• Afghan opium cultivation jumps 10% in 2016, UN says

    Afghanistan saw a 10 percent jump in opium cultivation this year, a sharp rise owing to bumper yields, collapsing eradication efforts amid growing insecurity and declining international counter-narcotics assistance, the UN said Sunday. Cultivation dropped last year due to drought conditions but it has

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  • Bosphorus ship spotters set sights on Russian warships

    Minutes after fishermen tip him off that a ship is about to pass through Istanbul's Bosphorus, Yoruk Isik drops what he's doing and rushes to his favourite vantage point, camera in hand. It is a Russian warship, in this case the landing ship Nikolai Filchenkov. It makes stately progress through

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  • One killed, two injured in Japan park blasts: fire dept

    One person was killed and at least two injured by two near-simultaneous blasts in a Japanese park on Sunday, the local fire department said. The explosions occurred at a park in Utsunomiya, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) north of Tokyo, shortly after 11:30 am (0230 GMT), a fire department spokesman

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  • Art-loving US couple gives Paris multi-million dollar collection

    A Texan couple who discovered their love for art during a trip to Paris in the 1970s are to donate the multi-million dollar collection they have amassed since to the French capital. Businessman Spencer Hays and his wife Marlene were in the city Saturday to formalise the first instalment of their donation

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  • Confident Clinton steps up in battle for Congress

    With polls giving her the edge on Election Day, Democratic White House nominee Hillary Clinton said she planned to work hard to see her party make gains in Congress. Speaking to reporters aboard her campaign plane, the 68-year-old former secretary of state said she no longer wished to respond to the

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  • After summer bonanza, Spain worries about tourism future

    After basking in its best tourist summer season in 15 years, Spain now sees dark clouds on the horizon as popular destinations reach saturation point and holidaymakers are more thrifty, industry experts say. The 2016 summer season proved exceptionally good, with an influx of tourists fleeing other popular

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  • Taiwan beekeepers battle to cash in on pure honey buzz

    Under a shady starfruit tree Taiwanese beekeeper Jiang Hwan-bin tends his hives, pumping out pure honey for a rapidly growing market of health-conscious consumers. Jiang's family has been keeping bees for 80 years and he now manages 500 hives in the northwest county of Hsinchu. A string of food

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  • Vietnam to list beer companies in quest for cash

    Sloshed back at rowdy open-air "bia hoi" day and night, beer is Vietnam's tipple of choice and now its cash-strapped government is drawing on the nation's penchant for lager to raise billions of dollars by selling stakes in state-owned brewers. For Vietnam's government, beer is

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  • Lithuania's opposition eyes power in run-off election

    The first round of the poll, held on October 9, gave the conservative Homeland Union the slimmest of leads with 21.70 percent of the vote (22 seats). The centrist Lithuanian Peasants and Green Union party (LPGU) won 21.53 percent (21 seats). The ruling leftists finished third with just 14.42 percent

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  • Motorcycling: Grand Prix of Australia results

    Results from the Grand Prix of Australia on Sunday:

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  • Clashes, artillery fire hit Aleppo after truce expires

    Heavy clashes erupted between regime and rebel forces in Syria's divided city of Aleppo after a "humanitarian" ceasefire announced by government ally Russia expired before the UN could evacuate wounded civilians from rebel-held areas. Moscow had extended the unilateral "humanitarian

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  • Colombia, rebels in talks to try to save peace process

    Colombia's government and Marxist FARC rebels on Saturday started talks on how to retool a peace deal, rejected in a referendum last month, that would end Latin America's longest civil war. Let's get peace," the lead FARC negotiator Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko) tweeted. The FARC,

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  • Canada-EU failure signals more bad news for free trade deals

    The collapse of free trade talks between Canada and the European Union is yet another sign of increasingly stiff resistance to economic globalization. Despite seven years of talks between Ottawa and Brussels, the CETA Treaty crashed into a wall Friday after being rejected by the Belgian region of Wallonia

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  • Indonesian nationalism takes a bite out of Apple

    Apple is battling to gain a foothold in Indonesia after nationalistic regulations hit the US tech giant's efforts to compete in the booming emerging market against Samsung and other rivals. The iPhone 6S and 7 are yet to be released in Southeast Asia's largest economy as Apple struggles to fulfil

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  • Socialists decide Spain's political fate in showdown

    Spain's embattled Socialists gather Sunday for a crunch strategy meeting expected to see the party lift its veto on a minority conservative government and finally unblock the country's 10-month political deadlock. The Madrid gathering of the Socialists' federal committee, which sets party

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  • Niger town fears for abducted US aid worker 'Jeff'

    For people living in the small city of Abalak in central Niger, the abduction of a longtime US aid worker over a week ago has left them angry and anxious. Jeffery Woodke was no stranger here. "We are furious and shocked by this kidnapping," said Ibrahim Adamou, a 16-year-old student, as he

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  • China's Xi to consolidate power at key meeting: analysts

    The leaders of the world's most powerful political party gather in Beijing on Monday for a conclave that could change the course of Chinese history. In meetings at the exclusive Jinxi Hotel, safe from the public's prying eyes, nearly 400 top members of the Chinese Communist Party will confer

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  • AT&T eyes new media future with mega-deal for Time Warner

    AT&T unveiled a mega-deal for Time Warner that would transform the telecom giant into a media-entertainment powerhouse positioned for a sector facing major technology changes. The stock-and-cash deal is valued at $108.7 billion including debt, and gives a value of $84.5 billion to Time Warner -- a major

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  • Avianca suspends, resumes Venezuela flights after fighter jet incident

    Colombia's commercial carrier Avianca on Saturday briefly suspended flights to and from Venezuela after a Venezuelan fighter jet caused a diplomatic incident by approaching one of its planes, the company said. The warplane briefly approached the airliner flying from Madrid to Bogota on Friday, prompting

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  • Nigeria's Wizkid, S.Africa's Semenya take top MTV awards

    Nigerian afro-pop star Wizkid and South Africa's Olympic gold medallist Caster Semenya won top prizes at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards in Johannesburg. Wizkid was named artist of the year and best male musician and also won the prize for top collaboration at the awards, which celebrate pan-African

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  • May to lock horns with first ministers on Brexit path

    Prime Minister Theresa May is to meet with the first ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to plot the path towards Brexit, her office said Sunday. May will host the first meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC) since December 2014 on Monday.

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  • Iraq forces in fierce Kirkuk clashes with IS

    Security forces battled for a second day Saturday with Islamic State group gunmen who infiltrated Kirkuk in a brazen raid that rattled Iraq as it ramped up an offensive to retake Mosul. A toxic cloud released by a fire IS militants started at a sulphur plant south of Mosul earlier this week killed at

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  • Ex-Guantanamo detainee ends hunger strike, to leave Uruguay: activists

    A former Guantanamo inmate resettled in Uruguay who went on hunger strike to demand relocation to another country has dropped his protest after receiving an offer, activists said Saturday. Syrian Jihad Diyab, who began his hunger strike more than two months ago, ended his protest and will travel to

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  • Scarlett Johansson turns popcorn girl in Paris

    Hollywood superstar Scarlett Johansson swapped the red carpet for a turn behind the counter at her new popcorn shop in Paris on Saturday. The "Lost in Translation" actress -- decked out in a classic French blue and white striped top -- dished out the crunchy treat to punters at the launch

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  • Venezuelan women march to protest canceled referendum

    Thousands of women marched in Caracas Saturday against leftist President Nicolas Maduro's decision to block opposition-led efforts for a recall referendum. "Brave Venezuela, you will be set free!" chanted the women, most of whom dressed in white. Protest organizer Lilian Tintori, wife

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