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Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say. Maria von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, told the Associated Press. He said she was a “lovely…

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Maria von Trapp, last member of Sound of Music family, dies

The last surviving member of the Trapp Family Singers, the group whose story inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 99, her family say. Maria von Trapp died at her home in Vermont on Tuesday, her brother, Johannes von Trapp, told the Associated Press. He said she was a “lovely…

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Ukraine: Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Freed

Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, after Ukraine’s parliament declared President Viktor Yanukovych unable to carry out his duties. The resolution was passed by deputies in the assembly who applauded and sang the national anthem. Early elections have been set for May 25. Speaker Oleksander Turchynov said Mr Yanukovych – who earlier refused to quit – had “abandoned ...

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Ukraine: Opposition Leader Tymoshenko Freed

Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed, after Ukraine’s parliament declared President Viktor Yanukovych unable to carry out his duties. The resolution was passed by deputies in the assembly who applauded and sang the national anthem. Early elections have been set for May 25. Speaker Oleksander Turchynov said Mr Yanukovych – who earlier refused to quit – had “abandoned ...

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Prime Minister: Algeria’s Bouteflika to Seek Fourth Term in April

Reuters ALGIERS — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said on Saturday, a vote likely to hand him a fourth term in power. Bouteflika, who opponents say is too frail to govern, is expected to announce his candidacy formally later on Saturday, with ...

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Prime Minister: Algeria’s Bouteflika to Seek Fourth Term in April

Reuters ALGIERS — Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran who suffered a stroke last year, will run for re-election on April 17, his premier said on Saturday, a vote likely to hand him a fourth term in power. Bouteflika, who opponents say is too frail to govern, is expected to announce his candidacy formally later on Saturday, with ...

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Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals. Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world. Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic ...

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Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World

In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals. Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world. Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic ...

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Obama backs Dalai Lama’s ‘Middle Way’ approach

Tweet Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) In the face of objections from China, President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama Friday saying the US supports his “Middle Way” approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China. Obama’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel laureate, who is in the US on a speaking tour, was closed to ...

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Obama backs Dalai Lama’s ‘Middle Way’ approach

Tweet Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) In the face of objections from China, President Barack Obama met the Dalai Lama Friday saying the US supports his “Middle Way” approach of neither assimilation nor independence for Tibetans in China. Obama’s meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader and fellow Nobel laureate, who is in the US on a speaking tour, was closed to ...

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