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More than 70 leaders expected for Mandela memorial, funeral

JOHANNESBURG: More than 70 world leaders from US President Barack Obama to Iran’s Hassan Rouhani are flying to South Africa for events commemorating Nelson Mandela this week, an unprecedented gathering that will hail one of humanity’s great peacemakers. Cuban leader Raul Castro, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe …

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Snowden wants asylum in Russia for now

  MOSCOW (AFP) – US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden said Friday he wanted to claim asylum in Russia until he can travel on to Latin America, where several countries have offered him refuge. In his first encounter with the outside world since becoming stranded at …

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Mexico beat Canada to revive Gold Cup bid

SEATTLE :  Two-time defending champions Mexico got their CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign back on track Thursday with a 2-0 victory over Canada. Raul Jimenez scored in the 41st minute and Marco Fabian converted a penalty in the 57th to give Mexico the much-needed Group A …

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Obama urges to free Gitmo prisoners

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Free them or put them on trial. Thus urges a petition to President Barack Obama over the prisoners held at Guantanamo, jailed and in limbo for more than a decade. The petition launched by Guantanamo s former chief military prosecutor Colonel Morris …

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Taliban vow revenge over Guantanamo shootings

KABUL (AFP) – The Taliban on Thursday pledged to take revenge on US troops in Afghanistan after guards at Guantanamo prison fired non-lethal rounds at inmates to quell unrest. Guards at the US-run prison in Cuba fired the rounds last Saturday to halt unrest as …

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China becomes world’s fifth largest arms exporter

STOCKHOLM (UNS): China has bypassed Britain as the world s fifth largest arms exporter, a Swedish think-tank said Monday. The volume of Chinese weapons exports rose by 162 percent in the five years 2008-2012, compared to the previous five-year period, the Stockholm International Peace Research …

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Maduro leans on Chavez’s charisma for popularity

CARACAS (AP): Nicolas Maduro so far has led by imitation, seeking to fill the shoes of a president whose uncanny vigor, mischievous humor and political wiles sowed a revolution and transformed a nation. As Hugo Chavez did during his 14-year presidency, Maduro has stoked confrontation, …

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Soviet missing soldier found after 33 years

MOSCOW (UNS): Sheikh Abdulla, an elderly-looking, impoverished widower working as a traditional healer in Afghanistan, has been found to be a Soviet soldier who went missing during a nine-year-long war that began when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979.   The man with a wispy …

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Chavez death echoes with leftists worldwide

HAVANA (AP) – Reactions to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez were as mixed, polemical and outsized as the leader was in life, with some saying his passing was a tragic loss and others calling it an opportunity for Venezuela to escape his long …

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Deadly nightclub inferno leaves Brazil in mourning

SANTA MARIA: Brazilians on Monday were mourning the victims of a nightclub blaze in a small college town that left more than 230 people dead and over 100 injured, with many still fighting for their lives. Shocked survivors, mostly science students in Santa Maria, described …

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