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French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit at the Europa building in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. EU leaders meet for a second day on Thursday to discuss migration, cybersecurity and more discussion on stalled Brexit talks.
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A worker cleans the cage of a zebra at Safari Zoo Park in Mbrostar, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) south of Tirana, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. Albanian authorities have temporarily blocked the operation of the private zoo park, after the malnourishment of some lions and zebras.
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Trader Sal Suarino works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), speaks to the media after the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee on Ebola in Congo, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. The World Health Organization says it is “deeply concerned” by the ongoing Ebola outbreak in Congo but the situation does not yet warrant being declared a global emergency. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)
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By the Marine Nationale, a Tunisian ship and a Cypriot ship are seen after a collision in the Mediterranean Sea north of Corsica island. France’s Ecology ministry said oil pellets have reached beaches near Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera on Wednesday, Oct. 17, ten days after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica. The sites are closed to the public and agents are going to be mobilized to collect the pellets, the statement said. (Benoit Emile/Marine Nationale via AP, file)
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In this July 2012 photo provided by Laure Gauthiez, scientists Vickie Bennett, Allen Nutman and Clark Friend examine rocks in Greenland. A new study says what were billed as the oldest fossils on Earth may just be some rocks. Two years ago, a team of Australian scientists, including Nutman, found odd structures in Greenland that they said were partly a leftover from microbes that lived on an ancient seafloor. The tiny structures were said to be 3.7 billion years old. But different researchers concluded in a study published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, that the structures were likely not fossils. The Australian scientists defended their work. (Laure Gauthiez/The Australian National University via AP, File)
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Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., talks about the Model X car at the company's headquarters, in Fremont, Calif. Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. says it has secured land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions. The company said it signed an agreement on a 210-acre (84-hectare) site.
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Residents of Trebes, southern France, clean their properties from mud the day after floods hit the town Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. French officials say flash floods that swept through the southwest Aude region largely claimed elderly victims, who were seemingly caught off guard by the sudden torrents.
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In this frame from video from NASA TV, NASA astronaut Nick Hague, who survived the Oct. 11, 2018, failed launch and emergency landing, speaks Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, from the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. Hague and Russian Alexei Ovchinin were two minutes into their flight last Thursday from Kazakhstan to the International Space Station when the Soyuz rocket failed. (NASA TV via AP)
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Astronaut 'needed to stay calm' as launch failed
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Olympia's captain, Commander Nikos Polychronakis, gives instructions to the visitors at Saronic gulf in southern Athens. The 37-meter (121-foot) wooden vessel moored off southern Athens is an experimental reconstruction of the trireme, the sleek ancient Greek warship that halted a Persian invasion of Europe and ruled the Mediterranean for centuries. Every summer, visitors can get a whiff of life in the galleys 2,500 years ago by joining the crew of the Olympias _ and work up a sweat rowing it.
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Meghan the Duchess of Sussex receives native flowers from 4-year-old Findlay Blue after she and Prince Harry officially opened the Taronga Institute of Science and Learning at Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. (Peter Parks/Pool via AP)
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An Opel logo of an Opel Grandland at the Opel headquarters in Ruesselsheim, Germany. German prosecutors said Monday Oct. 15, 2018, that law enforcement officials have conducted searches at automaker Opel as part of an investigation into suspected manipulation of diesel emissions.
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A fracking protester sits outside energy firm Cuadrilla's site in Preston New Road, Little Plumpton, in Lancashire, England, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. The protesters have said their fight has just "got serious" as the controversial process is due to get underway in Lancashire. Police closed off the road on Monday morning as about 50 protesters gathered outside the site ahead of the start of the hydraulic fracturing process. (Peter Byrne/PA via AP)
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A woman shelters from the rain under a umbrella as a surfer walks past along at Zurriola beach, in San Sebastian, northern Spain, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. A weakened hurricane Leslie slammed into the coast of Portugal, leaving 27 people injured as it uprooted trees, brought down power lines and smashed store windows with gusting winds and heavy rain. Leslie moved east Sunday across the Iberian Peninsula to Spain, where authorities issued warnings for heavy rains and storm conditions for the northern part of the country.
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People watch as waves crash against the harbour wall, in Porthcawl, South Wales, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
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In this photo provided by Roscosmos, Russian cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin, center, and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague, center left, arrive in Baikonur airport, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, after an emergency landing following the failure of a Russian booster rocket carrying them to the International Space Station. (Roscosmos via AP)
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In this photo provided by Russian Defense Ministry Press Service, the Soyuz MS-10 space capsule lays in a field after an emergency landing near Dzhezkazgan, about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur, Kazakhstan, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos' Alexei Ovchinin lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, but their Soyuz booster rocket failed about two minutes after the launch. (Russian Defense Ministry Press Service photo via AP)
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A boy walk along the street after flooding in Sant Llorenc, Mallorca, Spain, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. Spanish rescuers have found the bodies of a German couple that went missing after a destructive flash flooding that killed at least 10 more earlier this week in Mallorca and are still looking for a missing child.
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Britain's Prince William, officially opens the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference at St James' Palace in London, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2018. The 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference is the fourth such international conference bringing together heads of state, ministers and officials from nearly 80 countries, alongside NGOs, academics and businesses, to build on previous efforts to tackle this lucrative criminal trade. (Tolga Akmen/Pool via AP)
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Tourists from Taiwan take photographs with the closed Acropolis ancient site in the background in Athens, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018 during a 24-hour strike called by a Greek union representing staff at the country's ancient site. The union accused the Greek government of failing to list publicly-owned properties that have been transferred to a powerful privatization fund created during the country's international bailouts.
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United States' Mikaela Shiffrin competes in the women's combined slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea. Turns out, even two-time World Cup overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin gets nervous in the start gate. It first struck her two years ago and hit her again before the Olympic slalom race last winter when she finished fourth.
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A man identified as Alexander Petrov attends his first public appearance in an interview with the RT channel in Moscow, Russia. Investigative group Bellingcat reported Monday Oct. 8, 2018 on its website that the man British authorities identified as Alexander Petrov is actually Alexander Mishkin, a doctor working for the Russian military intelligence unit known as GRU. The other suspect in the March nerve agent attack on Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, — Ruslan Boshirov. — is a decorated Russian agent named Anatoliy Chepiga, Bellingcat reported last month. (RT channel video via AP, File)
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Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal works with residents to clear the mud from their houses after flooding in Sant Llorenc, 60 kilometers (40 miles) east of Mallorca's capital, Palma, Spain, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. Torrential rainstorms that caused flash flooding of water and mud on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed at least nine people, authorities said on Wednesday.
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