• Politically connected Gupta family to sell S.Africa companies

    South Africa's wealthy Gupta family with influential ties to President Jacob Zuma said Saturday they plan to sell all their business interests in the country by the end of the year. The family, who had immigrated from India in the 1990s and owns a business empire with interests ranging from media

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  • Japan PM pledges to invest $30 bn in Africa by 2018

    Japan will pour $30 billion (27 billion euros) in investment into Africa by 2018, including $10 billion in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday at a summit in Nairobi. "When combined with the investment from the private sector I expect the total real amount to

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  • Children of Syria's besieged Daraya discover joy of sweets

    Yazan, a four-year-old who has never known anything but deprivation, has finally discovered the joy of ice cream after being evacuated from the besieged town of Daraya near the capital of war-torn Syria. This week, under a deal between the government and rebel forces who controlled it, Daraya's

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  • Funeral tears as Italy says farewell to quake dead

    Italy on Saturday bid a tearful farewell to dozens of those who died in the earthquake as the nation mourned the victims of a disaster that claimed nearly 300 lives. President Sergio Mattarella, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and other leaders were among hundreds of mourners at a sports hall in Ascoli

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  • Syria army moves into siege town after fighters evacuated

    Government forces moved into the town of Daraya near the Syrian capital on Saturday after rebels and civilians were evacuated following a four-year siege by regime forces, a military source said. "The Syrian army completely controls Daraya and has entered all of the town. It broadcast footage

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  • Kurdish-led Syria forces face off with Turkish-backed rebels

    BEIRUT (AP) — Backed by Turkish tanks and reports of airstrikes, Turkey-allied Syrian rebels clashed with Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria in a new escalation that further complicates the already protracted Syrian conflict.

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  • Venezuela sends opposition leader back to jail, expels Ecuadoran lawmakers

    Venezuela sent an opposition leader who was under house arrest back to jail Saturday and expelled a delegation of Ecuadoran lawmakers, amid rising political tension over a campaign to recall leftist President Nicolas Maduro. Former San Cristobal mayor Daniel Ceballos was abruptly taken from his home

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  • Bongo's fate in the balance as Gabon goes to the polls

    The people of Gabon voted Saturday in a presidential election pitting incumbent President Ali Bongo against a veteran politician riding on a promise to end a 50-year-old family dynasty. Except for crowds outside polling stations, the streets of the capital, Libreville, were largely deserted Saturday

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  • The embrace of life: A story of 2 sisters in Italy's quake

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — In the chaos of Italy's devastating earthquake, an older sister's embrace allowed a young girl to survive.

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  • Turkish soldier killed in Syria attack, Kurdish militia blamed

    Turkey on Saturday said the military suffered its first fatality in an unprecedented four day campaign inside Syria, blaming Kurdish militia in an increasingly combustible contest for control in the border region. The Turkish army on Wednesday launched the two-pronged cross border offensive against

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  • Man arrested in shocking killings of 2 Mississippi nuns

    A man suspected in the slayings of two nuns found dead in their Mississippi home has been arrested and charged with capital murder in the shocking killing that rocked the small town communities where the ...

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  • Navy gets $2.7B attack submarine sponsored by Michelle Obama

    An attack submarine that is sponsored by first lady Michelle Obama and will be named for her home state has been delivered to the U.S. Navy. Submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, based in Groton, ...

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  • Ex-Guantanamo prisoner goes on hunger strike in Venezuela: lawyer

    A former Guantanamo prisoner now held by Venezuela's intelligence agency has gone on hunger strike, his lawyer said Saturday. Jihad Diyab, who was relocated from Guantanamo to Uruguay nearly two years ago, was detained after traveling to Caracas in July in an apparent attempt to see family, his

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  • The Latest: Activists say Syrian planes bomb city of Homs

    BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments in the Syrian civil war (all times local):

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  • Rocket attack on Turkish tanks in Syria kills soldier: state media

    One Turkish soldier was killed and three more wounded on Saturday in a rocket attack by Kurdish militia on two tanks taking part in Turkey's military offensive in northern Syria, state media said. The dead soldier -- who has not been identified -- is the first confirmed Turkish fatality of Turkey

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  • Italy grieves as state funeral is held for quake victims

    Amongst the 35 coffins laid out in a sports hall were small caskets holding the bodies of an 18-month-old baby and a nine-year-old girl, two of the 21 children who are known to have died when the quake hit central Italy early on Wednesday. "We will decide all together how to get going again.

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  • Italy's quake survivors fear family villages will become ghost towns

    By Steve Scherer SANT'ANGELO, Italy (Reuters) - Tiny villages that dot the valley around the town of Amatrice, which was levelled by Wednesday's earthquake, were home to generations of families who once farmed the land, but later moved to cities for work and now return for the holidays. "

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  • WHY IT MATTERS: Issues at stake in election

    A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief: TRADE In this angry election year, many U.S. voters are skeptical about free trade — or hostile to it. ...

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  • The Latest: Friend says slain nun committed to helping poor

    DURANT, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the killing of two nuns in Mississippi (all times local):

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  • Battle of the mainstream cards: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 shootout

    With performance more or less on par with the GeForce GTX 980 – one of the previous generation’s flagships – it’s no longer fair to think of mainstream cards as delivering generally mediocre performance. To that end, we’ve rounded up the very best cards from ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI and pit them against

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  • Grief erupts in Italy as nation honors, buries quake dead

    ASCOLI PICENO, Italy (AP) — Mourners in Italy prayed, hugged, wept and even applauded as coffins carrying victims of the country's devastating earthquake passed by at a state funeral Saturday, grieving as one nation after three desperate days of trying to save as many people as possible.

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  • Warning of 'war' on farmers, Trump seeks support in Iowa

    Donald Trump warned Saturday of a "war on the American farmer," telling a crowd in Iowa that rival Hillary Clinton "wants to shut down family farms" and implement anti-agriculture policies. ...

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  • Paraguay attack kills eight soldiers

    Eight Paraguayan soldiers died Saturday in a roadside explosion, the government said, blaming it on a leftist guerrilla group. Interior Minister Francisco de Vargas said the attack occurred on a rural road near the village of Arroyito, some 500 kilometers (300 miles) north of Asuncion. De Vargas said

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  • Relative of Charlie Hebdo killer held on terror-linked charges

    The brother-in-law of one of the jihadists who attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo last year faced terrorism charges on Saturday for allegedly trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria, a judicial source said. Twenty-year-old French student Mourad Hamyd was charged by an anti-terrorism

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  • Bongo aims to extend 50-year family rule in Gabon election

    By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon voted on Saturday amid discontent over its failure to raise living standards despite oil wealth, in a poll posing the biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has dominated the central African nation for half a century. With

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