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April 20th, 2014
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Sweden's indigenous Sami in fight against miners

08/29/2013 12:26am
On a dirt road passing through sparkling lakes and spruce woods in the wilds of northern Sweden, a woman belonging to Europe's only indigenous people _ the Sami _ chants a traditional, high-pitched tune.

China celebrity's son pleads not guilty to rape

08/29/2013 12:28am
The teenage son of a well-known Chinese military singer has pleaded not guilty to an alleged gang rape, in a case that has focused attention on what the public often sees as spoiled behavior among the children of the country's elite.

Israeli soldiers disciplined for dancing on patrol

08/29/2013 12:39am
A group of Israeli soldiers has danced up a storm of criticism after they were filmed boogying alongside Palestinians while on patrol in the West Bank.

Guilty plea in $300M New Zealand Ponzi scheme

08/29/2013 1:05am
A New Zealand man pleaded guilty Thursday to running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, the country's largest ever.

Indian police arrest domestic terror group leader

08/29/2013 1:09am
Indian intelligence agencies have arrested one of the leaders of a domestic terror group blamed for a series of bombings in the nation's cities, a top government official said Thursday.

Air New Zealand annual profit more than doubles

08/29/2013 1:27am
Air New Zealand said Thursday its annual profit more than doubled from the previous year and it is moving ahead with plans to buy 21 new planes.

Co-op bank reports after-tax loss of $1.2 billion

08/29/2013 3:25am
Co-operative Bank reported a net loss of 781.5 million pounds ($1.2 billion) for the first half versus a 45.3 million pounds loss a year earlier as it struggles to rectify problems arising from the financial crisis.

Ban Ki-moon pleads for time on Syria investigation

08/29/2013 4:48am
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Thursday that U.N. experts seeking to collect evidence from an apparent chemical attack in Syria that killed hundreds of people will report to him as soon as they leave the country Saturday.

Autopsy shows Norwegian died of suicide in Congo

08/29/2013 4:49am
An autopsy carried out by military authorities in Congo shows that Tjostolv Moland, a Norwegian citizen imprisoned in Congo since 2009, died by hanging himself.

Merkel's challenger pledges quick policy changes

08/29/2013 4:54am
Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left challenger is pledging quick policy changes if elected next month, promising Thursday to introduce swiftly a national minimum wage and raise taxes for top earners as he seeks to reverse a daunting poll deficit.

Court charges Nigerians for support of terrorism

08/29/2013 5:08am
A Nigerian Federal court charged two Nigerians with providing support for acts of terrorism by an Iranian militant cell.

US congresswoman Duckworth opposes Syria strike

08/29/2013 6:34am
U.S. congresswoman and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth said Thursday that she did not favor American military intervention in Syria and urged Middle East nations to find a resolution to the crisis.

Renault's COO steps down unexpectedly

08/29/2013 6:35am
French carmaker Renault has announced that its chief operating officer, Carlos Tavares, is unexpectedly stepping down to pursue personal projects.

Zurich chairman quits after finance chief's death

08/29/2013 7:06am
The chairman of the Zurich Insurance Group abruptly resigned Thursday over the apparent suicide of its chief financial officer, claiming he wants to avoid damaging the company's reputation.

Pope says only dialogue can end Syria strife

08/29/2013 7:21am
Pope Francis and Jordan's king stressed Thursday that dialogue and negotiations are the only way for ending Syria's civil war, the Vatican said.

41 killed in Kenya bus crash, Red Cross says

08/29/2013 7:52am
The driver of a bus traveling on a dark, country road in Kenya lost control of the vehicle early Thursday and it plunged into a valley, shearing the roof off as it rolled and killing at least 41 people, officials said.

Venice: Dante depicts standstill in debut film

08/29/2013 8:22am
Italian director Emma Dante says her debut film "A Street in Palermo," a modern-day Sicilian twist on a Western duel, is a story of gridlock which "shows where we are today."

Stolen death camp exhibit returns to Poland

08/29/2013 9:53am
U.S. Ambassador Stephen Mull has returned to Polish authorities a prisoner's cap from the Nazi death camp of Majdanek that was spotted in an online auction site in the United States, priced at $1,750.

UN defends Zimbabwe as world tourism summit host

08/29/2013 10:13am
The largest global tourism summit organized by the United Nations ended Thursday with officials defending Zimbabwe's role as co-host after years of abuses of human and democratic rights in the southern African nation.

25,000 fail Liberia college entrance exam

08/29/2013 10:51am
After completing high school in June, 20-year-old Lawrence Bondo spent six weeks working with a private tutor to prepare for the University of Liberia's entrance exam, focusing on the geometry he found so difficult.

Emerging markets lead profit gain at L'Oreal

08/29/2013 11:07am
A rebound in North America and surging sales in emerging markets pushed French cosmetics giant L'Oreal's profit up 5 percent in the first half of the year.

2 Lithuanian diplomats fired amid YouTube scandal

08/29/2013 11:14am
Two high-ranking Lithuanian diplomats were fired Thursday after their telephone conversations criticizing the president and insulting the countries where they served were secretly recorded and uploaded to YouTube.

Heavy rains, flooding kill 24 people in Mali

08/29/2013 11:28am
The torrential rains started to fall when Ichaka Sacko was still at work, selling clothes at a bustling market in Mali's capital. He rushed home early, feeling ill at ease.

Man accused in uranium deal had fake passport

08/29/2013 12:07pm
Sierra Leone says a man who has been charged in the U.S. with brokering a uranium deal intended for Iran is in fact not a citizen of the West African country and was traveling on a fake passport.

Ghana court upholds election results in ruling

08/29/2013 12:13pm
Ghana's supreme court has upheld the results of the last presidential election following an opposition challenge.

Iran appoints first Foreign Ministry spokeswoman

08/29/2013 1:01pm
Iran's state TV is reporting the country has appointed its first ever Foreign Ministry spokeswoman.

Chemical allegations in Syria haunt ally Iran

08/29/2013 1:15pm
For more than a generation, Iranian papers have regularly posted the announcements: Another veteran from the 1980s war with Iraq has died of complications blamed on exposure to chemical weapons from Saddam Hussein's arsenal. Each one is buried with a hero's honors.

Colombian presidential hopeful under arrest

08/29/2013 1:20pm
A conservative Colombian presidential hopeful has surrendered to authorities after the Supreme Court ordered him arrested for allegedly benefiting politically from collusion with illegal far-right militias.

Ex-plant manager admits role in immigration scheme

08/29/2013 2:00pm
A former Iowa slaughterhouse manager has admitted to conspiring to harbor and recruit immigrants who entered the country illegally and then fleeing to Israel after the plant was raided in 2008, according to a plea agreement filed Thursday.

Colombian presidential hopeful under arrest

08/29/2013 2:35pm
A conservative Colombian presidential hopeful has surrendered to authorities after the Supreme Court ordered him arrested for allegedly benefiting politically from collusion with illegal far-right militias.

Mexico City protests force change in speech date

08/29/2013 2:38pm
Teachers' protests that have snarled traffic, blocked government buildings and caused the cancellation of sports events in Mexico City have prompted President Enrique Pena Nieto to change the date of his state-of-the-union address.

In latest scandal, Mexican judges fight in court

08/29/2013 2:46pm
A Mexican judge sprang from his chair to push and punch two fellow justices during a court session, adding to a string of embarrassments for Mexico's scandal-plagued judicial system.

Hungary to make more changes to new constitution

08/29/2013 3:12pm
The Hungarian government said Thursday it is proposing new amendments to the country's constitution to avoid giving critics further grounds for criticism.

Cholera sickens 93 people in Dominican city

08/29/2013 3:39pm
Authorities in the Dominican Republic are checking the water in a city in the south of the Caribbean country after a sharp rise in cholera in recent days.

Chevron exec says Argentine venture worth the risk

08/29/2013 7:40pm
A Chevron Corp. executive says the oil giant is facing risks in its joint venture with Argentina's state-controlled oil company YPF, but considers that worth it for the chance to exploit a huge shale deposit in Patagonia.

UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote

08/29/2013 8:47pm
British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar Assad's government.

3 dead as tropical storm floods Taiwan

08/29/2013 10:54pm
Three people in Taiwan perished as a result of heavy rains spawned by a destructive tropical storm, the government said Friday.

Alawite stronghold in Syria a haven amid war

08/29/2013 11:36pm
In this picturesque coastal city fiercely loyal to President Bashar Assad, beaches are dotted with swimmers, cafes are filled with Syrians smoking water pipes, and restaurant bars are packed with late night revelers, seemingly oblivious to the civil war raging in the rest of the country.
 
   
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