Actor Omar Sharif, star of Doctor Zhivago, dies

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July 10, 2015 08:43 pm

(REUTERS) Actor Omar Sharif, best known for his title role as Doctor Zhivago in the Oscar-winning film, has died, Egyptian state television said. He was 83. The BBC also reporte...

Pope Francis has received a controversial gift from the Bolivian President

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July 10, 2015 03:18 pm

REUTERS The Vatican acknowledged it was taken by surprise to discover that a wooden hammer and sickle sculpture with a figure of a crucified Christ gifted to the Pope in Bolivia wa...

Syrian army says it's closing in on Islamic State in Palmyra

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July 10, 2015 11:12 am

The Syrian army said on Thursday it was closing in on Islamic State militants in control of Palmyra, in a major offensive to recapture the city of Roman ruins from the jihadists. ...

Thai PM defends decision to send Uighurs back to China

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July 10, 2015 11:09 am

Thailand's prime minister defended on Thursday a decision to forcibly return nearly 100 Uighur Muslim migrants to China despite rights groups' fears they could face ill-treatment, ...

EU sets July 20 deadline to reach deal on migration

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July 10, 2015 11:04 am

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union failed on Thursday to reach a deal to resolve a migration crisis in the Mediterranean, and instead set a deadline of July 20 to reach an a...

As deadline looms, Kerry says U.S. in no rush to get Iran deal

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July 10, 2015 10:53 am

The United States and other major powers are not in a rush to reach a nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday, suggesting an accord was unlikel...

Heavy fighting as Iraqi forces try to surround Falluja

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July 06, 2015 03:03 pm

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ite fighters and army troops made gains north of Falluja on Sunday but their efforts to seal off Islamic State militants in the city met heavy resista...

Egyptian army kills 63 militants in North Sinai - sources

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July 06, 2015 02:40 pm

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s military launched air strikes and ground operations that killed 63 Islamist militants in North Sinai on Sunday, security sources said, as the country ...

Iran nuclear talks could still 'go either way'

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July 06, 2015 01:16 pm

Vienna (AFP) - Top ministers were due to meet Monday seeking to conclude an unprecedented nuclear deal with Iran, on the eve of a deadline aiming to draw the curtain on almost two ...

Singapore's Botanic Gardens named World Heritage Site

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July 06, 2015 01:08 pm

(Reuters) — Singapore's Botanic Gardens was named as a cultural site on the World Heritage List on Saturday (July 4), with residents and tourists in the city state welcoming the ...

China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake

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July 03, 2015 08:11 pm

REUTERS China's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first ...

France refuses asylum request by Wikileaks founder Assange

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July 03, 2015 06:13 pm

( REUTERS) France on Friday rejected a request for asylum by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. Assange has been living for the past three years in Ecuador's London embassy, whe...

Islamic State attack kills over 100 in Egypt’s Sinai

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July 02, 2015 01:28 pm

(REUTERS) Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt’s North Sinai yesterday in a co-ordinated assault that killed more than 100 people – one of th...

Bangladesh arrests 12 suspected al Qaeda militants

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July 02, 2015 01:23 pm

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh security forces have arrested 12 suspected militants, including the chief of the al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), which claimed responsibility f...

Tunisia hunts for Libya-trained suspects after hotel attack

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July 02, 2015 01:14 pm

TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisian authorities have arrested 12 people they suspect are linked to the deadly Sousse beach hotel attack on foreign tourists, and are hunting for two men who ...

After wifi at the Taj, Modi revives campaign for 'digital' India

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July 01, 2015 02:01 pm

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India is reinvigorating an $18 billion campaign to provide fast internet connections for all, with a "digital week" aimed at popularizing Prime Ministe...

China adopts new security law to make networks, systems "controllable"

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July 01, 2015 01:23 pm

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber secur...

U.S., Iran presidents issue warnings as nuclear talks extended

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July 01, 2015 01:03 pm

REUTERS  - Iran and world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a nuclear accord, extending a deadline due to expire on Tuesday, while U.S. President Barack Obama said th...

Dubai says plans world's first 3D printed office building

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July 01, 2015 12:59 pm

REUTERS - Dubai said it would construct a small office building using a 3D printer for the first time, in a drive to develop technology that would cut costs and save time as the ci...

World Bank censures China for interfering in financial sector

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July 01, 2015 12:55 pm

(REUTERS) The World Bank on Wednesday censured China for the state's extensive interference in the financial system, saying it could stoke potential instability unless Beijing unde...

France cracks down on Uber after taxi driver protests

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June 26, 2015 11:16 am

PARIS (Reuters) - France ordered a nationwide clampdown on UberPOP on Thursday, siding with taxi drivers who blockaded major transport hubs in angry protests against the popular on...

China attacks U.S. rights record in annual report

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June 26, 2015 11:11 am

BEIJING (Reuters) - China accused the United States on Friday of being "haunted by spreading guns" and racial discrimination, in its annual tit-for-tat rebuttal to U.S. criticism o...

Malaysia jet makes emergency landing in Australia

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June 12, 2015 01:47 pm

MELBOURNE (AFP) - A Malaysia Airlines passenger flight made an emergency landing in Melbourne on Friday due to an engine problem, Australian authorities said. Flight MH148 depar...

World Naked Bike Ride: Hordes of nude cyclists set to descend on London for protest against car culture

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June 12, 2015 01:44 pm

Hundreds of cyclists in London are set to strip naked and mount their bikes for an unusual protest against car culture and oil dependency on Saturday. The London sta...

Rupert Murdoch's sons set to Fox trot

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June 12, 2015 01:26 pm

Media titan Rupert Murdoch’s reported plans to hand over the reins of 21st Century Fox Inc. to his two sons came as little surprise yesterday to analysts and people in the indust...

Sir Christopher Lee horror master and renowned film villain, dies at 93

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June 11, 2015 07:37 pm

Sir Christopher Lee, the British actor who mastered horror and Dracula roles before his turns as a Bond villain and the wizard Saruman in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, died th...

South Korea government says ready to counter economic impact of MERS

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June 08, 2015 01:56 pm

SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean government on Monday said it is ready to take swift measures to counter the negative effects on its economy from an outbreak of a deadly respirat...

Search resumes in Nepal trekking village, 53 bodies found

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June 08, 2015 01:26 pm

(REUTERS) Nepali soldiers and police have recovered the bodies of 53 trekkers and villagers buried in avalanches set off by an earthquake in April, and were digging through snow an...

Massive cyber attack hits U.S. federal workers, probe focuses on China

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June 05, 2015 09:51 am

(REUTERS) Hackers broke into U.S. government computers, possibly compromising the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees, and investigators were probing wh...

Fresh cases, 900 schools closed in S. Korea MERS outbreak

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June 04, 2015 04:53 pm

AFP Hundreds of schools closed Thursday in South Korea as officials struggled to ease growing panic over an outbreak of the MERS virus that has infected 35 people, killed two and c...

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