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Venezuelans rally to demand power, water, end to Maduro

CARACAS (Reuters) – After weeks of power cuts and limited access to water, thousands of Venezuelans took to the streets on Saturday to back opposition leader Juan Guaido and protest against President Nicolas Maduro, who they accuse of wrecking the economy. Venezuelans, already suffering from hyperinflation and widespread shortages of food and medicine, say the […]

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Conversion is not your mission,  Pope tells Catholics in Morocco

RABAT (Reuters) – Pope Francis told Morocco’s tiny Catholic community yesterday their role in the predominantly Muslim country was not to convert their neighbors but live in brotherhood with all other faiths. Francis has used his two-day trip to stress inter-faith dialogue. He has also backed Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s efforts to spread a form […]

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Comedian is center stage as Ukraine holds presidential vote

KIEV (Reuters) – The top three contenders in Ukraine’s presidential elections cast their vote yesterday in a first round which a comedian – who happens to play a fictional president in a popular TV series – is tipped to win. Political newcomer Volodymyr Zelenskiy, 41, who is appealing to voters fed up with entrenched corruption, […]

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Meghan to shun London hospital famed for royal births: The Sun

LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle has broken a four-decade tradition by shunning the London hospital where many royal babies, including her husband Britain’s Prince Harry, were born, The Sun newspaper reported. Meghan and Harry, who married last year, are expecting their first child this spring. But the former actress has opted not to give birth […]

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World landmarks go dark for Earth Hour

The United Nations headquarters in New York City, the pyramids of Egypt, and the Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil were among top world monuments plunged into darkness for an hour Saturday to put the spotlight on climate change and its impact on the planet. Organized by environmental watchdog World Wildlife Fund, […]

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s move to lift bans on drilling for oil and gas in offshore Arctic and Atlantic areas is illegal, a US judge has ruled. Trump’s effort to open more areas to drilling “is unlawful, as it exceeds the president’s authority,” Judge Sharon Gleason ruled. As a result, bans on drilling in […]

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