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On World Toilet Day, one billion people have nowhere to go

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November 17, 2015 07:11 pm

Some 2.4 billion people around the world don't have access to decent sanitation and more than a billion are forced to defecate in the open, risking disease and other dangers, accor...


U.S. firefighter gets world's most extensive face transplant

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November 17, 2015 05:15 pm

A volunteer firefighter from Mississippi whose face was burned off during a home fire rescue received the world's most extensive face transplant, New York University Langone Medica...


French police carry out 150 raids targeting suspected Islamists

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November 16, 2015 02:55 pm

Paris (AFP) - French police have carried out "more than 150" raids on suspected Islamists since the attacks on Paris, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Monday, as a source in the so...


US, France Agree on ‘Concrete Steps’ Against ISIS

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November 16, 2015 02:50 pm

AFP). The defense ministers of France and the United States agreed Sunday on “concrete steps” to intensify cooperation against the Islamic State group, the Pentagon said. US...


France launches major air strikes against ISIS in Syria

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November 16, 2015 02:46 pm

PARIS/BRUSSELS REUTERS - French warplanes pounded Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday as police in Europe widened their investigations into coordinated attacks in Paris that...


Islamic State claims Paris attacks that killed 127

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November 14, 2015 09:47 pm

REUTERS Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris, which President Francois ...


Canada's Miss World aspirant to keep mum on rights if let into China: Organizer

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November 13, 2015 03:11 pm

Reuters The chief executive of Miss World Canada said on Thursday its finalist in the beauty pageant, a human rights activist, has agreed not to speak about rights abuses in China ...


Skate-boarding dog, runner on all fours mark World Records Day

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November 13, 2015 02:53 pm

From a dog skate-boarding through a tunnel of human legs to a man holding lit candles in his mouth, people around the world have been marking Guinness World Records Day with a rang...


World leaders laud Myanmar election as Suu Kyi secures majority

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November 13, 2015 02:47 pm

REUTERS The party of democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi has won a majority in Myanmar's parliament, the election commission said on Friday, giving it enough seats to elect its cho...


India's 'medicine man' brings pills to the poor

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November 09, 2015 01:43 pm

NEW DELHI AFP: It’s early morning but already “Medicine Baba” Omkarnath Sharma is pounding the pavement in one of New Delhi’s upscale neighbourhoods, collecting the wellhe...


Obama, Netanyahu set for first talks since Iran deal

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November 09, 2015 01:36 pm

(REUTERS) U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet on Monday for the first time since the Israeli leader lost his battle against the Iran nuclear deal...


As floods hit, Pakistan's Kalasha people fear for their way of life

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November 09, 2015 01:27 pm

CHITRAL, Pakistan, Nov 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For Akram Hussain, unprecedented monsoon floods that drenched his Hindu Kush mountain valley this year were a danger to more...


Myanmar ruling party chief concedes defeat to Suu Kyi's opposition

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November 09, 2015 01:23 pm

HINTHADA, Myanmar (Reuters) - The acting chairman of Myanmar's ruling party conceded defeat to Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition on Monday and said he would accept the result of the co...


China slams US warship sail-by near artificial islands

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October 27, 2015 02:17 pm

The United States defied China Tuesday by sending a warship close to artificial islands the rising Asian power is building in disputed waters, prompting Beijing to furiously denoun...


Saudi prince detained in record drug bust in Lebanon

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October 27, 2015 02:04 pm

© Michaela Rehle - Newscom/Reuters Confiscated amphetamines A Lebanese official says a Saudi prince and four others have been detained at Beirut airport in a major drug bust. H...


Pope Francis has a new album coming in November

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October 21, 2015 01:29 pm

On Nov. 27, Pope Francis will release “Wake Up!” a collection of his speeches set to music. While much has been made of Francis’ dropping a prog-rock album, that’s not ...


Israel, U.S. signal security ties back on track after Iran feud

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October 19, 2015 04:38 pm

(REUTERS) Israel and the United States signaled on Sunday they were starting to put disputes over theIran nuclear deal behind them, announcing resumed talks on U.S. defense aid fo...


Venezuela's president calls for prosecution of business leader Mendoza

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October 19, 2015 04:11 pm

(REUTERS) Venezuela's president on Sunday urged legal action against billionaire businessman Lorenzo Mendoza over a phone call which airs the possibility of an international bail...


Britain to host China's Xi on first state visit

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September 29, 2015 02:27 pm

REUTERS Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to Britain next month, the British government said on Tuesday, 10 years after the last such visit by a Chinese ...


Facebook, Silicon Valley like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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September 28, 2015 02:21 pm

  MENLO PARK, Calif. — On Facebook's campus on Sunday, two of the world's most powerful men used the high-tech company's pulpit to promote a mutually beneficial platform...


Pope Francis ditches lunch with Congressmen, to eat with 300 homeless people in Washington

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September 24, 2015 12:41 pm

Pope Francis could have lunch anywhere he likes in Washington on Thursday. He’s going to share it with homeless people. He might even help to serve the meal. The pontiff will ...


Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt reportedly too adopt a Syrian child

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September 23, 2015 11:30 am

The enviably perfect family of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is reportedly set to add a new member soon. Jolie and Pitt are claimed to be in the final stages of the adoption process...


India's tribal communities spin their way out of poverty

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September 02, 2015 02:31 pm

BANKA, India, Aug 31, 2015 (AFP) - Pointing to a television in her recently built mud and brick home, Indian villager Munia Murmu proudly shows off her new-found wealth, thanks to...


Crashed Indonesian plane was carrying $500,000 in cash

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August 17, 2015 06:10 pm

(REUTERS) An Indonesian passenger plane that crashed with 54 people on board in Papua province was carrying cash worth around $470,000 for remote villages, a post office spokesman ...


Chinese dragon losing its shine for foreign firms

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August 10, 2015 05:19 pm

Beijing (AFP) - The once irresistible allure of the Chinese market to foreign multinationals is losing some of its lustre as slowing growth in the world's second-largest economy hi...


Taliban suicide blast at Kabul airport 'kills five'

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August 10, 2015 05:10 pm

Kabul (AFP) - At least five people were killed Monday when a Taliban suicide car bomber struck near the entrance of Kabul's international airport, the latest in a wave of lethal bo...


South Korea condemns North over land mine blast, vows retaliation

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August 10, 2015 05:03 pm

REUTERS South Korea's military on Monday threatened retaliation against North Korea after accusing the North of planting land mines inside the Demilitarised Zone border that woun...


The Most Dangerous Place for Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot Is on the Ground

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August 07, 2015 09:43 pm

Niloofa Rahmani’s rapid ascent has been a turbulent one. Her military career took off at the age of 18, when she joined the Afghan Air Force. That was in 2011, the first year wo...


Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

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August 07, 2015 09:37 pm

Dhaka (AFP) - A gang armed with machetes hacked a secular blogger to death at his home in Dhaka Friday, sparking protests in the capital over the fourth such murder in Bangladesh t...


French aid worker hostage freed in Yemen

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August 07, 2015 09:35 pm

REUTERS  - A Frenchwoman abducted in Yemen in February has been freed, French authorities said on Friday, adding that her captors had been about to kill her. Development worke...




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