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ESA launches four more satellites for Galileo constellation

November 17, 2016 - FRENCH GUIANA

The European Space Agency (ESA) launches four more satellites for its Galileo global positioning constellation from the Kourou spaceport, bringing the total to 18. Once up, the agency can offer preliminary service and deepen talks about interoperability and access.

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Morocco hosts pivotal climate change meeting after history made

November 17, 2016 - MOROCCO

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opens in Marrakesh in the afterglow of an historic agreement. Nov 4, the day the pact enters into force, marks the start of the next challenging phase.

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ICC holds assembly with landmark case to applaud

November 16, 2016 - NETHERLANDS

The 15th session of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court earned kudos for a prosecution in the Timbuktu desecration case. The court struggles with uneven success, accusations of bias against Africa and periodic questions about its relevance.

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France marks one year since terror attacks in Paris

November 13, 2016 - FRANCE

Exactly a year ago, gunmen and suicide bombers carried out a 180-minute reign of terror in Paris that left 130 people dead and sharpened the debate over the appropriate balance between civil liberties and security.

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New regional meeting anticipates post-oil era

November 13, 2016 - UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The inaugural Annual Meeting of Global Future Councils in Dubai is a sign of the times in the region, which is diversifying in anticipation of the so-called twilight of the oil age.

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Hungary could ban mandatory EU migrant quotas

November 8, 2016 - HUNGARY

Hungary’s parliament could amend the constitution to reject the European Union’s mandatory migrant resettlement following a referendum vote against the quotas, with the ban coming into force as early as mid-November.

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INTERPOL assembly might vote on Palestinian membership

November 7, 2016 - INDONESIA

A possible vote on Palestinian membership of the 190-nation policing body promises to enliven the mainly organizational proceedings at the 85th INTERPOL assembly in Bali. Member nation Israel and its allies in the organization oppose the bid.

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