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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...


Suicide bombing kills 4 at Pakistan police complex: report

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February 17, 2015 04:21 pm

LAHORE, Pakistan — An apparent suicide bombing killed at least four people outside a police complex in eastern Pakistan on Tuesday, officials said, in a rare attack on the relati...


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