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Three day's of national mourning in Iraqi

The Iraqi government has declared three days of national mourning after a huge bomb in the capital Baghdad killed at least 125 people and wounded about 150.A lorry packed with explosives was detonated in the Karrada district while families were shopping for the holiday marking the end of Ramadan.

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Australia leaders in talks with independent MPs

The leaders of Australia's two main political parties have begun discussions with independent MPs about forming a minority government.The result of Saturday's election is too close to call and the result will not be known until at least Tuesday.
At least 11 of 150 lower house seats remain in doubt.

The Australian Electoral Commission tally has Labor leading in 69 seats and the ruling Liberal-National coalition leading in 64 seats.
Five seats are listed as close, and another six as "not yet determined". Counting of pre-poll, postal and absentee votes will resume on Tuesday.
Despite being behind in the official tally, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said early on Sunday morning he still expected to get the 76 seats he needs to form a new administration. Postal votes are expected to favour his candidates

The Bangladeshi troops have rescued Sri Lankans who were held hostages by IS terrorists and admitted them to hospital for emergency treatment.


Sri Lanka's acting High Commissioner for Bangladesh Mrs Sesath Thambugala says the Bangladesh troops are engaged in rescue operation to free the hostages held by IS terrorists. Two of the hostages are identifies as Sri Lankans. The Bangladeshi troops have rescued these Sri Lankans and admitted to hospital for emergency treatment.

EU Trade Commissioner says no trade talks with Britain until it leaves the bloc.

The European Union's top trade official says the UK cannot begin negotiating terms for doing business with the bloc until after it has left. Cecilia Malmstrom stated after the Brexit, the UK would become a "third country" in EU terms.

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Turkey mourns after airport attack.


Turkey has observed a national day of mourning after a gun and suicide bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport killed 42 people, including 13 foreign nationals. Three attackers arrived in a taxi and began firing at the terminal entrance late on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister David Cameron says UK will not shun Europe.

Prime Minister David Cameron says Britain "will not and should not" turn its back on Europe as it leaves the European Union.After discussing the vote to leave with other EU leaders, he said trade and security co-operation would be vital whatever the shape of future links.But he said immigration was a "great concern" among UK voters and squaring this with access to the EU single market would be a "huge challenge".

Istanbul attack; Turkish President hopes it will become a turning point.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul and has expressed hope that the bombing becomes “a turning point” for the whole world to unite against terrorism.  He also disclosed initial findings indicate that ISIS bears responsibility. Erdogan pointed out the attacks, which took place during the holy month of Ramadan, shows that terrorism strikes with no regard for faith and values. He also expressed his condolences to the “citizens who lost their lives” and the entire nation. The Turkish president also said that he expects the world to demonstrate “a decisive stance” in the battle with terrorist organizations.

UK PM to face EU leaders over Brexit.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is to meet European Union leaders for the first time since the country voted to leave.

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France and Germany 'in agreement' over UK's EU exit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have said they are in "full agreement" on how to handle the fallout from the UK's decision to leave the European Union.

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United Kingdom's credit outlook cut to negative.


The United Kingdom has had its credit rating outlook downgraded to negative by the ratings agency Moody's after the country voted to leave the European Union. Moody's said the result would herald a prolonged period of uncertainty. Meanwhile, Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to speed up "divorce" talks with the EU after Brussels said exit negotiations should start immediately. EU head Jean-Claude Juncker said it was "not an amicable divorce", but it was "not a tight love affair anyway".