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With Games gone, hard reality sets in for Brazil

22 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – Until now, people in Brazil had something to look forward to. Despite deep recession, a presidential impeachment, and a corruption scandal ensnaring the political and corporate elite, the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro shone on the horizon like a sliver... Read More

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Rainy Rio wraps up challenging Games on upbeat tropical note

22 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – A blustery storm, a touch of melancholy and a sense of pride converged at the closing ceremony of the 2016 Olympics on Sunday as Brazil breathed a collective sigh of relief at having pulled off South America's first Games. After a gruelling 17 days,... Read More

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Turkey's Erdogan blames child suicide bomber for wedding attack that killed 51

21 August 2016

GAZIANTEP, TURKEY – At least 51 people were killed when a suicide bomber aged between 12 and 14 attacked guests dancing on the street at a wedding party in the Turkish city of Gaziantep near the Syrian border late on Saturday, the Turkish President said. The attack... Read More

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US swimmer says Lochte played key role in Rio incident

20 August 2016

MIAMI/RIO DE JANEIRO – A US Olympic swimmer has accused his team mate, Ryan Lochte, of playing a key role in an incident that has tainted South America's first Games, saying he tore a poster off a wall and argued with armed security guards at a Rio gas station. In... Read More

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Poll: Clinton leads Trump by eight points

20 August 2016

NEW YORK – Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads Republican rival Donald Trump by eight percentage points among likely voters, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Friday. The Aug. 14-18 survey showed 42 per cent of Americans supported... Read More

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After years of delay, London's 'night tube' trains start running

19 August 2016

LONDON – The world's oldest underground rail network takes a big step forward this weekend when the "tube" starts all-night Friday and Saturday services after years of obstruction and delay. In a move bound to please revellers, shift-workers and insomniacs, two lines... Read More

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Brazil police pursue charges against US swimmers

18 August 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian police have recommended charging US Olympic swimming champions Ryan Lochte and Jimmy Feigen with giving false testimony, Brazilian TV said on Thursday, after authorities accused the pair of lying about being robbed at gunpoint. The incident... Read More

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Britain launches soft drinks sugar tax to fight obesity

18 August 2016

LONDON – Britain on Thursday said it would tax companies which sell sugary soft drinks and invest that money in health programmes for school children, part of a long-awaited strategy to curb childhood obesity that critics say is too weak. Drinks companies were also... Read More

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Turkey seizes assets as post-coup crackdown turns to business

18 August 2016

ISTANBUL – Turkish authorities ordered the detention of nearly 200 people, including leading businessmen, and seized their assets as an investigation into suspects in last month's failed military rebellion shifted to the private sector. President Tayyip Erdogan has... Read More

donald-trump

Trump shakes up struggling campaign; names CEO, campaign manager

17 August 2016

WASHINGTON – United States Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump moved to overhaul his troubled campaign on Wednesday, hiring the head of conservative website Breitbart News as chief executive officer and promoting a seasoned political operative to a senior... Read More

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Obama warns Democrats against overconfidence about Clinton victory

16 August 2016

CHILMARK, MASS. – Declaring he was tired of talking about Donald Trump, President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Monday not to grow too confident about their prospects in the 2016 election despite Hillary Clinton's strong position in the race for the White House. ... Read More

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New York police question man in killing of Muslim imam

15 August 2016

NEW YORK – New York City police said on Monday they were questioning a man about the fatal shooting of a Muslim cleric and his associate after prayers at a mosque in the borough of Queens, an attack that many in their Bangladeshi community insisted was a hate crime.... Read More

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Sunday Times: Brexit could be delayed to late-2019 as government not ready

14 August 2016

Britain's exit from the European Union could be delayed until at least late 2019 because the government was too "chaotic" to start the two-year process early next year, the Sunday Times reported, citing sources it said were briefed by ministers. Britain voted to... Read More

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Boko Haram video claims to show missing Nigerian school girls

14 August 2016

BAUCHI, NIGERIA – Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has published a video apparently showing recent footage of dozens of school girls kidnapped two years ago, and saying some of them have been killed in air strikes. Boko Haram seized more than 270 girls from their... Read More

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At least two dead, two injured as rains pound US Gulf Coast

13 August 2016

BATON ROUGE – Torrential downpours in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi caused flooding on Friday that killed at least two men, left two people injured and forced residents to evacuate homes throughout the region, officials said. Pounding rain over the past two... Read More

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US DEA denies petition to reclassify marijuana

11 August 2016

WASHINGTON – The US Drug Enforcement Administration on Thursday denied requests to loosen the classification of marijuana as a dangerous drug with no medical use. The decision is the DEA's response to a 2011 petition by two former state governors who had urged federal... Read More

hillary-clinton

Clinton blasts Trump for 'casual inciting of violence'

10 August 2016

WASHINGTON – Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Wednesday accused Republican opponent Donald Trump of inciting violence with his call for gun rights activists to stop her from nominating liberal US Supreme Court justices. Clinton's comments added... Read More

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Europe's migrant crisis still simmers

10 August 2016

ATHENS/ZAGREB – A year after hundreds of thousands of refugees snaked their way across southeastern Europe and onto global television screens, the roads through the Balkans are now clear, depriving an arguably worsening tragedy of poignant visibility. Europe's migrant... Read More

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Brazil police investigate possible Pokemon angle in boy's drowning

09 August 2016

Police are investigating the possibility that a nine-year-old boy who drowned in a river in southern Brazil was playing Pokemon Go at the time and said on Tuesday they would sue the maker of the popular mobile game if that were the case. Two nine-year-old boys were... Read More

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Delta Air Lines to cancel nearly 250 flights on Tuesday

09 August 2016

Delta Air Lines Inc. said it was cancelling nearly 250 flights on Tuesday as it looks to restore operations after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday, causing the cancellation of about 1 000 flights. "We were able to bring our systems back on line and... Read More

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Japan's emperor gives remarks suggesting he wants to abdicate

08 August 2016

TOKYO – Japanese Emperor Akihito, 82, in a rare video address to the public on Monday, said he worried that age may make it difficult for him to fully carry out his duties, remarks widely seen as suggesting he wants to abdicate. Public broadcaster NHK reported last... Read More

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