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New British banknote marks Jane Austen bicentenary

July 18, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

English author Jane Austen replaces Charles Darwin on the British £10 note and £2 coin, 200 years after her death. Her literary classics, such as Pride and Prejudice, have been translated into dozens of languages including Hebrew and Japanese.

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South Sudan announces winner of open tender for petroleum audit

July 17, 2017 - SOUTH SUDAN

The world’s newest nation, eager to boost oil production, announces which company it will assign to produce an audit of its petroleum sector. Already a major producer, the warring country is under fire at the United Nations for spending oil revenue on weapons and not on famine relief.

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Legislators elect next President of India

July 17, 2017 - INDIA

The electoral college vote for President of India must be held before the July date, when Pranab Mukherjee’s term expires. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes for enough political capital from recent state elections to pick the incumbent’s replacement.

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Osprey breeding project begins in southern England

July 15, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

A five-year project that aims to restore ospreys to their former breeding grounds in the south of England is due to get underway in July. The scheme involves transferring six week-old chicks from sustainable populations in Scotland to Poole Harbour in Dorset, on the south coast.

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France votes on extending emergency law

July 15, 2017 - FRANCE

The fifth extension of the country’s state of emergency is due to expire, with no sign that it will. The issue will be one of the first for newly-elected French president Emmanuel Macron, who took office in May.

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Dubai introduces passenger drone service to the world


Dubai can claim the distinction of being first in the world to introduce a drone passenger-carrying service. The pilotless aircraft can carry an individual weighing up to 100 kg (220 pounds) for up to 30 minutes.

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Bastille Day security plans must consider impact of May election results

July 14, 2017 - FRANCE

History offers a reminder that jihadists are not the only security concern at the military parade in Paris and at other Bastille Day celebrations around the country. The 2017 parade marks the 100th anniversary of the entry of the United States into World War I, and US President Donald Trump will review the parade with President Emanuel Macron.

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