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6.9-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Off Solomon Islands: USGS

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May 21, 2015 08:09 am

SYDNEY AFP:  A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued and no major da...


Women turned away at Cannes for not wearing heels

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May 20, 2015 04:15 pm

(AFP) Perhaps not since Cinderella lost a glass slipper at the ball has there been such a stir about glamorous footwear as there was on Tuesday in Cannes over a report that women h...


Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

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May 19, 2015 01:30 pm

Since in many species, sperm is males' only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows t...


U.S. museum returns Hanuman statue to Cambodia

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May 19, 2015 01:23 pm

A U.S. museum returned a 10th century statue of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman to Cambodia on Tuesday, saying research suggested it had probably been taken from the gate of an anci...


Indian child bride, faces $25,000 fine for rejecting marriage

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May 19, 2015 11:40 am

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The family of a 19-year-old Indian girl has been ostracised and fined 1.6 million rupees (15,932 pounds) by a village council after she rej...


Pope Francis extends agenda of change to Vatican diplomacy

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May 18, 2015 05:47 pm

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis' hard-hitting criticisms of globalisation and inequality long ago set him out as a leader unafraid of mixing theology and politics. He is now flexing ...


Thailand arrests suspected trafficker, ministers to meet on boat crisis

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May 18, 2015 05:43 pm

BANGKOK/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Thailand arrested the suspected kingpin of a human trafficking network on Monday, the latest bust in a crackdown on people smuggling that has trigg...


Johnny Depp's dogs face death in Australia

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May 14, 2015 04:00 pm

Sydney (AFP) - Johnny Depp's pet dogs Pistol and Boo face being put down unless they "bugger off" back to Hollywood after he brought them into Australia illegally on his private je...


Another earthquake hits Nepal

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May 12, 2015 01:47 pm

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck Nepal on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than three weeks after a quake devastated large areas of the Himalayan nation. The ...


Two killed as Typhoon Noul continues to batter Philippines

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May 11, 2015 08:43 pm

MANILA, REUTERS — Heavy rains and strong winds flattened houses on coastal areas as typhoon Noul crashed into the northeastern tip of the Philippines, killing two people and pro...


King's absence from US summit shows Saudi upset over Iran push

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May 11, 2015 08:28 pm

(REUTERS) The Saudi king's absence from a regional summit to be hosted by President Barack Obama shows how Gulf states, displeased by what they see as US indifference to Iranian me...


Australian PM's adviser says U.N. using climate change for 'new world order'

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May 08, 2015 01:29 pm

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's chief business adviser has accused the UnitedNations of using debunked climate change science to lead a new world order, provocative claim...


Bollywood's Salman Khan jailed for 5 years for deadly hit-and-run

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May 06, 2015 06:04 pm

Mumbai (AFP) - Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars, was sentenced on Wednesday to five years in prison for drunkenly killing a homeless man with his SUV in a 2002 hit-and...


Prince William, Kate Middleton Announce Name Of Royal Princess

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May 04, 2015 10:44 pm

 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen a name for their new daughter: Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Kensington Palace announced the name Monday, two days after Prince Will...


Australian police defend involvement in Indonesia execution case

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May 04, 2015 12:34 pm

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's police force on Monday defended its involvement in tracking an international drug smuggling network that culminated in the execution of two Australia...


Texas police shoot dead two gunmen at exhibit of Prophet Mohammad cartoons

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May 04, 2015 12:28 pm

(Reuters) - Texas police shot dead two gunmen who opened fire on Sunday outside an exhibit of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and ...


Nigeria’s offensive against Boko Haram slowed by landmines

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May 04, 2015 12:19 pm

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's military is confident it has Boko Haram cornered, but a final push to clear the Islamist militants from their forest hideouts is being hampered by landm...


Kensington Palace announces birth of baby girl for Kate

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May 02, 2015 04:25 pm

It's a princess! Duchess Kate of Cambridge safely delivered a baby girl at 8:34 a.m. Saturday London time. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered o...


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...






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