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Strong earthquake sways buildings in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A strong earthquake has been felt throughout Taiwan, but no casualties or damage has been reported yet. The Central Weather Bureau says the quake Wednesday registered at magnitude 6.1. The tremor struck a rural township in Nantou County, about 250 kilometers (about 155 miles) south of Taipei where it swayed buildings. Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan, but most ...

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British Ex-Foreign Secretary Miliband Plans to Quit Politics

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – David Miliband, a former head of the British Foreign Office, is planning to step down as a member of the parliament and move to the United States to lead a charity organization there, BBC…

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Somalia refugees abused and raped – Human Rights Watch

Internally displaced people in Somalia are suffering sexual violence and other forms of abuse, reports the Human Rights Watch (HRW) campaign group. The abuse takes place at the hands of armed groups, including government forces, it says. In the report, women who fled famine and conflict describe being gang-raped in camps in the capital, Mogadishu. Managers of the camps – ...

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Group of Emerging Nations Plans to Form Development Bank

JOHANNESBURG — A group of five emerging world economic powers met in Africa for the first time Tuesday, gathering in South Africa for a summit meeting at which they plan to announce the creation of a new development bank, a direct challenge to the dominance of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow ...

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S&P Nears Record as Home Price Surge Lifts Stocks

NEW YORK (AP) — More good news on the economy Tuesday drove the Standard & Poor’s 500 index to within two points of its record closing high. Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @NYTNational for breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors The S&P rose 12.08 points, or 0.8 percent, to 1,563.77. Its record close of 1,565.16 was ...

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Ban and officials from DR Congo discuss fragile security situation

Print 26 March 2013 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the fragile security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo. The two men, who met at UN Headquarters, agreed that the…

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Brics and Africa: a winning partnership against hunger?

As day one of the Brics summit draws to a close, Lidia Cabral asks: can the group offer an alternative model for dealing with food insecurity in Africa? The Brics presidents meeting in Los Cabos, Mexico, last year. Photograph: Roberto Stuckert Filho/AFP/Getty Images The Brics summit in South Africa that began in Durban this week is the fifth time that ...

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U.S. Supreme Court weighs same-sex marriage (Video)

Kent Hoover Washington Bureau Chief Email | Twitter | Google The U.S. Supreme Court took on the highly charged issue of gay marriage Tuesday, as activists on both sides of the issue demonstrated outside. The court heard arguments considering California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Voters passed this proposition in 2008 in ...

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Supporters of Guatemalan ex-dictator deny genocide

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A group of retired soldiers and their relatives launched a campaign Monday to deny that a genocide was carried out in Guatemala and to demand a fair trial for former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt. About 24 people began collecting 5,000 signatures in…

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He Has Millions and a New Job at Yahoo. Soon, He’ll Be 18.

One of Yahoo’s newest employees is a 17-year-old high school student in Britain. As of Monday, he is one of its richest, too. That student, Nick D’Aloisio, a programming whiz who wasn’t even born when Yahoo was founded in 1994, sold his news-reading app, Summly, to Yahoo on Monday for a sum said to be in the tens of millions ...

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