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Words! Words! Words!

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Words are well-worn tools of politics. They can build as well as destroy. They can create a firestorm in a sea of tranquility. They can also be used to calm troubled waters. Prime Minister Allan Louisy’s first national budget to … Continue reading

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Harry Belafonte: Stylish and Battle-Tested

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Harry Belafonte has been at the forefront of social change for more than half a century. Now he’s mounting a music festival in Atlanta to promote his goals. The adjective ‘stylish’ describes Harry Belafonte perfectly. First, there is his presence. … Continue reading

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In Donald Trump’s Rise, Allies See New American Approach

WASHINGTON — Alarmed by Donald J. Trump’s grip on the Republican presidential nomination, world leaders are wrestling with the possibility that, even if he loses the general election, his ascent reflects a strain of American public opinion that could profoundly … Continue reading

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Prince found dead at his Paisley Park recording studio aged 57

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The enduring influence of Prince, the trailblazing singer and songwriter who died on Thursday aged 57, is perhaps best measured in the praise of his musical peers. Responding to the news of his passing, Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson wrote … Continue reading

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Should diplomats still have immunity?

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Imagine breaking the law and no-one can stop you. Ignoring parking tickets. Never paying tax. Getting away with murder. It’s all possible, in theory, if you’re an ambassador. Under the 1961 Vienna Convention, diplomats are immune from prosecution in their … Continue reading

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Utah may declare pornography a ‘public health crisis’

Utah Sen. Todd Weiler.

Utah lawmakers are considering making it the first state to declare pornography a public health crisis, similar to cigarettes. State Sen. Todd Weiler recently introduced a legislative resolution that would recognize a range of “societal harms” from the pornography “epidemic.” … Continue reading

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World Leaders pledge £7bn for Syrian Refugees

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World leaders have pledged more than £7bn to tackle the Syrian refugee crisis – the largest amount ever raised for a humanitarian crisis in one day. Some £4.1bn was promised for this year at a conference in London – and … Continue reading

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Suicide bomber in wheelchair suspected in mid-flight blast on Somalian plane

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A suicide bomber strapped into a wheelchair may have been behind the mid-flight explosion on board a Somalian plane, a Western diplomat said. Investigators believe the explosive-loaded man’s wheelchair allowed him to skirt around airport security and get onto the … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls in Christmas message for unity against militant atrocities

Pope Francis waves during the “Urbi et Orbi” (to the City and the World) Christmas message from the balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on December 25, 2015. (Reuters/Osservatore Romano)

Pope Francis urged the world in his Christmas message on Friday to unite to end atrocities by Islamist militants that he said were causing immense suffering in many countries. Security was tight at the Vatican as Francis, marking the third … Continue reading

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Donald Trump invokes Monica Lewinsky to defend attacks on Bill Clinton

Donald Trump blasts Bill Clinton.

Donald Trump on Tuesday clarified his Monday tweet that Bill Clinton had a “terrible record of women abuse.” “Well, if you look at the different situations; of course, we can name many of them. I can get you a list … Continue reading

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Italian Woman Dies While Hunting for Hidden Cookies

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An 84-year-old woman in Italy had such a sweet tooth that her family worried about her health, but their attempts to help took a tragic turn last week when she was accidentally killed while looking for a hidden stash of … Continue reading

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Actor Nicolas Cage returns stolen dinosaur skull he bought

Actor Nicolas Cage returns stolen dinosaur skull he bought

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage has agreed to turn over a rare stolen dinosaur skull he bought for $276,000 to U.S. authorities so it can be returned to the Mongolian government. The office of Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney in Manhattan, … Continue reading

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COP21: High-level climate talks open in Paris

World leaders including president of the United States Barack Obama (centre) 
are attending the Climate Change Summit in Paris.

High-level climate talks got under way in Paris this week, aimed at signing a long-term deal to reduce global carbon emissions. More than 150 world leaders have converged to launch the two-week talks, known as COP21. The last major meeting … Continue reading

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Tom Cruise feels betrayed by Leah Remini’s claims about him and Scientology

Tom Cruise is reportedly “freaking out” about Leah Remini’s unflattering claims about him in her new book, “Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology.”

It turns out it was “Risky Business” for Leah Remini to slam Tom Cruise in her new tell-all memoir about Scientology. Cruise is “freaking out” after the former “King of Queens” star revealed several eye-opening stories and details about Cruise … Continue reading

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British Prime Minister Says Bomb ‘More Likely Than Not’ Caused Russian Plane Crash

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, left, with President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt in London on Thursday. Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said on Thursday that “more likely than not a terrorist bomb” had brought down the Russian chartered jet that broke apart over the Sinai Peninsula last Saturday, despite criticisms from officials in … Continue reading

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Owen Labrie Sentenced to Year in Jail for Prep School Sexual Assault

Owen Labrie is swarmed by the media as he leaves the courtroom this week.

The former prep school student convicted of sexually assaulting an underage fellow student has been sentenced to a year in jail plus probation. Owen Labrie, who is now 20, was an 18-year-old senior at St. Paul’s School in Concord when … Continue reading

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Corus Hotel Hyde Park Open

Corus Hotel Hyde Park

Standing proudly at No.1 Lancaster Gate, Corus Hotel Hyde Park offers unrivalled quality service and value-for-money in a prime central London location. Overlooking the beautiful Hyde Park, the largest of the Royal Parks in London, the grand, white, 200-year-old listed … Continue reading

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Lamar Odom: doctors remain hopeful

Khloe Kardashian seen here in better times with her now estranged husband Lamar Odom.

Lamar Odom dropped a reported $75,000 during the weekend brothel binge that left him in a medically induced coma Thursday. The former Los Angeles Lakers forward showed small signs of progress — squeezing his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian’s hand in … Continue reading

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Egypt claims $7m bribe for World Cup hosts

Egypt’s former FA president El-Dahshori Harb, left.

The latest allegations of corruption to hit FIFA are coming from Egypt which lost the bid to the 2010 World Cup to South Africa. According to an Egyptian sports official, the country refused to pay a $7m bribe to the … Continue reading

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