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Africa’s future is in young hands, says Obama

SOWETO – US President Barack Obama told Africa’s youth Saturday that the future of the continent was in their hands and urged them to use Nelson Mandela as a model for political leadership. Obama got a rowdy welcome as he …

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Man attacks 3 children in Tokyo stabbing spree

TOKYO (AFP) – A suspected knifeman who attacked three elementary school children in broad daylight on a Tokyo street was being held by police on Friday after a rare incidence of violence in low-crime Japan, reports said. The three children …

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Mandela on life support

Johannesburg – Former president Nelson Mandela is believed to be on life support as he remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital, according to a report on Wednesday. The Citizen spoke to “five highly-placed sources close to the …

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US top court overturns same-sex marriage ban

Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same US benefits as heterosexual couples. The US Supreme Court has struck down a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for …

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President’s promises fail to calm Brazil

Protesters return to Sao Paulo’s streets, while police detain nine people over deadly shooutout in Rio de Janeiro slum. Protesters in Brazil have returned to the streets in low-income suburbs of Sao Paulo to demand better education, transport and health …

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Saudi Arabia adopts worldwide weekend

Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud changed the kingdom’s official work week to Sunday through Thursday, citing “lost economic opportunities” from being out of synch with the rest of the world on the Saudi weekend. The switch from …

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U.S. Warns Countries Against Snowden Travel

Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden was seeking asylum in Ecuador on Sunday after Hong Kong allowed his departure for Russia in a slap to Washington’s efforts to extradite him on espionage charges. In a major embarrassment to …

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