Kate admitted to hospital

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May 02, 2015 01:00 pm

London (AFP) - Prince William's wife Kate was admitted to hospital on Saturday in the early stages of labour with the couple's eagerly-awaited second child, Kensington Palace said....

U.N. urges action from Maldives over trial of ex-president

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May 01, 2015 06:34 pm

MALE/GENEVA (Reuters) - A senior U.N. human rights official said on Friday she had visited jailed former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed for two hours in detention and urged the...

Hundreds of students seek refuge outside U.S. embassy in Burundi

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May 01, 2015 06:24 pm

BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Hundreds of students from a Burundi university shuttered by the government were seeking refuge outside the U.S. embassy in the capital on Friday, amid unres...

Woman who hit Venezuela leader with mango rewarded with new home

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April 29, 2015 02:14 pm

CARACAS (Reuters) - A woman who bashed President Nicolas Maduro on the head with a mango has been promised a new house for her troubles in a surreal tropical tale that has gone vir...

Bali Nine: Australian of Tamil origin to be executed tonight

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April 28, 2015 04:24 pm

(AFP) The mother of an Australian drug trafficker of Tamil origin on death row in Indonesia said on Tuesday he would be executed by firing squad at midnight local time (1am Wednesd...

Australia formally advised of imminent Indonesia executions-foreign minister

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April 28, 2015 06:59 am

SYDNEY, April 28 (Reuters) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she had received a letter from her Indonesian counterpart late on Monday advising her of the imminent e...

Global warming to blame for most heat extremes - study

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April 28, 2015 06:48 am

(Reuters) - Global warming is to blame for most extreme hot days and almost a fifth of heavy downpours, according to a scientific study on Monday that gives new evidence of how ris...

Google executive dies in Everest avalanche

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April 27, 2015 07:42 am

A Google executive climbing Mount Everest died after he sustained a major head injury when his climbing team was caught in an avalanche caused by the powerful 7.8-magnitude earthqu...

Everest avalanche video: Camera captured moment of impact as wall of snow hit base camp

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April 27, 2015 07:15 am

Survivors of Saturday's huge avalanche on Mount Everest have recounted the horrifying moments a wall of snow and ice bore down on their camp. Eighteen people are so far known to...

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...

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