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...

Turning back the clock - North Korea creates Pyongyang Standard Time

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August 07, 2015 09:31 pm

(REUTERS) North Korea is creating its own time zone, moving its clocks back by 30 minutes to mark the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese rule, the official KCNA n...

Migrant boat capsizes in Mediterranean, at least 25 dead

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August 06, 2015 01:25 pm

ROME (Reuters) - A boat packed with up to 700 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya on Wednesday and many are feared dead, officials and aid agencies sa...

Indonesia orders new Bali airport closure due to volcano

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August 06, 2015 01:19 pm

DENPASAR (AFP): Indonesian authorities ordered a fresh shutdown of the airport on the resort island of Bali Thursday (Aug 6), sparking flight cancellations and travel miser...

Taliban kill six in first major attack since power transition

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August 06, 2015 01:06 pm

Kabul (AFP) - A Taliban truck bomber killed six people in a province south of Kabul Thursday, officials said, in the first major attack since the insurgents confirmed the death of ...

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...

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