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Philippines: 17 Killed as Cargo Ship And Passenger Ferry Collide Off Coast

At least 17 people were killed when a passenger ferry carrying nearly 700 people collided with a cargo ship and sank in the central Philippines on Friday night, officials said. About 575 people were rescued by government vessels and small fishing boats by early Saturday morning, Petty Officer Joy Villegas of the Philippine Coast Guard said in a phone interview. ...

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South Africa: Pistorius to Face New Gun Charges

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will face new charges of recklessly firing a weapon in public when he appears in court next week for a hearing in his trial on charges of having murdered his girlfriend, South African new outlets reported on Friday. Citing law enforcement officials, they reported that the new charges involve accusations that Mr. Pistorius…

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Suspected Boko Haram attack in north Nigeria kills 11

Published August 16, 2013AFP Nigerian police, part of the joint forces in Borno state, pose prior to a patrol in Maiduguri on June 5, 2013. Suspected Boko Haram Islamists have stormed a town in northeast Nigeria, opened fire on police and civilians and killed 11 people, residents and a local lawmaker told AFP Friday.AFP/File MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AFP) – Suspected Boko ...

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Zara Co-founder Rosalia Mera Dies at Age 69

Rosalia Mera, co-founder of fashion retail chain Zara, has died at the age of 69. Mera suffered a brain hemorrhage on Wednesday while on vacation with her daughter, Sandra, in Menorca and died the following day, according to Spanish…

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South Korea Proposes Talks to Reunite Families Divided by War

SEOUL, South Korea — President Park Geun-hye of South Korea said Thursday that South and North Korea should resume arranging reunions of families separated by the Korean War six decades ago, and she renewed a proposal to build an “international peace park” straddling their heavily armed border. Ms. Park’s conciliatory overtures came a day after the Koreas agreed to reopen ...

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Death toll in Lebanon bombing climbs to 22

Beirut, Aug 16 (EFE). — The number of fatalities from a carbomb attack in a Shi’ite Muslim neighborhood of Beirut has reached 22, a Lebanese police source told Efe Friday. Another 228 people were injured in…

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Nasrallah vows more fighting in Syria

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Friday he is ready to fight radical Muslims in Syria, a day after a deadly bombing in a Beirut stronghold of his Shiite pro-Damascus group. Nasrallah also accused Sunni extremists of responsibility for the car bombing that killed at least 22 people, in remarks after a previously unknown group, apparently a Syrian rebel cell, said ...

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Zimbabwe Opposition Withdraws Election Challenge

Zimbabwe’s opposition has withdrawn its court challenge to the results of last month’s elections, saying it does not expect to get fair treatment by the court. Douglas Mwonzora, a spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change , told VOA of the decision Friday, a day before the…

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Ecuador abandons plan to leave oil in the ground

Quito, Aug 16 (EFE). — Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has announced the end of the YasuniITT initiative, saying the international community “failed” the country by not funding a scheme that would have compensated it for not developing Amazon oil reserves. “The key factor in this failure is the world’s great hypocrisy,” Correa said in an…

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Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Egypt and Syria on Ban’s Agenda

Friday, 16 August 2013, 9:47 am Press Release: Israeli-Palestinian Talks, Egypt and Syria on Agenda As UN Chief Arrives In Middle East New York, Aug 15 2013 – The deadly violence in Egypt, the ongoing Syria crisis and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process were on Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s agenda as he arrived today in the Middle…

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