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  • CHICAGO - Former US president Barack Obama returned to the public spotlight Monday, saying he hopes to spend the next phase of his life helping to "prepare the next generation of leadership." After three months off, Obama broke his silence in his adopted hometown of Chicago, speaking to high school ...

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  • BEIJING -  Chinese President Xi Jinping urged “restraint” over North Korea in a phone call with Donald Trump Monday, as Japan joined exercises with an American supercarrier heading to the Korean peninsula. The US leader has repeatedly called on China, the North’s sole major ...

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  • SYDNEY:- A man who accidently snorkeled headfirst into a crocodile in northern Australia escaped with minor injuries as wildlife officers Monday worked to track down the reptile. The croc, measuring up to two metres (6.5 feet), “reacted defensively” when the swimmer ...

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  • AARHUS-Talk about fluid tunes: A group of innovative Danish musicians submerged like fish in an aquarium have created an underwater concerto with instruments specially adapted to resonate in a silent world. In the central Danish town of Aarhus, a Godsbanen centre concert hall looks more like a fish ...

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  • SYDNEY - Fast bowler Peter Siddle and batsman Shaun Marsh were the biggest names to miss out as all-rounders Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright and paceman Billy Stanlake received their first Australia national contracts on Monday. The list of 20 men's players offered deals for the 2017-18 season on ...

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  • COLOMBO - Angelo Mathews will return as Sri Lanka skipper for the Champions Trophy after missing the ODI series against South Africa, the tour of Australia and the home series against Bangladesh. Sri Lanka Cricket Monday announced a 15-member squad led by Mathews, who cut short his tour of South ...

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  • AUCKLAND-With a jaunty victory dance, 101-year-old Man Kaur celebrated winning the 100 metres sprint at the World Masters Games in Auckland on Monday, the 17th gold medal in the Indian athlete’s remarkable late-blooming career. Kaur clocked one minute 14 seconds as a small crowd cheered her ...

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  • BRASÍLIA - Brazil's President Michel Temer declared Monday after talks with his Spanish counterpart that investors are returning to Latin America's biggest, but deeply troubled economy. Temer and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy held talks in the capital Brasilia. The two leaders then met with ...

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  • VIENNA-The psychedelic clouds in Edvard Munch’s iconic “The Scream” have alternatively been interpreted as a metaphor for mental anguish or a literal depiction of volcanic fallout. On Monday, scientists hypothesised that the Norwegian painter’s inspiration may in fact have ...

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  • KANO:- Four people were killed in two separate suicide attacks in northeast Nigeria on Monday, local militia members said, in the latest violence blamed on Boko Haram. Babakura Kolo, who assists the military with security against the insurgents, said the first incident occurred in Mammanti village, ...

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  • ATHENS -  Greece's port police said Monday at least 16 people including women and children have died in a suspected migrant boat sinking off the Aegean island of Lesbos. The bodies of six women, a child and two men were recovered in Greek waters, while the Turkish coastguard found the bodies ...

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  • NAIROBI-A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 ...

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  • THE HAGUE:- - The International Criminal Court Monday unsealed an arrest warrant for Libya's former security chief, accusing him of war crimes in 2011 during the regime of late dictator Moamer Gaddafi. The warrant, first issued in 2013, charges Mohamed Khaled al-Tuhamy, once head of Libya's ...

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  • PARIS- A moth caterpillar commonly bred to provide fish bait feasts on a notoriously resistant plastic, scientists reported Monday, raising hopes the creature can help manage the global problem of plastic-bag pollution. “This discovery could be an important tool for helping to get rid of the ...

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  •  ATHENS-Ten countries formed a new group Monday aimed at protecting ancient heritage from extremism of the kind that saw the Islamic State group lay waste to Syria’s historic Palmyra. Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Greece, Italy, China, India, Bolivia, Mexico and Peru - all home to some of the ...

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  • WASHINGTON-US President Donald Trump congratulated Nasa astronaut Peggy Whitson for setting a new space record on Monday, but expressed disdain for a particular rigor of space life - drinking recycled urine. Whitson, 57, marked 534 days in orbit and counting on Monday, beating Nasa’s previous ...

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  • LONDON -  Europe's stock markets and the euro surged Monday, breathing a sigh of relief after moderate candidate Emmanuel Macron won the first round of France's presidential election and looked set to triumph in next month's run-off against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Germany's ...

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  • MADRID - Lionel Messi struck his 500th Barcelona goal with almost the last kick of the game to blow the La Liga title race wide open with a thrilling 3-2 win at Real Madrid on Sunday. Messi had broken a three-year goalless drought against Madrid to cancel out Casemiro's opener for Madrid in the ...

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  • BEIRUT/Washington - A US-backed alliance of Arab-Kurdish forces entered the key Islamic State-held town of Tabqa on Monday as they pursued their campaign against the IS group in northern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces have set their sights on Tabqa and the adjacent dam as part of their broader ...

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  • THE HAGUE - A Philippine lawyer on Monday filed a complaint at the world's only permanent war crimes court against President Rodrigo Duterte, alleging his war on drugs has caused some 8,000 deaths. Lawyer Jude Sabio urged the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague to ...

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  • CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 20 people to death for the killing of 13 policemen in the aftermath of the ouster nearly four years ago of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. On August 14, 2013, a month after Morsi was overthrown by the army, security forces forcibly dispersed two ...

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  • CARACAS:  Protesters plan Monday to block Venezuela’s main roads including the capital’s biggest motorway, triggering fears of further violence after three weeks of unrest left 21 people dead. The wife of jailed opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez started a vigil Sunday outside the ...

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  • TIRANA : Albania’s political opposition blocked the country’s main roads for more than an hour on Monday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Edi Rama, three months before a general election. The right-wing opposition has been calling for the departure of the Socialist Party ...

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  • KINGSTON - Younus Khan became the first Pakistan player to complete 10,000 Test runs as his team reached 201 for four in reply to the West Indies first innings total of 286 at stumps on the third day of the rain-affected first Test at Sabina Park on Sunday. Younus moved on from a painfully slow ...

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  • LIVERPOOL - Liverpool old-boy Christian Benteke stunned his former club with both Crystal Palace goals in a 2-1 win at Anfield on Sunday denting the home side's top-four Premier League ambitions. Benteke handed a massive boost to Palace's survival hopes with a goal in each half to cancel out ...

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  • LONDON - Daniel Wanjiru and record-breaking Mary Keitany made it a memorable double for Kenya on Sunday as they stormed to victories in the London Marathon. Keitany, recording her third London win to put alongside her trio of New York victories, set a new world record for a women's only marathon of ...

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  • KINGSTON - Pakistan lost two early wickets to be 59 for two replying to the West Indies first innings total of 286 after Mohammad Aamir had completed his best Test innings figures at lunch on the third day of the rain-affected first Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica on Sunday. Aamir wrapped up the ...

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  • SHANGHAI -  China's electric-car market is already the world's biggest, but a government proposal to introduce "new energy" vehicle quotas for automakers is further charging it up. With the threat of the measure looming, major manufacturers at the annual auto show in Shanghai are announcing ...

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  • ROME - Charity boats rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean are colluding with traffickers in Libya, an Italian prosecutor was quoted as saying Sunday, stirring up a simmering row over aid groups’ role in Europe’s migrant crisis. In an interview with Italian daily La Stampa, ...

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  • SANTIAGO:-A magnitude 5.9 earthquake rocked central Chile late Saturday, monitors said, though there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The tremor took place at 11.36 pm (0236 GMT), centered off the coast at 42 kilometers (26 miles) west of Valparaiso, according to the US Geological ...

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