Saudi Arabian king leaves France after holiday controversy

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August 03, 2015 12:40 pm

Saudi Arabian King Salman left the south of France for Morocco on Sunday, cutting short a planned three-week stay after a petition from some 150,000 residents over the closure of...

Taiwan school textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

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August 03, 2015 12:17 pm

(REUTERS) Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of ...

Tributes pour in for UK singer, TV star Cilla Black

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August 03, 2015 12:04 pm

London (AFP) - The world of showbiz was in mourning Sunday for Cilla Black after the death at 72 of the 1960s pop star, who was championed by The Beatles and later became one of Br...

Zimbabwean lion Cecil features on Empire State Building

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August 03, 2015 11:48 am

(AFP) A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling display...

Cecil the lion lights up New York's Empire State Building

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August 03, 2015 11:24 am

(AFP) A giant picture of the beloved Zimbabwean lion killed by an American trophy hunter was among images projected onto the Empire State Building in New York in a dazzling display...

Zimbabwe calls for extradition of Cecil the lion's killer

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July 31, 2015 08:18 pm

REUTERS The American dentist who killed Cecil the lion was a "foreign poacher" who paid for an illegal hunt and he should be extradited to Zimbabwe to face justice, environment min...

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam laid to rest

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July 30, 2015 03:25 pm

The mortal remains of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, were taken from his ancestral house in Rameswaram to the local mosque ahead of the funeral as thousands ...

Malaysia says almost certain debris found off Madagascar is from a Boeing 777

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July 30, 2015 03:03 pm

(REUTERS )Malaysia is "almost certain" that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heighteni...

'Undeterred' Facebook to expand programme in India

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July 28, 2015 12:30 pm

Undeterred by the criticism from Net neutrality activists in India, social networking giant Facebook today said it will expand its programme to offer free basic Intern...

Egypt ranks fourth in the world for most sued by investors

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July 28, 2015 11:35 am

(AFP) Egypt ranks fourth among countries most sued by investors, according to data from the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The data, released in a ...

Obama meets Lucy, an ancient 'ancestor,' in Ethiopia

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July 28, 2015 11:11 am

(REUTERS) Barack Obama came to Africa partially to connect with the continent of his forefathers. On Monday, he met an ancestor of an altogether different kind: "Lucy," the 3.2 ...

China starts assembling world's biggest radio telescope

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July 24, 2015 03:00 pm

Beijing (AFP) - China has started assembling the world's largest radio telescope, which will have a dish the size of 30 football pitches when completed, state media reported as Bei...

Gunman opens fire at Louisiana theater, kills 3, injures 7

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July 24, 2015 01:01 pm

(REUTERS)  A lone gunman opened fire inside a crowded movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, on Thursday evening, killing two people and injuring seven others before taking his ow...

Thai general among 72 indicted over human trafficking

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July 24, 2015 12:44 pm

BANGKOK AFP: Thailand on Friday said it would indict 72 people including a senior army officer over human trafficking after the grim trade in migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh r...

Malaysia blocks website critical of PM and state fund

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July 20, 2015 03:40 pm

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) :  Malaysian authorities have blocked access to a website critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak's government, saying the British-based news portal had viol...

China begins construction of 'world's tallest' dam

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July 16, 2015 11:42 am

Beijing (AFP) - China has begun building a 314-metre (1,030-ft) high dam which will be among the world's tallest, officials said, as the country massively expands hydropower. The ...

Iran deal reached, Obama hails step towards 'more hopeful world'

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July 16, 2015 11:40 am

Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, capping more than a decade of negotiations with an agreement that could transform the Middle East. U.S. Presid...

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' found guilty by German court

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July 16, 2015 11:35 am

LUENEBURG, Germany (Reuters) - A 94-year-old German man known as the "bookkeeper of Auschwitz" was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in the murder of 300,000 people at...

U.S. considering drones in North Africa to monitor Islamic State: WSJ

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July 13, 2015 11:17 am

REUTERS The United States is holding discussions with countries in North Africa about locating drones at a base there to heighten monitoring of Islamic State in Libya, the Wall Str...

Pope closes South America trip urging youths to 'make a mess'

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July 13, 2015 10:57 am

(REUTERS)  Pope Francis left for Rome on Sunday at the end of a trip to South America during which he censured capitalism, championed the rights of the poor, warned of irreversibl...

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 ...

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