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Here are the top stories for Friday, August 9th: Trump voices optimism on background checks; Presidential candidate brings gun control message to Sen. Mitch McConnel’s home turf; Remains of missing Vietnam-era Air Force pilot returned to U.S.; Belgium zoo announces birth of rare twin giant pandas.

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Birth of giant pandas twins in Belgium | AFP

The Belgian animal park of Pairi Daiza announces the birth of two giant pandas babies, three years after the birth of a small male, Tian Bao, a first at the time in Belgium.

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Heatwave hits Italian capital | AFP

A new heatwave is hitting Italy with temperatures as high as 37 degrees in Rome. Forecasters predicted new temperatures highs in a string of countries, including Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, where the mercury is set to reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the first time on Thursday.

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Adorable baby elephant takes her first steps at Belgium zoo | AFP

Taking her first steps: An adorable baby Asian elephant is seen wobbling as she tries to stand just moments after being born. The new arrival is the fourth elephant to be born at the Pairi Daiza zoo in Belgium in six years. Elephant manager Rob Conachie says the zoo feels “very lucky”.

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The remains of DR Congo’s Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa | AFP

The remains of former DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa from Belgium for a funeral in his home country. Tshisekedi, a revered opponent of authoritarianism in the DR Congo, died in Belgium in 2017. His son, now President Felix Tshisekedi, had vowed to repatriate his remains.

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