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US rail operator Amtrak on Friday awarded a $2.0 billion (1.8 billion euros) contract to French manufacturer Alstom to supply new high-speed trains for its key Acela service between Washington, New York and Boston.
Police in Bangladesh killed three suspected militants Saturday, including an alleged mastermind of a major attack on a café last month that left 20 people dead.
The United States and Russia failed on Friday to reach a breakthrough deal on military cooperation that would restore a nationwide cessation of hostilities in Syria.
Tunisia's parliament on Friday resoundingly approved the unity government of Youssef Chahed, backing a new cabinet line-up which will have to tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges.
Gabon's President Ali Bongo is looking to extend his family's rule past the 50-year mark by winning a second term in Saturday's election, but a last-minute pact between feuding opponents has given the race a measure of suspense.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday inaugurated Istanbul’s third bridge over the Bosphorus Strait dividing Europe and Asia, delivering on a controversial campaign promise.
US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia's Sergei Lavrov sought on Friday to finalise an agreement on fighting Islamist militants in Syria as the first evacuees left a besieged Damascus suburb under a plan criticised by the UN.
The contest to pick a presidential nominee among France’s right-wing camp is shaping up as a battle between former president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé, with Islam’s place in France the hot issue of the primaries.
France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on full-body burkini swimsuits in a southern French town amid shock and anger worldwide after some Muslim women were ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.