including medicine.

Turkish lira weakens for 8th day beyond 15.6 vs dollar

Ankara (The Times Groupe)- The Turkish lira slid 1% to beyond 15.65 against the US dollar on Monday, slipping towards the record-low levels it reached in December following a series of interest rate cuts, while a key measure of risk spiked to a record high.

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More than 160M children worldwide in child labor

World (The Times Groupe)- The International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF released a report on Wednesday showing more than 160 million children are working in child labor around the world.

Mercedes sold world’s most expensive car for $142 million

Berlin (The Times Groupe)- Mercedes-Benz announced Thursday that it recently sold the world's most expensive car. Mercedes-Benz sold a very rare 1955 SLR coupe in its collection to a private owner for €135 million, the equivalent of $142 million. Among the most expensive cars ever sold, it is the most expensive car Hagerty has ever tracked.

Belgium confirms 2nd monkeypox case in less than 24 hours

Brussels (The Times Groupe)- The Belgian health authorities held an emergency meeting on Friday following the detection of the second monkeypox case within 24 hours in the country.

Canada bans China’s Huawei Tech from 5G networks

Toronto (The Times Groupe)- Canadian wireless carriers will not be allowed to use Huawei equipment in their high-speed 5G networks, the government announced Thursday, joining allies in banning the giant Chinese technology company.

U.S. Monkeypox case reported, as U.K., Europe report infections in growing outbreak

Europe (The Times Groupe)- In the United States, a case of Monkeypox has been confirmed in a person who traveled to Canada recently. As of yet, no one knows if the man, who lives in Massachusetts and traveled to Canada by car, is connected to the Monkeypox outbreak in Europe.

More than 160M children worldwide in child labor

World (The Times Groupe)- The International Labor Organization (ILO) and UNICEF released a report on Wednesday showing more than 160 million children are working in child labor around the world.

Spain to allow girls over 16 to opt for abortions

Madrid (The Times Groupe)- A draft bill has been approved in Spain that would remove parental consent requirements for girls 16 and 17.

French premier Jean Castex resigns

Paris (The Times Groupe)- The French media reported on Monday that Prime Minister Jean Castex had resigned.

Saudi king leaves hospital after completing treatment plan

Ryadh (The Times Groupe)- Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz has left the hospital, the Saudi Royal Court announced in a statement on Sunday.

Somali parliament elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president

Mogadishu (The Times Groupe)- Somali lawmakers from both houses of parliament gathered in a hangar inside heavily fortified Mogadishu International Airport Sunday to elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as president, defeating incumbent Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as Farmajo.

World leaders offer condolences; Macron met UAE president

Abu Dhabi (The Times Groupe)- The UAE's new president met with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron while other global leaders continue to arrive in Abu Dhabi to pay tribute to his late brother, the former ruler.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Al Zayed elected UAE president

Abu Dhabi (The Times Groupe)- Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan has been elected president of the United Arab Emirates a day after his death.

G7 calls on Taliban to stop restricting women’s rights

Paris (The Times Groupe)- The Group of Seven (G7) foreign ministers said on Thursday that the Taliban's increasing restrictions on women and girls' rights in Afghanistan are isolating the country.

UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed dies at 73

Abu Dhabi (The Times Groupe)- The Ministry of Presidential Affairs of the United Arab Emirate announced on Friday that Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan had passed away.

PKK sympathizers attack Turkey’s Consulate General in Paris

Paris (The Times Groupe)- PKK sympathizers attacked Turkey's Consulate General in Paris on Thursday, diplomatic sources said.

Danish far-right leader burns Quran under police protection in Sweden

Copenhagen (The Times Groupe)- The Danish far-right Stram Kurs (Hard Line) party leader burned a copy of the Quran in Sweden on Thursday under police protection.

Iran blocks internet access amid cost of living protests

Tehran (The Times Groupe)- Watchdog organization Netblocks announced Iran has begun forcibly restricting internet access amidst an outburst of public protests.

Al Jazeera’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh killed in Israeli raid

West Bank (The Times Groupe)- Al Jazeera’s journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the face while covering an Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

Strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake jolts northwestern Argentina

Buenos Aires (The Times Groupe)- A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake occurred late Tuesday in northern Argentina, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

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