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Blast destroys shop and home in English city, four taken to hospital
Blast destroys shop and home in English city, four taken to hospital
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  • 2018-02-25 21:56:06Z

By Andrew MacAskill LONDON (Reuters) - An explosion destroyed a convenience store and a home in the central English city of Leicester on Sunday, injuring at least four people, officials said. The city's fire department said it sent six fire engines after the reports of a large explosion and a building

Venezuelans recycle worthless bolivar bills into crafts
Venezuelans recycle worthless bolivar bills into crafts
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  • 2018-02-25 21:54:17Z

CUCUTA, Colombia (AP) - A family of Venezuelan immigrants to Colombia are repurposing their worthless bolivars into origami-made paper wallets, belts and even purses as the currency plunges further in value amid four-digit inflation.

Australia names new deputy prime minister
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  • 2018-02-25 21:52:08Z

By Colin Packham SYDNEY (Reuters) - Michael McCormack was on Monday elected Australia's new deputy prime minister after being selected as the leader of the country's National Party, the junior partner in the country's coalition government. McCormack replaces former deputy prime minister

Israeli navy kills Palestinian after boat breaches sailing limit, military says
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  • 2018-02-25 19:40:54Z

A Palestinian from the Gaza Strip died on Sunday after the Israeli navy fired on the boat he and two others were sailing in, a military spokeswoman said. The navy opened fire after the boat ignored warnings and strayed from a permitted fishing area in the northern Gaza Strip towards Israel, the spokeswoman

No waste spilled from Brazil's Alunorte factory -Norsk Hydro
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  • 2018-02-25 18:47:33Z

Aluminum producer Norsk Hydro said on Sunday it had found no evidence there had been a spill of waste into the environment from its Alunorte alumina refinery in Brazil's Para state and said the installation was operating as normal. On Friday Brazilian federal and state prosecutors recommended the

Man City hammer Arsenal to win first trophy of Guardiola era
Man City hammer Arsenal to win first trophy of Guardiola era
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  • 2018-02-25 18:46:47Z

Manchester City rolled back the years on Sunday to win the first trophy of the Pep Guardiola era with three of their veteran players scoring in an emphatic 3-0 win against Arsenal at Wembley. Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva were all on the scoresheet as City lifted the trophy for the

Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
Holiest church in Christianity closed in Israel tax dispute
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  • 2018-02-25 18:43:23Z

Christian leaders took the rare step on Sunday of closing Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built where tradition holds Jesus was buried, in protest at Israeli tax measures and a proposed property law. It was not clear how long the closure of the church, announced by Christian officials

Nigeria says 110 girls unaccounted for after Boko Haram attack
Nigeria says 110 girls unaccounted for after Boko Haram attack
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  • 2018-02-25 18:23:22Z

By Felix Onuah ABUJA (Reuters) - One hundred and ten girls are missing after an attack on a school in northeast Nigeria by suspected Boko Haram insurgents, the information ministry said on Sunday, in what may be one of the largest abductions since the Chibok kidnappings of 2014. Boko Haram, whose name

Egyptian mediators in Gaza press Palestinians to reconcile
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  • 2018-02-25 15:53:05Z

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) - A team of Egyptian officials is in the Gaza Strip to renew efforts to push for reconciliation between the rival Fatah and Gaza factions.

Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue as fighting rages
Iran says Damascus suburbs assault to continue as fighting rages
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  • 2018-02-25 15:50:48Z

Iran said pro-Damascus forces would press ahead with attacks on an insurgent enclave near the Syrian capital, as ground fighting raged on there in defiance of a U.N. resolution demanding a 30-day truce across the country. Turkey, too, said its military operations in another theater of war in the north of Syria would not be affected by the unanimous Security Council vote demanding the truce to allow for aid access and medical evacuations. Anti-government rebels said they clashed with pro-government forces near Damascus on Sunday, as rescuers and residents said warplanes struck some towns in the eastern Ghouta pocket.

Sri Lanka leader reshuffles cabinet after local election rout
Sri Lanka leader reshuffles cabinet after local election rout
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  • 2018-02-25 15:49:36Z

Sri Lanka's president reshuffled his cabinet on Sunday, appointing his prime minister as the law and order minister, after the governing coalition suffered a series of defeats in local elections earlier this month. The governing coalition of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National

Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS
Iraq court sentences 16 Turkish women to death for joining IS
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  • 2018-02-25 14:47:38Z

By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi court has sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining Islamic State, a judiciary spokesman said on Sunday. Iraq is conducting the trials of hundreds of foreign women who have been detained, with hundreds of their children, since August by

Letter from Pyeongchang: Finding beauty in the Olympic struggle
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  • 2018-02-25 14:23:43Z

"I kind of put pressure on myself today because I wanted to honor those who were lost and skate really well for them and kind of have somewhat of a happy moment for our country," said Alexa through tears, shortly after their performance.

Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague at Turkey
Syrian Kurdish leader arrested in Prague at Turkey's request
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  • 2018-02-25 14:21:50Z

BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - The main Syrian Kurdish political party said on Sunday that one of its leaders had been arrested in Prague at the behest of Turkey, where a court has charged him with sedition. Saleh Muslim, a top Kurdish politician, has "full citizenship rights" as a Syrian national

France has foiled two Islamist attacks this year: minister
France has foiled two Islamist attacks this year: minister
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  • 2018-02-25 13:46:37Z

French security forces have foiled two planned attacks so far this year as Islamic State militants set their sights on domestic targets in response to the group's military setbacks in Iraq and Syria, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Sunday. Another suspect had been targeting troops on anti-terrorism

2 lions saved from Mideast wars head to South Africa refuge
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  • 2018-02-25 12:51:57Z

SOUF, Jordan (AP) - Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to a permanent home in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma.

Health officials: Tourist infected with measles visited Met, attractions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate
Health officials: Tourist infected with measles visited Met, attractions in Manhattan, Brooklyn, upstate

Health officials warn that an Australian tourist, who is confirmed to have measles, visited several areas throughout New York, potentially exposing the illness to others in the area.

Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of
Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54
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  • 2018-02-25 12:44:10Z

NEW DELHI (AP) - Sridevi, Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54.

Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes
Christians shutter famous Jerusalem church to protest taxes

JERUSALEM (AP) - The leaders of the major Christian sects in Jerusalem closed the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection, for several hours on Sunday to protest an Israeli plan to tax their properties.

Church leaders shut Jerusalem
Church leaders shut Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre in land, tax protest
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  • 2018-02-25 12:13:51Z

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Church leaders in Jerusalem shut the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Sunday in protest at a new Israeli tax policy and a proposed land expropriation law which they called a "systematic and unprecedented attack against Christians in the Holy Land". Roman

Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: parties
Syrian Kurd leader arrested in Prague on Turkish warrant: parties

One of the most prominent leaders of Syria's Kurdish community has been arrested in Prague on a Turkish warrant, Kurdish political parties said Sunday. Saleh Muslim, the former co-chair of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was arrested late on Saturday in the Czech capital, according to a statement by a coalition of political parties that includes the PYD. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that Saleh was detained based on an Interpol red notice issued by Turkish authorities.

Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens
Greek anarchist group smashes windows at Novartis office in Athens

Greek self-proclaimed anarchists threw paint and smashed windows at the entrance of the Athens headquarters of Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Sunday, police said. About 30 people were involved in the attack at 0515 local time (0315 GMT), a police official said. In a statement published on the Internet, the Rouvikonas group said the attack was linked to a probe into allegations of bribery by the drugmaker to doctors and public officials.

Florida shooting a result of
Florida shooting a result of 'abdication of duty': NRA

NRA national spokesperson Dana Loesch tells ABC News' George Stephanopoulos the focus in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting should be local and FBI authorities.

Congo police kill protester in church-led march against Kabila
Congo police kill protester in church-led march against Kabila
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  • 2018-02-25 11:11:01Z

Security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital Kinshasa shot dead an anti-government protester and wounded two others who had gathered to take part in church-led marches against President Joseph Kabila's rule on Sunday. Catholic and evangelical church-goers across Congo had been

Weakened Merkel to give outspoken critic a cabinet job: source
Weakened Merkel to give outspoken critic a cabinet job: source
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  • 2018-02-25 11:01:20Z

By Thorsten Severin and Madeline Chambers BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will promote her most prominent critic from within her conservative party, Jens Spahn, to the cabinet, provided a coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD) goes ahead, a party source told Reuters on Sunday.

Texas's colonias: solution to housing crisis or moral blot on rich nation's conscience?
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  • 2018-02-25 11:00:01Z

Recommended: How much do you know about Texas? Across the Southwest, more than 2,000 of these colonias now exist along the US-Mexican border, the majority in Texas. To social justice advocates, the enduring presence of colonias symbolizes the growing gap between rich and poor, urban and rural in the United States.

Labour Brexit chief says party wants new customs union with EU
Labour Brexit chief says party wants new customs union with EU
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  • 2018-02-25 09:59:46Z

Britain's opposition Labour party will back staying in a new customs union with the European Union, its Brexit policy chief said - a move that would smooth the path of commerce with the bloc but limit Britain's ability to strike free trade deals with other countries. Keir Starmer said on Sunday

Marissa Brandt named honorary ambassador for Korea adoptees
Marissa Brandt named honorary ambassador for Korea adoptees
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  • 2018-02-25 09:56:26Z

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - Marissa Brandt isn't quite sure what her new position will require, and she's only had a couple of days to start getting used to the idea of being an honorary ambassador.

Russian men win hockey; Bjoergen, Norway get gold again
Russian men win hockey; Bjoergen, Norway get gold again
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  • 2018-02-25 09:55:32Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Russians won the gold in men's hockey - without a flag to salute or a national anthem to listen to.

China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely
China sets stage for Xi to stay in office indefinitely
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  • 2018-02-25 09:10:21Z

China's ruling Communist Party on Sunday set the stage for President Xi Jinping to stay in office indefinitely, with a proposal to remove a constitutional clause limiting presidential service to just two terms in office. Xi, 64, is currently required by the country's constitution to step down

The Latest: Russians top Germany in overtime for hockey gold
The Latest: Russians top Germany in overtime for hockey gold
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  • 2018-02-25 07:08:56Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

Samuel L. Jackson Shreds 'Mothaf***a' Donald Trump Over Armed Teachers Idea
Samuel L. Jackson Shreds 'Mothaf***a' Donald Trump Over Armed Teachers Idea

Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson has torn apart President Donald Trump's idea to arm some teachers in a bid to prevent school shootings.

Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies aged 54
Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies aged 54

Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai, her former manager said Sunday. The shock death of the beloved Indian star aged 54, who reportedly passed away while attending her nephew's wedding in the emirate late Saturday night, prompted an outpouring of grief among fans and fellow Bollywood actors. Born Shree Amma Yanger Ayappan in southern Tamil Nadu state, Sridevi made her acting debut aged just four, and went on have a career spanning over four decades.

Villagers flee Kashmir front line as India, Pakistan trade artillery fire
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  • 2018-02-25 06:45:09Z

By Fayaz Bukhari SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - India and Pakistan have exchanged artillery fire in the disputed Kashmir region forcing hundreds of people to flee, police in Indian Kashmir said, raising fresh doubts about a 15-year-old ceasefire between the nuclear-armed rivals in the area. India blamed

Iraq
Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near
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  • 2018-02-25 06:34:36Z

BAGHDAD (AP) - Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis seething as they fend for themselves in areas of the country shattered by the three-year war against the

Controversial North Korean general met with protests ahead of Olympics closing ceremony
Controversial North Korean general met with protests ahead of Olympics closing ceremony

Protesters attempted to block vehicles carrying a controversial North Korean delegation to the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games as they crossed the Demilitarised Zone into South Korea on Sunday morning. Around 100 conservative politicians and activists staged a sit-in demonstration at the Tongil Bridge, according to local broadcaster YTN, accusing the delegation's leader of being behind a deadly 2010 attack on a South Korean warship. South Korean authorities deployed more than 2.500 police officers to control the protests. To avoid a clash, the motorcade took an alternative route via Jeonjin bridge, which is a military crossing, according to the Chosun Ilbo....

UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500
UN backs Syria ceasefire as death toll in rebel enclave tops 500

The UN Security Council has unanimously demanded a 30-day ceasefire in Syria, as new air strikes on the rebel enclave of Eastern Ghouta took the civilian death toll from seven days of bombing to more than 500. After the council vote on Saturday, Syrian warplanes backed by Russian air power launched new raids on a town in Eastern Ghouta, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Mexican President Cancels Trip To Washington After Heated Call With Donald Trump
Mexican President Cancels Trip To Washington After Heated Call With Donald Trump

The president of Mexico halted upcoming plans to visit the White House after a reportedly tense phone conversation with President Donald Trump, according to the Washington Post.

German sweep: Friedrich wins a 4-man Olympic gold medal
German sweep: Friedrich wins a 4-man Olympic gold medal
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  • 2018-02-25 04:01:38Z

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) - Shut out in Sochi, the German bobsled program swept every other nation away in Pyeongchang.

Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women
Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women
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  • 2018-02-25 03:53:55Z

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) - She had always rooted only for Koreans. That was her home team and she believed they, exclusively, deserved her cheers.

Cambodia votes in Senate election, PM
Cambodia votes in Senate election, PM's party expected to win
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  • 2018-02-25 03:48:39Z

By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Voting got under way in Cambodia on Sunday in a Senate election that the ruling party of Prime Minister Hun Sen was expected to sweep following a crackdown on opposition. The vote, to elect 58 members of the 62-strong Senate, will see 123 members of parliament

The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race
The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The Latest on the California Democratic Party's convention (all times local):

NRA hits back at 'cowardice' of companies cutting ties with gun lobby as backlash grows
NRA hits back at 'cowardice' of companies cutting ties with gun lobby as backlash grows

The NRA has lashed out at companies which have severed ties with the gun lobby, branding it as "political and civic cowardice". Delta and United airlines joined a wave of companies ending their association with the National Rifle Association as the backlash against the powerful gun lobby group spreads in the wake of the Florida school massacre. The exodus of corporate names, ranging from a major insurer to car rental brands and a household moving company, began after the NRA launched a counter-offensive against a student-led campaign for tighter US gun laws. In a statement on Saturday, the NRA accused companies of "a shameful display of political and civic cowardice." Let it be...

Devils retire jersey of all-time leading scorer Patrik Elias
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  • 2018-02-25 00:45:44Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey Devils retired career scoring leader Patrik Elias' No. 26 jersey in a ceremony before their game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night.

List takes 1-shot lead at Honda Classic with Woods 7 back
List takes 1-shot lead at Honda Classic with Woods 7 back
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  • 2018-02-25 00:31:35Z

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Luke List can understand why he might be overlooked in the Honda Classic, even with a shot at his first PGA Tour victory.

UN unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria
UN unanimously demands a 30-day cease-fire across Syria

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Saturday demanding a 30-day cease-fire across Syria "without delay" to deliver humanitarian aid to millions and evacuate the critically ill and wounded.

Four police arrested in Mexico over disappearance of Italian men

Four police officers in western Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of abducting three missing Italian men for local gangsters, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The three men reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco state, the home of Mexico's second biggest city, Guadalajara. The Jalisco attorney general's office said four Tecalitlan police officers, three men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of carrying out the forced disappearance of the Naples natives Raffaele Russo, Antonio Russo and Vincenzo Cimmino.

At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico's 'tri-color' flies upside down
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  • 2018-02-24 21:52:48Z

MEXICO CITY (AP) - A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country's red, white and green "tri-color" upside down.

Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo
Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo
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  • 2018-02-24 21:50:55Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - After weeks of discussions with the Justice Department, Democrats on the House intelligence committee released Saturday a classified memo that counters GOP allegations that the FBI abused U.S. government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference.

Messi, Suarez combine for 5 goals as Barca beats Girona 6-1
Messi, Suarez combine for 5 goals as Barca beats Girona 6-1
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  • 2018-02-24 21:50:35Z

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Lionel Messi gave another masterful performance and Luis Suarez scored a hat trick to lead Barcelona to a new club record after routing Girona 6-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday.

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