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BRUSSELS -- The European Commission on Wednesday unveiled its plan to meet the challenges posed by the United States'(U.S.) Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and keep up with a worldwide race in subsidy schemes for green industries.

Net-zero industries are most important in the fight against climate change, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said when presenting the Green Deal Industrial Plan. (EU-Green deal-IRA)

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WASHINGTON -- A funeral service for Tyre Nichols, who died last month after being beaten by police officers, was held in Memphis, in the southeastern U.S. state of Tennessee, on Wednesday afternoon.

Nichols, a 29-year-old African American man, was pronounced dead in hospital on Jan. 10, three days after a traffic stop by Memphis police. (US-Funeral-Police Brutality)

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CAIRO -- At least three people were killed and 32 others wounded in a fire that broke out Wednesday at a charitable hospital in the capital Cairo, said the Egyptian Health Ministry in a statement.

The accident took place at the radiology department of the hospital located in the El Matareya district and 12 ambulances were sent to the scene, according to the ministry's spokesman Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar. (Egypt-Fire)

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KIEV -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov said on Wednesday that he met French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss Ukraine's defense needs.

Describing the conversation as "frank and productive," Reznikov tweeted that the urgent operational needs of the Ukrainian army were on the agenda. (Ukraine-France) Enditem

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