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Balkans fear Brexit will delay EU dream

28 Jun 2016
Balkan countries hoping to join the European Union fear their journey to membership of a club they see as offering prosperity and stability will face delays and uncertainty now that Britain has voted to leave. Albania, Bosnia, Kosovo,...
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"I should have died too": Nepal's quake widows struggle to survive

22 Jun 2016
Rani Maya Shrestha was working on a neighbor's potato farm when the first of Nepal's two massive earthquakes struck last year. She rushed home to find her husband buried in the ruins of their house northeast of the...
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Democrats' new line on gun control: Do it for national security

18 Jun 2016
Democrats pushing for gun curbs after the latest mass shooting in the United States are co-opting a Republican mantra to build public support and defang opposition: it's time to get tough on national security. Shoring up national...
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Hillary Clinton: I'll say the words 'radical Islamism'

US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
14 Jun 2016
Hillary Clinton said Monday she's not afraid to say "radical" Islam as she countered attacks from Donald Trump that she's too politically correct to use the phrase. "From my perspective, it matters what we do more...
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Mass shooting in Florida exposes political divide in US

US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton
13 Jun 2016
The rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday drew universal condemnation from both parties but exposed deep divisions over how to respond, with President Barack Obama urging new gun laws and Republicans largely silent on the issue. At...
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Sympathy for the Devil: Lunch in the holy town of the Yazidis

13 Jun 2016
The sun is beating down on us. The ruins are shining through the gaps in the bushes on the hillside. Finally, we turn onto the concrete road leading to Lalish. A barrier across the road prevents vehicles going any further. A sweating...
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Military sweep in Nigeria's Delta risks fuelling more dissent

10 Jun 2016
The Nigerian army has swept into villages in the southern swamplands in an operation to crush the Niger Delta Avengers group, but allegations by residents of brutal tactics and rapes by some of its soldiers risk stoking anger in the region...
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Drones emerge from shadows to become key cog in US war machine

07 Jun 2016
When US drones obliterated a car carrying Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour last month, it was the kind of targeted killing that unmanned aircraft are best known for. But 15 years after a drone first fired missiles in combat, the US...
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Forest fires and logging threaten India's progress on climate goals

07 Jun 2016
Since the end of April, fires in parts of India's northern states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh have destroyed or damaged 26,000 hectares of forests, and killed three people, officials say. The forest fires, touched off by timber...
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Kenyan parents fearing ban on FGM get girls cut at night

Women and girls marked International Day of the Girl on Sunday by celebrating the work of a few brave women who have helped save thousands of Kenyan girls from forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
 
18 May 2016
Kenyan families wanting their daughters to undergo ritual genital cutting are increasingly arranging for it to be done secretly at night to avoid arrest, campaigners said at a major women's rights conference. Female genital mutilation...
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