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THE HAGUE -- A huge fire and explosions broke out at the site of the Royal Dutch Shell petrochemical plant in the Dutch city of Moerdijk on Tuesday evening.
Safety authorities in the region said one huge fireball and two big explosions were reported, but no fatalities were reported in the accident.
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CAIRO -- Egypt's presidential election commission on Tuesday officially announced ex-military chief Abdel- Fattah al-Sisi to be the new president of the most populous Arab state, after achieving a landslide victory over leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahy in the three-day polls held in late May.
"Presidential candidate Abdel-Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil al- Sisi got 23,780,104 votes, which represents 96.91 percent of the votes," Judge Anwar al-Assi, chairman of the election commission, announced at a press conference, adding that leftist leader Sabahy got 757,511 of the total valid votes, which represent about 3.1 percent. (Egypt-Election)
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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Normandy, France, on Friday on the sidelines of the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings in World War II, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov said here on Tuesday.
"The meeting will be held prior to the start of official events on the morning of June 6," Ushakov told reporters. (Russia-Germany)
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DAMASCUS -- Syria's presidential vote ended at midnight on Tuesday and the vote count has begun, according to the state-run SANA news agency.
The general election started at 7:00 a.m. local time (0400 GMT) on Tuesday and was previously scheduled to end at 7:00 p.m. local time (1600 GMT). But the Supreme Judicial Committee, tasked with overseeing the electoral process, later announced to extend the voting for another five hours until midnight on Tuesday, citing a "huge turnout." (Syria-Election)
Xinhua is China's state-run news agency.
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