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    The EU should suspend structural funds to Spain and Portugal after they failed to rein in their debt, according to a letter from the European Commission seen by AFP. Eurozone finance ministers agreed this month to impose unprecedented sanctions against Spain and Portugal for overstepping the bloc'

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  • 'Aliens' marks 30th anniversary with marriage proposal

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  • Snowden film 'almost killed' by self-censorship

    It was the largest data leak in United States history, fueling a firestorm over the issue of mass surveillance that resonated with Americans and ignited around the world. Oliver Stone's hotly-anticipated "Snowden" tells the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in dramatic form for

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  • South-east Asia bloc pushes for South China Sea breakthrough

    South-east Asian foreign ministers will hold crunch talks in communist Laos on Sunday at a summit already overshadowed by infighting over Beijing's sabre rattling in the South China Sea. The gathering in Vientiane is the first major regional talks since the UN-backed tribunal ruled earlier this

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  • Indecisive Fed expected to again hold rates steady

    In 1890, the psychologist William James wrote that there was "no more miserable human being than one in whom nothing is habitual but indecision." Indecision is certainly not the habit of Federal Reserve policy makers. Most observers do not expect the Federal Open Markets Committee, which sets

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  • Solar Impulse 2 leaves Egypt for final leg of world tour

    The first solar-powered plane to circle the world took off from Cairo on Sunday for Abu Dhabi, in the final leg of its journey. Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard was behind the controls of Solar Impulse 2, which can fly for days on only energy from the sun. Piccard and Swiss entrepreneur and pilot Andre

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  • New 'Star Trek' series to be called 'Discovery'

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  • Defiant Turkey extends police powers, shutters schools after coup

    Turkey pushed on Saturday with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup, defiantly telling EU critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies. Using new emergency powers, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's cabinet decreed that police could now hold suspects for one

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  • Munich gunman 'obsessed' with mass killings

    The teenager who shot dead nine people in a gun rampage in Munich was "obsessed" with mass killers like Norwegian rightwing fanatic Anders Behring Breivik and had no links to the Islamic State group, police said Saturday. Europe reacted in shock to the third attack on the continent in just

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  • 80 dead as IS claims twin blasts during Kabul protest

    Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for twin explosions Saturday that ripped through crowds of Shiite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 people and wounding 231 others in the deadliest attack in the Afghan capital since 2001. The bombings during a huge protest over a power line mark the

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  • Warner wows Comic-Con with blockbuster previews

    Warner Brothers pulled back the curtain on its slate of upcoming blockbusters on Saturday at a star-studded presentation to thousands of die-hard San Diego Comic-Con fans. The studio took over the fanfest for two hours, with Conan O'Brien as host, to premiere its hotly anticipated DC Comics movies

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  • Mayor, four people shot dead in southern Mexico

    A mayor and two local officials were among five people shot dead during a protest on Saturday in a southern Mexico town with a history of religious and political conflict. People from several surrounding communities were protesting in the central square of San Juan Chamula when "individuals opened

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  • Turkey detains senior Gulen aide after coup attempt

    Turkey has detained a senior aide to the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen whom it blames for the coup attempt aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an official said on Saturday. Security forces detained Hails Hanci in the Black Sea province of Trabzon, the official said, describing Hanci as

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  • Mexico rallies resources after reporter's slaying

    Mexico's top prosecutor said Saturday it has launched a comprehensive investigation of the murder of reporter Pedro Tamayo Rosas. A 45-year-old newspaper reporter who covered crime, Tamayo was gunned down in front of his wife and two grown sons outside his home in the town of Tierra Blanca on Wednesday

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  • Solar Impulse 2 embarks on world tour final leg

    A sun-powered Solar Impulse 2 aircraft on a record-breaking flight around the world to promote renewable energy was due to depart from Cairo early Sunday on the last leg of its journey. "It's a project for energy, for a better world," Swiss pilot Bertrand Piccard told journalists standing

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  • Final four police hostages released in Armenia standoff

    Pro-opposition gunmen locked in a week-long hostage standoff with Armenian authorities on Saturday released the final four police officers held captive, officials said, but remained holed up and heavily armed. A group of supporters of jailed opposition leader Zhirair Sefilyan stormed a police building

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  • Turkey to disband presidential guard after post-coup detentions: PM

    The Turkish authorities will disband the elite presidential guard after detaining almost 300 of its members in the wake of the failed coup, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday. There will no longer be a presidential guard, there is no purpose, there is no need," Yildirim said, speaking

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  • Norway's Breivik, the inspiration behind Munich attack?

    German police on Saturday said there was an "obvious" link between the actions of a teen gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Munich, and those of Norwegian far-right mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik. Following is a reminder of Breivik's massacre of 77 people, which took place

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  • Formula One: Rosberg keeps Hungary pole after stewards probe

    Nico Rosberg kept pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix after a stewards' investigation into possible yellow flag infringements during qualifying on Saturday. After a brief meeting to which he was summoned to attend and during which stewards examined video and telemetry evidence, it

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  • Erdogan's 'secret keeper' under fire over Turkey coup lapse

    Turkey's shadowy spy chief Hakan Fidan has faced an unprecedented public dressing down in the wake of the failed coup but appears set to stay on in his post -- at least for now. There has been intense speculation over the future of Fidan, head of the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and

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  • Munich mall killer was quiet boy obsessed with killing sprees

    Neighbours have remembered Munich mall killer David Ali Sonboly as a quiet, helpful boy, but a more complex picture emerged on Saturday of a bullied teen who had spent many hours researching killing sprees. The 18-year-old German-Iranian, who committed suicide after murdering nine people in a bloody

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  • Graveyard or playground? Pakistan row over Bin Laden compound

    A dispute has broken out over the future of the site where Osama Bin Laden was shot dead in 2011, with authorities pushing rival plans for a graveyard or playground. The military has erected a wall around the 3,800 square feet plot where the Al-Qaeda leader's compound once stood in the garrison

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