• Gabon's Bongo finds new pep on the campaign trail

    Ali Bongo of Gabon, who is running for a second seven-year term in Saturday's presidential election, has spent more than half his 57 years cruising the corridors of power. Known variously by his initials ABO, Ali B and less flatteringly as "Monsieur Fils" for succeeding his father who

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  • Asia energy firms extend losses as oil falls

    Asian energy firms fell further on Thursday as oil extended losses, while currency traders moved cautiously the day before a key speech by Federal Reserve boss Janet Yellen. World markets have struggled to gain traction this week with few catalysts to spur business ahead of Yellen's talk at the

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  • China's CNOOC reports $1.16 bn net loss

    China's main offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC saw its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange fall on Thursday, after it reported a $1.16 billion net loss for the first half of 2016. It was the company's first half-year loss since it started trading on the Hong Kong exchange in 2000, with

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  • Iranian navy in 'unsafe' intercept of US destroyer: defense official

    Four Iranian military vessels sped close to two US Navy guided missile destroyers with their weapons uncovered in the Strait of Hormuz in an "unsafe and unprofessional" encounter between the longtime foes, American defense officials said. The USS Nitze shot warning flares, sounded its whistles

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  • Afghan troops end attack on Kabul's American University

    An attack at the American University in Kabul ended early Thursday after two attackers were killed, police said nearly 10 hours after militants stormed the complex, prompting desperate pleas for help from trapped students. The attack triggered explosions and gunfire, killing at least seven students

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  • Italy quake kills 159 as rescuers race to find survivors

    Rescuers worked into the early hours of Thursday in a desperate search for survivors after a powerful earthquake shook central Italy, leaving at least 159 people dead and devastating several mountain villages. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi had earlier said at least 120 people were killed in the earthquake

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  • Contentious French burkini ban before highest court

    France's highest administrative court will on Thursday examine a request to scrap a ban on the Islamic burkini swimsuit which has sparked a furore in the country. The Human Rights League (LDH) is appealing a decision by a lower court in the Riviera city of Nice which upheld a ban on the outfit by

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  • Brazil's Rousseff enters final act of impeachment

    Brazil's first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, faced the final act of an impeachment battle Thursday likely to see the suspended leader of Latin America's biggest economy sacked within days. A Senate trial starting at 9:00 am (1200 GMT)was considered almost sure to result in Rousseff, 68, being

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  • EM ASIA FX-Most Asian currencies steady to firmer; rupiah sags

    SINGAPORE, Aug 25 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates for Asian currencies against the dollar at 0207 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Change on the day at 0207 GMT Currency Latest bid Previous Pct ...

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  • Colombia peace deal: key points

    Here are key points of the peace deal announced Wednesday to end five decades of conflict between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government. The deal consists of six agreements: - Ceasefire and disarmament - The FARC and the government signed a ceasefire and disarmament

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  • N. Korea leader says missile test 'greatest success'

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability. The missile was fired from a submarine submerged

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  • Colombia announces historic peace pact

    Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war that cost hundreds of thousands of lives. After nearly four years of negotiations in Cuba, the two sides announced a final deal, which President Juan Manuel Santos said

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  • 40 years on, Cyprus in race to find war missing

    More than 40 years after the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, which came as a response to an Athens-inspired putsch and left the island and its Turkish- and Greek-speaking communities bitterly divided, the task of retrieving and identifying the ghosts of the country's mass killings is still far from over

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  • VEGOILS-Market factors to watch Aug 25

    The following factors are likely to influence Malaysian palm oil futures and other vegetable oil markets. FUNDAMENTALS * Malaysian palm oil futures saw a second day of gains on Wednesday due to tight supplies ...

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  • Five beachgoers die in Britain on hottest day of year

    Five beachgoers died as Britain sweltered on the hottest day of the year Wednesday, officials said, bringing to 12 the number of people to have perished in the past week. The bodies of two men were found at Camber Sands, southeast England, hours after three men died after being pulled from the sea.

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  • Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande to perform at MTV awards

    Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande will reunite to perform at the latest MTV Video Music Awards. Minaj will join Grande in the pop star's single "Side to Side" at the gala Sunday night at New York's Madison Square Garden. The pair, along with English singer Jessie J, collaborated together

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  • Britney Spears biopic coming to TV

    The turbulent life of Britney Spears -- who went from teenage pop idol to tabloid fodder -- is becoming a television biopic. Lifetime, a US network geared toward women, said Wednesday it had given the green light to a two-hour film on the singer's life, tentatively called "Britney," to

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  • Colombia, FARC rebels reach historic peace deal

    Colombia's government and FARC rebels announced Wednesday that they have reached a historic peace deal to end their half-century civil war, the last major armed conflict in the Americas.

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  • Post Arab Spring, lifespan drops across region: study

    The conflict and civil strife that has erupted across the eastern Mediterranean region since the Arab Spring began in 2010 has shortened lifespans and damaged health, according to a study released Thursday. Yemen, Tunisia and Egypt all lost about three months in life expectancy between 2010 and 2013

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  • Italy quake toll climbs to at least 159: official

    The death toll from a powerful earthquake that struck a remote area of central Italy climbed to at least 159 late Wednesday, said the head of the country's civil protection agency, Fabrizio Curcio.

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  • Syria regime launched chemical attacks, IS used mustard gas: UN report

    A UN investigation has established that President Bashar al-Assad's forces carried out at least two chemical attacks in Syria and that Islamic State jihadists used mustard gas as a weapon, according to a report seen by AFP on Wednesday. The panel was able to identify the perpetrators of three chemical

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  • N. Korea leader says missile test was "greatest success": KCNA

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a recent submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) test the "greatest success", Pyongyang's state media said Thursday. The results of Wednesday's launch proved the North had joined the "front rank of the military powers fully equipped

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  • Militants storm American University in Kabul

    Explosions and gunfire rang out as militants stormed the elite American University of Afghanistan in Kabul Wednesday, prompting desperate calls for help from students trapped inside classrooms, in the latest attack in the Afghan capital. At least one person was killed and 26 others were wounded in the

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  • French writer Michel Butor dies aged 89: family

    French writer Michel Butor, one of the leading figures of the experimental 1950s "Nouveau Roman" literary movement, died on Wednesday aged 89, his family told Le Monde newspaper. A prolific author who tested the boundaries of traditional narrative structures, Butor was best known for his 1957

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  • The Weeknd hints at new music with Daft Punk

    R&B sensation The Weeknd released a snippet of music on Wednesday after hinting at a collaboration with reclusive French electronic duo Daft Punk.

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