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Brazil to host first Indigenous Peoples World Games

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April 24, 2015 03:39 pm

(Reuters) - A year after hosting the soccer World Cup and a year before staging the Summer Olympics, Brazil is set to stage a new international event -- the Indigenous Peoples Wor...


Genome study reveals lonely end for the world's woolly mammoths

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April 24, 2015 03:08 pm

(Reuters) - The most complete genetic information assembled on woolly mammoths is providing insight into their demise, revealing they suffered two population crashes before a final...


Switzerland is the world's happiest country, researchers say

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April 24, 2015 03:04 pm

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Switzerland has the world's happiest people, according to researchers in a study released on Thursday. In the annual World Happiness Repo...


World's first malaria vaccine moves closer to use in Africa

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April 24, 2015 11:31 am

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first malaria vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L), could be approved by international regulators for use in Africa from October after final tria...


Report says Germanwings co-pilot lied to doctors about medical leave

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April 02, 2015 02:06 pm

April 2 — The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps allegedly lied to doctors, telling them he was on sick leave rather than flying c...


54 dead, scores missing as trawler sinks off Russian coast

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April 02, 2015 01:59 pm

April 2 — A rescue operation is underway after a 103-meter-long trawler sank off the Russian coast late yesterday night. The Russian freezer trawler ‘Dalniy Vostok,’ sunk ...


John Lennon's first wife Cynthia dies

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April 02, 2015 10:50 am

Cynthia Lennon, the late John Lennon's first wife, whose existence was once largely hidden from early Beatles fans, has died. She was 75 and suffered from cancer, foreign media rep...


Cameron visits Queen to signal UK election campaign start

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March 30, 2015 05:45 pm

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron arrived at Buckingham Palace for a private audience with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday that signals the official start of Britain...


Thai carriers face safety scrutiny, flights ban

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March 30, 2015 04:05 pm

BANGKOK,   AFP— Thailand admitted today it “urgently” needs to improve airline safety procedures as several carriers face bans on new international flights after a UN aviati...


Germanwings co-pilot had serious depressive episode: Bild newspaper

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March 27, 2015 07:39 pm

(Reuters) - The pilot who appears to have deliberately crashed a plane carrying 149 others into the French Alps received psychiatric treatment for a "serious depressive episode" si...


Australian icebreaker rescues ailing Antarctic base worker

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March 23, 2015 04:52 pm

AFP A seriously ill worker has been evacuated by helicopter from Australia's Antarctic station to an icebreaker ship in a dramatic round-the-clock rescue. The Aurora Australis, wi...


Richard III: English king starts final journey after remains found under car park

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March 23, 2015 12:45 pm

Dug out of a municipal car park five centuries after his battlefield death, England's Richard III has begun his final journey before receiving a burial fit for a king this week. ...


Magical views from top of the world for solar eclipse

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March 20, 2015 11:57 am

Longyearbyen (AFP) - All eyes will be on the skies Friday for a total solar eclipse expected to offer spectacular views, if only in the far northern Svalbard archipelago and Faroe ...


Thai Supreme Court accepts criminal case against former PM Yingluck

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March 19, 2015 02:52 pm

(Reuters) - Thailand's Supreme Court accepted a criminal case against ousted former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday on a charge of mishandling a multibillion dollar ...


Thousands to rally in India over nun gang-rape, says archbishop

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March 16, 2015 04:20 pm

AFP Thousands are expected to join a rally led by priests in India’s Kolkata later Monday in support of a 71-year-old nun who was gang-raped at her convent school, the city’s a...


Pakistan church attacks kill 14, spark deadly riots

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March 16, 2015 04:14 pm

AFP Fourteen people were killed and more than 70 injured when two Taliban suicide bombers attacked churches in Pakistan's Lahore on Sunday, sparking mob violence in which two other...


Simone Gbagbo: 'Iron Lady' of Ivory Coast

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March 10, 2015 11:42 am

ABIDJAN (AFP) - Ivory Coast's "Iron Lady" Simone Gbagbo, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday, basked in her role as the power behind the throne during her husband Laure...


French sports stars among 10 killed in Argentine crash

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March 10, 2015 11:28 am

Buenos Aires (AFP) - A group of French sports stars participating in a reality TV show were among 10 people killed when their helicopters collided in mid-air while filming in north...


Solar powered plan takes off in the first round the world flight

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March 09, 2015 01:19 pm

Abu Dhabi (AFP) - The first attempt to fly around the world in a plane using only solar power launched Monday in Abu Dhabi in a landmark journey aimed at promoting green energy tha...


Bangladesh activists protest US blogger's murder

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February 27, 2015 08:11 pm

AFP - Hundreds of protesters gathered in Dhaka on Friday to denounce the murder of a prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin hacked to death with machetes after he alleged...


Pearl Oscars dress stolen

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February 27, 2015 08:06 pm

AFP - The pearl-encrusted $150,000 dress worn by Kenyan star Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars last weekend was stolen from the actress's Los Angeles hotel room, police confirmed Thursd...


Help for young people to make sense of world news

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February 23, 2015 11:21 pm

MONDAY - A team of former Reuters correspondents is launching an online service to foster global understanding by helping young people around the world come to grips with inter...


Brazil water shortage: Sao Paulo devastated by its worst drought on record

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February 23, 2015 09:38 pm

AFP - As Brazil continues to battle a historic drought, millions of people in its largest city are about to run out of water. São Paulo, home to around 20 million, is experienc...


Explosion at oil company kills two in southern India

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February 23, 2015 09:20 pm

(AFP) - An explosion at lubricants maker Gulf Oil Corp s unit in southern India killed two people and injured at least 13 others late Monday, police said. Police said the explosi...


HSBC boss defends Swiss account as bank profits slump

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February 23, 2015 09:11 pm

(AFP) HSBC's boss on Monday fended off criticism about receiving his bonuses through a Swiss bank account held by a Panamanian-registered company, as the banking giant reported a 1...


Thai pair jailed for more than two years for royal slur in play

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February 23, 2015 08:27 pm

Bangkok (AFP) - Two young Thais accused of defaming the monarchy in a university play were jailed for two and a half years on Monday, as the ruling junta intensifies a crackdown un...


Frank Sinatra driver's licence and Kurt Cobain credit card up for auction

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February 20, 2015 08:43 pm

Online auction house Paddle8 has listed Frank Sinatra’s 1944 driver’s licence and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s credit card among items in its Legendary: Memorabilia from Ro...


India clears $8 bn plan to build warships

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February 19, 2015 02:33 pm

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India has cleared an $8 billion plan to build seven warships as part of a twin push to ramp up local production and counter an increasing assertive China, a defen...


Thai ex-PM Yingluck Shinawatra indicted over rice subsidy scheme

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February 19, 2015 02:31 pm

BANGKOK (AFP): Former Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra was formally indicted over a bungled rice subsidy scheme Thursday in the latest legal move against her polarising family that...


Vanilla ice charged with burglary, report say

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February 19, 2015 02:22 pm

Vanilla Ice was bailed out of jail after being arrested in connection with a home burglary, authorities said yesterday. The former rapper, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle...




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