• 'Abused' Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation
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    'Abused' Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong risk deportation

    Two Saudi sisters trapped in Hong Kong say chronic physical abuse by male family members prompted them to flee the kingdom, where they now fear they will be forcibly returned. The siblings are the latest example of Saudi women plotting their escape from the ultra-conservative kingdom only to find themselves

  • Young and restless: Albanian youth see a future elsewhere
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    Young and restless: Albanian youth see a future elsewhere

    After emerging from his hiding place inside a truck packed with children's toys at a British port, Alban Tufa saw the police and realised his attempt to slip into the country had failed. Several weeks later, the 21-year-old was put on a plane back to Albania.

  • Nigeria votes for a new president after delay
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    Nigeria votes for a new president after delay

    Some 120,000 polling stations were due to open at 0700 GMT, from megacity Lagos and the oil hub Port Harcourt in the south, to ancient Kano in the north and the country's rural heartlands. In a crowded field of 73 presidential hopefuls, the two frontrunners -- incumbent Muhammadu Buhari, 76, and

  • 'The Late Show' Introduces Superheroes Fighting The Science Of Climate Change
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    'The Late Show' Introduces Superheroes Fighting The Science Of Climate Change

    > On LSSC tonight: With the power of five special rings, Trump’s ClimateCommittee is fighting the science of climate change

  • 'Custody' wins big at French film awards
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    'Custody' wins big at French film awards

    "Custody", a film about domestic violence and a divorced couple's battle over their son, was the big winner at the "French Oscars" -- the Cesars -- on Friday, where veteran US actor and director Robert Redford was presented with an honorary award. Released in France under its

  • Facing charges of sex abuse against minors, R. Kelly surrenders to police
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    Facing charges of sex abuse against minors, R. Kelly surrenders to police

    R&B superstar R. Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday, after prosecutors charged him with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. The bombshell development in the Kelly saga came after a judge approved a no-bail arrest warrant for the 52-

  • Australia confirms Wikileaks' Assange has valid passport
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    Australia confirms Wikileaks' Assange has valid passport

    Australia has confirmed that Julian Assange has a valid passport, a key development for the Wikileaks founder, who fears that Ecuador seeks to end his asylum in its London embassy and extradite him to the United States. The new passport, which would allow Assange, who is in failing health, to return

  • Trump 'is in my territory now' says Kim's impersonator ahead of Hanoi summit
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    Trump 'is in my territory now' says Kim's impersonator ahead of Hanoi summit

    Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump impersonators arrive in Hanoi ahead of next week’s summit with the real leaders. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

  • Five things to watch for on Oscars night
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    Five things to watch for on Oscars night

    Oscars night is quickly approaching -- on Sunday, all will be revealed. Will Alfonso Cuaron sweep the awards for his cinematic masterpiece "Roma?" Will another contender swipe the best picture Oscar from him? Can Glenn Close finally claim her first Academy Award?

  • History-making female conductor Alsop wields baton for equality
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    History-making female conductor Alsop wields baton for equality

    The first woman to lead a major US orchestra, Marin Alsop believes that Western classical music -- long seen as a stuffy, elitist club -- can be "a great equaliser" between people of all backgrounds. "Every single human being can access classical music. If you think you can't, it

  • Colombia demolishes drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's former home
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    Colombia demolishes drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's former home

    Colombia has demolished an infamous apartment building which was once home to Pablo Escobar after concerns it had become a tourist destination. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

  • Sudan's Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves government
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    Sudan's Bashir declares state of emergency, dissolves government

    Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, facing the country's biggest popular protests since he came to power 30 years ago, declared a one-year state of emergency on Friday and called on parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek another term in a 2020 presidential election

  • Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly
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    Venezuela's Guaido defies travel ban as aid row turns deadly

    Venezuela's opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed the military helped him defy a travel ban by the government of President Nicolas Maduro as he joined thousands over the Colombian border on Friday for a charity concert to push for humanitarian aid deliveries. Maduro is trying to prevent food and

  • Marshall Islands consider radical measures to survive rising sea levels
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    Marshall Islands consider radical measures to survive rising sea levels

    The far-flung Marshall Islands needs to raise its islands if it is to avoid being drowned by rising sea levels, President Hilda Heine has warned. Plans are underway for national talks on which of the 1,156 islands, scattered over 29 coral atolls, can be elevated in a dramatic intervention to ensure

  • As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two
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    As tensions over aid rise, Venezuelan troops fire on villagers, kill two

    KUMARAKAPAY, Venezuela/CUCUTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Venezuelan soldiers opened fire on indigenous people near the border with Brazil on Friday, killing two, as President Nicolas Maduro sought to block U.S.-backed efforts to bring aid into his economically devastated nation. The United States, which

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    Trans asylum-seeker killed after U.S. deportation back to El Salvador

    A Salvadoran transgender woman who sought asylum in the United States was killed weeks after she was deported, a rights group said on Friday, underscoring the dangers of the Trump administration's hardening policy on asylum seekers. El Salvador's ASPIDH Rainbow Trans Association said Camila

  • Japan's crown prince says thoughts of future "make me solemn"
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    Japan's crown prince says thoughts of future "make me solemn"

    Japan's crown prince Naruhito, who is set to ascend the Chrysanthemum throne in two months, turned 59 on Saturday and said the thought of the future made him solemn but he intended to pattern his reign after that of his father. Emperor Akihito, 85, who has had heart surgery and treatment for prostate

  • Curacao blocks Venezuela aid ship cargo, citing security
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    Curacao blocks Venezuela aid ship cargo, citing security

    Curacao authorities Friday blocked Venezuelan opposition supporters from loading aid donations onto a ship to sail to their country, the vessel's captain said, with the island's government citing security concerns. The Venezuelans have flown containers to Curacao from private donors in the United

  • Trump picks envoy to Canada Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador
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    Trump picks envoy to Canada Kelly Craft for U.N. ambassador

    President Donald Trump said on Friday he was nominating Kelly Craft, currently the U.S. ambassador to Canada, to replace Nikki Haley as his envoy to the United Nations after a four-month search. Craft, a top Republican donor from Kentucky, rose this week as a serious contender for the post based on

  • The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar
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    The eight contenders for the best picture Oscar

    From a superhero blockbuster to an offbeat royal comedy of manners to an intimate black-and-white ode to 1970s Mexico City, the contenders for this year's best picture Oscar are as varied as ever. Here is a brief summary of the eight films vying for the most prestigious prize at Sunday's Oscars

  • Best picture Oscar winners of past 20 years
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    Best picture Oscar winners of past 20 years

    The following is a list of the best picture Oscar winners from the last 20 years, ahead of Sunday's 91st Academy Awards in Hollywood.

  • R&B crooner R. Kelly charged with sexually assaulting teenage girls
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    R&B crooner R. Kelly charged with sexually assaulting teenage girls

    Grammy-winning R&B singer R. Kelly was charged in Chicago on Friday with the aggravated sexual assault of four people, including three teenage girls, following years of accusations against the performer. Kelly, 52, was charged in a 10-count Cook County Circuit Court indictment handed down two months

  • Washington Post reporter's memoir recounts imprisonment in Iran
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    Washington Post reporter's memoir recounts imprisonment in Iran

    A pawn in a game of international chess, Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, spent 544 days in an Iranian prison. As Rezaian languished behind bars in Evin Prison, the high-stakes match was being played over the future of Iran's nuclear program. "I was treated

  • World Court to rule in Chagos islands row
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    World Court to rule in Chagos islands row

    The UN' top court will hand down its view Monday in a bitter dispute between Britain and Mauritius over the fate of the Chagos islands, home to key UK and US military base. Judges at the International Court of Justice will give their opinion on the future status of the remote Indian Ocean archipelago

  • First bloodshed linked to Venezuela aid standoff
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    First bloodshed linked to Venezuela aid standoff

    Venezuelan troops shot dead at least two people and wounded several others on Friday near the Brazilian border, witnesses said, in the first bloodshed linked to efforts to bring aid into the South American country against the orders of embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Jillian Kitchener reports.